Nonprofit Success Story: Every Woman Works

A former corporate trainer helps struggling women become self-sufficient.

Kiplinger's spoke with Tillie O'Neal-Kyles, 69, of Sandy Springs, Ga., about how she started her nonprofit company, Every Woman Works, which helps women recovering from abuse and homelessness. Here are excerpts from our interview:

You’re retired? I was. After 30 years with AT&T, they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Then they hired me back on contract to teach leadership skills to engineers who were promoted to management. I worked for other companies, too. But the corporate world didn’t reward the principles that I taught. So I asked God, “You created me. What’s my purpose?” I was told that my life had prepared me for the challenge of helping women in recovery from substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.