OWL Council of Champions Levels
This mythical creature is distinguished by its rare and melodic call – we at OWL would describe it as an unmistakable call for action.
Most owls sleep during the day, but this owl, the largest in North America, is active during the day, when its keen eyesight can track even the most harmful of proposed policies.
Great Gray Owl
This owl’s hearing is so finely tuned it can locate prey beneath up to two feet of snow – making it an ideal guardian of women’s economic interests.
Like most owls, the Barn Owl is a silent hunter, making no noise as it flaps its wings or glides across a field – a welcome skill in the crowded and noisy halls of power.
The Eagle Owl of legend is regarded as divine and beloved, and warns of impending danger; the ideal partner for navigating DC’s turbulent waters.
Elf owls may be the smallest of the species, but they are tough. A bird that includes scorpions in its diet won’t be scared off by a little hot air.
All outstanding owls start as owlets. Become an owlet and soar with us!
For more than 30 years, OWL has served as a persistent voice for the nation’s estimated 78 million women over 40 who account for almost one quarter of the U.S. population. As an OWL Champion, you demonstrate a deep commitment to improving the economic security and quality of life for these women. You also support an organization known and respected for the quality and integrity of its work and its nonpartisan, collaborative and solution-oriented approach.
OWL uses education, research and advocacy on issues that impact the economic security for women over 40, such as:
• Encore careers and entrepreneurship
• Cost-effective and comprehensive healthcare
• Social Security
• Retirement security
• Long-term care
How we work:
From a successful campaign that resulted in the adoption of COBRA to playing a leading role in stopping implementation of the chained CPI – a technical sounding term for a very real cut in Social Security benefits that politicians on both sides of the aisle were seriously considering– OWL is effectively engaged on the issues that matter.
OWL is one of a select group of organizations routinely included in policy meetings with key decision-makers in the private and public sectors. We make women’s voices heard in the halls of power both on and off Capitol Hill, weighing in on a broad array of issues such as:
* endorsing the Pathways Back to Work Act
* supporting Janet Yellen’s confirmation as Chair of the Federal Reserve System
* standing up for the SAME Act
* calling for the U.S. to lead a global response on Alzheimer’s and related dementias
We know that collaboration is a critical part of any successful effort, which is why we work with a broad range of organizations such as the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD), the National Council of Women’s Organizations, the National Academy of Social Insurance, Independent Sector, the National Committee on Pay Equity, the National Women’s History Museum, the STOP Obesity Alliance, and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
Annual Mother’s Day Reports and Hill Briefings —examples of recent reports
“Women and the Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Women as They Age.” Panel moderated by then-ABC news correspondent Lisa Stark; panelists included Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council; Carolyn Colvin, Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration; Latifa Lyles, then-Acting Director of the Women’s Bureau; and Purnima Voria, Founder and CEO of the National U.S. India Chamber of Commerce
“In the Arena: How Women and Girls Change the World.” Panelists included Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners; Ann Lewis, Former White House Communications Director; Clarine Nardi Riddle, Co-Founder, No Labels; Nancy Tate, Executive Director, League of Women Voters; and Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
“Keep Calm and Manage Your Future,” a report and briefing on the looming long-term care crisis. Panelists included Kim Lipsky, Staff Director, Senate Special Committee on Aging; Professor Donna Wagner, Ph.D., President, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education; Diane Rowland, Executive Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation; and Chris Dawe, former Health Care Policy Advisor, National Economic Council at the White House, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) had the report, “Long-Term Care: Managing Our Future,” and the briefing entered into the Congressional Record.
OWL’s current initiative builds on last year’s campaign by focusing on encore entrepreneurship among women over 40. Women-owned businesses, which now number over 9 million, have become a force in the nation’s economy. Our initiative, “Our Women Mean Business!” is designed to encourage and support these entrepreneurs by:
• increasing their access to venture capital to start or expand their business;
• highlighting best practices and identifying business challenges and solutions;
• bringing their successes and concerns to executive and legislative leadership and the media
• compiling resources for mentoring and training
With your support, OWL can play an increasingly vital role helping women. Whether they are embracing wellness, starting a business, or planning for their long-term needs, together we can make a difference in their lives.