Last night I bartended an event for PiscoPorton downtown. I had no idea where I was going…and little did I know that I would be serving drinks to women who were doing such wonderful things in the world. The event was Stepping Up in the City: Annual Membership Celebration for the Stepping Up Women’s Network.
Step Up Women’s Network is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to connecting and advancing women and girls. By bridging communities of professional women and underserved teen girls through mentorship, networking and advancement, we ensure women and girls have the opportunities they need to create a better future.
Simply stated, Step Up connects you to the professional women you need & the underserved teen girls who need you.
Step Up empowers high school girls in underserved communities to reach their full potential through dynamic after-school and Saturday enrichment programming that helps girls become confident, college-bound, and career-ready.
In the summer of 1998, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Being the first in my circle of friends, or so I thought, to be faced with losing a parent to this disease, a group of thirty women gathered in my living room to give their support and talk about what we could do to help in the fight against breast cancer.
It became clear from the dialogue that whether or not the disease had directly affected us each, we all felt the need to take a more proactive role in our community, our wellness, our professional lives and our personal dedication to making a difference.
It was time for us to take action and create an entity that could impact our future – and Step Up Women’s Network was born.