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April has been full of Community and Connection!
As you know, Women of Toledo was built on bringing all groups of women together to ensure that they has access to the tools that they needed to build the lives that they dreamed of - no matter where they came from or how they ended up in Greater Toledo. We are so happy to be able to see each other in person again while still organize many of our talking circles virtually. Have you gotten involved yet?
Kickoff 2022 in a unique way
On behalf of our Board of Directors, Partners, and Supporters of Women of Toledo, we would like to thank you for attending and supporting our 2022 International Women's Day (IWD) as we kick off Women's History Month. A total of 175 people attended the in-person luncheon, while more than 30 people tune on the zoom live stream of the program.
Bye Feb, Hello March
WE LEARN TO RELEARN SO WE CAN SERVE BETTER: At our Task Team retreat in Feb, supported and facilitated by PI Expert, Sara Best with Real Good Ventures, we discovered that we are an 'Adapting Team'. Therefore, we all work well together when we see value in combining our individual strengths at work to help serve you, others, and our women/young women in our community!
The most significant lesson that 2021 has taught our team and the organization, is to have courage. Because of courage, we made it work for our team, the organization, and the community. For much of the world, charting the path during the pandemic and beyond is much harder than we thought. And, yes - we were reminded that adversity always has more to teach us, and with courage, we will continue growing, serving, and connecting in a way that’s effective to our community.
Welcoming Week: Picnic
Saturday 09.25.2021, we gather for Welcoming Picnic at Swan Creek Preserve Metroparks. At the Welcoming Picnic, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across the community and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans.
Post Session -WED
A total of 124 people attended the gathering and participated in the table discussions. By doing so, we experience and engage with each other in a dialogue that increases our collective awareness of what is happening in women’s lives, discusses solutions and strategies we can create to enhance women’s rights in the United States.
Our 2020 Impact!
Announcing our publication of the Year 2020 Impact Report (Annual Report) on how we stay vigilant to continue serving our community during COVID-19. We are simply grateful to our Circle of Supporters, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors for their continuous effort to support our mission, goals, and objective to help women and young women at educating, engaging, and empowering to keep moving forward.
Business Growth Collaborative -Mentoring Program
Announcing the Northwest Ohio Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and we would like to invite you to become one of its inaugural mentees. The program is being jointly created by our organization, Women of Toledo, and two Toledo-area Chambers of Commerce: Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Joining forces will allow us to leverage our diverse talents and backgrounds to comprehensively support our entrepreneurs.
Let's Give Thanks!
2020 has been a year – Covid-19, ups-and-downs in the economy, the unease of political and racial unrest. And in its unique moments, what did 2020 teach us? It was the importance of the humanities – our communities, families, friends, and individuals coming together with empathy, compassion, and courage
My Rights, My Vote
Partnering with Social Justice, Human Relations Commission for the City of Toledo, we kick-off What To Do and #MyRightsMyVoice campaigns starting Oct. 19 to Nov. 2. Together, we want to offer these aspirations in mind and showcase how #419Women choosing when it comes to their rights and voices.
When the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787, women were not given equal standing with men. Do you know? One of the most fundamental rights in the United States—the right to vote—was only granted to women after a hard-fought campaign that lasted more than 70 years. Interested in learning more? We did the research and gather resources from Drexel University, Women100 campaign, our friends at National Organization Women (NOW) and Library of Congress. Click below to read Historical Context on Suffrage and Women’s Equality Day. Post-session here.
To Take Action!
As an organization that advocates for diversity & inclusion and inequality, now more than ever we need to be vigilant at supporting our black female community. Since economic advancement and marketplace inequality is part of the critical work of our organization, it is important that we support Black Women-Owned Businesses today, tomorrow, and every day after that, to promote long-term economic change.
With every Adversity
419HerHub can connect you to women’s groups and organizations, local women's authors, as well as women-owned businesses through our directory listings. We want to continue to educate, engage, and empower our community in any capacity we can. With this one-stop online resources platform, we believe it will enhance our community by helping women find the right opportunities, networks, and resources for personal & professional connection and growth.
