Kaaren Randel is passionate about paying empowerment forward. Decades ago, after a divorce and facing homelessness, Kaaren found encouragement with an organization who provided her with the tools she needed to find success. “They helped me put together a resume, coached me on interviewing, provided me with professional clothing for interviewing, and gave me the support and encouragement I needed to get my family's life together,” she recalled. “Having other women in the same situation helped me realize that I was not alone and there was light at the end of the struggle.” Kaaren says that has motivated her to [...]
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Shelby Hartung noticed a difference in EmBe’s childcare from the moment she met the downtown location staff. “Everybody felt like friends. That was the biggest experience we had on our tour.” Hartung discovered EmBe shortly after moving from Bismarck, North Dakota. She began her search for childcare with Google, and EmBe’s name appeared at the top of the list. After scanning EmBe’s web page, Hartung called to set up a tour. On her tour, she met Desiree Wolfe, EmBe’s Downtown Childcare Site Manager. Wolfe led her through the facility, showing Hartung the spaces for learning and play. Hartung felt an [...]
Fast Five: Work From Home Burnout Working from home sounds great in theory. No morning commute? Comfortable clothes? Sign me up. Like many theories, working from home is often not nearly as fun in practice. Endless Zoom meetings and online networking can leave the best of us feeling exhausted and overworked. What is burnout? Burnout is stressed caused by one’s occupation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms of burnout may include: feelings of energy depletion while working, reduced efficacy or increased mental distance from your job. Wellbeing in the workplace has become more important, but what happens when [...]
Setting Women Up for Success: Jeannie Blackman Jeannie Blackman had been attending EmBe’s In Her Shoes Breakfast for several years. Fueled by the powerful conversations around her, Blackman felt compelled to get involved. “I was inspired after going to the In Her Shoes Breakfast to give them a call and sign up to do career coaching,” Blackman said. Blackman, a longtime supporter of EmBe’s programs, had previously served as a coach for Girls on the Run. After a new opening in her schedule, she found her next volunteer opportunity through Dress for Success Sioux Falls. Blackman has now been career [...]
When the coronavirus uprooted the life of a Dress for Success client, Christina Oey stepped in to help through a generous donation. “It takes one person to make a difference,” Oey said. “I know this firsthand, as I have benefited greatly from nonprofits throughout my childhood and youth.” Oey donated scrubs for the client, who had been transitioned into a new job with little notice. “Finding professional clothes is challenging, especially when you're in a tough spot,” Oey said. “It feels good knowing you're helping someone at an important stage in their lives.” Oey, who serves as the director of [...]
Sioux Falls, SD (May 20, 2020) - Nine honorees were selected from fifty nominations on May 19 for EmBe’s 47th Tribute to Women awards. The event was held virtually on EmBe’s Facebook page. Tribute to Women is the longest-standing award honoring the achievements of women in the region. “Tribute lifts the good work being done in the community,” said Jennifer Smith Hoesing, EmBe’s Chief Development Officer. “It has never been more important to shine a light on the people who work to make our community strong and resilient.” Firmly rooted in its foundation as the YWCA’s Leadership Luncheon, Tribute to Women [...]
Post Sponsored by Sanford. Stacy Wrightsman, Executive Director of Community Relations for Sanford Health “Good work, inspiring leadership, and positive momentum in our community doesn’t stop during a pandemic,” said Stacy Wrightsman, Executive Director of Community Relations for Sanford Health. “Tribute to Women gives these caring, intelligent, innovative, and remarkable individuals a platform to share their story and an opportunity to be celebrated.” Tribute to Women will go virtual on May 19 on EmBe’s Facebook page. Sanford Health is committed to being integrally involved in the health and wellbeing of families That includes support for EmBe programs, including Tribute [...]
Post Sponsored by Sammons Financial Group. The connection between EmBe and Sammons Financial Group goes far beyond an institutional relationship where the institutions that share core values. There’s a personal connection that deepens the relationship. “Many Sammons Financial Group employees volunteer their time with EmBe, and others have even benefited from the organization’s programs and opportunities,” said Tami Daly, Manager of Financial Controls with Sammons Financial Group. Sammons Financial Group is once again supporting EmBe’s Tribute to Women event on May 19, demonstrating their support and commitment to women’s and families’ empowerment. “Recognizing and appreciating the impact these women have [...]
Post Sponsored by Avera. This year’s Tribute to Women event is going virtual on May 19 at 7 pm. Amid the greatest public health challenge of the past 100 years, EmBe is still here working to lead, empower and inspire the community. By moving Tribute to Women online, we can safely honor and celebrate the nominees who contribute so much to our thriving community. Lead sponsor Avera shares a passion for those making a difference. “The nominees are outstanding individuals who give us tremendous examples to follow and inspire us to grow beyond who we are today,” said Lindsey Meyers, [...]
Blazing a Trail at EmBe Since 2011 Since 2011, Erin Bosch has been a catalyst for positive change at EmBe. As Executive Director of Women’s Programs, she has led programming that has impacted the lives of hundreds of women in the region, advancing Women’s Leadership Program and Dress for Success Sioux Falls, just to name a few. Today marks the final day of Erin’s tenure at EmBe. Next week she begins a new chapter as a Senior [...]