We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 10th. This is one of our most popular events! Please bring a donation for the Montgomery Women Scholarship Fund for female students at Montgomery College and/or please bring a donation for the Food Pantry at Montgomery College.
Please bring a donation for the Montgomery Women Scholarship Fund for female students at Montgomery College and/or please bring a donation for the Food Pantry at Montgomery College.
The Montgomery Women Scholarship Challenge is underway- help a young woman realize her college dreams!
This year, Carol Trawick, a lead sponsor of the Montgomery Women scholarship at Montgomery College, has challenged Montgomery Women – to increase the size of our scholarship to $10,000. Carol will double her contribution to the scholarship –BUT ONLY IF we double ours. So the work has begun. Several members have already stepped up with lead gifts, and we are looking to the rest of our membership to join this worthy endeavor.
Visit the Membership page for details on how to make your tax-deductible donation today!
The mission of Montgomery Women is to advance women in Montgomery County who aspire to leadership positions in the political arena as well as in the business, nonprofit, educational, civic, and governmental sectors.
A nonpartisan organization, Montgomery Women provides political endorsements to qualified women candidates. We offer educational programs, information-sharing, and networking to enhance leadership opportunities for women.
We seek full representation in leadership positions in Montgomery County. Women’s voices must be heard.
Join the interesting and varied members of Montgomery Women for our First Friday Power Breakfasts, Monthly Happy Hours, lectures, networking events, award ceremonies, and more! See the details below!
The book we will be discussing at this Member's Only event is Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Please bring a brown bag lunch and join in the conversation. RSVP to Sara Watkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, by January 3, 2014. Space is limited,so RSVP early.
If you have suggestions for Leadership books for future meetings, please send them to Sara Watkins, email@example.com, for consideration by the Montgomery Women Advancement Committee. The book group will meet quarterly in January, April, July and October.
In case of imclement weather, we will follow what MCPS does.
Not a member? Complete a membership form and join us!
Please join us on February 5, 2014 for a wine and cheese reception and dialogue about 'The Urbanization of Montgomery County'. More details will be available soon.
Please plan to join us on March 16, 2014 from 3pm to 5pm to honor the 2014 Rising Star Award and Shining Star Award recipients.
Cost: Free for Members; $45 for guests
More details will be available soon.
If you want to know what is happening in Montgomery County, our First Friday Power Breakfasts are for you! Dynamic conversations, networking, and information sharing abound. These monthly Breakfasts are not to be missed! The next First Friday Power Breakfast is January 3, 2014 7:30 AM at the Silver Diner located in Federal Plaza on Rockville Pike in Rockville.
For our members who can't make the breakfasts. Stop by before dinner to get to know other members better, talk about your day, and share your interests. Happy Hours are held on the third Wednesday of the month at different locations around Montgomery County. Next one is December 18, 2013 at Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar 11333 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, 5:30pm. There is free parking after 5pm in their lot off Woodglen Drive, just north of the water tower.
See our most recent newsletter.
See our updated Strategic Plan.
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For past issues of the newsletter, visit the Newsletter Archive page.
Our signature event was held on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at The Mansion at Strathmore.
Photos are here.
Honorary Chair: The Honorable Mary Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International
Keynote Speaker: DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D., President, Montgomery College
THE “RISING STAR” AWARD
2013 Rising Star Honoree: Wendy Howard
The Phyllis Campbell Newsome Rising Star Award honors the life of a visionary community activist and a founding member of Montgomery Women. As a director of community advocacy for the Washington Council of Agencies, Phyllis Campbell Newsome bettered the life of countless Washington Area individuals and families. She convinced nonprofit organizations, elected officials and front line social service agencies to put aside differences and consolidate resources. Under her guidance, coalitions formed with the resources and clout to make promises realities. Then, in 2002, Phyllis Campbell Newsome died, and a brilliant future was lost. Now, we honor Phyllis Campbell Newsome’s memory by recognizing a new Rising Star each year. In prior years, the recipients of the Rising Star Award have been Denise Young (2006), Amy Presley (2007), Kathy Lally (2008), Dr. Yvette Butler (2009), Theresa Testoni (2010), Rachel Glass (2011), and Hannah McCann (2012).
THE “SHINING STAR” AWARD
2013 Shining Star Honoree: Wilma Holmes
The Shining Star Award honors two beloved founding members of Montgomery Women, Delegate Jane Lawton and County Council Member Marilyn Praisner. Both gave unsparingly of their talent, time, intellect and spirit of sisterhood. With their energy, expertise and persistence, they were “shining stars” of public service. They modeled and championed women’s full participation in public life. Montgomery Women has created the “Shining Star” Award in their memory. Montgomery Women presents the Shining Star Award each year to an outstanding woman leader who continues Jane and Marilyn’s legacy. Established in 2009, our first recipient of the Shining Star Award was Carol Trawick, followed by Judge Irma S. Raker (2010), the Honorable Connie Morella (2011), and Sharon Friedman (2012).
SPECIAL THANKS TO SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR
CAROL TRAWICK, JIM AND CAROL TRAWICK FOUNDATION
"How to Lead Like a Woman" was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7-9 PM at the Town Hall at Garrett Park.
Our panelists were:
They addressed the particular challenges women face in leadership positions and how to address them for success. The panel was moderated by Wilma Holmes, retired principal of Flower Valley Elementary School.
"In the Running: How Women Run and Win in Montgomery County" was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Montgomery County Council Office Building. We know that sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Should I run? Where do I start? How do I run a successful campaign? What's the process for applying for appointed positions? An experienced panel, Valerie Ervin, Rose Krasnow, Aruna Miller, Nancy Navarro (invited), Regie Oldak, and Amy Presley led us through how they ran their campaigns or how they sought appointed office. This interactive discussion also helped us answer the question, “How can I help other women get started?” Moderated by Nancy Floreen. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Greetings and Welcome to Montgomery Women!
I am so thrilled to have been voted in as the new Chair of Montgomery Women. We are at a pivotal point in our 10 Year+ history. The Board has recently formulated and adopted a Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 and we are poised for greatness! The Strategic Plan, which incorporates 3 year Strategic Goals for all of our standing committees will empower us as a group and will define our vision more clearly.
As we move forward, one of the pillars of our efforts will be to be inclusive and leverage the wide-ranging talents-- political, personal and professional of our membership. Our organization-wide goal is one to remember: To become one of the most visible and important women’s organizations in the County.
Join me in accomplishing that goal as part of Montgomery Women.
Jennifer Russel, President