Innovator Abell Makes a Move
By Anne Li on 06/14/2011 @ 11:00 AM
Hilary Abell, executive director of WAGES – Women's Action to Gain Economic Security, announced that her last day there would be May 31. WAGES is a 15-year old, Oakland, California-based nonprofit that builds worker-owned green businesses that create healthy, dignified jobs and build assets for low-income women. Until her departure from WAGES, Abell had been a CFED as Innovator-in-Residence, working on a strategy for WAGES' model to achieve national influence and impact.
"Under her leadership, WAGES has grown steadily, successfully launching two of our four worker-owned green housecleaning businesses, as well as laying the groundwork for start-up of the fifth this year and continued growth into the future," say Loren Rodgers and Maria Soria, WAGES board representatives.
"These years at WAGES have been the most gratifying of my career," says Abell in her announcement. "I have cherished the opportunity to work directly with our members these eight years and to learn from their professionalism, their strength and resilience, their growth and their pride. WAGES socias have inspired others across the country to pursue the cooperative dream, and I know they will continue to do so."
Abell is planning to take a short sabbatical before finding new ways to pursue her commitment to women's entrepreneurship and cooperative worker ownership. We extend our very best wishes to her and to WAGES.