A North Miami based nonprofit celebrated the community’s women in honor of Women’s History Month by educating them and empowering them to find stable employment.
Ladies of Valor Empowerment or L.O.V.E, hosted the workshop on March 22 to help women in the area. The organization’s founder, Alourdes Pierre, said more than 50 women came to the event to learn how to seek employment, how to construct a résumé and the importance of their appearance during the job interview process.
“With women empowerment, I think it’s the first step to ending poverty,” she said. “In time, when they get employment they will be able to take care of themselves, take care of their families and that will in turn reduce crime and poverty.”
The event, which was free and open to the public, took place at Holy Cross Lutheran School, 650 NE 135th St., in the school’s auditorium. The women visited about five vendors, who handed out food samples, goodie bags and information pamphlets. The vendors included South Florida Work Force, State Farm Insurance and Whole Foods.
Isabelle Jean-Paul, a resident, attended the event to support the organization but was pleasantly surprised to find out that a component of the event was to help women seek employment. She’s a recently laid off security guard and former teacher, but wants to go back to school to become an educator. She said the event gave her hope.
“This is my first time here. I enjoyed the love they displayed and the togetherness they displayed. They promoted people to better themselves,” Jean-Paul said.
The guests listened to four community members who spoke to them about the importance of wellness, fitness and appearance when going on a job interview. Make-up artist Rory Lee, founder of Simply Beautiful makeup line, showed the women the best makeup to wear for interviews.
One of the speakers, Enid Conley, an assistant professor in the Johnson & Wales College of Business, spoke on women being “Women Warriors,” which she described as a mother, sister, grandmother, doctor, teacher, policewoman, etc., who fights against poverty and oppression.
“I understand women and I am a woman of color,” said Conley. “I am so proud to be a part of this group and this event is needed because women are sacred. If people don’t realize that women are sacred then we will never evolve.”
Florida State Representative Daphne Campbell (D-Dist. 108) attended the event. She said that she will work diligently to help L.O.V.E and organizations like it so that work like this in the community can continue.
“I think it’s a very good thing that I stand behind an organization like this so Tallahassee will recognize what they are doing and they will get involved with whatever dollars they have,” said Campbell, who traveled from the Tallahassee the day before just to attend the event. “Organizations like L.O.V.E. impact the lives of women. We have to keep them going.”