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TECW Newsletter, March 2016

March 29, 2016

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March 2016 Newsletter

This month's edition features a celebration of astronaut Rhea Seddon and Women's History Month; updates to the online VAW Resoure Center; a discussion on violence in the workplace; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, February 2016

February 26, 2016

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February 2016 Newsletter

This month's edition features distribution of the TECW's Gender Bias report; recognition of African American History and Teen Dating Awareness Month, TECW recommendations made to the Governor's Rural Task Force; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, January 2016

January 29, 2016

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January 2016 Newsletter

This month's edition features new officers for the TECW in 2016; recent collaborations with the U.S. Department of Justice, AWAKE, Girls, Inc., and Les Gemmes; an Insights interview with attorney and AWAKE founder Sara Beth Myers; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

February, March 2016 Board & Commission Openings Announced

Submit your application through the Economic Council

December 22, 2015

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The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. The application deadline for all of these openings is 12:00pm (noon), February 15, 2016.

Those interested in serving on one or more boards should contact the Economic Council at info.ecw@tn.gov to initiate the submission process and to receive future updates by email. Please include the phrase "Boards & Commissions Inquiry" in the subject of your email.


February 2016 Board Vacancies

  • Tennessee Historical Commission: Manages historical sites, approves/erects historical markers, and identifies/assists with publications and historical research projects.
    Seats:
    2 East TN Members

  • Star Quality Advisory CouncilProvides recommendations and administers ratings to day care centers.
    Seats:
    Rep. of Group Child Care Homes of East TN
    Rep. of Group Child Care Homes of Middle TN
    Rep. of Group Child Care Homes of West TN
    2 Reps. of Child Care Centers of East TN
    2 Reps. of Child Care Centers of Middle TN
    2 Reps. of Child Care Centers of West TN
    Rep. of Family Child Care Homes of East TN
    Rep. of Family Child Care Homes of Middle TN
    Rep. of Family Child Care Homes of West TN

  • Board for Licensing Health Care FacilitiesPromulgates rules and regulates licenses for all hospitals, recuperation centers, nursing homes, homes for the aged, home care organizations, assisted living facilities, birthing centers, residential hospices, and ambulatory surgical treatment facilities.
    Seats:
    Oral Surgeon
    Pharmacist

  • Tennessee Advisory Committee for AcupuncturePromulgates rules and regulates licenses for acupuncturists.
    Seats:
    2 Acupuncturists

  • Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Board of DirectorsOversees the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
    Seats:
    2 East TN Members
    Middle TN Member
    2 West TN Members

March 2016 Board Vacancies

  • State Rehabilitation CouncilAdvises the Department of Human Services on policies and procedures pertaining to the provision of vocational rehabilitation services.
    Seats:
    Business Representative
    Representative of Statewide Independent Living Council
    Representative of Community Rehabilitation Service Provider

  • Board of Respiratory Care: Promulgates rules and regulates licenses for respiratory therapists.
    Seats:
    Hospital Administrator
    Respiratory Care Practitioner
    Physicians with Expertise in Pulmonary Medicine

  • Board of Dispensing Opticians: Promulgates rules and regulates licenses for opticians.
    Seats:
    Dispensing Optician


Those interested in serving on one or more boards should contact the council at info.ecw@tn.gov. Please include the phrase "Boards & Commissions Inquiry" in the subject of your email.

TECW Newsletter, December 2015

December 15, 2015

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December 2015 Newsletter

This month's edition features the 2015 WECF college scholarship recipients; a Women & Work Insights interview with caregiver and entrepreneur Elizabeth Moss; information about implicit gender bias in wages; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, November 2015

November 24, 2015

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November 2015 Newsletter

This month's edition features the positive response to our recent release on the Costs of Gender Bias in Tennessee's Workforce; the TECW's participation in the development of a domestic violence and financial independence curriculum for middle schoolers; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

Unintended bias tips scales against TN families and businesses, TECW report shows

Hiring, negotiation, and promotion among processes undermined by obsolete gender stereotypes of male provider and female caregiver

October 28, 2015

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The human ability to process information in a given time period is limited, so we focus on specific features of a situation to guide behavior.  According to a new report from the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, this means employers and coworkers often unintentionally use characteristics like gender to estimate how likely a person is to take on leadership roles, excel in technical tasks, or detect deceit in a negotiation—often with damaging results for women.

