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 March 25, 2014 Montgomery Women officers and board members showed their support of Maryland Hunger Solutions #HearTheCrunch event by crunching an apple together to help fight childhood hunger. Montgomery Women officers and board members #HearTheCrunch !
Back row (left to right): Debbi Wolff, Bobbi Shulman, Mary Robinson, Laurie-Anne Sayles Haffner, Sue Schumacher, Rose Krasnow, Carol Plummer, Tina Patterson.
Seated: (left to right): Jennifer Russel, Elsabett Tesafaye
Deborah Stoll Jane DeWinter Merle Steiner Jeanne Ellinport
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!
You are Montgomery Women’s Forum for County Council At-Large Candidates
At Jennifer Russel’s home
Come enjoy our end of the year event with appetizers and engaging conversation. We will confirm new Board members and Officers and thank those who will be stepping down.
Members only RSVP by May 16: email@example.com
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 May 2, 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 TBD
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