It’s time to end the gender pay gap for good. That’s why women.nyc is announcing Ask for More, a new partnership to offer free salary negotiation workshops to all NYC women, held online and in person.

Through our partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women will learn how to negotiate for higher pay and more comprehensive benefits no matter their job or level of seniority. 

Online workshops are available now, and starting in September, these crucial skills will also be taught in person at libraries, universities and nonprofits in every borough.

Sign up for an online or in-person salary negotiation workshop here.

The gender pay gap affects women of all backgrounds, with far-reaching consequences for professional growth and financial security. In New York, the gender pay gap costs women an average of $5,766 per year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. 

In New York City, women earn about 89 cents on the dollar compared to men. The disparities for women of color are even steeper. Asian-American women in NYC earn 63 cents on the dollar that a white man makes. For African-American women, it’s 55 cents. Latinas earn just 46 cents on the dollar. Our salary workshops equip women of all backgrounds with the tools to research fair pay and advocate for themselves.

“We are unleashing the power of education and training to address the wage gap that denies women economic security, undermines their ability to support their families, seek higher education, and access health care,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “This is the kind of program we must invest in, if we want to support women and their financial futures, and New York to continue leading the nation.”

AAUW’s curriculum gives women an arsenal of tools to help women articulate their personal value, earn better pay and benefits and combat gender-based pay disparities. Additionally, women.nyc will be rolling out workshops specifically for Spanish-language speakers and low-income earners.

 

We know that AAUW workshops have had a profound effect on women’s lives. Past participants have negotiated higher salaries and wages after finishing the program. Here are some anecdotes: 

  • “The workshop gave me all the strategies and confidence to ask for more, and as a result, more is what I got! I am now making $23,000/year more now than what I was making when I attended the workshop six months ago.”
  • “The list of benefits to ask beyond salary were helpful to use in my negotiation. I was able to get approximately $15K worth of additional benefits (professional development, travel benefits, parking subsidy, etc).”
  • “When I interviewed for a job I really wanted, I was able to negotiate to $3,000 over the initial offer and what HR told me was the maximum amount budgeted for the position.”

In NYC, community partners hosting the in-person workshops include the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Rebecca Minkoff and the Female Founder Collective, New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library, the Grace Institute, CUNY Lehman College, CUNY College of Staten Island, New York City College of Technology and the Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy and more. 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops this fall!

 Salary negotiation workshop photos via AAUW.

Three women talking at a NYC Women's Fund event

If you’re in need of funding to complete a creative project in entertainment, you may qualify for a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).

Applications are now open for the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, a groundbreaking program to award $5.5 million in finishing grants to female creators over three years.

MOME, in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts, launched the fund last year to support film, digital and theater projects made by New York City women, with the goal of fostering gender equity in financing opportunities in the entertainment industry.

In its first-round last year, the program funded 63 diverse projects, awarding a total of $1.5 million to film, TV, web and live theater projects. Going into this year’s round, the initiative is adding $500,000 for music projects—EPs, LPs or videos for yet to be released works in all genres—with a maximum grant of $20,000 per project.

The expansion to music projects was motivated in part by a recent report from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finding that from 2013 to 2019, only 10% of Grammy nominees were women. Additionally, from 2012 to 2018 only 22% of artists, 12% of songwriters and 2% of producers of 700 popular songs from the Hot 100 year-end Billboard Charts were female.

“We are proud to expand the NYC Women’s Fund to include female-identified songwriters, composers, engineers, and producers working in all genres of music,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Anne del Castillo. “Supporting women creatives in media and entertainment diversifies our talent base and generates richer content.”

In addition to music projects, film, theater and web productions are eligible for finishing funds in the following categories if they are made by a New York resident and feature a strong female-identifying perspective or have a female director, producer or writing credit. (Amount of funding is the maximum available):

  •      Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more): $50,000
  •      Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less): $25,000
  •      Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms): $20,000
  •      Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more): $50,000
  •      Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms): $25,000
  •      Theater Production: $50,000

Applications are open until October 1, with award recipients announced in March 2020. For more information and to apply, visit NYFA.org.

