Women’s Initiative Hires New York Executive Director; Opens Offices in Lower Manhattan

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Women’s Initiative for Self Employment announces the addition of Antonia Bowring as Executive Director of their newly established location in New York City.

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With Antonia at the helm, I know that Women’s Initiative will continue to make a difference in New York and serve more and more women.

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Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, the nation’s leading microenterprise training and funding organization, announced today that Antonia Bowring has joined Women’s Initiative to lead the organization in New York City. In addition, the organization has secured office and training space at 22 Cortlandt Street in Lower Manhattan.

For 25 years, Women’s Initiative has provided high-potential, low-income women with the training, funding and ongoing support to start their own business and become economically self-sufficient. The women who go through the organization’s training program significantly increase their income and assets while launching businesses, creating jobs and contributing to thriving communities. After successfully helping thousands of women in the San Francisco Bay Area, last year Women’s Initiative began providing its small business training services to women in New York City.

Bowring joins Women’s Initiative as executive director, New York and brings years of nonprofit management and microenterprise experience to the organization. Most recently, Bowring was chief operating officer of the Open Space Institute (OSI), a land protection and policy organization. Prior to OSI, she worked in strategic and management consulting for nonprofits such as Acumen Fund and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and for for-profit companies such as Neuberger Berman and CIGNA. She started her career working on microenterprise trends at the World Bank, and then developed the entrepreneurial training program at Women’s World Banking. She currently sits on the boards of ioby (a crowd sourcing platform for community projects) and Hot Bread Kitchen (a program which trains immigrant women to become bakers and run a commercial baking business). Ms. Bowring holds a BA from the University of British Columbia, an M.Phil from the University of Sussex, and an MBA from McGill University.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Antonia’s nonprofit management expertise, microenterprise knowledge and passion for making an impact on women’s lives and their communities to lead Women’s Initiative in New York City,” said Liz Hamburg, chair of Women’s Initiative’s New York board. “With unemployment and poverty at record highs for women in New York City, Women’s Initiative can make a big impact on job creation and poverty alleviation. With Antonia at the helm, I know that Women’s Initiative will continue to make a difference in New York and serve more and more women.”

In 2012, Women’s Initiative offered two 11-week small business training courses in Brooklyn and Manhattan and 23 women graduated from the course. In 2013, the organization will offer five classes, with a cohort of approximately 18 women in each class. Classes are currently being offered at partner sites, including NYCHA and CUNY Kingsborough College, but soon will also be offered at Women’s Initiative’s New York offices at 22 Cortlandt Street.

For more information about Women’s Initiative and for a schedule of classes, visit http://www.womensinitiative.org.

About Women’s Initiative
Women's Initiative for Self Employment provides high-potential, low-income women with the training, funding and ongoing support to start their own businesses and become financially self sufficient. The women who go through our program significantly increase their income and assets while launching businesses, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. We have urban hubs in San Francisco and Oakland to serve women throughout the Bay Area and are now offering our business training services in New York City.

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