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A unique publication WEOP publication focusing on issues that matters to you - women. A collection of articles that will inspire, motivate and educate you. Special thank you to our circle of women contributing authors!!



  • The idea for a From A Womans Perspective magazine was sparked after the last annual WEOP Womens History Month event. I re-member standing in the room listening to some amazing speakers. The March 2009 event at The Atlanta Technical College featured a

    host of amazing women speaking on a range of topics and issues important for women. This sparked the idea what about a magazine called From A Womans Perspective (FAWP). The topics highlighted and discussed at the event would be the feature topics of the magazine articles. As I continue my commitment to A circle of women helping other women, I continually use different formats to share information and en-courage educational development. The idea for a quarterly magazine would serve the purpose of providing articles and a resource guide jam packed

    with business and career information from amazing women. The contributing writers have all been featured as speakers during WEOPs annual event. When I announced the magazine project, our circle of women responded with their commitment to submit articles and information. I extend a special thank you to all of the contributing writers that took time from their busy schedules to provide a submission. Also, I would like to thank Darla James, who eagerly stepped up and agreed to serve as Assistant Publisher for FAWP. She was instrumental in editing and helping to make this project a reality. I continue to be excited and inspired and I want to serve as an example to other women. I hope you enjoy this introductory issue and take away some valuable information or an inspirational message. Stay tuned for the next issue and we always welcome your input, ideas and suggestions. Thank you for your support!


    Antionette Ball

    From a Circle of Women ... Helping Other Women

    Words From the Publisher



    Marionette Ball and Antionette Ball, WEOP founders.

  • Founding EditorAntionette Ball

    Assitant EditorDarla James

    Cover DesignerKaarin MacKinnon

    Magazine DesignerSaria Canady

    Marketing DirectorMarionette Ball

    Contributing WritersDhana Blissett

    Linda Chatmon Patricia Harris Tonya Hicks Darla James Clifton Lee

    Paulette Norvell Lewis Shonda Y. Lewis

    Kaarin MacKinnon Eboni N. Moss

    Kathy-Ann Pegus Teri Thompson Zola Thurmond

    Donna Paige Riley

    PublisherWomens Employment Opportunity Project, Inc.

    250 Georgia Ave., SE, Suite 206Atlanta, GA 30312

    Contact UsPlease e-mail inquiries to:

    Copyright 2009 by WEOP. All rights reserved.

    A quarterly publication for the Womens Employment Opportunity Project, Inc. (WEOP)

  • contentsJuly-September 2009FAWPCAREER STRATEGIES4 Unemployment: Crisis or Opportunity?5 Move Over Men6 Treasure Hunt

    BUSINESS FORWARD7 Business Success Strategies9 Power Up Your Biz With Technology10 Take Financial Control

    UPLIFTED SPIRIT11 Finding Balance Through Self-Care12 Turning Adversity Into Opportunity13 All You Need is 15 Minutes to Change

    MIND & BODY ZONE14 How to Present Yourself15 Release Your Power 16 Walking By Faith

    RETROSPECT17 Why Not Teach Leadership?

    WEOP EXTRAS 18WEOP NewsMoney SmartsHot AdviceStyle NetworkingIn the MixCommon SenseWord of MouthResources

    Volume 1

  • What a difference a day makes! Last year this time the unemployment rate was about 4.5 percent here in Georgia. Several weeks ago, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution

    reported that the unemployment rate in Georgia is now 9.3 percent the 4th highest in the nation and higher than the national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent. Unemployment rates are even higher in rural counties and among minority groups. But the news is not all bad it seldom is. We just have to look at things with different eyes and think outside the

    box. Someone once said that women are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water. Ladies, like it or not many of us are now in hot water trying to make ends meet while dealing with layoffs, furloughs, and foreclosures. Now is the time to demonstrate and use our strength, our resilience, our innova-tive minds and survival instincts, and, most of all, our compassion and sup-port for one another as we look for jobs and wait for the economy to rebound. I hope that the fol-

    lowing Transition Strategies will inspire you to bloom where you are, to create opportunities for yourself, and to effectively prospect for a new job.

