Women empowering women… that is the BossLady mission

This March, Toppling Goliath Brewing Company will launch a women’s empowerment series to connect and support local women in the pursuit of business and personal goals, financial health and physical and mental wellness through inspiration, idea-sharing, networking and education. After all, behind every successful woman is the tribe of women who supported her journey.
Join Toppling Goliath every Tuesday in March from 8 to 10 a.m. for the BossLady Series, an informative and interactive two hours with local keynote speakers who will share their experiences, insight, and education on topics important to women. Session dates are March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Toppling Goliath employs more than 150 people, 51% of whom are women. “The idea started with a focus on women in the brewing industry but quickly pivoted,” said Toppling Goliath Marketing Director Sarah Moellers. “As we began to discuss what women need to know to kill it every day in business, in their homes and in life, we realized this series needs a much broader view and a strong local focus.” She added, “We want to connect and support women right here in our own community.”

The series will cover financial education, work and home life 
balance, physical wellness, a self-defense course, creative inspiration, social media marketing how-to’s and personal stories of small-business success.
“The idea is to bring women together to have conversations about women’s topics and make connections,” said Moellers. “Who knows what that momentum could lead to?” She added, “We are a brewery after all, too, so let’s have some fun while doing it.”
The women-helping-women mission doesn’t stop there. Half of every ticket sold as part of the BossLady Series, and all free will donations, will support the Domestic Abuse Resource Center through Helping Services for Youth & Families. 
“Donations of this kind are greatly appreciated, not only from our agency and the advocates who work with clients, but especially for the domestic violence survivors we serve,” said Kathleen Davis, director for the Domestic Abuse Resource Center. “Our clients can always use help with specific needs like rent, groceries and gas, but with rising costs, this kind of assistance is needed now more than ever.”   
The Resource Center serves adult, teen, and child victims of domestic abuse through safety planning, individual and group advocacy, legal advocacy, housing resources, child and teen advocacy, and support group facilitation. The program serves Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Howard, Fayette and Winneshiek Counties in Iowa.
“Domestic violence happens everywhere, even in our rural area,” said Davis. Last year, the Domestic Abuse Resource Center advocates and volunteers assisted 201 clients and answered 1,367 crisis calls and chats on the 24/7 resource and chat lines. The center also provided 61 transportation trips to survivors for needed appointments and safety.
“It is important to note that these numbers reflect the survivors who reached out,” said Davis. “It isn’t easy to ask for help, especially in our rural area and in the midst of a pandemic.” 

What’s included
The BossLady pass is $20 per date or $80 for the entire five-week series. Hosted weekly at Toppling Goliath taproom in Decorah, each date will spotlight two guest speakers and a light breakfast plus every participant will receive a swag bag with goodies, resources and special offers from Toppling Goliath and many other local women-owned businesses. Each guest will also receive one free drink ticket to any Thursday night networking social in March hosted as part of the BossLady Series. 
Networking socials will happen at Toppling Goliath taproom every Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and include pop-up shops or organized crafting opportunities each night. Social dates are March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. All women are welcome to attend the Thursday socials regardless of participation in the Tuesday morning series. 
To learn more about BossLady guest speakers, to register for dates, or to learn more about special guests for the Thursday networking events, visit www.tgbrews.com/events/bosslady-series.

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