RWN establishes itself as focused on program development, networking, and special focus groups, all under the watchful eye of the Women’s Career Center.
- Committees form to govern programs, public relations, and members
- RWN affiliates with the National Alliance
- SIGs launch. “The Crones” SIG—“Five Women over Fifty”— met in a hot tub to share wine, wit, and wisdom
RWN is able to stand independently, apart from the Women’s Career Center.
- RWN incorporates as a not-for-profit agency, adopts its first set of by-laws
- The Board meets for the first time
- “Powerlines” newsletter publishes for the first time
- Successful “Breakfast with the President” series initiated, inviting local corporate heads to speak to RWN members
- The Gala sells out for the first time
- A Long-Range Planning Committee forms in November, and the Board Outreach Committee begins to talk of placing qualified women on corporate boards
Three-year objectives plan approved by the Board.
- RWN joins the National Alliance of Professional and Executive Women’s Network at the George Eastman House
- Nancy Woodhull speaks at a Working Women’s Luncheon
- First “W” awards go to Deborah K. Smith, Emily Neece, and Joan Mullaney
RWN purchases its first computer.
- New programs include a luncheon series at The Lodge at Woodcliff, Learning Shops, Ninety Minutes of Networking and a Diversity Series
- T. Mary McDonald became RWN’s first Patron member
- Powerlines replaced by Up & Coming, to inform members more efficiently about the growing numbers of programs
- A new mission and vision statement give evidence of new maturity and confidence about its purpose
- The Gala brings in a variety of prominent and inspiring speakers
- RWN’s logo is redesigned
RWN successfully nominates several women, including Ann Bancroft, Toni Morrison, and Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, to the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
- RWN.org launched
- A computer database is installed to track members
1998 – 20th Anniversary Year
A newly defined Executive Committee forms with a President, five Vice Presidents, and a President-Elect.
Board Connections created to assist other non-profit businesses seeking potential board members by providing educational programs and opportunities for members.
Adopts the tagline “Women Making Connections.”
Leadership Development and Resource Development committees established.
Marketing Committee re-established
2003 – 25th Anniversary Year
- Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of PBS, speaks at the annual “W” Awards Gala
- The Businesswomen’s Conference (now the Business Summit) highlights topics on Winning Life’s Marathon, and includes for the first time the Up & Coming Awards
- Mission and Vision statements revised
A student membership rate is adopted for full-time, matriculated college students.
- “W” Award election process changed to five “W” Award finalists selected by a panel of judges; the “W” Award recipient to be selected by a vote of the membership
- The Program Committee works to create more member networking opportunities
- The 10th Annual Businesswomen’s Conference, Thriving in a Challenging Business Environment, is held on November 1 at the Riverside Convention Center
- A new logo is approved by the Board
- RWN begins emailing news and communications
- Website is updated
- The annual Business Conference is marketed to men as well as women, and features a kick-off by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and wrap-up session by Robert Duffy, City of Rochester Mayor
- Future Task Force convenes to ensure the organization’s longevity
- Online resources and program registration is launched
- “Women at Work” column first appears in the Sunday Democrat & Chronicle
2008 – 30th year
On its 30th Anniversary, RWN affirms:
- WE ARE RWN when we collaborate, become problem solvers, integrate our experiences and provide our “personal voice”
- WE ARE RWN when we support each other, celebrate each other’s strengths and respect each other’s differences and opinions
- WE ARE RWN when we are truly colleagues and mentors
- YES, We ARE THE NETWORK !
- Democrat & Chronicle publishes a feature on 30 years of RWN
- Twenty-three distinguished women from various countries around the world participated in RWN’S First Annual Symposium: Networking and the Advancement of Women
- Connections Breakfasts at the Century Club invite women of color to connect with RWN Board members
- The Business Conference is officially retitled: Business Summit
- Corporate Membership level launched
- Website refresh added access to a members’-only section
- Free monthly networking became a featured member benefit
- RWN Loyalty program introduced to reward active event participation
- 30th Annual W Award presented to a sold out crowd
- Wine SIG Part Deux launched to meeting demand
- New Member Tea and Volunteer Appreciation Night introduced
- Nazareth College partnership launches, offering RWN members discounted tuition on graduate-level classes
- RWN celebrates its 40th Birthday with a bash at Ballroom 384/City Grill
- New logo, marketing materials and website unveiled