Letter from the CEO – December 2015

Letter-From-CEO

Dear AWEE Stakeholder,

This is a special time of year on so many levels.

Given recent events in Paris and San Bernardino, it is surely a time to be grateful and embrace those we love and reflect on all that is good in our lives. And, it’s the perfect season to look back on the work and issues we care about and what we achieved and look ahead to new beginnings.

What makes it even more meaningful is understanding that at AWEE we are privileged to do something very few people can do: change lives through the dignity of work. Those are not just empty words that make us feel good to say them.

They have real meaning we see every day in the faces of success we so often talk about and celebrate.

Innovation will continue to be our hallmark with new program components and enhancements, an emphasis on mentoring and continuing to tackle the critical issue of disparity in wages and opportunities for women.

2015 has been a year of important successes for AWEE and those who come to us for help to open, improve and expand their current employment opportunities.

* In March, we launched, AWEEc (Arizona Women’s Education & Entrepreneur Center), Maricopa County’s only women’s business center to develop, support and expand women-owned businesses and assist women entrepreneurs facing economic or other barriers to starting a business.

* In April, we announced a partnership with BankWork$™ to prepare adults, primarily from low-income and minority communities, for careers in the financial industry. The program will get underway in the new year.

* And just this month, we opened enrollment in SheLEADS, a professional development and skills training network for high-impact women invested in career success and their community.

We won’t slow down in 2016, our 35th year responding to community needs and shifts, particularly for women who much too often encounter invisible barriers and roadblocks to success.

Innovation will continue to be our hallmark with new program components and enhancements, an emphasis on mentoring and continuing to tackle the critical issue of disparity in wages and opportunities for women.

I wish you a wonderful season of friends and family. And I leave you with this from T.S. Eliot: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

Sincerely,

Marie A. Sullivan
President & CEO

Letter from the CEO – December 2015
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