Networking organization for Black women in Nebraska planning second Omaha event

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 4:40 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A local organization supporting Black women in Nebraska is growing.

Nebraska Black Women United held its inaugural event this summer, and another meeting has been set for next week. That event will feature information on financing for the future.

Carmen Tapio is the president and CEO of North End Teleservices — and the driving force of the organization she sees as a mechanism for transformative networking.

“It enables us to have education opportunities, inspirational opportunities, and access opportunities; as well our careers, our lives, our journeys — and we can’t do it by ourselves,” she told 6 News.

Dozens of Black women agreed this summer’s first meeting of NBW was a success, and organizers are hoping to continue to help with the personal and professional grown of Black women in our communities.

“It was just so powerful to be in a room with so many Black women that were connecting, that were re-connecting. You know, we’ve been apart for each other through COVID,” Tapio said. “We started with 200 women that attended the first event. We now, in our database, have nearly 500 women that have become members of Nebraska Black Women United. And our goal was to connect 1,000 women across our state, so we’re almost there.”

Tapio said it’s important that Black women have the opportunity to be together, to network and have conversations, and to share stories.

“I think we are so much better when we are united,” she said. “We don’t always have to agree on everything, but I think when we are united with each other, we can get so much better and go much further faster.”

Tapio says they plan to add more programming for the upcoming event.

“We’ll be talking about the importance of banking relationships and the opportunity that comes from community banking. And also Nebraska Enterprise Fund will be talking about gap financing and personal financing and how it can affect not only your business but personal as well.”

Brittany Crokett likes what she hears about Nebraska Black Women United, she plans to grow her business in the future.

“I actually want to do something where I’m not necessarily working behind the chair, but I also have operators and I can offer classes and education.”

Tapio says Black women getting together sharing stories and information can help everyone achieve their goals.

“I also have access by some of the places and some of the boards that I sit on, the roles that I play in the community and I feel like not only is it my responsibility but we’re better for it when we share that access and information that we have with others.”

IF YOU WANT TO GO: The next Nebraska Black Women United conference is set for 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the CHI Health Center.

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