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Review for Women Employed, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered and donated to Women Employed for the last 20 years because of the work they do - and their successes. They don't waste your time or money, but focus it on achieving gains for women and girls by smashing glass ceilings. Helping to change laws and practices to allow better access to education and advance in the workplace. In my day job, I work with dozens of nonprofits. Many are wonderful - but this is the one that gets both my time and money.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Women Employed, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Have been a volunteer and donor now for over 15 years - on the Board for two years and on the Marketing Council since. They continue to impress me in their focus and management - they value the time and dollars given and don't wast either. Even through a planned succession that then had a curve ball thrown into it, they continued to not only move forward, but also address and include the new needs and conversations that have arisen within the scope of their mission. I work with many nonprofits in my day job - and this one continues to be one of the best run I've seen.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Women Employed, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I work with many nonprofits in my work in digital marketing (about 80% of our clients are nonprofit) - and have to say this continues to be one of the best run I know. They focus on the mission, manage the business/process aspects well - and don't waste people's time or money. After 45 years, they continue to be relevant and leaders in helping women shatter glass ceilings in education and the workplace.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Women Employed, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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

Role:  Volunteer & Former Board Member and Currently Member of Marketing Committee.

Thanks so much for writing this wonderful review, and for your involvement with WE over the years. We appreciate it!