“Decades of research show there’s a lot of guesswork going on ‘implicitly,’ or beneath our conscious awareness when we make judgements,” says Bill Arth, Senior Research Manager for the Economic Council.  “Social interactions are incredibly complex, so we tend to focus on basic traits like gender to categorize and access the personal experiences and cultural stereotypes that help us coordinate interaction.  This works well a lot of the time, but it can introduce inefficiency into workforce decisions when there is too much ambiguity.  Specifically, it can result in unconscious assumptions and expectations of poor female performance in tasks that we think of as male-gendered.”


When women promote their technical ability... they risk being labeled as cold, ambitious, and less likeable.


In The Costs of Gender Bias in Tennessee’s Workforce, the Economic Council explains how the traditional view of women as caregivers—as opposed to providers—puts them at a disadvantage in male-dominated fields and roles, where they are seen as having a “lack of fit.”  Particularly in these environments, both men and women tend to unknowingly assume that women are less capable or reliable than men, which translates into inefficiencies for both employers and women.

For businesses, gender bias threatens optimal decision-making by favoring men and devaluing women in ways that can be difficult to self-monitor, says Arth.  “Experiments and field studies have revealed a tendency to prioritize gender over merit when uncertainty is involved.  Particularly when estimating unknowns like future performance, someone might choose a lower-performing male candidate over a female because he ‘fits’ the role; another might automatically give more credit to a male teammate than to his female partner unless her contribution is made crystal clear.”  These inaccuracies can lead to the promotion of less accomplished men over female counterparts and can weaken the richness of labor pools by deterring women, for whom incentives like pay, status, and potential for growth are relatively weak.


Women are vital providers in Tennessee.  They work in almost two-thirds of all households with children, and make up nearly 80 percent of all single parents.


Gender bias also means fewer job offers for women, lower starting wages, fewer promotions, less respect, and even misattribution of female success.  Adding to the challenge, when women promote their technical ability, initiate negotiation, or behave in other ways that are stereotypically deemed unfeminine, they risk being labeled as cold, ambitious, and less likeable, which also undercuts their economic potential.

The Economic Council reports that this double bind is not only measurable in academic research, but also observable in the segregation of the workforce into high-paying male- and low-paying female-dominated professions, and reflected in general societal trends that have defined the workplace as male and the home as female.  In this way, gender bias is shown to contribute to unfair gaps in access and economic success, but the primary focus of this report isn’t fairness; it’s children.


Gender bias is something that everyone likely exhibits... because we share the same basic cultural stereotypes about women and men, and we are all at risk of applying them.


“Women are vital providers in Tennessee.  They work in almost two-thirds of all households with children, and make up nearly 80 percent of all single parents.  Still, they face many barriers like gender bias that contribute to financial instability and outright poverty—especially for single mothers.” As many as 46 percent of single mothers live in poverty in Tennessee; that’s more than 80,000 single mothers who can’t afford to face a stacked deck, says Dr. Dena Wise, Chair of the Economic Council and Consumer Economics Specialist at the University of Tennessee Extension.  “We need to address this issue head-on because the ability of women to provide a healthy, stable home for themselves and our next generation promotes everyone’s best interests.”

Another goal of the report is to grow the discussion of gender bias in a way that doesn’t focus on blame or sexism, since implicit bias is largely unintentional as well as universal.  “Malice doesn’t motivate most of the bias in today’s workforce; Tennesseans aren’t waking up with the intent to discriminate against others, but that doesn’t change the results. Gender bias is something that everyone likely exhibits—both men and women—because we share the same basic cultural stereotypes about women and men, and we are all at risk of applying them,” says the TECW’s Executive Director, Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks.  “That means we have to work together to combat them.”

For workers and employers interested in avoiding bias, the report includes practical suggestions to help eliminate ambiguity and gender triggers in economically significant processes. The report also presents recommendations for women who must balance the need to appear both communal and technically proficient in a workforce that treats the two as opposites for women.

The full report, executive report, and other materials can be found at www.tennesseewomen.org/research.htm.

TECW Newsletter, October 2015

October 23, 2015

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October 2015 Newsletter

This month's edition features the WECF's 2015 College Scholarship Recipients; the upcoming release of "The Costs of Gender Bias in Tennessee's Workforce"; a Women & Work: Insights interview with WGU Tennessee Chancellor Kimberly Estep; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

October, November, December 2015 Board & Commission Openings Announced

Submit your application through the Economic Council

October 22, 2015

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The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. The application deadline for all of these openings is 12:00pm (noon), November 15, 2015.

