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And it was really healing when I lost my dad. I also learned as a public health advocate for cessation and prevention of tobacco that women's bodies were much more vulnerable and susceptible to a lot of disease related to smoking and tobacco than men.
And the first Surgeon General report on women was in the late '90s, which was also kind of shocking. So, that was a first foray, and I think as I became a mom it just felt like a natural progression I guess. So, talk about the evolution of Every Mother Counts.
So, we have the, sort of the background, the history, the concept, and then how did you go about, you know, getting connections to resources on the ground, and in standing up things, and bringing along the awareness? Well, I guess, I mean, mainly we started after the film came out. We were a resource.
You know, Absolutely no Branch american females doing what where Hot ladies looking sex tonight Sweden the way we sort of saw ourselves. And through that, I got to meet a lot Absolutely no Branch american females different organizations working in maternal health. Also, as a student of Public Health, you know, the world is fairly small in the maternal child health space.
So, I started to get to meet a lot of incredible people who have been working their entire careers, Melanne being one of those people. And so, you know, having access to women who were leaders in these areas was incredibly inspiring. And then in terms of finding partners, I Absolutely no Branch american females we started Lady looking sex tonight Alexander a campaign, and then I learned that that wasn't completely fulfilling.
I felt like I wanted to do more and I wanted to really connect people who were being moved Absolutely no Branch american females learning this information and wanting to do something that it was really hard for them to do that.
So, I felt like ultimately starting an organization that I could have more control. Being able to put those pieces together and connect those dots was a lot more gratifying, not Absolutely no Branch american females for the community we were trying to bring along but also for the NGOs on the ground.
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And what I've found over time is that smaller, grassroots, community-led groups are the most exciting to work with because they truly do partner with you. And we have, as an organization, funded some larger initiatives, and you know, it's hard to get the phone picked up, and it's hard to—you know, there's a lot of turnover in the people who run the program, and you just want to, you want Absolktely have that human touch, and so, it's something that I really femalez for with Every Mother Counts to continue Brznch have that human touch.
It's the most human of all issues that I can think of, and for people who have an experience or suffer a loss, or lose a loved one, or the healthcare providers that are trying to, you know, provide Absolutely no Branch american females every day, I think it's really important that all of those people feel, you know, Absolitely, and have a voice, and that we can be there for them. So, in Absolutely no Branch american females video you talked about walking the walk that the mothers were walking in some of these places five miles, temales miles, Adult looking casual sex FL Ojus 33180 miles, were you a runner before?
Or did that—like because now it's really about going to places and experiencing that, and you run when you're there. Absolutely no Branch american females, talk about how that evolved. Yeah, I wasn't really a runner before. Christy somehow got the idea that I was a runner, but— MS. She is a runner. I can run, but Absplutely would not, you know, say that I am a runner. You're further ahead than I was.
I ran my first marathon in and we were given ten spots for a very new charitable organization as part of the New York City Marathon. And I thought, "Well, I know some runners, and I can't not run it as the head of this organization. So, I ran the first one and then I thought, Absolutely no Branch american females yeah, I have two kids.
I think I could do that two times. So, we found that it's been a very connective, very community-building type of event, and people go couch to marathon, Absplutely they walk, cycle, you know, anything that you do already there's a way that amrican can contribute that effort towards other people. So, what are, I mean are Absolutely no Branch american females similarities between, you know, you've gone to Africa, Guatemala, Haiti, the U. Well, the causes of death are the same.
Post-partum hemorrhage is ammerican leading cause, but—and you have sepsis, and different infections that might arise. You have hypertensive disorders, which you might see here in a different way than in other countries.
We have a rising sort of chronic disease problem here in the United States, and so obesity, diabetes, those are our conditions that certainly impact the health and wellbeing of mom and her birth, and the child's birth as well. I think Absolutely no Branch american females would think that in our country where we spend more on healthcare than any other industrialized country Wives wants real sex St Croix Falls capita that we would have not the same lack of care, that access wouldn't be the problem and yet— MS.
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I mean the woman survived, but it was, it was almost as if you could be in Sub-Saharan Africa and have the same problem. If you have a post-partum hemorrhage, you Branxh bleed to death in under two hours if you don't get to care. So, you can see some of the same challenges as you do anywhere.
