Definition of empower

  • :to give power to (someone)
  • :to give official authority or legal power
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1: to give official authority or legal power to <empowered her attorney to act on her behalf>
  3. 2enable
  4. 3: to promote the self-actualization or influence of <women’s movement has been inspiring and empowering women — Ron Hansen>

In social work, empowerment offers an approach that allows social workers to increase the capacity for self-help of their clients. For example, this allows clients not to be seen as passive, helpless ‘victims’ to be rescued but instead as a self-empowered person fighting abuse/ oppression; a fight, in which the social worker takes the position of a facilitator, instead of the position of a ‘rescuer’.

Adams, Robert. Empowerment, participation and social work. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, p.12ff.

Empowering Connections, LLC, is YOUR facilitator.

Empowering connections to personal and professional growth

After taking a couple left turns on my journey of life, I finally made the right turn. My new path allows me to do what I love to do…empower people to be and do more by connecting them with others to share their challenges, their success, their resources and their wisdom.

My company, Empowering Connections, LLC, was s home for seven years, to the Southern New Jersey chapter of eWomen Network, an organization dedicated to connecting like-minded business women so they can build relationships and grow their businesses.

As fulfilling as that was, I recognized that there are other demographics that I am not serving, such as my e-male counterparts in business, women not currently in the workplace, retirees, and students just starting out…who are seeking new opportunities to grow, if not professionally, then personally.

So as I walk down this new path, I hope to create new empowering connection opportunities, share stories of challenges and successes and let my journey unfold as I take each new step.

In October 2016, I will be launching an Empowering Connections Speaker Series in Southern New Jersey.

In the coming weeks I will present some ideas that have been ping-ponging in my brain…please stop back and participate in this volley of ideas and opportunities.


One Response to About

  1. Hope McLaughlin says:

    Welcome back Marilyn. You are an amazing woman who shines when touching the lives of others. Whether curly hair, straight (ironed!) hair, thin (were we ever thin??) or just right, I am so blessed to have always called you sister. Half full all the way! Love you and will definitely get up there to see you present one day!

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