Posted by YWM on July 17, 2014
In 2014 BPW/NC launched a grant program to provide funding to women veteran professionals or business owners in North Carolina to be used for training, startup capital or business related expenses. During BPW/NC’s recent convention, $500 grants were awarded to MSgt Barbara J. Bozeman, USAF (Ret.) and Tina Smith, USA (E-4 Specialist).
Ms. Bozeman joined the Air Force because she knew she wanted a career and ended up staying for over twenty years. The most important lesson she learned in the military was that regardless of the circumstances, she was never alone, and that she was responsible to and responsible for everyone with whom she served. This gave her both a great sense of freedom to grow as an individual and as a leader. She plans to use the Women Veteran Grant to create a more professional display for her photography business, Sights and Hounds Photography.
When Ms. Smith was in the 9th grade she knew she wanted to be a soldier and enrolled in the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps program. She has gone on to obtain a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Service and a Master’s of Science of in Organizational Management Leadership. Her career goal has always been to use her degrees to help others out. She plans to use the Women Veteran Grant to help boost her business, Germacide Cleaning Solutions.
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Posted by BPW Foundation Contributer on July 2, 2014
As you may have heard BPW Foundation is in the midst of the Veterans Charity Challenge, an online fundraising campaign through CrowdRise. The founders of Craigslist have pledged $20,000 to the top fundraising organization, $10,000 to second place and $5,000 to third.
The last four weeks of the Challenge has seen great success for us, but as we reach this final DAY, it is time to go into over-drive to reach our goal. Thanks to donors like you, we are almost there! We need your help to finish strong and raise an additional $2,000 by the end of the Challenge at 10am on July 3rd to win.
No amount is too small please visit www.crowdrise.com/jfmp and show your support for woman veterans, military spouses, caregivers of a wounded warrior and survivors of fallen service members.
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Posted by BPW Foundation Contributer on July 2, 2014
Second in the “The Strength of Your Service …and Beyond” blog series targeting the military and military family community who are seeking opportunities in the civilian workforce. Look for more installments of this series in the near future.
By Chris Rath
The value of your network, even after separation, can lead to opportunities you never expected. Many companies receive thousands of applicants. Responding to every candidate is impossible and positions are competitive. The key is to network so the opportunities find YOU. In the service, your network grew with each assignment and just happened by design of your career. In your job search, you are connecting in a new area. Here are 5 ways to re-energize your networking techniques to be successful in your job search:
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Posted by BPW Foundation Contributer on June 13, 2014
The first in the series “The Strength of Your Service…and Beyond”
By Chris Rath
Before my first marathon, I could not fathom running 26.2 miles. Training for a long distance takes preparation, commitment and tenacity. Your job search requires the same philosophy. Finding a new job does not typically happen overnight neither does running a marathon with no training. Here are tips to running one of the biggest races of your life – finding a job to your second career.
- Set a goal. Right, it’s to find a job. But not so fast. Is your goal to find a job or a career? Are you looking for something long term or short term? What is your target industry or company size? Just as in race training, I had to plan for my pace, water breaks, etc. So, take time to make a plan to help you focus and measure your process so you can make adjustments and move forward.
- Rely on a support system. For me, having running buddies and my family’s support got me through the long haul. The same can make a tremendous difference in your search. Build upon your existing network and reconnect. If you do not have a mentor, consider someone who has recently separated find military-friendly organizations who offer mentoring through free career mentors and professional resources. Your support system will only continue to grow with people who want to help you.
- Practice. Marathon training often includes a few shorter races to help you prepare for race day. Preparation for your job search activities should also be done. As many of you are aware, have a good elevator speech and prepare for common interview questions. But, take it one step further and continue to evaluate and refine. Use your support system to work out the bugs so you can feel more relaxed and competitive on interview day.
- Change it up. Conditioning through a variety of exercises better prepared me. Some days I ran intervals; other days I ran hills – all with the same goal of helping me finish the race successfully. The same goes for your resume. While many of you know that refining and tailoring your resume is a constant process, it does get time consuming. But remember, the end goal is to get you through finish line…with a new job!
- Take it easy. Don’t give up. Stay positive.
To learn more about job searching for your second career, look for more installments of our series, “The Strength of Your Service…and Beyond.”
