• WLA Archive

  • October 2016

  • Bollywood Masala Dance Class!

    Bollywood is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. Bollywood Dancing is one of the hottest dances around! It is the foundation of every great Indian Bollywood Film. The dances are a fusion of traditional and classical indian dances with the influence of some jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. Timing and Rhythm, engery, and sharp controlled expressive movements are the important elements of Bollywood Dancing!

    Join Dutchess School of Performing Arts at 46 Noxon Road in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 for our 4 week workshop led by the amazing Miss Rupa Parikh!

    All ages are welcome (yes, Mom's too)!

    Please call the studio at 845-849-2966 or email with any questions .

     

    Costumes for the Pumpkin Parade!

    WLA Executive Team member Linda Campbell shows off costumes donated by Fun World Div. of Easter Unlimited for Grace Smith House's first pumpkin parade! The kids will certainly be delighted. 

    Get dressed up for a great cause! Join Grace Smith House on October 30th in Poughkeepsie for their 1st annual Grace Pumpkin Parade and Costume Contest, when they will celebrate the spookiest of seasons and raise money for our local domestic violence non-profit organization. October is Bullying Awareness Month, and we encourage costumed creepers of all ages to dress up in non-violent costumes, be inspired by each other’s creativity, have fun and be safe during Trick or Treat. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED GSHpumpkinparade.org

  • September 2016

  • Women of Maidan Screening at Woodstock Film Festival

    The World Premiere of "Women of Maidan" will be at this year's Woodstock Film Festival. Directed by Olha Onyshko the film documents the 2013 uprising by ordinary women against the corrupt Ukrainian government to win a better future for their children. Onyshko will participate in a Q&A session. The film will show at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on Friday October 14 at 2:30 pm and at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Sunday October 16 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are available at woodstockfilmfestival.com.

    The 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival will be held October 13-16, 2016 in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Saugerties and Rosendale, New York. More than 150 independent films. Documentaries, features, shorts and animation. Panel discussions, concerts, parties and networking with some of the brightest stars of the film and music worlds.

    Here is the link to the full lineup we released: Full 2016 Film Festival Line Up

     

    September 27: Women Leadership Alliance Day of Collaboration

    Behind closed doors, an estimated 30,000 acts of domestic violence occur every year in Dutchess County. Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive control, in which the relationship is characterized by increasingly violent and controlling behavior of an extended length of time. The abuse is not just physical violence against a partner – it can be sexual, emotional, psychological and financial as well. One in four women in their lifetime will experience domestic violence, and yet shame and social stigma continue to silence their voices. We must stand up for one another and as leaders of our communities raise our voices against domestic violence.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Women’s Leadership Alliance is proud to be collaborating with Grace Smith House to bring awareness of this crucial issue to our members. Grace Smith House is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year. For the past 35 years, Grace Smith House’s mission has been to empower survivors and their families to live free of domestic violence, offering shelter, advocacy, counseling and preventative education to Dutchess County. Grace Smith House offers free training to organizations and companies on the signs of domestic abuse, how to assist those suffering from abuse, and how to get help yourself.

    Throughout October, Grace Smith House is hosting a range of events to increase community awareness of domestic violence, including lectures and presentations, benefit drives, and fundraisers. For a list of events, please visit http://gracesmithhouse.org/events/details/121-gsh-35th-anniversary-october-events. Please consider donating or participating to Grace Smith House and their mission during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To learn more about the signs and types of domestic violence, and for more information about their events visit Grace Smith House at www.gracesmithhouse.org. If you or someone you love needs help, call Grace Smith House’s 24-hour crisis hotline, (845) 471-3033.

     

    LUNCH AT OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE to benefit HUDSON VALLEY HOUSE OF HOPE

    Please buy your tickets for a 4 course lunch and unlimited soft drinks at Outback Steakhouse Route 9, Wappingers, on Sunday, October 9, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm ONLY $25 (80% of proceeds go to the shelter to support its mission). Silent Auction, too! Call 845 242-3184 to purchase tickets or email: Maureen Crush at maureen@cvlawgroup.com

     

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  • August 2016

  • Inspirational Day at Val-Kill

    The day couldn't have been more beautiful. Sunshine and blue skies welcomed members of the Women's Leadership Alliance at Val-Kill. First, we were treated to a tour of Eleanor Roosevelt's cozy, down-to-earth home by Park Ranger Ray. The walls were covered with black and white photographs of families and friends—including Amelia Earhart. The corner window spot was set for one of her afternoon teas; we envisioned the young Jack Kennedy asking for her endorsement to run for president. 

    A short film about her life described some of her truly amazing achievements. She traveled the world promoting civil rights and improving social and work conditions. She represented the U.S. as delegate to the United Nations. And, most importantly, she helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Learning about Eleanor was the perfect preparation to meet two graduates of the Girls Leadership Worldwide program. Elle Ping and Mimi Taariq described their 9-day intensive experience as transformational. The program uses Eleanor Roosevelt's life and legacy as a model and brings girls from diverse backgrounds all over the world together to build self confidence and learn the skills to help reach their personal girls. Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega, an ERVK board member and mother of a graduate of the Girls Leadership program, led a spirited and personal discussion with Elle, Mimi and their mothers on how we can help girls become leaders. 

    Thanks to Kathleen Durham, Executive Director of ERVK, for collaborating with the WLA on such an uplifting day! 

    And, thanks to our sponsor Wainwright Financial Solutions!

     

    Meet Moms & Daughters of Girls Leadership Worldwide

    Teaching Our Daughters to Become Leaders
    Thursday 1-4 pm August 4 at Val-Kill

    Join the Women's Leadership Alliance in welcoming these inspirational daughters and moms from the Girls Leadership Worldwide program. 

    (Facilitator) Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega: Michele is the owner of Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega and Associates, the largest group private practice providing mental health services in Orange County. Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega was on the faculty full time at Yeshiva University from 1992-2000 at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Prior to this assignment she taught at SUNY New Paltz and Orange County Community College in the Social Sciences Division and worked within large social service agencies providing mental health treatment and social welfare programs. She currently is the volunteer Director of Development and board member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, as well as a board member of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

    Dr. Michele and her daughter, Natasha (GLW Alum 2009), did a year long project with elementary school children to create and publish a book and a play called "Are You My Sister?" The project focused on collaboration not competition between girls and the importance of treating each other with respect. All monies earned benefited local charities.

