"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects" 

- Dalai Lama

Professional Dimensions is proud to join forces with YWCA Southeast Wisconsin (YWCA SEW) onThe Ripple Effect, our 2019-21 Charitable Fund Signature Project. Over our two-year partnership, we will work together to tackle economic disparities where racism and sexism intersect. Our members will immerse themselves in deep learning, equipping themselves with insights and tools to act as change agents within their spheres of influence. 

There are lots of ways to get involved in The Ripple Effect. Engage in learning and education opportunities to deepen your understanding of the issues. Support YWCA SEW's economic empowerment programs through volunteering your time and donating funds. Become an advocate for racial and gender equity to create lasting, systemic change. 

Here is how you can be a part of The Ripple Effect. 


Professional Dimensions All-Member Book Read (Fall/Winter 2019)
Read "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People" by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald. Purchase the book on your own, then join a small group book discussion in early 2020 to learn together. 

Local independent bookstore Boswell Books, located on Downer Avenue on the East Side, will extend a 10% discount on the book to our members. Copies of "Blindspot" will be placed on their Book Club wall (a hard right as you enter the store) and accompanied by a shelf-talker labeled "Professional Dimensions." To receive the discount, just inform the checkout desk that the book is for a registered book club. 

Reframing Reality Special Interest Group (SIG)
Attend a thought-provoking film or theater performance with other Professional Dimensions members, or learn together through reading and small group discussions to further your understanding of racial and gender inequity. For questions on the Reframing Realities SIG, contact Corey Zetts at corey@TheValleyMKE.org.

For more information on learning and education opportunities, please reach out to Yvonne Brodsky at Yvonne.brodsky@ge.com or Pat Gorence at pjgorence@gmail.com.

Empower the women directly served by YWCA SEW by volunteering in some of the following:

Women's Professional Image Program
Support a program that equips women with attire and skills to succeed in the workforce. Opportunities begin in November 2020. 

Professional Women's Breakfast Series
Participate in planning and presenting opportunities for a YWCA SEW program focused on women not generally offered professional development programs by employers. Stay tuned for other opportunities moving forward!

For more information on direct service engagement opportunities, please reach out to Kim Casey at Casey.kim.24@gmail.com.

Specific opportunities around these activities will be announced in early 2020 and beyond. You can start now by becoming educated on the issues by participating in our Learning and Education programs and events. 

For more information on advocacy initiatives, please reach out to Dominique Samari at dominique@p3developmentgroup.com or Sue Northey at sue@brandingbreakthroughs.com.


Pledge of Support
Start your own Ripple Effect TODAY by making a financial contribution or pledge! To donate online, visit professionaldimensions.org/SignatureProject. 

For questions regarding donating via United Way, please reach out to the Professional Dimensions office at 759 N. Milwaukee St, 404 Milwaukee, WI 53202. 414-374-3570. 

Sacagawea Awards
Attend, sponsor or volunteer for our 39th Annual Sacagawea Awards Dinner, to be held on March 12, 2020. Sign up for the organizing committee or become an event sponsor. 

For more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please reach out to Sandy Wysocki at swysocki@myqaas.com. 

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