Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal  By Elizabeth White

** 15% off with OWL Network Discount Code 884KZ7TM


You’re in your fifties and sixties and have saved nothing or not nearly enough to retire. You don’t want to be blamed or shamed about it. Too late for that. What you want to know is whether there’s anything you can do now to intercept the precarious financial path you’re on. Are there actions you can take (or not take) to have a shot at a decent retirement?

Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal culls wisdom from boomers navigating the path ahead. It invites you to join with others to look beyond your immediate surroundings and circumstances to what is possible in the new normal of financial insecurity. It is the book to read before you embark on one of those weekend pre-retirement planning workshops or register online for a “get back on track” webinar that only reminds you how far behind you are. And consider starting with this book before you attend yet another “stand around” networking event that leaves you feeling worse about your situation not better.

Containing over 100 online resources, Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal is the book to read to help you navigate the emotional aspects of where you’ve landed. It is where to turn when you want to know what steps you can take to steady yourself enough to go another round.

JUNE:  Join us on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 for the Eighth Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG)


Join us on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 for the Eighth Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG) when a bi-partisan group of women Members of Congress (3-4) take the field against the the women of the DC Press Corps (3-3).   Doors open at 6:00PM and first pitch is expected no later than 7:00PM.

Proceeds from the Congressional Women’s Softball Game benefit the Young Survival Coalition, the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

After 2pm (EST) on Game Day tickets must be purchased at the door.

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MARCH:  Starting A Business: Getting Your First Client

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MARCH:  Starting A Business: Getting Your First Client

Congratulations! You’ve done the research. You have the required skills, knowledge, and experience:  You’re ready to start your own business, but Where Do I Get My First Client?

Relax: We’ve all been there and we are here to help.

Join us for an OWL Network – Organizing Women to Lead discussion featuring our panel of experts:

Christine M. Searle, owner of Searle Business Solutions, LLC ,is a financial control expert with more than 30 years of experience helping non-profits and businesses get the most from their resources. She guides clients to eliminate ineffective business practices and get control over finances. Christine also prepares income taxes and resolves tax Christine is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and earned her B.A. in Economics from George Mason University.  She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the National Society of Tax Professionals, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Arlington Women Entrepreneurs.

For more than 40 years, Cathi Coridan, owner of Coridan Consulting has served in local and national youth and family agencies and organizations as a CEO, consultant, counselor, leader, program manager, fundraiser, youth minister and teacher. Since 2010, she has worked as consultant, writer and Interim Executive Director for youth and family serving organization, ranging from community-based nonprofits to national membership associations, from DC to Boston to Dallas to Columbus, and many places in-between.

In 2013, Ms. Coridan wrote and self-published The Can Do Chronicles, which narrates her journey through some significant life and health challenges and describes her transformation from a person with a semi-permanent chip on her shoulder to a life grounded in hope and gratitude. Her second book, The Can Do Workplace: A Strength-Based Model for Nonprofits is was released by Motivational Press in January 2016.

Miriam Isserow, owner of The Go Ro Group, provides an array of fundraising and development services, drawing on her more than 25 years of experience in non-profit fundraising. She has had a varied non-profit and public sector career in the U.S. and in Israel and has worked with a variety of organizations to launch and expand their development programs. She is able to convey complex policies and work plans in an effective manner and customize material for their target audiences. By looking at the big picture and at an organization’s needs, Miriam assesses which opportunities are viable before spending a non-profit’s precious resources. She believes it is possible (and even necessary) to raise money without spending too much money doing so. In 2009, Miriam was named “Fundraiser of the Year” for 2009 by Fundraising Success magazine.

Andrena Sawyer is the founder and CEO of P.E.R.K. Consulting (P.E.R.K.). She has over 10 years of experience in the human services and community development fields. Early on in her career, she noticed that small organizations that were providing the most needed services in the community were often limited by capacity and funding. Their efforts were crippled, and the results were long-lasting and negatively impacted the communities that these organizations served. This compelled her to start P.E.R.K., a firm that seeks to provide quality but affordable services for small to mid-sized organizations.
In 2015, Andrena was awarded The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award and the Women Owned Small Business Leader Award by the Associated Black Charities. She is the author of The Long Way Home and The Other Side of Assertiveness.

OWL Panel Discussion:  Starting A Business: Where Do I Get My First Client?
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 6 PM ET
Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
144 Constitution Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002

RSVP here

NOVEMBER:  Brunch at Bearnaise

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The Organizing Women to Lead (OWL) network is hosting brunch this weekend, and you’re invited!

Please join us at 11 AM ET this Saturday, November 21 for brunch at Bearnaise (Capitol Hill).
This event is an opportunity to get to know other women in the OWL community and expand your network.

Bernaise is the ideal setting for our inaugural get-together: Co-owned by a brother and sister team, the restaurant embodies the experiences of Chef Spike and his sister Micheline Medelsohn Luhn, who brings her unparalleled marketing and communications expertise to the modern french bistro. A social media and public relations guru, Micheline also serves on the Board of Directors for DC Central Kitchen. Come support a fellow female trailblazer while enjoying a delicious meal and great conversation with women in the DMV-area.
The brunch menu is here:

OWL Networking Brunch
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11 AM ET
Bernaise Restaurant
315 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

RSVP here

JULY WORKSHOP:  Social Media:  Basics and Branding


Are you returning to work after a break?  Are you looking to revitalize your career?  Maybe just looking to change careers altogether? Not sure how to begin?  

Join the OWL Network – Organizing Women to Lead on July 20 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm for a Social Media Basics and Branding Workshop.

Together, we’ll take a look at your personal brand.  Your personal brand is how you communicate your image to the world.  In the era of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, your resume is only part of the story.  This is your chance to raise your profile and target prospective employers or define a market for your product or service.

Depending on how positive that impression is, it can be translated into a successful career or business. This is your opportunity to communicate your personality, skills, values, strengths and goals to the world. Personal branding permits you to highlight your strengths,  put your best foot foward, establish a conversation, and build a network through across social media platforms. Learn how you can build a higher rank in search engines so your future employer or business partners can find you based on your skills and network connections.

Hosted by:

OWL Network – Organizing Women to Lead

Monday July 20, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Media Pod at Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
140 L Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Registration $25:00