IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: AUGUST AT THE Y!
WOMEN OF INFLUENCE CHARITY NETWORKER
At least once every summer, you'll find yourself in Jungle Island's Treetop Ballroom. The energy is high, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere is always perfectly suited to fit the uniqueness of the event.
The evening of Wednesday, August 24th, was no exception to the standard of excellence expected of social gatherings in one of Miami's most popular venues. The 8th Annual Women of Influence Charity Networker, hosted by YWCA advocates
Akerman, PwC, Steven Douglas Associates,
A.C. McCowan, CPA, and Diaz & Cooper
served to bring together some of Miami's most influential women to benefit the programs of the YWCA of Greater Miami. Guests walked in to an ornately decorated sushi bar in the middle of the room, with luxurious auction items to the left, and a sea of persimmon bags adoring each chair to the right.
Over 200 women mingled over light bites, and a signature cocktail provided by spirits sponsor, Bacardi. The silent auction featured a variety of items, from fine arts to high-end spa packages. Guests were also encouraged to register for a chance to win a 3 or 4 day trip on Norwegian Cruise Lines to the Bahamas! The raffle winner was Women of Influence guest
The highlight of the event was its feature panel of accomplished professional women who spoke candidly on the challenges facing women in male-dominated industries. Panelists included Bacardi VP Marlene Gordon, BankUnited CFO Leslie Lunak, Chef and Restaurateur Cindy Hutson, Sapoznik Insurance Found and CEO Rachel Sapoznik, and was hosted by marketing expert and influencer Michelle Villalobos.
LIVE ART! Provided by the lovely Lori Pratico of Girl Noticed! Girl noticed is a nationwide mural project giving girls and women the opportunity to find their voice. Visit
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Each woman offered insightful anecdotes that left many of the crowd nodding and applauding in agreement. Speaking about the importance of setting boundaries and expectations, Lunak mentioned that she only checks her email once a day to maintain her peace of mind and productivity. Panelists also shared the value of mentors in their lives, both professionally and personally. "Don't be afraid to ask for help, because people want to help you," said Sapoznik when speaking of those who have helped her along the way.
To close out the discussion, Villalobos, had each woman offer words of wisdom to her yourself.
"Do everything with passion, if you walk in to work and you're not happy, walk away from it," Hutson offered.
"Life is very short, you only get one chance at it. You can spend it doing what everyone tells [you] to do, or you can spend it figuring out what [you] want to do. Always be striving to live the life you want to live," said Gordon.
Thank you to everyone who attended and showed your support!
ON A MISSION: YWCA ADVOCACY DAY
YWCA Advocates Stand Up For Justice
Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A total of 100 local YWCAs will blanket the nation today, meeting with 156 Members of Congress in 40 states with one unified message: women's economic justice cannot wait!
Women - and women of color especially - still face economic inequality and earn only a fraction of what white men do. One critical step in correcting this injustice is securing paid sick days, and paid family and medical leave for all workers, and guaranteed "safe" days for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
"For low wage workers - who are disproportionately women and people of color - a case of the flu could be the difference between a full refrigerator and an empty one," said
Catherine Beane, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy at YWCA
USA, "A major illness can result in poverty."
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. said,
"No worker should have to make the unfair choice between her job and her health, safety, or family - yet millions make these hard decisions every day."
YWCA BOARD MEMBER
LISA MCGILL HOSTS FIU WOMEN IN BUSINESS PANEL
Women executives - all Florida International University MBA alumni - shared their insights and experience at a panel discussion July 7, which took place at FIU Downtown on Brickell.
"The discussion touched on community and empowerment, and the awareness of where that can take ambitious people," said Ashley Capó, recruitment manager, professional and executive MBA programs at the
Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., Graduate School of Business
, part of FIU's College of Business. Capó noted that women make up 60 percent of
FIU's Professional MBA
The discussion included:
- Ruth Rios (PMBA '15), senior advancement research analyst at the University of Miami
- Melanie Garcia (PMBA '13), senior manager, business development, The Latin Recording Academy (The Latin GRAMMYs)
- Darlene Fernandez (PMBA '14), administrator, Dalco Electric, Inc.
- Monique Catoggio, (EMBA '03), CEO, Illumined Life Leadership
Moderating the panel was Lisa N. McGill, president and CEO, Executive One Consulting Solutions, who graduated with an EMBA in 2014. Each woman's experience illustrated what the MBA has meant in her own life...READ MORE HERE.
