Women's Employment Network
920 Main St.
Suite 100
Kansas City MO 64105
Lynnette leading a class of women in the five-week curriculum
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 822-8083
Fax 816- 841-0262
Mission Statement
To assist women in raising their self-esteem and achieving economic independence through sustained employment. WEN's vision is to advance positive change in the lives of women, their families and the community, one woman at a time.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sherry Turner
Board Chair Angela Hurt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Veracity Consulting, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
  • Make a donation (kcwen.org/donate)
  • Join our Legacy Circle (kcwen.org/LegacyCircle)
  • Volunteer (kcwen.org/Volunteer)
  • Hire a WEN Graduate (kcwen.org/HireaGrad)
For additional information, please contact Erin Cole at (816) 595-1297.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To assist women in raising their self-esteem and achieving economic independence through sustained employment. WEN's vision is to advance positive change in the lives of women, their families and the community, one woman at a time.
Background Statement WEN was founded in 1986 with the goal of helping women, especially the long-term underemployed, transition back into the workforce and become economically self-sufficient. Founded by legendary Kansas City leaders, Marjorie Powell Allen and Beth K. Smith, WEN's mission is to help women raise their self-esteem and achieve economic independence through sustained employment. Since our founding, WEN has continued to work toward the mission and vision of its founders and has played an important role in the professional growth of women in Kansas City. WEN's strategic, holistic approach promotes the overall economic wellness of our clients, focuses on building pathways to securing livable-wage jobs, and provides credit-building tools and financial education, leading women and their families toward long-term financial stability. WEN’s program helps women build action plans for success and guides them through the job search process. Through a proven curriculum, our experienced program staff guides clients on a path of self-discovery that creates self-acceptance, empowerment, and self-confidence. This program runs for five weeks, eight times per year, and its curriculum helps clients develop tools and goals to achieve employment and financial stability. In addition to our on-site program at WEN, we offer a variety of services to help each woman build a set of job search skills that enable her to shape her future on a strong new foundation. These services include one-on-one financial coaching and resume reviews, on-site skill-building workshops, and WEN on the Road. WEN on the Road is an initiative launched in October 2017 that adapts to the growing need for our services and expands beyond our traditional service venues. Through WEN on the Road, we are able to offer both financial and workforce development workshops with our community partners to make the broadest and deepest positive impact possible on the lives of women who may not be able to travel to WEN’s office in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. WEN on the Road has led to enhanced community partnerships and greatly expanded WEN’s outreach.
Impact Statement For over three decades, WEN has provided high-quality, much-needed services in the Kansas City metropolitan area. WEN believes that when you give women the support to build a foundation for their futures, potential, and well-being, you also strengthen the foundation for the entire community. WEN's holistic approach aims to help women reach their fullest potential beyond unemployment, underemployment, and cyclical poverty not only by helping them find work, but assisting in the development of personal strengths, understanding and realizing attainable goals, guiding through the debt reduction process, and helping build healthy credit and personal finance skills over time. WEN served 746 clients in the 2018-19 program year, including the five-week curriculum, financial coaching, customized services, and WEN on the Road; and program staff handled an average of 108 clients per month.
Needs Statement
  • Become a monthly donor of $10/mo. to support our program and services, the heart of our mission.

  • Impact a community of women by joining the Legacy Circle. Legacy Circle donors make a three-year commitment at the Visionary, Founder, or Legend Level.
  • VISIONARY $42/mo: Your gift ensures one woman reaches her financial goals and supports her family by meeting with a WEN Financial Coach
  • FOUNDER $84/mo: Your gift allows five women to fine-tune their resumes and engage in mock interviews so they can feel more confident in their job search.
  • LEGEND $250/mo: Your gift empowers an entire class of women to land their dream jobs by going through WEN’s holistic training program -- including unlimited and ongoing support.

