Category: Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity

Upward Mobility in the Upstate

by Anna Brannigan on Nov 16, 2018

For one of our recent Facebook Live Fridays, we were joined by Faith Adedokun from the Network for Southern Economic Mobility (NSEM).  She and Courtney Thomas went live to discuss economic mobility in the Upstate.  NSEM is a group of Southern communities, formed in order to bring cities together and figure out how to move… Read more

Economic Opportunity

First Financial Friday: IRAs

by Nancy Jones on Oct 15, 2018

On September 7, 2018 WREN hosted one of its #FirstFinancialFridays, talking about saving for retirement with Eileen Stevens of Abacus Planning Group. The discussion answered many common questions about IRAs and 401ks and the best way to ensure that you will be able to live comfortably without working for the rest of your life. Watch… Read more

Economic Opportunity, Special Events

Call for Submissions: 2019 WREN Summit

by Eme Crawford on Oct 11, 2018

“If we continue on the current path, women will not receive equal pay to men until 2059… [A]nd if the rate of progress of electing women to statewide office continues at the same pace as it has since 1975, it will be 200 years before we reach gender parity in South Carolina. So what do… Read more

Economic Opportunity, Special Events

Give the Gift of Inclusion

by Courtney Thomas on Sep 27, 2018

Hey, there.   As the Upstate Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit approaches, I have a favor to ask of you. Yes, you, dear reader. When you join us at Furman on November 9th, you’ll get the opportunity to be an active voice and leader in group conversations and movement-building exercises. Together, we’ll be able to think through new… Read more

Economic Opportunity

Support Women in SC: Woman-Owned Businesses in the Upstate

by Courtney Thomas on Aug 29, 2018

After our Midlands and our Charleston blog posts, we probably don’t need to convince you that women-owned businesses are important, right? There are about 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the US—approximately 164,000 of those from South Carolina. And as always, they need our support. Here are some of the women-owned businesses in the Upstate that… Read more

Economic Opportunity

Support Women in SC: Women-Owned Businesses in the Lowcountry

by Sarah Nichols on Aug 29, 2018

Charleston, South Carolina is nationally praised for being a beautiful, unique city. But do you know what else it is? An up-and-coming hub for women-owned businesses. In 2011, Charleston County had the highest rates in South Carolina for women-owned businesses. Statewide, women-owned businesses bring in about $16 billion. As we can see, supporting women means… Read more

Economic Opportunity

The Glaring Pay Gap in Professional Basketball

by Carrie Lee Lancaster on Aug 21, 2018

It’s no surprise that a legacy of gender disparities continues in this country. A trending and polemical conversation has been ongoing about the gap between women’s and men’s earnings for years. The gender pay gap is prevalent at each stage of women’s careers, from entry-level to executive positions. And this pattern is no different even… Read more

Economic Opportunity

Financial Safety Online

by Guest Author, Laird Green (Abacus Planning Group) on Aug 3, 2018

For WREN’s First Financial Friday in August, we sat down with Laird Greene of Abacus Planning Group to discuss financial safety online. If you missed it, or you need a recap, you can watch the full discussion here:   And here’s Laird’s recap with some important tips: We continue to hear about major retailers and… Read more

Economic Opportunity

#FirstFinancialFriday: Traveling on a Budget

by Sarah Nichols on Jul 6, 2018

Now that it’s summertime, it seems that traveling is on everyone’s minds. And we can’t blame them. Because of this, we focused our #FirstFinancialFriday Facebook Live discussion on traveling on a budget. Thanks to Bethany Griffith and our friends at Abacus Planning Group, we were able to share with our followers insider tips and tricks… Read more