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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Personal Social Services

Mission: The mission of C.E.O. Women is to create economic opportunities for low-income immigrant and refugee women through teaching English, communications and entrepreneurship skills, so they can establish successful livelihoods. C.E.O. Women then provides women with intensive mentoring, coaching and access to capital needed to start a small business.

Results: C.E.O. Women has a proven model of training and supporting low-income immigrant and refugee women who have dreams of starting their own businesses. We create entrepreneurs and improve women's economic livelihoods. Our data shows that we've served over 1,000 women since inception. In C.E.O. Women's 2007 annual outcomes survey of women who received more than 10 hours of service, we found the following: * 64 % of women report an average income increase of $28,000 per household. * 36 % of women start or grow businesses. * 87% of women increase their confidence speaking, writing and reading English. C.E.O. Women knows that when you help an individual woman, you help her community. C.E.O. Women measures the impact that we have on the economy both in terms of the increase in dollars spent locally as well as the total projected benefit on the local economy. By 2011, C.E.O. Women expects that graduates will contribute more than $30M in income spent in their local economies annually and provide more than $75M in economic value than they would have provided without participating in our program.

Programs: Ceo women offers programs to low-income immigrant and refugee women. The programs consist of the following services: 1) core english communications and enterpreneurship training to intermediate esl students who want to start or expand a small business, learn english language used in business, improve their networking, marketing, and advertising skills. 2) coaching and technical assistance to graduates of the program. The organization encourages the graduates to stay connected by accessing the organization's coaching services, alumni workshops and networking opportunities. The coaching services are provided by volunteer professionals who help graduates set goals, identify and address barriers to their success, and create action plans that work. 3) providing financial assistance to women enterpreneurs. The organization profides qualified women graduates with financial assistance and lending through independent networking partners opportunity fund and obdc.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with CEO Women last summer, and I had a great experience. Through the interviews I could see the positive impact that this organization has on the lives of its clients. The women, that I interviewed, explained to me that going through the program not only helped them build their confidence, but also it made them realized what were their strengths.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering after my sister asked if I could do some general office work during my free time. I was amazed at the friendly attitudes of all the employees there. Even though I was just volunteering, they were very supportive and always provided a smiling answer to my questions about the work I was doing. As an indication of their tech-savvy program, I also helped them implement their text message update program, which helps clients stay informed. Several times I got to meet clients stopping by the office for various reasons, and I never met one that wasn't thoroughly impressed with the services they were receiving. Overall a great place to volunteer, and they are providing an invaluable service to the community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been connected with C.E.O. Women from the first day I came to the Bay Area, going on five years ago. I volunteered through AmeriCorpsVISTA for two years with C.E.O. Women. The typical service length is one year, but I felt so connected and knew what an amazing mission this organization has, that I extended my service to two years. And for the past two and a half years I have been volunteering in other ways, such as advising on event planning. I came into the organization when it only had 4 full time employees (two of which were AmeriCorpsVISTA) and it is now an organization of 10 (maybe more - they keep expanding their services which means more people!). This organization impacts the lives of so many women through their business entrepreneurship training program. I witnessed first hand the connections that refugee and immigrant women made with their classmates, instructors, volunteer coaches, business owners from the community and the list goes on. It's a very powerful thing to witness a women enter a program from a place of "I can't" and graduate with an attitude of "I can and will". I would highly recommend getting involved in this organization, whether it's volunteering or donating, to help them expand their reach impact on the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with CEO Women for about 6 months in 2007 and they are a really wonderful group. They really inspire confidence in their clients. One woman told me that her husband and children now see her differently too: as a stronger, more accomplished person. I love the staff here, the close connection they have to their clients and the community, and the creative ways they find to address education for women with limited time and resources.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 3

As someone whose own mother immigrated to the US and opened a business still operating successfully 30 years later, I was honored to teach a class for C.E.O. Women. Their staff members together make an intelligent, organized, and dedicated team that is passionate about empowering women. Recognizing the pivotal role women play in immigrant communities, C.E.O. Women is working hard to create a model of change that, as the organization grows and matures, can have an enormous impact on the economic, cultural and psychological health of immigrant women and their families. They are young, still, as an organization, and like all nonprofits now, must adapt to the changing landscape. However, of the many nonprofits I've worked with, from one-time volunteer to long-term board member, C.E.O. Women has been the most responsive and supportive in helping me contribute in a way appropriate to my skills.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with this group because the women who participate come from such diverse backgrounds and I learn so much about so many different cultures. As a volunteer in the initial sessions, it's pretty neat to see the instructors work their magic and make all the women feel comfortable in an uncomfortable setting. They do a wonderful job of promoting classroom interaction, having open discussions about common issues that each of the women face. It's amazing how much warmer the room feels after that initial day and the women show a willingness to interact more.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 4

CEO Women is such a great bunch of people to work with. I was an intern for them and my main job was working with the database. Back then, I was really interested in learning about the structure of nonprofit agencies and they were definitely open to answering any questions I had. My supervisor was even able to refer me to another mentor I could converse with to learn more about nonprofits and specifically what she did in her career. I was even able to talk to her over some coffee! I overall liked that the staff was pretty small, close-knit, and very friendly. There was such a strong bond between the staff and the women participants, and you could see the amount of care that the CEOWomen staff had for each individual who came into the office. I love how the organization is filled with such a diversity of different businesses and ethnicities. Although I was only there for a summer, I still felt like I was part of a team and family that was really making a difference in the lives of these women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was great getting to help out CEO Women as they prepared for their annual fundraising event. The work that they do is phenomenal because by educating a woman and providing her with a concrete way to support herself, she in turn supports her family and her community. The training that CEO Women provides is really unique because it leverages technology and gives immigrant and refugee women access to capital that they would not have access to otherwise.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with CEO Women for over a year and my experience has enriched my life in profound ways. I got the opportunity to volunteer in their program and assisted one of their client from business planning to launch of their childcare service in El Cerrito in 2009. It was amazing to be a part of the transformation of client who had a dream of providing high quality childcare to realizing her dream and becoming self-sustaining herself. I highly recommend CEO Women as a great place to give back to the community but also to experience personal development as a volunteer. I continue working them because I believe in their mission because they achieve real positive results for the community. Keep it up CEO Women you are making a valuable difference in people's lives.