You are invited to a new virtual series hosted by the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts dedicated to bolstering women’s economic security.
Many organizations have been affected by the economic impact of the pandemic, but while many still survive, women-owned businesses are at the brink of devastation. Prior to the pandemic, 1/3 of Western Massachusetts businesses were owned by women with that fraction threatening to decrease by the week. Businesses owned by women of color face the greatest barriers and are most likely to be shut out of recovery funding.
In the nonprofit sector, the pandemic has been disruptive to women-focused organizations and many philanthropic dollars have been understandably redirected to immediate COVID response.
Economic security for women is paramount to the success of a family. To bolster and empower women to be the champions of their own lives, we introduce Power Women Hour.
Women-Owned Businesses in Western MA (Before COVID-19)
Will you empower her?
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You can help us keep women’s economic security at the forefront by supporting Power Women Hour.
Thank you to our lead sponsor, The Jamrog Group
How to participate in Power Women Hour.
Power Women Hour is a monthly virtual series that features vulnerable Western MA women-owned businesses, particularly women of color-owned business or women-led nonprofits.
Join the WFWM as we listen to real women’s stories and learn a skill, craft, exercise, and more. The women entrepreneurs will be compensated for participating while community members benefit from getting the inside scoop behind the business leading up to each monthly event.
Your participation matters, so please subscribe, like, and share their stories on whichever platform you socialize on!
Power Women Hour will be available on our website and our YouTube channel every second or third Wednesday of the month at noon (12:00 PM EST).
The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is dedicated to women’s economic empowerment. With this, the WFWM has committed to paying all of the women entrepreneurs who participate in Power Women Hour.
Power Women Hour is made possible by our lead sponsor, The Jamrog Group, with additional support from the Institute for Generative Leadership.
We aim to sustain this initiative and invite you to give what you can to keep women’s economic security at the forefront of our communities in the region.
- help the most vulnerable women-owned businesses survive
- grow funding support for the Women’s Fund of Western MA and thereby support women and girls in your community
- learn fun skills and the determination it takes to own or lead a business or nonprofit
- build a community of people who are passionate about supporting women in their community
Power Women Hour Series
Payton A. Shubrick | CEO & Founder, 6 Brick’s LLC | Adjunct Professor, American International College | Technology Strategist, financial service company | Facilitator, Smallify
Born and raised in Springfield, MA Payton Shubrick is a proud graduate of Springfield Central High School, College of the Holy Cross, and most recently Bay Path University. The oldest of four children, Payton is a natural leader and innovative thinker who enjoys new challenges facing emerging industries. After reading Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow Payton, Payton became inspired to participate in the cannabis industry as a way to engage the community of Springfield which has been disproportionally impacted by cannabis prohibition. She started 6 Brick’s LLC with the help of her parents and sister showing that a family-owned business has a
place in this industry. Focused on “people, plant, and purpose”, Payton strives to debunk myths around the use of cannabis within the community while being a good neighbor. 6 Brick’s was recently awarded a Provisional License from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Staying true to her commitment to engaging more women, people of color, and aspiring entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, she is an adjunct professor at American International College teaching graduate cannabis courses. She also works at a financial service company by day helping to develop technology strategies and is Chair for their Young Professional’s Business Group. In her spare time, she works as a facilitator for Smallify, an innovation capacity-building firm, and sits on four non-profit community boards.
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