AWEE launches professional skills training program for women

Arizona Women’s Education & Employment has launched a new professional development, training and sharing network to assist and support high-impact women define and achieve career goals in a world all-too-often rife with invisible barriers and roadblocks to success.

The inaugural SheLEADS network will bring together a diverse base of experienced executive advisors from a range of economic and industry sectors who will collaborate, train, advise and mentor participants through a series of five monthly workshops and additional networking events from February through June.

Among the workshop topics will be executive leadership training, mapping a pathway to career goals and fundraising. Participant input will determine additional workshops and training sessions.

There is no cost to participate in the program. Participants will be asked to apply fundraising techniques and skills learned through SheLEADS to set personal fundraising goals to benefit AWEE. Minimum goal is $1,000.

To apply for SheLEADS, visit Application deadline is Jan. 8, 2016.

“As we enter our 35th year, AWEE continues responding to community shifts and needs. Among the most important is expanding opportunities for women at the same time we tackle the disparities in those opportunities,” said AWEE President and CEO Marie Sullivan.

“SheLEADS is an innovative platform for high-impact talented, professional women to engage with mentors and advisors who can help prepare them for the next level of success.”

The program begins with the first of five training workshops on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Additional workshops are planned Saturday, March 5; Saturday, April 9; Saturday, May 7 and Saturday, June 4.

A graduation event will be scheduled in late June. Participant applications will be reviewed by an independent panel.

“The intent of SheLEADS is to help strengthen participants’ career preparations and direction and shape their success in our 21st century global economy,” said Tyler Butler, director, Corporate Social Responsibility at GoDaddy, who is among the inaugural group of SheLEADS advisors.

“The added value is a series of classes that are laser focused on skills development while enabling participants to build a network of women with shared values of career and community impact.”

In addition to AWEE CEO Sullivan and Butler, advisors include January Contreras, CEO/managing attorney, Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services; Heidi Jannenga, president and co-founder, WebPT; Christina Worden, political action community administrator, Salt River Project; and Bettina Nava, co-founder and owner, OH Strategic Communications.

For more information about SheLEADS, visit For more information about AWEE, visit

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