GW4W launches first white paper!
As some of you may know, I’m heavily involved with a new non-profit called Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W). The idea for this organization was first introduced (as many good ideas are) during drinks over dinner at a conference. Each of us at the dinner were very engaged with health and wellbeing in one way or the other, and all of us women. We realized that there were some gaps in the research around women’s health and wellbeing and, in addition, we were individually struggling with keeping our own health and wellbeing in check with busy work schedules, travel and family commitments. And so, after many follow-up phone calls, frank discussions, market research, and soul searching, GW4W was born.
In late October 2016, we launched our little non-profit in Washington, DC, then throughout 2017 hosted a series of events across the country to better understand the diverse needs of women leaders in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. A special thanks to all of you who attended some of these events and gave needed early support during GW4W’s first critical year! Your attendance at these events, donations from early sponsors and membership fees helped us to incorporate, set up a website, buy needed technology and most importantly, invest in our first research project.
I’m thrilled to share with you, “Caregiving, Leadership, and Financial Wellbeing: Connecting the Issues that Hold Women Back.” This white paper is informed by a fairly exhaustive literature review that investigated the range of issues facing women today.
Our research addresses three gender issues that women face globally and how they intersect with one another: serving as a caregiver, managing a competitive career and achieving (and maintaining) financial wellbeing. These issues each have significant impact on women’s overall health – often negative – yet are often addressed separately and distinctly from each other. Part of GW4W’s mission is to understand and address these gaps by leveraging and connecting a diverse group of people to work on these problems together.
What is next for GW4W? The world! We launch events this year in Japan, Argentina, and are incorporating in Singapore. We are also hosting and attending many, many events in the U.S. I am particularly excited about a one-day event we are planning in San Francisco later this year that will be specifically focused on health and wellness in design, but also on the health and wellbeing of women in the design industry.
Please check out our white paper and download it HERE. I welcome your thoughts and ideas and hope to see you at our next event in a location near you!
Leigh Stringer is a workplace strategy expert and researcher. She works for EYP, an architecture and engineering firm and is the author of The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line.