Women’s Organizations Partner on Free Program to Train More Women for Civic Board Appointments
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and United Women’s Empowerment (United WE) are partnering on an initiative to train women for civic leadership and community service.
United WE’s ongoing research with the University of Notre Dame and Tulane University shows women make up approximately 40% of civic board appointments, and that in some cities, more than 75% of boards have zero or one-woman representation. However, the research also indicates that increasing the number of women decision-makers on public boards and commissions can bolster effectiveness, build public trust, and improve the lives of all residents.
The NAWBO and United WE partnership will provide free webinars and skill-building audio vignettes to help prepare women to serve in such local positions. Topics will include how to deal with burnout, improving executive presence, negotiating techniques and presentation tips. The first webinar, “Advocating for You, Your Business and Your Community,” will take place on Thursday, May 4, at noon Eastern time. Register here.
“Women business owners can bring a rich diversity of skills and talent needed to best serve their communities by their involvement on local boards and commissions,” said Wendy Doyle, United WE President and chief executive officer. “We are thrilled that this partnership with NAWBO will empower many talented women to build upon their skills and to bring their unique experiences to their communities in civic leadership positions.”
Founded in 1975, NAWBO is a dues-based organization representing the interests of women entrepreneurs across all industries. United WE is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance women’s economic and civic leadership.