COVID-19: Pushing Forward
Despite this setback, we are still committed to serving our community, especially our female community members, so that you can continue thrive in any aspect of your professional and personal lives. For more than 5 years, WOT has focused on our mission to help you keep moving forward. This enduring mission guides us as we closely monitor, assess and respond to covid-19. In response to the current situation, we’ve implemented our continuity plan to engage our female community. We are proud to launch a new virtual learning and connecting space under our Women’s Connection and Educational Initiative Programs.
The first quarter of the year is always an exciting time for our team here at Women of Toledo. This is the season that our program task team shares our 2020 program schedule and begin conversations with our Program's Partners, Ambassadors & Supporters. We stay focused on our mission and engage in dialogues with many, many, many local businesses, especially women-owned businesses, for partnerships.
November is full of curiosity
During various conversations with stakeholders and partners on what the organization would like to do in 2020, I have been asked this question - 'What does WOT want to be?' Because of my curiosity, wanting to learn and understand better - I asked , " Elaborate'. What the organization wants to do is not nearly as important as what the organization wants to be. And the longer I reflected on this question and statement.... the more significant that it became.
Our local Young Women of Toledo will be celebrating the #dayofthegirl this Saturday, 10.12.19, 10:30am at the Phoenicia, University of Toledo - Student Union. YWOT Big Idea: GIRLFORCE Unstoppable and Unscripted highlights the experiences of 4 local activists making a difference at home and abroad promoting diversity and inclusion.
Life full of Lemons!
We will never stop building and assessing the needs of the community and working to listen to their needs and wants, and build something they will love. We didn't realize how important it is to keep-up with needs of the ecosystem that continues to evolve and change. We stay strong on data & impact measurements, as we believe what gets measured, will get managed.
The Toledo City Council approved the Pay Equity Act!
We began our advocacy and created awareness on how important it was for our constituents to take action. We went a step further and consulted our friends at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) to draft a well-researched letter in support of Women of Toledo’s call to Toledo City Council to pass the Pay Equity Act.
Pay Equity Act
Pay Equity Act:This important piece of legislation will help to close the pay gap that exists and persists as a result of potential employers asking job candidates about their previous salary history. Every person deserves to be offered compensation based on their skills and abilities, not what their previous employer paid them. The ordinance will help to close the pay gap that exists due to this discriminatory business practices.
Talking Circle for Women Owned Business
Our Momentum Circle is a focus peer-networking group for a diverse women-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups to connect, and grow their businesses.Women are increasingly harnessing their entrepreneurial spirit, and it is critical to encourage and support this behavior with focus to eliminate obstacles and facilitate growth of their businesses.
The future is exciting. Let's build a gender-balanced world. Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. This Year’s Theme: The race is on for a gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth and gender-balanced sports coverage. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key.
419NEWS: It's November
WHY choose to volunteer with Women of Toledo? With the organization, you will also experience & learn how to work with others from different cultures, languages, age groups, and embrace others' differences. You will learn to connect with one another.
Young Women of Toledo
We have created spaces where girls, young women and women of many generations can interact and support each other. Creating intergenerational spaces, based on non-hierarchical and anti-oppression frameworks, allows for the emergence of transformational leadership that draws on the contributions of all generations.
Introducing our new BLOG page!
Our blog post aims to highlights our women community stories, storytellers, and advocacy efforts that consistent with our #pressforprogress campaign goals. We invite you to read and comments as we continue our efforts and pledged for #PressForProgress.
June is National Immigrant Heritage Month
Our mission is to promote diversity & inclusion for women in the Toledo area. We strive for diversity on our Board, Community Partners, Circle of Supporters and are proud to have immigrants represented across our organization that are making an impact in Toledo. As part of National Immigrant Heritage Month, we wanted to share with you some statistics about immigrants in Toledo.
Kickoff 2022 in a unique way
The program also features the debut of the Northwest Ohio Women’s Business Council (WBC), the passage by Toledo City Council of a local Cities for CEDAW Ordinance, an exhibition of historical women entrepreneurs and special guest and keynote speaker, Dr. Soon-Young Yoon, the United Nations representative of the International Alliance of Women and author of the book Citizen of the World: Soon-Young and the UN.
