Newsletter No. 26 - September 2021

Mom's Viewpoint
Health and Wellness

CDC 24/7 Saving Lives. Protecting People.
CDC is a trusted official government agency.
CDC is responding to the Coronavirus Disease outbreak.
COVID-19 Vaccines are widely available

Bring a 'Health Buddy' to Your Next Doctor Visit
"For many people, going to a doctor's office for even a routine examination is enough to spike anxiety. To get more out of your visits, consider taking someone with you." Marie Savard, MD- July 11, 2019

Dr. Marie Savard is a trusted voice on women's health, wellness, and patient empowerment.
Learn More Sources: Healthywomen and Dr. Savard Blog
Additional Information: Breakfast Networking Event on November 4, 2009, with Ask Dr. Marie (Savard). Host partnerships: NAFE, GWWN, and HealthyWomen organizations.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Did you know that at least 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental health challenge in his/her lifetime? Some causes are homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress due to COVID-19 illness, isolation, loss of family and friends, economic hardship, feeling hopeless (possible suicidal ideation), domestic violence, and bullying.
On August 12, 2021, Cheryl Blount, GWWN Director of Membership, attended a day-long course on mental health first aid, and was certified as a “Mental Health First Aider”. The course was offered by Adventist HealthCare.
Mental Challenge
The course focused on observing/recognizing the patterns of thought, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a challenge. “A mental challenge is any disease or condition affecting the brain that influences the way a person thinks, feels, behaves and/or relates to others, and to his or her surroundings.” (Mental Health First Aid Adult Manual, National Council for Behavioral Heath). The course did not teach how to diagnose disorders, nor diagnose oneself or others.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is help for a person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder, or mental health crisis. During the course, we learned risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, and strategies for how to help someone in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Who Should Attend?
The course was open to pastors, ministry leaders, churches, and community members.
If you are interested in learning more about mental health, and Mental Health First Aid, please visit the resources listed below.
Philanthropy Women
Research Alert: Why Women in Biz Are Using Fake Male Assistants

A recently revealed trend of female entrepreneurs using fake male assistants demonstrates how gender norms play out in business communication.

One way they have found helps their work is by having a fake male assistant who handles certain tasks.
Kelly Doody and Jandra Sutton are two such entrepreneurs who utilize this tactic.Doody is the CEO of Social School, and Sutton is a podcaster. Photo above: Kelly Doody of Social School. (Image Credit: Club Innovation Conference) Learn More: Philanthropy Women
Business Volunteer of Maryland
Create a Community Connection with Business Volunteers

Our mission is to inspire volunteerism and connect motivated people and businesses to nonprofit organizations leading to stronger communities. Learn More
SBA Special Contracting Programs
The HUBZone Program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding at least three percent of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year.

The federal government uses special programs to help small businesses win at least 23 percent of all federal contracting dollars each year.
The Veterans Consortium
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (TVC) is the leading national 501(c)(3) charity providing free legal services in federal venues for veterans in need. Learn More

Networking Events

"We are making a difference
one life at a time".


11:30 AM. - 12:30 PM.
 (Indiana Eastern)
Where: Zoom

You are cordially invited to participate in our monthly Knowledge Sharing Events via Zoom Webinar.
September 1, 2021
 "Financial Wellness" / Speaker Nancy Beck, Beck Fin Strategies

October 6, 2021
"Legal Issues: What You Need to Know" / Attorney Katherine/ Karres--Altman

November 3, 2021
“Honoring Veterans” /Indiana Representative Renee Pack
WIN Information
Mary Aurtrey
Network Director
Indianapolis, IN
GWWN Information

What’s Important About the Liver
Johns Hopkins Medicine

"Empowering Women to Make Informed Health Care Decisions"

Conversation That Matters:

7:00 PM. - 8:00 PM.

Live one-hour Zoom conversations with Johns Hopkins on the second Tuesday of each month

Complimentary. Registration required.

