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.
On September 22nd Leadership Montgomery presented Montgomery Women member Marilyn Balcombe the 2014 Distinguished Leader Award. The Distinguished Leader Award is presented to someone who has significantly contributed to Leadership Montgomery.
“Marilyn exemplifies Leadership Montgomery’s mission of making Montgomery County a better place to live and work. Her steadfast support and enthusiastic participation in Leadership Montgomery programs and events are just part of the reason we feel she is so deserving of this award,” said Valeria Lassiter, Leadership Montgomery Membership Chair.
Ms. Balcombe is a former Leadership Montgomery board and executive committee member. Since graduating from Leadership Montgomery in 2000, Ms. Balcombe has remained an active and dedicated member of the Leadership Montgomery community serving on the recruitment and selection committees and has been a speaker at program sessions. For the past two years she has served as the core facilitator.
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!
Below are the dates of upcoming Montgomery Women events.
Public Affairs Salon: November 12th at 6:30pm
Watch the website, Montgomery Women Facebook page and member emails for updates about these events. See you 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 October 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. The next one is on October 15, 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).
Welcome to the Montgomery Women Website,
Let me tell you a bit about Montgomery Women.
We’re in our 11th year. Our ‘founding mothers’ include several of Montgomery County’s most prominent and politically engaged women. When they learned that a former Maryland Governor had not included a single woman in his initial group of appointees, they were outraged. They formed Montgomery Women to engage and promote the County’s women into elected office and other positions of political leadership.
Eleven years later, we continue to be motivated by our passion to help women find their launch pad to the leadership posts of their choosing. Over the years we have broadened the mission beyond the political realm, and we have expanded our roster of events to include the Leadership Book Group, the Public Affairs Salon and regular monthly networking opportunities like the First Friday Breakfast and the Third Wednesday Happy Hour.
This year’s theme is: Discover the Leader Within; Claim Your Power. We will be building our programs and activities around that theme. One benefit of your membership is free admission to all our events and notifications about them.
We hope you will join, engage and discover your own inner leader.
All the best,