Those interested in serving on one or more boards should contact the Economic Council at info.ecw@tn.gov to initiate the submission process and to receive future updates by email. Please include the phrase "Boards & Commissions Inquiry" in the subject of your email.


October 2015 Board Vacancies

  • Pest Control Board: Advises the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture on rules and regulations governing the pest control industry.
    Seats:
    2 Members
    Commercial Pest Control Operator

  • Utility Management Review BoardAdvises utility district boards and commissioners on utility management, aiming for utility districts that operate as self-sufficient enterprises.
    Seats:
    Utility District Commissioner

November 2015 Board Vacancies

  • Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board: Advises the Secretary of Agriculture on environmental education initiatives and promotion of public participation in the land and resource management planning process for the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
    Seats:
    Alternate Member (would only attend/participate if one of the regular members was unable to do so.)

December 2015 Board Vacancies

  • Statewide Independent Living CouncilPromotes independent living through creation of the Statewide Independent Living Plan.
    Seats:
    5 Members (By law, a majority of the membership of this council must be made up of people who have a disability.)

  • Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council: Guides the statewide litter prevention effort and assists with solid waste issues in Tennessee.
    Seats:
    Citizen Member

  • Volunteer Tennessee Commission: Encourages and participates in volunteerism and community service.
    Seats:
    6 Members with Experience in Volunteerism
    1 Representative of the United Way
    1 Member with Expertise and Experience in Communications

  • Board for Licensing Alarm Systems Contractors: Promulgates rules and regulates licenses for people in the alarm systems contractor business.
    Seats:
    Qualifying Agent with Fewer than Seven Employees

  • Board for Licensing ContractorsPromulgates rules and regulates licenses for contractors.
    Seats:
    Highway, Railroad or Airport Contractor

  • Prevailing Wage Commission: Determines the prevailing wage rate for state highway construction projects.
    Seats:
    2 Members

  • Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board: Promulgates rules and regulates licenses for people providing medical laboratory services.
    Seats:
    Medical Technologist Generalist
    Medical Laboratory Supervisor

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory CouncilProvides recommendations to the Department of health on programs and policy regarding health and human services for survivors of traumatic brain injury.
    Seats:
    Health Care Professional
    3 Survivors, Caregivers, or Family Members

  • Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers: Promulgates rules and regulates licenses for funeral directors and embalmers.
    Seats:
    3 Funeral Directors or Embalmers

  • Advisory Council for Alternative Education: Advises the Governor, Commissioner of Education, and the State Board of Education on issues related to alternative education.
    Seats:
    Teacher
    Principle
    2 Community Representatives
    1 Representative of a Local Board of Education

  • Polysomnography Professional Standards CommitteeAssists the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners by promulgating rules and regulating licenses for people practicing polysomnography.
    Seats:
    Polysomnographic Technologist
    Respiratory Therapist Registered as a Polysomnographic Technologist

  • Tennessee Athletic Commission: Regulates professional boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) events in the state of Tennessee.
    Seats:
    Member with Expertise in Boxing

Those interested in serving on one or more boards should contact the council at info.ecw@tn.gov. Please include the phrase "Boards & Commissions Inquiry" in the subject of your email.

Astronaut, Judge, and Civil Rights Pioneer Among Eight 2015 Inductees to Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame

October 06, 2015 - Edited November 16, 2015

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Eight extraordinary women from all three grand divisions of the state will be inducted this year into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, a program of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. The induction ceremony will be held on Monday, October 26, 2015 as part of the 12th Annual Economic Summit for Women.  The event will take place at noon and will be held at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

“The purpose of the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame is to celebrate and honor women who are extraordinarily accomplished and have made remarkable, unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, and cultural well-being of Tennessee” said Dena Wise, chair of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.


The eight inductees are (alphabetically):


JoyBishop

Joy Bishop (East Tennessee) was the first Air Force career woman to be appointed to the Senior Executive Service, the highest grade in the federal career employment system. She has consulted in public administration policy and organizational management for underdeveloped countries. She is known by all who know her as a leader, advocate, philanthropist, and advisor and mentor to both men and women alike.