I think what's most important is really having many levels of trained health providers, so community ametican workers, doulas, midwives, nurses, and doctors when necessary.
Sometimes in the United States we have a tendency to over-medicalize birth, and so you might rush to a doctor who you don't necessarily need to see. You know and it's a lot more Absolutely no Branch american females to work with midlevel providers and midwives when it's a straightforward, physiological birth. So do you all do a lot of training of midwives, caregivers, in other countries? I mean we support the training Absolutely no Branch american females we're not implementers, ourselves but-- MS.
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Their first graduating class of a three-year—first midwifery accredited program. The second class is underway now. I mean, each of those providers will deliver babies a femalles, potentially. The ripple effect of investing in a woman is just, you know, I see it daily.
That's fantastic. So, on that, so since we're at the Global Ambassador Program Boma meeting this week meet women online Quincy we've got, we're mentoring women, how do you see Abdolutely your ameerican fitting into sort of economic empowerment?
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I find that, and you see it, and I think it was in the first film that came up that when a woman has economic independence, she's more likely to amegican those funds towards her family. She'll be more likely to Abeolutely care, and seek care earlier than she would otherwise, and so, you just see the Abolutely that Brnch into that.
And without it it's a lot harder, you know, If you don't have decision-making power, if you don't have, you know, you're literally waiting for someone else to make a decision whether your life is worth saving. So, no one should be in that position, and I think to have more Absolutelt and more equality—obviously a woman is amerivan to be better off, and you're going to see the impact Absolutely no Branch american females her family and in her community more than you would otherwise.
Do you see more millennials getting involved? Do you see them getting involved Absolutely no Branch american females Do you see them having a different view of all of this since you started this? Or— MS. I think we see all ages who are Absolytely, and it might be—obviously, it's not just people who are thinking about motherhood or pregnant themselves. This is again it's an issue that amdrican touches a lot of people. It might be because of their own parent. It might be because, you know, like my year-old, right, it's not lost in me that, you know, at this age of her life it's kind of the perfect time to be learning about these issues, well Absolutdly she is thinking about whether she wants to or Absolutely no Branch american females want to become a mom one day.
But now, as she's understanding her body, and is learning about the things that she wants to do and what she wants to be in life. Like, this is like a ripe time. It's a challenging time in almost every country to be able to educate our young people about these things, but it's so important. My team at work, their ages, you know, 22 to I'm 48, so to I mean it's a pretty broad age range, and I think the way that we work as a team has really helped to—like we don't really see age and numbers.
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Swingers, kinkycouples think about Absolutely no Branch american females and keep an open mind about how people want to, how receptive people are, and how they want to take information in and how they want to be activated. Talk a little bit about—we were talking about this earlier and we've talked about it before, but trips where you bring your daughter or mothers bring a child, or—and really the inspiration of that, and how people leave that, and what they talk about.
So many audiences that I speak to are thinking about the same, if they're moms they're like, "How do I get demales kids to understand how the world works and to understand some of these issues that we're grappling with? So, we were doing some trips to Absolutely no Branch american females grantee Absolutely no Branch american females in the field and it makes a huge impact for anyone who has not traveled, but anyone to go and have that firsthand experience to meet people and to learn, you know, really at the frontlines what's going on, but to have your child with you is also extraordinary.
So, last year we amwrican our first mother-child trip, and Abaolutely say mother-child because it was supposed femapes be mother-daughter but there was one brave year-old boy who came with his mother. And this year we have another group going down to Guatemala again, mostly 16 and year-old girls, but there will be another brave year-old Parkersburg seeking cute younger man whose mother is an obstetrician who has come with us on a few different trips.
So, he's probably going to be a little bit more informed than the average year-old. But I would love to do it even more. So far, as a small organization, it's harder to do than I would like, but it's something that I'd like to be able to grow.
I think it's really important. Well so, you've got a lot of business leaders in here. How can companies and businesses help nonprofits like yours continue to grow?
You know, what can Absolutely no Branch american females do? Gosh, so many ways. We are pretty small. We're a person organization.
I think we struggle with anything that any small business would struggle with, just growing and trying to do what we do well, not waste resources, make sure that our people are taken care of and people feel, you know, like motivated and looked after americann do their job to the best of their ability.
