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April 2022 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Visit the RWN website for a list of all program events, committee meetings, and SIG meetings.

April 26 • 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Elevate Your Marketing SIG
Topic: How to Create a Social Media Strategy that Connects with Your Audience and Sells Without Spending All Day on Facebook or Instagram (First in a three-part series on social media.)
This event is virtual and open RWN members only. Email Kristi Mitchell for the Zoom link.

April 28 • 5:30 to 7:00 pm
A Double Shot of Networking
Networking with the Women's Business Center at Canisius College
The Coffee Press Eatery & Wine Bar, Batavia

May 24 • 5:15 to 7:00 pm
Explore & More / Meet & Mingle
Time change for May 24th meeting only - Explore & More begins at 5:15, Meet & Mingle begins at 6 PM. Both events will be held at the Brainery in the Green Room.

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News from the Office

Winter Membership Drive Drawing Winners

We thank everyone who participated in RWN's winter membership drive by referring prospective new members! Our best ambassadors are YOU. Those who referred a friend who joined RWN were entered into our membership drive drawing. The winners were drawn at our Night at Naz March networking event:

Katie Borchers - $100 restaurant gift certificate to ChickMagnet

Adriana Skura-Palmer - One Year Free Basic RWN Membership

Congratulations, Katie and Adriana!


Our Explore RWN event is now called Explore & More – we have shortened the formal presentation and added a networking component where we SHOW, not just TELL, prospective members what RWN has to offer. After a brief overview of the organization, Explore & More attendees will join our Monthly Free to Members Networking, which is now called Meet & Mingle! Along with the usual networking with members, welcoming prospective members helps all of us widen our networks, share RWN experiences, and learn more about SIGs that may be of interest. Explore & More and Meet & Mingle! will be held in separate rooms at The Brainery, and will combine into one group for networking and light snacks after the Explore presentation is completed.


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 finance@rwn.org, fundraising@rwn.org, membership@rwn.org, and programs@rwn.org. These emails, in addition to our general rwn@rwn.org, are checked frequently by committee members, so feel free to reach out should you need anything.

RWN New Members and Renewals

Wendy Abbott
Twyla J. Cummings
Terra Osterling
Talasha Pearson
Susan A. Yovanoff
Patty Klimchuck
Patricia Beaumont
Linda M. Noeth
Joanne Hinkley
Jazmyn Haywood

Janette Biehler
Erin T. Egloff
Emily Rein
David Finger
Danielle Kozoh
Clarissa Markiewicz
Cheryl Brooks
Amanda Dreher
Alison Finstad
Adriana Skura-Palmer

Member News

Join the Greece Regional Chamber WIN Committee for a lunch program at BTB Wood Fired Pizza Bar & Grill in Greece to network and hear from Ruth Sternberg, Career Confidence Coach and owner of Confident Career Search.

Business owners who are not on LinkedIn are missing a great way to reach clients and customers.

LinkedIn is a social media platform designed uniquely for business. It has many great features that can help you optimize your marketing. But many entrepreneurs do not take the time to explore LinkedIn or learn even the most accessible, basic features. And it is within these features that a lot of power resides, and that’s what we are going to talk about in this session.

This event will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 12:00 pm at BTB Wood Fired Pizza Bar & Grill at The Mall at Greece Ridge.  Click here for more info and to register.

On The Blog

Here is the first blog in a series entitled 'Active Allyship'. It was posted on August 11, 2020. Check out the rest of the series as well.

'Active Allyship': A new series guiding your path toward being a better ally

Posted on August 11, 2020

When Rochester Women’s Network developed a new vision statement last year, we were intentional about making a commitment to support and promote diversity and inclusion in all that we do. At the beginning of 2020, we launched our Diversity and Inclusion Committee to guide our work of being better allies through all of our committees, SIGs, and events.

READ MORE

Committee / SIG Updates

Save the Date for the next meeting of The Motherhood SIG!

May 6th, 12pm-1pm

Topic: Talking to Kids about War (and other difficult subjects)

We'll discuss this article from the NYT. How do you handle difficult conversations with your kids? What's the hardest thing you have had to explain? Share what has worked for you, and hopefully pick up some new ideas.

Please RSVP to lori@lorianderin.com for the Zoom link.


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 (steff.webster@gmail.com) or Karen (kschuhle@brockport.edu).


The RWN Marketing Committee is looking for new members. If you want to be a part of helping RWN get its message out, please visit and see if it's the committee for you! They are currently meeting virtually twice a month. The first is on the second Tuesday at 10 am. and the second is on the fourth Wednesday at Noon. Please contact Clarissa Markiewicz at cjimagine79@gmail.com for more information.


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 avarel@boylancode.com 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 newoolver@ft.newyorklife.com 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 programs@rwn.org with ideas for programs and events and any questions you may have.

Community Connections

Job Opportunities:

HR Works!: HR Analyst (Entry Level) (Fairport, NY)

General Information:

Greater Rochester SCORE has 19 Free Recorded Webinars to help you with your small business: https://greaterrochester.score.org/content/take-workshop-227

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 eegloff@depaul.org. Recovery IS possible.

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