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.
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
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Learning from the teachings within the Arts Management program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she was able to merge her creativity with an organized structure. This structure helped her platform evolve organically and branch off into other ventures. Studio235 was next, in partnership with Chris Joel, they took on the project of activating a massive, unused production studio and developing it into a successful Creative Resource Hub that fostered creativity and small businesses. Their model filled such a need that they quickly outgrew their space and have since relocated into Downtown Springfield. A task that would not have happened as successfully without the help from the EforAll program and extraordinary mentors.
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Last Month’s Featured Entrepreneur:
Brooke Bridges is a mental health speaker, certified life coach, farmer and social emotional learning consultant helping to reduce the stigma behind mental health with a focus on youth mental health. She creates an environment of trust and understanding where our youth feel heard, validated, and safe.
She grew up in Los Angeles, California as a child actress and struggled with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, self-harming behaviors, alcohol, drugs, and other negative coping skills. Her experiences with struggle in the space of mental health allows her to understand the challenges of our youth because she was there, standing right where they may be.
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Building Bridges SEL is a social emotional learning consultancy that partners primarily with schools and youth-focused organizations to teach social emotional learning through storytelling. Building Bridges SEL uses the framework of scientifically backed SEL as well as clinically researched DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) to develop a curriculum that not only teaches about social, emotional, and mental health challenges and skills but also allows them to process and understand these concepts through storytelling.
Building Bridges SEL also works with adults implementing the same skills as the youth curriculum but designed for specific adult challenges. For instance – using SEL to promote a healthy workplace climate. Building Bridges SEL also works as a Life Coaching consultancy, working with individuals to improve their own self-reflection in a more intensive way.