Newsletter No. 28 - March 2022
You're a Big Deal!
Women's History Month
A Personal Message from GWWN
Executive Director
 Mary Greene
Greetings Members, Partners and Friends,

I am delighted to welcome you to read our March Newsletter "You're a Big Deal", Women's History Month issue. We are excited to celebrate you. This educational newsletter is powered-packed to emphasize your importance, awesomeness, and highlights influential women and youth who are impacting lives. We are confident you will be inspired if you read this newsletter!

The world is in a critical state. When so much is beyond our control, we should focus on our thoughts, speech pattern ,and actions, what we can control. Therefore, as we celebrate, let's be mindful of three important things we need now are faith, hope and love!

Although we're experiencing hardships and facing crisis in many areas, I encourage you to hold on to faith, embrace hope, and exercise love. Believe things will get better. Also, tough and difficult times can promote positive changes. We are over-comers by maintaining a positive attitude which, helps to determine our altitude. For example, great inventions, problems resolved, relationships improved, and hearts healed through faith, hope, and love. Each of us is a "Big Deal" because we are empowered to change things. This is a very significant and awesome gift.

GWWN will continue to publish quarterly newsletters and Community Resources Newscasts, providing you with valuable and timely information. GWWN is attending collaborative and partnership virtual events, webinars, other events as announced, uplifting others, and responding to inquiries for research and information about the organization. We encourage you to register for these events and share feedback. GWWN welcomes all comments about the events you attend or watch.

Further, don't forget to connect with Greater Washington Women's Network (GWWN) on social media. We are frequently posting relevant information there.

I personally want you to know, "You're a big deal" to GWWN because of your connection, generosity, and touches which enhanced GWWN's success to impact lives. This year, we depend on your donations and continuous support.

Please stay healthy, safe, laugh, preserving yourself mentally and physically. Let’s keep the faith that we can gather soon. Since the pandemic is still globally devastating lives, GWWN will not host in-person activities and events.

In closing, know your value and worth, and daily celebrate. "You're a Big Deal!" Please do not forget to donate to GWWN.

Thank you,

A Timeless Connection
Mary Greene
"You're a big deal. Maximize your strengths, enrich your shortcomings, and see the light."

Women's History Month
This National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) 2022 theme confers that you are a big deal. It's because of your interests and contributions you've already achieved to assist others. Our gift of caring is profound. We will continue strive to provide healing and promote hope. Visit NWHA website to learn more to support this vision. NWHA
"You're a Big Deal!"
Yes, I am a Big Deal ...
I celebrate youth advocates and entrepreneurs. They are excelling in strength and exceptionally leading the way.
Greta Thunberg
Swedish-born Climate Change Activist
Greta Thunberg's activism began in her home with her parents. At age 15, August 2018, she started her public climate change movement by protesting on school days outside the Swedish Parliament to call for stronger action on climate change.

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Born in 2003, she has received several honors, awards, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, 2021, and 2022, Learn more from these sources:

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Ideas of ways to support her efforts.

Marley Dias
An American Activist and Writer
"Show Me the Books"
Marley Dias realized there was a problem with her education at the age of 10. Teachers continuously assigned books for her and other students to read about a “white boy and his dogs”. Her interest was sparkled about the need for books featuring black girls. She decided to collect 1,000 books starring black girls to send to the school her mother had attended as a girl in Jamaica.

She created the hashtag #1000blackgirls and the campaign ignited support for her. Source:
Reader's Digest with above photo:
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Marley was born in 2005. She is the author of "Marley Dias Gets it Done And So Can You", Marley Dias, 2019.

“Dias hosted her very first Netflix show that was revealed in September called "Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices". "Dias serves as the host and executive producer of the series, whose books and conversations center on themes of identity, respect, justice and action.” Source:

Above photo: Marley in 2019
Source: YouTube

Visit Marley Dias' website to learn more about her to support her mission.
Sonita Alizadeh
Afghanistan Rapper and Activist
"Girls Not Brides"
Sonita Alizadeh family considered selling her into marriage as a child to pay for her brother's wedding. She wrote “Daughters for Sale” and created a homemade music video in protest. Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami who was shooting a documentary about her life posted the video on YOUTUBE – and it went viral.