Curious about the growing field of data analysis — but lacking experience? Ever dream about using numbers to paint the bigger picture?

The Data Analyst Training Accelerator (DATA) program may be for you. 

This free, 18-week program is offered through a partnership between New York City and Galvanize, a top tech bootcamp academy. The full-time course equips qualified New Yorkers with in-demand skills including Excel, SQL and Python — as well as career-advancement skills — and connects students to employers. 

The accelerator is offered through NYC’s Tech Talent Pipeline program and Galvanize, which serves as the training provider. 

The next cohort begins August 9 and is completely free for qualified New Yorkers. 

Apply online by July 21. 

Through real-world projects, you’ll graduate with a competitive portfolio to present to top employers at DATA’s job fair.

Demand for early-career data analysts, with 0-2 years of experience, has surged by 112% in the last five years.

DATA aims to meet the demand by growing the city’s talent pool.

“The Data Analyst Training Accelerator program will help underrepresented and low-income New Yorkers access lucrative careers in a growing industry,”said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. 

Galvanize CEO Harsh Patel said,“Galvanize is dedicated to closing the skills gap that exists in technology today, and we’re thrilled that the City of New York not only recognizes this need as well, but has dedicated resources toward equipping New Yorkers with the tools they need to participate in the city’s growing technology economy today and in the future.”

Women are hugely underrepresented in the data analytics field, making up only about 17% of the workforce. Through programs like DATA, women can gain the skills they need to succeed in the tech industry. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years old and a current resident of New York City
  • You have no prior professional experience as a data analyst
  • You are unemployed or earn less than $45,000 a year
  • You are authorized to work in the United States

For more information about DATA, click here

She Built NYC is seeking artists who are interested in creating a monument honoring trans activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

The deadline to apply is October 1.

The monument of Johnson and Rivera is NYC’s first permanent public art work honoring the legacy of trans individuals.

The monument will be installed near the historic Stonewall Inn, where gay, lesbian and trans patrons—including Johnson and Rivera—rose up against police raids in the summer of 1969, giving birth to the LGBTQ+ movement.

Professional artists over the age of 18 who are legally authorized to work in the U.S. are invited to apply by submitting an artist statement, work samples, references and resume/CV.

The Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program, along with an advisory committee of outside arts and design professionals, will then select finalist artists to submit conceptual monument designs for a second round of reviews, before the winning artist is picked.

For more details about the She Built NYC application process, click here.

 

 

Interested in a tech bootcamp but intimidated by the tuition?

You can attend a top bootcamp and learn web development or cybersecurity skills for free, thanks a partnership between NYC and Fullstack Academy to offer dozens of full-tuition scholarships to New Yorkers looking for a path into the city’s booming tech economy.

Under the programs, qualified New Yorkers will be awarded full scholarships to attend either the Web Development Fellowship or the Cyber NYC Boot Camp or at Fullstack Academy’s Manhattan training center.

  • The Web Development Fellowship is a full-time training immersive designed to prepare qualified New Yorkers to launch careers in software development. The industry-informed, project-based curriculum offers graduates fluency in JavaScript, the NERD stack (Node.js, Express, React, Databases using SQL). There’s also professional development training, which includes a personal portfolio of apps, a GitHub profile to catch employers’ attention, a resume and a LinkedIn software engineering profile. What’s more, students graduate with contacts, thanks to the career-prep workshops, a hiring-day and project showcase as well as introductions to industry leaders.
    Application deadline: June 30
    Course dates: July 12 to December 13, 2019 (Four weeks part-time and 18 weeks of full-time training)
  • Cyber NYC Boot Camp qualifies students for two specific cybersecurity roles—Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst and Penetration Tester. The curriculum includes lectures, workshops, and hands-on cyber-attack simulations. The 17-week, full-time program will teach both “red team” (offense) and “blue team” (defense) skills and will train students to use state-of-the-art cybersecurity tools, as well as for multiple advanced cybersecurity certifications.
    Application deadline: July 21
    Course dates: September 2 to November 29 (Four weeks part-time and 13 weeks of full-time training)

To qualify for Web Development Fellowship or NYC Cyber Boot Camp, you must be:

  • A NYC resident 18 or older
  • Unemployed or have an annual income of $50,000 or less
  • Have no previous professional web development or cybersecurity experience, respectively
  • Have no computer science or cybsersecurity degree, respectively
  • Be authorized to work in the U.S.

