October 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

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

October Free Networking
October 20, 2021 • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Zoom meeting

UPscale Your Business Conference
Join RWN for a fall conference* packed with insightful and informative sessions that will get you growing!
November 3, 2021 • 2:00 - 6:30 pm
Monroe Country Club, 155 Golf Avenue, Pittsford

Explore RWN
November 9, 2021 • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Irondequoit Public Library, Irondequoit Bay Room

Useful Links

Membership Information

Committee Descriptions

SIG Descriptions

Committee / SIG Calendar

Sponsor an Event


News from the Office

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

Meghan Andrews
Leslie Arduser-Brogan
Lisa Crecco
Preeya Gholkar
Heather Henry
Kelly Johnson
Olga Mendez
Kristi Mitchell
Kristina Owens
Lindsey Reardon
Beth Timmerman
Nancy Woolver

On The Blog

Check out this blog post on volunteerism from the current RWN President Velvet Spicer.

Volunteerism is Good for the Soul

Posted on December 4, 2019

Most people who know me have heard me say there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m not alone in that; we’re all running ourselves ragged with work, family, extracurriculars. But when a friend recently discovered I was doing some volunteer work, she asked how I have time to do everything I do. The truth is I don’t. But when you find your passion, you find time.


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 (

Rochester Women Network Young Professionals Special Interest Group is looking for new members as we re-launch!

Young Professionals SIG seeks to bring together ambitious, grow-oriented individuals to develop professionally and expand our networks. Members who are looking for group events that encourage building relationships, having a positive impact on their community, and staying active should attend our monthly gatherings. Our events will include an element of self-development, followed by a social event.

We want to build the SIG meeting times and events based on the members that are looking to join. If you are interested in becoming a member of this SIG, come to our brainstorming session:

Brainstorm & Brews @ Roc Brewing Co. – Thursday, November 18th at 6:30 pm

There is no age limit, if you are a professional that is young at heart, still looking to learn & grow, you are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in the Young Professionals SIG, please contact Catherine Mattis at

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

Community Connections

Upcoming community events:

Walk With Willow Co-Chairs Joe and Kesha Carter to take steps to end domestic violence on Sunday, October 24 at 9 am!

The in-person walk will start at the Blue Cross Arena and end at the Stories of Strength mural on the Times Square Building, downtown. This 1.3-mile fun walk is meant for the whole family! Everyone (adults, kids, and pets!) can play their part in helping us reach our goal of $50,000 for the number of 9-1-1 calls for domestic disputes in Monroe County each year.

The first 100 registrants receive a FREE Walk With Willow t-shirt!

Sign up, choose a fundraising goal, and recruit your family, friends, and colleagues to support survivors! Walk or run and share your progress on Instagram using #WalkWithWillow.

Rochester, let's take steps to end DV!

Join us as we celebrate stories of strength and resilience.

We'll come together, safely, to recognize some of our community's most inspirational volunteers, leaders, and change agents.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT for our outdoor celebration!

Celebrating resilience together.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 5-7 PM
Registration, snacks, and drinks begin at 4:30
Food trucks will serve at 5:00
Tickets include dinner (redeemable at your choice of food trucks), drinks, on-site parking, and program

The Rochester Public Market
280 Union Street N., Rochester, NY 14609
(the event will be held outside under the market shelter)


Job Opportunities:

HR Works!: 
Supervisor, Benefits and Leave Administration Services (Fairport, NY)

MANCON has an exciting new position for a Stock Clerk at Rochester Genesee RTS Operations Building in US-NY-Rochester. If more information, click here.

Home Depot:
Home Depot is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer seeking qualified individuals including minorities, females, persons with disabilities, and veterans. Please refer to the attached flyer for positions currently available. A brief description of the job duties for each position can be obtained on our Internet site at\careers.

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.

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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