Mission: "Helping women reach their full employment and earnings potential."
BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN AT WORK
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
Melinda Carmichael is a recognized financial services wealth management expert. Since 1983 she has served an array of clients with investment advice and wealth management strategies—successfully working through various market cycles and tumultuous markets. Clients trust her straightforward approach and thorough analysis of the array of investment opportunities available in the marketplace.
As Principal at Savant Wealth Management (a separately identified practice at UBS) and Senior Vice President with UBS Financial, Melinda’s deep knowledge of the array of available wealth management products and services enables her to specialize in sound general wealth strategies, investment consulting, socially responsible investing, and retirement and legacy planning. Her background includes extensive experience with professionals and business owners whose busy lives and complex financial situations require expert advice.
Prior to joining UBS, Melinda was Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor with Morgan Stanley where she spent more than 25 years cultivating extensive client relationships, while building wealth and providing strategic investment advice.
Forbes named Ms. Carmichael #164 on its 200 Top Women Wealth Advisors list for 2017. In 2009-2015 Ms. Carmichael has been recognized by Barron's Magazine and attended its prestigious Top Women Advisors Conferences in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Melinda has actively supported Women at Work for many years. She is a founding member of the Advisory Council, Benefactor's Circle, and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors.
She and her husband Chuck have been married since 1984 and they have two children, Matthew and Ashley. Melinda and Chuck live in Simi Valley, and they enjoy entertaining, traveling and scuba diving.
Uma Shrivastava, Vice President/Treasurer
Retired, Sr. Vice President Bank of America
Uma Shrivastava is an award winning entrepreneur, minority and female small business owner as well as a Financial Services Executive whose professional banking career extended over 20+ years. Most recently, Uma served as Senior Vice President at US Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Previously, Uma held numerous positions including assignments as Consumer Market Manager and Premier Banking Market Manager with Bank of America serving the Greater Los Angles Area.
Prior to her career in the Banking industry, Uma founded and managed a Corporate Travel Agency for more than 20 years in Pittsburgh, PA with prestigious clients such as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
More than 25 years ago, Uma also founded La Canada Books and Toys, a local retail store dedicated to offering educational books and toys for families in the community. Among other accolades, the store has been acknowledged for its continued support in donating 10% of its text book and core literature sales revenue to local PTA’s in the Unified La Canada School District.
Uma was invited to join the Women At Work Board of Directors in 2008. Since joining the organization, she has held many leadership positions including Chairperson of the Development Committee, member of the Governance Committee as Treasurer, as well as President of the Board of Directors.
In addition, Uma has been active in the nonprofit sector serving as the Treasurer of USC Medical Faculty and Friends Association, Board Member for La Canada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and member of the Finance Committee for the League of Women Voters in Pasadena.
During her long professional and volunteer career, Uma has received numerous awards, most recently Business Person of the Year from La Canada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Uma’s current business and nonprofit interests include financial services for women and seniors; non profit Board Consulting for Fund Development and Governance.
Uma enjoys travel, Maj Hong and Bridge.
Vera Teller, Secretary
Ph.D. Professor, Cal State University, Dominguez Hills
Vera Teller, Ph.D. is coach, lecturer, and author whose core purpose is to educate, prepare, and motivate students through college to competitively apply for and succeed in careers post-college.
As a coach, Vera works one-on-one with high-school and college students outlining the steps to take in college to prepare for pursuing a career after graduation.
As a lecturer, Vera is on staff at California State University Dominguez Hills in the College of Business Administration and Public Policy. Her professional career spans over 25 years’ experience in business, management, and information systems as Director of Systems and Programming for Safeway (Vons) and Trader Joe's, consultant for EDS, and Program Manager for WellPoint.
Vera is author of the book, “Check It Off! Pave Your Way through College To Career” - an excellent resource for high-school students entering college and a great read for parents too! Check It Off! shows readers what they need to do in college to prepare themselves to seek employment and obtain a career once graduated. Check It Off! provides a checklist of activities for each year of college to prepare the student for a career and to help him or her answer the three most important questions:
1. What do I like to do?
2. What do I want to do?
3. What does the world need?
This book is a quick, easy read that uniquely focuses on the activities students should pursue duringcollege rather than after college. Check It Off! provides a proactive approach to career planning that steers the student to explore activities in preparation of a career and career direction.
Vera is a frequent conference speaker. She has been a speaker for Pasadena Community TV Channel 56 on unemployment issues. She also spoke at the Project Management Institute chapter conferences, Business Analysts conference, Los Angeles Quality Assurance conference, and Chinese American IT conference on societal factors that created barriers to women advancing in the work- place.
Vera serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary for Women At Work; a non-profit organization helping all people reach their full employment and earnings potential. Vera wrote and managed the strategic planning process for 2011 – 2014.
Vera holds a Ph.D. and MA from the Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organization Development, an MBA from California State University, Los Angeles, specializing in business information systems and has certification from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in data communications, microcomputer and LAN support. She is PMI certified since 2000.
Retired, Chief Mgmt. Analyst City of Los Angeles Department of Airports
Her City career as a manager spanned over various city departments such as Human Relations Bureau, Mayor’ Office - Office Urban Development, Community Development Department, Board of Public Works, and Department of Airports in areas such as grants administration, strategic and long-range planning, community outreach programs and contact administration. She was active outside of her city employment with various non-profits Boards, a non-profit school, Foundations and large organizations such as the LA Marathon and March of Dimes throughout her career.At Women at Work, she has held various volunteer positions such as Vice President of the Board and chair of the Work Development Committee where she worked with other board members and staff to increase revenues through grants, individual donor programs and various fundraising events to support the education and resource programs for our clients.
Principal, Urban Reinventions
Marsha Rood served as the City of Pasadena’s Development Administrator from 1982 – 2000, and was responsible for a nationally recognized program of redevelopment and economic revitalization for Downtown Pasadena. She more recently served as the Community Development Director of the City of Culver City and principal of her own company, Urban Reinventions. Ms. Rood was the recipient of the International Downtown Association’s Downtown Achievement Award, the first National Main Street Centers’ Great American Main Street Award, and the Local Government Commission’s Livable Community Award for Old Pasadena. Ms. Rood is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a graduate of Stanford University and USC.
As part of her community work, Ms. Rood founded the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association, is President of the Los Angeles Region Planning History Group, a Deacon of thePasadena Presbyterian Church, a member of Pasadena Rotary Club, and of various revitalization committees for the Playhouse District and Old Pasadena.