    VOLUNTEER. Through volunteering you will be able to meet and work with people who have connections or infor-mation that will be helpful to you. Most importantly, you have an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, the added-value that you bring to a situation, your can do attitude, and your willingness to get involved as a team player.

    MOVE FROM NETWORKING TO CONNECTING. Take every opportunity to meet people. Let your friends who are employed know that you would like to accompany them, if possible, to social or networking events.

    ENGAGE IN SOCIAL NETWORKING. Social-networking sites provide opportunities to hear about new ideas and learn what employment or business opportunities exist in various industries. Employers are now using these sites to recruit and also to screen potential applicants.

    PLAN YOUR DAYS AND WEEKS. Each night when you go to bed, you should have a schedule for the next day or two. Will you make calls to companies, send out resumes, volunteer, or attend social events.

    FIND A MENTOR FOR YOURSELF. Find someone who is or has been where you want to be. Ask them to be your mentor. Seek and heed their guidance, direction and feed-back on a regular basis. The Japanese symbol for crisis is two-sided: It is a combination of challenge and opportunity. I think this is a very appropriate symbol of the times we are experienc-ing now. It is truly a very challenging time for everyone but it is also a time full of opportunity for those who are innovative. In times like these, millionaires are made. Will you be one of them?

    Helpful Resources

    Georgia Department of Labor

    U.S. Department of Labor

    Womens Bureau Department of Labor

    Career Strategies

    Unemployment: Crisis or Opportunity?By Paulette Norvel Lewis

    Paulette Norvell Lewis is the regional administrator for the Womens Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, Region IV.



    Ladies, like it or not many of us are now in hot water trying to make ends meet while dealing with layoffs, furloughs, and foreclo-sures. Now is the time to use our strength, resilience, innovative minds, survival instincts, and most of all, our compassion and support for one another as we look for jobs and wait for the economy to rebound.

  • These are jobs that offer respect, opportunity, good pay and geographi-cal mobility. The new jobs that will be available under the new stimulus plan have been criticized as being male jobs only. Why is that so? In World War I and World War II, women took jobs that were not traditional in order to help with the war efforts. We can do the same things today. Were no less intel-ligent or physically capable. I believe that women are in a better position today to make these career changes. Trade occupations fall within four areas: transportation, con-struction, service, and manufacturing. The physical demands of skilled trades vary greatly between pro-fessions. Some jobs require modest physical strength and endurance, but most do not. However, all of the trades require intelligence and/or creativity as well as good read-ing, mathematical, and analytical skills. Skilled trade jobs include: electricians, plumbers, carpenters, painters, sheet metal workers, heavy equipment opera-

    tors, welders, and dry wall installers; to name a few. Today, the line between white-collar and blue-collar is very faint. Technology has given the skilled trades a new reputation of respect. They are no longer the dirty jobs. Salaries range from $45,000 to $120,000 an-nually. Skilled trade jobs require some college and/or apprenticeship program certification. State licensing boards also

    require certifications for some of these trades. Professional careers in construction and manufacturing are available. These jobs include: engineers, architects, interior designers, project managers, superin-tendents, and estima-tors. A college degree and various certifica-tions are required

    for these careers. The opportunities are limitless. I am an electrician by trade. But as an owner of an electrical con-tracting company, since 2000, I have been an estimator, project manager, as well as superintendent. I am proof that a woman can do anything and every-thing she wants to.


    Tonya is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers since 1994. She is the first woman journey-man electrician of Local 917 in Meridian, Miss. The founder of an electrical contracting and engineering firm in 2000 that focuses on commercial business.

    For more information on nontraditional careers, check out these Web sites:National Association of Women in Construction International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Apprentice Painters, Drywall Finishers, Floor Coverers, Sign and Display The United Association of Plumbers and Sheet Metal Workers International International Association of Fire Society of Women Engineerswww.swe.orgInternational Association of Women Wome