Announcements – Racial Justice Job; Minority Fashion Entrepreneurs Workshop; Women Innovate Mobile; Trans Friendly Health Center

RETAIL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Macy's Workshop Logo

We received this email from Macy’s promoting their retail development program:

We’re excited to introduce a Macy’s program designed just for business owners: the 2012 Macy’s Workshop!
Macy’s has developed the Workshop, a retail development program designed to give multicultural and/or women business owners the tools to better succeed. Macy’s is committed to helping diverse retail vendors grow within the industry, and after a successful program in 2011, the 2012 Workshop is shaping up to be even more exciting!

The Workshop is a once-a-year, 4 ½ day training course for up to 20 participants.

According to their site:

Macy’s is in the business of fashion and is committed to aggressively pursuing business opportunities with innovative multicultural – and women-owned retail vendors. This commitment not only serves as a way to cultivate new talent, but as a way to contribute to the fostering of business development in the ever-expanding communities we serve. The Workshop is a comprehensive retail vendor development program designed to give select
high potential multicultural and/or women business owners the tools to better succeed and sustain growth in the retail industry. [...]

The Workshop at Macy’s will provide you with:

*An exclusive program located at Macy’s Herald Square Corporate Offices in Manhattan, New York, designed by Macy’s senior level merchants and learning and development experts
*A unique learning opportunity with courses taught by retail experts and accredited faculty
*Exposure to successful multicultural and women business owners
*Interaction with experienced merchants, industry leaders and private brand specialists
*An opportunity to network, collaborate and engage with fellow aspiring vendors

The Workshop at Macy’s offers a comprehensive program that includes classes in:

*Strategic planning
*Branding
*Merchandising and assortment planning
*Sales and marketing
*Access to capital

The workshop is FREE but you will have to pay your own travel to NYC and lodging if accepted. Interested? Apply here; deadline is January 22nd, so hurry!

Jobs in racial justice, women innovate mobile, and info on a health center catering to transgender clients after the jump.

WORK FOR ARC

Friend of the blog Applied Research Center (the think tank that publishes Colorlines) is hiring!

Online Marketing Associate

http://www.idealist.org/view/job/ZkS49JKFtN2D/

Posted on: January 5, 2012
Posted by: Applied Research Center (ARC)

DESCRIPTION
The Applied Research Center (ARC) is racial justice think tank using media, research, and activism to promote solutions. Our mission is to popularize racial justice and prepare people to fight for it. ARC publishes Colorlines.com, a daily news site offering award-winning reporting, analysis, and solutions to today’s racial justice issues. We are a dynamic national organization with offices in New York City and Oakand, CA. The Online Marketing Associate (OMA) will work closely with the marketing and communications team and with the broader staff on promoting ARC and Colorlines.com through email marketing, social media, and organizational websites, and set up internal systems to track and anayze the success of these marketing efforts.

Responsibilities
Coordination of ARC’s email marketing, including managing schedule, identifying and implementing best practices, managing database, and marketing lists, including list segmentation and implementing strategies to grow email lists.
Development and coordination of overall ARC and Colorlines.com social media engagement strategies across Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.
Manage the ARC website (www.arc.org). This includes updating website content and graphical elements.
Coordinate tracking system for marketing analytics and results driven evaluation of our marketing efforts.

Desired Skills and Qualifications
Understanding of and experience with harnessing online marketing and communications tools, with particular emphasis on email marketing
Demonstrated understanding of creating impactful social media engagement strategy, ideally in a nonprofit environment.
Experience managing website content and familiarity with basic web design and HTML. Joomla experience a plus.
Experience in creating a system for tracking and analyzing marketing analytics that will help Marketing and Communications Director, Communications Manager, and other staff make continuous improvements to marketing and communications efforts.
Strong communication and project management skills.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple projects.
Must thrive on innovation, teamwork, and particularly understand the dynamic and sometimes unpredictable nature of the nonprofit, activist, media environment.
Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and progressive social change and experience working in a multiracial organization.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit cover letter, resume and short writing sample to spena@arc.org.

The position is based in NYC.

NEW COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

TRANS:THRIVE COMMUNITY DROP-IN CENTER TO HOST OPEN HOUSE IN NEW LOCATION

TRANS:THRIVE, a community drop-in center serving San Francisco’s transgender community, is hosting an open house to introduce the public to its new location at 730 Polk Street. The drop-in center provides social support and HIV prevention services to transgender people of all ages, races and ethnicities. Offerings include counseling, case management, regular group activities and HIV testing.

The new location offers stronger security and safety for clients as well as more convenient access to the Wellness Clinic, a free community health center also located at 730 Polk Street. The Wellness Clinic is equipped with medical staff trained in transgender health. Open House attendees will have a chance to meet with staff and learn about the array of services available to the community, including an exciting city-wide HIV prevention collaboration slated to begin in January 2012.

The diverse TRANS:THRIVE staff and volunteers will present a brief program describing their services and facility. They will also introduce the new HIV prevention collaborative, funded by San Francisco Department of Public Health. Collaborating agencies include Instituto Familiar de la Raza, EL/LA and Native American AIDS Project.

TRANS:THRIVE community drop-in center is at the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, 730 Polk Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

WOMEN INNOVATE MOBILE

Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) is the first startup accelerator and mentorship-driven program designed for women-founded companies in mobile technology. WIM’s goal is to provide women entrepreneurs with the guidance, feedback and connections needed to make their startups best in class companies and formidable business concerns.

Apply today! WIM is accepting applications for its first class of startups until February 1, 2012. WIM is a three-month mentorship driven accelerator program and our first program is taking place in New York City (March 26 to June 29). Our companies will receive $18,000 in funding, free office space, product development and design support, mobile-marketing promotions, and access to an incredible network of mentors, funders and advisors. In exchange for our investment and services, we receive a 6% equity stake in each company.

2012 WIM Accelerator Program Schedule:

February 1 – Application Deadline
February 15 – Selection of companies for final interviews
Week of February 20/27 – Interviews
March 1 – Selection of participating companies
March 26 – WIM Accelerator start date
Mid-June – Pitch/Demo Day
June 29 – WIM Accelerator end date

Deadline is Feb 1, apply here.

  • Felicia.

    Latoya, I can’t help but think that posting what amounts to a “greening” (or “racial-cleaning”) of a multinational that treats workers poorly, buys sweatshop materials and is responsible in many places for gentrifying and/or pushing out small business, was a poor decision on your part.

    • Anonymous

      The Macy’s post? Hmm…I can honor that critique, everything you said is true. My decision in posting it was to pass on a free resource I was notified about in case someone in this community sees it fitting with their personal goals. It doesn’t serve as an endorsement of their practices, but I can see why it would be disconcerting.

      • Felicia

        Thank you for posting it and for your honesty.  I see your point about “personal goals” but I personally don’t see how racial justice is ever compatible with the big corporations that make up capitalism.  Their goal is to create an underserved labor pool, and they sell materials by making people feel insecure, invalid, etc.  Many times this dovetails with racism and other forms of prejudice.  OK, i’ll stop my rant now.

        • Anonymous

          Well met. Here’s where I struggle with this – there are folks who read here who believe in going outside of the system to create change and some who believe at working through. If there is underrepresentation in retail spaces by WoC owned suppliers, the Macy’s program is one way in which they want to rectify. If someone is in that space, it’s helpful. What I can do is add this Q to the site survey we need to do. Our hands aren’t exactly clean here (corporate ads pay the bills) so I think we need to have a convo about corporate stuff and the R, particularly as many of these free programs will come from corporations because they have the cash.