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JWI is proud to a partnered of the Joyful Heart Foundation‘s NO MORE campaign, created to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
Girls who are empowered to realize their full potential grow into strong women – women who are far less likely to become victims of relationship abuse. So during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sigma Delta Tau chapters nationwide are selling Girls Achieve Grapeness! – a custom shade of OPI nail polish created to support JWI programs that help girls and young women become safe and independent. Find out more at jwi.org/grapeness!
By Allie Kessel, JWI Intern
JWI’s ninth annual Summer Series for interns and young professionals came to a close this Tuesday with insight into financial empowerment as a woman in the workplace. JWI’s very own Deborah Rosenbloom’s presentation concerning financial literacy for young women entering the working world was a conversation in which everyone should take part. Rosenbloom, Director of Programs at JWI, touched on topics ranging from how to maintain and build an excellent credit score to planning for retirement. Rosenbloom covered a variety of topics, all concerning how to take control of your money.
As a woman in D.C. or any other large market, it is imperative, as Rosenbloom advocates, to stand up for yourself and negotiate your salary. Women make .77 cents to the dollar and normally are in and out of the job market, which forces us to retire at an earlier age. With all of these factors working against us, it is important to learn the language of money.
How do I apply for a credit card? How should I spend my money? What can I do to spend less money? These are just a few of the questions Rosenbloom addressed during her presentation while providing advice and educating her young audience. Part of becoming fluent in financial literacy includes becoming familiar with the four legs of finance; a phrase Rosenbloom coined herself as part of JWI’s initiative to enable and empower young women in a way that’s easy to grasp. The four legs include: income, budget, positive credit history and a high credit score, and assets for retirement. These four categories represent the four legs to a chair that constantly needs to stay in balance. Keeping the chair in balance is the key to financial success.
Rosenbloom continued the presentation by delving further into each category and explaining all of the necessary tools and tricks to ensure each leg stays sturdy. First, Rosenbloom addressed what she referred to as the “AAA budget” which stands for assess, allocate and anticipate. The acronym represents how one is able to successfully and painlessly determine a manageable budget. Next, she spoke about the importance of compiling an emergency fund, which today, is equivalent to six months of essential expenses including rent, food, utilities and transportation.
As she later went on to explain, all of the four legs are interrelated and dependent on one another to stay afloat. For instance, your ability to assess the amount of money you have to spend and where that money actually goes ends up affecting your ability to pay your bills on time, which affects your credit score and history, which ultimately affects your ability to manage your money in a beneficial way.
Taking control of your money is all about making smart decisions to guarantee a safe and protected future free from debt, worry and dependence on loved ones. By making use of these tips and mastering the art of finance, you too can become a savvy working woman with the power to make beneficial financial decisions.
By Alli Weiss, JWI Intern
JWI’s ninth annual Summer Series for interns and young professionals continued Tuesday morning with a glimpse into the professional world of Washington, DC. Speakers Samantha Friedman and Sheila Katz captivated the 30 young women in the room, sharing personal success tips for making it as a young professional. Though the two speakers discussed different points, both emphasized the importance of optimizing personal connections and translating personal ties into professional ones.
Samantha Friedman, a senior associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, gave insight into finding success in a new city. Friedman, who has achieved personal and professional success living in Missouri, Arkansas, and currently in Washington, DC, emphasized the importance of finding a niche within a community in order to make a big city feel smaller. She also spoke about the importance of personal connections, explaining to the group that if an in-person interview isn’t feasible due to distance, then a Skype interview is a good way to help establish relationships with potential employers. Also according to Friedman, it is important to reach out to as many personal networks as possible. Be it family members, college alumni networks, or old high school clubs, Friedman explained that opportunities can arise from any connection that is formed.
Sheila Katz, director at Ask Big Questions, Hillel, also feels that connections, especially those made online, can lead to exciting opportunities. Katz gave several great tips about social media presence, teaching the women in the room to create “honest and authentic” brands for themselves online through Facebook and other social media sites. She believes that social media is a hub for opportunities and that Facebook friends make up an invaluable network for career connections. Katz also told the group to take their Facebook profiles from “billboard” to “conversation” status by being sure to respond to any friend that reaches out on Facebook.
Be sure to register for JWI’s final Summer Series briefing of the year, which will be an exciting conversation on “Personal Economic Empowerment for Young Women” on Tuesday, July 23.
By Alli Weiss, JWI Intern
JWI kicked off its ninth annual Summer Series for interns and young professionals Tuesday morning with aspiring campus advocates in mind. Part one of the three part series of breakfast roundtables, entitled “So You Want to Be an Activist…Lessons from the Field,” gave the nearly 40 young women present some real-life tips about the world of grassroots advocacy on college campuses. Speakers at the breakfast briefing currently thrive in positions at Advocates for Youth, American Association of University Women, and Campus Progress.
Each of the three speakers gave her own take on successful advocacy, focusing on a specific facet she has found effective in her years working with college students. Julia Reticker Flynn, the youth activist network manager at Advocates for Youth, explained the importance of focusing an advocacy initiative on a problem that is not too narrow but not so deeply rooted that a change will never be tangible. Comparing social issues to the parts of a tree, Flynn defined the leaves as identifiable problems that can be solved with “Band-Aid solutions”, the roots as “underlying historical, social, or economic root causes of a problem,” and the trunk as the “structures, practices, and polices that institutionalize the problems.” According to Flynn, focusing a campaign around the “trunk” of a problem is one’s best bet at a prosperous movement.
Deborah Swerdlow, grassroots advocacy coordinator at AAUW, emphasized the importance of working in coalitions with “unusual suspects,” or groups on campus that a cause wouldn’t typically think to collaborate with. Swerdlow also spoke about finding a natural hook, such as a date or holiday, to prompt individuals to take part in an initiative.
Campus Progress’ advocacy manager, Katie Wilson, began her presentation with an uplifting personal story, explaining that using empathy and sharing personal stories can create long-lasting connections. Wilson highlighted the usage of empathy as a means for forming bonds, explaining that personal connections formed through similarities can help a movement gain momentum.
Inspired by these speakers? Want to join in on the female empowerment with other young professionals? Be sure to join JWI for our next two Summer Series workshops, “Becoming a Professional in Washington, DC” on July 9 and “Personal Economic Empowerment for Young Women” on July 23.