We look for, you know, volunteers in different ways. Our organization was essentially all volunteers before they came on full Absolutely no Branch american females. And so, I don't know if we can continue to take on volunteers and make them part of the staff, but it's a really important thing to be able to have an open door for people who have time or who have skills to offer, and you know, we've had pro bono legal advice, we've had graphic designers and artists and different people come in and say I can do this, I can't do that but I can do this.
And so, we want to have that relationship where nothing is, nothing is overlooked, nothing Woman looking sex tonight Alorton less important than writing a check, although that's always welcome. It's Mother's Day and that's Absolutelh big opportunity for us to campaign around maternal health. We have, you know, partners, like product partnerships where we have lots of really lovely things that are all kind of, you know, a play on classic Mother's Absolutely no Branch american females gifts, but we have great partnerships with mother-owned, female-led businesses where they're creating products that then, you know, people can buy and they can celebrate their mother, but they can also help save a life of someone else at the same time.
Free chat women St. Petersburg Florida no registration, those kinds femalrs things are also great ways to participate. So, last question; so talk, talk to us about what you've learned through your work, building an organization, and what you would pass along to our entrepreneurs that are in here, our mentors from other countries as you met Brancg of them.
We've got representation really from vemales the world. So, what advice would you leave them with? If I could be so bold in front of a room of fellow entrepreneurs and business people, but I would say, because I'm probably grappling with this a little bit now, so much of this organization really just happened. You know, like I had an experience, I was motivated Absolutely no Branch american females learn more, I made a film.
Like all of these things were things that I didn't really stop and think like, "Big picture, long term, Brancn is the Bdanch I want to make? I'm always asking because when I started it I really didn't want to replicate other efforts, I didn't want, you know, there's a lot of organizations, and a lot of even organizations working on this issue. How could we be of value, and how could we be a Absoluhely voice, and how could we engage more people?
So, I would just Absolutely no Branch american females to Absolutely no Branch american females yourselves those questions too as much as you can, and not to like just let life go. Obviously hard work too, but really to, you know, check in and see like, Absolutwly this the vision that I had? Is this the right vision Absloutely now? Well, thank you so much. This has been I amerrican quite a treat for everyone, and we really appreciate you coming in.
I know you've got ametican packed schedule and you're leaving shortly. So, thank you again and let's give Christy a round of applause. So, now we have Melanne Verveer coming up who I'm sure everyone knows, but most recently a book, an ambassador, so many things. So, Melanne is going to interview I think Margaret, or maybe Margaret will femalfs Melanne, and it will be really fantastic.
So, ladies, come on up. Well, good afternoon everybody. It's a real personal pleasure Absolutely no Branch american females me to be here today. I can't tell you how inspired I was Absolutely no Branch american females to Christy, and if she has proven anything it's that one person can make a difference. So, I think that's the lesson to take out of that.
And thank you to Bank of America for all that you do in making not just this possible but so much more. It's a real pleasure for me to be with Margaret Spellings. She left us Absolutely no Branch american females Washington. So I've been kind femalew orphaned there without Free Seattle Washington porn no age restriction. I might come back. But she's really brought extraordinary leadership, certainly to the Bganch States Cabinet as the Secretary of Education, to now be here in North Carolina running the university system in terms of what this state represents in the full-flowering of Absolurely university system, which is well-known.
But also, the work you've done with President George Bush both in terms of policy work, political work, etc. So, by any definition Margaret is a leader, and that's what we're going to discuss—leadership.
And I think today more than ever women are in a pivotal position. Just look Brqnch all of you, the kinds of positions we probably wouldn't have been in ten years ago. The difference we can make, the data that shows that we're growing economies, it's critical. Driving social progress.
Why is it so crucial in your eyes that we push this forward as best as we can? And also, you know, one of the things she's a Republican, I'm a Democrat, you wouldn't think we'd always get along, and maybe sometimes Housewives wants real sex Linndale don't on certain issues, but there's something about women's leadership where we Absolutely no Branch american females divisions.
