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Women's Business Center: KC Entrepreneurial Scene is on Fire
Executive Director, Sherry Turner, talks to Kansas City Business Journal about WEN's history and how Kansas City, and WEN, are at the forefront of the entrepreneurial scene.
"I think it's important for the pride of our community," she said. "If we're going to call ourselves an entrepreneurial community, we have to share our successes. The proof is in the success of the entrepreneurs, so we have to do a better job at profiling those successful people. We can't state as a community that we're America's most entrepreneurial city without the successes to back it up."
Check out this feature here.
Women-Empowering Fashion Incubator Finds Rightful Home in Kansas City
Working with Rightfully Sewn WEN will help with training and provide women in at-risk situations a chance to find a stable job and income.
Sherry Turner of Women’s Employment Network is optimistic. “Without community support for women with barriers to employment, 67% of at-risk women will relapse to their harmful situations within three years. The seamstress training and placement model Rightfully Sewn is proposing is timely and promising.”, she says.
Check out coverage of this partnership here.
Influential Women of Kansas City Business: Angela Hurt
Angela Hurt, Founder and CEO of Veracity Consulting and board member and vice-chair at WEN, named one of 2015's Influential Women of Kansas City Business.
Women's Foundation Hands Out $184,400 in Grant Money to 10 Charities
Women's Foundation president, Wendy Doyle, speaks about investing in organizations like WEN that support economic and development and empowerment for women in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Area Aims to Fix Weak Link Between Investors and Entrepreneurs
Collaborating with Kauffman Foundation's "We Create Capital" strategy, OneKC for Women (the umbrella organization for The Women's Employment Network, Women's Business Center, and the Women's Capital Connection) plans to build up microloan and other "alternative" loan programs by pursuing underused loan programs.
Find out more about this venture here.
Historic Midtown Kansas City Building Changes Hands
WEN builds partnerships to continue to grow community-minded organizations of women.
"We’ve also partnered with the Women’s Employment Network and the Full Employment Council to offer educational programming for girls and women in the building,” said Lisa White Hardwick, a Delta chapter member who was active in the transaction.
Financial Coaching in the News
WEN's own Channa Navarro is making the news. The Kansas City Star's April 1st article "Saving Money is No Game -- Or Is It?" discusses a world where the lottery meets personal finance. The idea is to use "the lure and excitement of games" to nudge us into making better financial decisions.
Alice Ellison, 2015 Beth K. Smith Award Recipient
Alice Ellison, former WEN Board Chair, has been selected as the 2015 Beth K. Smith Award recipient. Alice will receive the distinguished honor onstage at WEN's Annual Luncheon next Wednesday, April 8th. The Beth K. Smith Award, named after one of WEN's founders, was created several years ago to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to advancing the mission of WEN.
While serving as Vice President of Community Relations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Alice got involved with WEN and later led the Board for two consecutive three-year terms, including roles as both Board Vice-Chair and Chair. We are grateful to her for her many years of outstanding service to WEN and our mission. We can't thank you enough for your service, Alice, and we look forward to seeing you accept the Beth K. Smith Award at next week's luncheon!
The 2015 WEN Luncheon is Wednesday, April 8th at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Honor the legacy of WEN in our community and hear personal stories of triumph and success from clients and graduates. Seating is extremely limited - to inquire about availability, please contact Nicole Levy, Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 595-1297.