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Ladies America Launches Mentorship Pilot Program
Ladies America
Yesterday, Ladies America officially launched its national mentorship pilot program in Washington, D.C. The program will run through April/May, and from the results of the pilot, a national mentorship program will be developed. This is a dream come true for Ladies America! Hats off to the Ladies DC Mentorship Committee, Yanire Brana and Jean Schindler, for spearheading this effort.

Women who participated in our survey earlier this year received priority access to apply on Sept. 24th. Applications will open to the public/members as early as Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 — we'll send an email blast and post on our social media outlets.
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Women are faring better than men in wake of the recession
The Washington Post
As the unemployment rate inches its way down, women, in particular, say they are finding that their skills are in high demand. Women have largely outpaced men in re-entering the work force following a deep recession and weak economic recovery. The latest unemployment figures, released this month, show that the national unemployment rate for women is 6.8 percent, compared with 7.7 percent for men. Women have regained all of the jobs they lost during the recession, while men continue to lag by 2.1 million jobs, Labor Department figures show.
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The geography of the gender pay gap: Women's earnings by state
Forbes
For more than a decade now, the comparison between the median earnings of full-time employed men and women in the U.S. has remained a stubborn 77 percent — that is, women earn roughly 77 cents on the dollar when stacked against the paychecks of white men. The latest data shows that number hasn’t budged—and isn’t likely to in the next Census. But when you drill deeper into earnings statistics, it's clear there is movement afoot: this year a total of 16 states boast women earning 80 cents or more to every male dollar, twice the count of 2010. It's good news—but it's worth a closer look.
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Operation Ball Gown — What a huge success and it is still going!
Ladies America


Ladies DC members Mitzyn De La Rosa
and Brandi Fitchett, who volunteered the
day of the gown drop.
Did you know that every year for the Marine Corps ball the Marines are required to attend? Did you also know that due to ticket prices, gowns, hair and make-up, it can get very pricey, so most spouses never attend? Not this year! Marine Barracks Washington has launched Operation Ball Gown and asked USMCSO (United Support for Marine Corps Significant Others) to help with collecting gowns this year. One of the founders of the nonprofit, Cassandra Bratcher, is a long time Ladies America (D.C.) member and reached out to the listserv to ask her fellow D.C. ladies for their help. The outpour was so incredible she had to create an automatic reply just to catch up to all the ladies donating ball gowns! With the help of other Ladies D.C. members like Missy Marsh, the Washington Hilton sponsored a ball gown drop at their hotel.

To date, USMCSO, in only three weeks, collected over 80 gowns — all because of you at Ladies D.C.! The Hilton also set up an open drop-off from now until Oct. 11 for ladies in the area to drop their gowns off at their convenience. It is a tax write off, so if you or someone you know has a gown they would like to donate, you can drop your gowns off for Missy at the Hilton on 1919 Conn Ave NW. Tweet, share and post! Let's get every significant other to the ball this year!

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Ladies America launches new chapter — Ladies Nashville
Ladies America
Ladies America has officially launched the new Ladies Nashville chapter. Please join us for a meeting that will provide information about Ladies America and the Nashville chapter, as well as gauge where interests lie in being a part of this group.
    Monday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
    Cabana Nashville
    1910 Belcourt Ave
    Nashville, Tennessee 37212
Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

for more information email info@ladiesamerica.com with "Ladies Nashville Inquiry" in the subject.