New Partner: In October we also established a new partnership with TolHouse. HerHub members now have an exclusive membership pricing to "The Room Where it Happens". TolHouse enthusiastically welcomes members of HerHub to join their ecosystem of entrepreneurs, business people, and creative minds.
Fall KickoffL Mentorship
We are excited to welcome all these current & new mentors to our mentorship circle this Fall. They will be serving our Young Women and Women that are part of our Young Women Genius program (9th to 12th graders), Discovery (college and up), and M.oM (virtual) Mentorship session. Thank you for your time and talent to serve with us either in-person or virtual session this Fall!
Women's Equality Day
On Thursday, August 26, women across the United States will be celebrating Women's Equality Day. This day was designated to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing American women the right to vote. We celebrate women's progress while recognizing that more work still needs to be done.
International Women's Day.
All month long, you will find a blend of posts celebrating the achievements and contributions of amazing women in history and women in the Greater Toledo Area who are committed to making history. At WOT, our goals are always to nurture and support learning from the past and reflecting on the present to create a more equitable future.
Art, Food and Soul
HerHub prides itself on the diversity of membership within our support network, and continues to find ways not only to elevate, highlight and celebrate minority businesses but also decrease the network gap that exists among women of color businesses owners through events like this one!
Kickoff 2021 Program
The City of Toledo's Human Relations Commission and the University of Toledo will be co-hosting the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, January 18th. Join us for a special virtual celebration featuring keynote speaker and author, Austin Channing Brown in celebration of Blackness and recognize the possibility of racial justice in organizations and communities.
Circle of Supporters!
During the crisis, we pivoted and adapted to technology. In 2020, we organized a series of #419Women digital campaigns about Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Women’s Voters, featuring more than 58 local women stories that inspired others to take action. How have the challenges of 2020 altered the future of our organization? Answering that question requires that we first acknowledge some difficult truths that we have encountered during the pandemic.
The Colors of Diversity
These women have been catalysts in the community for making change and impacting the lives they touch. We're truly proud to have these women as a part of #419Women and cherish their support. Thank you for sharing your stories, your passion, and dedication to the betterment of our community.
Black Women's Equal Pay Day
For White women, Equal Pay was March 31, 2020. For Black women, Equal Pay is today, August 13, 2020. Approximately, an additional of 135 working days. Today marks the 225th day of 2020. With the wage gap between Black women and White men, Black women have to work approximately 225 additional days to equal the salary that her White, non-Hispanic, male colleague makes in 1 year.
Let's be better, together, by standing for an equitable society and with those fighting for justice. Use this time for listening, learning while engaging in the discourse, and doing better as individuals and as a country. With the support of our current Partners, Mentors and Leaders in the community, we established a special Responsive Advocacy Task Force to help lead, support, and assist at educating, engaging, and empowering our female community (and HeForShe) pertaining to our current political and social issues.
Your Support Matters
Now, our Virtual Power Hour Series Session is our new ways of doing business at Women of Toledo. So far, we managed to organize 10 Power Hour series sessions every Tuesday and Thursday since March 24th. We maintained 119 participants for all sessions with average 15 attendees. We partnered with more than a dozen women speakers and experts from various field of business, human behavior, health & wellness, advocacy and mental healthcare to share their resources and knowledge with the group. More than 47% participants is new to the organization which tell us, despite social distancing our community still looking for an opportunity to connect and contribute.
COVID-19: Important Announcement from Women of Toledo. Our Leadership team has been following the news about the coronavirus very closely, so we could make an informed decision for the safety of women and youth that we serve. Since most of our program activities are either hosted at a public venue and/or require social interaction, collectively, the leadership team has decided to follow the recent Executive Order. Hence, effective immediately through April 30th, we have decided to either cancel and/or postpone the majority of our face to face program activities to a later date.
Passion & Purpose
Knowing the difference between your passions and your purposes will help you get your life on the right track. Knowing what to put your time and energy into when it comes to your purpose will make having your passions all the more fun and focused. There’s always balance to life, and balance between passion and purpose makes life worthwhile. At Women of Toledo, sharing our time and talents as leaders is our passion, with a purpose to elevate the quality of lives for our community members.
