Women’s Health Watch
USHWCC Women’s Health Watch is a segment
we always include in our newsletter to keep our members
up to date on the latest news on health issues concerning
women. October is Breast Cancer Awareness
Month so please wear a pink ribbon in support of women
who suffer this disease.
How Health & Wellness Programs Can Make a Difference to Your Business' Bottom Line
Employee well being is critical to organizations large and small. In the US, the average sick day costs a business about $349 in lost productivity, and with the cost of health care continuing to skyrocket, employee wellness is becoming increasingly important to organizations. It is not only about the direct costs associated with employee medical care (prescription drugs, doctor's visits, hospital stays, and insurance premiums); employees with high physical wellbeing have more energy, get more done and boost the engagement of their colleagues and customers. Learn from experts in both healthcare field and non-healthcare field about how they are approaching wellness and containing health care costs through incentives and motivational program. A panel of experts in the healthcare industry will provide information on healthcare reform and how it an affect your business. A panel of healthcare experts will discuss this important topic at the Latina Empowerment Conference.
If you need information to help you understand
different types of investments, calculate
the total interest paid on a mortgage, or information on how you can save for your children’s college education, please call us and we’ll refer you to one of our members specialized in the area of finances.
Latina Representation in Corporate Boards
Although Latinas have made great strides in management positions in corporate America, they are still very underrepresented in Boards and C-Suites. While women in general hold about 15% of Fortune 500 Board seats, only 1% of these seats are held by Latinas; and less than 10% of Fortune 500 companies have Latinas on their Boards. Board appointments tend to go to CEOs/COOs types, yet we have very few Latinas serving in these positions and most of them are already on corporate Boards. Now more than ever, Latinas need to listen to experts address how challenging it is to be a Latina in business. In our annual conference, a session will focus on this topic and will provide an overview of the opportunities that may exist to get more Latinas in top leadership positions in corporate America. The USHWCC is committed to tackling this important issue. We are community leaders, empresarias, pay taxes, and still underrepresented in corporate boards. This must change!
It can be very difficult to be a working mom and at the same time be able to be recognized by your employer for potential promotions. Learn from our mom experts how they were able to demonstrate that they can be both good mothers and effective professionals. These professional women juggle career demands with the joys of motherhood and even participate in taking care of an elder parent. They will teach us how they maximized their quality time at home, how they met the demands of high-power careers, and were then able to lead great personal lives and contribute to their communities. Learn all of this at our annual Latina Empowerment Conference.
Opportunities Available for Women Business Owners
If you are a woman business owner, there are many things for you to focus on. You need to find money for your business so it can grow and thrive. Did you know that some funding sources out there specifically target women entrepreneurs? If not, you should know about them. Check out the information below to see where to go for loans, scholarships, and other sources of funding. If you have anything to add from your own experience, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can pass it along to other women entrepreneurs.
Small Business Administration (Office of Women's Business Ownership)
(www.sba.gov/womeninbusiness) - The SBA is doing more than ever to help level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business. At every stage of developing and expanding a successful business, the Office of Women"s Business Ownership is here to counsel, teach, encourage and inspire. Check out their "Hot List" of outside resources.
(www.count-me-in.org) - This is a new fundraising organization that raises money from women for women. Loans are given from $500 to $10,000 (for first time recipients the maximum amount is $5,000). Count-Me-In looks like a great resource with funding consideration based on experience over credit history. Check them out! The CEO, Nell Merlino, started Take Our Daughters To Work Day in 1993.
Federal Money Retriever?
(www.fedmoney.com) - The premier grants and loans.database software containing information on all U. S. federal government grant and loan programs. There is a cost for the software, but the site allows you to research some of the grant dollars that are available. They have a specific category for grants available for women at: http://www.fedmoney.com/grants/su0232.htm
The Women's Funding Network
(www.wfnet.org) - Promotes the development and growth of women's funds that empower women and girls by fostering strategic alliances among women, donors, communities and institutions.
NBC Supplier Diversity Program Website
(www.nbcsourcing.com/supplierdiversity/) - This is not so much a funding opportunity, but a procurement opportunity specifically for women and minority owned businesses. The National Broadcasting Company has launched its Supplier Diversity website to inform Minority-owned and Woman-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) of NBC's Supplier Diversity Program, and also permit MWBE suppliers of high-quality goods and services to register their companies online. The website is is a way for us to increase the number of MWBEs we do business with. NBC owns and operates TV Stations in the following locations: Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Hartford, CT; Miami, FL; San Diego, CA; Providence, RI; Columbus, OH; Raleigh, NC; Birmingham, AL.
American Association of University Women
(www.aauw.org) - This foundation is one of the largest private sources of funding for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
The Ada Project for Women (TAP)
(http://tap.mills.edu) - Includes information on conferences, discussion groups, organizations, fellowships, grants, and notable women in computer science.
Financial Women International
(www.fwi.org) - Provides information on professional growth, information sharing, peer networking, mentoring, leadership development, and career advancement for women.