Women's Employment Network
920 Main St.
Suite 100
Kansas City MO 64105
Three WEN clients chat with Director of Program Services, Lynnette Williams
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 822-8083
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 Ms. Megan McCurdy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Stinson Leonard Street LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Financial Summary
Revenue Expense Area Graph

Comparing revenue to expenses shows how the organizations finances fluctuate over time.

Source: IRS Form 990

Net Gain/Loss:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.
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 a vision of advancing the lives of women, their families, and the Greater Kansas City community, one woman at a time. Our signature programming is uniquely structured to meet the varying needs and skill levels of women in all stages of employment: those who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off, new to the job market or seeking to re-enter the workplace. With a unique focus on personal responsibility and self-confidence, this program offers a comprehensive approach that includes: assessments, resume development, interview strategies, financial education and job search assistance. WEN also offers Financial Coaching and is designated as a Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Financial Opportunity Center (FOC). As an FOC, WEN provides bundled services of employment coaching, financial coaching, and income supports
WEN's strategic approach promotes the overall economic wellness of clients, focuses on helping them to build pathways for securing livable-wage jobs, and provides credit-building tools and financial education; together, this education leads our clients toward long-term financial stability. While WEN's activities have always been centered around helping women find work, there's more to economic wellness than just employment. Over the past several years, Women's Employment Network (WEN) has made significant strides in helping women in the Kansas City metro area become financially literate, take control of their budgets and start their own businesses. These strides can, in part, be attributed to the strength of the OneKC for Women alliance that was created in 2009. The alliance brought together the Women's Employment Network, Women's Capital Connection (WCC) and Women's Business Center (WBC) to create an umbrella organization wherein women all across the region could access resources needed to advance their financial success.
WEN operates on a fiscal year from July 1st through June 30th and is led by an active 18-member board of directors composed of experienced business people and community volunteers. WEN provides social support services, referrals, training and financial coaching to help women and families who depend upon them.
Impact Statement

WEN is proud to work with economically disadvantaged Kansas City women in their efforts to establish financial stability through ongoing employment. WEN promotes the overall economic wellness of women in Kansas City and focuses on helping clients secure livable-wage jobs as well as providing credit-building tools and financial education.

  • WEN's 2016-2017 fiscal year saw major growth both in terms of fundraising and programming. The $425,000 grants goal was exceeded by over $23,000, and the Annual Luncheon raised $381,970 and was the most successful Luncheon in the organization's 30 years of existence
  • 185 new jobs were reported from graduates of WEN's Signature Five-Week Program.
  • 662 client participated in employment-related services.
  • The Financial Education and Credit Building program served 203 clients.
  • 850 people attended workshops.
  • WEN program staff handled an average of 131 clients per month.
  • 247 employment referrals.
Needs Statement

WEN’s most pressing needs to help us better serve our clients are the following:

  • Funding to support our Employment Preparation and Career Transition Training Program, our core program and the heart of our mission. Our 2016-17 program budget is $790,024.
  • Funding to support the Financial Coaching and Credit Building Program, a successful offering that promotes the overall financial wellness of WEN's clients.
  • 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 ($10-$20), flash drives (2GB or less), gift cards to professional clothing stores (Kohl's, Lane Bryant, Catherine's Macy's), and gently used professional, current professional clothing in good condition.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
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement


The Employment Preparation and Career Transition Training Program is WEN's longest-running program. We are able to uniquely structure our programming to meet the varying needs and skill levels of all women and also meet them where they are - beyond our traditional parameters - through an on-site five-week program, customized individual programming, and WEN on the Road. In the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year, WEN's goal is to serve 750 clients with our signature programming, which includes: Employment Preparation and Career Transition Training, Skill-Building Workshops, Direct Special Assistance, Alumnae Professional Development/Outreach, and Financial Coaching and Credit Building.

Program Budget $790,024.00
Category Employment, General/Other Employment, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Females,
Short-Term Success

WEN Client Metrics:

Program Goals for 2017-2018:
  • Number of new clients: 500
  • Average wage of WEN client: $12.75
  • Job Search Lab visits: 1500
  • Number of Workshop Attendees: 635
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 Women's Employment Network 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 Biz-Trakker, a client management system, allowing staff to create frequent reports, examine data and determine both areas of strength and need.

WEN's Employment Services Representative 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 2016-2017 fiscal year (ending on June 30, 2017), WEN served 662 individuals through our signature Employment Preparation and Career Transition Traning program.