  • Human Resource professionals from local corporations to volunteer and assist WEN clients with resume development/writing as well as to help WEN clients practice their interviewing techniques with mock interview sessions and to teach workshops on personal development and workplace topics.
  • Padfolios, bus passes (31 day: RideKC), QuikTrip gas cards, flash drives, gift cards to professional clothing stores (Kohl's, Lane Bryant, Catherine's, Macy's). These donations fill an area of need and make it possible for all of WEN's clients to look polished when interviewing for jobs
Service Categories
Employment Preparation & Procurement
Job Training
Human Services NEC
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
WEN offers a program that helps women build action plans for success and guides them through the job search process. This program runs for five weeks, eight times per year and its curriculum helps clients develop tools and goals to achieve financial stability and secure employment. Key components of this program include:
  • Career Exploration
  • Creation of Essential Job Documents
  • Interview Strategies and Mock Interviews
  • Assessment & Case Management
  • Custom Job Search Assistance
  • Financial Coaching
  • Special Assistance
  • Alumnae Professional Development
Program Budget $853,890.00
Category Employment, General/Other Employment, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Program Goals for 2019-2020:
  • 750 total clients served
  • Total active clients each month: 125
  • Average wage of WEN client: $12.75
  • Job Search Lab visits: 1500
Long-Term Success Through structured and personalized career guidance, WEN creates positive change in the lives of women who struggle with social, economic and educational barriers to employment. WEN's efforts help women discover their own abilities, gain employment and build a better future. Long-term success resulting from this program involves women building self-sufficiency and overcoming poverty. A self-sufficient program graduate will have addressed barriers to employment and sought resources to address these barriers, gained sustainable employment and set financial goals that prepare them for a stable future.
Program Success Monitored By While WEN staff are consistently reminded of the impact of this program by client feedback and success stories, it is essential that client outcomes are tracked and evaluated to give a broad and complete perspective of WEN's program results. WEN collects data through intake forms and monthly program statistical summaries, with all information is entered into SourceLink, a client management system, allowing staff to create frequent reports, examine data and determine both areas of strength and need. WEN's Director of Employment and Client Services tracks the progress of women who successfully complete the program for at least one year by following up with graduates and verifying employment every 30 days for 12 months.
Examples of Program Success During the 2018-2019 fiscal year (ending on June 30, 2019), WEN served 746 individuals through our on-site program, customized services, financial coaching, and WEN on the Road.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Sherry Turner
Term Start June 2009
Experience With a variety of experiences from corporate management to business development to entrepreneurship, Sherry Turner serves the Kansas City metropolitan area in a leadership role with the Women’s Employment Network, the Kansas Women’s Business Center, and the Women’s Capital Connection. Mission alignment of these organizations creates financial independence for women in our community through sustained employment and the advancement of women business owners in all stages of their businesses. Branding this new alliance of nonprofits focused on women was launched in June 2009 as OneKC for Women. Previously, Ms. Turner was Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Turner believes Kansas City is a great place to grow a business and she is committed to making the Kansas City bi-state region a stronger entrepreneurial economy with a talented workforce. Managing a workforce of 1,100, Ms. Turner was instrumental in conducting the 1990 Census on a national operations level as well as one of seven processing offices located in Kansas City. The Resolution Trust Corporation then recruited her to develop a regional program for records management, which to this date was the largest records undertaking in the history of the U. S. Government. She then relocated to Los Angeles to assist in opening a new office to handle the large volume of the 1980’s bank and savings and loan closures. Entrepreneurial ventures include management consulting in the corporate sector and enhancing applied academic programs through promoting work-based learning opportunities for academic institutions throughout the Midwest. Ms. Turner also worked for the KC Area Development Council and The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce as a Business Information Specialist and held several management positions in the corporate sector. Ms. Turner holds a B.S from Northwest Missouri State University and is a native of Kansas City.
Former CEOs
Ms. Pam MannJuly 2005 - Dec 2006
Ms. Mary L. SaulqueJuly 2007 - Jan 2009
Senior Staff
Title Vice President of Programming & Services
Experience/Biography Lynnette has 26 years with Women's Employment Network.  She has oversight of WEN's program and services which includes supervision of the program staff to ensure that case managers follow proper procedures during client screening, assessment, and the referral process.  She coordinates and manages volunteers assisting with client resume writing and mock interviews.  Lynnette oversees the staff and volunteers who teach the supplemental workshops in our program.  Lynnette is the primary facilitator and teaches our five-week core Employment Readiness & Career Transition training program.  She is responsible for the collection and tabulation of program client statistics and evaluation data which is reported to the WEN Board on a monthly basis. 
Title Chief Development Officer
Title Director of Employment and Client Services
Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 224
Retention Rate 90%
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 9
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

WEN has a number of strategic partnerships with the intention of enhancing the services offered and avoiding the duplication of efforts in the Kansas City area. One of WEN's primary partnerships is with the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, which helps WEN ensure individualized support and case management remain essential elements of WEN's Signature Programming.

