Persistence can be the difference between success and failure. This has been especially true for Shana Greene. She joins us in November to elaborate on the key role of persistence in her business plan, which promises to improve the lives of women all over the world. Her organization, Village Volunteers—a non-profit that collaborates with rural villages to develop sustainable solutions to community challenges—operates with a core philosophy of partnership, sustainability, and self-sufficiency. She pushed the boundaries of this philosophy when she extended the Village Volunteers work to include development of a sanitary pad made from water hyacinth, a destructive and invasive species found all over the world. This six-year-long process has required patience, persistence, and holding true to the vision without shortcuts, to ensure the pad meets all the unique needs of the women they serve. Once in production, this small pad will mean education, jobs, and the restoration of dignity for women and girls, first in India, then Kenya, and beyond, all wrapped up in a fully biodegradable product.
Join us for breakfast as she talks about her path to Empowering Women Period and the defining roles of persistence and partnership in that journey. She will be joined by a special guest, Sharon Simaloi Leina, a 17-year-old Maasai young woman from Kenya who has recently arrived to study in the US. Sharon will speak to the incredible impact this pad will have on women and girls in her community and others like it.
November 12 - Shana Greene with Village Volunteers/Water Hyacinth Project, works to develop solutions for community challenges in Asia and Africa. Village Volunteers is now launching their Indian pilot project of women-run co-ops that manufacture biodegradable feminine hygiene products made from water hyacinth.
December 10 - Paula Boggs Paula is a seasoned executive, lawyer and speaker who promotes an approach to leadership that will make the world a better place. And, she left her fulltime corporate world to front a rock band!
All of these events are networking breakfasts held from 7-9am. WBE is a non-profit 501c3. All event proceeds are reinvested back into the organization.
Upcoming WBE Board Socials The WBE Board invites you to enrich your professional and personal self and consider applying for the Executive Board. We invite you to join us for our board recruitment events:
October 29, 5:30-7:30pm. The Martin Building, 2105 5th between Blanchard and Lenora. Light refreshments and appetizers. Learn more about the board experience.
November 12, 9:15-10:30am. Join us after the WBE breakfast in the library at the WUC. Discussion about what's involved to be a board member.