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11 05, 2018

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade Sold-Out Power of the Purse 2018 and its 25th Anniversary Celebration

2018-05-11T11:38:48+00:00

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade Sold-Out Power of the Purse 2018 and its 25th Anniversary Celebration With A Full-House of Almost 900 of Miami-Dade’s “Who’s Who” at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Friday, April 27, Miami, FL: The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade sold-out its Power of the Purse 2018 and 25th Anniversary celebration with a full-house of almost 900 guests at the Hilton Miami Downtown. The event once again brought together the “who’s who” of Miami-Dade philanthropists, corporations, non-profits, community leaders, elected officials and community members for one of the largest gatherings focused on improving the lives of women and girls in the county.

The organization launched its new rallying call “WOMEN STRONG WORLD STRONG” to drive the organization into the next 25 years, and to celebrate the past 25 years of engaging the community and providing more than $4 million to almost 500 non-profit grantees serving over 75,00 women and girls in Miami-Dade County.

Kathy Andersen, Executive Director, proclaimed, “We are more than a community, we are a movement, and together … we will overcome challenges to create a world where power and possibility are not limited by gender.”

The organization announced The Women’s Fund Impact Awards that will invest in local non-profits and programs in its four pillars of economic security, leadership, health and well-being, and freedom from violence. Full details of how non-profits can gain funding through the awards will be announced later in the year.

A new web site and “Take Action Now” technology platform was launched that allows anyone to take action on critical issues to advance the status of women and girls in just a few moments on a mobile device or computer. During the event, attendees received a simple text message that enabled everyone to take immediate action to end the trauma of human trafficking victim depositions in Florida.

Miami-Dade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, spoke on the issue of human trafficking and the need for ongoing advocacy to help victims; and presented The Marilynn Gladstone Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to former U.S. Attorney Janet Reno, which was accepted by Janet’s niece, Hunter Reno.

Two powerful young speakers, Shanika Ampah and Sabrina Noel, shared their story and spoken word on overcoming human trafficking and domestic violence with testimony that brought a standing ovation.

Former U.S. Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek (retired) was recognized by Miami- Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan for the congresswoman’s extraordinary accomplishments, and to acknowledge the Inaugural Carrie P. Meek Impact Award funded by The Carrie Meek Foundation as part of The Women’s Fund Impact Awards.

The event ended with a call to action for supporters to contribute to the advocacy and impact initiatives of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade in order to affect critical issues in our community, highlighting that as a WOMEN STRONG WORLD STRONG community, we don’t accept:

• One in five women in Miami-Dade county lives in poverty.
• One in three women are victims of domestic violence, and one in three girls are victims of child sexual abuse.
• The average woman earns 78 cents on the dollar to a white man, or 61 cents on the dollar if you’re a Black woman, or 55 cents on the dollar if you’re an Hispanic woman
• One in three girls are afraid to lead, or
• Women and families still do not have adequate and affordable access to health services.

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About The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade works toward a vision of a world where power and possibility are not limited by gender with a mission to improve the lives of women and girls in Miami-Dade County. The organization achieves its mission through advocacy and investing in local non-profit programs to impact its four pillars of economic security, leadership, health and well-being, and freedom from violence. www.WomensFundMiami.org

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kathy Andersen Executive Director,
The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade
Kathy@WomensFundMiami.org
Tel. 786.423.2191

HI-Resolution Event Photos via this link.

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The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade Sold-Out Power of the Purse 2018 and its 25th Anniversary Celebration 2018-05-11T11:38:48+00:00
18 01, 2018

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade: New Leadership for a New Year

2018-01-18T16:00:08+00:00

CONTACT: Kathy Andersen
Email: Kathy@WomensFundMiami.org
Phone: 305.441.0506
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The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade: New Leadership for a New Year

(MIAMI) – January 17, 2018 – The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade announced the hiring of a new executive director, Kathy Andersen, to advance the organization’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls, with a critical focus on advocacy to create positive change throughout Miami-Dade County and beyond. Additionally, effective January 1, the board of directors selected a new slate of leaders to guide the direction of the organization as it enters its 25th anniversary year, and works to expand its impact in its key areas of focus: freedom from violence, leadership, economic security, and women’s health.

Andersen has helped leaders, organizations, and communities transform visions into realities for almost 20 years. Most recently, Kathy worked with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global organization, and collaborates with Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org and OptionB.org to help people overcome challenges and live inspired lives. Kathy is an experienced non-profit and for-profit executive. Her record of local success includes being the founding Executive Director of the Global Institute for Community Health and Development at the University of Miami, and growing one of Miami’s best loved non-profits into a national model as COO of Shake-A-Leg Miami. Kathy’s leadership and community development work has extended to India, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Mexico. Kathy holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, and is an award-winning author.

“When women are strong, our country is strong, ” says Andersen. She is committed to expanding the leadership role of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade as the organization embarks on its 25th year and an election year. “At this ‘dawning of a new day,’ The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade is more committed than ever to raising the voices of all women and girls to affect positive change. As the seventh-largest county in the country, we can add strength to a national and international movement.”

