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Ladies America chapters host First Wednesday on public speaking
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Top: Ladies Atlanta members learned how to effectively pitch themselves, their ideas and their businesses with Dr. Lilly Jenkins at First Wednesday event Sept. 3.

Bottom: Ladies DC members learn about public speaking at the First Wednesday event Sept. 3 at the Melrose Hotel.
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Thank you to everyone who joined us for September's First Wednesday and the launch of our Fall Mentorship Program!
Ladies America
The Ladies DC Mentorship program connects women in the District from various disciplines, backgrounds and generations.

Mentee applications are now open! Apply by Sept. 17 for the opportunity to participate in group mentorship or one-on-one experiences.

Learn more and apply

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Volunteer with Ladies DC
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Ladies DC has volunteer openings within our communications, social media and events teams! We're looking for:
  • Ladies DC Editor
  • Events bloggers
  • Events officers
  • Social media officers (Pin for us!)
Ladies DC offers a great way to boost your resume, gain communications and events management skills and be more involved in the community.

Check out our openings

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Ladies DC September member seminar to focus on workplace conflict
Ladies DC
Workplace conflict is an unavoidable consequence of professional life. Some sources indicate that human resource managers spend 25 to 60 percent of their time working through employee conflicts! How you manage conflict may determine whether your career is posted for takeoff or a crash landing. During this month's LDC Members Seminar, you will learn how to effectively prevent, recognize and manage conflict in your workplace.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Cove Capitol Hill (910 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Tickets: Free for members; $15 for non-members

Register

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There's still time to be a mentor!
Ladies America
Serve as a mentor! Ladies DC's annual mentorship program provides experienced professionals the opportunity to mentor a younger women for eight months. Applications for the 2014-2015 program are now open.

I'm ready to mentor!

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Community volunteer opportunity
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Making Cents International is currently accepting volunteers for the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit. Learn more and apply.
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7 surefire ways to perfect the art of in-person networking
Business 2 Community
Networking is an art and it not easy. It certainly is not everyone's cup of tea. To be clear, we're talking about face-to-face, in-person interactions. Social networking is all the craze right now and it is a viable networking tool but there are so many imminent clear benefits of live interaction. Here is a list of a few important skills necessary for making an in-person connection and a lasting impression.
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3 powerful new ways your business can use social media
By Emma Fitzpatrick
The longer social media thrives, the bigger the role it will play in companies. Today, 81 percent of businesses both small and large are using social media. Out of those, 94 percent use it to communicate marketing messages. But this year social media should be more than just an outlet for your business's marketing messages. Read on to learn three new ways your business can use social media.
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What women can learn from men at work
The Fiscal Times via CNBC
Nell Merlino knows the one thing men do better at work than women. The former head of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, Merlino, 61, worked almost exclusively in female-dominated environments for more than 30 years. Recently, she joined the tech startup Personal Blackbox as a director, where she works mostly with men. Generally speaking, she says, "Men are quite good at establishing their credentials in the workplace, sometimes over and over again, to inspire confidence in those around them."
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3 reasons for small businesses to borrow money before the end of the year
Small Business Trends
The signs of a healthy economy are abundant. Sales of existing homes continue to rise, marking a rebound of the real estate market that collapsed during the Great Recession. Unemployment is inching downward, and the stock market has had a robust year. Despite the unrest in the Middle East, there has been no oil shock.
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Column: Fighting the gender pay gap
The New York Times
We've all been taught it's not polite to talk about what we earn, so the word doesn't spread. Also, employees are strongly discouraged from talking with each other about what they earn. Some companies will even threaten termination if employees reveal salary, even though they can't legally bar you from doing so. If people can't talk about what they make without fear of retaliation, it's very difficult to learn about company pay policies. The other fig leaf companies try to hide behind is job type. Women aren't really paid less, the argument goes.
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When to say yes (or no) to additional responsibilities at work
Forbes
Think about your average work week: How many of your daily tasks fit into the original job description you were hired to do? Chances are that, over time, out of an eagerness to prove yourself, you've taken on a number of responsibilities that fall well outside the realm of your core role. But how much of this newfound accountability is contributing to your professional advancement — and how much of it is just running you ragged?
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Is workplace flexibility actually disadvantaging women?
Daily Life
Flexibility in the workplace may be exacerbating gender inequality instead of reducing it, making it much harder for working women to get ahead, a study has found. In what appears to contradict the popular view that flexibility at work helps women balance motherhood with their careers, researcher and author Christin Munsch, sociology professor at Furman University in San Francisco, suggests that it is men, not women, who mainly benefit from flexible working arrangements.
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It's time to close the workplace gender gap
Entrepreneur
It's hard to believe that a gender bias still exists in the workplace, more than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act­. While women in the workplace have been "leaning in," in the words of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, to the challenge of climbing the corporate ladder, a female executive can still be ousted for being "pushy." In 2014, professional hurdles for women still remain and they are hard to ignore.
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Ladies America
City Chapter Events
Date Event
September Theme: "Public Speaking and Communication" Ladies Nashville Tostmasters — Sept. 15
Ladies DC Member Seminar — Sept. 16
Ladies Nashville Book Club — Sept. 29
More information
October Theme: "Health" Ladies America First Wednesdays city chapter events in Albany, Atlanta, DC, LA, Nashville, NYC, Seattle and Virginia Beach - 6:30 p.m. (local) Oct. 1 More information
November Theme: "Technology" Ladies America First Wednesdays city chapter events in Albany, Atlanta, DC, LA, Nashville, NYC, Seattle and Virginia Beach - 6:30 p.m. (local) Nov. 5 More information
December Theme: "Recognizing Excellence" Second Annual Ladies America "Recognizing Excellence" Awards Luncheon - date announcement coming soon! This year's theme is "Honoring our Mentors" in celebration of the completion of our mentorship pilot this year and the upcoming launch of our mentorship program in September. Nominations to begin in September. Stay tuned for more. More information




Ladies America Partner Events
Date Event
Sept. 13 - Dec. 31 Global Women's Summits More information
Sept. 21 Prevent Cancer 5K More information
Oct. 16 The Pennsylvania Conference for Women More information
Nov. 13 The Texas Conference for Women More information
Dec. 4 The Massachusetts Conference for Women More information
Find more events across the country at www.ladiesamerica.org


 
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