There is no doubt that volunteering is good for the spirit. However, it can also be good for your career. We talked to our Board Chair, Nancy Merolla to see how getting involved in your community can positively impact your professional life. Check out our top 3 ways in which helping others can help you!
“Being on the Board has given me a chance to get to know many passionate and committed women who are truly a force of influence and a powerful energy moving together to address the issues of women and girls in SWFL.” – Nancy Merolla, Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Board Chair
Participating on a non-profit board is an excellent opportunity to expand your network. It enables you to gain unique access to business leaders in your area and allows you to demonstrate professional value through your participation and interactions in board meetings. This may result in new business leads or networking opportunities that could help advance your current career.
By engaging and joining forces with others in the community, Nancy now has a group of women she calls fellow members, colleagues, and more importantly friends. Such connections are priceless
Having a title does not naturally make you a leader. Good leaders learn from others and share their wisdom to help peers advance their skills. Whatever your career, you likely have valuable knowledge that you could pass onto others to make an impact in their lives. As you share knowledge, you become aware of the challenges facing your community and can use your voice, experience, and skill-set to lead and advocate for change.
Board service can provide you with invaluable opportunities for professional development and experiences you might not have at your current job. As a board member, you could be asked to speak for the organization you represent in events, as well as in the media. These opportunities enable you to build your confidence with public speaking and with making public appearances. Most boards are interdisciplinary, which creates an opportunity for you to learn from fellow board members who are often experts in fields that may differ from your own. A few of the expertise commonly found in non-profit boards include accounting, strategic planning, communications, marketing and business law.
If you are looking to join a board or get involved in a philanthropic process, Nancy’s advice is to join for the mission. Find an organization to serve that you are genuinely passionate about.
Joining a Board should not always be a business-driven decision, but should be a decision that you can personally and professionally make the commitment through time and effort.
It is not always about personal giving if you are not financially able – but also about the connection and doors you can open.
Nancy says that being a board member is much more than just an opportunity to socialize for an hour or two per month. She recommends that you share your expertise and lead by example and learn as much as possible about the agency to help attain its mission.[/cmsms_text][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″]
Nancy Merolla has been serving her community for nearly 30 years. She is a founding board member of the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida and the current Board Chair. You can learn more about Nancy HERE
Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want
So tell me what you want, what you really, really want ♫
The internet is going crazy with this video created by the Global Goals for Sustainable Development designed to push for change towards the most common inequalities encountered by women and girls. We’re channeling our inner 90’s teen and dancing to our favorite Spice Girls songs to join the cause. We share the same goals of creating:
What do you want for SWFL girls and women? Share your photo with a sign or tell us on social media using the hashtags #WhatIreallyWant #FundWomenFL
Need some inspiration? Visit the http://www.globalgoals.org/ to see how others are advocating for change!
If you’re following us on social media, you probably heard us talk about the United States of Women, a summit held on June 15th, and convened by the White to address key gender equality issues. The event was both a celebration, as well as a real reminder that there is still a lot of work left to ensure gender parity for women. Six pillars or topics were addressed during the summit. These were:
We absolutely loved seeing Mikaila Ulmer, Founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade introducing president Obama. She remained completely calm while addressing the crowd, saying that introducing the president in front of an audience of 5,000 attendees was “no big deal” since she had addressed a crowd of over 11,000 the week before. Did we mention Mikaila is only eleven? Her confidence and poise is something most adults wish they could have! Mikaila gave some advice for hopeful entrepreneurs and her message was loud and clear. See what she had to say below[/cmsms_text][cmsms_image align=”right” link=”https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/mikailajpg.jpg” lightbox=”true” animation_delay=”0″]6123|https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/mikailajpg-1024×536.jpg|large[/cmsms_image][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″]
“We can’t just pass laws, we must change our culture”
This was the key takeaway from Vice President’s Joe Biden’s speech. He spoke with passion about his decades of commitment to the Violence Against Women Act, about rape culture, sexual assault in American institutions, and the need to fight against the norms that turn a blind eye to the abuse, and degradation of women.[/cmsms_text][cmsms_image align=”right” link=”https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Joe-Biden.jpg” lightbox=”true” animation_delay=”0″]6127|https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Joe-Biden-1024×536.jpg|large[/cmsms_image][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″]
The conversation between Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama as definitely a crowd favorite.
They talked about the importance of knowing yourself, having self-worth, and understanding your value.
“Our first job in life as women is to get to know ourselves,”. “It takes taking the time to know who you are to be able to deal with the onslaught of negative messages you’re bound to get.”
Said the First Lady, who followed with advice on how to get what your worth at work by never settling, and stating your needs and expectations clearly. She also had some words for the audience about selecting friends and company wisely:[/cmsms_text][cmsms_image align=”right” link=”https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Obama-V.2.jpg” lightbox=”true” animation_delay=”0″]6131|https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Obama-V.2-1024×536.jpg|large[/cmsms_image][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″]
Interested in learning more about the summit? See a full recap of the event HERE and join the #stateofwomen and be a part of the movement. Use the pledge generator HERE to declare how you’ll help change tomorrow, today.[/cmsms_text][cmsms_image align=”right” link=”https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cultural-change.jpg” lightbox=”true” animation_delay=”0″]6134|https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cultural-change-1024×536.jpg|large[/cmsms_image][/cmsms_column][/cmsms_row]
A report by the World Economic Forum on “The Industry Gender Gap: Women & Work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” suggests that industry changes in the next four years are likely to amplify current gender gaps. The disruptive findings show that as new labor trends materialize, and more jobs become automated, women are more likely to be displaced out of their current positions and could be left out of some of the best career opportunities in the future.
The World Economic Forum estimates a loss of 7.1 million jobs, with two thirds of those jobs concentrated on routine office functions like office and administrative roles. However, it is not all bad news, 2 million jobs are expected to be created in STEM related fields during that same time period.
Men will face nearly 4 million job losses and 1.4 million gains, with one new job created for every three jobs lost, whereas women will face 3 million job losses and only 0.55 million gains.That equals to more than five jobs lost for every job gained.
First, we must continue to foster education, and workforce integration initiatives for women in the STEM field. At the Women’s Foundation of SWFL we are aiming to bridge the gap by fostering and enabling continued education for Southwest Florida women through programs like Save for College and Elevate her. It is clear that change is needed…
“If existing industry gender gap trends continue, and employment market transformation towards new and emerging roles in computer, technology and engineering-related fields continues to outpace the rate at which women are currently entering those types of jobs, women are at risk of losing out on tomorrow’s best job opportunities” – World Economic Forum
What do you think about these findings? Should we be doing more as a community to encourage women to join careers in these fields?
Let us know what you think below…