In 2018, the organization will undertake key initiatives affecting workplace gender equity and sexual harassment, women’s leadership and economic security, human trafficking and exploitation, freedom from violence, and more. The organization will also continue its Equal Pay Miami-Dade campaign launched in 2017, partner on the 2018 Women’s March, and undertake a See Her Vote 2018 campaign. To affect the greatest impact, the organization will expand its collaborations and seek engagement from all sectors of the community.

In addition to Andersen’s hiring, the board voted in a new slate of leaders that includes the following:

  • Johnette Hardiman will become Board Chair. Hardiman is assistant state attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.
  • Laura Guitar will serve as Vice Chair. Guitar is executive vice president of rbb Communications and leads the agency’s issues and crisis management division.
  • Janet Kyle Altman will become Immediate Past Chair and convene a council of advisors to help lead the organization into our next 25 years. Altman is principal and marketing director of Kaufman Rossin.

“We’re excited to enter 2018 with exceptional leadership that will ensure The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade will lead the way for women and girls, and address the critical issues of our time,” says Hardiman. “We will relentlessly continue the work that five visionary women started 25 years ago, and mobilize a movement that will ensure a future where women and girls thrive with equality and limitless opportunity.”

In 2017, The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade advanced its mission through the following activities:

  • Launching Equal Pay Miami-Dade in partnership with Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to enact legislation that requires both the government and its contractors to pay equally. Municipalities have passed equal pay resolutions, businesses signed up to support equal pay, non-profits have agreed to partner on the effort, and volunteers have been recruited.
  • Creating the “See Her Vote” campaign to encourage all voting-eligible women to engage and vote on issues affecting women and girls.
  • Providing a forum for collaboration among organizations working to combat violence against women in our community, in collaboration with One Billion Rising Miami.
  • Expanding the Girls Coalition to strengthen community capacity to serve girls by fostering advocacy, collaboration, and education among community partners to help girls realize their full potential.

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ABOUT THE WOMEN’S FUND MIAMI-DADE

The mission of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade is to improve the lives of women and girls. We envision a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity and influence. We know that when we invest in women, we invest in the prosperity and future of our community and our nation. For more information, please visit womensfundmiami.org, or contact Kathy Andersen, Executive Director, at Kathy@WomensFundMiami.org. / Tel.305.441.0506.

Kathy Andersen

Kathy Andersen – click for full-resolution image.

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade: New Leadership for a New Year 2018-01-18T16:00:08+00:00
6 10, 2017

Miami-Dade County Commissioners Resolution on Equal Pay

2017-10-06T09:56:17+00:00

Miami-Dade Florida Board of County Commissioners Resolution to Enact Equal Pay Legislation:

The Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution urging the Florida legislature to enact equal pay legislation to address disparities in pay between men and women. The resolution was sponsored by Commissioner Rebecca Sosa and was unanimously adopted and passed on October 3rd, 2017 by the County Commissioners.

Miami-Dade County Commissioners Resolution on Equal Pay 2017-10-06T09:56:17+00:00
31 08, 2017

Women’s Fund Board Chair Janet Altman discusses Equal Pay on WLRN

2017-08-31T08:45:25+00:00

Read the full article here.

Women’s Fund Of Miami-Dade Wants To Create Structural Change Around Pay Equity
By NADEGE GREEN

Women’s Fund of Miami will shift its focus to creating pay equity in Miami-Dade.

Women in Miami-Dade earn 87 cents for every dollar a man makes. One in five women in Miami-Dade lives in poverty. The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade wants to change that. The 25-year old nonprofit with a specific focus on improving the lives of girls and women is shifting its focus to create structural change when it comes to pay equity…

Read the full article here.

 

Women’s Fund Board Chair Janet Altman discusses Equal Pay on WLRN 2017-08-31T08:45:25+00:00
26 08, 2017

Mayor Carlos Gimenez Endorses Equal Pay Miami-dade Campaign

2017-08-26T08:45:56+00:00

MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ ENDORSES EQUAL PAY MIAMI-DADE CAMPAIGN

Miami-Dade County asks business leaders to make pay equity a priority

MIAMI (August 25, 2017)  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has endorsed the Equal Pay Miami-Dade campaign launched by The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade in July 2017.  Mayor Gimenez names pay equity as a priority issue for the County, recognizes it as essential to Miami-Dade’s economic growth, and asks business leaders to join his efforts to close the wage gap. One in five women in Miami-Dade County lives in poverty. But the poverty rate among these women would drop by 57 percent if equal pay existed today.

“I’m proud to stand for equal pay, and I recognize its ability to improve conditions for many Miami-Dade families. That is why I am acting to make our County the best place for women, and all Miamians, to work and live,” says Mayor Gimenez.   

In comments directed specifically to business leaders, Mayor Gimenez says, “Help Miami-Dade County and our partner, The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, effect social change for women through our campaign, Equal Pay Miami-Dade.”

A multi-year, collaborative campaign involving specific, measurable actions designed to create long-term systemic change, Equal Pay Miami-Dade has the potential to positively impact a wide range of issues affecting women in poverty, including affordable housing, childcare, transportation, and healthcare.  

