About WAW

Mission: "Helping women reach their full employment and earnings potential."


Women At Work was founded in 1979 by three visionaries - Betty Ann Jansson, Marge Leighton and Barbara Burke.  The organization began by offering a resource room equipped with job listings and library books on women’s employment as well as holding seminars and workshops on career fields and career planning classes. Over the past three decades, WAW has provided job skill training, employment preparation and job search services to thousands of job seekers.

Today, the focus of WAW is to provide online career and employment resources and financial support.  The website is designed to guide women to the resources they need to obtain the employment opportunities they seek.   WAW online website will connect women to as many resources as possible, whether they are working for a corporation and seek advancement, looking for career changes, or seeking to become their own boss.

Additionally, the Women At Work Endowment Fund will provide funding to other non-profit organizations that can serve women in more challenging circumstances.


Melinda Carmichael,  President
Sr. Vice President, Investments UBS Wealth Management

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Uma Shrivastava, Vice President/Treasurer
Retired, Sr. Vice President Bank of America

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Vera Teller, Secretary
Ph.D. Professor, Cal State University, Dominguez Hills

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Barbara Martinoff
Retired, Chief Mgmt. Analyst City of Los Angeles Department of Airports

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Marsha Rood
Principal, Urban Reinventions

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