Free Webinar Series Helps SC Workers Impacted By Pandemic

Nell Fuller

Nell Fuller

femme x COLUMBIA continues free weekly webinars offering work-from-home tips and important financial information

April 15, 2020 – Columbia, SC. Since femme x COLUMBIA launched a series of free weekly webinars offering resume and interview guidance, unemployment information and work-from-home tips, it has been overwhelmed by the response from webinar participants and the local community.


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“Every day we learn of another area where workers are significantly impacted and we’re just so thankful that we can provide this service and get the information to the community quickly,” stated Nell Fuller, Partner and Co-Founder of femme x COLUMBIA. “When we launched the femme CULTIVATE series three weeks ago, we knew we were bringing valuable information to Columbia to help workers not only survive this pandemic, but to grow throughout the process. We continue to add topics as we recognize the need for them, and we are realizing that Columbia needs this information now, today, so our goal is to put the sessions together quickly, with the appropriate experts, in a comfortable, casual yet professional setting.”

femme x COLUMBIA has already offered webinars focused on improving resumes, perfecting the interview, and work-from-home tips. Deputy Director of the City of Columbia Economic Development Kay Hampton served as a panelist in Monday night’s session on working from home. “This session acknowledges the significant adjustments that come with working from home, especially during this time of social distancing and home schooling,” stated Hampton, “Our hope is to let our community know we are all in this together, and we can continue to learn from one another and adjust as our environment requires.”

Webinars are each Monday at 7PM and are free to attend. Next Monday’s webinar is entitled “We Are In This Together: Unemployment 101.” In this session, attorneys Samantha Albrecht and Elizabeth Millender of Cromer Babbs Porter & Hicks law firm specializing in employment law will inform participants about SC’s unemployment laws, criteria and filing processes and pandemic-related benefits and exceptions.

“This webinar series is incredibly valuable,” commented Debi Schadel, Partner at Flock and Rally. Schadel attended Monday’s session and was very impressed by the quality of the program. “This information is critical at this time of uncertainty about the long-term impacts of the pandemic. Our community is coming together and supporting one another unlike anything we’ve seen before at a time when we need it the most.”

Stephanie Isaacs

Stephanie Isaacs

femme x COLUMBIA has also identified a need for financial information among the community and is responding with a financial webinar series. The first session in the financial series is being offered this Thursday, April 16, 1-2 PM, and is being led by OPTUS Bank’s President & CEO Dominik Mjartan and Vice President of Lending Jessica Addison.

“It is critical for women and people of color to have equitable information about how to protect, preserve, and scale business considering COVID-19 and the upcoming recession,” stated Stephanie Isaacs, Partner and Co-Founder of femme x COLUMBIA. “Our financial experts will discuss alternatives that exist for small businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs: modification programs, lender relationships, and coverage from regulators. A significant amount of time will be spent reviewing SBA programs, how they work, and where to start.”

Register for femme x COLUMBIA webinars at https://www.femmecapital.com/pages/femme-x-cultivate.

About femme CULTIVATE

femme X COLUMBIA has launched the femme CULTIVATE series to provide a platform for people to participate in professional development workshops and connect with a community to support and help them work, socialize, revitalize, cultivate, and fuel. Each week, femme X COLUMBIA will host a Zoom webinar with a different expert(s) from the Greater Columbia area to lead a conversation on topics that women in the community have expressed interest in.

This community space is especially necessary amidst the social isolation and distancing that COVID-19 requires. As people commit to social distancing, many women are losing access to their communities and support networks at a time when community is essential to wellbeing. We invite all people to take part in the femme CULTIVATE series and join the femme X COLUMBIA community.

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