STEPPING UP TO LEAD
Women complain, and rightly so, that they often have limited opportunities to rise to the top in organizations, to lead. Breaking through the glass ceiling is a top priority for women in all professions. So where does that ascent begin? As in politics, everything starts locally, and locally is where the greatest opportunities exist. Owning our power, exercising it and creating pathways to influencing policy are all components of the leadership roles we women want and deserve. Our own Business and Professional Women of Nevada County is a perfect environment to grow in leadership. Holding an office, chairing a committee, taking charge of an event - all these are the positions that create community leadership. These activities also provide opportunities to gather with like-minded women, to become known in the community, and to network with others in Nevada County who are movers and shakers.
We invite you to participate in your own growth as a woman leader by volunteering to serve our organization with your time, your talent, and your desire to collaborate and to influence. Here's your chance to be the leader you know you are. We know it seems early, but elections for office in BPW will be held in May. The new fiscal year begins July 1. It is not too soon to begin thinking about what position you would like to hold on the new slate. There will be openings for leadership on the executive board, as well as possible openings on various committees. BPW especially needs you to consider offering to step up to the Presidency (or Co-Presidency, the most creative and fun way to lead, we think) and the Vice Presidency. BPW will also need a Secretary (thank you to Maryann, who has served so well for two years!) and a Treasurer (thank you, Lorell, for serving during the 2015/16 year). There is also Committee participation, a good way to learn the ropes, on such Committees as Advocacy & Legislation (chaired by Elaine Sierra), Membership (chaired by Emma Santa), Programs (chaired by Patricia Wolfe), and so forth. Don't worry if you are a new or relatively new member. The ropes aren't difficult and we are all here to help and support you. If you are considering this but have questions before you volunteer, call either Lynn or Judy.
As one of the most progressive organizations advocating for women in Nevada County, it is vitally important for all of us keep the energy going. It's been 97 years since BPW was founded to advocate for working women - nearly a century! Here's your opportunity to step up and bring your energy and ideas on board, just as the women who fought so hard for suffrage and equal rights did so many years ago.