“Joy is a person who doesn’t come into a room and say, ‘Here I am,’ she comes into a room and says, ‘There YOU are!’”
-Virginia Hardwick


LizzieFrench

Lizzie Crozier French (East Tennessee) founded the Knoxville Female Institute and the School of Elocution to further the education of women in the late 1800’s. Along with founding the Tennessee Suffrage Association, she became the first woman to address the Tennessee General Assembly lobbying on behalf of efforts to establish a separate prison for women and children in the state of Tennessee.


“She is, beyond doubt, the most brilliant woman in Tennessee today, and one of the most enthusiastic women in philanthropy of any of her sex."
-The Knoxville Sentinel, said of Ms. French during her lifetime


JaniceHolder

Janice Holder (West Tennessee), the first female Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court and a founding member of the Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women, has devoted much of her career to the elimination of domestic violence, the provision of services to impaired members of the legal profession, and access to justice for all people. Justice Holder is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator.


“She is a great ambassador for Tennessee… and her place in history is secure.”

-Jocelyn Wurzburg


RosettaPerry

Rosetta Miller Perry (Middle Tennessee) is a Civil Rights activist and was an Equal Employment Opportunity Official during the 1960’s in middle & west Tennessee. She became the first African-American female to graduate with a Bachelor degree in Mortuary Science from Memphis State University. She later established the Greater Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, and she and her late husband founded Perry & Perry Publishing Company, which has contributed cultural voice to Tennessee through multiple magazines and newspapers.

“Mrs. Perry is indeed a woman of courage and substance… and has worked tirelessly to elevate women, girls, and families.”
-Janice Woodard


ElizabethRona

Elizabeth Rona: (East Tennessee) Before immigrating to the United States, Elizabeth was the first woman to teach chemistry in any University in Hungary. Once in the United States, she was on the frontlines of the discoveries of isotopes and fission, and later contributed to work in the Manhattan project. She later taught on theory and methods of nuclear physics at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies.



“She worked in several great European and US laboratories alongside some of the greatest minds of the 20th century.”
-Patricia Hope


RheaSeddon

Rhea Seddon (Middle Tennessee) is a former NASA astronaut, surgeon, and educator. She has provided a female voice in the world of STEM education and male-centric careers. A part of the first group of astronauts to include women, she successfully completed three Space Shuttle flights Dr. Seddon was the Payload Commander on the STS-58 Life Science Research Mission, which received NASA management recognition as the most successful and efficient Spacelab flown to date.

“Her career shows not only how far women have come, but Dr. Seddon also provides a snapshot into the bright future that lies ahead.”
-Sheila Champlin


ZulfatSuara

Zulfat Suara (West Tennessee) is a Certified Public Accountant who has contributed to her community as a cultural role-model and activist. She is a strong advocate for Tennessee Women and Children at the local, state, and federal level. She was the first president of the Business and Professional Women of TN, Inc. to serve two consecutive terms since 1961 and has served in organizations such as the American Muslim Advisory Council, The Carl Perkins Center for Abused Women and Children and The Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus. She is the Chair of Tennessee Women’s Day on the Hill and the founder of the Hardeman County branch of Junior Achievement, an economic education platform that have benefited children in her county since 2004.



“Zulfat’s community service is selfless and humble, serving as a volunteer, because she believes in making Tennessee a better place for women, children and families.”
-Anna Carella


CarolTransou

Carol Gardner Transou (East Tennessee) is a community activist, a 1987 Tennes-see Teacher of the Year, and our state's first Teacher-Scholar named by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has authored curriculum on the Vietnam War and on Women's History. She is a Founder of the Women's Fund of East Tennessee and currently serves on both the Advisory Board and the Advocacy Committee.


“Carol’s influence is felt in so many areas of the community, and she made history come alive for thousands of students.”
-Dr. Katie Baker



“The Economic Council is honored to highlight and preserve the contributions of these extraordinary women with hope that this recognition will inspire the communities in which they have served to continue to do great work for all citizens of Tennessee,” added Susanne Dupes, the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame Chair.

Go here to learn more about the Hall of Fame's current members.

To attend the full Economic Summit or just the inductee luncheon, visit: http://www.womenseconomicfoundation.org/order.htm. Early Registration Ends October 9th. There is a Student Discount with Student ID!

