Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
As a woman working for the past 27-years in a historically male-dominated industry, Lisa is being honored for championing women through recruitment, mentorship and leading by example. Her support of women’s equity demonstrates her unflagging dedication to live by her core values and to make a meaningful contribution to our world. Her kindness, humility and integrity distinguish her as an exemplary role model for women everywhere.
Partner, The Jeffrey Group
As Vice Chair of the STRIVE Board and Board member for over 14 years, Judy McElnea has passionately championed STRIVE and its mission of helping people permanently lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Seven years ago Judy initiated the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon as a way to focus on the unique needs of the women who come to STRIVE seeking a better life. Her commitment encouraging women to celebrate their potential and to fight for the recognition they deserve earns her our appreciation and the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Award.
The Women’s Empowerment Initiative expands and strengthens the services STRIVE provides to at-risk women with high barriers to employment. Women often struggle with gender-related family and workplace issues as they try to overcome poverty, homelessness, insufficient skills, domestic violence, and long-term unemployment.
The Women’s Empowerment Initiative helps our female participants successfully transition into the workforce through a combination of skills training, mentoring, case management, job placement, and other special support services for women.
Research indicates that empowering women results in multiple long-term benefits for a family and community. Once a woman is securely placed in a living wage job, a host of positive forces are activated – her housing becomes more stable, her children perform better in school, and her family’s health improves. Your support of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative sets these powerful forces into motion.