_ For Francine Read, it is important to support women on their road to success because, “There is nothing like the sound of a woman’s voice. It is a precious thing, whether raised in protest or in prayer. It is the hand that rocks the cradle. It is the hand that rocks the world.”
_ In 1993, Francine Read founded VOICES, INC to deliver a series of women speakers that address a wide range of issues as seen from the female perspective. Over the years, this series has featured some extremely interesting women and some of the most coveted women speakers on the circuit today. VOICES, Inc. also recently launched an eight month professional development program, VOICES Leadership Forum, for emerging women leaders.
In 2007, Francine was named “One of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Town” by the NW Women’s Journal and in 2010 was selected by The Portland Business Journal as one of its Women in Business Orchid Award recipients.
Francine is also an active member of the Portlandia Club, is a co-sponsor of Francesca’s Cooking Club with In Good Taste Cooking School and is joining the Executive Women's Golf Association. In the past, Francine has shown support for Rosemont School for Girls by volunteering along with her dog.
For more information on VOICES, INC. or Francine’s additional organizations she works with, please visit these websites:
VOICES, Inc: http://voicesinc.com/index.shtml
Great Women Speakers: http://greatwomenspeakers.com/
Voices Leadership Forum: http://www.voicesleadershipforum.com/
“I give back because I've been lucky to receive the mentorship and support of other women professionals.” – Sheila Hamilton
Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy award winner who began her career in documentary film before producing and reporting two-decades worth of investigative news for Portland’s KATU and St. Lake City’s KTVX television stations. She has also served as a weekly political columnist for the Portland Tribune, and as a freelance feature writer for Portland Monthly and Outside.
By day Sheila is the News Director and Morning Show co-host on KINK FM. She also hosts KINK FM’s public affairs program, Speaking Freely. By night she serves as a frequent commentator on KWG’s, Live at 7, and has even dabbled in reality television programming as a judge on the show, Wanted, Adventure Woman. Sheila is involved in the local community as a board member supporting Girls, Inc. (Oregon) and the Transformational Voice Training Institute.
Self-proclaimed as part of the “radical middle,” you can also find Sheila battling it out opposite conservative commentator Lars Larson on KXL radio’s, The Faceoff.
Listen to Sheila from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday on KINK FM’s Morning Show, or on Sunday mornings beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Speaking Freely.
For more information on Sheila’s endeavors, visit the following sites:
Sheila’s blog: www.kink.fm/pages/blog_sheila
KINK FM: www.kink.fm/pages/main
Girls, Inc. (Oregon): www.girlsincnworegon.org/?q=home
Transformational Voice Training Institute: http://transformationalvoice.com/
_“Women hold up half the sky! Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive 10 percent of the world’s income and own 1 percent of the means of production. In the fight to end extreme poverty, tackling global gender inequality is a vital component. As women, we have the privilege and obligation to fight for women to be treated with respect and dignity to become fully who they were created to be.” - Liz Forkin Bohannon
With this passion for helping women succeed across the world, Liz Forkin Bohannon founded a not-for-profit company, Sseko Designs that provides employment assistance and entrepreneurial training to women in East Africa. She moved to Uganda in 2008 to assist in communication efforts for a youth development organization based in Kampala but was drawn to the idea that empowering women is the fundamental cornerstone in working towards a more just and peaceful world.
Liz now splits her time between Portland and Uganda working on projects through Sseko Designs as well as volunteering for a local fellowship program that mentors recent female graduates to assist them in their professional development.
For more information on Sseko Designs, please visit their website:www.ssekodesigns.com
You’re invited to the 2nd annual Women for Success Wine Raiser from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5th. Last year, through this event, Women for Success donated over $700 worth of wine to the Celebrate Success wine wall auction. We have a new “wall of wine” to fill for the Celebrate Success auction this year, so bring your favorite bottle of red, white, or sparkling worth $20 or more to donate and you’ll be treated to a free wine tasting flight at Red Slate!
Learn more about Women for Success here: www.womenforsuccess.wordpress.com/
Learn more about Red Slate here: http://www.redslatewine.com/
The Celebrate Success Fashion Show models have been announced, and we are excited to share them with you. The fashion show is unique in that it features inspirational Dress for Success Oregon (DFSO) clients and influential and successful women from the community. Without further ado, the fabulous women of the Celebrate Success Fashion Show:
Francine Read – Founder/President, Voices
Alice Tang – Vice President, The Business Planning Group
Chelsea Cain – Author, Crime Novels
Lynn Loacker – Community Volunteer/Philanthropist
Liz Forkin Bohannon - Social Entrepreneur/Founder, Sseko Designs
Linda Hornbuckle – Singer/Entertainer
Sheila Hamilton - Kink Morning Show Co-host/News Director
DFSO Client Models:
In the coming weeks, we will feature each model here on the blog. Please check back to learn more about these amazing, inspirational women!
Dress for Success Worldwide was founded in 1997 by Nancy Lublin, a young law student from New York, who inherited $5,000 and decided to use the money to improve the lives of poor women. With the help of two nuns from Spanish Harlem, she realized that a significant barrier to disadvantaged women overcoming poverty was not having appropriate attire to be taken seriously at job interviews, which resulted in continued unemployment and hardship.
In 1998, friends Karen Fishel and Barbara Attridge were inspired by an article about Dress for Success in People Magazine, and founded Dress for Success Oregon (DFSO) with a commitment to helping women become self-sufficient. In its first year, DFSO served 15 clients a month in a 900 square foot office. Currently, more than 170 agencies in Oregon and Southwest Washington refer over 2,200 clients a year to DFSO. While DFSO is known as a place to get clothing for job interviews, its main objective remains helping disadvantaged women obtain self-sufficiency through job recruitment, career development, financial stability, educational opportunities, personal growth, mentoring, job retention skills, and support groups.
Each spring, DFSO holds its largest fundraising event of the year, Celebrate Success. Celebrate Success is currently in its twelfth year, and in its inception, the event consisted of a luncheon and fashion show for 200 guests. In 2005, the event was reconceptualized and moved to the evening. The fashion show was reimagined, and instead of continuing to use professional models to walk the runway, DFSO began using a mixture of its clients and inspirational and successful women from the community. The event has grown over the years, and last year boasted a sellout crowd of over 500 business and community leaders. The event is fashionable and fun, but perhaps DFSO Executive Director and Co-Founder Barbara Attridge describes it the best as a time of “women honoring women in their successes.”
This blog is updated by the Celebrate Success Committee and is your source for all the latest news about the upcoming event! Find out which Portland women leaders we will be honoring this year, the success stories of our clients and more!