Chris Rath leads the Veteran Recruiting Program for Booz Allen Hamilton, a publicly traded strategy and technology consulting firm based in Mclean, VA. The program is focused on employment opportunities for former military, transitioning military, military spouses, guard and reservists. Candidates may connect with me, other Booz Allen employees/recruiters, and transitioning military colleagues through our Booz Allen Transitioning Military Recruiting LinkedIn Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=5144107&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp
Booz Allen is an Employer of Choice for former military personnel, who make up a third of our workforce. We’re committed to supporting veterans, Reservists, National Guardsmen and women, and other employees with military backgrounds through outreach, training programs, and our Armed Services Forum, which provides support, camaraderie, and resources for employees formerly or currently serving our nation.
Visit www.boozallen.com/careers/transitioningmilitary to find out more about these and other unparalleled opportunities for transitioning military personnel and veterans, and to learn about webinars and other upcoming events.
Joining Forces Mentoring Plus offers free unlimited personal career and employment coaching and professional guidance – including working women mentors – for women veterans, female military spouses, caregivers of wounded warriors and survivors of fallen soldiers. Visit www.JoiningForcesMentoringPlus.org. Volunteer women employees from partners including Booz Allen Hamilton and others are waiting to share their expertise and experience with you!
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Posted by Crystal Williams on May 22, 2014
Memorial Day is one of our nation’s most solemn and revered holidays— we extend our sincere gratitude to these servicemen and women in uniform who gave their lives so we might live in freedom. We honor their memory and pray for peace.
This is also a day when we would like to bring special attention to the sacrifice of our fallen sisters who have died during the war on terror. Since the war began there have been over 157 service women who have bravely perished in defense of our great country. A complete list of the fallen servicewomen can be found by visiting Women in Military Service in America (WIMSA) we invite you to take a moment and remember these women and consider making a donation to WIMSA Memorial to honor them.
We also encourage you to visit the Washington Post’s Faces of the Fallen. Faces of the Fallen provides information about each U.S. service member who died as a result of the War on Terror. Please take a moment to remember and honor these mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, and friends this Memorial Day.
Pictures taken from Washingtonpost.com Faces of the Fallen
Research by Magda Jean-Louis, Greg Linch, Whitney Fetterhoff and Mary Hadar.
Application design and development by Sisi Wei, Jeremy Bowers and Wilson Andrews.
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Posted by Crystal Williams on May 17, 2014
Today, Saturday May 17, 2014 is Armed Forces Day when we honor the men and women of the US Armed Forces. This day honoring a unified Armed Service was created in 1949 and signed into law by President Harry Truman. As Former Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird so accurately noted “Our servicemen and women shoulder the burden of defense as one of the responsibilities of citizenship in this free country. Having participated in protecting our rights and having met oppression on the battlegrounds of the world, they are able to appreciate and savor the blessings of citizenship in the country they serve.”
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Posted by Crystal Williams on May 12, 2014
Business and Professional Women’s Foundation has always been a supporter of small business owners especially since many of our supporters and legacy members are women small business owners. We have been strong supporters of legislation to level the playing field for small businesses, have conducted research to better understand the needs of small businesses and just recently one of our Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® mentees testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business about how the Mentoring Plus program helped her when she was starting her business. So join us in saluting all small business owners and check out the various activities and resources offered by the Small Business Administration this week.
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Posted by Crystal Williams on May 9, 2014
Today BPW Foundation is proud to honor and recognize Women Joining Forces Advisory Council Member Linda Spoonster Schwartz.
Healing the Wounds of War Linda Spoonster Schwartz was a member of the United States Air Force and served on Active Duty and as a Reservist, retiring in 1986 after sustaining injuries in an aircraft accident while serving as an Air Force Flight Nurse. She received a Masters in Nursing from Yale and holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the Yale School of Medicine. Linda has a long history of involvement in nursing and veteran organizations and is known as an advocate and activist who has devoted her life to healing the wounds of war.
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Posted by Crystal Williams on May 8, 2014
BPW Foundation is proud to honor and recognize BPW Foundation Women Joining Forces Advisory Council Member Barbara Ward, a nurse who has given so much of herselve personally and professionally to care for all of us. Thank you!
Barbara Ward is a Vietnam Era veteran who served in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. She is currently Director of the Center for Minority Veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a registered nurse with a diverse background in health care administration and state government. Ms. Ward has held several executive level management positions in the healthcare industry. As a long term educator, she has been an adjunct faculty member at several universities. Ms. Ward was appointed as the Director of the Center for Minority Veterans in July 2012. Prior to this appointment, the Governor of California appointed Ms. Ward to the position of Deputy Secretary of Women and Minority Veterans in 2007 and as the Bureau Chief of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education in 2005. Ms. Ward also served as a member of the Women Veterans Advisory Committee for three years and was co-chair of the health sub-committee. Ms. Ward’s passion for healthcare combined with her career of advocacy has made her a leader in veteran healthcare issues.
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