4/6/2012 Just a few days left before prices go up


Just a few days left before prices go up

Enthusiasm over the New York City conference on May 6-9 has started to build and we are delighted to see that we have a sizeable contingent from California that are trekking across the country to The Big Apple” for this event to join their New York sisters. Remember also that we are partnering with McGraw Hill/ENR and their Groundbreaking Women In Construction (GWIC) conference later in the week. Come for one or come for both – it will be an investment in your business that guarantees to pay significant dividends back to you and your business. Registration fees increase in just 9 days and the hotel block closes out in just 7 – so take advantage of the lower rates and make your reservations now! Remember, WCOE conference attendees receive a $200 discount off the GWIC conference rate.

Workshops are still being finalized with specific times but you will learn about “Management Strategies for Cloud Computing”, “Where's my seat at the table: Why aren't women on corporate boards”, “Designing a Successful Exit Strategy from your Business”, “Understanding what an RFP is really looking for”, and “Creative ways to increase your bonding capacity” – plus a lot more in the pipeline. There is no better way to improve your business skills while networking with like-minded professional women. Register online or print out this form and fax it to 202.330.5151 – now!

WCOE member and conference speaker featured in INC. Magazine article

Karen Barbour, Council of 200 member and President of the Barbour Group, served as an expert resource on a recent INC. magazine article about how to break through to million-dollar-plus federal contracts. Fewer than 5% of small businesses crack that seven figure mark but there is a way. Says Karen, “When you are a small business you find yourself bidding on scrappy jobs with no meat in them. You lose enthusiasm. You can't put your brand on those types of jobs. With the federal government you have real profit, nice jobs that, when they are done, you can say, ‘Wow! I did that!' “ Congratulations, Karen – you won't want to miss Karen's workshop in New York “Beyond the Basics: Practical strategies to maximize bonding capacities”

Also featured in the same article is Denise Rodriguez-Lopez, President of KMJ Company and a speaker at our February Annual Leadership Conference. Denise is not yet a WCOE member, but we're working on it!

WCOE member Stephanie Hickman receives high honors

WCOE's Regional Director Stephanie Hickman, President of Trice Construction in Chicago, will be honored at an elegant luncheon ceremony on May 4th at Chicago's Radisson Blu Acqua during the 18th Annual Construction and Transportation luncheon. Stephanie is being awarded the “Rufus Taylor” award in recognition of her contributions to the industry and services to the community. Congratulations, Stephanie, we are very proud of you and will all be with you in spirit as you receive your award.

Stephanie also just received an appointment by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Affirmative Action Advisory Board. Stephanie will serve on the Board for 2 years. The 11 member Board is charged with monitoring and reporting on the participation of minority and women-owned businesses in public contracting. Once more congratulations are in order, Stephanie. Please send us period periodic updates about the Board and its work.

More Chicago members in the news!

Chicago Members in the News

WCOE's Immediate Past President Theresa Kern joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his press announcement last week about a new $7.2 billion (yes, with a B) Building a New Chicago initiative. This initiative will rebuild the City's infrastructure and is expected to create 30,000 jobs over the next 3 years. No doubt Theresa will be working with Stephanie to make sure a fair share of those construction projects go to WCOE members! The project is explained in this video clip from CBS Chicago news, and note that Theresa is sitting in the front row!

More member news

Tague shoe by Tague Kapovich

A very proud Grandmother, member Simone Kapovich who is President of S&J Construction in South Holland, IL has alerted us that her “extremely talented granddaughter,” Tague Kapovich is designing shoes for Anne Klein.

For those who are attending the New York City regional conference next month, Simone is donating a pair of the shoes to be auctioned off and all proceeds will benefit the WCOE Resource Center. For those who won't be in New York, you can pick up the shoes at any store featuring Anne Klein.


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See if your representatives received the business friendly "Spirit of Enterprise" award for their support of pro-jobs, pro-growth policies during the first session of the 112th Congress.

Also, view their votes and scores on "How They Voted" on important legislation for 2011. See if your representatives received the business friendly "Spirit of Enterprise" award for their support of pro-jobs, pro-growth policies during the first session of the 112th Congress.

Interested in being a speaker?

We have received a request from our Strategic Alliance partner, Elite Women Around The World, for a speaker on the topic of “Building a business in a non-traditional field” at their May 31st conference in Cleveland. Speakers are all pro bono except you will receive free membership in the organization – and terrific networking opportunities.

If you are interested contact Rita Singh, rsingh@elitewomenaroundtheworld.com. Be sure to let us know so we can promote it in the Turning Point.

Update from Capitol Hill

Both the House and Senate are on Spring break this week and next so all is quiet on “The Hill”.

At the end of last week however, members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce introduced a comprehensive proposal to reform the nation's network of job training programs. H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 which consolidates more than 20 programs into one flexible Workforce Investment Fund, helping to provide a more streamlined system for workers and job seekers to find the employment support they need. The proposal builds on previous legislative efforts by Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV).

Chairman John Kline (R-MN) praised H.R. 4297 as an important opportunity for reform of our broken workforce investment system. “Many employers trying to get their businesses back on track desperately need a trained workforce. Unfortunately, the current bureaucracy governing the nation's workforce investment system is broken, leaving millions of individuals out of work and employers struggling to succeed,” said Chairman Kline. “President Obama has accurately recognized the need for a better system, but the time to talk about reform is over. The legislation introduced today reflects the reforms our nation needs and the priorities the president outlined earlier this year. I hope the administration and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will work with us to advance this legislation quickly and provide workers and employers the streamlined workforce investment system they need.”

Read the full press release along with comments from representatives Virginnia Foxx (R-NC), Howard “Buck” Mckeon (R-CA) and WCOE's friend Joe Heck (R-NV).


A Reminder from WCOE: Administrative Professionals Day is April 25


...because everyone needs to know they're appreciated.

Administrative Professionals Week is the last full week of April, and Wednesday, April 25 is Administrative Professionals Day. This is a special time dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and other office professionals for their important contributions to the workplace. And there are lots of ways to show that appreciation! Whether the administrative professional in your life appreciates flowers, gift baskets, or tickets to a favorite event, you can purchase it through AchieveLinksSM.

AchieveLinks is a new member benefit offered by WCOE. Not only does this program give you access to hundreds of shopping opportunities, it also lets you earn LinksSM reward points that can be redeemed for many great reward options, including merchandise, a special getaway, gift cards, and more.

Now is the time to start earning, dreaming, and achieving. Enroll today and earn:
An additional 500 Links when you activate your new account
500 bonus Links when you make your first purchase

Membership in the AchieveLinks program is free. Go to www.achievelinks.com to see a full list of affinity partners, sign-up, and start earning Links!



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