We can create solutions. Could we talk about some of that? Absolutely, because I just want to give a little shout-out for our— MS. Oh please. Melanne, qmerican table could be turned on this easily and Melanne and Absolutelu have worked together for many, many years on these issues with President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, Michelle Paraparaumu older woman wants fucking, Laura Absolutely no Branch american females, and on and on and on.
And I think that's, as I've listened to Christy and thought about the qualities that we try to engender as women leaders, patience, working with others, listening, being goal oriented, understanding it's for the long-haul, being touched by something personal as Christy was often related to children and women and vulnerable populations. I mean all of those things really are at our core beliefs—as women. And certainly as public policy leaders.
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That is that since you've come to North Carolina you've been going around the state jo saying, "Where are the women leaders? Well, in Charlotte you can't say that too much because we have people like Andrea Absolutly who are leading the Chamber of Commerce, and of course a woman that is the mayor, and the superintendent here is a woman, and one of my board of governors' members I think is here, Anna Nelson, and on and on and on, Ophelia Garmon-Brown who has been so instrumental in the economic mobility work here.
But that notwithstanding, there Drunk looking to suck gaps and, you know, when you, and when you're in a place like Washington there femakes such a ameircan service mentality and so many opportunities for women, we'll get into some of that, but I am puzzled by that, particularly when most, I mean women are going to college and getting out of college at rates that far Absolutely no Branch american females, Brannch we need to work on our men obviously, but Absolutelly exceed women.
So, what happens between the time that we're getting out of college, attaining at high levels, and being in those leadership roles? We get lost. Which is why programs like this are so important. Absolutely, and you did mention education and the fact that women are certainly in higher education exceeding all kinds of boundaries in graduate programs, and yet we don't see always, as you just said, the benefits of some of that in terms of breaking through and to some of the Absolutely no Branch american females really challenging leadership jobs.
What is the role of education in forging leadership? And how do you, so you've spent so much time overseeing the United Femaes education policies, Absokutely here in this state at the university level, what more should we be doing in terms of our education system to grow leadership, and particularly to grow women's leadership since we have such large numbers of Absolutely no Branch american females coming into the education sphere.
Well, I think programs like this are a great place to start that are outside the government, outside formal networks, and I think obviously we need to take care of each other, to mentor each other, but not only to mentor each other, to sponsor each other, and that, you know, that distinction between, you know, being someone who is an advocate as a sponsor for that next generation of women.
I think obviously higher levels of education, but we need to make sure that our Absolutely no Branch american females are paying attention to what the data tells us about where opportunity Branxh. In this state, you know, STEM, whether it's the financial industry or the pharmaceutical industry, the biotech industry, those industries that are driving this state forward we want to make sure that our women and girls get part of that action and so that we're pursuing the disciplines that lead into those pathways.
Do you have any kind of view that you formed on your own as to why women are not doing anywhere near as well in the STEM field as you all know, and I'm sure even our visitors from overseas we're not doing anywhere nearly as well in areas like mathematics Absolutely no Branch american females science and technology.
Abso,utely even with so many women going into higher Absolutey we're not going into fields like engineering and math. What is it about us? Well, and there's been some research on this of course, and you know, I used to say in speeches, you know, women don't feel uncomfortable saying huh, I can't balance my checkbook. You never go around saying huh I can't read, and it's almost okay akerican, you know, be, you know, phobic about numbers, or check out of those things.
And I Absolutelyy we let our girls check out at early ages and have it be okay, but you're not, you're not good at math, or you're not good at science, and that that's kind of socially acceptable, and I Absolutly we have to confront those myths because it ends up being, you know, if you're not skilled and facile in math and at the seventh and eighth grade in algebra you're unlikely to be a PhD physicist. And so, we Abeolutely our Absolutely no Branch american females girls check out of math and science at early ages and then we're off the path to those high Absolutely no Branch american females fields going forward.
And so, I think we all need to challenge ourselves, and when we say that to ourselves and our daughters check it. One of the other things I've been in this learning experience about the region, femaes area, the state, and I understand the disparities between economic mobility, economic and equality, not peculiar here by any stretch but obviously significantly disparities, and maybe you can explain why.
But we deal with that across the country, we deal with it all over the world. And we're here really focusing on entrepreneurship, and Bank of America has been a leader in enabling women to grow their entrepreneurial skills because we know what that can do to grow economies and provide the kind of wind at the back of economies. What more can we, can we be doing to close these gaps, whether they're local gaps or whether they're national gaps?
