FEW is “Soaring to New Heights”

Greetings FEW Members,

As Federally Employed Women (FEW) celebrates its 50th year of existence it is an exciting time to become National President.  It is a great honor, and privilege, to serve all of you, and I know it doesn’t come without the support of a great Board of Directors and members like you.

A few years ago, I was charged with taking on a “Spirit of Excellence” in everything that I do, and in how I operate to full capacity for greater achievements.   From this thought-provoking vision, I was led to think about what it takes to achieve excellence.   It led me to think about the journey, in particular, the  “Journey to Excellence”.  In life, we all have a journey or a path to take, that is unique to us.  It is individualistic, but not success.  In order to reach the pinnacle of success, or the point of achieving excellence, FEW must live true to my vision for my term of “Soaring to New Heights” together.  We all have a special purpose in life, a place to where destiny calls us.  After 50 years of working for the advancement of women, FEW has shaped a legacy of excellence and investment.  A legacy: 50 years and counting.

My vision for FEW is that we not just exist, but that we aim high and soar boldly into our future, to a new level of purpose.  FEW is the organization that represents those who seek opportunities for personal and professional career growth.  What we do best is build strategic leaders!  FEW continues to meet the need for leading change, leading people, building coalitions, creating business acumen and, most importantly, being results driven.

We are here to help you soar in your career and in life.  Every action is taken with excellence in mind.  During my tenure as National President, we will continue to offer you strategies that will allow you to grow.  As you think about FEW’s awesome legacy that began 50 years ago, take a moment to honor it and, most importantly, to add to it.

We are on a mission to meet our needs within our Agencies. Every time FEW chooses to take action we develop an increasing level of self-value, self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence. I invite you join us as we elevate to the next level and begin “Soaring to New Heights”.   But we cannot do it alone.  So, as you begin to soar, remember to stay immediate and do the following:

  1. Make every moment/action count.
  2. Think about average versus excellence in each decision you make.
  3. Begin with the end in mind.
  4. Stay positive and optimistic — it will increase your chance of success.
  5. Set smaller objectives toward accomplishing your goals. Avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed.
  6. Celebrate your successes and know that your potential is endless.

At this time, I would again like to thank everyone for their continued support and involvement within the organization.  It is amazing to think FEW has been around for over half a century. Although our mission has made much progress, we still have much left to do to attain complete inclusion and equity for women.   That’s why it is so crucial that you join us.   FEW values our members’ opinions, and I invite you to get involved to help us move forward.  We have a diverse board of intellectual women with whom I am honored to serve as we begin “Soaring to New Heights”.

Thank you,

Karen Rainey
National President