Black women’s org aims for a 24th century in modern times

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A decades-old women’s organization has been creating tools for Black women to become strong leaders in society, and has no intention of slowing down.

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A decades-old women’s organization has been creating tools for Black women to become strong leaders in society, and has no intention of slowing down.

The League of Black Women, a non-profit organization around since the 1970s, offers services targeted uniquely to Black women.

The organization provides leadership coaching resources, Web seminars, annual conferences, and other services to its three primary targeted audiences: black women, corporations and black consumers.

“We want to level the playing field for black women towards new leadership in modern times,” Sandra Finley, the league’s president and chief executive officer, told the Defender.

Since the organization’s inception, their mission has been to help Black women excel in their workplaces, homes, and the world. They aim to guide the women in reaching their maximum potential so they can shape the world they live in.

“I think we have an amazing potential for connecting our community in the same way the internet connects us, we share ideas, we give each other encouragement and then we gather and focus on the issues in our society that can help advance our potential,” she said.

Finley said in today’s world, Black women are seen as “second or third” chair.

“We live in modern times so in the times of our society there are innovations with health, but healthcare we don’t always get, politics and we’re not always elected, the innovations in technology and relatively few of us are recognized for our participation in that industry,” she said.

LBW continues to remain one step ahead of what’s possible for Black women by looking into the future.

“[Black Women] are prepared and ready to lead, and in some situations we are leading, but not recognized for our leadership. So in the 24th century –– idealized –– we’ll be as prepared, maybe more, but we’ll actually be recognized for our leadership contribution,” Finley explained.

She stressed for the Black woman to succeed she must step out of her comfort zone and have “genuine relationships” with people.

“What we want to do is give women a que to start thinking beyond the boundaries of the network you have,” she said, “and if you want more you’re going to have to know and be known to more people.”

The league encourages its members to not only find success for themselves but to lend a hand to others.

It recently launched the “Bring a Girl into your World” mentoring program in Chicago Public Schools. One hundred league members each mentor a 6th- to 8th-grade girl in the school district.

“We want to get them before they get into high school; give them some ideas that might influence how they think about performing in high school,” said Finley.

For more information about the league, visit www.leagueofblackwomen.org.

Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender

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