So, What’s Your Next Move?

As we slowly start to emerge from Pandemic Life, many of us are wondering what the next move is. Is it launching a new business, finding a new job, getting better training for a new career, or just sitting with potential options?

OWL Network has got your back! We will begin a series of virtual workshops with experts who can talk about navigating the steps for a DC Business License, available training options, and women who have switched paths mid-career.

Sign up below to let us know what your interests are and stay tuned for a schedule of events: And Hang in there!

Join OWLnetwork in Support of #MarchForOurLives


Please join the OWLnetwork as we march for a cause that affects all of us.  The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School have been forced to fill a role they didn’t ask for.  Let’s show them that they have our support, that we have been waiting for them, and that we have their backs.

If legistlators can only offer #ThoughtsAndPrayers to keep us safe,  let’s show them what praying with our feet looks like .

Sign-up here if you want to join us on March 24th in Washington, DC.  We’ll be in touch with updates and details of where we will gather to step off and where we will congregate after the march.  And, of course, feel free to share this with friends, family, and colleagues you think might be interested.

Updates will be posted to the Facebook invite  as well.



This is What Feminist Philanthropy Looks Like

gloriasteinem Feminist leader and Ms. Magazine founder is honored with historic and eponymous Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers.

[Alison] Bernstein, who was the director of Rutger’s Institute for Women’s Leadership, began a dogged effort to create the chair in 2014—hoping to establish a multidisciplinary teaching role across fields of media and social change as well as honor a living feminist icon. (The chair is the first academic position named for a living feminist.) “Endowing chairs, centers and programs ensures a permanent institutional presence for women’s studies,” Bernstein wrote, “especially in perilous budgetary times. Individuals able to give major sums will make a huge difference, but so, too, do smaller donors, because university leaders are influenced by the sheer number of donors committed to a program or faculty… The good news is that women are increasingly moving into the forefront of philanthropy as individual donors, in a position to put their funding where it can do the most good for the greatest number of other women.”

Read more…

Book Club Meeting

55fakingnormal  Please join us for our inaugural Book Club Meeting.  We’ll be discussing Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal with the author. Elizabeth White, at Potter’s House in Washington, DC, Sunday, March 19 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Sign up here to join the club and receive the discount code and link to purchase the book.

Contact if you have any questions.

Catch Elizabeth White’s Full Two-Part Interview on PBS’s Newshour: “55 and Faking Normal


lizzy  In case you missed it, Elizabeth White was recently interviewed on PBS’s Newshour about her new book, 55, Unemployed, and Faking Normal.

You can view the two-part series here:

and here:

and don’t forget to sign up for the OWL Network Book Club  and receive a 15% discount on Elizabeth’s book.  We’ll meet in February to discuss.

Stay tuned for details!!

Women’s March: After-The-March Party

Continue the conversation

Woman-owned business, Ristorante i Ricchi

invites all women to continue the conversation after the march



SATURDAY, JAN 21, 2017

4:00 PM – CLOSE

Come out of the cold and continue the conversation

Offering hot drinks, including Vin Brulé & Hot Toddies with small bites at the Bar and special dinner menus.

Optional communal seating to encourage meeting new people and the sharing of ideas

Always Free Valet Parking

1 block to DuPont Circle Metro – Red Line

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OWL Network Book Club Selection: ‘Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal’

Have You Been Faking ‘Normal’?

Last week I had the great honor of meeting Elizabeth White, author of  the book, Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal


Here’s an excerpt:

You know her.

She is in your friendship circle, hidden in plain sight.

She is 55, broke and tired of trying to keep up appearances. Faking normal is wearing her out.

To look at her, you wouldn’t know that her electricity was cut off last week for non-payment or that she meets the eligibility requirements for food stamps. Her clothes are still impeccable, bought in the good times when she was still making money.

