The economy is still not what it was pre-2008, though many sources speak of a struggling—or even horrific—economy going back as far as 2003.
For those women and men in Greater Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, Women at Work has become a proven resource. They offer career guidance, job search support groups, and their database houses thousands of jobs at a time. Computer classes are offered with individual tutoring for Microsoft and Mac. Clients can learn Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and Quickbooks. Workshops are offered in resume critique, networking, starting a business, grant writing, job skills training, and interviewing techniques. Every Monday, Developer Perla Bernal meets with 50 “job seekers” and discusses employment trends and precipitates an exchange of ideas. Attendees also receive a list of Hot Jobs (over 100 each week).
Armed with a self-help book, a lot of determination and hard work, three women, namely Betty Ann Jansson, Barbara Burke and Marge Leighton, were granted a Federal Tax ID number and became a certified non-profit in 1979. Its mission for over 30 years has been to empower women who, no matter what their education, often earn less than men and are under-represented in many employment fields.
This year Women at Work’s major fundraiser is an homage to the classic film Casablanca. Guests “will be transported to 1942 as (they) enter Rick’s Café Américain. Pose for photos with Humphrey Bogart, sing along with Sam, and sway to World War II-era music and join in with the Arthur Murray dancers as (they) enter the intrigue of Morocco.”
Women at Work’s Trailblazer Award will be presented to Cynthia Kurtz, CEO, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership for her leadership roles as they pertain to transportation, economic development, public works, and city management. The Heritage Award recipient is California State Senator Carol Liu for in recognition of a career dedicated to education and the advancement of women. And, the Accolade Award will be presented to Wendy Welch-Keller, First Vice President of Community Bank “for providing exceptional leadership on the Women at Work Board.”
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 5 p.m.
University Club, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena 91101
Individual seats, $150; tables, patron, and sponsorship options available