Man Crush Monday: Carl Guardino

Join us in celebrating MWBEzone’s Man Crush Monday! This week’s business leader is Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), a public policy business trade association. SVLG represents more than “400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment” (svlg.org).

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group was originally founded by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard in 1978 and generates over $3 trillion in revenue every year. Guardino served as Vice President of the company from 1991 to 1995 and became the CEO of the group in 1997. As the association’s Chief Executive Officer and a member on the California Transportation Commission, Carl Guardino is fully committed to fulfilling SVLG’s mission: “to engage CEOs and Senior Officers, who compete in a global economy – in proactive, positive efforts that strengthen Silicon Valley and America’s competitiveness for the Innovation Economy and benefit the employees, families and communities in which our Member Company employees live and work” (Kimberly Ellis, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing).

In addition to improving the quality of life, Guardino and SLVG are dedicated to educating business leaders of tomorrow through their 13 Women and Girls Leadership Summits held at 13 underserved middle schools throughout California, interacting with over 3,000 young women. This fall, the association will provide its first Young Men’s Leadership Summit in East San Jose.

The point is simple yet stunning – it is hard to overcome adversity. Too many low-income kids go to school hungry, have language barriers, are raised by single parents, are confronted by crime and may have inadequate or over-crowded housing.

Kids need – and deserve – to meet successful adults with shared experiences that they can emulate. They need you, and me, as role models and mentors. (Carl Guardino, President and CEO of SLVG)

 

A shout out to you, Carl Guardino, for improving the quality of life for youth and societies in everything you have done and will continue to do: 

  • Co-creating the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, helping 25,000 people afford housing
  • Founding the annual Thanksgiving Day Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot," raising almost $7 million for local charities
  • Establishing "Heart and Soles 5K," placing salad bars in Silicon Valley public schools

 

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch and MWBEzone, is also committed to empowering business leaders of tomorrow and improving the quality of life in underserved neighborhoods. Check out our ever-expanding inventory of current funding opportunities for grants that will help children and communities meet their full potential.

Youth Grants

Grants to USA Youth to Support Volunteer Service Projects and Events

Grants of up to $500 to USA youth (up to age 19) for youth-initiated and youth-led activities addressing issues in the areas of environment, democracy and equality, health, and community.

Deadline: Ongoing


In-Kind Equipment Grants to USA Organizations for Youth Baseball and Softball Programs

In-kind equipment grants to local USA organizations to support youth baseball and softball programming. Applications will be considered from organizations that are starting new programs or expanding existing programs. Grantees will receive free baseball and softball equipment, primarily balls, bats, helmets, tee ball sets, catcher’s gear, and basis.

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants to USA Youth Track and Field and Running Clubs to Enhance Youth Sports Programs

Grants to USA youth track and field and running clubs to enhance programs and experiences for youth in sports programs. Priority will be given to applicants who are located in low-income areas. 

Deadline: 12/31/17


Quality-of-Life Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Address Low-Income Housing Health Risks

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve community health and well-being by addressing risks associated with low-income housing. Primary emphasis is placed on improving health equity for individuals residing in low-income neighborhoods, and enhancing health for whole communities. 

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Water, Recycling, Health, and Education Programs

Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits for programs that encourage healthy and sustainable communities. Programs may fall in the areas of community recycling, water stewardship, education, and healthy living. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life in the communities where the funding source does business.

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Address Low-Income Housing Health Risks

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve community health and well-being by addressing risks associated with low-income housing. 

Deadline: Ongoing

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for MWBEzone.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Featuring Joi Gordon

GrantWatch and MWBEzone were specifically looking for an organization to crush on for Woman Crush Wednesday that has a strong history of empowering women in the workforce. What better nonprofit to choose than Dress for Success, currently led by Joi Gordon.

Joi left her legal career to take over for founder Nancy Lublin, who started Dress for Success in 1996 with a $5,000 inheritance from her great-grandfather Max. Nancy turned his gift into one that is still giving and empowering women today.

