Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

FEW joins in the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15.  We honor those of American decent whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.   The 2021 theme “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and hope” reflects the values we all cherish as we recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover the 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Happy Labor Day

Today, we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workforce and is trajectory of labor movement from the 19th century. For the millions of employees in the United States, we thank you for your service and we wish you a peaceful and relaxing Labor Day. 

FEW is proud to have dedicated and competent members that serve our nation.  We celebrate your achievements from this past year and look forward with excitement to what we can do together in the coming year! Our accomplishments over this past year have been tremendous because we, collectively, have stood side-by-side each other to make them happen. I thank each of you for being “all in.” On this day when we celebrate Labor Day and we celebrate you. May you have a peaceful and relaxing Happy Labor Day!

It matters, Women’s Equality Day!

Today, we honor the pioneers of women’s equality by doing our part to realize their struggle and living their dream of voting.  Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, commemorates the struggles of women to be heard, as fierce advocates who gained the statutory right to vote. FEW ask you to join us as we remember their spirit of never giving up fighting for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion of a woman’s voice through their vote.   

But it wasn’t over with the passage of the 19th Amendment for all women.  While women in some states could already vote before 1920, women in some states—particularly those of color—were blocked from voting after ratification. It wasn’t until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, that African American women were granted the right to vote.  Additionally, the voting rights of Native American women were not recognized until 1924. For Chinese American women, it was 1943, and for Japanese and other Asian American women it was 1952.  And even today, there is conversation and legislation introduce on the right to vote.

As we commemorate Women’s Equality Day, let’s remember that empowered women, empower other women and with great respect, power, success comes great responsibility. It is our responsibility to vote. Women in public service and government have long served this nation by working to clear barriers, enforce laws, implement new ideas, and change people’s attitudes. FEW members are there to lead and we continue the work of the suffragist and ensuring our voice be heard through our vote.

Training is a key strategy to your success.

We all know that training is an absolutely vital function to our success in business and in fully engaging collaborations. There are 3 reasons for this.

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First, it is expected. Today’s employees won’t work where they aren’t developed. Whether for personal or professional reasons, people don’t want the feeling the lack appreciation for the work they do to support agency goals.   Studies show that employees don’t stay where they are not kept up-to-date, fully trained, and given opportunities to develop.

The second reason is the speed of change. Whether in technology, in products, or in skills, training enables people to keep up to date with the market, the competition, and their own organization’s plans.  This provides tremendous insight for forecasting and delivering quality service.

And thirdly, we all know that people are their most valuable asset. Making the most of this asset is what training is all about. That’s why training skills are essential in the world today; not only for the advantage of the employee, but the government entity as well.

Important facts about training the workforce

  • The key difference between training and other forms of learning is that training results in a change of behavior.
  • The route to changes in performance lies in changes to knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Studies show that organizations that spend on training are more productive than those that don’t.
  • In times of change, it is more important to train people how to learn than in what they should know.
  • Individualize and unlimited potential expands when some form of training is provided.

Happy Father’s Day

Sunday is Father’s Day and a time to acknowledge the values that father’s pass on to the family, especially young impressionable women and girls. The image of a strong male is a good foundation for the values we uphold in FEW. These values are honesty, integrity and trust.  We feel these values were critical for building trusting relationships with our members and friend of FEW.   These values speak to the core of any healthy relationship.  In fact, our core values have helped us provide a level of excellence when servicing our members. 

FEW wish all the men who are fathers or mentors a very happy day of celebrating your values with those you love and have guided through their life’s journey. Please enjoy your special day and embrace that you do make a difference in the family!   Your legacy continues and you still make a tremendous difference. Thank you. 


Invitation to the Virtual Leadership Summit II

Federally Employed Women (FEW) believe you can soar.  So, on August 9 – 13, 2021, join us for the “Virtual Leadership Summit II”, a premiere national event.  You are cordially invited to attend this professional development and career-enhancement training that allows you the choice of more than 140-high level, relevant, thought-provoking courses and an opportunity to expand your knowledge and network. This is phenomenal because it virtual, at a reduced rate and there is no per diem, no lodging – just training.

Our theme for the VLS II is “Soaring to New Heights” which is reflective of your ability to take information, process it and use it to elevate and take the next step in your career. This training is meant for all federal, state, local governments and military installations wanting to improve their knowledge and expand their network to ascend higher.  The VLS II is the perfect place to soar to the next level in your career by investing in hands-on self-development and career enhancing skills.  What is so special about our training is that we developed our courses with you in mind.  The VLS II provides the tools necessary to develop leadership skills and build successful careers. 