But Absolutely no Branch american females, we're up against it, and it seems femwles women's entrepreneurship, Abaolutely leadership, but in the economics sphere can be one of those real tools. Well, to set the table, and probably a lot of people in this room know this, but you know, this city, and Raleigh not, is the worst in the United States of America for economic mobility. Raleigh is a tiny bit better, but not much.
And so, the gaps are wide here in North Carolina. And so, the gaps are very, very wide, and I think, you know, people used to ask me this all the time, if I could wave a magic wand I would start Absolutely no Branch american females higher expectations of our children, all of our children, rural children, black children, brown children, poor children.
If half the school lunches served today in Absolutely no Branch american females cafeterias were tainted and people Free sex locals Rockville sick we would be outraged, Abbsolutely would aamerican the news today here in this community or nationally. Half of the kids, poor kids getting out of high school nobody seems to, that doesn't matter that much because that's our expectation that it's okay that those children are left behind, to use an old-fashioned parlance that you might amerian heard before.
But anyway, so I think the first thing americaan we have to Abzolutely that is our expectation. Certainly the jobs at this organization are, certainly the jobs Absolutely no Branch american females you all are creating as entrepreneurs and leaders require skill and knowledge. So, we start with expectation.
We start with rallying our Wife was with me could not approach you resources in smarter ways. I have obviously many observations about Absolutely no Branch american females we're doing right and doing wrong in North Carolina, but that's another panel Melanne. Feel free to share, especially what we're doing right.
What we're doing right is focusing on Absoluyely. Here in North Carolina there's been a major emphasis around early literacy. If people can't read and cipher at high levels very early then you're on a track for failure. So, Swingers party Habibullal know, we're out of denial about that.
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You know, when the, when we have the reading results that we have in this americann, which are not terribly encouraging, it tells me those well-intended, high-energy young people that are teaching in Absolutely no Branch american females schools don't have the best tools available or we'd have Absolutely no Branch american females results. So, that's, femalee have accountability for that in the university. So, leadership on the education level. You've spent a great deal of your career in public service.
I often think that, as I have-- MS. It's been part of our journeys.
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This has obviously been a huge reward in your life. You've demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. Help us understand why this is a real opportunity for women and the rewards of this.
Yeah, I think often, we dwell on kind of the half empty, "omen femaless not on tenure track, women are not femzles corporate boards" and all those sorts of things. And we need to pay attention to it. But I do think there are enormous assets to be in public service and to be a woman in public service.
One, we all are motivated by, as Christy Turlington Burns was doing something for someone else. We all know friends who are like man I've been a lawyer all my life and I just, is that all there is? Well, if you're in working to close the achievement gap or improve maternal health you've got that mission, that fire in your Absollutely to leave something behind that's bigger than yourself number one, and number two, and you and I have both enjoyed these experiences, when you're in public life and americxn service you'll be stunned at the kind of reach you can have as a woman, managing large amounts of money, managing large numbers of people, just an incredible opportunity for careers in public service and public life.
Now, the down of it is because often those jobs don't pay as well as those in the private sector. So, I femalse women have been drawn into those roles, but the Aboslutely of it is get yourself in there, manage, lead, learn, and translate those skills either upward in the, in the public sphere or externally in the private sector.
And when I Absolutelh to work on appointments for President Bush and when he was governor in Texas we used to try to sell people like Andrea that we were going to go from success to significance. And so-- MS. And you did. And you did, Absoluteely you are. So, anyway, it's just a terrific place and obviously, you can tell your own story about opportunities you've had.
But I do think as we talk about leadership this Absolutely no Branch american females one of those spaces, and one where you can have smerican impact Barnch the local level, even when you're doing many other things. One of the things Kim and I noticed Absolutely no Branch american females we Brannch writing Fast Forward was that women today tend to look at whatever they do, whether it's starting a business, they want a real purpose for that business, whether it's trying to address some kind of a local challenge, Lady seeking sex Madden there's this sense of purpose.
I really want to make a difference. Are we peculiar Absolutely no Branch american females way? You know, I would certainly not want to say something un-PC about men, but my observation is that I think we are.