Read Libby’s interview with Executive Director Joi Gordon and then check out GrantWatch’s grants and MWBEzone’s grants specifically geered towards women and female empowerment.


How is Dress for Success still carrying on its original vision/mission and how has it diverged with the times?

This year, Dress for Success celebrates 20 years. We have grown from a tiny operation in a basement of a church in Manhattan to an international organization that has served over one million women, with affiliates in 150 cities across 26 countries. As an organization, we have grown and transformed along with our women to offer a full continuum of services that goes far beyond the suit. Our programs offer women the tools they need to achieve our original mission for all women to become economically independent and to thrive in their lives and communities.

Most recently in collaboration with FedEx, we launched The Career Hub, an innovative digital platform, which will provide access to online learning and workforce development resources for women through their computers or smart phones. This program evolution will enable clients and affiliates of Dress for Success to interface with a high-quality educational resource coupled with shared access to opportunities. Now more women will have the option to access our courses remotely and from the comfort of their own homes. The Career Hub will continue to evolve with Dress for Success as it provides a pathway to bolster affiliate programmatic implementation and execution, enrich the professional development of all of its members, include industry-specific career mapping, descriptions of career opportunities on a job board, postings of up-and-coming webinars, employment vacancies and skill-based training classes.

When we look to the next 20 years, we see that journey continue to evolve so that each and every woman can achieve her fullest potential. We are about opening doors and creating opportunities. We still have more work to do, and it will take all of us working together to realize our vision and achieve our mission.

What 1, 2 or 3 accomplishments of your time at Dress for Success are you most proud?

I am most proud of the 1,000,000 women that have come through our doors and have found their own paths to success. The majority of the women we serve are single moms, so in reality I’d say 3,000,000 children’s lives are now directly impacted by their mother’s ability to remain self-sufficient and employed. Watching these strong, courageous and brave women has given me strength over the past 20 years and I am so proud of them.

I am also most proud of the global impact Dress for Success has had on women all over the world. To think, we started with just one location 20 years ago and now we are striving for the same vision and mission in over 26 countries. It is truly amazing. Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.

And last but not least, I am proud of the hundreds of young women who have worked with and for me over the years. For many, this was their first job out of school and it has been wonderful to track their success and see their accomplishments as they shape their careers.

How did Nancy Lublin pass the baton to you? Any small anecdote about that meeting or about yourself starting the work that you do so well?

Almost since the beginning of Dress for Success, Nancy and I were side by side. I served on her Board of Directors and saw the life-changing work she was doing first-hand. When she was ready to move on, I was ready to move in. This year, we honored Nancy Lublin for her remarkable work at our 20th Anniversary Gala. In her acceptance speech, she said, “My one operating principal for everything I have ever done is kindness.” That is where I felt I aligned so closely with Nancy and that is one of the core principles that I have led this organization with for the past 18 years.

Has Dress for Success received any grants or funding from sources other than individual philanthropists? From which funding sources and for what types of programs?

Dress for Success Worldwide receives grants and funding from diverse sources, including corporate social responsibility programs, workforce giving, foundation grants and in-kind products and services. Significant supporters include Talbots, Pandora, and Walmart. Walmart was a signature partner in establishing our workforce development program called Going Places Network. This is a national safety-net program for women who receive suiting services from Dress for Success for an upcoming interview, but do not land the job. We work with each individual client through the Going Places Network to enhance their cover letters and resumes, develop an individual career plan with a job specialist, and hold career panels where they can network with hiring managers at major companies.

The new Dress for Success “boutique” of The Palm Beaches, organized by Volunteers from The Container Store.  “Dress for Success Palm Beaches was thrilled when they offered to organize the new “boutique” that houses our professional attire.”-standfor.containerstore.com

Once a low income woman obtains an interview suit, what happens after she gets the job?  What support systems are there for her and for her daily wardrobe? Are the clothes totally free?

