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May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

In 1975 I joined Women Employed (WE)and its efforts for equal opportunity for women and minorities. Working together with staff and other volunteers provided friendships enduring to this day, along with a sense of purpose in ensuring better opportunities for women now and in the future. Over the last 3 decades WE has joined with other women's and civil rights organizations to make substantial progress on all leading issues affecting women/minorities: employment descrimination, Family Medical Leave, insurance reform, unfair and/or illegal workplace policies, benefits for low-wage workers - to name a few.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the comraderie with other staff/members/supporters and realizing you can make a difference by working together for a common cause.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

Women Employed is an organization with a strong mission to improve the American workplace for women. The nonprofit agency sticks to that mission in its daily work. I first learned about it when I was about 25 and was really just getting started in my career. At the time, I saw injustices in the workplace but had no way of expressing it or responding to it. I heard about Women Employed and was interested in getting more involved in it. I didn't pursue it at the time, but I never forgot about the organization. Later I applied for a job there, and though I didn't quite fit their needs, they suggested I join their Marketing Committee. It has been interesting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They are good about sending out information, and I find their publications interesting and readable. I also work with WE staff members and can see their commitment to everything the agency stands for.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps study some economic issues in more depth and try to convey that to members.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed watching the Women Employed staff take ideas and create outstanding communication programs. They do a great job of communicating the agency's many messages.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are exceptional--very committed to the work and quite capable at communicating the WE message.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create more training and educational opportunities for women. Have an even bigger impact on the workplace in Chicago.

Ways to make it better...

This survey hadn't been so long!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, mission, Strong identity, Exposure to the greater Chicago community

One thing I'd also say is that...

Women Employed Chicago is a well-managed organization with good, hard-working and competent staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

I was introduced to the organization about 8 years ago and when I saw their long list of accomplishments in education, awareness and legislative advocacy--empowering women through economic advancement--it really hit home for me. Growing up, my single Mom raised seven kids by working simultaneously working many jobs and many hours. Without the benefit of a college degree or affordable child care, she was working to scrape by--or almost scrape by. Having a place to live and food on the table wasn't a given. Thanks to a work/learn program that was available when I was a teenager, I was able to acquire business skills that helped me earn my way through college and achieve a BS degree from a well-respected private college. Thanks to that degree and my other skills,I've had a successful career in sales and marketing in technology. I have firsthand knowledge of what an education can mean for a woman--and as we all know, if a woman has more opportunity, then her children--and her entire community--benefits. Because of Women Employed's long history and ongoing dedication to improving the lives of women and their families, I originally became a Board Member. After a short stint on the West Coast (where I had to give up my duties due to some family business), have returned and am now actively involved in the Marketing Committee--helping make others aware of Women Employed's work and how we can work together to help women succeed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My nieces and nephews have used the Career Coach to help them identify potential careers for themselves. Additionally, many of my family members have leveraged the Family Medical Leave Act--which Women Employed assisted in bringing to fruition.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more people aware of their work. Sometimes they are so focused on the work, they haven't always had the time (or the funds) to make others aware of what they are doing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their commitment to the work without any personal egos getting in the way. No divas, just a talented team of staff, volunteers and community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, thoughtful, dedicated and great people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create more economic opportunities for women through education and supporting their cause.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to dedicate to helping them!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

earning mind share and legislatively insuring that their initiatives are funded during these difficult economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a well-run, economically frugal organization that creates much with relatively small amounts of staff and money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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