What’s Important About the Liver
September 14, 2021
Oncologist Otis Brawley, M.D

See more below

Save the Dates


Celebrating Women's Health, Research, and Innovation
October 7, 2021

WorkBeyond Summit
October 19-20, 2021

Women Reimagine
December 9, 2021

This ground-breaking event offers an experience like no other! You’ll immerse yourself in an afternoon of inspirational content, connection and collaboration. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to interact with other attendees and presenters in real-time!

Our attendees gain valuable insights into the most effective strategies for results when time and resources are limited. They hear cross industry best practices from leading law and consulting firms and Fortune 500 corporations and build networks of senior level peers.

For more information and updates on the agenda and speakers please

Virtual Conference
November 3, 2021

Reflect. Reimagine. Recalibrate. Paving the Way to Inclusive Flexibility.

Inspirational presentations & dynamic discussions that explore the latest in diversity, flexibility, talent retention and the future of work.

Community Sponsor Discount: GWWN is a proud community sponsor.

GWWN organization will receive a 10% discount off your non-member registration. To take advantage of this discount, telephone 202-580-8884 or email for the code.

Register now for this conference.

For additional questions about the event, please reach out to Jane Caldeira, Manager of Communications for the Alliance at
Johns Hopkins Medicine: A Woman's Journey
Surviving/Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
October 12, 2021
Oncologist John Fetting, M.D.
and Little Shockney, M.A.S.
Hands On
November 9, 2021
Orthopedic surgeon Dawn LaPorte, M.D.
Warning Signs for Pancreatic Cancer
December 14, 2021
Gastroenterologist Anne Marie Lennon, Ph.D.
Community Engagement
Honoring Our Veterans
Our troops have made tremendous sacrifices for us to enjoy freedom and live in this democracy. They need our support. Contact these resources for additional information.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Center for Development and Civic Engagement

11 Ways to Support Our Troops
A rundown of online resources you can use to show your support to U.S. military servicemen and women. Learn More

National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a resource website that connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. The NRD is hosted, managed, maintained, sustained and developed by the Defense Health Agency's Recovery Coordination Program. Learn More
Youth Development
Kids Gardening
Impact Report 2020
Bridging the Encouragement Gap in Computing
There is consensus among researchers that encouragement matters and plays a critical role in engaging more young women and girls in computing. Here are some key highlights from published research studies, and follow-up tips on practicing encouragement. Read the report.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) is the farthest-reaching network of change leaders focused on advancing innovation by correcting under-representation in computing. Learn More
Youth Today provides quality, independent journalism and training for professionals who work to ensure that all our children reach their full personal, educational and societal potential.

Youth Today in collaboration with Kennesaw State University is a professional online resource for all things having to do with news, information and professional development needed by youth service professionals, policymakers, advocates, academics, educators, funders and practitioners. Learn More Youth Voices

Mom's Viewpoint
Turning Back the Hands of Time
In the old days, there were mothers, grandparents, aunts and uncle who were moms but not always biologically. Children were trained and not raised. These Moms genuinely cared for other children and adults in the community. They observed children’s behaviors and had the liberty to give corrections. Good manners and moral values were practiced and that was the norm and expectations. You mind your manners and it began at home! These Moms nurtured, loved and demonstrated knowledge and wisdom to resolve problems and looked for solutions. Education and learning were gifts. This newsletter's wealth of information would have been distributed as an investment and educational tools for empowerment to help others grow.

Moms encouraged children to use their abilities to make a better life for themselves and make a difference to humanity. Children's achievements were honored. Moms knew being well-behaved and exercising proper manners led to successes and civility. During that era, respect, peace, harmony, dignity, and cooperation were some of the components that united our culture and society.

As a society, we are no longer "united" but "divided". These priceless gifts have fallen by the wayside, and we have lost a legacy. We do not want to turn back the hands of time for everything, however some things are necessities. As we inhale and exhale and look back at the community Moms, they are missed.

Now, let’s take another look at "MOM" from another perspective, We all can take responsibilities to "MIND OUR MANNERS" (MOM). If all of us adopt the same goal with the same mindset to embrace MOM, "united we stand" as one powerful nation! Can we accept the challenge refreshing and renewing, what we know about MOM from both viewpoints? We can teach the children well and they will lead the way. They are our future.