Our women are referred to us through partnering agencies and must have a job interview lined up to be suited. Prior to her interview, we invite her into our boutique where she is styled from head to toe. We offer her suits, dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, beauty products and anything else she may need (absolutely free of charge). After the interview, if she gets the job, we provide her with enough wardrobe pieces for a five-day work week. If she doesn’t get the job, we sign her up for the Going Places Network where she receives resume-building tips, mock interview training and assistance with her job search.

Are women pre-qualified based on their income level or is Dress for Success open to all women?

Dress for Success is open to absolutely any and every woman. It doesn’t matter where you come from or who you are, we all go through challenges and, regardless of our circumstances, we weather storms. We are all just one misstep away from needing help. Dress for Success is here to support women and build them up from the inside-out, no matter where they come from and what their current circumstance may be.

What message would you want to impart to organizations providing services and programs for women?  What is missing out there?

Dress for Success supports like-minded organizations that are focused on helping women gain self-sufficiency. Whether these organizations are focused on women’s health, housing, family services, skills training or leadership, our collective job is to relay to the philanthropic community how important a holistic approach is to empowering women and how little funding is made available towards that work. As a global organization, we see first-hand that women between the ages of 16 and 65 years old need access to work opportunities. By becoming economically independent, adult women create an aggregated circle of beneficiaries – their families gain income security, their communities gain a robust workforce, and most importantly, the cycle of poverty is eventually broken.

How do you think I, Libby Hikind, and any of the six websites I have founded could work with Dress for Success to further empower women and women’s organizations?

There are so many ways you and any of your readers can get involved with Dress for Success:

  • Give confidence with monetary donations. The monetary donations we receive directly support the development of our programs that offer our women the tools they need to achieve and sustain a lifetime of success.
  • Donate nearly new professional attire to your local affiliate. This includes clothing, accessories and beauty products.
  • Volunteer your time. Assist with our suiting program and style women for their upcoming interviews or join our career center. You can help boost her confidence through mock interviewing, provide her with resume tips that set her up for success or sign up as a speaker at our professional development workshops.
  • Spread the word and empower more women in your community! Help us spread our mission by engaging with our social channels @dressforsuccess.

If you were called to testify before the House or Senate , what types of programs and funding would you suggest to stimulate the economy by providing a more skilled female workforce? What roadblocks are still present for low and middle income female workers?

I would suggest skills training and workforce entry programs for women 25-65 years old and leadership programs for adult women, so they can move to upper management and executive roles–not just entry-level or mid-level positions. What’s equally important to developing a skilled workforce of women are making innovative changes to issues like the minimum wage, maternity and family leave, access to higher education, health insurance for all and pathway development for women’s leadership in the public and private sector. Typically, women’s participation in the workforce is negatively affected by periods of unemployment due to childcare/family care responsibilities, lesser salaries than male counterparts for the same job, the lack of available income and time to attend or return to school, the lack of health insurance for themselves and their children in addition to the cost of high premiums, and the lack of visible leaders and change-makers to mentor other women in almost every industry.  With the absence of change in the issues listed above, roadblocks will remain not just for low and middle income female workers but for all women who are participating in the workforce.

Describe Dress for Success in one paragraph.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to 150 cities in 26 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 1,000,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

About the Author: Libby Hikind is the CEO of GrantWatch.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Featuring Barbara Corcoran

 

MWBEzone.com‘s Woman Crush Wednesday is one of the most captivating business leaders of our time: Barbara Corcoran. You probably recognize her as the sharp-witted “Shark” investor on ABC‘s Shark Tank who turned a $1,000 loan into a $5 billion business. Barbara’s immense success results from years of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Her determination is an inspiration for women in small business and female entrepreneurs.

