October 2012 Newsletter – Two Ten Impact in the Gulf

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October 2012 Newsletter – Two Ten Impact in the Gulf

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Tri-Chair of the Two Ten Honorary Board

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s Honorary Board Tri-Chair: Steve Nichols, CEO K-Swiss, Tim O’Donovan, Retired Chairman and CEO Wolverine World Wide and Dick Rubin, Retired VP Dexter Shoes.

Steve, Dick and Tim will provide extraordinary leadership that will help Two Ten reconnect with over seventy industry icons and former Board members.

“Our Honorary Board are in many ways the heart and soul of Two Ten. Men and women who helped build the footwear industry’s charitable foundation. The only one of its kind in the United States. We are very excited Steve, Dick and Tim have agreed to champion the Honorary Board and help us prepare for our 75th anniversary in 2014. members and powerful champions of the Two Ten mission, serve as mentors to young footwear professionals and promote Two Ten’s 75th Anniversary Endowment Appeal.” 

– Neal Newman, Two Ten President 

Kate Kaplan – Director of Development

Kate Kaplan joined the Two Ten team in April, bringing 25 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience along with her.  Her mission from the outset is to strengthen ties with donors and investors, making sure that those companies and individuals supporting Two Ten know the impact their donation has on the lives of so many. “When people make gifts, you really want it to be a joyful experience for them.”

Kate Kaplan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in nonprofit management at Tufts University. Kate brings 25 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience for organizations committed to community engagement and volunteerism. She has worked on several multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns, including annual fund and major gifts programs and special events. Kate’s volunteer service includes Tufts Alumni Council, Concord Scout House, Inc., and United Way of Massachusetts Bay. Kate enjoys competing in triathlons and being a Girl Scout leader in her spare time.

Tanya Allain – Communications Manager

Tanya has been with Two Ten since August 2010 and now leads the planning for Two Ten’s Annual Dinner and many other events during the year.  She graduated summa cum laude from Gabelli School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a passion to create impact in the social services sector.  Her impeccable attention to detail, tireless work ethic, and a strong commitment to the Two Ten mission has made her an invaluable member of Two Ten as Communications Manager.  “I want more people to know what we do; to understand how special Two Ten and our industry is; and to take great pride in the fact that all the funds we raise from the footwear industry, go right back to help footwear families every year.”

Tanya started her career with Two Ten as Programs/ Administrative Assistant.  Drawing upon her additional experience planning and executing fundraising events at the Tuesday Night Athletic Foundation.  She made an immediate impact and was promoted to the position of Communications Manager this past summer. Her volunteer service includes Habitat for Humanity, Smiles Mentoring and Tutoring Plus.  When she is not busy planning the party of the century, she loves to read and travel.

Two Ten Impact in the Gulf

Two Ten Footwear Foundation Helps 144 Footwear Families in the Gulf.


“I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you…for your assistance after Hurricane Isaac. It’s great to know that there is an organization out there to help my coworkers and me in our time of need. Everyone was so friendly, helpful, and sympathetic. The assistance… has made a HUGE difference for me.” 

– Samantha Capone, Footwear retail worker

YP210 Volunteer Outing

On a rainy Saturday morning in September, YP210 Boston members volunteered their time at The Pine Street Inn to cook some delicious food and gain a deeper understanding of homelessness, poverty and issues surrounding Boston’s lack of affordable housing.  It was a pleasure to work with Jose and his kitchen staff to create nutritious, amazingly tasty meals while connecting with dedicated, young, footwear industry professionals.

WIFI Mentoring Program

WIFI is a network of 700 women across the USA who are passionate about footwear, their careers in footwear and our footwear community. In a short period of time, chapters have sprung to life in Boston, Columbus, Las Vegas, LA, New York and St. Louis. The network is chaired by Carol Baiocchi, SVP-DMM Kohl’s, and Diane Sullivan, President & CEO Brown Shoe Co.  

Two Ten will continue to grow and improve The WIFI Mentorship Program following a recent Mentor / Mentee survey.  It is clear that this program has been a great success, with a strong majority of women stating that the program has far exceeded expectations. 

“Giving back to new blood, learning from them and growing not only professionally, but as a person, is something I will always look forward to.  I am so grateful.” 

– Anonymous Mentor.

Local WIFI chapter chairs are:

Boston-Elaine Dalton, Collective Brands / Jane Feigenson, The Clarks Co.

Columbus-Angie Kenney, BBC International / Brittany Moeller, DSW  

Las Vegas – Kathy Koziatek, Zappos

Los Angeles – Jannet Chow, Prima Royale & EDL / Leslie Gallin, FN Platform

New York – Faryl Morse, Farylrobin

St Louis – Hope Horn, Brown Shoe Co.

Milwaukee – Jamie Schiff, Steve Madden / Barb Farhad, Kohls

If you would like to learn more about WIFI, please email Tanya Allain at tallain@twoten.org.

Text a Scholar

We love talking on the phone and our staff is always available to field any questions or concerns you might have.  But, for next generation of leaders currently at college on a Two Ten scholarship, a phone call is not always the best way to connect so Two Ten is now staying in touch with Scholars via text message.  This is a great way for us to inform scholars of upcoming due dates and request information updates and transcripts.

Social Media

Stay in touch with Two Ten on Facebook and Twitter.  Our social media channels are the best way to keep informed on footwear industry news and Two Ten aid information, but there is so much more for you to play with.  Check out our Pinterest page to see hundreds of historic photos, Two Ten employee Interest Boards and our unique Office Style.

Two Ten Footwear Foundation is the footwear industry’s national charitable foundation – the only industry-wide foundation of its kind in the United State – and 100% funded from the footwear industry for the footwear community.

Founded in 1939 by traveling shoe reps in Boston, Two Ten has grown into one of the largest private operating foundations in the country, serving thousands of footwear workers every year with emergency financial assistance, confidential counseling, referrals to community-based social services, information about rights and benefits, higher education scholarships and sensational networking opportunities for professional in the footwear community.

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