Alizadeh was contacted by the Strongheart Group, which offered her a student visa and financial help to come and study in the United States of America,

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Afghan rapper Ms. Sonita Alizadeh performs at the International Women of Courage forum.

Sonita uses music to spread her message to advocate against the practice of forced marriage.

Afghan activist Sonita Alizadeh named Girls Not Brides champion to end child marriage. Their vision:
A world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.

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Khloe Thompson
International Philanthropist
"Helping Homeless"
On a mission at nine-year-old, Khloe Thompson had a passion to help the homeless.

Taking actions, she started the Khloe Kares organization to help those in need. Handmade “Kare bags” containing three months’ worth of socks, toiletries, and menstrual products are distributed.

Read her inspiring story article in Reader's Digest :How a 9- Year- Old Girl Started Helping Homeless.

She is now a teenager, and the organization is still going strong.
Source: Reader's Digest with above photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Learn more about Khloe Thompson on her website and support her endeavor.
"You're a Big Deal!"
Yes, I am a Big Deal ...
Triumph Champions' leaderships and experience empowers me.
Drive To Wise-Treasurers
Protégé: Take Your Seat
Betty Marion White Ludden
A Golden Girl: An Incredible icon and trailblazer, who worked in the entertainment industry for more than seven decades died on December 31, 2021. Her life was shortened by a few days before reaching her 100 years old birthday. Betty's smile captured hearts of many people.
January 17, 1922 – December 31, 2021
Her comedian role on the "Mary Tyler Moore show," and later in 1985 her biggest role, as actress Rose Nylund in Golden Girls" were many people's favorites. As a pioneer, she was one of the first woman to work both in front of and behind the camera. She played other roles and was active in the community. White received eight Emmy Awards in various categories, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award. and Country Living

Mary McLeod Bethune
"My philosophy of education is the basic principle upon which my life has been built - that is the three-fold training of head, hand, heart. I believe in a rounded education with a belief in the dignity and refinement of labor - in doing well whatever task is assigned to me. A belief in a spiritual undergirting [sic] of all my efforts and a clear, sane mental development." Learn more

Mary McLeod Bethune's Home and resting place is located on the Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) campus, 40 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Contact BCU for a tour.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site,1318 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 Learn more about virtual tour.
July 10, 1875 - May 18, 1955

Mary McLeod Bethune- Daughter of former slaves, Educator, Civil and Women' Right Leader, Government Official, and Visionary
Thirsting for education, she attended and graduated from Scotia Seminary, a boarding school in Concord North.Carolina now known as Barber Scotia College.To become a missionary, she attended Dwight Moody’s Institute for Home and Foreign Mission in Chicago, Illinois, however no church was willing to sponsor her.

She envisioned educating younger Blacks Women; with $1.50 she opened the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in Daytona Beach, Florida on October 3,1904. Her school later merged with Cookman, all-man school becoming Bethune-Cookman University.

In 1935, she became the founding president of the National Council of Negro Women. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Site is designed for tours. She is an honoree featured in GWWN's "Women's History Month Newsletter, No 13, March 2016" issue. Also, learn more about her.

President Joe Biden: Two Women Generals to Lead Military Commands
U.S. Air Force General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost
Army General Laura Richardson
On the occasion of International Women's Day [March 8, 2021], US President Joe Biden on Monday (local time) announced the nomination of two women to lead the country's Military Commands. They will become the second and third women in the history of the United States Armed Forces to lead combatant Commands.
Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost is the 14th Commander of U.S. Transportation Command, one of 11 combatant commands in the Department of Defense. USTRANSCOM'S mission is to project and sustain military power globally in order to assure our friends and allies, deter potential adversaries, and if necessary, respond to win decisively.

Gen. Van Ovost graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. She also holds master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, and Military Arts and Sciences, and Strategic Studies from the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Prior to her current position, Gen. Van Ovost served as the Commander, Air Mobility Command.
General Laura J. Richardson is a native of Northglenn, Colorado and a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado. She was commissioned into the U.S. Army and trained as an Army Aviator. She holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

