A MESSAGE FROM OUR CONFERENCE PRESENTING SPONSOR:
U.S. Bank is honored to be the presenting sponsor for the Sierra Nevada Region Conference. We are proud to partner with Soroptimist in their efforts to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
At U.S. Bank, we are focused on being a good corporate citizen and closing the gap between people and opportunity in local communities across the country. We do this through our commitment to economic development, financial literacy, the environment and sustainability, diversity and inclusion and employee volunteerism and service. Last year alone our employees volunteered nearly 1000 hours to area non-profits. Community Possible is our corporate giving and engagement platform and is focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. We also believe all people deserve the opportunity to dream, believe, and achieve.
The building blocks that made our country great – a stable job, a home to call your own, and a community connected through culture, recreation, and play – continue to be at the heart of possibility for all of us. We invest our time, resources, and passion in economic development by supporting efforts to create stable jobs, better homes, and vibrant communities.
I am proud to work for a company that gives back to the communities in which it does business. Over the last 3 years, U.S. Bank has invested more than $26 million in the Northern California Region and over $430,000 in the Northern Nevada region through grants, corporate giving, non-profit sponsorships and tax credit investments. Our employees care deeply about the communities where they live and work and are generous with their time and resources, volunteering and serving on boards across northern California.
U.S. Bank Region President
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Soroptimist means “best for women” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.
Throughout history and still to this day, women throughout the world face obstacles solely because of their gender. They disproportionately suffer from poverty and discrimination. It’s for this reason that Soroptimist, an organization of and by women, chooses to focus on the special challenges facing women and girls.
Soroptimist International Sierra Nevada Region represents over 1400 members in 54 clubs located from Sacramento to Yreka in California and all of the state of Nevada. In addition to providing women and girls with access to an education, these clubs and our members also participate in the global organization-wide programs.
Our Work and Impact
Our years of experience working with women and girls has taught us that education is the key to unlocking economic empowerment of the world’s women and girls. When women and girls are educated, they have opportunity, choice and power to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.
How We Do It
Our Dream Programs are primarily delivered locally by our clubs and members in 21 countries and territories. They provide the muscle and on-the-ground work that make our programs come alive.
Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
Through this program Soroptimist clubs provide girls who come from difficult circumstances with guidance, training and resources that will prepare them for career success. We intervene at just the right time to put girls on a path to a brighter future.
We are growing a new wave of volunteers and activists through our online platform, LiveYourDream.org. Our supporters are raising awareness about some of the most serious challenges facing women and girls, and helping to promote access to our Dream Programs.
Education is the key to gender equality, which has yet to be achieved anywhere in the world.
- 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. (Amnesty International USA)
- 1 in 4 high school-age girls in the United States does not graduate. (National Women’s Law Center)
- Of single mothers under 30, only 7% have finished college in the U.S. (The Shriver Report)
- Women earn $.52 to every $1 earned by men (global average). (World Economic Forum)
We work to empower women every day.
At Soroptimist, we are all about empowering women and girls. But what does that really mean?