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September 2017 eNewsletter


Sherry Turner: A Woman Who Means Business

Congratulations to WEN President and OneKC for Women Founder, Sherry Turner, on becoming a 2017 Woman Who Means Business!

The Kansas City Business Journal honored 25 top-ranking women in Kansas City businesses who also take an active role in the community and in helping other businesswomen.

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It's Time for Your Employees to Shine!

Thursday, November 9 | 6:00-9:00pm

WEN is seeking both sponsors and acts for our 7th Annual KC's Got Talent. The event takes place at Boulevard Brewing Company and includes a wide selection of Boulevard beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and prizes.

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Kansas City Job Fair

Tuesday, October 24 | 1:00-4:00pm

Connect to hundreds of jobs and academic programs at the KC Job Fair at Sheraton Crown Center. Entry is FREE.

Access our free resource area and meet one-on-one with financial coaches to review your credit score before your employer does and receive interview and resume tips from experts. You don't want to miss this opportunity!



Meet our new interns!

Elisabeth is a new Master of Social Work student from the University of Kansas. Previously, Elisabeth worked with refugees as an AmeriCorps Member at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Elisabeth has a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies from the University of Central Missouri.

"I am excited to build on my past experiences with this practicum opportunity. I am ready for the next Signature Program class to start and begin working with and learning from the women and staff at WEN." - Elisabeth


Lauren is also a new MSW student from KU. She was born and raised in Nebraska and holds Bachelor degrees from KU in Psychology and Applied Behavioral Sciences with a sub-focus in Youth Development and Juvenile Justice.

"I am excited to start at WEN to expand on my learning and training within a population of people that I have not had much experience with yet. I am eager to see the program in action and to see these women shine bright with potential." - Lauren


Elisabeth and Lauren will spend the 2017-2018 academic year at WEN in the role of Client Support Specialists providing one-on-one case management support to clients who participate in the Signature Program, as well as WEN graduates.

Partner Spotlight: Synchrony Financial

We were thrilled to receive a grant from Synchrony Financial; one of 8 local grants given this year as part of the company’s commitment to improving the financial lives of individuals and families in our community. Synchrony Financial prides itself on being a responsible corporate citizen throughout the communities in which their employees live and work.

Many thanks to our friends at Synchrony Financial who make it possible for Women's Employment Network (WEN) to continue to help women in our community become stronger individuals and stronger employees.

Pictured: Mary Hayselden (left) and Barb Bell (center) from Synchrony Financial presented WEN President, Sherry Turner (right), with a grant check on Friday, September 8.


Members of WEN's Alumnae Association met in August to discuss future activities and continued engagement. The group talked about their role in fundraising and began to make a plan for 2018. They also brainstormed some excellent topics for the Junior League's Leadership Series for WEN alumnae which will take place every second Saturday starting on September 9.

So far in 2017, alumnae have already had several events, including a mindfulness and meditation workshop, a family day at the Kansas City Zoo and a Back to School Cookout where the children of grads received school supplies donated by Equity Bank.

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Courtney Banks: The Low-Key Go-Getter

When Courtney Banks started the Signature Program at Women's Employment Network (WEN) in February of 2016 she was ready to find a path from her career in retail. She was looking to get a better understanding of the professional workforce, and ultimately, a more stable life for her four-year -old son. She was ready to make a change.

During the first week of WEN Courtney was grateful to be in an environment of supportive women who had different opinions and experiences but were all focused on a path to betterment. As she progressed through the program in addition to getting help with her resume, interview skills and personal development workshops, she also realized the benefits to working with WEN's financial coaches. During a goal visualization workshop in which she made a vision board she expressed her desire to move into an apartment with her son. Unfortunately, due to an unsavory renting experience, Courtney ended up with a judgment on her credit, preventing her from renting a place of her own. During the program, she started to work one-on-one with Financial Coach Brianna Winesberry. As she developed a relationship with Brianna she began to devise and execute a plan to remove the judgment from her credit. Because of her diligence in implementing that plan, Courtney was also a perfect candidate for WEN's special assistance fund; WEN was able to provide some relief from the financial burden of summer childcare costs.

After graduation from the program, Courtney started working for the City of KCMO as a Cashier in May of 2016. She loves the organizational culture, the flexibility, and the benefits she receives there. She was delighted to discover that her current supervisor is also a WEN graduate. Now that she is working steadily she has resolved the judgment and achieved the milestone of getting her own apartment. Today, Courtney actually enjoys paying bills because she CAN and still has money to save after. To others considering WEN, Courtney urges them to carve out time for the five-week Signature Program. She believes it was WEN that gave her the edge to start a new career path. Courtney has received all the materials she needs to make a new vision board for her goals. This time she will include a picture of a graduate. She will continue to work with her financial coach, Brianna, who calls her the "low-key go-getter" because of the humble way she accomplishes big goals. Courtney is interested in pursuing a career in public finance and hopes to start working toward a bachelor's degree in 2018.

If you are a WEN graduate and want to stay connected, contact Ashley Williamson at 816-595-1299 and join our Facebook group! If you would like to buy a t-shirt (pictured above) or want be featured in our e-Newsletter, please let Ashley know!


WEN Signature Program

Monday - Friday | 9:00am-12:00pm
September 18 - October 20

Last day to register is Thursday, Sept. 14!

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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Becoming Marjorie: Book Launch & Celebration

Sunday, September 24 | 2:00pm

Majorie Powell Allen and Beth K. Smith founded the Women's Employment Network in 1986. Over 31 years later, more than 5,400 women have graduated from WEN's programs and we have become a vital resource in Kansas City.

Join us for the book launch of Becoming Marjorie: The Life and Legacy of Marjorie Powell Allen.

Reserve your Limited Edition book online, call 913-384-3126 or in-store at Rainy Day Books in the Fairway Shops.

Get Involved: Become a WEN Volunteer!

Volunteer Orientation:
Thursday, September 28 | 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!


Women's Foundation: 25th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, October 3 | 4:00-6:00pm

Our friends and partners at the Women's Foundation are celebrating their 25th Anniversary! Their celebration event will take place at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and will feature Ambassador Samantha Power.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets





Texas Roadhouse Friends & Family Event

Saturday, November 4 | 5:00-8:00pm
Sunday, November 5 | 12:00-3:00pm

WEN will be the featured non-profit during Texas Roadhouse's grand opening in Zona Rosa during the weekend of Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. A portion of each day's proceeds will benefit WEN!

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