    Aminah Taariq (GLW Alum 2015, her mother will also be on the panel): I am a Hudson Valley resident, I am student body president (known as Clerk) at Oakwood Friends School, I am passionate about environmental justice and human rights, and I am actively involved in my local community.

    Elle Ping (GLW Alum 2014, her mother will also be on the panel): I am a rising senior at Rhinebeck High School in Rhinebeck, NY. Currently I am planning a hygiene drive in my high school to donate items to students and their families in the Poughkeepsie School District. Often people forget about donating hygiene products because they aren't needed for survival, so the places that accept donations run out of them quickly. I hope to raise awareness about this issue and help everyone stay clean.

     

    This event is a collaboration with the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill. The afternoon will include a tour of her treasured Val-Kill retreat, a screening of “Close to Home,” and a look at the permanent exhibit, “Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader.”

    The cost for this event is $20 for DCRCOC members; $25 for non-members. Click here to register or call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000.

    Sponsored by: Wainwright Financial Solutions

  • July 2016

  • Teaching Our Daughters to Become Leaders

    When: Thursday, August 4, 1-4 pm

    Where: Val-Kill Cottage and Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, Route 9G Hyde Park NY 

    Eleanor Roosevelt! What an extraordinary role model she was! A First Lady who became one of the greatest global leaders of the 20th century.

    In a special afternoon event, WLA members will have an opportunity to learn more about this remarkable woman and her unprecedented and tireless efforts to advance civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights in general.

    This collaboration with the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill will include a tour of her treasured Val-Kill retreat, a screening of “Close to Home,” and a look at the permanent exhibit, “Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader.”

    Following the tour, a panel discussion – Teaching Our Daughters to be Leaders – will be held at ERVK’s Conference Center. Graduates of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center’s Girls’ Leadership Worldwide program will lead the discussion.Girls’ Leadership Worldwide, is a 9-day residential summer program for girls age 14-16. They come to ERVK each summer from all over the world to learn leadership as practiced by Mrs. Roosevelt, find their voices and to learn how to use those voices to make a difference in their own lives, their communities and the world. Light refreshments will be served.

    The cost for this event is $20 for DCRCOC members; $25 for non-members. Click here to register or call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000. 

    Sponsored by: Wainwright Financial Solutions

     

    Get Your Share of Government Contracts – Become MWBE Certified Now

    Women's Enterprise Development Center

    October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Free of Charge

    New York State Buys More Than $40 Billion worth of goods and services each year. The NYS goal is to purchase 30% from certified Minority/Women Business Entities (MWBE). You could be part of that 30%!

    Topics include:

    • What is MWBE Certification?
    • Should I Get Certified?
    • The Benefits of Certification Am I Eligible to Apply?
    • What is the Certification Process?
    • How Do I Get Expedited?

    REGISTER at http://wedcbiz.org/event/get-your-share-of-government-contracts-become-mwbe-certified-now/ to find out how to get your MWBE certification!

    Location: Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, 3 Neptune Road, Suite A21, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 / 845-363-6432

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  • June 2016

  • BetterU: Your Heart Health Is Why

    Looking for that motivation to take the next steps for your heart health? Apply today for the 6th Annual BetterU Challenge presented by Central Hudson Gas & Electric.

    By doing nothing, you give heart disease a huge advantage. That’s why the American Heart Association needs your help. The battle won’t be won unless more women just like you are willing to join together to defeat the No. 1 killer of women. Go Red For Women has all kinds of ways to get involved and use your talents.

    You’ll be fighting for yourself, for those you love, and for women all over the world. You’ll make lifelong friends, and more importantly, you’ll make a difference!

    Get your company involved today contact Danielle Schuka today at 845.867.5379 or danielle.schuka@heart.org

    SAVE THE DATE
    The Go Red For Women Luncheon is moving to the fall.
    Friday, October 28, The Grandview, Poughkeepsie
    Health Exhibit Area / Expanded Educational Sessions / Guest speakers

     

    Girls' Engineering Camp at SUNY New Paltz

    Tinker camp is a program designed and run by SUNY Buffalo and has been running successfully over the past 3 years. We have decided to partner with them and run a sister camp here at SUNY New Paltz this summer. We hope to eventually extend the ages down to grade 7.

    I can describe the camp to you: it consist of 5 days, the girls will be doing four engineering projects in the fields of: mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering and electrical/computer engineering. They will be split up in groups and learn the process of design and test. For instance, in the biomedical engineering module they will be using an EKG heart monitoring system to measure the heart rates of different people with different activities and understand how the system works and how to measure data. In the mechanical engineering module, they will have access to our 3-D printing facilities and be allowed to create moving devices. Female engineering students from my group, Women In Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E) will be working with the girls the entire time, our hope is that they become role models to these girls and form a great relationship. Here is a link to the W.I.S.E group website: http://wisenewpaltz.wix.com/npwise

    They will also get an on-campus experience by dining in the middle of the week with the engineering students at the campus dining hall. Also throughout the week, they will get to visit three local engineering companies - one large, one small and one medium size. At the end of the week, we will have a banquet and invite the girls' parents to celebrate the end of the camp.

    Click here for more info on TINKER: https://www.tinkergirls.org/
    Click here for registration: https://www.tinkergirls.org/suny-new-paltz-registration

     

    A Day of Women in Tech

    Join Hudson Valley Tech Meetup for the first ever Day of Women in Tech!

    Saturday, June 25, 20169:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    The focus is to create an environment for the day that celebrates what women in the Hudson Valley are doing with creativity, design, technology, leadership and entrepreneurship.
    Women, and Men, are encouraged to join us for this inaugural event.