Hosted by Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), Women of Toledo join other partners at the Small Business Resource Day (SBRD) this Tuesday, October 29 from 4pm to 8pm! In addition, our Mentors on the Move will also be on-site to meet our Mentees and any other attendees for quick one-on-one Mentoring on the Moments (M.o.M) sessions.
First Energy Toledo Edison
On behalf of our Advisory Board, Community Partners, Supporters, Volunteers and Young Women & Women at Women of Toledo, we would like to thank you for being part of First Energy-Toledo Edison, Women's Leadership April - Lunch & Learn. Thank you for this opportunity for us to share our stories at Women of Toledo, the organization and ways that we impacted our community.
Thank You - So Sweet
What is Macaron Day? Inspired by the annual Jour du Macaron in Paris, in which free macarons are given out and proceeds are given to charity. The patrons of So Sweet will receive one free macaron in exchange for making a donation to Women of Toledo: 'NO WOMEN LEFT BEHIND' Initiatives Fund.
Special Edition: 2018 Intercultural Gala and Fashion Show
14 countries were represented in the intercultural fashion show, demonstrated by 40 models of local women, men and children. There were also performances by the Aegela Centers for Middle Eastern Dance, the Uni of Toledo’s Indian-Bollywood dance group, the Tiffin Uni. and a local Caribbean dance group.
PILOT: HerHub is LIVE!
After two years, we have finally launched HerHub website! Under Women of Toledo new initiatives with a focus on community building, HerHub will provides the greater Toledo community with listing of women-centered events, resources and organizations. HerHub mission is that women in the 419 can create stronger communities with HER in it.
TOLEDO for CEDAW City Designation
Steering Committee were established under Dr. Ardenia Jones Terry and Diane Reamer-Evans, Zonta Club Advocacy Committee. Our team, Nina Corder and Mickey Radtkin were invited to serve the Steering Committees with a purpose to review the recommended steps for Toledo becoming a CEDAW CITY.
No Women Left Behind
No Women Left Behind Initiative offers any women, young women & Disconnected Youth with financial hardship within our Women's Connection Program to attend a Professional Educational Development series and Coaching services for FREE! In 2017, 93% of our participants had access to all of our programs and services for FREE!
Fall in love with our CAUSE of advocating for Diversity & Inclusion!
Our LOVE story....the first WOT diversity strategy initiatives began in March 2013, where a group of eighteen women with active roles as community leaders in Greater Toledo met for a focus group discussion surrounding diversity in networking organizations. The objective of this initiative was to understand how to build a connecting hub for a diverse group of women.
We are the City of CEDAW. City Council will vote and sign CEDAW, also known as the Bill of Rights for Women (globally). REF: O-095-22 Enacting a new Toledo Municipal Code Chapter 183, Local Implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (“CEDAW”).
Int Women's Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Toledo (WOT) is hosting a luncheon on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Toledo Museum of Arts, Glass Pavilion. The International Women’s Day Luncheon will feature a panel speaker, #BreakTheBias, with four women from different parts of the globe as immigrants, first-generation and global travelers, who now call Toledo home.
Kickoff 2022 in a unique way
Check out the highlights of the year 2021 Impact by the number for Women of Toledo. We have exciting news to share! Our Program Team- Nina Corder and Kristina ElSayed are now GrowthWheel® Certified Business Advisor. GrowthWheel® is a visual toolbox and cloud-based platform used by business advisors to help client companies make decisions and take action with a 360° view.
Women of Toledo are joining forces with PINKK NOW, Chicago to cast a wide net of experience, mentorship, and networking with mentors and women’s leaders across the country. Speed mentoring is a fast-paced evening of meeting up with multiple mentors and having the opportunity to inquire about your questions with amazing leadership!
More than 45 members of women-owned businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs attended this session. We are also delighted City of Toledo's Economic Development Commissioner, Sandy Spang, joined us and shared 3-tips to help businesses scale up to the next levels during her opening remarks.