To apply for web development, start here.

To apply for cybersecurity, start here.

New York City is creating a fund to foster equity in the music industry.

On June 4, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) announced that it will award $500,000 in grants to NYC-based female musicians.

The grants will come through MOME’s initiative, the NYC Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund, which has since been renamed the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theater. This is the second round in MOME’s three-year, $5 million program to address underrepresentation in the arts in New York City. In February, the Fund awarded $1.5 million in grants to 63 NYC-based female creatives to support projects in film, TV, theater and digital media. Now, women who make music in New York City are getting a turn at financing, too.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of music to our NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre and to commit $500,000 to the cause of fostering greater gender equity in the music industry,” says MOME commissioner Anne del Castillo. “This is an important step in our ongoing efforts to increase representation across the media and entertainment sectors.”

According to del Castillo, the call for funding was motivated by data from a recent investigative report into representation in the music industry, conducted by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Among the findings: Only 10 percent of Grammy nominees from 2013 to 2019 were female, and less than 25 percent of Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts released between 2012 and 2019 were by female artists.

To qualify for grants, music projects must be made by female or female-identifying musicians based in New York City and who aren’t signed to a major label. Up to $20,000 in funding will be awarded per act to support (previously unreleased) recording or video projects. According to Billboard.com, applicants also need to “show evidence of a growing fan base, and have played multiple live shows.”

Shira Gans, senior executive director of policy and programs at MOME, emphasizes that the funding be made eligible to women involved in every aspect of music creation. “We didn’t want it just to be about female musical acts,” she says. “We wanted to make sure we were really promoting projects that had a female credit for writers, engineers and producers.”

Applications open up on July 10, 2019, with award recipients announced in March 2020. For more information and to apply, visit NYFA.org.

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, pioneering transgender-rights activists who not only helped to ignite the LGBTQ+ rights movement but also pushed it to be more inclusive will be honored where it all began: near the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.

Johnson and Rivera were involved in the 1969 Stonewall riots when gay and trans patrons rose up against police raids.  Their participation at that event, as well as their subsequent and lifelong advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights, will be memorialized with a monument proposed for Ruth Wittenberg Triangle.

It is being built as part of She Built NYC, the city’s public-arts campaign that honors pioneering women and female-identifying trailblazers while addressing gender imbalances throughout the city’s public spaces. Less than 1% of New York’s monuments currently depict women: She Built NYC has a goal of boosting that ratio to 50%.

“Transgender and non-binary communities are reeling from violent and discriminatory attacks across the country. Here in New York City, we are sending a clear message: we see you for who you are, we celebrate you, and we will protect you,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This monument to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will honor their pioneering role in the fight for human rights in our city and across the world.”

“Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are undeniably two of the most important foremothers of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, yet their stories have been erased from a history they helped create,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “The city Marsha and Sylvia called home will honor their legacy and tell their stories for generations to come.”

“I’m proud to honor these two trailblazers, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who changed the course of history for the LGBTQ community. Not only was their bravery felt in New York City, but their fight for equality inspired change across the nation and around the world,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Marsha P. Johnson was an activist whose involvement in the Stonewall Riots helped pave the way toward trans acceptance. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Johnson moved to New York City after high school with just $15 and a bag of clothes. Though she struggled with homelessness, Johnson devoted her life to advocating for gay and transgender street youth, sex workers, people in prison and those with HIV/AIDS.

