Women's Employment Network - GuideStar Profile (2022)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Women who come to WEN face a variety of challenges to securing employment, including homelessness or unstable housing, finding and affording childcare, insufficient or non-existent medical or mental health care, limited means of transportation, substance abuse and recovery, and domestic violence. A majority of our clients (56%) are women of color, who overall face higher levels of poverty and barriers to employment. 81% of our clients fall below the federal poverty level, 53% of our clients reported annual incomes of less than $10,000, and, on average, clients of WEN enter the program with a net income of $74.76 per month.
Through structured and personalized programming and services, WEN creates positive change in the lives of women who struggle with social, economic, and educational barriers to employment. WEN's Signature Programming promotes the overall economic wellness of clients, focuses on building pathways to securing livable-wage jobs, and provides credit-building tools, financial education, and access to entrepreneurial resources, leading them toward long-term financial stability. At WEN, we help each woman build a set of job search skills that empower and enable her to shape her future on a strong new foundation.
WEN's holistic approach aims to help women find meaningful employment with the skills necessary to succeed both personally, professionally, and financially for themselves and their families. For the 2018-2019 program year, WEN's objective is to serve 750 clients with our Signature Programming, which includes a five-week curriculum, individualized services, financial coaching, and WEN on the Road.

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

In order to meet the distinctive needs of the women we serve, WEN provides case management and referral services to every client and never closes a client file; women may return to WEN whenever they have a need. WEN actively cultivates a network of service providers in the Kansas City community that are qualified to support potential clients in various capacities. If the five-week curriculum proves difficult for clients to attend 5 days a week, our staff will work to address attendance and transportation barriers on an individual basis. In response to these situations, our staff defines a custom experience for the individual client to ensure they receive the services they need to become job-ready through WEN.

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

For over three decades, WEN has successfully impacted the lives of thousands of women who have come to WEN to create better lives for themselves and their families. WEN's strategic approach promotes the overall economic wellness of clients, focuses on building pathways to securing livable-wage jobs, and provides credit-building tools and financial education, leading them toward long-term financial stability.
WEN differentiates itself through its proven history of success, comprehensive curriculum, and loyal supporters and volunteers. Dedicated HR Professionals and others volunteer hundreds of hours of service for WEN, helping with mock interviews, resume writing, and lead specialized workshops. The many hours of direct assistance, opportunities to network and learn from local professionals and employer connections and job leads are major strengths of WEN's which set us apart from other employment preparation programming. Additionally, as a Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), WEN uses a nationally recognized and highly that is one of only four in the metropolitan area. Our Financial Coach works with clients to change their financial behavior in a way that encourages them to make a long-term commitment to increasing monthly net income, credit building, and acquisition of assets.
WEN has ongoing referral partner relationships with a number of local agencies including Amethyst Place, Operation Breakthrough, Rose Brooks Center, New House, Safe Haven, Hope House, the Housing Authority of Kansas City, and many others. We have well over 100 public and private organizations that are a part of our network. These partnerships are essential to recruiting WEN clients, as the other agencies will send women to WEN for assistance with their employment needs. WEN also benefits from tremendous local support. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, 224 program volunteers provided 496 hours of service for WEN, helping with mock interviews, resume writing, and leading specialized workshops.
WEN also is the lead organization of the OneKC for Women Alliance. This alliance was formed in 2009 to ensure that women of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to the resources they need to achieve financial self-sufficiency. By working together as OneKC for Women, these partner organizations are able to better achieve a common goal: empowering women to achieve financial independence. In addition to its partnerships in the OneKC for Women alliance, WEN also continues to serve on the Money Smart Kansas City (MSKC) Steering Committee and Partnership Committee, to support larger community efforts to increase financial capability for low- to moderate-income clients.

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The need for our services and programs are expanding beyond our traditional service venues and we have taken the steps to adapt to this growing need. In addition to maintaining our current programming, WEN has made the strategic decision to take our signature programming "on the road" to enhance our service delivery to address the needs of our clients and several partner organizations. Through WEN on the Road, WEN intends to expand our outreach to bring the expertise of WEN staff to partner organizations in the community; tailoring our core financial literacy and program materials to make the broadest and deepest positive impact possible on the financial lives of women in our community. WEN on the Road will increase efficiencies among our non-profit partners by helping them to train and inform partner agency staff and better achieve a common goal: empowering clients to achieve long-term financial stability.

We have already seen significant interest and accomplishments with WEN on the Road after its official kickoff in October 2017. In October through our WEN on the Road workshops, we served 26 clients and trained 7 case managers with three community partners. Due to our program's reputation in the community, strategic marketing and communication, and need for our services, we also have twelve community partners confirmed to received WEN on the Road services, with many others in play.

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Women's Employment Network

Board of directors
as of03/04/2020

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Board co-chair

Ms. Angela Hurt

Veracity Consulting, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Ms.KimberlyJones

Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC

Term: 2018 - 2020

Angela Hurt

Veracity Consulting, Inc.

Kimberly Jones

Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?Yes
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