Engage in the Giving Marketplace
In Partnership with One Bead (see below for more details)
Welcome to Women@Work’s social impact platform, Women-Helping-Women! This exchange is designed to forge connections between working women who have experience-driven advice to give (supply) and professionals seeking exactly that (demand).
To more efficiently and effectively facilitate these introductions, we’re partnering with One Bead—another Boston-based organization on a mission to catalyze change. One Bead empowers children worldwide by providing mentorship, education, and access to new opportunities through leadership programming. CEO and Founder, Sara Wroblewski, has joined our team of working women to lend her knowledge of nonprofit networking and help drive enduring relationships between Supply and Demand.
We hope you'll explore the Women-Helping-Women opportunity and scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more about One Bead and Sara!
Supply women are working women. They have unique skills and unparalleled experience. These women may be young professionals who qualify as experts in fields that didn’t exist ten years ago. They may be women who have persevered over time and built empires. Either way, these women are dynamic, diverse do-it-alls with an inherent desire to give back.
Demand women are everywhere. They are women in the non-profit world who catalyze change and forge new career paths. They are recent college graduates with unique skillsets and unmatched energy. They are risk-takers already in the working world–women who are familiar with the grind, but are considering a career leap in a different direction. In every case, Demand women seek mentorship and guidance while navigating the professional arena.
Supply, meet Demand
Whether you’re a non-profit CEO looking for advice on strategic planning, a recent college grad, or a working woman wanting to engage outside of your professional career, we’ve got you covered. Our mission is to thoughtfully and efficiently connect women across careers and to facilitate this information exchange via what we call “Office Hours.”
Introducing a pretty amazing group of Women@Work! You'll see the catalog of mentors includes a wonderfully diverse and rich set of resources that cover all major roles in all major industries. If you'd like to become a Women-Helping-Women mentor, we hope you'll apply here. If you're looking for a mentor, we'd love for you to be in touch and let us know how we can help.
Current Position: SVP and Principal, Strategic Accounts for Healthcare consulting and technology firm
Current Field: Healthcare/ Advisory
Office Hours: Sundays 6 - 8 PM
Home Base: Washington, DC, but always on the road
Can Offer: Career mentoring for Healthcare and Sales/ Relationship Management
To sign up for office hours with Martha, please fill out this brief questionnaire.
About the mentors
Our mentors vary in age, background, and expertise. While the women you see are unique, they share one thing in common: a commitment to donating time and resources to the economic advancement and self-reliance of women, in all of the forms that takes. Each woman featured is dedicating a block of time, or “Office Hours,” to virtually connect with and advise women globally.
Sign up for Office Hours
To sign up for a 30-minute call with one of our featured professionals, please submit your name and contact information. We’ll be in touch shortly after receiving your submission to learn more about you and facilitate an introduction.
Our goal is to make this a win-win for both Supply and Demand. As our network grows, so does yours! This is a great way of furthering your expertise and valuable contacts that can drive meaningful change.
Become a mentor
Are you a busy professional looking to make an impact? Would you be willing to take on a mentorship role outside of work? Would you like an opportunity to advise rising talent or offer pro-bono consultation to someone in the non-profit world? If, so, please fill out this brief questionnaire. We will be in touch soon!
Follow this link to visit our LinkedIn page. There, you will find a discussion board where you can post and respond to different volunteer opportunities.
Meet the (Introduction) Maker
My name is Sara Wroblewski. Five years ago, I was a college student with a cool story and an idea. A year after that, I was a recent graduate standing in front of a female executive, asking her to believe in that idea (and write me a check for my first salary). Today, I am the CEO and founder of the non-profit organization, One Bead. I am also the voice behind this page or, as I like to think of it, your Social Impact Sherpa.
My goal is to facilitate the introduction process between professional women and non-profit advocates creating more engaging and time-efficient conversations. If objectives and expectations are clearly established prior to meetings, no one’s time is wasted and both parties walk away with a sense of fulfillment.
A little bit about me…
I believe in giving back. The One Bead philosophy of empowerment through service learning is inspired by my own story of empowerment through philanthropy in Kenya. While there, I met a glassblower who built his company from the ground up, found success, and then felt an innate desire to give back to his own community. This is the kind of thinking that catalyzes real and sustainable change.
I also have a theory that a certain amount of personal growth can only happen in doing activities outside of what is expected of you. My non-profit work is rewarding by nature, but it would be remiss of me to consider my full-time job at One Bead a pure donation to society. So, I volunteer. When I set aside hours to help others and engage with causes outside of my own, I gain a better understanding of what it means to donate time and brainpower (a form of in-kind giving that my organization thrives on). I also find myself adapting new best practices and management methods from those I volunteer for and with. This kind of learning doesn’t always happen when you are the CEO of a two-person company headquartered in your living room.
I look forward to meeting you soon and introducing you to your next game-changer—a woman who will likely advise, maybe inspire, and undoubtedly encourage you to make a difference.
A little bit about One Bead…
One Bead’s mission is to prove that one student, just like one bead, can be a catalyst for change. We empower children worldwide by providing mentorship, education, and access to new opportunities through leadership programming. Due to institutional constraints, schools don’t always have the resources or time within a day to provide hands-on mentorship and empowerment. The One Bead Youth Leadership Program (YLP) was created to meet this need for outreach programing at the elementary level. We use service learning as a platform for social emotional skill development by giving students $1,000 grants and challenging them to use that money to make a difference locally. To learn more about One Bead, I hope you'll visit our site at onebead.org.