We’d like to thank EILEEN FISHER for supporting our work and mission with a $3,000 Human Rights Grant!
EILEEN FISHER is a US-based women’s clothing company with strong values around human rights, environmental sustainability, and support of women and girls.
“We are committed to programs that educate, boost security and entrepreneurship, and advocate from a woman’s perspective. We are especially grateful that EILEEN FISHER has recognized our efforts to stop the sale of children for sex and other forms of human trafficking in Southwest Florida and beyond,” says Brenda Tate, CEO of the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation.
We’re hosting two events in February 2018 to train law, order and human trafficking victim support professionals and a community outreach to inform community leaders about human trafficking. For more information about the events, please contact Charlotte Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you been thinking about starting a business, but maybe you’re saying to yourself?
“There’s too much competition out there, I don’t know how I would measure up.”
Business Coach, Darcy Eikenberg will dispel the three most common myths stopping hopeful entrepreneurs from bringing their ideas to life.
How about you? How do you get past all the myths that are out there about competition? Let us know in the comments below
Today we’ll discuss the three things that get in the way of starting, growing, and succeding, in business. Those three things are fear, worry, and stress. Below are some tips on how to manage these emotions.
3. Turn your fear into excitement (turn your fear into something positive instead of focusing on the negative)
When you feel the fear overwhelming you before an event, before a phone call, etc., take a deep breath and focus on the positive in the current situation to turn your fear into excitement. If you’re excited about what you do, that will help get over the stress and worry and your fear will turn into confidence. People can feel that!
Remember that every time you start something new or do something that is out of your normal everyday routine, you are going to experience some level of fear, worry, and stress. That is the ancient part of your brain trying to keep you safe to continue doing the things that you’re already comfortable doing.
Investment in educational attainment for women is a key workforce development strategy at the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida. We believe in a two-generation approach to improving the lives of women and girls in the Southwest Florida region. Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of children and their parents together.
Why a Two-Generation Approach?
One of our key initiatives, The Matched Savings for Education Program is a great example.This initiative offers ‘hard working, but falling short’ families the opportunity to save for education, participate in money management classes and receive individualized coaching. Matched Savings for Education participants save $500 and receive our match of $4,000 to use towards their education once they meet the program requirements. Successful savers and their families will benefit from higher wages through training and education, and if they have children, they benefit from a higher quality of childhood. Suzi and Nick are a great illustration of this approach.
Suzi Loughren is a teacher and one of our Matched Savings for Education participants. She and Nick both completed our required money management course. Then Suzi opened her Matched Savings for Education account at Florida Community Bank where she met her $500 savings goal on March 14th, 2017. Those savings were matched with $4,000 by the Women’s Foundation, providing a total of $4,500 to help finance Nick’s education.
Nick’s biggest motivation to earn his college degree is to inspire and provide financial security for his family. He preaches the importance of education to his children and believes in leading by example. Nick has been working as a high school Head Baseball coach and will be pursuing a job as a medical scribe this summer. He is also obtaining shadow hours among various medical specialties.
His future goals include gaining acceptance into the Nova Southeastern Fort Myers Physician Assistant Program to complete his Master’s Degree as a Physician Assistant, followed by acceptance into the United States Navy as a Medical Officer; where he plans to proudly serve our great country as a Physician Assistant.
Would you help other Southwest Florida families secure a better future for their families? You have the power to help by making a donation today!
Note: Our Matched Saving for Education Program is funded by federal grants, local philanthropists, bank community investments, corporate partners and United Way affiliates.
Two Generation Approach images and definitions are provided by Ascend at The Aspen Institute.
When thinking about leaving a legacy, we often conjure images of people with great wealth or influence as the few who can make an impact. However, nothing could be further from the truth. There are many simple ways an ordinary person can make an extraordinary impact far into the future; this can be accomplished through planned giving. Planned or legacy giving simply means planning now to leave a gift after your lifetime, and it is often easier than you think.
Legacy gifts could be right for you if you want to make a significant gift but don’t have significant liquid assets you’re willing to part with. A Planned gift can help you honor a loved one with a tribute gift through your will or trust. This is a simple, meaningful way to leave an enduring statement about who you are and who and what’s most important you. With a simple signature on a form, you can leave the balance of your bank account or retirement plan to the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida. In some cases, you’ll spare your loved ones up to 60% tax on your retirement assets!
Are you interested in leaving a legacy? We’d love the chance to help you plan your legacy and dream with you about the future. For more information about the Women’s Foundation’s Planned Giving Council and how to get involved, visit www.FundWomenFL.PlannedGiving.org.