Economic Development > WEE
Women's Economic Empowerment
Our Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) power hour series luncheon is offered throughout the year on a quarterly basis. The series intended to help improve empowerment and elevate women's economic advancement in the Greater Toledo area. This quarterly luncheon educational series offered various methodology tools such as forum dialogue, panel discussion, speaking engagement, or roundtable activity that emphasized opportunities and ways to increase women’s economic opportunities, strengthen their economic leadership, and advance the rights of women in our community.
2019: March | June | August | October
2020: February | March | June | August | October
2021: March | June | August | October
2022: March | May | August |September
2022: Jan | March | May |August |October
Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth. We believe our WEE educational efforts will increase women’s access to economic resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, property, skills development, and market information. Women make enormous contributions to economies, either as entrepreneurs/employees or as unpaid caregivers in the home. As a result, it will create opportunities that are substantial as research suggests that when a woman’s economic status improves, so does her family, household, and, potentially, her community.
Our educational program will ensure our participants are included among a new generation of political, business, corporations, community, and civil society leaders. With the support from our No Women Left Behind initiatives, each one is equal and each one belongs. Hence, we are reaching out to women most in need, often by engaging with women in transition, immigrants, and low-skilled women to attend, participate, and be part of all of our WEE efforts.
In addition, support from our Women’s Connection mentors and peer network will ensure those that participate in this program will have the skills, experience, knowledge, and networks to succeed and create an opportunity to generate value in their lives, families, and communities.