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  • 10/18/2017 11:21 AM | Kim O'Brien (Administrator)

    Thank you to boutiques, Bill Paul, Hamilton's and Susan Sausen from Cabi for providing a fashion show for Mid-Day members and guests highlighting the varying ways to dress for success.  From business casual to business event and evening attire.

    Attendees also brought gently used and new clothing to donate to the Community Clothes Closet. The mission of the Community Clothes Closet is to provide free clothing and opportunities for clients to improve their lives.

    Presenters Barb Sexmith, Mary Kay Consultant & Toastmasters trainer, and Stacy Engebretson, NBC 26 broadcaster, provided insight into how the dress for success attire has changed in the last 20 years. A sea of "suits" was the norm, especially in the television and news industry.  The national level sets the tone in the industry. The norm is now dresses versus suits and dress style is very dependent on the age of the broadcasters. 

    Barb shared that in 1970 at Berkeley college there was a class on how to dress for women in the workplace- "Dress like a man," was the motto. 

    Barb and Stacy recommend dressing for how you wish to be perceived. Dressing professionally day in and day out is still important. 

    The newest craze is using a service like Stitch Fix to order style pieces online. Working with a personal stylist online you receive 5 hand-selected pieces of clothing per month delivered to your door—no subscription required. Trunk Club is a Nordstrom company that provides a similar service. Make sure you do your research and read the online reviews when seeking an online personal stylist service.

    The Fashion event also serves as our annual membership drive. We encourage you to review the benefits of being a member by clicking here: JoinAnnual membership is only $108.

  • 09/13/2017 4:06 PM | Kim O'Brien (Administrator)

    CEDAW : Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

    CEDAW, or the Treaty for the Rights of Women, was adopted by the United Nations in 1979, and is the most comprehensive international agreement on the basic human rights of women. The Treaty provides an international standard for protecting and promoting women's human rights and is often referred to as a “Bill of Rights” for women. It is the only international instrument that comprehensively addresses women's rights within political, civil, cultural, economic, and social life.

    The Convention defines discrimination against women as:

     "...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field."

    The Convention provides the basis for realizing equality between women and men through ensuring women's equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life -- including the right to vote and to stand for election -- as well as education, health and employment. States parties agree to take all appropriate measures, including legislation and temporary special measures, so that women can enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    The six UN member states that have not ratified or acceded to the convention are Iran Palau, Somalia, Sudan, Tonga, and the United States. The United States has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the Western Hemisphere and the only industrialized democracy that has not ratified this treaty.

    Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations.

    • ·         The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in July, 2002 to recommend ratification of CEDAW, but the Treaty has never come before the full Senate for a vote. Ratification of the Treaty requires the support of 2/3 of the US Senate, or 67 votes.
    • ·         The Treaty for the Rights of Women is a tool that women around the world are using effectively to bring about change in their conditions. In nations that have ratified the treaty, CEDAW has proved invaluable in opposing the effects of discrimination, which include violence, poverty, lack of legal protections, along with the denial of inheritance, property rights, and access to credit.
    • o   The Treaty has encouraged the development of citizenship rights in Botswana and Japan, inheritance rights in the United Republic of Tanzania, and property rights and political participation in Costa Rica.
    • o   CEDAW has fostered development of domestic violence laws in Turkey, Nepal, South Africa, and the Republic of Korea and anti-trafficking laws in Ukraine and Moldova.

    The principles espoused in the Treaty for the Rights of Women are consistent with those in US law and with our country’s foreign and domestic policy objectives. The Treaty would nonetheless help efforts to enhance U.S. laws with respect to violence against women, access to legal protections, and other human rights. Lack of U.S. ratification serves as a disincentive for governments to uphold CEDAW‟s mandate and their obligations under it to end discrimination against women. With U.S. ratification, the Women’s Convention would become a much stronger instrument in support of women’s struggles to achieve full protection and realization of their rights.

  • 08/16/2017 6:28 PM | Sandra Rohde (Administrator)

    Shannon Keneven gave a wonderful presentation and helped us go through several exercises as a group. Here is the link to the website: http://www.voicesofmen.com/

    Please also note that the annual breakfast for Voices of Men is coming up on November 7, 2017 from 8:00-10:00 am at The Radisson Paper Valley. This breakfast is open to all - men, women, girls & boys. We all need to be a part of the solution: A community where boys are taught Healthy Manhood, and men treat all people with dignity.

  • 07/10/2017 5:06 PM | Mary Ann Bazile (Administrator)

    Thanks Kim for the links.  Debbi Sullivan really brought to light, "being in the present" for me.  The networking activity really made us listen to each other.

  • 06/23/2017 1:43 PM | Kim O'Brien (Administrator)

    Since our June 21st speaker, Debbi Sullivan, did tell us that we would only hear half of what she said, I thought I would wrap up and share the program highlights here on our MDWA blog. Debbi is a 3-time USA Olympian.

    While she was speaking, I searched online for some of the things she referenced like www.mindful.org and then, my bad for multi-tasking, I also visited www.webmd.com and searched for the benefits of meditation.

    Debbi also shared the information below:

    Greatness is not reserved for the “special people.” Greatness is inside each one of us! The way you think is a powerful determining factor in successful ANYTHING. 


    Nothing good comes from negative, one person can change a room, eliminate negative blocker sentences.


    What would it take to do _______? I Am Accountable. I Learn From Mistakes. I am so grateful & thankful for _________, right now! 


    We use 100% of our mind, it will wander…train it to focus on each “now moment” MULTI-TASKING-Fight the Urge.


    It’s like physical training…for the mind. Let’s set a goal to practice mindfulness--first on ourselves—then, it will flow into our connections with family, friends & business teams. We are great leaders! Mindfulness is our habit. We read about mindfulness. We practice mind training. We create a habit of mindfulness. We are mindful leaders. WE ARE Mindful Women, Powerful Leaders!

     “As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.” James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

    Debbi can be reached at amazingenergy@gmail.com and her books are available on her website at http://walklikethis.com. I also found a podcast at Podcast from Sweet Adversity.

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  • 05/21/2017 8:19 PM | Kim O'Brien (Administrator)

    Each year, Mid-Day Women’s Alliance honors a local woman for her inspirational contributions to her profession, the lives of others, and our community as a whole.

    The award goes to that woman who is a true standout in the areas of mentoring, coaching, advocating, teaching and selflessly supporting other women – the values for which the Alliance stands. The honoree is an individual who not only enriches the lives of her family, friends and colleagues, but also gives back to her community and leaves is a better place. 

    Nominations closed.

    Previous recipients include:

    Yvonne Kehl (2016)
    Barb Sexmith(2015)
    Susan McFadden (2014)
    Cody Splitt (2013)
    Barb Marksman of Total Floor Covering (2012)
    Autumn Hill of Autumn Hill Creative (2011)
    Kathi Seifert of Katapult LLC (2010)
    Sarah Schneider of Schenck (2009)
    Estella Caputo of AT & T (2008)
    Amy Pietsch of The Venture Center (2007)
    Julie Fischer of Full Circle Counseling (2006)

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