Over her career General Richardson has commanded from the Company to Theater Army level. She commanded an Assault Helicopter Battalion in combat in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), deploying her unit from Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Iraq 2003-04, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has also served in numerous staff assignments at a myriad of locations, including Military Aide to the Vice President at the White House in Washington, D.C., the Army’s Legislative Liaison to Congress at the U.S. Capitol, and at the Pentagon as an Army Campaign Planner.
Mary Greene
GWWN is proud to honor our distinguished executive director, Mary Greene for her commitment, untiring love, and remarkable leadership. She has a passion for uplifting others, assisting them to build confidence, and identifying untapped potentials. Under her leadership, GWWN has impacted countless women, men and youth to grow and develop through small acts that drive big dreams, achievements and changes.
GWWN Executive Director
2001 - Present (20 years)
Dynamic Persistence Influential Educator, Counselor, Leader, Writer, and Visionary

If you were to ask: "What are some of your principles for success?" It is likely she would say: "faith and believe in yourself, purpose, love and gratitude, peace and joy, initiative and leadership, mentor and mentee, networking, and service."

Mary declares:" it’s just as important to do your best as it is to be number one."

She affirms: "GWWN is small and powerful!"
Mary’s professional leadership experience over thirty-five years includes:Director of Counselor at St. Augustine’s University, facilitator at Shaw University, both in Raleigh, North Carolina and Counselor at Barber Scotia College, Concord, North Carolina.
Mary McLeod Bethune a Barber Scotia's graduate legacy was delineated throughout the college.This is where Mary Greene studied and admired trailblazer Bethune.

Mary provided services to the private sectors, churches, and government agencies. Academic Achievements: Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Livingstone College,Salisbury, North Carolina.

She has received several awards and recognition for her outstanding leadership and passion to inspire others. Her most recently honorable distinction was President Biden's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mary, GWWN thanks you for 20 years of service. Your love and unstoppable passion has transformed others to lead a more fulfilling life.
Above photo: Volunteer: Tracy Smith
GWWN Volunteers and Supporters
We honor you volunteers and supporters. You are a great asset to GWWN. In case you are unaware, GWWN is a members-operated without salary-staff and volunteers' organization. Your talents, contributions, donations, and love connection propel us to perform with confidence, touching and changing lives.
Comments like these confirms your impact is making a difference:
  • "Thanks to GWWN investing in me, I've been promoted."
  • "I always feel good when I am with GWWN. You make me feel special".
  • "GWWN helps me to keep my skills professional and sharp."
  • "As a small organization, you have a big heart and really care."

Your kindness goes a long way. We are grateful for all the things you do. Since GWWN's establishment in 1995, your deeds big and small are appreciated. You amplify our voices in priceless ways. During this Women's History Month and always, thanks to you, our passion moves forward to serve!
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You're a Big Deal !
Yes, I am a Big Deal ...
Promote education, and opportunities for women and youth, that's what I do.
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Youth Development

The Abramson Scholarship First-Year Award application is now open. This scholarship is granted to a qualified District of Columbia high school senior admitted to a four-year accredited college.

Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 4, 2022. Applicants will be notified in May whether they will advance to the interview round. is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up to date on the latest, youth-related news.

The Young Women's Project builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth.

Our mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs.

We believe in a future where all youth pursue their dreams, reach their goals, and acquire the skills and self-confidence to live a life of purpose, connection, contribution, and joy.

Community Engagement
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Community Assistance
Assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff with end-of-life care programs, foster care, community-based volunteer programs, hospital wards, nursing homes, and Veteran outreach centers.

How to sign up to be a volunteer and learn more.

Veterans Program and Services

U.S.Department of Education
Educational Resources Information Center
Students Loans, Grants, Laws, and Data

International Women's Day, March 8
Champion the cause for equity.
Learn more from these sources:
National Fed of the Bliind
You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.    

"The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams."

Career Employment

Various positions for the most critical roles to accomplish the mission.

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Contact Beverly Jones at FSC First

Commercial Loan Underwriter (SBA)
Contact D.R. Medley at FSC First


Upcoming Virtual Events
WIN's “Women’s History
Month Celebration”

Promoting and Sustaining
Hope for the Future

March 2, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Eastern Time

Guest Speaker
Brigadier General Felicia Brokaw, INARG
Assistant Chief of Staff, J4 (Wartime)

Flex Launch Boothcamp
March 3, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m Eastern Time
March 4, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The George Washington University
Professional Grant Development
Live Online Workshop
March 8 - 9, 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Hosted by Ginny Kathryn Yarborough



"We are making a difference
one life at a time".