Following Stonewall, she and Rivera co-founded STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), the first LGBTQ+ youth shelters in the U.S. Towering in red plastic heels and outré floral wigs, Johnson performed with the drag group Hot Peaches and caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who photographed her. Her body was found in the Hudson River on July 6, 1992. While the cause of her death remains unsolved, Johnson’s legacy as an advocate for social, economic and racial justice has grown in recent years.

Sylvia Rivera’s radical advocacy reflected her bold and unrepentant response to challenges in her own life. Abandoned by her father at birth in 1951 and orphaned when her mother committed suicide at 3, Rivera was raised by her Venezuelan grandmother in NYC. The arrangement didn’t last long: criticism of her gender-defying ways prompted Rivera to run away at 11. Living on the streets, she survived by working as a child prostitute before a community of drag queens took her under their wing.

Yet it was her friendship with Johnson, whom she met in 1963, that was one of her most important and enduring relationships. Deeply disappointed by activists who sought to distance the gay-rights movement from drag culture and trans individuals, Rivera resurrected STAR in 2001 to fight for NYC’s Transgender Rights Bill and the inclusion of transgender protections in New York State’s Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act. She died of complications from liver cancer on February 19, 2002.

The monument of Johnson and Rivera boosts the number of women being honored under the City’s She Built NYC campaign to seven. Previously announced memorials of Billie Holiday, Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias, Elizabeth Jennigns Graham and Katherine Walker are planned for each of the city’s five boroughs.

 

 

We’re celebrating our first birthday, and we couldn’t be more excited to mark this milestone. Women.nyc was created to ensure that New York City remains the best place in the world for women to succeed in their businesses and careers. So in collaboration with agency and non-profit partners, we’ve launched a series of programs over the past year aimed at ending the gender gap in a number of realms: fundraising; tech training; film, web and theater production; small-business support and more.

There’s a gender gap in public spaces as well — currently, only five of 150 statues around the city depict female historical figures who actually lived. So we’re taking aim at that too, by announcing five new statues of women as part of She Built NYC. (Our partners at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs recently announced the artists for the Prospect Park statue of Shirley Chisholm, and we’re eager to see their vision come to life.)

While we’re proud of all we’ve accomplished, there’s much more to do — and over the next few weeks, you’ll be hearing more about our efforts to help women in the workforce get paid what they are worth. A few sobering statistics reveal why that’s an urgent concern: nationally, white women earn $0.77 for every dollar a white man earns, black women earn $0.61 cents, Native American women earn $0.58 to every dollar and Latina women earn $0.53. In NYC, our pay gap shakes out differently, but the work of women.nyc won’t be complete until women of all backgrounds are paid fairly and equally.

Today, we’re unveiling our new web site, aimed at simplifying navigation so you can find the programs and services you’re looking for as well as career-boosting events on our new calendar. In our news section, you’ll discover the stories of women, from a CUNY student to a high-ranking DSNY chief, who are crushing their careers with an assist from the City. You’ll also hear about why the Commission on Gender Equity is launching a five-borough tour — and how you can get involved.

To stay up to date on women.nyc programs, events and opportunities, join our mailing list and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Our site refresh was designed by Rebecca Pollock and implemented by Coldsmoke Creative. Thanks to our partners all over the city for working with us and to the women who helped us tell their inspiring stories here. There are so many more to come.

Faye Penn is Executive Director of women.nyc. 

When it comes to gender equity policies and practices, New York City is far ahead of other municipalities. One reason: we have a commission devoted to making sure people of all gender identities can thrive here. The New York City Commission on Gender Equity (CGE), formed in 2015, is led by Jacqueline M. Ebanks, a social justice innovator who’s been helping women, girls and other marginalized communities for over three decades.

This June brings the first of five Gender Equity Summits, a borough-by-borough tour where the CGE will mobilize the public and gather community input on future programs. Women.nyc sat down with Jacqueline to find out more about the summits and what all New Yorkers can do to get involved.

Let’s start with the Gender Equity Summits. What can people expect and who should attend?

