A WISE Move
OWL's cinderella story began when our plucky heroine
decided to ditch 9 - 5 and start a publishing business. She cut
her business teeth at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment
(WISE), an amazing organization that helps "lower-income, high
potential" women gain economic independence through becoming
entrepreneurs. Watch "Beyond One Woman" an original short
film produced by WISE and learn about our heroine's great leap and
others who found their entrepreneurial wings: http://www.womensinitiative.
A Hand Up ...
Not a Hand Out
OWL participated in the 2006 “World of Good
Auction,” which raised over $14,000 for Handup Congo! To learn
more about this amazing effort and the über-easy things you
can do to support it, check out: www.handupcongo.org
The View From Up Here
OWL is a featured guest on a live taping of The View
From The Bay on KGO-7. Our fearless leader - on a dare - took up
the challenge of composing an on-the-spot mini-narrative for the
hosts, Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang, en route to the show!
Now that’s what we call Workin’ It!
Hanging Out (At
Sea) with the Girls!
Our heroine gets wet and wild on The Tall Ship Academy's
three-day Women's Challenge. The challenge raises money for its
semester-at-sea program for teenage girls. To learn more about Tracy's
voyage and the program check out her article,
"Women Brave Wind and Rain in Women’s Challenge
VI" - http://www.tallshipacademy.org/pdfs/May2007.pdf.
Literacy is Our
We are passionate about advancing literacy worldwide.
Toward that end we donated a portion of our 2007 BEA sales to ProLiteracy
News WE Can Use
It's easy to complain about the news, but we decided
to do something about it! We're an Oakland-based start up, and as
such, we want to share all that makes this a great city and a great
community. Through a fortuitous connection we connected with Aimee
Allison, KPFA producer, writer, political analyst, and rebel-rouser
at the launch of her new community media venture: www.oaklandseen.com
(cool, huh!) Our IT girl, Tracy, now writes for the site. The focus
is on stories of people and organizations making a positive impact
and the response has been wonderful!
In other news, you know we have a bone to pick with
those who think "happily ever after" is just for married
(straight) folks! So, we've taken up the call and write a column
as the Oakland-Single-Women Examiner (for www.examiner.com). In
it, we break down the bunk of a notion that one ending fits all
and that only couples get to feel all soft and cuddly! It's fun,
it's light, and it might just give you a few cool ideas for a night
on your own - check it out!
Last, but not least, our tastes just can't be confined
to this or that, sometimes we need the freedom to break out and
explore a range of topics, from meditation to the meaning of fruit
salad. On said occasions we ramble on a site called www.hubpages.com.
If you want to know what we (and other writers) are thinking at
2:34am on any given Monday, check this site out!