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 (Indiana Eastern)
Where: Zoom

You are cordially invited to participate in our monthly Knowledge Sharing Events below via Zoom.

Wed, Apr 6 (1130-1230) - “ Sexual Assault! – G. Speaker Lisa Wilken, Advocate for Women Veterans

Wed, May 4 (1130-1230) - “Mental Health: What’s Changed Since 2020?” G. Speaker Kimble Richardson, M.S., Manager, Business Development & Referrals – Community Health Network   

Wed, Jun 1 (1130-1230)  - “Turning Tragedy into Triumph- Overcoming Obstacles in Your Life”- G. Speaker Andrea Carlisle - Community Engagement Coordinator, HVAF of Indiana

Wed, Jul 6 (1130-1230)  - “Boundaries, Values, and Networking” (Speaker Angela Demaree, DVM, CEO/Consultant)

WIN Contact Information:
Mary Aurtrey
Network Director
Indianapolis, IN

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Tuesday, May 3rd: 10:00 - 11:30am
Saturday, October 29th: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Johns Hopkins Medicine
A Women's Journey


7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Live one-hour Zoom conversations with Johns Hopkins on the second Tuesday of each month
Complimentary Registration required
March 8, 2022

What to Know About Diabetes?
April 12, 2022

Bone Up: Osteoporosis
May 10, 2022

You're a Big Deal!
Yes, I am a big deal...
I leave the younger generation a blueprint.
Vision. Impact. History
Celebrating What I am Doing to Live and Leave a Legacy
Women are always building legacies based on lifestyles, challenges, and dreams. These legacies sometimes are planned and seamless. GWWN is positive some of the subject topics and information in this newsletter reveal ways you are living and leaving a legacy.
Mary McLeod Bethune's Last Will and Testament
“Share my vision of a world of Peace,
Progress, Brotherhood, and Love.”
Mary McLeod Bethune's enormous accomplishments and impact profoundly inspired all nationality and generations. Her "Last Will and Testament" outlines a blueprint with declarations encouraging everyone to pursue the legacy. Here GWWN only includes the topic declarations statements.


Her final Will and Testament statements: "If I have a legacy to leave my people, it is my philosophy of living and serving. As I face tomorrow, I am content, for I think I have spent my life well. I pray now that my philosophy may be helpful to those who share my vision of a world of Peace, Progress, Brotherhood, and Love."

GWWN shares Mary McLeod Bethune's Last Will and Testament here (complete document) for your convenience. Please share. Learn more from these sources:
Women's History Month Newsletters
GWWN's 4 Past Issues
Educational information inspires, impacts, and last forever. We believe you will find encouragement, answers, or confirmation from these past issues.
Newsletter No. 13 - March 2016

National Women's History Month
Newsletter - No. 14 - March 2017

National Women's History Month
Newsletter -No. 16 - March 2018

National Women's History Month
Newsletter – No. 18- March 2019

You're a Big Deal!
Yes, I am a big deal...
I connect with others to share and motivate.
Encourage and Reassure
Condolences to All of You
"Although your heart is filled with sorrow and sadness
with our thoughts and prayers
there is healing that sees, feels and touches
to lift you up."
It's Your Day:

Good health
and best wishes to you now
and always.

To you from all of us at GWWN
Pearl of Wisdom
Women's History Month
6 Inspirational Quotes
and Poem
“Nothing will work unless you do.” –Maya Angelou,
an American author, poet and civil rights activist

"Tough times never last, but tough people do."
Robert Schuller, an American Christian televangelist,
pastor, motivational speaker, and author.

“The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don’t have any.
–Alice Walker, is an American novelist, short story writer,
poet, and social activist

“Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
–Helen Keller, an American author, disability rights advocate,
political activist and lecturer

" You're a big deal!
Maximize your strengths,
enrich your shortcomings, and see the light."
~Mary Greene, GWWN Executive Director

"Doubt is a Killer. You just have to know who you are
and what you stand for." –Jennifer Lopez, an American
singer, actress, and dancer

Your Gifts Look Good On You
    It’s not what we say
    It’s all about what we do
    You’ve made a difference
    for dreams to come true
    You’ve put your life on the line
    You are so kind
    serving and giving
    you make others shine.
    Your gifts look good on you!

~Mary Greene
GWWN, Executive Director
This Poem is dedicated to you, for all you do!

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