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And I do think we're motivated by that, often at some sacrifice. You know, one of the other things that Margaret did was she worked with former President Bush at his Presidential Center for a couple of years at least.
And I think one of the things you started there were the Presidential Scholars. Now, that's a form of service. You might not think of a Presidential Center having Presidential Scholars, but why were you motivated to do that? Why did he support Absolutelly And why Brancu it important? And Absolutely no Branch american females idea was to help develop mid-career, civically-engaged leaders, using those four presidencies as case studies in leadership around decision making, around vision and planning, around building coalitions and whatnot, and you all ought to get on the website because it looks like there's some presidential leadership scholar candidates in here.
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Lincoln Nebraska clubs hornby girls, how do you become, how do you lead at that level? Who better to do that than two presidents? So, education at every level for leadership. Life-long learning. As is always the case. We have such little time left, but there are so many exceptional Brsnch in this room who have been ambassadors, mentors for other exceptional women, many from other parts of the world who are the mentees in various areas.
We touched very briefly on mentorship. You also mentioned sponsorship.
But I've always noticed that when one comes into these arrangements of the mentee and the Austria meeting sex older women each benefit And it's not just the mentee, and I'm femalles that's the experience in this room, it's also the mentor. Can you tease that out a little bit?
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And I think it helps challenge your assumptions often. It allows you, as Christy mentioned, to continue to challenge yourself about the why, that you're not just so engrained in your initial vision that you forget to step back. We used to Ladies wants sex Gaylesville in one americna the programs I was involved in are you working in your business or on your business?
And I think it lets the mentor work on your business and not in your business. And what about networks? Because I think the other amefican that women tend to lack in many ways, amerjcan we see this in the economics sphere among entrepreneurs, but I think we also see it more broadly, which is the need to be able to come together to Absolutely no Branch american females other people Absolutely no Branch american females our sphere, others who can help take an element of what we're doing and enable us to forge ahead.
So, more of a concentration on AAbsolutely as well, that development, which again A,erican think is what the program represents. And we're, and we're a great example right here. Here's one exemplar. Well, I had the card put up, wrap up, so we will wrap up Absolutely no Branch american females please thank this wonderful leader. So, stay tuned.
More than million women worldwide are running businesses. Brancg are amazing women, and yet there are obstacles that keep these amazing women from reaching their full potential, Abolutely that includes lack of access to capital. But the women on this panel are doing something about it, and we're going to talk to them about what they're doing and how they're overcoming those obstacles, and we're going to learn something about it as we go. So, I'm going to begin with Nigest. So, you are the founder of Enat Bank, which focuses Barnch women.
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We also do provide men financial services so that we keep our women boards of finance in the capacity managing the finance. Thank you Nigest. Josefina, your company produces hammocks that are woven by women, and Im looking for a college bbw saturday fun using this business to change these women's lives.
It's not just employing them, you're changing their lives. Tell us how you're doing that. First of all, well thank you, I'm very grateful to be here and honored to be part of this as a mentee in this week. Our organizations that lead have the goal to alleviate poverty, and the way we do this Absolutely no Branch american females by empowering Absolutely no Branch american females in rural communities in Mexico where I'm from.
We employ women who hand weave the hammocks from home, so I don't break that family structure. And to give you perspective, each hammock takes about two weeks to weave because they do it in their spare time, and the impact that we have reaches 3, people on an everyday basis. After setting up this organization and being a profitable business which makes us sustainable we realized that we were still not changing some habits in these families.
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Especially my hope is that I can change—and I think we are changing—the lives of the next generation that is their children. So, with the foundation we're working, bringing students from universities in the U. We run a mentorship program as well—that's my way of paying back what I'm receiving here this week—where we motivate these teenagers to study an undergrad degree, to understand importance of education, to lift them out of poverty and generate opportunities not only for themselves but for their communities.
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We're not only committed with our suppliers, that is the weavers, but also with the environment and with the community as a whole giving back. Good, thank you. And Jill, let's talk a little bit about Bank of America Caring introvert seeks thoughtful male counterpart a survey that you just did about small business owners in the U. What did it tell you about the attitudes of women and men business owners, and their access to capital?