FEW want to help each attendee to reach his or her fullest potential.  That’s why FEW has mapped every training session to meet the guidance for training from the Office of Personnel Management’s Senior Executive Service, Executive Core Qualifications (Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions) and the underlying fundamental core competencies.  Additionally, we offer two certificate programs; the Management Concepts: Women in Leadership and the Graduate Schools: Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM).

Join us as attendees experience a variety of educational formats all planned to deliver an optimal training experience. Courses target entry-level employees as well as senior decision-makers and policy-makers in the civilian and military arenas, and the private sector.

For more up-to-date information, visit our website at Virtual Leadership Summit II – Federally Employed Women (few.org)

Register today and begin to Soar! 

We honor your service – #GovPossible

Happy Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW)!   On behalf of the National Board of Directors, I want to thank the millions of men and women who serve as employees across the nation. Now more than ever, public servants are working on the front lines, often potentially putting themselves at risk, to continue the daily operations of our society and provide critical rapid relief to this immense national crisis. We recognize your work to the public and we honor your service.  In 1996, FEW published a report on the day in life of federal workers and how we “Federal Workers Keep America Running.”

I am so proud of us.  National Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 to honor the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local, tribal principalities, and military employees. If we think back to what drew each of us to public service in the first place, it had to be based in the desire to help people, our families and work to make our country the best place to live. We all do that every day.  I know that the decisions and sacrifices our nation makes are tremendously difficult, but the quality of services we provide every day throughout the year get the job done.  We owe so much to our nation’s public servants and that must not go forgotten. Thank you for making #GovPossible.

Happy Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day! Federally Employed Women send our sincerest appreciation to our mothers — as well as those who have “mothered” us.   You have cared for us, nurtured us and helped us along the way and we recognized the importance you bring to our lives.  As we now reflect on the joy mothers and mother-figures bring to our lives, let the nation remember the importance of women and the fact that they are the one’s who can be the doctors, lawyers, psychiatrists, teachers and so much more. Hers is the voice that reassures us.  Hers is the touch that give a sense of home and security. Her actions are the example that resonate our actions. In recognition of this immensely important role, FEW want you to know that we THANK YOU.

Happy Mother’s Day!

FEW National Fundraiser

FEW Commemorative Print – Artist Lisa Jones
Commemorative Print – Size 17 x 24
Unsigned Print $40.00
Place your print order today by email at few@few.org or purchase via Paypal below.
Prints will come with the biography of the artist Lisa Jones

We did it! Federally Employed Women (FEW) cordially invite you to support and participate in this FEW national fundraiser. After years of discussion, FEW has commissioned an renowned artist to produce a print representative of the purpose and vision of the organization.

I can’t tell you how much all of us appreciate our members and the contributions to diversity and inclusion of women. The print you see above is represents our diversity, our unity and the bonding circle of friendship and support received from FEW.  Seen are a combination of moms, executives, federal employees and business owners all committed to giving back to the community and bonding through sisterhood. 

Everything in this commissioned painting is purposeful and meant to represent Federally Employed Women (FEW). From the synergy of the women (muses), their backgrounds, strengths; all the way down to the pose which represents the completion of the circle just like the one that protects and surround our scale in the logo. 

The Muses-a closer look

  • Jamaican born Erica Rowe is a strong leader, innovator who is known for her positive outlook and affirmations. She’s charismatic, motivating and a force to reckon with at all times.
  • Spiritual, strong, disciplined, and creatively gifted is business owner Amy Crescimanno-Word. Italian from the father’s side and mom is German and Scottish.
  • In awe of Gazal Modhera, a fearlessness philanthropist who speaks the truth for the good of others as she fights for Diversity in the federal workplace and issues facing women as a senior attorney in the OFO at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 
  • Half Native American business owner Monica Archondo is the strong, straight forward and unapologetic one who has the ability to be good at anything she tries. I refer to her as the searcher who wears many hats.
  • The Scottish of the group and business executive Erin Masters is the quiet one who gives whole heartedly and if in need she’s there without blinking. She leads with her heart.
  • Born in Thailand Chantharaphon (Gift from the moon) Gift Wyatt mom is from Thailand and father of Irish German descent. Pure hearted and a giving soul is how I describe this amazing individual. This philanthropist leads quietly and then walks away. 

Thank you for your support and keeping FEW “Soaring to New Heights”