BEST BUY GIVES BACK:
BOOK BAGS FOR YW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
On August 10th YWCA Board Member, Kathy Ortiz of Best Buy, stopped by our offices to deliver backpacks to our high school students!
The bags were stuffed with countless school supplies to properly prepare our students for the school year ahead.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR, CALL YOUR FRIENDS
JOIN THE MISSION
HAVE LUNCH ON US!
MONTHLY EMPOWER HER LUNCHEON
We would love for you to join us
for a complim
entary lunch to meet powerful individuals and hear inspiring stories about women and families who triumphed against obstacles.
It is a chance to come together and enjoy the company of fellow philanthropists like yourselves who want to make a change in their community during
your lunch break!
OCTOBER 5, 2016
| 351 NW 5th ST. Miami | 12PM- 1PM
If you can't make it, remember we have these events every 1st Wednesday of the month!
CLICK HERE TO RSVP
YWCA CHANGE MAKERS
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR SERIES
On Wednesday, August 31st, the YWCA Change Makers, our Young Professionals group, hosted the first of a series of seminars that will focus on both personal and professional growth for Millennials.
The first seminar, titled
Overcoming Barriers and Finding Your Passion, held at City National Bank in Brickell, was attended by more than 20 young women from all backgrounds and professional career paths. The panel was comprised of three experienced entrepreneurial women, who candidly spoke about the experiences that lead each of them to their current success. Panelists included Portia Lange, Founder of Belly Motions World Dance Studio; Suzan McDowell, Founder and CEO of Circle of One Marketing; and Keachia Bowers, Founder of Movements for Change. Each speaker impressed upon the group the importance of believing in oneself and taking "leaps of faith" that will catapult you toward the right path.
The YWCA Change Makers will host a
Happy Hour at Zest on September 21, 2016. Follow the YWCA Miami Young Professionals page on Facebook to stay connected.
YWCA JOINS SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE
October 15, 2016
It's that time of the year once more!! The YWCA is gearing up for its participation at the SUSAN G KOMEN Race for the Cure and we hope you will join us!
The YWCA Race for the Cure Committee has chosen "
Kiss Cancer Goodbye!"
as the theme for our team, AND IT PROMISES TO BE FUN, FUN, FUN!!
HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE
- Join an EXISTING team: Become a part of a team already formed. (YWCA IS LISTED).
- Each PARTICIPANT is given a personal web page template (Personal Page) by default, which you will have the option to personalize and update. The parts you can customize include the page layout, styles or color scheme used.
COME TOGETHER :
October 19, 2016
COME TOGETHER: LIKE A WOMAN!
There is power when we come together as women! Join us for Come Together: Like a Woman, a documentary series of critically acclaimed films touching on important issues affecting us as women in 2016.
Gather your girlfriends, sisters, daughters and join us for a watch screening of the last presidential debate.
Prior to the event, we'll discuss the issues at stake and how these topics affect our lives as women today in Miami.
Let's redefine what it means to be "Like a Woman" and make an impact in our lives and our communities in 2016!
Featured Screening: Last Presidential Debate between Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Nominee Donald Trump
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Congratulations Patty Boykin!
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Ms.
Patty Boykin to the position of Head Start Center Services Director at the Colonel Zubkoff Center.
Patty joined YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade in 1996, over 20 years ago.
Patty truly exemplifies what the YWCA is all about. During those years Patty has served in many different roles starting out as a Substitute, followed by roles such as Teachers Aide, Teacher, Head Teacher, Training Coordinator, Assistant Director, and finally Center Director.
Patty has held the role of Center Director at Carol Glassman Childcare Center for almost 15 years, during which time she oversaw accreditation with both NAEYC and APPLE, achieved a 4-start rating through Quality Counts, and managed one of the largest staff within our early childhood sites.
This promotion recognizes the contributions made to YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade by Patty during her tenure with the organization and is effective immediately.
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on our Mission to eliminate racism and empower women by becoming a tax volunteer!
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It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child, those words could not be more true at the YWCA. We take the charge to empower marginalized women, children and families very seriously--it is Y we are here! The gift of your time, talent and treasure is invaluable to the programs that work to empower the lives of those we serve.