Washington Women’s Weekly is dedicated to helping professional women achieve their greatest potential through the guidance, leadership and inspiration of other highly accomplished women. The philosophy in creating this venue is to connect powerful women in Washington, DC with the next generation of trailblazers. Research shows that highly successful professionals reach their potential through mentors, role models, networking and knowledge. Washington Women’s Weekly combines these tools to help women move into the upper echelons of businesses and organizations as well as becoming enterprising entrepreneurs.
Creative, commanding and dynamic, women are changing the workplace. According to statistics:
- The number of women with six-figure incomes is rising at a much faster pace than it is for men. One in six women, in the metropolitan region, earned more the $100,000 last year, the second highest ration in the nation behind San Jose.
The Washington Post, October 7, 2010
- The earning power of young single women has surpassed that of their male peers in metropolitan areas around the U.S., a shift driven by the growing ranks of women who attend college and move on to high-earning jobs.
- The Wall Street Journal, September 9, 2010
- Women now earn 62% of college degrees earned every year and over half of all PhD’s and professional degrees.
- Nearly 50% of working women hold managerial and other professional positions.
- The number of women-owned businesses is growing at a rate of almost 23%, two and a half times faster than the growth number of total businesses.
- Women make 80% of buying decisions in American homes. Center for American Progress, 2010
While these statistics represent imminent changes within the workforce and throughout women’s lives, Washington Women’s Weekly welcomes your ideas, recommendations and thoughts. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on twitter at WomensWeeklyWDC.
Founder Judith DeLeo Willson brings a personal and passionate perspective to the importance of professional mentoring and networking. She has more than 20 years experience as both an entrepreneur in co-founding a management consulting firm and as a senior executive for such global companies as Bernstein Global Wealth Management, a unit of AllianceBernstein L.P., Unisys Corporation and Arthur Andersen LLP.
“As women are gaining more education, rising to leadership positions within their careers and balancing work and personal lives, alliances among women are critical, as well as a venue that understands, informs and promotes professional women.”
Judith realized the importance of networking early in her career. She has been actively involved in many business-related organizations, as well as non-profits that support the development of women that include:
- Corporate Ambassador to Morocco with the North Africa – Middle East Partnership Initiative of the U.S. Department of State.
- Co-chair of the Global Leadership Awards for “Women Changing our World” at the John F. Kennedy Center for Vital Voices Global Partnership.
- Member of the Corporate Diversity Taskforce that developed mentoring and achievement programs for Unisys Corporation worldwide.
- Founder of the Executive Women’s Financial Forum bringing together 200 women in meetings on capital markets and investment strategies.
- Leadership positions on boards or committees in various organizations such as Capital Speakers Club, Innocents at Risk, Second Chance Employment Services and Columbia Women’s Hospital.
Judith graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and double-major in accounting and foreign management. She studied French and International Relations at the Universite de Dijon, France and has held SEC securities licensing in Series 7, 31 and 66.