GWWN has included some "MOM" guidance. In addition to what we already are doing, there is room to become even greater super "MOM". Are you ready to speak MOM's universal language? 

Here are 15 manners designed for kids but also applies to adults; we are MOM.
  1. Say please, thank you, and you are welcome.
  2. Have a positive attitude.
  3. Gestures to greet visitors are different now due to the pandemic; however, show some "kind" responses. Even wearing a mask, a warm smile is felt and appreciated. When the virus is over, greet visitors with a hand shake, eye contact, and a smile.
  4. Say proper goodbyes.
  5. Offer to serve people who enter your home and to help others.
  6. Say excuse me when it is necessary to interrupt a conversation or if you bump into someone.
  7. Exercise respectful phone and electronics manners. Do not use electronic devices at the dinner table and when engaging in verbal conversations.
  8. Practice good table manners when eating.
  9. Send thank you notes.
  10. Wash your hands before meals.
  11. Give compliments to others.
  12. Knock on doors before entering a room.
  13. Share.
  14. Hold doors open for others
  15. Offer genuine apology as needed.

Learn More:
  1. Teaching Children Good Etiquette and Manners
  3. 30 Manners Your Kids Should Know By 10
A Little Manners Poem

Wait your turn—don’t interrupt.
If you use it, pick it up.
When you need some help, say Please.” Be kind and loving—never tease.
Say “Hi” when meeting someone new, and be a friend whose words are true.
If you win a game, don’t gloat.
To thank someone, write a note.
Don’t be piggy when you eat.
And clean your space, so it looks neat. These manners are the perfect start, to showing friends you have a heart!
Manners Call and Response Poem

We say, "Thank you."
We say, "Please,"
And "excuse me," When we sneeze.
That's the way
We do what's right.
We have manners.
We're polite.

Authors: Anonymous
Learn More:
Employment, Career, and Resources

Quantum Research International


Use and Share
Women lost $800 billion in income last year. That's more than the combined GDP of 98 countries

Working Women Face 'Perfect Storm,' Study Finds

A Guide for Women in STEM: Closing the Gender Gap

Closing the gap: How to overcome obstacles as a female entrepreneur

Women & Financial Literacy: A comprehensive, easy-to-read guide on financial literacy for women by women.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
Dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Each year Mayor Muriel  Bower's administration distributes $7 million dollars in funding to qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in the District of Columbia through the outreach offices of the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs (MOCA)

Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Offers relief to landlords on behalf of renters and tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0202 awarded to Prince George’s County, MD Government by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

BGE is pledging $15 million to assist Maryland’s small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Eligible businesses located in BGE's service area can apply for a $20,000 BGE Energizing Small Business Grant.

  • Round 3 opens September 1 and closes October 13
Empathy and Compassion
Condolences to All of You
Remember, your love one's presence and love are always with you.

Like the summer breeze brushing over your face, and birds singing a sweet melody song to comfort your heart, these moments are priceless and will confirm amazing love.
Photo: Ray Hennessy
Cause to Celebrate
L'Tange Alexander, New President, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa (NSPDK) Inc. Eta Chapter, Camden, New Jersey
Here at GWWN, we are proud to congratulate L’Tange Alexander, our Education Program Advisory Chair for this outstanding achievement. As NSPDK President, L’Tange will bring remarkable leadership, core values, and personal touches in her new role. L’Tange said, “I am looking at this position as a challenge, an opportunity, and investment in our youth, education and community programs". She also said: “I thank and credit GWWN for the significant impact it played in preparing me for this position. I am driven to pass on what I’ve learned to empower others.”
Pearls of Wisdom
"Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go."
~Margaret Walker was an American poet and writer.

"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use."
~Emily Post was an American author, novelist, and socialite, famous for writing about etiquette.

"Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners."
~ Laurence Sterne was an Anglo-Irish novelist and an Anglican cleric. He wrote the novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
~Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.

"When you know you can do something, and you feel good about yourself, you do not have to devalue others."
~John Patrick Hickey is a Certified Life Coach as well as being certified in DISC Assessments and evaluations. He also does certification training in both Life Coaching and DISC..

"Good manners seal the deal."
~ Mary Greene, GWWN Executive Director

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