We have two of my favorite events coming up this week – namely the mentoring lunches at the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy in Houston and the Irma Rangel School in Dallas. This is the most rewarding way I know to spend my lunch hour. Getting to have lunch with these amazing students who are eager to learn about your college experience and career path is something not to be missed. These girls are on their way to college and since most will be first generation college students, your time and advice are invaluable to them. Please try to take time out of your week to spend your lunch hour with them and us.
With the boomer generation aging at a rapid clip, more and more women are being forced out of the workforce to care for aging parents in the prime of their career. American families forgo $28.9 million in wages to take care of sick children or relatives, and this reduces potential GDP, not to mention the impact on the financial future of these women. The full article can be found here.
As the ranks of college-educated women in the workforce is increasing, spending patterns are changing and companies that ignore this shift do so at their peril. The full article can be found here.
The next article touches on the subject of why, given that women make up 51% of the population, we can be discriminated against. It comes down to the fact that women come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and when we focus on our differences, we allow ourselves to be divided. HBR published a very insightful article on how we can begin to break down the color barrier at work – namely to expand our work-friend set beyond those who just look like us. The full article can be found here.
We all know meetings can be a landmine for women. Some women are afraid to speak up, and when we do, more often than not, we are interrupted. HBR lays out a framework for building a more inclusive culture, and it starts with hosting inclusive meetings. The article includes a meeting checklist to help everyone stay on point. The full article can be found here.
You will note that we have our two amazing fall fundraisers set so far. For Houston we have a treat – a private magic show featuringChampion Magician: Ben Jackson. Our Houston committee has arranged for an amazing array of goodies for the raffle all from female-owned businesses. In Austin, we have our wonderful Boots & Blackjack Casino Night at the Line Hotel. Thank you to the following local Austin companies that have generously donated to our November 7th Silent Auction. Attend for your chance to bid on these stellar items benefiting the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. Get your tickets here
I would ask each of you to consider corporate sponsorship of TXWSW. Benefits include attendance at our flagship events and recognition for your firm. To learn more, you may find our sponsor information here. Additionally, we would be happy to create a custom sponsorship for you. Please contact Bianca King at firstname.lastname@example.org