December 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Visit the RWN website for a list of all upcoming events.

January 13 • 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Got Goals? Set Yourself Up for Success
During this hybrid in-person/virtual conversation, Marchon will help you explore how you are motivated, the four tendencies of goal setting, and how to put systems in place that will set you on a path to achievement. The event is FREE for all RWN members and non-members.

Useful Links

Membership Information

Committee Descriptions

SIG Descriptions

Committee / SIG Calendar

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News from the Office

Congratulations longtime RWN member, Mary Therese Friel, on being honored as a Rochester Business Journal "Icon"! Mary Therese is an active community volunteer, Founder and CEO of the Mendon, NY-based Mary Therese Friel Modeling Agency, and Miss USA 1979. She was also a 2018 W-Award honoree.


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

Jodi R Atkin
Dana Calcagno
Kari Cameron
Kirsten Champlin
Maria F Darby
Cindy Edington
Diane Fulkerson
Melissa Jordan
Sarah L Keenan
Stephanie Keur
Karen LaGraff
Julie Lee
Pilar Osorio-Godoy
Carolyn Siplin
Edie Steele
Ruth Sternberg
Sheila Tillich
Kathryn Urbanik

On The Blog

Check out this timely blog from 2020 about resolutions.

5 Tips to Achieve Your Non-New Year's Resolution

Posted on March 2, 2020

Yep, you heard that right: I’m a big proponent of the non-New Year’s resolution. Let’s face it, setting any goal according to someone else’s timetable is never a formula for success. As a literary editor, I’ve seen lots of authors set their goal of finishing a novel around an event called National Novel Writing Month—similar to the New Year’s resolution idea, but with the intent of writing a full novel within one month.


Committee / SIG Updates

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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