With gratitude, we thank you Toledo community and loyal readers of the Toledo City Paper for the nomination and our winning as the Runner-Up of 2020 Best of Toledo for community categories under the charity/nonprofit. We look forward to staying vigilant in our efforts to continue educating, engaging, and empowering our women and youth in our community.
In the month of January, our organization successfully served 53 community members through our weekly program and one-on-one sessions.
We are simply grateful to start 2021 strong, able to continue providing opportunities and visibility for our female community to lean in for support, to connect with other women, and build resources via zoom.
Let's Give Thanks!
Changing our calendars from 2020 to 2021 will not magically make the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges disappear, but it will end eventually. Success might look different for our organization in 2020, but our heart is filled with hope and gratitude. We are so grateful for all the sacrifices that you have made this year to support and serve others.
My Rights, My Vote
We served 927 participants and offered more than 45 various programs and services. Looking at crises as opportunities, we continued serving and connecting in a way that’s effective for our community - We learned to meet them where they're at, what and when they need it.
Hispanic Heritage Month
We are kicking off September by celebrating the diversity of our community! Welcoming Week 2020 takes place on September 12-20. And Hispanic Heritage Month takes place on September 15- October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the U.S. for more than 40 years. Hispanics across the country celebrate this month with pride while commemorating the importance of diversity. The Hispanic month is important to preserve our culture and heritage because it keeps our integrity as people. Traditions are passed from generation to generation, values and family are the roots of Hispanic culture.
Network Gap is not new, and certainly not for our community. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified this gap, disproportionately impacting female communities that were already facing barriers in the workplace and marketplace. This means that networking will become even more important as people look for new jobs, and opportunities to grow their business.
Now, do you Know? At Women of Toledo, we strategically align all our programs and services to also implement integrated solutions that respond to complex development challenges and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are 17 interrelated goals that represent an ambitious agenda to achieve a sustainable future by 2030. WOT has a role to play in all of them, with a focus on the seven highlighted here.
23 Days... It has been 23 days since schools were closed due to this ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Then, on March 22, we received the announcement that Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order effective March 23. We are on Day-15. And recently, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio's Stay at Home order has been extended until May 1, 2020. That's additional 25 days, totaling 40 days. Will that be it? We are pushing forward and continuing to serve our female community members to keep moving forward and empowered during COVID-19.
Passion & Purpose
In February, we celebrated Black History Month. It is a celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognition. We expanded our list beyond the historians and included our own local #419Women. For us, Black History Month is not only a celebration of history and the past, but also celebrates the present and the future. We believe that we must nurture and support the goal of learning from the past and reflecting on the present to create a more equitable future. This is black history in the making.
Our new initiative
Introducing our latest initiative, HerHub - an online platform that provides the greater Toledo community with women-centered events, local women-owned businesses, women’s groups and organizations. WOT as the conveyer, our goal is to reduce duplication and schedule conflicts among women's activities to enhance partnerships, activity attendance and funding. We are looking to strengthen local companies by connecting female employees to the right networking and professional development opportunities, as well as promote and support female-owned businesses.
"The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes" -Emma Watson's speech during the launch of the HeForShe UN Women's campaign in New York City, 2014
Say Goodbye to Summer...and say Hello to Fall. 🍁🍂 From the beginning, our team enjoys researching, listening, reflecting and developing program activities that are high in impact for social progress and the opportunity to improve the quality of life for our community members, especially our female members.
United for the Earth
The United for the Earth, a community event organized by Women of Toledo, the BGSU Environmental Communication Initiative, the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT), and Project H.O.P.E. Equine Assisted Therapy, aims to enhance and extend environmental education and practice in Northwest Ohio, and promote cultural inclusivity and diversity as it intersects with environmental sustainability.
The 2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit in conjunction with Equal Pay on Saturday, April 6th at the Park Inn in Downtown Toledo. We are proud to announce this year's theme - Power for Progress!
Power for Progress will feature sessions that will nurture and support the goal of learning from the past, and reflecting on the present to create a more equitable future. Additionally, the summit will create awareness about and encourage support for the Equal Pay movement.
BNI: Community Service Award