I first learned of Lizzy when I read her essay of the same title on PBS’s Next Avenue.   I was elated when I found out she lives here in DC.  So, I emailed her to tell her how much I loved her article and how excited I was about her book.  We agreed to meet for coffee at Potter’s House (highly recommend!) and talked about her experiences, her book, and the “new normal”.  Lizzy has tapped into something of a groundswell here and we anticipate a growing interest as more and more people come out of the shadows to talk about their new reality.

You should also look for a two part series about Lizzy and her book on PBS over the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, here’s a talk she gave recently on the topic at the Institute for Career Transitions:

I am pleased to announce that Fifty Five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal will be the OWL Network’s Book Club inaugural selection!  Lizzy has graciously offered a 15% discount for members of the Book Club.  Sign up here to join the club and receive the discount code and link to purchase the book.  We will meet next month to discuss the book and meet the esteemed author herself! (details to follow).


Jodi L. Ochstein,

Founder, OWL Network

Here’s How to Support Women

Show that you support women helping women by donating to our #GoFundMe page

We are raising money to keep the network alive.  We want to give every woman the tools she needs to step into her role as a leader. We need money to help secure teaching materials, stem overhead costs, update technology, professional head shots for websites and interviews, and workshop space.

We’d like to give our women a chance to start 2017 off with the confidence she needs to take it all the way to the C-Suite, the board room, and beyond.

There are so many women who have been out of the workforce because they have been raising children, or taking care of a family member, or maybe never recovered from the recession.  Some have been stuck in a dead-end job and have been tirelessly banging their head on that “glass ceiling”.  Still others just are simply lacking the comfort level to step into a leadership role.

I know these women.  They come to me for help.  I want to help them reach their potential.  I want to see more women in leadership roles.  Now more than ever.

Jodi L. Ochstein
Founder and Executive Director,
OWL Network

Join us on LinkedIn, our Facebook Group , like our Facebook Page , LeanIn to our Circle , and follow us on Twitter

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The OWLnetwork | Advice Column

Five Things You Can Do Right Now To Make 2017 Amazing.

Admittedly, the bar is pretty low. 2016 may go down as one of the worst years in history. We lost a lot this year and it’s time to rebuild, rebrand, and get back to work. Apart from hiding under the covers with wine and chocolate, your only other option is to come out swinging and take 2017 by the balls (see how this works? There’ll be no “pussy grabbing” in 2017).

So, drag yourself out of bed, brush the crumbs of 2016 out of your hair, jump into a nice hot shower, and get ready— 2017 is about to be amazing!

1. Build Yourself a New Website. Nothing says “rebrand” like a brand new website! Forget about blogging. We’ve all expressed ourselves enough the past few years. Facebook and Twitter are there if you need to tell the world anything. In 2017, you need to define yourself. Show the world who you are, what you want, and name your price. Do not be shy. This is your site, your place, your terms, and your rules. If you don’t have a website of your own, you’re not really in the game, are you? If you don’t have the time or skill to build your own site, hire someone who can. Spend some time reflecting on what you really want to create in the next year and then add “.com”.

2. LeanIn to Linked-In. Yes, it matters. Just do it. Clean up wordy job descriptions. Weed out jobs you had more than 10 years ago, nobody cares. And rewrite your Summary already! If you copy/pasted it from your resume, I don’t even want to know you.

3. Headshot! Time for an amazing new headshot. Invest in a professional photographer and good haircut. Show 2017 you mean business. Use this photo for your new website and updated Linked-In profile. Hell, get a Warhol-esque portrait made while you’re at it!

4. Get A New Workout Routine. Forget about Yoga. No more walks in the woods. We’re pissed off this year. Take a fitness class that focuses on self-defense or martial arts. You’ll feel stronger and you’ll be healthier. If 2016 almost kicked your ass, show 2017 you’re coming at it, full throttle.

5. Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke. Seriously. Don’t let them get to you. You do you. As a wise woman once said, “When you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”

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