Pass the Torch for Women
Feb26

Pass the Torch for Women

Not many can argue against the fact that women are a force to be reckoned with. We’ve come a long way from damsels in distress, to winning the right to vote, and to equal rights as men – all within 100 years’ time. We continue to strive to be exceptional workers, caretakers, mothers, sisters and so on.  But even in the 21st century, we find that being a woman in the workplace has its challenges. These are just a few of the reasons why Mentoring Women’s Network (MWN) was created. MWN is a nonprofit organization comprised of a “community of empowered women developing one another professionally through mentoring relationships.” In honor of International Women’s Day, MWN has launched a campaign called Pass the Torch for Women, whose cause is to inspire change and spread the message of women’s equality in the workplace.  Those who wish to help drive awareness and inspire change are encouraged to make a short video of themselves stating their commitment to help empower women. Participants are then asked to share their videos on social media outlets using the hashtag #PassTorch4Women. Individuals can also visit passthetorchforwomen.org to download a pledge card, receive campaign info and downloading instructions. Mentoring Women’s Network and its Fort Wayne chapter will be holding its 1st Annual Pass the Torch for Women Luncheon on March 11th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Mirro Center at the Parkview Regional Campus to celebrate the campaign. While trying to find more information about the organization and its mission, I had the pleasure of speaking with Toni Widman, the Fort Wayne chapter’s Market Director. Me: Can you tell us a little more about Pass the Torch for Women, and what it means to be a part of the campaign? TW: I would love to! We [at Mentoring Women’s Network] are thrilled to bring awareness to such an important mission and to get women and men around the globe thinking about how they can support the women in their lives. Pass the Torch for Women is dedicated to raising funds for women who need it most (single mothers, women in transition, women in under-served populations, college students, and women business owners). Our mission is to create a world of equal opportunity through mentoring relationships. Me: That is some powerful stuff! So, how exactly does this campaign tie into International Women’s Day (IWD)? TW:  At the luncheon we will encourage our guests to take the pledge to support women on video to help raise awareness for IWD. We will also be talking about the importance of celebrating IWD and how guests can get their community more involved through spreading...

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Women’s Empowerment Job Series Event
Feb18

Women’s Empowerment Job Series Event

I haven’t come across too many people who actually enjoy the process of job-hunting. I, for one, have been feverishly scouring the internet, social media sites, newspaper ads, job fairs, etc. for the past 6 months …you name it, I’ve checked it. Out of the hundreds of resumes and cover letters that I have sent out, I may have received just a handful of emails or phone calls stating that I was worthy of an interview. The only problem is that none of the positions that I interviewed for were in fields that I really wanted. Why is that? Why are companies not calling me regarding the careers that I actually want? Perhaps it’s all in the wording… A couple months ago I received an email with a flier that shouted “Women’s Empowerment Job Series” in big, bold letters. Besides being free to attend, the first thing that caught my eye was the flier’s promise of free childcare for attendees during the event. There were so many times in the past when I couldn’t attend a job fair or interview because I couldn’t find childcare, but this event promised to alleviate that burden. It also promoted free breakfast and even…*gasp…free Starbucks coffee! I had to find out more, so I did as the flier said to do and reached out to Kathryn Franklin. As I found out, Kathryn is a project director for Enactus of IPFW. Enactus is an IPFW group comprised of “leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.”  When I asked Kathryn why Enactus chose to do such an event, she said very simply, “It really is to empower women. We are just giving [women] an event where they can polish their resume building and interview skills. We want to help women be fully equipped to get the most out of the workforce.” In speaking with Kathryn, she also stated that several Fort Wayne professionals will be on hand to provide insight and answer questions – even a life coach will be there! And, of course, I must mention that door prizes will be given away. Who doesn’t love a free gift card?! This event is happening this Saturday, February 21st from 10am – 12pm at the Honors Center of IPFW (located in Helmke Library Room 221). Those who wish to attend must RSVP by the end of day today, February 18th, to Kathryn Franklin at (260) 515-9703. I think I’ll go ahead and RSVP myself while I’m at it. Who knows…maybe someone can provide some insight on why my job search isn’t...

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