    EVENT HOSTS 

    Michelle Barone-Lapore, Vice President of Marketing at Rhinebeck Bank, Co-Anchor of Wakeup with Rhinebeck Bank, and DJ at 96.1 Kiss FM/iHeartMedia.
    Sabrina Schutzsmith, Co-founder of Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, Catskills Conf, PoughWorking, and Digital Empire.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
    Pamela Pavliscak, UX researcher, data scientist, and co-founder of Change Sciences.
    Sheila Apel, U.S. Regional Director, Corporate Citizenship at IBM

    BREAKOUT SPEAKERS
    Zoe Dunn, Co-founder & Principal, Hale Advisors
    Yulia Ovchinnikova, Tech Entrepreneur and Strategist
    Tiombe Tallie Carter, ESQ, Principal, Tallie Cater Law
    Constance Snyder, President/Art Director at CRSR Design, Inc.
    Nitya Narasimhan, Owner @Digital HV | Organizer @Google Developer Group | Startup Advisor & Community Hacker
    Tina M. Tarquinio, IBM z Systems Offering Manager, Government and Education
    Kelly Ryan-Fox, IBM Director, z Systems and Linux Client Care
    Shauna Keating, Junior Web Designer at Evolving Media Network

    EVENT SPONSOR
    We're grateful for the help of AT&T to support this Day of Women in Tech. Please join us and AT&T to celebrate the importance of creating a culture of diversity and inclusiveness for all, right here in the Hudson Valley tech community.

    VENUE SPONSOR
    Dutchess Community College has graciously offered their space for the event.

    For more information or to register, visit:

    http://www.meetup.com/hvtech/events/230544010/?rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=230544010&https=off

  • May 2016

  • Women of Color Share their Stories

    On May 12th, the Women's Leadership Alliance hosted a panel discussion to discuss the challenges of the "Concrete Ceiling." Everyone is familiar with the "Glass Ceiling," the barrier that represents challenges women face in the workplace. A Concrete Ceiling is far more difficult to break through and what symbolizes the challenge that women of color face in the workplace.

    The audience of about 60 to 70 was immediately engaged as Moderator Lisa Ghartey, Assistant Commissioner, Child Welfare and Community Services, New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and the five women panelists shared their stories.

    Jen Brown is of African-American descent. After attending Dartmouth and University of Chicago Law School, she thought she'd proven she was worthy of any challenge. When she'd been passed over for a promotion twice to white men, she filed a complaint with the EEOC. Three months later she was fired. She ultimately won her case and relocated to Poughkeepsie to help others who have faced discrimination on the job.

    "I'm frequently the only one in the room with these features," she said pointing to her face. Sarah Lee is of Asian heritage. As Chief Executive Officer of the Dutchess County Local Development Corporation and the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency she works with the predominantly white male business community.

    Cindy Smith is from the Bronx—she doesn't mince words. As a young CPA and a woman of color, she worked in accounting firms who didn't value her skills. So, she took her career into her own hands and opened up a private practice. "Keep learning, work hard, always do your best," she offered as advice. 

    Karla Jerry came to this country as a young girl and didn't speak a word of English. An insurance company gave her a secretarial job and she's been working in the industry ever since. Now she's Manager of Commercial Real Estate at Ralph V. Ellis Insurance Agency. "You have to show people that you do know what you're talking about, that you are an expert, even though you have an accent."

    Mecca Santana is used to talking about challenges people—particularly women—of color face in the workplace. A woman of color herself, she's currently VP of Diversity and Community Relations, Westchester Medical Center. Previously she served as Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York and before that as Executive Director of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Management for the Office of Equal Opportunity at the New York City Department of Education. "I'm not passive-aggressive. I'm aggressive-aggressive. And, I make no apologies for it. My attitude is they're lucky to have me." Mecca also pointed out that diversity is good for the bottom line. Companies who embrace the diversity in their own communities in their hiring policies tend to be better places to work.

    As the evening progressed, the discussion extended to the audience with many women sharing their own challenges. Moderator Ghartey closed the evening with a call for action, "Clearly, this issue is something we all need to recognize and address. We implore you to take action in your workplace. Stand up for those who are being discriminated against—for any reason. We invite you to help us find ways to continue this conversation." We need to recognize microaggressions—subtle demeaning messages or offensive acts towards people of color—and address them honestly and openly. Though the evening inside came to a close, many lingered outside until after dark.

    If you are interested in this topic, or other women’s leadership topics, and would like more information or to join the Women’s Leadership Alliance, please contact Molly Ahearn, Chair of the Women's Leadership Alliance at molly@fulldeckdesign.com.

    This event was free and open to the publicanks to generous sponsors Omega Women's Leadership Center and Cindy M. Smith, CPA P.C., Ralph V. Ellis Insurance and the Southern Dutchess NAAC.

     

    Harnessing the Power of the Purse against Domestic Abuse

    MAY 28, THURSDAY – POUGHKEEPSIE GRAND 5:30 TO 8:30 PM

    Handbags for Hope is the signature annual fundraising event of the Hudson Valley House of Hope, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. The Handbags for Hope event is a celebration of the power dedicated people and organizations have to change lives.

    TO SEE SAMPLES OF THE HANDBAGS, VISIT https://www.facebook.com/events/1529502883934971/ 

    Unique “Girls Night Out” featuring a shopping extravaganza of handbags– all types and price ranges – something for everyone! New designer bags, “gently loved” designer bags, unique bags, everyday bags and more. An assortment of jewelry, a basket raffle, 50/50 and an opportunity to catch up with other women over wine, our signature “Hope” cocktails, and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres – ALL INCLUDED.

    Individual Tickets $40.00 ($45 at the Door) Includes food, open wine bar and signature "Hope" cocktails)

    To register online, click on the handbag! http://hudsonvalleyhouseofhope.org

    We are raising funds at this event for critically needed shelter repairs and improvements.

    FOR INFORMATION CALL 845 897-3400 (de Ramon Crush PC – Maureen Crush) or Email handbagsforhope1@gmail.com

    The programs provided by this agency are partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess, Dyson Foundation and United Way

     

    Money IS a Woman's Business

    Event Date (Month, Day, Year)
    June 10, 2016

    Event Start Time
    8am

    Event End Time
    10am

    Event Location/Address
    Mount St. Mary College Domincan Center Cafe 330 Powell Ave Newburgh, NY 12550

    Event Website
    https://money-womansbusiness.eventbrite.com

    Event Contact Person
    Susan Valentine

    Event Contact Phone
    845 728-1289

    Event Description
    Money IS a Woman’s Business! With Eleanor Blayney, CFP CFP Board of Standards, USA Author of: A Woman’s Worth: Finding Your Financial Confidence For all Women, We are educated and earning more than ever. So why do we lack confidence in our ability to make financial decisions? These decisions reflect our very values and are the means to realize our hopes and dreams. What can be more important? Sometimes, life throws you curve balls, such as the death of a loved one or divorce. Life is full of surprises- from marriages to having a baby, to planning for college. You can’t always predict what will come your way, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared For Women & Men Financial Advisors: Eleanor Blayney, CFP® is the Consumer Advocate for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. She authored Making More Room for Women in the Financial Planning Profession

