I am excited to let you know that I will appear on NY 1 (Channel 1 in New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island and www.ny1.com outside of New York City) tomorrow, November 14, 2008. At approximately 2:00 PM, award-winning reporter Cheryl Wills will interview staff and members of the Center for Women of New York, a non-profit organization that serves as a one-stop, walk-in resource center for women, at 207 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, NY.
My relationship with CWNY began when my friend, Mary, mentioned that one of her friends was on the board. Naturally, I asked her for an introduction, which led to my involvement with the organization. Last December, I began leading a job club for women. Every other Friday I entered the cramped office located on the 3rd floor of Queens Borough Hall to provide resume critiques, job search strategy and interview preparation. There were weeks in which no one showed and other weeks where attendees and myself could barely squeeze into our little space. Within 10 months the group grew from zero to 11 regular members. Last week, we celebrated our first hire. She was so grateful that she wrote the following note:
Just wanted to let you know that I was offered the position at the College and will begin working on November 13th. I want to thank you for all the advice and support. You created a tremendous resume for me, critiqued my clothing and helped me dress more fashionably and professionally, and provided ongoing morale-boosting, as well as innumerable concrete ideas in regard to the job search. You were always extremely insightful, and gave me many tools to view myself more insightfully as well. The Job Club is a truly amazing amazing creation that is uniquely yours but has taken on a real life of its own. (The word “amazing” is much overused these days, but it is just the right adjective in this instance.) Each meeting has more and more depth to it, no matter whether the participants have been attending for a while or there are new faces. You bring out the best in people. The women who come each week are so very intelligent and their suggestions are invaluable, both psychologically and in terms of providing new avenues for career paths.
Thank you for everything. I wish you the best.
To donate or learn more about the Center for Women of New York visit their website http://cwny.org/