We’re in the holiday season and it’s the time of year when everyone is making their donations to various charitable groups. I would like to plug a great organization for women and girls.  It’s called Step Up Women’s Network (SUWN).  Per the website, their mission is to propel girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.

If you decide to join, your dues are tax deductible and membership has many benefits.  Not only are you helping to provide excellent programming for these young girls, but you are also building your own professional network.  SUWN has great corporate sponsors and its membership includes women from various professional backgrounds

Power Salon Breakfast — Nov 7

While there are a variety of ways to volunteer and mentor teens based on your schedule, there are also quite a few events that will benefit your own professional and personal development.  Just last week, I attended two such events.  The first was a Power Salon breakfast for entrepreneurs at Heart Tower in New York.  The panel featured the stars of Lifetime’s Project Runway:  Fashion Startup.  The second was an evening event hosted by Tumblr.  The topic was “Where are All of the Women?” and the captivating panel featured executives from Google, Yahoo, Nike, and Coach.  The audience was comprised of professional women and teen girls and it was a great discussion on solutions to empower women in the workplace.

Step Up Women’s Network

This is an ideal period for membership and donations because SUWN corporate sponsor, Charming Charlie, is matching dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 for the month of November.  If the information I’ve provided has intrigued you, click here for additional information.  Step Up is growing and has chapters in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

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