WEN has a number of strategic partnerships with the intention of enhancing the services offered and avoiding the duplication of efforts in the Kansas City area. In 2009, WEN joined with Women's Business Center and Women's Capital Connection to form the OneKC for Women alliance, which has increased the range of resources available to WEN's clients, including entrepreneurial options. These partnerships ensure WEN clients have access to a variety of resources, including business and professional development experts, employment professionals, and connections to the entrepreneurial community.

WEN also has ongoing referral partner relationships with a number of local agencies including the Rose Brooks Center, New House, Safe Haven, Hope House, the Housing Authority of Kansas City, and many others.

Social Action AwardMidwest Sociological Society2004
Local Practitioner AwardNational Employment Counseling Assoc.2004
Advancing the Status of Women AwardSoroptimist International2003
ResolutionMissouri House of Representatives2009
The 2011 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership AwardSupport Kansas City2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Angela Hurt
Company Affiliation Veracity Consulting, Inc.
Term July 2018 to June 2020
Email angela.hurt@engageveracity.com
Board Members
Anab AbdulahiAXA Advisors, LLC
Janice BlansitJohnson County Community College
Colleen BrowneCommunityAmerica Credit Union
Phyllis CollinsThe Collins Network
Katheen DoddLifewise Renovations
Kiersten FirquainHappy Food Co.
Glenda FriesenBlack & Veatch
Sonia GarapatyFSC, Inc.
Angela HurtVeracity Consulting, Inc.
Kimberly JonesSeyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC
Victoria KandtVictoria Kandt and Associates
Teresa KellettGoogle Fiber
Stacey PaineCrown Center Redevelopment Corp.
Jen RegasHallcon
Cyndi SwallExecutive Coach and Women's Bliss Mentor
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 1 African, 1 Asian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments Women's Employment Network is governed by an active Board of Directors. It is composed of experienced business people and community volunteers that act as advisors in areas that relate directly to the organization's mission and needs. WEN's board recruiting strategy specifically seeks area women and men who can help advise in areas of human resources, employment, education, finance, law, advertising, technology, and fund development. As a result, WEN has a board that is capable of overseeing all aspects of management and governance of the organization. Board members may serve for two consecutive three-year terms. They are asked to attend no fewer than 75% of meetings, serve on committees or subcommittees, carry out assignments from the Board Chair, make a personal financial commitment, assist with fundraising, attend WEN's events, and promote WEN's mission in the community. Active committees consist of Executive, Finance, Fund Development, Board Development, Marketing, and Programming. WEN remains strong in our collaboration with social service agencies and non-profits that provide complementary resources to address our client needs. We continue to stay true to our vision without creating redundant programs that our sister organizations already provide. Our Financial Opportunity Center designation is a community initiative we are proud to be a part of and see unlimited potential and outcomes for the women we serve. Additional collaborations with Operation Breakthrough, Blue Hills Community Center, Ivanhoe and Amethyst Place have been implemented. We have provided our employment and financial workshops to these organizations and at times have been challenged by their attendance level. We will continue to work towards a solution that can address client barriers.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $1,068,524
Projected Expenses $1,068,524
Form 990s
2018 WEN 990
2017 WEN 990
2016 WEN 990
2015 WEN 990
2014 WEN 990
2013 WEN 990
2012 WEN 990
2011 WEN 990
2010 WEN 990
2009 WEN 990
2008 WEN 990
2007 WEN 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$13,460$7,169($12,622)
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$339,625$343,276$282,137
Revenue In-Kind$40,115$15,000$13,000
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$791,978$734,270$757,046
Administration Expense$104,740$103,484$99,186
Fundraising Expense$162,918$142,854$137,605
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.150.990.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%75%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,054,681$860,198$843,679
Current Assets$488,025$421,996$446,155
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$60,327$49,173$61,078
Total Net Assets$994,354$811,025$782,601
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.098.587.30
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The Women's Employment Network continues to remain in a strong cash position, as well as add to our Board Designated Fund in support of our sustainability for years to come. We have maintained a conservative budget since 2009, balanced our budget each year, and increased between 3-5%. This has been our intentional effort to ensure market fluctuations that might decrease revenues for some of our funders does not put our organization in jeopardy. Our Finance Committee remains diligent in monitoring our cash flow and sources of revenue in concert with our Development Committee and the full board of directors. We are appreciative of the confidence our funders and how they relate to us and will continue to serve women in our community as our core mission.
Other Documents
Annual Report2018View
Annual Report2017View
Annual Report2016View
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2014View
Organization Name Women's Employment Network
Address 920 Main St.
Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 822-8083
Contact Email info@kcwen.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sherry Turner
Board Chair Angela Hurt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Veracity Consulting, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1986