     

    Concrete Ceiling Panelists Are Impressive Women of Color

    The Women's Leadership Alliance is hosting a panel discussion "Concrete Ceiling: The Challenges Women of Color Face in the Workplace" Thursday, May 12 at the Boardman Library in Poughkeepsie. For more information, or to register, please visit:

    http://www.wlahv.org/resources/the-concrete-ceiling-challenges-women-of-color-face-in-the-workplace

    Jen Brown

    Deirdra "Jen" Brown is an attorney in solo practice,with an office located at 272 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie, New York. She received an A.B. in American History from Dartmouth College in 1986, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1990. After law school, Jen won a coveted position as law clerk to United States District Court Judge Joseph H. Young in Baltimore, Maryland. Following her clerkship Jen served as an Assistant Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Tennessee for five years, followed by four years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Jen's Poughkeepsie law practice concentrates on the defense of employees in the workplace. Her clients include workers victimized by race or gender discrimination, sexual harassment, gender based pay disparities, and retaliation for exercising one's rights under the family and medical leave act (FMLA).

    Karla Jerry

    Karla has 25+ years experience in the insurance industry. She began her career in South Florida working for regional insurance carriers in many different roles. Her vast experience includes commercial underwriting, marketing, management, reinsurance. She holds a master degree in business administration and her insurance designations include Accredited Adviser in Insurance and Associate in Underwriter. After 16 years in the insurance company side, Karla transitioned to the independent agency/broker field in the role of Commercial Client Manager and she is a Licensed NYS property & casualty broker. As an employee of the Ralph Ellis Insurance Agency she has been successful managing a large book of business and providing exceptional customer service and technical support to all her clients Her role include new business development, marketing accounts, and counseling clients while providing customized solutions tailored to their unique needs.

    Sarah Lee

    Sarah Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dutchess County Local Development Corporation and Executive Director of the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency. Ms. Lee is responsible for overall strategic planning, program development and delivery and budget preparation for the agencies. She will also oversee administration resource management, organization linkages and staff supervision of the DCLDC and its departments, including the Business Attraction and Business Retention and Expansion. Sarah Lee joined the former Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation in July of 2013 as a Business Development Specialist. Less than a year later, she became Director of Business Development. Lee previously held the position of Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Health Quest. Ms. Lee holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is a graduate of SUNY Albany.

    Mecca Santana

    Mecca E. Santana is the Vice President of Diversity & Community Relations for Westchester Medical Center. As the head of the Office of Diversity and Community Relations, she is responsible for building and leveraging relationships with external stakeholders in the diverse communities that make up the Hudson Valley, while also ensuring that all internal organizational policies and procedures are aligned with diversity and inclusion best practices. Prior to this position, Ms. Santana served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York. Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in September 2013, Ms. Santana was responsible for the creation and implementation of recruitment and retention initiatives designed to promote workforce diversity and inclusion, while also leading new initiatives to increase Minority & Women Owned Business (MWBE) procurement opportunities. Ms. Santana holds certifications from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Equal Employment Opportunity Studies and Diversity Management. Ms. Santana, who is licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey, graduated from Hofstra University School of Law in June 2000. As a law student, Ms. Santana represented clients in both the Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence clinics. Ms. Santana is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, where she double majored in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Ms. Santana was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and currently resides with her family in Rockland County. 

    Cindy Smith

    Cindy M. Smith CPA is a local accountant that services clients worldwide. A graduate of CUNY Lehman in 1986 Cindy worked in Manhattan, Westchester and since 2001 in Dutchess County. Cindy worked in public accounting and in industry for over 15 years. Thereafter started her accounting firm, first offering tax and accounting consultation services. Then expanding services to include auditing and financial statement services. Cindy was born and raised in the Bronx. Raised in the affluence of diverse cultures, provided an opportunity to develop an appreciation of the individual strengths in every culture. Strong ties to family and community grounds Cindy to provide a steady path of service.

     

    WLA Supports the Career Achievement Program with Mentors

    The Mentorship Program begun by the Women's Leadership Alliance continues under the guidance of the Chamber Foundation's Career Achievement Program. At a celebration at Mill House Brewing Company last night, awards were given to mentees completing the year-long program. 

    Attendees welcomed the 2016 group of mentors and mentees which includes 12 pairs! Many of the mentors are active WLA members. Good luck to this motivated group.

    The program’s mission is to:

    • Provide a fulfilling mentor relationship to enhance professional growth.
    • Help outline career aspirations and a realistic plan to achieve them.
    • Create a supportive environment that allows for knowledge exchange.

    For additional information about the mentorship program, please visit:http://www.chamberfdn.org/career-achievement-program

  • April 2016

  • Meet Moderator Lisa Ghartey

    Concrete Ceiling: Challenges Women of Color Face in the Workplace

    Join Us May 12, 2016 at 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

     

    Boardman Library, 141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie

    The Women's Leadership Alliance is hosting a panel discussion "Concrete Ceiling: Challenges Women of Color Face in the Workplace" on May 12 at 5:30 pm. Lisa Ghartey, Assistant Commissioner, Child Welfare and Community Services, New York State Office of Children and Family Services will moderate the panel discussion. Lisa attended Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., earning a degree in International Politics. After Georgetown, Lisa returned to New York to attend law school at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. During this time, Lisa spent a semester in London and attended the University College of London School of Law, where she had a wonderful opportunity to work with a Barrister and experience, the English Legal System first-hand.

    Starting her legal career in New York was an easy decision, and she has spent the majority of her career working to improve the lives of the residents of New York State. For 12 years, Lisa served as Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General. In 2011, Lisa was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Child Welfare and Community Services of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), where she presently works. At OCFS, Lisa’s main focus is on developing statewide programs designed to improve the lives of New York’s most vulnerable children and families. Most notably, Lisa has led a New York State coalition comprised of OCFS, Family Courts, and the State Education Department to create strategies to improve K-12 and post-secondary educational outcomes for children in foster care and Juvenile Justice.