TECW Newsletter, September 2015

September 28, 2015

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September 2015 Newsletter

This month's edition features the 2015 Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame Inductee Class; summit speakers Christine Brennan and DeLores Pressley; experiences from former volunteer Heather Walter; part two of an Insights interview with small business advocate Patricia Wesson; TECW staff speaking on gender bias; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, August 2015

August 26, 2015

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August 2015 Newsletter

This month's edition features columnist and upcoming Economic Summit guest Ellen Goodman; part one of an Insights interview with small business advocate Patricia Wesson; information about the 2015 Economic Summit for Women; a recap of the TECW's Summer Quarterly Meeting; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, July 2015

July 28, 2015

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July 2015 Newsletter

This month's edition features the 2015 WECF College Scholarship application window; part two of an Insights interview with investment expert and author Meredith Jones; information about the 2015 Economic Summit for Women; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, June 2015

June 25, 2015

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June 2015 Newsletter

This month's edition features the 2015 Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame nomination window; part one of an Insights interview with investment expert and author Meredith Jones; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

Nominations Open for the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Cycle

Nominate an outstanding woman in your community by July 31st

June 05, 2015

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Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder

NASHVILLE – Is there a woman in your community who should be added to The Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame (TWHOF)? Nominations are open now for outstanding Tennessee women to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this October 2015 at the Economic Summit for Women in partnership with the Vision 2020 Congress in Nashville. 

Outstanding women from each of Tennessee’s three Grand Divisions will be added to the nine names currently in the Hall of Fame. Nominations may include both living and deceased individuals. “We want the Women’s Hall of Fame to include women throughout the State’s history, so we are adding posthumous induction beginning this cycle,” said Susanne Dupes, chair of the 2015 TN Women’s Hall of Fame Committee.  Established in 2010, the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes exceptional women who have made outstanding, unique, and lasting contributions to the State’s economic, political, and cultural well-being. “TWHOF inductees have individually elevated the status of women and championed other women, women’s issues, and served as advocates for issues important to women and families,” Dupes noted.

The deadline for nomination submissions is July 31, 2015. Nomination forms and information can be found at www.tennesseewomen.org/twhof.htm.

Nominees will be rated on the level of involvement, leadership, achievement, and years of involvement in the following four categories:

  1. Level of community and professional involvement.
  2. Personal and professional excellence in chosen business, profession, or community service.
  3. Commitment to championing other women, elevating the status of women in Tennessee, and/or advocating for issues affecting women and families.
  4. Impact on the social, artistic, cultural, economic and/or political well-being of Tennessee.

Nominations may be submitted by groups, organizations, or individuals. However, no individual may nominate herself. Nominees must have been born in Tennessee, adopted Tennessee as her home state, or resided in Tennessee for a minimum of 10 years

The 2015 TWHOF Induction will be held at the 12th Annual Economic Summit for Women in partnership with the Vision 2020 Congress on Monday, October 26, at the Nashville Airport Marriott. Information about induction attendance and full summit registration will be posted soon at www.tnwomensummit.org, and on the TECW’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tnecw.

TECW Newsletter, May 2015

May 27, 2015

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May 2015 Newsletter

This month's edition features an analysis of Domestic Violence in Tennessee in 2014; nomination information for the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame 2015 induction; a welcome to Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

Veterans Services Commissioner Grinder Joins Economic Council on Women

May 22, 2015

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Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder

NASHVILLE – Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder has been appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to represent his cabinet on the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.  Grinder has served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services since January 2011, and is the first woman to hold the position.

“Women continue to make great strides in all sectors as difference makers and trailblazers, but not every woman has found her voice or her niche,” Grinder said.  “It is a privilege to serve on the board of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women to collaborate on innovative ways to help women across the state connect with the resources they need to make an impact in their communities.”

Commissioner Grinder, who retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Colonel with more than 35 years of service in order to lead the department, has invested in services that empower veterans.  Her department’s approach has expanded to address “Everything Veteran,” and includes greater access to higher education for student veterans, increased recruiting of veterans for workforce development programs, and veteran business resources. 

“Tennessee’s veterans face a lot of barriers when they come home, and the Economic Council is eager to explore how Commissioner Grinder’s experience in overcoming those barriers can enhance the economic stability and growth of women and families,” said Dr. Dena Wise, Chair of the Economic Council.  “Priorities like education, workforce development, and trauma recovery overlap between veterans and women, and gains with one population may translate to improvement for the other.”

