June 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

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

RWN Free Networking
Spotlighting the Referral SIG #2
July 22, 2021 • 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Irondequoit Beer Company Tour & Drinks

Useful Links

Membership Information

Committee Descriptions

SIG Descriptions

Committee / SIG Calendar

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News from the Office

RWN Members, don’t forget to take advantage of your discounted $75 registration for the Positive Steps NY Brand Integrity and Social Justice Business Symposium, taking place Wednesday, August 4, 2021. 

The event will feature a number of speakers and panelists, including RWN President Velvet Spicer. To register, visit, select “business network discount,” and enter RWN as the business network name.

From the Positive Steps NY Brand Integrity and Social Justice Business Symposium website:

Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into the workplace is a good step forward, but is it enough? Community members/consumers have high expectations for businesses that will impact their bottom line. Join hundreds of regional business leaders and stakeholders who are committed to Brand Integrity that aligns with equitable community engagement and hiring practices.

For more information, go here.

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 and Renewing Members

Joyel Bennett
Katie Borchers
Liz Burtch
Marjorie W Case
Suzanna Dutro
Caroline Elliott
Kevin Fitch
Stephanie Fix
Valerie Hall

Susan Jefferson
Jenniffer Meiring
Kate Olson
Alyson Orr
Kate Polozie
Jui Trivedi
Amy L Varel
Nicole Zimmermann

On The Blog

Relationship Building in 2021

Posted on June 7, 2021

After more than a year of quarantine and pandemic life, many of us are feeling more disconnected from our friends and colleagues, especially if we’ve been working from home. But nurturing our relationships – professional and personal – has benefits both for us and the people we care about. When we’re feeling connected to others, we’re less likely to become burned out.


Committee / SIG Updates

The Sales & Marketing SIG will be taking a break over the summer. We’ll be working on ways to improve the SIG and better fit members’ needs. We plan on returning in the fall, hopefully in-person. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. Co-chairs: Melanie Watson ( and Kristi Mitchell (

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

Community Connections

Job Opportunities:

RochesterWorks! is a not-for-profit corporation that helps job seekers find jobs, move to higher-paying jobs, and get training to improve skills. RochesterWorks! offers services such as one-on-one job search assistance, career counseling, resume critiquing, training seminars, and much more. All their services are free of charge. Learn more about what RochesterWorks! has to offer you.

NovelNY is New York's Electronic Library. They offer many useful resources to job seekers, including access to the New York State Department of Labor's Career Zone and Job Zone, two expansive sites that allow you to easily assess yourself and career opportunities. Explore the many resources available to you at NovelNY.

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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