    Additionally, Lisa is a member of the NYS Court Improvement Project, a federal program designed to build collaboration between child welfare and family courts in an effort to improve outcomes for the children and families we serve. Lisa represents OCFS as a member of the Governor’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Human Trafficking as well.Lisa lives in the City of Poughkeepsie with her husband, Michael and their two boys, Dayo and Femi.

    Click here to register. Invite your friends!

     

    Women Will Be on U.S. Currency in 2020

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew made history by announcing that Harriet Tubman will be featured on the $20 bill beginning in 2020. The new design will relegate Andrew Jackson—a former slave owner—to the back of the bill. The announcement also declared that five women pivotal to the suffrage movement—Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul—to the back of the $10 bill. The back of the $5 bill will honor Marian Anderson's 1939 groundbreaking performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 

    Read Treasury Secretary Lew's announcement.

    Read 21 Quotes to Celebrate the New $10 and $20 Bills

    Read How Harriet Tubman Was a Spy for the Union Army

     

    A lot to Say

    May 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    The KuBe (Old Beacon High School) 192 Verplanck Ave Beacon, NY

    Jocelyn Johnson-Kearney presents a wide range of original written work from an equally wide range of experiences. Short stories, poetry, monologue and other forms powerfully express a perspective informed by her and her family's deep involvement in the civil rights and black power movements, family life, and her work in human services. Ms. Johnson-Kearney earned a degree in playwrighting from Howard University, and has performed and produced some of her work in the Poughkeepsie area. She has written articles and a regular food column free lance for The Poughkeepsie Journal, and designed and conducted a ReadersTheatre program for Poughkeepsie area youth and children. She has been a community organizer, dedicated particularly to improving the Poughkeepsie City School District. An accomplished cook and jewelrymaker as well as a writer, Ms. Johnson-Kearney lives and works in Poughkeepsie. For more information visit:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1713213745632887/. 

  • March 2016

  • The Concrete Ceiling: Challenges Women of Color Face in the Workplace

    On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm, the Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA) is proud to present a panel discussion focusing on the ‘Concrete Ceiling’ at the Boardman Library in Poughkeepsie.  For decades people have discussed the realities of the ‘Glass Ceiling,’ the unseen yet unbreakable barrier that prevents women as a group from moving up the corporate hierarchy. The ‘Concrete Ceiling,’ is an even more formidable barrier that women of color face in the workplace. While we are aware more women are rising to the top as compared to decades past, the reality is that women are not advancing as a whole, by virtue of being women. This is even more so the case for women of color as evidenced by racism, lack of mentorship, lack of role models, exclusion from informal networks of key colleagues, and lack of opportunity to showcase breadth of skills/experience. While there is ample data focusing on the challenges women face in the workforce, there is glaringly limited discussion as it relates to challenges women of color face. 

    The WLA presentation will “show the true colors” of several women of color in our community. As leaders in their industry, the speakers will share personal instances when they’ve hit the Concrete Ceiling and what they did to challenge or overcome them. Attendees will learn how to recognize with discrimination based on color or gender, identify and cope with micro-aggressions in the workplace and seek professional support and mentorship.

    One of the WLA’s core tenets is collaboration. When women work together, we are stronger, more powerful and able to sidestep potential pitfalls. It is our hope that this panel will begin an ongoing discussion of how we can best support women of color in the workplace right here in the Hudson Valley.

    Event Schedule

    • 15 minute walk-in/light refreshments and networking
    • Chamber introduction of moderator
    • Moderator introduction of panelists
    • Panelists give brief bio and example of a time when they hit concrete ceiling
    • Moderator poses Q&A from write-ins and questions posed live 

    Moderator

    Lisa Ghartey, Assistant Commissioner, Child Welfare and Community Services, New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

    Panelists

    • Mecca Santana, VP of Diversity & Community Relations, Westchester Medical Center  
    • Karla Jerry: Commercial Insurance broker with Ralph V. Ellis insurance
    • Jen Brown, Attorney Legal Services
    • Cindy Smith, CPA 
    • Sarah Lee, Think Dutchess

    This event is free and open to the public thanks to lead sponsor Omega Women's Leadership Center and Cindy M. Smith, CPA P.C., Ralph V. Ellis Insurance and the Southern Dutchess NAACP. Thanks to Simply Gourmet for providing hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

     

    8 National Park Sites You Didn't Know Were Dedicated to Women's History

    Val-Kill made the list! See if you've visited any of the other parks in the Makers group of 8

     

    LUNAFEST: Short Films by, for, about Women™

    What: LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, the program of six films – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor – will travel to over 175 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people. Each year, various organizations bring LUNAFESTs to their communities and raise funds for their local non-profits as well as our main beneficiary – Breast Cancer Fund.

    When: Thursday April 14, 2016

    Time: 6-9:30 p.m.

    Where: Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library and Museum

    Presented by:

    • Breast Cancer Fund
    • Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK)
    • Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library and Museum

    Beneficiaries:

    • Breast Cancer Fund
    • Girls’ Leadership Worldwide program at ERVK

    Program:

    • Reception/light supper (food and wine donated by local restaurants and businesses)
    • Raffles (superior bundles of items generously donated by community businesses and restaurants)
    • Films (following brief introductions and comments about sponsoring organizations)

    Corporate/Business Sponsorship:

    • $5,000
    • $2,500
    • $1,000
    • $500
    • Other

    Individual Sponsorship:

    • $1,000
    • $500
    • $250
    • Other

     

    Tickets:

    • $35 for reception and films 
    • Add on raffle options at time of ticket sales 
    • Link to raffle website that also allows sales of raffle tickets. 

    For more information or to register, visit http://www.lunafest.org/hydepark0414 

     

    Get Your Girl Scout Cookie Fix!

    When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you make adventures possible with every box. While participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls develop important life skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics – that will set them up for success beyond anything they can imagine.

    That’s why we ask you to buy the delicious cookies you crave all your round from your local Girl Scout Cookie Professional. You will enjoy your favorite cookie even more knowing you helped her do all the amazing things she’s got planned for this year.

    Throughout the Hudson Valley, girls will be hosting cookie booths from April 8th– May 7th. You can use our Cookie Finder to find a sale near you. Also, in case you haven’t heard, last year the Girl Scout Cookie sale went digital – that means you can buy cookies from a girl through her personalized cookie website, or donate cookie to active and retired military personnel online! If interested, e-mail productsales@girlscoutshh.org and we’ll connect you with a local cookie entrepreneur.