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7 secrets of super-productive female entrepreneurs
The Huffington Post
"The biggest time drain for nearly all the women business owners I know is lack of focus," writes Claire Mitchell. It means that even if you manage to free up some precious time in your over-busy schedule to work ON your business for a change, you haven't the faintest idea where to start. You're faced with a to-do list so long and so full of huge jobs that you're paralyzed into inaction. Needless to say, this is not the way to be super-productive.
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AmEx OPEN for women: CEO bootcamp
Ladies America
Ladies America was thrilled to participate in a special boot camp at AmEx headquarters in New York City recently.Ladies DC Director Jean Schindler live-tweeted the event. Check out the blog to catch up on some of the day's highlights.
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Recap: Recent Ladies North Carolina gathering
Colleen Hoagland via Ladies America
About a dozen ladies came together recently, with everyone chatting about work, where they live and how they've ended up in Raleigh. Networking is not a buzzword in the Triangle, but it turns out, there is a demand for it. The women were really excited to have an opportunity to meet other career driven women. So often women's career paths are not at the forefront of people's minds, but the ladies that came together last week were discussing new ways to build your business, best practices for finding a new job and just sharing what has worked for them. In following the Ladies America model, we made a plan to get together once a month and keep the conversation going. Everyone agreed that meeting other women who are striving for something more, be it a promotion, a new job, or greater responsibilities, it is motivating to meet others that are striving to reach those same goals.
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Why women should skip business school
New Yorker
Harvard Business School has been trying to improve the environment for female students, as Jodi Kantor wrote in the The New York Times. Women in the school historically have lagged behind their male classmates in academic performance despite entering on equal footing, but in the past two years, H.B.S. succeeded in closing the grade gap. What's less clear is what impact, if any, the school's efforts will have on the frat-house culture of its student body, which Kantor reports "many Wall Street-hardened women confided ... was worse than any trading floor." Which raises a question for ambitious young businesswomen: Why go to business school at all?
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Where are women in central banking?
The Washington Post
The United States has never had a female head of its central bank nor a female Treasury secretary, despite being home to the top university programs in economics, with an increasing share of advanced degrees going to women. Thirty-one of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries have not had a female central bank leader; the three exceptions are Austria, Finland and Poland.
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Incubator program for women entrepreneurs a hit out of the gate
Financial Post
SheEO is the brainchild of serial social entrepreneur and mentor Vicki Saunders. After mentoring several young men and women over the years, she kept noticing that women were asking different questions than men. "They would ask how did you build your network? How do you find balance? How do you deal with fear, boldness and confidence? There wasn't a place for them to talk about that stuff," Ms. Saunders says.
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Women influencing corporate boards, despite shortage of numbers
The Washington Post
The absence of women on corporate boards was perhaps never more stark than when Debra L. Lee watched men pass around lipsticks at a meeting of Revlon's directors. Even though the cosmetics company targets women, there were mostly men on its board, overseeing its direction, including weighing the colors and packaging of its lipstick. There is a push from companies and outside groups alike to improve the diversity, and particularly the presence of women, on boards, but achieving that remains a challenge.
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The coming rise of women in manufacturing
Forbes
Manufacturing in the U.S. grew by 517,000 jobs from January 2010 to February 2013, according to a report from the National Women's Law Center. But, since January 2010, women lost more manufacturing roles than they gained. In fact, women's share of the manufacturing sector is currently just over 27 percent — the lowest level since 1971.
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Digital connections empower women to change their futures
Mashable
Stricken with polio since age two, Neema Namadamu is now a determined activist running a women's rights organization in the Congo. As the founder of Maman Shujaa Hero Women of Congo, Namadamu trains women to be digital activists by sharing their stories and solutions for change online. Namadamu works in partnership with World Pulse, a women's empowerment network that connects nearly 60,000 women in more than 200 countries.
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Upcoming Ladies America partnerships
Ladies America
Ladies America believes strongly in supporting the great endeavors of our friends, supporters fellow women's groups and partners. With that, please take a look at some of the upcoming partnerships we developed and missions we are supporting. Take special note that discounts are available to Ladies America friends and affiliates!
  • Sept. 9-27 - Global Leadership Summit
    Ladies America is an official partner of the Global Women's Leadership Summit. They have a no cost pre-summit, that is like a series of online TED talks and you can gain a complimentary pass to this here: http://gwals.com/partner/a/gwals/g179. For more information on the event click here or please email info@ladiesamerica.com with "Ladies America & GWALS" in the subject.
  • Oct. 8 - "Women Entrepreneurs" Panel: Ladies America/ Ladies DC is a founding partner of DC Entrepreneurship Week and will be hosting the Oct. 8 women entrepreneurs panel at DLPiper. www.dcew.org
  • Oct. 9 - The Fusion Tour: Women Are Game Changers: Our organization is also supporting The Fusion Tour: Women Are Game Changers. It will be held in the following cities througout this year: Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Montgomery, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. http://www.womenaregamechangers.com/fusion-tour-is-coming-finally/ For information on special Ladies America discounts - particularly for the upcoming Oct. 9 gathering in Washington, D.C., please email info@ladiesamerica.com with the subject "Ladies America Fusion Tour Discount"
  • Nov. 19 - Texas Conference for Women: Ladies America is an official partner of the Texas Conference for Women set for Nov. 19 with keynote speaker Rachel Ray. Last year's conference boasted more than 6,000 attendees. http://www.txconferenceforwomen.org/ If you are interested in attending, find out more about Ladies America discounts by emailing info@ladiesamerica.com with "Ladies America Texas Conference for Women Discounts"

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