January 26, 2015
This month’s edition features the TECW's new Woman & Work Information Hub; a woman suffrage monument coming to Nashville; a Yoga donation class benefiting the WECF in February; new additions to the TECW, it’s officers, and its staff; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.
Women & Work Information Hub serves entrepreneurs, workers, and innovators; focuses on female success
January 07, 2015
The Economic Council on Women has launched the Women & Work (W&W) Information Hub (www.womenandworktn.com), an online collection of information and guidance designed to enhance workforce skills, find a new career, start or strengthen a business, or grow ideas into products throughout Tennessee.
In addition to providing a single point of entry to resources from multiple agencies and regions, the Hub showcases information and insights that will be especially useful to female users, who experience unique barriers in the workforce. “The Economic Council's mission is to promote the economic strength and stability of Tennessee women and their families, and this site does that by connecting women to tailored information about owning a business, seeking a new job or promotion, or enhancing their skills in fields where women are underrepresented,” says Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, the TECW’s Executive Director.
TECW Chair Dena Wise cautions that the site is not only for women, however; men will find it just as useful. “Most resources out there are not gender-specific, so those collected on the site would help anyone,” she says, “but what distinguishes this tool from others is its aim to break down the specific barriers between women and success; we want to offer a comfortable place where women can learn and grow through a tailored experience.”
The Hub’s information is organized to be accessed in three simple ways:
- Women & Work Pathways: An intuitive flow of information access that guides users to the resources that best fit their current goals (i.e. jobseekers, business start-up, skill enhancement, etc.), with specific, narrative suggestions about useful and reliable tools.
“The site’s narrative pathways will be useful to Tennesseans because they offer an experience that begins at a central point of access and shapes itself around the user. With each new selection on a pathway, the user will see an increasingly tapered variety of resources, but a greater depth of information related to their selection,” says William Arth, TECW Senior Research Manager.
- Feature Column and Insights: The Hub’s sidebar showcases general tools like Jobs4TN.gov and BERO's Smart Start Guide and also displays context-specific links and information when available. An additional feature found on the sidebar is Women & Work: Insights, a new and ongoing series of articles and interviews providing users with valuable qualitative information from Tennesseans who are area experts.
- Women & Work Resource Map (Coming Soon): In the coming months, users will gain access to a statewide map listing professional and workforce resources by category and county. This will provide information about brick and mortar workforce resources in the state as well as provide a platform for the study and presentation of economic and workforce data statewide.
December 19, 2014
This month’s edition features the TECW's new Violence Against Women Online Resource Center; the final segment in the "Women & Work: Insights" interview with entrepreneurship coach Mildred Walters; an Economic Summit review with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.
State site designed to connect victims to resources and provide local data to Tennesseans
December 01, 2014
The Violence Against Women (VAW) Resource Center is an online statewide database recently made available by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW) to connect Tennesseans with helpful information about domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking resources. “The VAW Center will be of crucial value to victims seeking emergency shelter and assistance, as well as to advocates and policymakers as an at-a-glance tool to identify service needs and strengths,” said Bill Arth, TECW Senior Research Manager.
The TECW’s primary goal in creating the VAW Resource Center is to promote economic recovery by collecting and presenting information to women and children in need. However, it can also function as a tracking system for the availability of services in each county; highlight weaknesses where service providers can focus expansion efforts; and present the clearest available information to policymakers about the state of care in Tennessee. In this way, the TECW seeks to help victims directly and to enhance Tennessee’s method of response to these crimes as a policy and budget tool.
The VAW Resource Center was created in an effort to provide victims of violence in all 95 counties with a ready means to identify and connect with local resources; and to positively impact rates of recovery as well as the rate of reporting. While developing its 2013 study on The Economic Impact of Violence against Women in Tennessee, the TECW revealed more than $886 million in annual service costs and productivity loss. The Economic Council also encountered a patchwork response to Violence Against Women throughout the state, which relies heavily on under-funded, locally-focused non-profit organizations. “As it continued the sometimes-difficult task of identifying and contacting these dedicated service providers, the TECW recognized it could provide an economic and social service to Tennesseans by helping to inform them of available, nearby servicers,” said Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, TECW Executive Director.
Find the VAW Resource Center at www.violenceagainstwomentn.com.
Contact the Tennessee Economic Council on Women directly at (615) 253-4266, www.tennesseewomen.org, or info.ECW@tn.gov.
November 14, 2014
This month’s edition features the Economic Council Foundation’s six 2014 college scholarship recipients; a message about veterans from the TECW and retired Air Force Colonel Kimberly Olson; celebration of various recent accomplishments; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.
November 06, 2014
This month’s edition features six female college scholarship recipients; a profile on Economic Summit speaker and retired Air Force Colonel Kimberly Olson; the 20th Anniversary of the AmeriCorps program; and more. Read the full newsletter here.
September 29, 2014
This month’s edition features Economic Summit speaker profiles on ATHENA International leaders Martha Mertz (Founder), Jan Maddox (Board Chair), and Dianne Dinkel (President and CEO); a Women & Work Interview with Business Coach Mildred Walters; Early Bird Registration info for the Economic Summit; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.
September 02, 2014
This month’s edition features Summit Speaker Beth DeBauche, testimony from UT Extension Services about economic barriers to women, Women's Equality Day, a celebration of two TECW members, and more. Read the full newsletter here.
July 31, 2014
This month’s edition features the need for men in solving violence; a speaker profile of 2014 Summit speaker and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; WECF college scholarship information; a recent community donation to the WECF; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.
June 27, 2014
This month’s edition features Goodwill of Middle Tennessee's Career Solutions programs; Vision 2020's Fourth National Congress; Mayor Karl Dean's recognition of AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers; and the 2014 Economic Summits in Middle and East Tennessee. Read the full newsletter here.
June 23, 2014
As a part of its research on Women & Work, Economic Council staff recently met with Vice President Betty Johnson, Senior Director Matt Gloster, and Vocational Evaluator Barbara Stout of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee to discuss their 26 area Career Solutions Centers and the Beyond Jobs program.
The first thing we learned upon our arrival at the Nashville headquarters is that Goodwill is so much more than the stores we are used to. Goodwill has been beating the drum about their employment services for several years, and with very good reason.
Spread across 48 counties, Goodwill of Middle Tennessee operates 26 career centers that provided services to more than 23,000 Tennesseans in 2013.
Services offered by centers include job search and placement assistance, job fairs and connection to a large network of hiring managers, career counseling, interview and resume assistance, interest and aptitude assessment, as well as classes, training, and certifications in a number of skills.
“Women’s needs are remarkably different from men’s when they are looking for a job.”
- Matt Gloster, Senior Director of Career Solutions Goodwill of Middle Tennessee
Of particular interest to the Council is Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs program, which is directed toward women who are searching for work or upgrading their skills. Through this program, Goodwill is engaging women in a collaborative, social environment, which they say is producing great results for women, who face different social and emotional barriers when searching for work, and are able to learn together during this process. Women are also more likely than men to encounter hardship relating to child care, wardrobe, and matters of hygiene, which are rarely addressed in other job readiness programs, but are tackled by Beyond Jobs.
Through its many programs, Goodwill Career Solutions is not only providing a resource for Tennesseans to learn and grow, it is helping to place participants directly into the workforce, with average hourly wages of $9.31, in careers ranging from construction and hospitality to communications and home health care.