     

    Embracing Change After 50

    Event Date
    April 14, 2016

    Event Start Time
    8:30am

    Event End Time
    12:30pm

    Event Location/Address
    Glass Lounge in Hudson Hall Mount St. Mary College 330 Powell Avenue Newburgh, NY 12550

    Event Website
    http://Embracingchangeafter50.eventbrite.com

    Event Contact Person
    Susan Valentine

    Event Contact Phone
    845 728-1289

    Event Description

    The Women In Transition Workshop provides a guiding framework to explore transition as women 50+ engage in structured conversations for personal reflection and learning, all within a supportive community of women on the same journey. The workshop will be professionally facilitated by Karen Mersen and Joanne L. Harpel members of The Transition Network. In this highly experiential TTN workshop you will:

    • Better understand the transition process
    • Enhance your skills for successfully navigating change
    • Learn what you will need to do to create a meaningful life
    • Create a "next steps" action plan
    • Engage and connect with other women age 50+ in transition

     

    First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let Girls Learn Initiative by Announcing New Anthem "This Is For My Girls"

    By MAKERS Team | March 15, 2016 

    Today, MAKERS takes action in response to a call to action by First Lady Michelle Obama in support of Let Girls Learn with the release of the brand new song “This Is For My Girls.” Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government-wide initiative launched by the President and First Lady which seeks to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are not in school, go to school and stay in school. Read the full story.

    Support the cause by ordering the song. 

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-is-for-my-girls-single/id1093266044

    Kelly Clarkson, Chloe and Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, and Zendaya come together on "This Is for My Girls,” a global call-to-action. All proceeds from each sale of this single will be donated to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, which helps break down barriers and stigma that prevent girls from getting the education they rightfully deserve. Learn more about how proceeds will support girls at www.donate.peacecorps.gov and about the #62MillionGirls campaign at www.62milliongirls.org.

     

    Frank’s Business Update – Free Money for Women

    Frank De Raffele for HVNN 

    Grants are FREE Money. A great thing. In fact, it is your tax dollars at work.

    Discover 11 different grants available for Women Owned Businesses. There are more, but this is a great start to seeing the different type of funding that is available. Nothing is guaranteed. You will have to meet certain requirements and you may be competing with others to get this grant money, but it may be well worth the time investment. After all, it is free money.

    Read the full article.

     

    Denise VanBuren to receive Martha Washington Woman of History Award

    Posted by Sharyn Flanagan for Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly

    When Denise Doring VanBuren speaks about how a restored Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters could bring the same kind of tourism to the Newburgh area that the Walkway over the Hudson has brought to Poughkeepsie, it’s easy to get caught up in her vision. “When the Centennial of the American Revolution came around, Congress decided to erect something to celebrate a century of peace,” she explains. “And did they put it in Yorktown? Do they put it in Saratoga? No; this amazing building, with a beautiful statue of Washington in the center, was built in Newburgh. Read the full article.

     
    Which Industries Have The Most Women In Senior Management?

    Excerpt from Forbes for Women 

    To mark International Women’s Day 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report showing that women still face enormous challenges finding and keeping decent jobs. Today, women have an employment-to-population ratio of 46 percent compared to nearly 72 percent for men. That represents an improvement of just 0.6 percentage points since 1995.

    The proportion of women in senior leadership roles around the world has also shown very little improvement over the past decade or so, currently standing at about 22 percent, according to Grant Thornton. The industries where women are most likely to progress into upper management positions are education and social services, along with healthcare. In these two industries, one in four senior managers is female on average. 33 percent of senior management roles in hospitality are held by women, along with 27 percent in the food and beverage sector.

    Read the full story.

     

    Wise Words from Female Founders in Tech

    Springwise posted thoughts from these women leaders in tech in celebration of International Women's Day. Read more.

    • Hannah Dow, Co-founder of Rudder
    • Lydia Daniller, Co-founder of OMGYES
    • Max Cohen, Founder of Wisher
    • Julia Salasky, Founder of CrowdJustice
    • Sahar Hashemi, Co-founder of Coffee Republic

     

  • February 2016

  • Support Former WLA NonProfit of the Year Hudson Valley House of Hope

    Art 4 Hope is a coming together of artists and friends of the Hudson Valley House of Hope domestic violence shelter in Dutchess County. Its goal is to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence in our community. Friends and artists are generously donating their works for an art sale on Sunday, March 6, 1-5 pm at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY. Art in various media will be sold. Selling prices for original works of art start at $20. $10 admission gets you a glass of wine, coffee/tea/cocoa and chocolates. To donate art, in any medium, or for any other questions, contact Maureen Crush 845 897-3400 or maureen@cvlawgroup.com. “Giving the children in our shelter the ability to paint or draw to express their trauma is invaluable; there are things they have seen and experienced no words can express”, said Executive Director, Rev. Luader Smith. “We so appreciate the arts community stepping forward and helping us raise funds and raise awareness for our mission”.

     
    Can I Get NYS Woman-Owned Business Certification?

    An event sponsored by WEDC (Women's Enterprise Development Center)

    March 31, 2016, 9AM to 12PM

    Location: The Accelerator 4 Crotty Lane, Suite 100 New Windsor,, NY 12553

    Make $$$$ With an M/WBE Certification!! New York State Buys More Than $37 Million worth of goods and services each year. The NYS goal is to purchase 30% from certified Minority/Women Business Entities (MWBE). You could be part of that 30%! Can I Get MWBE Certified & How? Topics include: What is M/WBE Certification? Should I Get Certified? The Benefits of Certification Am I Eligible to Apply? What is the Certification Process? Our guest speaker is Lin Simeti from the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Registration is from 9 to 9:30AM. Program begins promptly at 9:30AM. Register today to attend this valuable workshop!

    More information: http://wedcbiz.org/event/can-i-get-mwbe-certified-how-2/

     

    Vote for the 2016 WLA Nonprofit of the Year!

    The Women's Leadership Alliance annually chooses a nonprofit organization to celebrate and champion. A link to their site is included in our monthly email blasts that reach approximately 400 WLA members. We post information about their events on our website. We raise money with 50-50 raffles at our events throughout the year. We also try to support that organization in whatever volunteer capacity we can. 

    Join us for International Women's Day at the Walkway on March 5, 2016 at 9:30 am and cast a vote for the nonprofit you feel we should select for 2016. The WLA Executive Team has identified five outstanding candidates! 

