Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Honors Graduating Class from Women’s Empowerment Services Program

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit held its 5th Annual Flip the Script ‘Still I Rise’ Women’s Empowerment Services Brunch on Saturday, May 14 at Andiamo’s in downtown Detroit. The event honored and celebrated the successes and journeys of the Flip the Script Women’s Empowerment Services graduating class.

The brunch, supported in part by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and Verizon, featured a presentation of team awards and address from keynote speaker, Khalilah Burt Gaston. As a Program Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Gaston is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities for positive systemic change within communities across the state. Gaston encouraged the crowd of more than 100 attendees to always love themselves and never be ashamed of their journey.

The Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Flip the Script Women’s Empowerment Services started in 2009, mirroring the highly successful and well respected Flip the Script Male Empowerment Program. Flip the Script Women’s Empowerment Services continues Goodwill’s rich tradition as a leader in the workforce development industry. Still I Rise is a direct response to a call requesting more holistic, outcome focused, programming targeted to aid young single mothers and women coping with trauma and difficult past life experiences.

“We embrace the women in our program the second they walk through that door and engage with them in ways that help them identify and address the hidden root causes, obstacles, and barriers that have been adversely affecting their lives,” said Jennifer Rincones, Women’s Empowerment Services Program Manager. “Participants learn that just because the past didn’t turn out the way they would have liked doesn’t mean their future can’t be better than they imagined.”

The Women’s Empowerment Services program is open to women residing in Detroit/Wayne County, 16 years of age and older, low-income, or when court ordered. All you need is a willingness to learn. The 9th cohort recently just started. The 10th class will begin in July. If you’re interested in becoming a participant or would like more information, please call (313) 557-4834.

“You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.” Dr. Maya Angelou

View more photos from the ‘Still I Rise’ event.

(L – R) Keith Bennett, Flip the Script Director; Lorna Utley, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s President and CEO; Felicia Hunter, Executive Vice President – Employment & Training Division; Jennifer Rincones, Flip the Script Women’s Services Program Manager.

(L – R) Keith Bennett, Flip the Script Director; Lorna Utley, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s President and CEO; Felicia Hunter, Executive Vice President – Employment & Training Division; Jennifer Rincones, Flip the Script Women’s Services Program Manager.

Khalilah Burt Gaston from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation delivered the keynote speech.

Khalilah Burt Gaston from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation delivered the keynote speech.