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Outreach in the Midwest

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM EDT

At a roundtable in Chicago and a forum in Gary, Ind., Women's Bureau Regional Administrator Grace Protos spoke to women business leaders to increase awareness about the department, its programs and resources on Jan. 15 and16. Regional Representative Ken Bennett also spoke at both events along with representatives of the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Wage and Hour Division. Indiana's event, attended by about 50 people, was hosted by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. "This was not only an excellent opportunity to reach women leaders and increase their awareness of the departments' resources but also for us to hear about issues facing women in their communities," Protos said.

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Going Green in Philly

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM EDT

Representatives of the Women's Bureau were on hand to discuss careers in green industries during the Jan. 15 Green Guide Workshop at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Rose Holandez, senior program analyst for the bureau, informed attendees about emerging career opportunities for women. The event was attended by representatives from the Community College of Philadelphia, Infinite Solar Inc., and the Energy Coordinating Agency. The Green Guide is a Women's Bureau publication that provides resources and information that women need to enter and succeed in jobs in the green economy.

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Women in Transportation

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM EDT

Women make up nearly half of the American workforce, yet they are vastly under-represented in nontraditional occupations, Women's Bureau Acting Director Latifa Lyles told participants at last week's Forum on Women in Transportation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Region. "With a growing number of women serving as the breadwinners for their families, ensuring that they are prepared to succeed in these nontraditional fields is critical in creating and maintaining a competitive workforce in today's global economy." The event was sponsored by the Department of Transportation and held in Washington, D.C. In keynote remarks, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood emphasized his department's commitment to advancing opportunities for women in transportation careers.

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Caring for Women Veterans

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM EDT

Community and private health care providers learned how to tailor their programs and policies to better serve women veterans at a recent Women's Bureau webinar in New York. The bureau collaborated with the Brain Injury Association of New York State to educate service organizations on the care of women veterans, and Gillian Gutierrez of the bureau's New York office, in a webinar presentation, described how health care providers may use the Women's Bureau trauma care guide to address certain needs, such as treating women veterans in settings that make them feel safe.

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Connecting Women Veterans

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 1:52 PM EDT

Representatives from the Women's Bureau connected with organizations in Denver, Lansing, Mich., and Seattle this week to focus on the challenges faced by women veterans. Manuelita Ybarra, program analyst with the bureau's Seattle office, discussed the bureau's trauma care guide and careers in "green" industries at a Veterans Day observance sponsored by the King County Diversity, Equity and Social Justice Committee. Chicago's Acting Regional Administrator Grace Protos reinforced the message of serving women veterans at a Stand Down hosted by Volunteers of America in Lansing. The bureau's staff in Denver volunteered at the Homeless Veterans Stand Down, where they handed out trauma care guides to service providers and supplies to women veterans.

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New Online Workplace Flexibility Toolkit

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT

Employees, job seekers, employers, policymakers and researchers now have access to a new online resource that provides a unique approach to workplace flexibility. This week, the Office of Disability Employment Policy launched the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit. Workplace flexibility policies and practices typically focus on when and where work is done. The toolkit adds a new dimension — an emphasis on flexibility around job tasks and what work is done. Funded by ODEP in partnership with the department's Women's Bureau, the toolkit makes more than 170 resources easily accessible, particularly for workers and job seekers with complex employment situations, such as parents with young children, single parents, family caregivers, mature workers, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, individuals with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, and people with HIV/AIDS. Visitors may access case studies, fact and tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, articles, websites with additional information, and a list of frequently asked questions.

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Networking for Women Veterans

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM EDT

Providing vital resources to homeless women veterans is apriority for her agency, Women's Bureau Regional Administrator Jacqueline Cooke told an audience in Boston. The "Women in the Military: Resources for Benefits and Trauma-Informed Care" roundtable hosted by the bureau last week brought together 50 representatives from homeless shelters, medical centers, community-based organizations, and state and federal organizations. The bureau's Angela Rizzolo, who organized the roundtable with the Massachusetts Women's Veterans' Network, gave an in-depth presentation on how to use the "Trauma-Informed Care Guide." The bureau is hosting a series of roundtables to educate service providers on the resources available to help homeless women veterans find a path to good jobs and financial security.

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Latino Labor Force

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM EDT

The Latino workforce has seen faster and more sustainable gains in this current economic recovery compared to past recessions, with their unemployment rates declining more than 1 percentage point in the last year alone, according to Chief Economist Dr. Adriana Kugler. Kugler spoke at a conference hosted by the International Association of Latino-American Professionals at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Md., on Sept. 28. Addressing an audience of more than 200 community development, industry and government leaders, Kugler also stressed the growing importance of the Latino labor force in the wider U.S. economy. She said that, in particular, Latino women are among the fastest growing groups of the self-employed and small business owners.

Employment Resource for Veterans

Posted on October 02, 2012 at 9:45 AM EDT

Veterans looking for employment opportunities now have another resource at their fingertips. The Employment and Training Administration recently updated the Veterans ReEmployment portal on to better serve the needs of veterans and military members transitioning to civilian life. Updates include new information and resources to help veterans find employment, explore training options and access veteran and civilian benefits. The new resources serve transitioning veterans, veterans with disabilities, female veterans, workforce and career professionals working with veterans and businesses recruiting veterans. The Veterans ReEmployment Web site also allows veterans to search for jobs that utilize their military experience; learn about unemployment insurance; veterans' benefits and other assistance; obtain job search tips specific to veterans; and find contact information for local and national veterans' resources.

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Women's Rights Roundtable

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM EDT

Helping vulnerable workers in the Los Angeles region was foremost on the minds of participants during the Aug. 28 "Working for Women" roundtable in Anaheim, Calif., hosted by the Women's Bureau. Attendees, including community leaders from women's and civil rights organizations and agencies representing workers with disabilities, left with a stronger, richer network of connections to continue their advocacy work. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez delivered keynote remarks on the plight of vulnerable workers and the department's efforts to assist individuals with disabilities. The roundtable also included presentations by Kelly Jenkins-Pultz of the Women's Bureau, Suzanne Jones of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Paul Chang of the Wage and Hour Division, and Marites AbadSantos of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.


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