The Gender Equity Summits are our attempt to gain public input into the work of the Commission. This summer, we plan to go borough by borough to talk to New Yorkers about four initiatives, three of which are new and one of which we’re expanding. It’s critically important that we get input from the community.

We hope to launch an effort with Men as Allies. How do men, trans or cisgender men, help ensure that we build a more equitable society? Another one is a Gender Equity Youth Leadership Council. How do we get young people from say, 14 to 26, actively engaged in this work? How do we understand how they see gender equity?

The other thing we’re looking at is the lack of gender diversity in leadership in all sectors. Hopefully in partnership with the borough presidents, we are looking to create Borough Civic Leadership Academies. We will have several opportunities to fill vacancies now that community boards are term-limited to two, four-year terms, similar to the City Council.

It is so critically important that we remove women from the current position of low-paid, low-wage workers, so that they can increase their earnings.

How does that present an opportunity?

We want to make sure that every borough reflects the full complexity of New York. When we talk about gender diversity we talk about the intersectional lens. We recognize that gender overlaps with age, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status. We want to ensure that all New Yorkers are aware of this opportunity for leadership, and help to inform and bring people to the table.

Last but not least, we’re going to focus on our Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. It’s our second year expanding that program. Our goal is for all 59 community districts to have at least one event during our 16 days from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, and really focus on how we address this issue of gender-based violence from a community response. What does the community need to do, so we are better able to identify and prevent violence, support individuals impacted, and help people thrive so that our communities become safe havens for all residents?

What are some of the legislative wins that have made New York City a better place for women, transgender, and gender non-binary individuals?

One, of course, is the Salary History Ban, which went into effect in in October 2017. It is so critically important that we remove women from the current position of low-paid, low-wage workers, so that they can increase their earnings. The City has given our Salary History Ban real teeth because if employers are found violating it, we have a quarter-of-a-million dollar penalty. No such penalty has been applied, but it’s a hefty fee to be assigned. We think that’s really great.

Then there’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave. Hourly wage earners now have the ability to earn paid sick time. They no longer have this horrible choice between taking care of themselves or a family member and earning money.

There’s another one that I like, that I think is going to bring about cultural shift. Every new or recently renovated public building will have to provide diaper changing stations in all bathrooms–male, female, or gender non-confirming. This didn’t exist previously in New York City. They’re typically only in the female restrooms at best.

These are tremendously empowering pieces of legislation that help secure economic mobility, help protect safety, and really help ensure agency around gender identity and gender expression.

How does New York City compare to other cities when it comes to street harassment?

What NYC has that other cities don’t is these robust laws of protections. It’s not a question for us that sexual harassment, street harassment, hate crimes, are violations of the laws. We have some of the toughest laws that protect individual human rights and they are fully enforced. I think as a city we stand as a shining example. We protect individuals, regardless of gender identity, regardless of gender expression. That’s the message we want communicated when we talk about 16 Days. You have a right to be who you are in this city. And we’ll support that.

The ultimate goal is that we help you from birth until you leave this earth to live an economically secure life. To have access to affordable health care and quality health care. To have full autonomy over your reproductive health, to be safe in your home, at your workplace, and in your community. That’s a commitment New York City brings to every individual. We’re not perfect and hence it is critically important that you have the Commission on Gender Equity. We’re doing well here but we can do better, and we need to ensure that as a city we have the systems to maintain that commitment over time, in a sustained way.

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Minutes before Ana Lavdas’s wedding, her fiancé, Steven Smith, whispered in her ear that he had just signed an agreement to assume a $65 million debt to transform a 28-acre landfill in the South Bronx into a business hub.

There were millions of tons of trash piled five and six stories high – and once married, they’d both be responsible for removing it.

“That was my wedding gift!” Lavdas recalls, bursting into laughter.

Fast forward: Lavdas and Smith are about to celebrate their 19th anniversary. The 28-acre site at Hunts Point, now cleared, is home to several businesses that employ hundreds. And Lavdas is president of AAL Construction, a civil site company based in the Bronx.  “We go into a job and do the excavation,” Lavdas explains. “We’re the first guys on the job.”

