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November 2017 eNewsletter


KC's Got Talent

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 7th annual KC's Got Talent! The event was a blast and, more importantly, all of you helped WEN raise funds for our vital mission of helping women achieve economic independence.

We had 9 amazing acts, 5 fabulous judges, and an emcee that knocks it out of the park every year - Darron Story.

Congratulations to all of our acts and our winners:

  • 1st place: Amanda Hughey, sponsored by Happy Food Co.
  • 2nd place: Fortiviti's Fancy Footwork, sponsored by Fortiviti
  • People's Choice: LaQuisha Harvey, sponsored by the Cathy & Rick Baier Foundation

Thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who attended the event on November 9!


See more pictures of the event

KC Job Fair

The KC Job Fair on October 24 at the Sheraton Crown Center was a huge success! With 61 employers and academic programs and almost 450 attendees, this Job Fair was busy from start to finish.

Our resource area was popular with over 50 attendees seeking resume, interview, and financial advice. A vendor and employer survey shows that "88 percent are very to extremely likely to return to KC Job Fair in the future" and "70 percent thought applicants were high to very high quality."

Big thanks to Entercom for assisting with advertising and Sheraton Crown Center or the fabulous space.

Our 2018 Job Fairs will take place on May 17 & October 25 - mark your calendars! Learn more.


Victoria from Class 290

"My Journey through WEN - Reflections on my WEN Moments"

Yes i chose to provide this subtitle, it is intentional. Even as vivid my attempt to describe this important phase in my life, I will never be able to adequately capture my time with WEN.

I came to WEN vaguely aware of what it was all about, sure of one thing that I needed change and that's what the information on the website promised. I am overwhelmed about what I was taught by the staff and volunteers of WEN, and I am even more surprised about what I learnt about myself.

I am glad that I never heard about other institutions that offer similar training to WEN; I would have been crushed I had patronized them before coming to WEN.

WEN is my icebreaker to the American workforce. When my daughter gave me the contact details, I was attracted by the word "women," it was the deciding factor and stroke a cord of curiosity within me, and i glad I came.

my expectations were meeting way beyond my imagination; the career dressing, the work place etiquette and yes the four temperance workshops together form a solid pillar of my transition to a bigger and better and more confident me. My financial confidence has been strengthened by the lessons learnt from "Bossing" my money around.

I am so grateful for the exposure, the people I have met, and would like to this journey an important benchmark of my life. I will continue to scout for participants for subsequent wen classes; my motto is “no woman left behind.”

By the way I am currently working on my letter of intent for the admission procedure for enrollment to the doctoral program at the Grand Canyon University for the doctorate degree in Education in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Christian Ministry. My support system for this important endeavor is WEN and my family. Thank you WEN, I am proud to be counted among your ranks.


Bank of America Neighborhood Builders

Since 2004, Bank of America has invested over $220 million to nonprofits across the country as part of its Neighborhood Builders program. We are proud and honored to be named the 2017 Kansas City grant recipient!

Thank you, Bank of America!'

Read the Press Release

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OneKC for Women partners with Kansas City Women in Technology

OneKC for Women alliance is proud to announce its partnership with Kansas City Women in Technology. This partnership is an example of expanding options and providing additional resources and opportunities for women in our community.

Some WEN Alumnae participated in October Coding and Cocktails on October 14!

Read the press release

Learn more about Kansas City Women in Technology and their programs

"Attending the workshop was a great experience, I enjoyed every moment if it. Even though I'm not in the tech field the workshop was very informational. This is a great team of tech women and they are very helpful and treat you like one of the team members. I would recommend any of their workshops to those that are in the tech field, or for those that just want a taste of the experience." - Gloria Williams (Class 260 in 2013)



WEN Signature Program

Monday - Friday | 9:00am-12:00pm
January 8 - February 12

Last day to register is January 4!

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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Interrupting the College to Debt Pipeline

Thursday, November 16 | 6:30-8:00pm

Latoya Woods, Client Services and Financial Coach at Women's Employment Network, will be leading this workshop at the Waldo Library. This is a great way for parents and their teens (who must be at least juniors and seniors in high school) to start to realistically plan for post-secondary education.

Learn More


Get Involved: Become a WEN Volunteer!

Volunteer Orientation:

Thursday, November 16 | 12:30-1:30pm
Thursday, December 21 | 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!


STUFF Holiday Shopping Party

Tuesday, November 28th | 5:30-7:00pm

Join us at a store named STUFF on #GivingTuesday for a private shopping party for the WEN!

Drop in anytime from 5:30-7:00pm for holiday refreshments, socializing, shopping and fun. This will be a great place to start your holiday shopping and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Women’s Employment Network. 

No RSVP necessary.

What Women Want from Men in the Workplace

Wednesday, December 13 | 7:00-9:00am

Join OneKC for Women at Grand Street Cafe for a groundbreaking presentation on the four types of actions that managers and male colleagues can take to drive business results by recruiting, retaining and advancing women. Global speaker, Rania Anderson, will deliver practical advice that attendees will be able to immediately apply.

Buy tickets and learn more





In partnership with the Junior League of Kansas City, the WEN Alumnae Association has started a Women in the Workplace Leadership series every second Saturday. In October, the group took the Clifton Strengths Finder and Emotional Intelligence assessments to understand personalities from the perspective of Positive Psychology. In November, they will be having a mock holiday party to practice networking skills.

On October 25, Alumnae attended Urban Core Group's Monthly networking event at The Nonprofit Village at 31w31.


The Alumnae Holiday Party will be on December 14.

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!

Thanks to Junior League of KC for making these Alumnae events possible! Our Alumnae value chances to network in KC.

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!