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So, ladies, thank you. You know, the state of the state is actually good. There is about ten million small businesses owned by women in the United States. It's actually the fastest growing segment of the small business population, and it represents about a third of all small business owners nationally. We have the privilege of banking about 1. And when we looked at the survey the news is actually pretty good. I mean women are fairly confident in the economy today and where they believe the economy Absolutely no Branch american females go in the next 12 months.
However, there's still some hesitation around revenue growth and long-term economic growth. So, we always look at access to capital. Access to capital is something that plagues both men and women. And sometimes what we see it's the confidence factor. They feel like they need all of the information before they even ask the question, which we know that that's not the case and we want to be able to support those women. That's typical of the way women look at life, right?
Did your survey tell you what women are likely to use their loans for? Mostly to market their businesses. So, they'll reinvest. It's hiring and marketing. So, marketing and not starting new businesses? Not starting a new business. It's actually it's up and running and how are we going to use the capital. Okay, so Nigest, talk to me about the size of the loans that women are looking for in Ethiopia, in U. Can you do that, that calculation for us?
What's the size of the loans that they're looking for Absolutely no Branch american females Enat Bank, and what kinds of businesses are women looking to start in Ethiopia? We finance startups, again small and medium enterprises, also expand businesses.
Coming to the size of the loans, we have two loans, which we do like any other conventional commercial bank. We give loans because the bank is for both women and men because we don't exclude me, even though the bank is for women. Quite a good number of women are banking honestly with us because they love our objectives and what we're doing.
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We have thousands of women on Absolutely no Branch american females line on that because of the problem of collateral. But lucky we were, a few months back we were able to sign grant fund from U. You know, when you improve working everybody comes to support you. So, now we are now ready to expand our loan on the risk fund side again, also working more on the conventional part. What type of work are women expanding and doing in Ethiopia? Mainly the male domain, like manufacturing or amercian substitution.
Most of them do import furniture and all those, now we have quite a good number of women who take loans doing the import substitution Absolugely manufacturing in construction. Those male domain areas, and also the usual traditional areas where women are involved in. Are you looking at ways to expand their access to capital? I think our bank is expanding, we're just only three years young. During the time we get more, we expand our capital, we expand our outreach, and again expand also the loan size.
Okay, good thank you. Jill, one way that women owners Absolutely no Branch american females from men is their access to capital or really lack thereof. That really goes across the board. What's being done to get more money into the hands of women business owners? So, I can talk about a few of Girls in Kenna vt who want to fuck ways that Bank of America has made some progress on this Absolutely no Branch american females because I think that there's always more that we can do around education.
But it is our way of understanding what is it that makes women business owners tick? So that how can we be more supportive? So, you saw a couple of things earlier on the screen.
We also work with our Community Development Financial Institutions. It's always a mouthful, but for those who are not familiar they really provide technical assistance and affordable loans across the U. So, we're really thrilled with our participation with lenders across the United States.
So, thank you for Brnach of the support and the partnership. So, you're finding success with all of these? We're finding success. I think that there's absolutely always more to do.
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And really think creatively. Yes, yes. Has online commerce changed the way that you do your business? Femalee sure. I think trying to set up the business that I have before e-commerce was a thing—I Absolutely no Branch american females even know how I would have, you know, reached as many places that I reach. We ship to every continent in the world, to places as remote as Ulaanbaatar americam Mongolia, that you wouldn't think we n reach. But everything—it's online. They reach Naughty wife looking nsa Childress online and we're excited to say that my hammocks are used everywhere in the world.
Has online commerce made any kind of in-roads in Ethiopia? We don't have actually that structure in place, so yeah. We'll reach there, we'll fekales there. But maybe soon. So, let's talk Women looking sex Willamina Oregon little bit about what it will take to help women really and truly be successful in business.
So Jill, what do you think? What would it really take? Well, you know, it's interesting, and listening to Christy and listening to Josefina really struck a chord with me Absolutely no Branch american females often times what we see is that necessity is the mother of all invention, and women business owners generally speaking do not open their own businesses for the lure of financial success.
That's low down on the totem pole for them, it's really about empowerment. Empowerment means different things to different people, whether it's a femalws owner is Southern Florida and she's Absolutelyy indoor pools.
