International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Sponsored by:
| KeyBank | Ulster Savings Bank | DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota | McQuade Development | Omega Institute For Holistic Studies | Vassar College

International Women’s Day is both a celebration of women around the world and an opportunity to educate people about the plight of women in other countries. Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

See pictures from our 2014 celebration

Read Steven Chickery's inspirational speech:

Steve Chickery's IWD Speech Steve Chickery's IWD Speech (26 KB)

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2014 Theme: Inspiring Change

Over time and distance, women have moved closer toward achieving equal rights.  On March 8, we celebrated the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change.  There is global momentum for championing women's equality.

Special thanks to keynote speaker Mecca Santana, the newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer for New York State, and special guest: 2013 ATHENA Award Recipient Steve Chickery

Entertainment provided by: Poet Gold, Poughkeepsie High School Choir, Sweet Adelines of the Evergreen Chorus and Kyleigh Rothmond
Those in attendance received a special handcrafted gift from Woman for Woman, a group of Cambodian women challenged with physical disabilities. In a country without social services, the purchase of these gifts by the WLA will support their program for a full year.



Health Quest’s commitment to women of the Hudson Valley is compelling.  In 2013 alone close to 3,500 births took place through the family-centered care at Northern Dutchess Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Putnam Hospital Center. Services such as Women’s View Health Annex at NDH, Dyson Center for Women’s Imaging, The Breast Center at Dyson Center for Cancer Care at VBMC and female-specific educational opportunities all provide touch points through the Health Quest family of providers to care for and empower our female residents. To learn more visit or download the Health Quest U app for free on Google Play or Apple Store.  


KeyBank is recognized for quality service and high banking and corporate standards. Whether it is being recognized by DiversityInc as a “Top 50 Company for Diversity” or scoring a perfect 100 on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, KeyBank’s commitment to inclusion creates opportunities for all people to reach their full potential. Within the bank, women lead at every level, from Ruth Mahoney serving as Hudson Valley Market president to Beth Mooney serving as the only female CEO at a top 20 U.S. bank. Also, through Key4Women, Key provides financing, networking opportunities and educational programming and resources that help women business owners succeed. Since 2005, Key has loaned more than $6 billion to women-owned businesses.



DCH Auto Group recognizes that diversity in our workforce makes us stronger and more successful. In 2012, we launched the DCH Professional Women’s Association to support and empower women in the DCH organization to grow their careers within the DCH Family, and to encourage greater involvement of women in the auto industry. It is and will continue to be a key focus area and critical to DCH Auto Group’s success.

The Omega Women's Leadership Center starts with the belief that every woman can be a leader—at home, at work, and in the world. We bring together women of all ages and backgrounds for learning opportunities across disciplines. We support personal and professional development throughout the lifespan—for aspiring leaders who are just starting out; for emerging leaders who want to hone skills and deepen self-understanding; and for established leaders who are looking to make a change, give back, and impact the world. We do this through our conferences, retreats, workshops, and other programs, including scholarship opportunities. We celebrate women who live and lead courageously from their own experience and wisdom.
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