I am so pleased and grateful for the wonderful turn out we had on June 21st. It was our first WHEW!! Meeting and we had over 25 women attend Some came from as far as an hour away!!
The purpose of Women Helping to Empower Women WHEW! Is to have us get together and uplift and encourage one another. It is a chance to share what we are experiencing as we live our lives. These events are a chance to spend time with people we may not necessarily socialize with at first glance but we can certainly learn from.
We experienced many emotions during the meeting with the women recalling some of the most empowering and uplifting times in their lives. The backgrounds and experiences of the women were as diverse as the faces . There were Healthcare Professionals, Educators, Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs, mothers of small children, empty nesters and retirees. The group was a great representation of the community we live in. Some women went deep when talking about their experiences and I personally was completely surprised when one of the ladies shared that in order to get an interview for a job she had to change her name to a more ‘American’ sounding name. Yes that’s right; here in The United States of America, the land of the Free and the Home of the Brave in the 21st Century people are still biased. The young Hispanic lady who relayed the story to the diverse group shared that she was having difficulty even getting an interview for jobs, and she was advised by a friend to try changing her first name on the applications. She shortened her name and she got the interview and landed the job. This got us talking about the struggles that some women face just to get their foot in the door.
This is what I envisioned when the group Women Helping to Empower Women WHEW! Was put on my heart. I pray that as we continue to grow we can welcome more women in to join us.
Our next get together will be on July 17th 2018 at 6:30PM at Hammer & Stain (Clermont). We will be enjoying an uplifting and fun evening where we can be creative and encourage each other. The WHEW! Private event at Hammer and Stain (Clermont, FL) is an opportunity to meet and socialize with other women while working on your personalized project.
Hammer and Stain will provide all the materials needed (Projects measure 24"x 6") WHEW! will provide wine and a light hors-d'oeuvres. Space is limited and Tickets for this event ($37.50) are available on my website http://bit.ly/2lf5PdU