Recently, Lavdas sat down to talk about how the city’s Construct NYC program and its M/WBE Certification (Minority- and Woman-owned Business Enterprise) helped her transition into a construction bossand why other women should join the industry, too.

Did you have any prior connection to construction?

I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d do something in the construction field. But I’m the kind of person who’s like, “Let’s try something new. I’m not afraid.” Diners—food—was my first career. My parents came from Greece and settled in New York City. They had nothing, but I grew up with a strong work ethic. I remember when I was 8, trying to wash pots. My father died when I was 10; my brothers were 8 and 6. At 9, my brother started cutting lawns. It was about survival and keeping the family together. But my father—even with a third-grade education—was all about school. My mother always told me, “If you work hard, there’s nothing you can’t do.” So I went to college and got a bachelor’s degree in biology, then a doctor of chiropractic. I did physical therapy and radiology. Later, I became a spokesperson for a bedding line on QVC.

Women are beginning to find out they’re going to make good money right off the bat in construction.

Physical therapy, selling bedding and construction: why change your career so radically?

The site that my husband acquired was a C&D (construction and development) site dating back to the 1970s. It required significant remediation. It had millions of tons of trash on it, five and six stories high. But I loved restoring the shoreline at the site. We created the largest wetlands in the five boroughs and immediately saw birds that hadn’t been there for 50 years. I have pictures of seals that came on the rocks after we cleaned out the muck. After years of working the land, I gained an appreciation and interest for construction. I formalized AAL Construction in 2015, and since then, we’ve provided site services for some of New York’s most visible projects.

How does being certified as a M/WBE affect how you run your company?

You need to be in business for a year to become certified as a M/WBE and gain access to programs. Once I got the certification, ConstructNYC opened many doors that helped us. For example, the EDC [Economic Development Corp., which runs the program] helped me learn about construction management, how to negotiate the beginning of a contract—what to look for and what to stay away from. As a startup, you need jobs. You go for all the bids, and as an M/WBE, the EDC helps you along that process. And what’s great is, once you get through the program, you’re prequalified to work with the large construction companies.

You’ve said that more women need to join construction. Why?

The construction industry is losing tradesman each year, and men aren’t going into the field. In my business, I’m asking women, “Have you ever considered this?” Most say no, but I think that’s changing, especially in New York City. New York is ahead of the curve. I hired two women who were former security officers—single moms with families to feed. Now one is an apprentice for the electrical union to become an electrician and the other one is doing masonry. Women are beginning to find out they’re going to make good money right off the bat in construction.

Running large pieces of equipment—a crane, a skid steer—it’s just knowing how to use a joystick. I learned by watching people, but I’m not the type of person who’s scared to get on the machine and ask, “How do I turn this thing on?” I’m not scared of a lot. I know that’s not always the case. Women need to show women how to get on the machine, how to turn it on. You need women to say, “If I can do it, you can do it.”

Ana Lavdas
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What’s it like to be a woman boss in construction?

It’s gotten easier as a woman, but is there a stigma? Sure. You’ve got to have tough skin. I’ve gone to look at jobs where 99% of the time my business developer and myself are the only women in the room. You hear things like “women quota.” So do you have to prove yourself? Absolutely. I tell my guys, “We have to do it better and work harder than anyone else and get the paperwork in before anyone asks.” We focus on the work: the goal is to grow the company.

Women need to show women how to get on the machine, how to turn it on. You need women to say, ‘If I can do it, you can do it.’

You’re a big advocate for New York City’s M/WBE programs. What do you want women to know about them?

Women in this city—they’re willing to put themselves out there and start businesses. They go to classes to learn how to something different. Many of them are raising two or three kids, some on their own. They’re saying, “There’s got to be a better way.” Women are the backbone, so that’s when you say, “What can I do to help other women?” They’re already starting ad hoc businesses that have the potential to scale up. Being a M/WBE can give them the know-how to do that.

Don’t miss out! Keep up with the latest opportunities for women on Instagram @women_nyc.