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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 -Aug. 14, 2003 - 43 Rockin' BPW rollin' with new ideas for Delaware By Amy Reardon Business Professional Women (BPW) rocks, and Delaware's Young Careerist Jessica Brown and President Leslie Vining want to spread the word. The pair recently attended the national convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The song "Cleveland Rocks" inspired the convention's theme, and they came home ready to give the local DeVdes chapter a make.over. Currently DeVries, which in- eludes Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, meets in the Lamp Post Restaurant once a month for din- ner, programs and business. Vin- ing and Brown want to expand the scope of the group by offering separate programs, recruiting new members - both men and women - and reaching out to the communi- ty with additional service proj- ects. On national and locals levels, BPW offers scholarships to women entering college, going back to school or reentering the workforce. Vining and Brown want to increase fundraising to ensure DeVries hands out three $1,000 scholarships each year. They also plan to expand the pro- gram by reaching out to women's shelters. "We'll do whatever shelters need," said Brown. "Whether it's donations, toys at Christmas time or mentoring." National and local resources give BPW the ability to host workshops and seminars on dif- ferent topics to help women. "Whenever you have a pool of women, you can cover any sub- ject," said Vining. "We can use our own resources and national resources. If women need help budgeting, we can find someone in the group to help. It could he a private session. We could do workplace mentoring. For women who are scared to go back to work, a day spent in the work- place, with some exposure and moral support, could help them find confidence. We could do re- sume building, trips to thrift shops. Anything." BPW, through political advoca- cy, education and public service, can help women through all phas- es of their life. The grassroots el- ement of the organization, which includes 1,500 local groups throughout the country, gives women the ability to effect change in their communities, their states and the nation. BPW, founded in 1919, seeks pay equity between men and women, access to reproductive choice and equal rights for women. "Women still get 76 cents on the dollar to men," said Vining, "which is ridiculous as far as I'm concerned at this day and time." One of the biggest projects Vin- ing and Brown are inspired to bring to the Cape Region is suumm=o photo Leslie Vining and Jessiea Brown attended the Business and Professional Women's national convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Shown are (l-r) Delaware BPW President Betty Gold- box, Brown and V'ming. Close to the beaches! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath con- temporary design home is designed for comfortable liv- ing. Wrap-around deck, open floor plan, and exquisitely landscaped with fish pond. Call me - Kathleen Saul - to mange a showing today! LESTER REALTY 111 North Bedford Street Georgetown, DE 19947 (302) 856-4000 1-800-LESTER-4 Womenomics, a national program that puts a spotlight on women in the workplace. BPW's Wome- nomics program will survey 20,000 women throughout the country to pinpoint where women are in the business world and what their problems are. "One of the biggest issues is women are not as far as they ought to be," said Vining. "BPW will take the survey to the legisla- tors on Capitol Hill in March to show them, and we're going to he there." Along with surveying women in the Cape Region, BPW plans to hold a forum with a round table discussion in honor of the national event. Expanding the organization's activities, however, requires it re- cruits new members. The young careerist program, which brought Vining and Brown into the organ- ization, is one way BPW brings in new members. Each year BPW members nom- inate young women for the young careerist program which honors their accomplishments and gives them a free year-long member- ship. "We waive the fee for the first year and hope we show them enough of what we do that they continue in the organization," said Vining. "I nominated Jessica Brown for Young Careerist this year because she is an excellent representative of BPW ideals. She's interested in the forward motion of our goals and mission. She works hard and is successful in her career." The state organization agreed with Vining's praise of Brown and named her Delaware's Young Ca- reerist. Brown drew from her work experience with Re- hoboth.Com Inc. during the com- petition and spoke about life bal- ance in a digital economy. "I drew from my own experi- ence working with the website," said Brown. 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