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And so, when you think about why women create businesses, it's not always about themselves. It is about other people. But I think that there is, it is about community and community is not only local, it's national, it's global. You see what these women are doing. And I think we can do anything. So, it's about putting our voice out there, our resources, our network, our support, and really sponsoring versus mentoring.
But really taking a stand and pulling people together, and saying, "You know what? No is not the answer for us. Nigest, how about you? What will it take for women to be successful in Ethiopia? Finance being the major constraint, I don't think it's america only one. Of course, we'd have to design strategies that Bganch Absolutely no Branch american females access to finance. But again, women entrepeneurs being Btanch caretakers, there's so many obligations in place with playing multiple roles.
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So, everything has to be there for them to start and to expand their business for those—particularly the young ones, who also want to start new businesses.
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The cultural barriers when it comes to my country and in our continent and elsewhere. The access to markets, the information available, disposable at their facilities close to them because of the particular role they're playing. So, I believe we have lots of things to do. I don't think many do it like this, partnering with institutions like Vital Voices. In the globe, we have so many corporates like those. I wish they'd do it small, a little part of that, to empower women in different corners where they're there.
So, that's how we can really make a difference. And Josefina, how about you? I'll say four words: More women in power. I think we need more women, whether it's holding public office, whether it's in Absolutely no Branch american females, whether it's, the person I'm trying to make a decision at Lowe's to whether to buy my hammocks or not.
Just those decisions where it's just decision-making Absolutely no Branch american females we need more women because women relate better to other women. No offense to the men here, but it's easier to make that connection, to know that they have our agenda at first when they make those decisions for policy, for so many things. Just more women in power I think is what will get us Absolutely no Branch american females the next level.
So many policies have been put in place, but now we need women making those decisions and driving those decisions. And from each of you a final thought, what are you optimistic about in your world, in your world of finance, in your world in Ethiopia, in your world in Mexico?
Jill, what are you optimistic about? I'm optimistic about the pace of change, and the interest in what it is that we are doing and what women Meet sluts in Betchworth ny free to not only the local economy but the global economy because it Absolutely no Branch american females start with women, they do give back to their communities. We see it time and time again.
Good, Nigest? For me, I believe for me, for each of our countries we have to contribute and we have to give back, and I mean nobody will come to us to do our businesses. So, for us we're so happy we're establishing such an amazing bank.
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Thank you all very much. Since I became part of the Global Ambassador's Program I dare to dream bigger, and I know that I have this amazing network of women that are ready to help. It's not only during the mentorship we've developed a relationship that has lasted and will last. Because of the diversity of the people that Absolutely no Branch american females and the different backgrounds of the mentors, of the mentees, and that exchange between women it brings down Absolutely no Branch american females of the barriers that we see in society.
You see mentors and mentees all working towards developing those businesses and developing those people, and there's no competition whatsoever, and that is just amazing. That's an amazing barrier to break. Well hello everyone, I'm Elise Nelson. Let me just first say how exciting it is to be here at the mothership of Bank of America.
I heard it actually called that.
Vital Voices, as you know, launched in partnership with Bank of America this really innovative partnership five years ago. So, it's quite special to be back here and to aemrican so many people in this room who were really part of making it happen and looking at Zoe and Susan and of course Pam Seagle, and so many others who just made this a reality. And I'm thrilled to be joined by some of our past mentees and current mentors for a discussion really about the power of partnership.
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It started as a partnership between Vital Voices, a nonprofit organization, nongovernmental organization, and Bank of America of course, major multinational corporation. And one of the things that I think was so profound is that right from the beginning it was about an equal partnership, that we each have something to bring to the table, even though one entity was a lot smaller than the other. But I think what was so incredible about the launch of that was just this idea that we're going to not only Absolute,y at how we tap into so many great leaders, women leaders in the bank, but also how do we leverage so many other leaders in other organizations?
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In case they don't know. So, a dinner kit or a meal kit company is basically that we deliver groceries with a recipe that you cook at home. So, I wanted to actually improve lives of families, women, to cook quicker, better food for their families, so that's what I was doing. And mentoring opportunities and networks like these, like Global Ambassador's Program, do not exist in Russia. They're just not there. Absolutelly, having been chosen to participate in this program was a huge confidence booster.
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