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!
Events and programs resume in September. Watch the Montgomery Women website, Facebook page or LinkedIn group page for details about the Fall Kickoff Brunch in September.
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 September 5 , 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. The next one is on September 17, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Potomac Grill. Address: 1093 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852
See our most recent newsletter.
See our updated Strategic Plan.
For photos of some of our events, visit our photo gallery.
For past issues of the newsletter, visit the Newsletter Archive page.
THE “RISING STAR” AWARD
2014 Rising Star Honoree: Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi
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), Hannah McCann (2012) and Wendy Howard (2013).
THE “SHINING STAR” AWARD
2014 Shining Star Honoree: Bonnie Fogel
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), Sharon Friedman (2012) and Wilma Holmes(2013).
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