(Minneapolis – October 23, 2020) – As women of all ages seek additional support and community to navigate COVID-19, there’s one Minnesota-based non-profit organization rising to the challenge. TeamWomen, a professional development group and its sister organization, Empower Leadership Academy, a group devoted to cultivating the future generations of female leaders, has experienced an increase in involvement from corporations, sponsors and participants.

As a result, TeamWomen announces the addition of two team members to support its growth:

  • Jen Huber, Interim Director of Outreach | Empower Leadership Academy. Huber brings more than 14 years of experience with multiple leadership roles at Dale Carnegie Training and will focus on developing and expanding opportunities for Empower Leadership Academy.
  • Jodi Vannett, Grant Writer. A non-profit veteran, Vannett will be instrumental in securing grants for TeamWomen operations and programs.

“This year has been extremely difficult for many, but it’s also been an important time for women to realize the power of their personal and professional networks. This is where TeamWomen shines,” said Katy Burke, TeamWomen Executive Director. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve received national interest and participation in the hybrid and virtual programs we offer that allow women and girls to connect, grow and be inspired. As we build our plan for 2021 and continue to position ourselves for growth, Jen and Jodi are imperative to help diversify and expand our operations.”

TeamWomen and its sister organization, Empower Leadership Academy, both rally around a common mission of helping girls and women rise together. Both groups offer holistic programming focused on mental wellness, resilience, confidence and leadership.

Both TeamWomen and Empower Leadership Academy were the brainchild of Pam Borton, ICF senior executive coach and winningest coach at the University of Minnesota Women’s Golden Gopher basketball program.

TeamWomen, co-founded in 2012 by Borton and Twin Cities attorney Linda Hopkins, encourages and supports women in reaching their full potential through mentoring, educational programs and networking opportunities. In 2015, Borton leveraged her real experience, certifications in emotional intelligence, positive psychology and wellbeing and launched Empower Leadership Academy. The curriculum and content was developed with a unique emphasis on providing tools to develop all competencies of leadership skills and social and emotional learning for girls in grades 5 through 12 with group academies and one-on-one training.

TeamWomen boasts a membership of more than 600 and has impacted more than 12,000 professional women through its programs. Empower Leadership Academy has positively impacted the lives of more than 1,525 girls in grades 5 through 12.

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ABOUT TEAMWOMEN

TeamWomen and its sister organization, Empower Leadership Academy, is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization with a mission is to “Inspire Women to Rise Together.” The group is guided by its three pillars of Leadership Development, Mentoring and Youth Empowerment. Founded in 2012, TeamWomen has grown to more than 600 members. Visit teamwomenmn.org or empowergirlsacademy.org to learn more.

(Minneapolis – October 19) – The TeamWomen Board of Directors has approved the acquisition of Empower Leadership Academy for Girls, effective January 1, 2019. Together, the group will rally around a common mission of helping girls and women rise together.

Both non-profits were the brainchild of Pam Borton, the former University of Minnesota basketball coach who has dedicated her career to empowering girls and women. TeamWomen, co-founded in 2012 by Borton and Twin Cities attorney Linda Hopkins, encourages and supports women in reaching their full potential through mentoring, leadership development and networking opportunities. In 2014, Borton launched Empower Leadership Academy for Girls with a unique emphasis on leadership development for girls in grades 5 and above through group academies, half or full day.

To date, TeamWomen boasts a membership of nearly 500 and Empower Leadership Academy for Girls has hosted more than 30 academies around the country for more than 1500 girls.

“I created these two organizations with one goal in mind – to support and enable girls and women to accomplish anything with confidence,” said Borton. “Now, we are excited to bring together two like-minded organizations and remain committed to providing women and girls the skills they need today to conquer the world tomorrow.”

“This acquisition allows us to explore and connect what’s possible from the classroom to the boardroom,” said Katy Burke, Executive Director of TeamWomen. “We can now maximize opportunities to engage and inspire more girls and women across the country!”

 

ABOUT TEAMWOMEN
TeamWomen is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization with a mission to “Inspire Women to Rise Together.” Founded in 2012, TeamWomen has grown to nearly 500 members. Visit https://teamwomenmn.org/ to learn more.

ABOUT EMPOWER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR GIRLS
Created in 2014, Empower Leadership Academy for Girls inspires, develops and empowers our next generation of female leaders through interactive programs. Visit http://empowergirlsacademy.org to learn more.

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