January 2022 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Visit the RWN website for a list of all upcoming events.
To see our upcoming SIG and committee meetings, visit this calendar.

January 20 • 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Explore RWN
This meeting will be virtual.

January 26 • 5:15 to 6:45 pm
January Free Networking
Speed Networking with NAWIC Nation Association of Women in Construction
This meeting will be virtual.

January 20 • 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Laughing Gull Chocolate and Wine Tasting
This meeting will be virtual.

Useful Links

Membership Information

Committee Descriptions

SIG Descriptions

Committee / SIG Calendar

Sponsor an Event


News from the Office

Throughout January and February, RWN will host events during our Membership Drive 2022 geared toward introducing our organization to Rochester professionals who are focused on expanding their business and social networks.

If you’re a current RWN member, for every new member you refer who becomes an RWN member as part of RWN’s 2022 Membership Drive, you’ll receive a ticket for a drawing at March’s Free Networking. Prizes will include a $100 restaurant gift certificate, winner's choice, or one year of a free RWN basic-level membership. Increase your chances of winning by referring as many new members as you can, like: 

  • solopreneurs starting a new business
  • corporate professionals expanding their client base
  • women in career transition or who are new to Rochester
  • virtual workers looking for more social interaction
  • anyone interested in new opportunities and broadening their horizons

Thinking about RWN but not a member yet? Now’s the perfect time to join! Sign up for a membership right at any Membership Drive event and you’ll enjoy $10 off any level.

We hope to see you—and a friend—then!

Rochester Women's Network has a Facebook Group just for members! If you aren't a member yet, go here to join. 

We have added new email addresses to help members and others reach us more directly, including,,, and These emails, in addition to our general, are checked frequently by committee members, so feel free to reach out should you need anything.

RWN’s committees and SIGs are always looking for new members! Drop us a line if you’re interested in getting more involved in RWN or if you’re looking for more information on a particular SIG or committee.

RWN New Members and Renewals

Julia Cannioto
Stephanie Dickman
Jordan Fritz
Leah Granger
Elizabeth Heffron
Kelly Kester
Stephanie Keur (formerly Webster)
Tina M McKean
Mary Anne Shew

On The Blog

Check out this blog from 2019 on networking in the way that works best for you.

Hate Networking? Rely on Your Strengths to Network Your Way

Posted on October 7, 2019

As an introvert, it took me a long time to figure out how to network. Traditional networking doesn’t work well for me. Walking into a crowded room to make small talk is uncomfortable; it’s just not who I am. I prefer really getting to know people rather than shaking hands and moving on. That’s tough to do in the typical networking setting because most people are there with the goal of getting their business cards in the hands of as many people as possible.


Committee / SIG Updates

Rochester Women’s Network’s Leadership SIG is relaunching on Friday, January 21, 2022, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., at SUNY Brockport Downtown, located at 161 Chestnut Street, Rochester NY14604 (parking is free and you enter the REOC parking lot from Court Street). Our refreshed name and focus are Leading from Within!

The Leadership from Within SIG is for members interested in enhancing or expanding their leadership skills and will be structured to allow members to share their leadership experiences and ideas, develop their skills, and bring them to bear on their own lives through a combination of action and reflection.

Monthly gatherings:

  • Allow members to share their leadership experiences and ideas, develop their skills, and bring them to bear on their own lives through a combination of action and reflection.
  • Will explore all aspects of leadership, whether personal or professional development.
  • Are offered in a hybrid model: in-person or virtually using Zoom*.

The best part? You do not have to be in a leadership position or have formal leadership experience! The collaborative model of this SIG will encourage participants to contribute to the group and share responsibility for its development. Join us on the third Friday of each month, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. to Lead from Within. To sign up, contact either co-chair: Stephanie ( or Karen (

The RWN Membership Committee is looking for new members. They are currently meeting on the second Wednesday of every month at Noon. Please contact Amy Varel at for more information.

The Ambassador Committee is searching for more people to help welcome our newest members!  It is a great way to meet new people and also sing the praises of RWN.  Please contact Nancy Woolver at or 585-683-2981 for more information!

Our members are our inspiration at Rochester Women’s Network, so the Programs Committee would love to hear your ideas on what events and programming you’d like to see offered in 2022.

This past year, members enjoyed speed networking sessions, social get-togethers both in-person and online, interactive talks on professional development and business-related issues, and of course our Women Rise conference, which featured discussions with panels of Rochester-area experts.

What would you like to see in 2022? Please email us at with ideas for programs and events and any questions you may have.

All RWN SIGs and Committees are looking for new members. Visit to see where your talents and interests might fit in!

Community Connections

General Information:

Greater Rochester SCORE has 19 Free Recorded Webinars to help you with your small business:

Nazareth College Tuition Discount
RWN maintains a partnership with Nazareth College, a significant opportunity for members interested in pursuing a master’s degree. The Nazareth College Educational Partnership provides RWN members with a 20% tuition discount and opportunities for professional development, career advancement, network building, and acquisition of necessary, relevant skills that benefit our members. Members receive the tuition discount for graduate degrees in education, human resources, management, or marketing at Nazareth, in addition to any employer tuition benefits. Please visit the Nazareth Partnership Network webpage for more details and how to apply. 

Open Access 
Alcoholism and other substance-use disorders continue to hurt individuals and families in our community every day. When you or a loved one is ready to seek treatment, call or go to Open Access at 1350 University Avenue, Rochester (585-627-1777). Open Access is staffed 24/7 and welcomes all ages. There will be an evaluation and a connection to an appropriate level of care. Families seeking guidance can call a Recovery Support Navigator at 855-778-1200. RWN member Erin Egloff, the Finger Lakes Addiction Resource Center Coordinator at the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, can also guide you to the right resources. Call her at 585-719-3485 or email Recovery IS possible.

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