“We are grateful to Mayor Gimenez for his support of the Equal Pay Miami-Dade campaign and for his commitment to cut poverty in half for women in this community,” says The Women’s Fund Board Chair Janet Kyle Altman. “To have the County’s support so early in our campaign is a signal of the importance of this issue. We invite all business leaders to join the Mayor and other leaders who have already shown their support by signing the Equal Pay Pledge.”

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in getting involved in Equal Pay Miami-Dade can visit EqualPayMiamiDade.org.

It was also announced by Mayor Gimenez that The Women’s Fund has been chosen to collaborate with the Mayor’s Office and The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to implement the Miami-Dade Women’s Compact.  The Compact seeks to engage businesses to commit to pay equity, and report where they stand on implementing equal pay.

Early private sector commitments to equal pay have come from Kaufman Rossin, Her Company Inc., Barbara Jean Raskin, CPA, The Spinnaker Group, All-In-One Mailshop, The New Tropic, Studio Two Branding Agency, LLC, Drinkhouse Fire & Ice, The Miami Group, and Modern Women.

In addition to the Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor, community collaborators include FIU Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, Catalyst Miami, Center for Social Change, League of Women Voters, YWCA, Pumps, Pearls and Portfolios, Majestic’s Youth & Arts Academy and The Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

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WHY EQUAL PAY

  • Communities that support gender pay equity are likely to experience less strain on health resources, better educational outcomes, an increase in public sector resources given that less will be spent on programs for the poor, enhanced household incomes and greater competitiveness in the global economy.
  • Companies that enact gender pay equity are likely to experience higher employee retention, access to a larger and more skilled talent pool, an increase in productivity associated with higher employee morale, greater customer loyalty and an enhanced corporate reputation.
  • Individuals that support gender pay equity can positively impact a wide range of social issues through this one effort, affect change in the direction of our country, and improve the quality of life for their mom, sister, best friend, daughter, or aunt who may be working hard but still living in poverty.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S FUND MIAMI-DADE

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade exists to create a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity and influence. We believe that Miami-Dade County can be a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity, and influence. That is our vision, and we work every day to make it our reality.  We know that, when we invest in women, we are investing in the prosperity and the future of our community. For more information, please visit womensfundmiami.org.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez Endorses Equal Pay Miami-dade Campaign 2017-08-26T08:45:56+00:00
25 08, 2017

Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade

2017-08-25T11:22:12+00:00

Please read below the full text of Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez endorsement of the Women’s Fund Pay Equity Movement.


CARLOS A. GIMENEZ, MAYOR
Office of the Mayor, Miami-Dade County, Florida

August 23, 2017

Dear Miami-Dade Business Leaders:

Since I took office, I have listened and learned about the importance of pay equity and promoting equality in our County’s workplaces. I have made changes to reflect my commitment to the issue, including hiring and promoting women to executive positions in the County. My outstanding team reflects the power of this commitment to equality.

I’m proud to stand for equal pay, and I recognize its ability to improve conditions for many Miami-Dade families. That is why I am acting to make our County the best place for women, and all Miamians, to work and live.

Pay Equity is a priority issue for the County and essential to Miami-Dade’s economic growth. Women make up over 51 percent of the County’s residents, but 20 percent of women in Miami-Dade County are living in poverty. Pay equity can make a significant impact on those poverty rates, yet women still earn just 80 cents for every dollar a man makes for equal work. This is unacceptable.

Therefore, my office is fully supporting and endorsing the efforts of the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade to reduce the wage gap in Miami-Dade County. The Women’s Fund has been chosen to collaborate with my office and The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to implement the Miami-Dade Women’s Compact.

The Compact seeks to engage businesses to commit to pay equity, and report where they stand on implementing equal pay. To that end, we support the efforts of The Women’s Fund and The Commission for Women to educate the community about the issue and help businesses become equal-pay employers.

For those of you who have already signed the Miami-Dade Women’s Compact, I congratulate you, and urge you to help others to follow you. For those businesses that have not yet joined us, I urge you to sign the Miami-Dade Women’s Compact. Help Miami-Dade County and our partner, The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, effect social change for women through our campaign, Equal Pay Miami-Dade.

I look forward to meeting with our Compact members soon to discuss where we stand on this issue, and identify work we can do together to take this movement forward.
Sincerely,

Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Women’s Fund Letter-Mayor Gimenez_PDF

Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade 2017-08-25T11:22:12+00:00
15 08, 2017

The New Tropic – Equal Pay Miami-Dade

2017-08-15T12:49:25+00:00

Women in Miami make 87 cents for every dollar a man makes. Fight back.

Today the average woman with a graduate degree makes 87 cents for every dollar a man makes despite a decades-long quest for equal pay. One in every five women in Miami-Dade are living in poverty conditions and could be lifted above that if they were simply paid as much as men doing the same jobs.

So it seemed obvious to The Women’s Fund that if they wanted to fight poverty, they had to fight the pay gap too. That’s how Equal Pay Miami-Dade got started. By 2020, they hope to cut the pay gap in half.

Read the full article here.

The New Tropic – Equal Pay Miami-Dade 2017-08-15T12:49:25+00:00