The TECW recently launched two web tools that facilitate both workforce development and recovery from violence for women and men.  The Women & Work Information Hub (www.womenandworktn.com) offers a variety of education, skill enhancement, job search, and entrepreneurship-related resources, and the Violence Against Women Resource Center (www.violenceagainstwomentn.com) is a comprehensive database of Tennessee’s social service providers and other information crucial to victims of domestic and sexual violence. 

“The TECW’s effectiveness in promoting economic strength is driven by the combined expertise of its members, and we celebrate Commissioner Grinder’s appointment,” added Wise.

July, August, September 2015 Board & Commission Openings Announced

Submit your application through the Economic Council

May 21, 2015

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The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. Though the vacancies listed will occur throughout the Summer, appointments are expected to be made in the Fall, and the application deadline for all of these openings is 12:00pm (noon), July 15, 2015.

Those interested in serving on one or more boards should contact the Economic Council at info.ecw@tn.gov to initiate the submission process and to receive future updates by email. Please include the phrase "Boards & Commissions Inquiry" in the subject of your email.


July 2015 Board Vacancies

  • Sam Davis Memorial Association Board of Trustees: Oversees the Sam Davis Memorial Home.
    Seats:
    3 Members

  • Board of Veterinary Medical ExaminersPromulgates rules and regulates licenses for veterinarians.
    Seats:
    Veterinarian

  • Committee for Clinical PerfusionistsPromulgates rules and regulates licenses for clinical perfusionists.
    Seats:
    Cardiac Surgeon or Cardiac Anesthesiologist
    Hospital Admin. of Healthcare Facility Where Cardiac Surgery is Performed
    Perfusionist

  • TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee: Makes recommendations regarding a preferred drug list to govern all state expenditures for prescription drugs for the TennCare program.
    Seats:
    Organizations Engaged in Advocacy on Behalf of Members of the TennCare Program
    Cardiologist

  • State Board of PharmacyPromulgates rules and regulates licenses for pharmacists.
    Seats:
    Pharmacist

  • Humanities Tennessee Board of DirectorsPromotes the study of community history and culture and the study of language and literature.
    Seats:
    Member

  • Tennessee Residence Commission: Oversees the restoration and preservation of the Tennessee residence, including the building and contiguous grounds.
    Seats:
    Citizen Member

  • Governor’s Council for Armed Forces, Veterans, and Their Families: Facilitates collaboration and coordination in order to effectively meet the needs of the members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families, specifically in the areas of PTSD, unemployment, and suicide prevention.
    Seats:
    County or City Mayor
    Representative of an Advocacy Organization for the Homeless
    Representative of a Veteran Service Organization for Women
    Representative of Higher Education

Continue to full list >>

TECW Newsletter, April 2015

April 30, 2015

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This month's edition features reflections on the Pathway Women’s Business Center opening; TECW’s participation in the TN Women’s Veteran Summit; TECW’s Women & Work Insights Interview with Columbia State Community College President Dr. Janet F. Smith; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean joins Mildred Walters, incoming Exec. Dir. of the Pathway Women’s Business Center, and representatives of Pathway Lending and Regions Bank at the new Center's ribbon-cutting ceremony.

June 2015 State Board & Commission Openings Announced

Submit your application through the Economic Council

April 13, 2015

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on multiple State Boards & Commissions to be filled in or after June 2015. The application deadline for these openings is 12:00pm (noon), May 15, 2015.

Those interested in serving on one or more boards should contact the Economic Council at info.ecw@tn.gov to initiate the submission process and to receive future updates by email. Please include the phrase "Boards & Commissions Inquiry" in the subject of your email.