    Astor Services for Children & Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children's mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs. Astor serves over 8,000 children and families in New York State's Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx. http://www.astorservices.org

    The Children’s Home provides services to children, youth and their families in one or more of the five programs that comprise our continuum of care: Group Emergency Foster Care, Campus Residential, Young Mothers, Agency Boarding Homes, and Supervised Independent Living/Transitional Living. The Home’s social workers and staff work closely with families to involve them in the healing process of preparing the children for return to family and/or readiness for full independence. http://www.childrenshome.us

    The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) inspires and empowers individuals and organizations to use their time, talent and resources to build a just and sustainable world, close to home and abroad. We accomplish this mission by providing cutting edge programs and experiences epitomizing Eleanor Roosevelt’s passion and commitment to human rights, principled leadership and social justice for all.

    ERVK was founded in 1977 to preserve Eleanor Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, New York and to provide programs inspired by her values and example. Today, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site is maintained by the US National Park Service (NPS) and ERVK is an independent not-for-profit organization. ERVK and the NPS have a unique partnership and collaborate on special projects. http://ervk.org

    Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Today, as yesterday, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. “We strive to provide girls with the support and resources they need to become confident independent women”, says Erik Anderson, Board President. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. From K – 12, we believe when girls are given the chance, they will change the world. This year, 100 young women will be honored for earning their Gold Award – a 100 year tradition of serving the community through outstanding leadership. We know that if you “Invest in Girls, they can Change the World”. http://www.girlscoutshh.org

    Omega Women's Leadership Center The OWLC is catalyzing a new way of envisioning women's leadership. We want to transform what it means to lead. We want to redefine power—from “power over” to “power with.” We offer an interdisciplinary leadership curriculum to support personal and professional development throughout the lifespan—for aspiring 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. 

     

    Fit Women Make Fit Leaders

    Join us on the Bridge for a Salute to International Women's Day

    Saturday, March 5, 2016

    The Women's Leadership Alliance will host a program with three dynamic women who are making a big difference in our local community.

    Keynote speaker Pamela Eddington, President of Dutchess Community College will speak on the topic of “Fit Women Make Fit Leaders.” An experienced educator and administrator with more than 30 years of service at community colleges in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D. assumed the presidency of Dutchess Community College in August 2014. The presidential search committee, board of trustees and campus community chose her after a national search, calling her the “right person at the right time” — a forward-thinking leader with demonstrated accomplishments in key areas that include enhancing student success; developing community-wide partnerships; strengthening educational pathways in science, technology, engineering and math; and fostering campus collaboration. 

    Krista Jones Founder of Sparrow’s Nest will talk about her mission to provide meals to families with parents who have cancer. Krista Jones is the Founder and Executive Director of Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley, a 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to provide meals for the families of Mom’s and Caregivers with cancer. In 2010, one of Krista’s closest friends was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer and she began cooking meals for the family. Not long after, Sparrow’s Nest took flight. The grass-roots charity was formed in 2012 providing five local families with home cooked meals prepared with love and care by Krista. To date, Sparrow’s Nest has provided over 1,000 individuals with meals prepared with the same passion as that first meal Krista made for her friend.

    Pari Forood will share the latest information on what women can do to protect themselves from breast cancer. Pari has been the Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation since its inception in 2004. The Foundation has given away over $1.5 million dollars to date for support services, education and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY. Ms. Forood oversees all foundation activities, events, fundraising and publicity and she has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and hospital publications.

  • January 2016

  • History Made: Buffalo Bills Hire NFL's First Full-Time Female Coach

    History has been made. The Buffalo Bills named Kathryn Smith the team’s quality control-special teams coach, making Smith the first full-time female coach in NFL history. Read the full story on Forbes for Women.

     

    The Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association: Impact on Board Members from Changes to the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law

    The Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association

    A Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

    Presents

    Impact on Board Members from Changes to the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce, The Conference Room

    1 Civic Center Plaza, #400, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    Registration & Networking: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm; Seminar: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Fees: $20 for WBASNY Members; $40 for Non-Members

    Credits: Attorneys: 1 CLE credit in Professional Practice*

    Lunch to be served from 11:30am – 12:00pm

    Presenter:

    Maureen Crush, Esq., Crush & Varma Law Group PC

    RSVP by January 14, 2016 to Lindsey Goldstein, President; Tel: (845) 473-5100; E-mail: mhwba@ymail.com

    Checks should be made payable to “The Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association” and mailed to:

    The Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association, MHWBA, PO Box 68, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    *Credits are pending. This program is transitional and appropriate for experienced and newly admitted attorneys. The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York has been certified by the New York State Continuing Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. Full and partial scholarships based on need are available. For guidelines and information, please contact Debra M. Burg at 845.897.3400. All requests are confidential.

     

    Spread the Word: International Women's Day 2016!

    Join us on the Bridge for a Salute to International Women's Day

    Saturday, March 5, 2016

    "Fit Women Make Fit Leaders"

    Share with your family and friends!

     

    Jane Bryant Quinn at Starr Library

    Best-selling author and prominent financial journalist, Jane Bryant Quinn, will discuss her new book, “How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide,” at Starr Library, Saturday, January 23, at 2 p.m.

    “What’s the biggest worry for people planning to retire or retired already? Quinn asks. “They’re afraid they might outlive their money.” Lifespans are getting longer, she says. “The question of how to stretch your income and savings over 30 years or more has never been so important.”

    Publishers Weekly calls Quinn’s book “a hugely valuable resource for readers, wherever they are on their personal financial timeline.” Says Booklist: “The clarity of her prose is matched with her generosity of spirit.”

    Quinn ranges over all the most critical retirement topics, including: How much income can you safely draw from your nest egg? What’s a worry-free way of investing for both security and growth? How much of your savings can you afford to spend to be sure of staying safe for the rest of your life? What’s the place of annuities and which kinds? What do the latest changes in Social Security mean to you?

    She also addresses the emotional changes that retirement brings. “After decades of working, we’re finally free, but free to do what? We have to reinvent our lives.”

    Quinn is the author of “Making the Most of Your Money NOW,” a complete guide to personal finance. This book has been in print – with regular updates – since 1991, and is in continual demand.

