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.
I met Farhana Huq, the founder, almost 8 years ago when we were both involved in an organization called Women for Women International. Farhana was just about to launch CEO Women, as a "one woman show" at the time. I was thoroughly impressed by the energy and dedication exhibited by Farhana. Over the following years, I saw Farhana nurse and grow the organization into a flourishing entity. Farhana then brought on Kate Hamilton, yet another extremely dedicated and dynamic woman who has been truly devoted to the cause of helping the under-privileged women.
Over the years, I witnessed innovative ideas that came out of the CEO Women team, the basic training program became a formula of success, which helped women grow from helplessness to independent entrepreneurs.
I believe the organization is on an amazing path to great success, and many more women will benefit from the program.
I have been involved with CEO Women since its inception. Under the dynamic and inspiring leadership of Farhana Huq, the organization has grown by leaps and bounds, serving hundreds of immigrant women who want to change their lives by starting a small business. While the organization is experiencing tremendous growth, it remains small at heart and intimate. The client women, the staff, the board members and volunteers are so inspiring and wonderful to work with. I have participated in many aspects of work with the organization from volunteering to being a member of the board. Every experience was so fulfilling and provided amazing opportunties to meet and work with such talented women.