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  • Advisory Committee on Credit Life Insurance Rates: Holds hearings and recommends the rates for credit life insurance.
    Seats:
    Representative of a Credit Life Insurance Business

  • Advisory Council for the Education of Students with DisabilitiesAdvises the Governor, the Commissioner of Education, the State Board of Education, and others on unmet needs for students with disabilities within our K-12 and higher education systems.
    Seats:
    Representative of an Organization Providing Transitional Services
    Teacher

  • Advisory Council on Workers’ CompensationProvides information, research and recommendations concerning workers’ compensation issues to the General Assembly, the Department of Commerce and Insurance and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    Seats:
    Representative of the TN Association for Justice
    Representative of the TN Defense Lawyers Association
    Representative of Insurance Companies
    Representative of Health Care Providers

  • Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Committee: Promulgates rules and regulates licenses for applied behavior analysts.
    Seats:
    Behavior Analyst  

  • Archaeological Advisory CouncilAdvises the Commissioner of TDEC and the state archaeologist on all matters of policy relating to the activities of the division and to the employment of professional personnel.
    Seats:
    Anthropologist from the University of Memphis
    Representative of the Native American Community

  • Architects and Engineers Board of ExaminersPromulgates rules and regulates licenses for architects and engineers.
    Seats:
    East TN Engineer
    West TN Engineer
    West TN Architect
    Public Member

Continue to full list >>

Announcement - April 2014 Board & Commission Openings

April 11, 2014

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. The application deadline for these openings is May 12, 2014.

  • State Rehabilitation Council
  • Commission on Aging & Disability- (Openings in Northeast, Southeast and Upper Cumberland areas).
  • Private Probation Services Council
  • Elevator & Amusement Device Safety Board
  • Advisory Council for the Education of Students with Disabilities
  • Tennessee Auctioneer Commission (licensed auctioneer from West Tennessee)
  • Air Pollution Board (registered professional engineer, Industrial Management rep.)
  • Tennessee Athletic Commission (experience in mixed martial arts)
  • Advisory  Committee on Credit Life Insurance Rates (representative of Credit Life Industry)
  • Commission on Firefighting Personnel Standards & Education (volunteer firefighter, member of TN Professional Firefighters Assn., member of TN Fire Chief's Assn, the TN Fire Safety Inspectors Assn, or the TN Firemen's Assn.)
  • State Board of Pharmacy (full time hospital pharmacist)
  • Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (licensed veterinarian)
  • Sam Davis Memorial Assn. Board of Trustees
  • Tennessee Career and Technical Education Council (represents post secondary education)
  • Governor's Council for Armed Forces, Veterans, and Their Families
  • Tennessee Historical Commission (rep. from West TN, rep. from Middle TN)
  • Underground Storage Tanks and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board
    Tennessee Second Look Commission (Law enforcement representative, Population less than 250K, Law enforcement representative, Population more than 250K)
  • Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (Northeast TN region, Southeast TN region)
  • Advisory Committee for Purchase From the Blind and Other Severely Disabled

Those interested in serving on one or more boards should contact the council at info.ecw@tn.gov. Please include the phrase "Boards & Commissions Inquiry" in the subject of your email.

Announcement - March 2014 Board & Commission Openings

March 07, 2014

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. The application deadline for these openings is March 30, 2014.

  • Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Board of Osteopathic Examination
  • Tennessee Career and Technical Education Council
  • Tennessee Real Estate Appraiser Commission (Certified Appraisers; East, Middle, and West TN openings)
  • Keep Tennessee Beautiful Advisory Council
  • Tennessee Arts Commission (Openings in Congressional Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9)
  • Emergency Communications Board
  • Board of Social Worker Licensure (licence required)
  • Tennessee Massage Licensure Board (licence required)
  • Tennessee Human Rights Commission (represents East Tennessee)
  • Tennessee Historical Commission (represents Middle Tennessee)
  • Tennessee Commission on Holocaust Education
  • Tennessee Water Quality Control Board (2 openings)

Those interested in serving on one or more boards should contact the council at info.ecw@tn.gov. Please include the phrase "Boards & Commissions Inquiry" in the subject of your email.

TECW Newsletter, March 2015

March 31, 2015

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This month's edition features reflections on Women’s History Month; the TECW’s participation in the Governor’s Diversity Business Conference; the TECW’s contribution to a legislative Domestic Violence testimony; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, February 2015

February 27, 2015

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This month's edition features domestic and sexual violence resources for Spanish speakers; a Black History month spotlight on two incredible women; a Yoga donation class benefiting the WECF; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, January 2015

January 26, 2015

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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.

Economic Council Launches Comprehensive Online Workforce Tool

Women & Work Information Hub serves entrepreneurs, workers, and innovators; focuses on female success

January 07, 2015

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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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

Find the Women & Work Information Hub at www.womenandworktn.com.  For other information, contact the Economic Council directly at (615) 253-4266 or via www.tennesseewomen.org.