MLK Day – Join FEW for “A Day of Service”

Martin Luther King Jr.’s federal holiday reminds me of what is good about our nation and the federal workforce that serves the American people each day.   FEW is an organization proud to add to the legacy of “A Day of Service.”  As our nation deals with the impact of so much unrest, we still are on the front lines helping our fellow man create a unified, inclusive, fair environment for all people.   Our goals are unwavering in bringing civility for humans and serving each other to get the job done.  So, I humbly invite you to join FEW in ensuring MLK Day 2022 is – Not a day off but a day on.  In recognition of the global work and achievement of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will be monetarily donating to the Gleaners Food Bank.  All donations are tax-deductible, and with Gleaners’ bulk purchasing power and efficient distribution network, they can provide 3 meals for every dollar donated to help reach children, seniors, veterans, and other neighbors in need. 

Please join FEW in giving a monetary donation to Gleaners Food Bank.  I am asking each person who is able to give a $20 donation.  All donations are appreciated, and I would like to recognize you for your gift. So, send me an email too. Let’s help out a community and people in need with you service especially since so many have been impacted by this pandemic that is still going on. Donations can be made by clicking this link.   Help us feed our hungry neighbors! – Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (gcfb.org)

Welcome, 2022! Happy New Year.

This is always a hopeful time, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. And while 2021 was difficult for many of us, we must also look back on this year with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead of us – that although our challenges are significant, each of us has the courage and determination to rise above and meet them as we have done so many times before.  My hope for all of us is that 2022 be a year of balance and of profound resilience in all aspects of our lives.   FEW is an organization that thrives as the pressure rises. We teach leadership principles that create opportunities for advancement for pay and career equity for all people. 

As we usher in the new year, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  There is one thing I know for sure—that our future is bigger and brighter because of all of you.   In the new year, we will face the continuation of a global pandemic, uncertainty of government regulations, holding FEW national elections, and transition of elected officers, yet, all of us will remain steadfast and unmovable as we continue “Soaring to New Heights.”

It is that spirit that FEW will progress forward and build generations of strong leaders and that spirit will drive us to be more inclusive and keep FEW alive for generations to come. Happy New Year.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

As another year draws to a close most of you will be in the midst of preparations for this festive season. This is a very special time of the year and I want to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

This is the time of celebration and reflection of a year of ups and downs.  As volunteers and great leaders withing this organization, I know hard it has been to cultivate real relationships and network with other like-minded people who believe in making a difference.  

That’s why I want to invite you to the first ever joint holiday celebration of federal service organizations.  “In the name of Unity” will be a virtual event full of live music, prizes and fun.  We have invited a host of volunteer federal service organization together to strengthen our bonds and recognize how we support employees in the government.  The virtual celebration will be on December 16, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

To the National Board members, I want to thank them for their dedication to the success of FEW and for their tremendous input to the proper governance of our organization. I also wish to acknowledge the participation of our Regional and Chapter Board members. They commit endless hours of volunteer time to make sure our members are provided with opportunities to continue learning, to network and socialize with other dynamic professionals.

Lastly, to you the members, my sincere appreciation for your support of FEW and the pride you demonstrate at being members of an elite community. You are the source of the strength of the work we do to advance women along their path. I urge you to stay in contact and communicate with us, in person, online and via social media.

On behalf of my family and the National Board of Directors, we hope this holiday season is an exceptionally good and safe one and that the New Year brings you much health, happiness and prosperity.

Happy Holidays,
Karen Rainey, National President

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. 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY !

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!