July 30, 2019
We can hardly believe it's true, but the pilot year of our refreshed and rebranded summer program—EmpowHER—has officially come to a close. Our EmpowHER'ed women are now headed back to their respective universities, where they will continue making positive change on their campuses and in their communities as part of our now 120-woman Alumnae Network. #Sisterhood
If you think we accomplished a lot in the first half of the summer, we only kicked it up a notch after ringing in the Fourth in our nation's capital. We've kept up with our allies at ProInspire, but also expanded our network to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Transform Workplaces, Fearless Finance, and Clothes Encounters. Some of the topics we've covered in the second half of the summer included:
- Receiving Feedback and Carrying Critical Conversations,
- Understanding Workplace Rights and How to Manage and Mitigate Sexual Harassment
- Personal Finance for the Fearless Woman,
- Salary Negotiation for those at the Start of their Careers, and
- Personal Purpose and Mission.
But don't worry, we also had a lot of fun! We took our women to Jazz in the Garden (a DC staple), Platform Women's annual Convention, and to a private shopping event at our partner store, Clothes Encounters. Our women were able to listen to some smooth Jazz, meet Congresswoman Grace Meng and activist Brittany Packnett, and get deals on designer labels—not bad, if we do say so ourselves!
And, as a perfect bookend to our season, we celebrated in a way we think B.A. would love: with our first ever Farewell Celebration open to the entire community! We convened at the Women's National Democratic Club (WNDC) on the evening of July 31st to watch the second round of the Democratic debates (with candidate bingo!), enjoy custom cupcakes and cocktails, and mingle with BA Women & WNDC members. (Note: as a 501(c)3 organization, the BA Women's Alliance is nonpartisan. And while we don't endorse specific candidates or legislation, we believe the future is female. We also aren't ashamed to admit we love #CSpan, voting & voters' rights, the campaign season generally, and "I voted" stickers specifically.)
The BA Women's Alliance is more than a nonprofit; we're a family. We know that you have personal stakes in advocating for the advancement of women everywhere. We hope you'll continue to engage with us throughout the year, as we have so much more to do and share with you. Click here to learn about the first half of our summer and here to learn about ways to get involved.
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