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January 2018 eNewsletter


What Women Want from Men in the Workplace

Rania Anderson presented to a packed house on December 13 at OneKC for Women's What Women Want from Men in the Workplace Breakfast.

Thank you to our Partner Sponsors, UMB and Veracity Consulting, our Table Hosts, and everyone who attended this event!

Keep an eye out for more OneKC for Women events in 2018.




Edythe's Story - Class 291, December 2017

Edythe heard about WEN from Kaleeah Euler, the Executive Director of Family Promise Northland. Edythe and her family were homeless because of a series of life challenges - a medical crisis with her son, car problems and the loss of her job. The family got behind in paying bills and unable to pay rent, so they were evicted. Kaleeah knew WEN was exactly what Edythe needed to help get refocused and get her confidence back.

Edythe came to WEN unsure of what to expect and almost certain that WEN would not be able to help her. When she came to orientation she let it be known that coming to WEN was going to be a challenge because of medical appointments for her son and other commitments. During her individual assessment with each staff member, she was assured that staff would work with her. WEN staff reviewed her appointment schedule and discovered that there were few conflicts and showed Edythe how with a little pre-planning she could be available for the appointments and make it through the WEN Signature program.

During her assessment with Tonia, Director of Employment and Client Services, Edythe shared that she had an Associate in Medical Assisting and that she wanted to be a phlebotomist. Tonia suggested that she contact the Community Blood Center to see if they had any openings. The next week after completing a career exploration profile Edythe shared with the women in her class that she wanted to be a phlebotomist. This time she was told by Lynnette, who was facilitating the session, that she should look at the Community Blood Center website.

By then she decided since she had heard it twice she should follow through. Over Thanksgiving weekend Edythe applied with the Community Blood Center and got a response immediately. When she came to WEN on Monday she proudly announced to the class that she was going to an interview at the Community Blood Center. At the interview, she confidently talked about her skills and the importance of helping people feel at ease in medical settings and procedures. The next day she talked about how successful she was in the interview and what was most exciting was as she was heading home, she received a call offering her the position. Edythe accepted the position and started work as a phlebotomist the week after she completed the training.

When asked what was her most important takeaway she said gaining her self-esteem and self-confidence and knowing how to properly search for, apply and interview for employment. From her WEN experience, she appreciates all the knowledge, strength and wisdom that was shared by the great staff and volunteers.

Edyth and her elf - Lynnette! Edyth learned so much from Lynnette at WEN that she wanted to make sure she was always with her.

Edythe (middle) and her family at graduation, along with Kaleeah Euler (far left), the Executive Director of Family Promise Northland.



WEN Signature Program

Monday - Friday | 9:00am-12:00pm
February 20 - March 23
Last day to pre-register is February 15!

WEN’s signature program is uniquely structured to meet the varying needs and skill levels of women in all stages of employment: those who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off, new to the job market or seeking to re-enter the workplace.

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Get Involved: Become a WEN Volunteer!

Volunteer Orientation:

Thursday, February 15 | 12:30-1:30pm
Thursday, March 15 | 12:30-1:30pm

Learn how you can get involved at WEN at our next Volunteer Orientation! You will hear more about WEN programs, volunteer opportunities and meet program staff. Large groups and individuals are welcome.

Email Ashley to sign up!

WEN Annual Luncheon

Wednesday, April 4 | 11:45am-1:00pm

Our 2018 co-chairs, Cathy Baier and Maria Maffry, invite you to join us at our annual luncheon!

This year's theme reflects how WEN has helped women realize their own potential to become more than they ever thought they could be.

Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are available on our website. The deadline to be included as a sponsor on luncheon invitations is February 1.

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Alumni Holiday Party

We held our annual alumnae holiday party on Thursday, December 14 - and we had such a great turnout, it was tough to get everyone in one picture! We had alumnae in attendance who graduated in 1995 all the way up to our most recent graduating class this year.

The party was catered by Ann Scida of Joe's Cellar, who got her start with the Women's Business Center.

Happy New Year from our Alumnae and all of us at WEN!

Learn more about our Alumnae

If you are a WEN graduate and want to stay connected or be featured in our e-Newsletter, contact Ashley Williamson at 913-595-1299 and join our Facebook group!

The Beth K. Smith & Marjorie Powell Allen Legacy Circle

By joining our Legacy Circle, you become part of Kansas City’s proud tradition of empowering women and families. You also help honor and continue the critical work of the late Beth K. Smith and Marjorie Powell Allen — Kansas City visionaries who founded the Women’s Employment Network in 1986.

Learn more and join today!