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TECW Newsletter, December 2014

December 19, 2014

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This month’s edition features the TECW's new Violence Against Women Online Resource Center; the final segment in the "Women & Work: Insights" interview with entrepreneurship coach Mildred Walters; an Economic Summit review with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

Violence Against Women Resource Center launched by Tennessee Economic Council on Women

State site designed to connect victims to resources and provide local data to Tennesseans

December 01, 2014

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The Violence Against Women (VAW) Resource Center is an online statewide database recently made available by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW) to connect Tennesseans with helpful information about domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking resources. “The VAW Center will be of crucial value to victims seeking emergency shelter and assistance, as well as to advocates and policymakers as an at-a-glance tool to identify service needs and strengths,” said Bill Arth, TECW Senior Research Manager.

The TECW’s primary goal in creating the VAW Resource Center is to promote economic recovery by collecting and presenting information to women and children in need. However, it can also function as a tracking system for the availability of services in each county; highlight weaknesses where service providers can focus expansion efforts; and present the clearest available information to policymakers about the state of care in Tennessee.  In this way, the TECW seeks to help victims directly and to enhance Tennessee’s method of response to these crimes as a policy and budget tool.

The VAW Resource Center was created in an effort to provide victims of violence in all 95 counties with a ready means to identify and connect with local resources; and to positively impact rates of recovery as well as the rate of reporting. While developing its 2013 study on The Economic Impact of Violence against Women in Tennessee, the TECW revealed more than $886 million in annual service costs and productivity loss.  The Economic Council also encountered a patchwork response to Violence Against Women throughout the state, which relies heavily on under-funded, locally-focused non-profit organizations. “As it continued the sometimes-difficult task of identifying and contacting these dedicated service providers, the TECW recognized it could provide an economic and social service to Tennesseans by helping to inform them of available, nearby servicers,” said Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, TECW Executive Director.

Find the VAW Resource Center at www.violenceagainstwomentn.com.

Contact the Tennessee Economic Council on Women directly at (615) 253-4266, www.tennesseewomen.org, or info.ECW@tn.gov.

TECW Newsletter, November 2014

November 14, 2014

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This month’s edition features the Economic Council Foundation’s six 2014 college scholarship recipients; a message about veterans from the TECW and retired Air Force Colonel Kimberly Olson; celebration of various recent accomplishments; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, October 2014

November 06, 2014

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This month’s edition features six female college scholarship recipients; a profile on Economic Summit speaker and retired Air Force Colonel Kimberly Olson; the 20th Anniversary of the AmeriCorps program; and more. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, September 2014

September 29, 2014

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This month’s edition features Economic Summit speaker profiles on ATHENA International leaders Martha Mertz (Founder), Jan Maddox (Board Chair), and Dianne Dinkel (President and CEO); a Women & Work Interview with Business Coach Mildred Walters; Early Bird Registration info for the Economic Summit; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, August 2014

September 02, 2014

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This month’s edition features Summit Speaker Beth DeBauche, testimony from UT Extension Services about economic barriers to women, Women's Equality Day, a celebration of two TECW members, and more. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, July 2014

July 31, 2014

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This month’s edition features the need for men in solving violence; a speaker profile of 2014 Summit speaker and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; WECF college scholarship information; a recent community donation to the WECF; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, June 2014

June 27, 2014

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This month’s edition features Goodwill of Middle Tennessee's Career Solutions programs; Vision 2020's Fourth National Congress; Mayor Karl Dean's recognition of AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers; and the 2014 Economic Summits in Middle and East Tennessee. Read the full newsletter here.

Goodwill Presents "Beyond Jobs" Program to Economic Council on Women

June 23, 2014

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As a part of its research on Women & Work, Economic Council staff recently met with Vice President Betty Johnson, Senior Director Matt Gloster, and Vocational Evaluator Barbara Stout of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee to discuss their 26 area Career Solutions Centers and the Beyond Jobs program.

The first thing we learned upon our arrival at the Nashville headquarters is that Goodwill is so much more than the stores we are used to. Goodwill has been beating the drum about their employment services for several years, and with very good reason.

Spread across 48 counties, Goodwill of Middle Tennessee operates 26 career centers that provided services to more than 23,000 Tennesseans in 2013.

Services offered by centers include job search and placement assistance, job fairs and connection to a large network of hiring managers, career counseling, interview and resume assistance, interest and aptitude assessment, as well as classes, training, and certifications in a number of skills.


“Women’s needs are remarkably different from men’s when they are looking for a job.”

Matt Gloster, Senior Director of Career Solutions Goodwill of Middle Tennessee


Of particular interest to the Council is Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs program, which is directed toward women who are searching for work or upgrading their skills. Through this program, Goodwill is engaging women in a collaborative, social environment, which they say is producing great results for women, who face different social and emotional barriers when searching for work, and are able to learn together during this process. Women are also more likely than men to encounter hardship relating to child care, wardrobe, and matters of hygiene, which are rarely addressed in other job readiness programs, but are tackled by Beyond Jobs.

Through its many programs, Goodwill Career Solutions is not only providing a resource for Tennesseans to learn and grow, it is helping to place participants directly into the workforce, with average hourly wages of $9.31, in careers ranging from construction and hospitality to communications and home health care.

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TECW Newsletter, May 2014

May 29, 2014

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This month’s edition features Goodwill of Middle Tennessee's Career Solutions programs; Vision 2020's Fourth National Congress; Mayor Karl Dean's recognition of AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers; and the 2014 Economic Summits in Middle and East Tennessee. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, April 2014

April 30, 2014

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This month’s edition features the TECW’s recent State of Women’s Studies & Services Roundtable; Goodwill's "Beyond Jobs" program; and early information about the 2014 Economic Summit for Women. Read the full newsletter here.

Economic Council Holds Roundtable on Women's Studies and Services in Tennessee Higher Education

April 29, 2014

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NASHVILLE - A Roundtable discussion on the “State of Women’s Studies and Services in Tennessee” took place as part of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women’s (TECW) 2014 research on “Women & Work.”  The event was the first of its kind in Tennessee.

Directors of women’s studies programs and women’s centers from colleges and universities across the state participated in the discussion, which focused on effective collaboration and expanding the positive impact that programs have in their communities.  Dena Wise, chair of the TECW described the roundtable as “a way to both learn from our academic faculty across the state and engage them in collaborative work to benefit the women of Tennessee on a broad scale.”

Participants came from as far as East Tennessee State University (ETSU), in Johnson City, and the University of Tennessee at Martin to exchange information about academics and the implementation of programs like “Take Back the Night,” “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” and “The Clothesline Project”; all efforts designed to bring awareness to violence and hardships often faced by women and other populations that can be disenfranchised on campuses.

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Announcement - April Board & Commission Openings

April 11, 2014

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. The application deadline for these openings is Ma2 12, 2014.

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TECW Newsletter, March 2014

March 18, 2014

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This month’s edition features the TECW’s upcoming State of Women’s Studies Roundtable; Women’s History Month; VAW research from the European Union; the TECW's VAW Resource Center; and welcomes Noel Blackmire to the TECW Staff. Read the full newsletter here.

Announcement - Board & Commission Openings

March 07, 2014

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. The application deadline for these openings is March 30, 2014.

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