More than ever, women have been fighting for their voices to be heard, and for their messages to affect real change. One of the most powerful ways to accomplish this is by focusing the desire for change on the local level, though not everyone knows what steps to take to make their hopes for a better future transform into policy.
On Wednesday, January 24, women interested in taking these progressive steps are invited to attend the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s “Advocacy 101” program (full event information at the end of this article). This program will help women learn how to advocate for policy changes that can improve life for struggling individuals and families in their community.
Panelists will include the founder and owner of Branch Law Group, Michelle Branch, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the United Way Women United; United Way of Northern New Jersey Chief Operating Officer Kiran Handa Gaudioso; Rigby Consulting founder and owner Kevin Rigby, a former Novartis Pharmaceuticals Company executive and chief of staff and state director for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.
Williams Law Group founder and owner Allison Williams will moderate the panels.
“Participants will learn how they can influence policy change that benefits their neighbors in need, which has a positive impact throughout our communities,” stated Rose Twombly, United Way’s director of Community Relations in Millburn.
Attendees will also learn more about how United Way helps ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) members of the community who struggle to afford the basics, reach financial stability.
According to their website, United Way Women United (formerly United Way Women’s Leadership Council) “raises the voice and vision of women leaders to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. This diverse, vibrant community of philanthropic women is bound together, united by our dedication to improving the communities we call home.”
The Northern New Jersey group is part of a global network of 70,000 women from 165 communities and six countries, all united to fight for change that helps everyone. Collectively, this network of activists and advocates for change has already invested more than $1.5 billion in their causes all over the world, while also providing services and forums (such as this upcoming event in Short Hills) to inspire and empower women through advocacy, philanthropy, and volunteering.
United Way of Northern New Jersey Presents: Advocacy 101
Location: Williams Law Group Office
830 Morris Turnpike in the Short Hills section of Millburn
Time: 6 -8:30 pm
Event will provide light snacks, soft drinks, and wine.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 973-993-1160, ext. 603, or visit www.unitedwaynnj.org/speakup.
To learn more about Women United, visit http://www.unitedwaynnj.org/womenunited.