While finding employment after being out of work for an extended period is critical to WEN clients, knowledge of money management is essential for ongoing success and economic security. Women work with WEN's Financial Coach who conducts an initial financial assessment and helps them determine steps necessary for them to regain control of their finances. The Financial Coach assists clients in building a budget and also reviews their credit reports, giving advice on how to address collection, past due payments and judgments. WEN is designated as a Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Financial Opportunity Center and all financial coaching services are conducted according to this nationally proven model.

Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success

Short-term outcomes for the previous program year are listed under the header "Examples of Program Success." Since this program is still in its infancy it is difficult to anticipate short-term client outcomes, but in 2016-2017, achieved the following outcomes:

  • 203 clients received financial services
  • 42 increased their credit score
  • 47 decreased their debt
  • 26 increased their net worth
  • 51 increased their monthly net income
Long-Term Success

Long-term success will be evidenced by clients paying off their debts and building healthy credit. LISC reports that in their Financial Opportunity Center network, 50% of clients see improvements in their net income. WEN hopes to exceed this standard long-term.

Program Success Monitored By

The Client Services and Financial Coach is responsible for compiling data that reflects both clients' financial profile at intake, as well as their progress in building credit as time goes on. While the Client Services and Financial Coach meets with clients monthly, it can take many months to see any improvement in one's credit score. For this reason, progress is tracked on a biannual basis through pulling client credit reports, and will include the client's credit score, number of active lines of credit, number of accounts currently in collection, and total amount of debt held.

Outcome tracking abilities have increased since WEN became a designated LISC Financial Opportunity Center in November 2013. As an FOC, WEN is required to enter client data into the Biz-Tracker database. This captures a detailed picture of client finances, income, and employment information.
Examples of Program Success

In the 2016-17 program year, WEN provided Financial Coaching and Credit Building services to 203 clients, 42 increasing their credit score, 47 decreasing their debt, and 26 increasing net worth.

Tracy first met with WEN's Financial Coach because she and her four children were desperate to move out of a family member's house into one of their own. The Financial Coach helped Tracy make a credit action plan and began dispute inaccurate information on her credit report. Within a year, by finding employment and focusing on financial goals Tracy was able to achieve her goal and move her children into a rental townhome.

In just over a year, Tracy has accomplished amazing things. Her past due debt has been cut in half, and she has also increased her credit score over 100 points by disputing inaccurate information, paying off debts, and paying her car loan and student loan on time every month.

CEO Comments

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Sherry Turner
Term Start June 2009

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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Ms. Pam Mann July 2005 - Dec 2006
Ms. Mary L. Saulque July 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 Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 94
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 90%
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.

Women's Employment Network 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, Blue Hills Community Center 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
CEO Comments

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Megan McCurdy
Company Affiliation Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email megan.mccurddy@stinson.com
Board Members
Anab Abdulahi AXA Advisors, LLC
Janice Blansit Johnson County Community College
Colleen Browne CommunityAmerica
Phyllis Collins The Collins Network
Kathleen Dodd Lifewise Renovations
Kiersten Firquain Happy Food Co.
Glenda Friesen Black & Veatch Corp.
Sonia Garapaty FSC, Inc.
Kayden Howard The Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Angela Hurt Veracity Consulting, Inc.
Kimberly Jones Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC
Victoria Kandt Victoria Kandt and Associates
Teresa Kellett Google Fiber at Google
Lily Maxwell Global Prairie, LLC
Megan McCurdy Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Stacey Paine Crown Center Redevelopment Corp.
Jen Regas Hallcon
Cyndi Swall Executive 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 15
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 18-member 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, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $995,024
Projected Expenses $1,054,024
Form 990s
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 6/30/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$67,183
Investment Income, Net of Losses($12,622)$36,701$53,762
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$282,137$348,788$355,030
Revenue In-Kind$13,000$13,000$14,710
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$757,046$708,468$632,006
Administration Expense$99,186$111,968$98,484
Fundraising Expense$137,605$137,747$195,459
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.070.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%74%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%15%27%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$843,679$957,951$905,239
Current Assets$446,155$546,516$860,188
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$61,078$95,252$78,178
Total Net Assets$782,601$862,699$827,061
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.305.7411.00
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 over the past five years, 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.
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 Ms. Megan McCurdy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Year of Incorporation 1986