Corcoran graduated college in 1971 with a degree in education. She was a teacher for just one year before dedicating herself to becoming her own boss. She co-founded The Corcoran Group, a real estate company in Manhattan, NY. She began exploring her talents in journalism in the mid-1970s, publishing real estate trends in New York City on The Corcoran Report. Our favorite “Shark” is also a real estate contributor to NBC’s Today Show, the host of The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran on CNBC, and a columnist for More MagazineNew York Daily NewsThe Daily Review and RedbookCorcoran has written several books and has been featured in multiple television shows, such as Larry King Live. She is also a business consultant via her consulting and television production business, Barbara Corcoran Inc. Corcoran sold her business to NRT Incorporated in 2001 for $66 million and is currently invested in more than twenty businesses.


If you are a woman who shares Barbara’s dream of becoming your own boss, it’s never too late. Bring your dreams to life! Browse funding opportunities for women in small business on MWBEzone.com. Launch a UHelp campaign and work with an expert crowdfunding mentor to raise funds in support of your start-up!

Grants for Women in Small Business

Grants to USA and Canada Women Entrepreneurs to Start a Business or Grow an Existing Business

Grants of $500 to USA and Canada women entrepreneurs to start a business or develop an existing business.

Deadline: Ongoing – One grant is awarded each month


Opportunity for USA Female Veterans and Military Spouses or Partners to Attend an Entrepreneurship Training Program

Opportunity for USA female veterans and female military spouses or partners to attend a small business management and entrepreneurship program.

Deadline: Ongoing

Create a UHelp Campaign to Support Your Small Business Dreams

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Corcoran

https://www.facebook.com/TheBarbaraCorcoran/

About the Author: Staff Writer for MWBEzone.com

Man Crush Monday: Afterburner CEO Jim Murphy

It's Man Crush Monday on MWBEzone.com. This week, our spotlight is on Jim Murphy, Founder and CEO of Afterburner, an International consulting firm with offices in the United States and  Australia. Murphy launched Afterburner, Inc. in 1996, bringing his dreams of running a successful small business to life. As a former F-15 Instructor Pilot for the United States Airforce, Jim Murphy is an inspiring role model for veterans returning to the business world.

Based in Atlanta, GA, Afterburner is now one of Forbes' top 25 Best Small Companies and generates around $8.5 million in revenue every year. The company is run by former US military that served in elite combat units, such as Navy SEALs and Green Berets, and specializes in "teaching clients how to define and execute a business strategy with a military-inspired approach to teamwork" (Forbes). Afterburner offers a variety of services such as consulting and workshops, training and team building, and inspirational keynote programs. 

Regardless of the extensive size of clientele, events and programs, Afterburner is a small business created and owned by a multi-talented veteran who hatched an idea and carried it through to the end. We congratulate you, Jim Murphy, and wish you 20 more years of immense success.

Transitions: A Field Guide for Military Professionals and Veterans Seeking Leadership Positions in the Business World

Transitions: A Field Guide for Military Professionals and Veterans Seeking Leadership Positions in the Business World

Are you or someone you know a veteran interested in starting a small business? Browse the grant listings on MWBEzone.com to discover funding opportunities that will help you achieve your goals!  

Grants for Veterans

In-Kind Services to Greater New Orleans, Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurs for Business Development

In-kind business development services to Greater New Orleans, Louisiana individual entrepreneurs who have served (or are currently serving) in the USA armed forces. 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Intensive Business Course and Mentoring Program for USA Family Members of Military Veterans

An intensive business course opportunity is available to USA family members of post-911 military veterans with disabilities.

Deadline: Ongoing


Grants for Small Business 

Grants to Corporations, Business Organizations, and Agencies for the Development of Wind Energy Projects

Grants to Massachusetts business organizations, corporations, limited liability companies, and federal, state, and local agencies for the development of wind energy projects. Funding is intended to promote the State's goals of developing a robust economy and clean environment. 

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to New York City Businesses for Employee Training Programs

Grants starting at $10,000 to New York City businesses to provide employees with training programs. Interested businesses must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application.

Deadline: 12/15/17


New grants for veterans and small business are posted every day on MWBEzone.com. 

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