May 10th, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Barbara Hadley, Board President
The Sewing Labs
Cell: 816-820-6850 Email: Director@thesewinglabs.community
Kansas City, Missouri- The Board of Directors of The Sewing Labs is pleased to announce the appointment of Eileen Bobowski, BFA, as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective May 1, 2019.
The Sewing Labs is a 3-year-old, nonprofit that economically empowers marginalized populations through job skills training in sewing related industries, fosters interest in the legacy of sewing and fiber arts, and works to form a supportive, nurturing and diverse community.
Originally from Chicago, Eileen came to Kansas City to direct an area in the Creative Division at Hallmark. After successfully leading her team through growth and innovation, Eileen entered the nonprofit sector serving greater Kansas City. The past several years has seen Eileen working as a Brand Services Director with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, working with the prisoner re-entry “Turn Around” program at Catholic Charities of KC-St. Joseph, and as the Director of Development and Communications with Camp Fire National Headquarters. Most recently, Eileen was the Area Director for Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska with the Pinky Swear Foundation. The Board of Directors is impressed by Eileen’s wealth of leadership and fundraising experience, as well as her humble and passionate love of service to others. Eileen has a life-long enthusiasm for sewing and is excited about serving ?The Sewing Labs’ mission to teach the legacy of sewing and fiber arts toward employment. She and her husband Paul reside in Kansas City North with their 2 teenage children, teaching them to sew and threading this vital experience forward.
The Sewing Labs offers job skills training in both traditional sewing skills/fiber arts and an industrial sewing track. The Sewing Labs partners with many area businesses in need of skilled sewists to help grow their businesses. Eileen says; ‘I was surprised by the number of employers in the Kansas City area who need of skilled sewists.’ The Sewing Labs joins together with these employers and works to provide the necessary skills to operate commercial machines and get people working right here in Kansas City. In addition to an industrial sewing track, The Sewing Labs offers classes in a variety of skills from beginning sewing, embroidery, and quilting to more complex garment classes. They offer an Open Sew twice a week, which fosters an community of makers in Kansas City and is changing lives for the better, one stitch at a time.
Eileen will initially be focused on securing a larger facility within the Kansas City limits for the nonprofit. Eileen says, ‘Our current space on east 27?th? Street is literally bursting at the seams and with a larger space, we will be able to expand and provide even more skilled training. We choose to be close to the urban core and public transportation so our clients can access this valuable training.’