In March, we celebrate Women's History Month and mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-related shutdown of our community. The pandemic has impacted us all in our personal lives and in the workplace. But according to the Department of Labor Statistics, working women have been hit harder by the pandemic than men, suffering more job losses and taking on more responsibilities with less pay.
That's why, the YMCA of the Triangle's Women's Leadership Resource Network (WLRN) is launching a series of opportunities for women - and men - to unplug, share experiences and learn more about resources that support us all.
A Conversation with Chief Justice Cheri Beasley
WRAL's Mikaya Thurmand hosted a conversation with former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley in celebration of Women's History month on Thursday, March 25 at 1 p.m.
Beasley blazed a trail that includes being the first African-American woman in the North Carolina Supreme Court's 200-year history to serve as Chief Justice. She is currently a partner in the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP in Raleigh.
Beasley also served as an Associate Judge on the NC Court of Appeals and was a District Judge for a decade. Beasley and her husband Curtis Owens are parents of twin sons, Thomas and Matthew, who are college students. They are members of First Baptist Church in Raleigh.
This event was sponsored by the Southeast Raleigh YMCA Racial Equity and Community Engagement Committees.
YMCA of the Triangle WLRN Coffee Chats
Our new WLRN Coffee Chat series launches next month!
Mark your calendar for the first chat on April 8 from noon - 12:45 p.m. The series will provide an opportunity to have conversations with your colleagues on the topics you feel are important. Be sure to watch a personal message from Brett Scott, YMCA of the Triangle WLRN Co-Chair here.
The Coffee Chat time will be casual and fun. During the 45-minute chat, we encourage you to bring your lunch and come and go as you wish. We look forward to gathering on a regular basis and building our friendships and relationships with each other.
Help Us Create a Playlist
Do you have a favorite song that always gets you pumped up? Have you listened to a podcast that you can't stop recommending to your female friends? Share a song, podcast or something to read that you feel would benefit women in our YMCA. Just fill out this simple form.
On Monday, March 15, Shawna Murrie, Healthy Living and Group Fitness Instructor at the Northwest Cary YMCA led a gentle yoga session in honor of Women's History Month. Shawna began practicing yoga in her early 20s and started teaching nearly a decade later in 2010. Her study and personal practice are vinyasa, ashtanga and hatha based. She has a passion for helping others achieve their goals and enjoys uplifting your spirits.
On March 8, Y-USA's Women's Leadership Resource Network (WLRN) provided a virtual experience to connect, empower, and grow alongside your Y colleagues. This virtual experience has been cultivated to support women through these difficult times by providing tools and resources to support and weave together an invisible thread of solidarity among women across the Y movement. If you missed the sessions, don't worry.
Some highlights include:
- President of the World Alliance of YMCAs, Patricia Pelton shared a global perspective on how women have been impacted by the pandemic and how they've risen to create change. Listen here.
- Brittany Cole shared an inspirational message called Thrive Through It: Redefining Resilience to Lead Through Loss.
- The closing speaker was Nedra Tawwab. She spoke to the topic of Setting Boundaries to Find Peace. She shared tangible skills and tips on how to create boundaries to achieve work life balance and peace.
You must be logged into LINK to access these sessions.
Let's Get Social
You can continue the conversation about issues related to women in the YMCA. Join the YMCA of the Triangle's WLRN Closed Facebook page, Y-USA's WLRN Closed Facebook page and the Y-USA WLRN group on LINK.
Full-time staff members, don't forget to take advantage of your ME (Mindful Escape) Days designed to support you.