    She wrote long-running columns for Newsweek and Women’s Day magazines, and a column syndicated to 250 newspapers by The Washington Post. An Emmy award-winner, she appeared on both the CBS-TV morning and evening news, and hosted her own show, Take Charge!, on the Public Broadcasting System. Her personal finance column currently appears in the AARP Monthly Bulletin.

     

    Omega Institute Service Week Opportunity

    The WLA is pleased to share a unique opportunity offered by the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Every Memorial Day week since 2005, Omega Service Week has provided self-led working retreats for nonprofits. Depending on the work they do, nonprofit organizations choose to apply to one of two sessions during Service Week. The Strengthening Communities Summit brings together organizations that enhance community life, prioritizing applicants that address a range of social, economic or environmental issues in the Mid-Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Columbia, Putnam and Greene Counties). The Women Serving Women Summit, sponsored by the Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC), focuses on groups that are working in particular to serve the interests and needs of women.

    Organizations selected to participate in Service Week receive a 2-day, 2-night retreat at Omega, including free:

    • accommodations and meals
    • meeting space
    • access to Omega campus amenities
    • optional 1-hour consultation with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), representatives of which will be available on campus

    Service Week 2015 participants describe their experience in this short video.

    For more information or to access the online application, please see:

    Service Week 2016 Application and Information

    Applications are due February 1, 2016.

     

    Why Girls' Education Matters

    Central Asia Institute (CAI) works with communities in remote areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, to promote education, especially for girls. At home and abroad, CAI is committed to sharing its expert knowledge with the public. Their goal is to cultivate peace, nurture hope, and change the world, one child at a time. This year Central Asia Institute celebrates 20 years of promoting peace through education. This infographic shows why girls' education is so important.

     

    Go Red For Women Luncheon 2016

    Let’s unite to prevent heart disease and stroke. It’s time to put our hearts into it and Go Red For Women! Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year—more than all cancers combined. Go Red For Women inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives. Join us and be a part of the Go Red For Women movement.

    February 26, 2016 9:30 - 2pm
    The Grandview 176 Rinaldi Blvd Poughkeepsie NY 12601

     

    Webinar for MWBEs: Are You Ready to Sell to the Government?

    How to prepare your business to bid on government contracts Thursday, January 14, 2016 —12 PM to 1 PM. Local, state and federal, government agencies have high standards for their vendors. Lin Simeti, Program Manager for the REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center will show you what they are looking for, and provide you with the tools to get started in the procurement process. REGISTER today to take advantage of this valuable lunch and learn webinar.

    January 14, 2016 from 12 to 1pm

     

    For more information: Cynthia Marsh-Croll 845-363-6432 / cmarsh-croll@wedcbiz.org

  • December 2016

  • Start 2016 with Constructive Advice at NetGiving

    Act on your New Year’s resolution to improve your business or meet a personal goal! NetGiving is an intimate event where you will get ideas, suggestions and other invaluable advice. Most importantly, you will make meaningful connections that last well beyond the evening event.

    After a brief general networking session as participants wait for all guests to arrive, attendees will gather into small groups. Each person will take a turn sharing a general or specific challenge they need help with or goal they would like to achieve. Then they will receive advice, suggestions or offers to make connections from the group. Participants come away feeling invigorated by having helped others take steps toward their goals and dreams.

    This is a timed and structured event that lasts 2 hours from 5 – 7 pm at Café Maya, 2776 West Main Street in Wappingers Falls. 5-5:30 networking 5:30 program begins. Thanks to sponsor The Pines at Poughkeepsie, there is no charge to attend.

     

    SAVE THE DATE: Salute to International Women’s Day Saturday, March 5, 2016

    The Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Salute to International Women’s Day on Saturday March 5, 2016. Keynote speaker Pamela Eddington, President of Dutchess Community College will speak on the topic of “Fit Women Make Fit Leaders.” Krista Jones Founder of Sparrow’s Nest will talk about her mission to provide meals to families with parents who have cancer and Pari Forood of Miles of Hope will share the latest information on what women can do to protect themselves from breast cancer. The morning will culminate with our seventh annual Walk Across the Walkway in solidarity with women around the world.

    As part of the day's celebration, the 2016 WLA Nonprofit of the Year will be chosen (with your help) from among five organizations: Astor Services for Children & Families, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center at Val-Kill, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and Omega Women’s Leadership Center. The selection process is a simple ballot vote. The nonprofit organization with the most votes will be announced as part of the IWD ceremony.

    Harney & Sons Fine Teas will give away a gift basket as a raffle prize as well as share samples to the first walkers to check in. So, don't be late!

    Everyone is welcome to join us. So spread the word! This is a wonderful opportunity for young women, families and students to learn about women’s issues and for all of us to share in the solidarity of spirit with women around the world. Please click here to register.

    Thanks to lead sponsor MidHudson Regional Hospital! Other sponsors include Associa NY, Dutchess Community College and Poughkeepsie Galleria.

    The event will begin on the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge at 9 a.m. Shuttle buses will be provided for participants who wish to park on the Highland side of the river. Parking on the Poughkeepsie side of the river is limited.

     

    The Wisdom of Women December Event

    Join us for our 
Tuesday, December 15th event! 


    Dare to Dream Big.

    Cocktails at 6pm Dinner at 6:30pm

    The Wisdom of Women's mission is to give each other inspiration, support and community while empowering each of us to find the wisdom within ourselves and each other so we can share it with the world.

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015 6:00 PM

    BUTTERMILK FALLS INN & SPA

    
Milton, NY 12547

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    Bollywood Masala Dance Class!
    October 12, 2016 at 10:11 AM


    Bollywood is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. Bollywood Dancing is one of the hottest dances around! It is the foundation of every great Indian Bollywood Film. The dances are a fusion of traditional and classical indian dances with the influence of some jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. Timing and Rhythm, engery, and sharp controlled expressive movements are the important elements of Bollywood Dancing!
    Join Dutchess School of Performing Arts at 46 Noxon Road in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 for our 4 week workshop led by the amazing Miss Rupa Parikh!
    All ages are welcome (yes, Mom's too)!

    Please call the studio at 845-849-2966 or email with any questions .

    Costumes for the Pumpkin Parade!
    October 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    WLA Executive Team member Linda Campbell shows off costumes donated by Fun World Div. of Easter Unlimited for Grace Smith House's first pumpkin parade! The kids will certainly be delighted.

    Get dressed up for a great cause! Join Grace Smith House on October 30th in Poughkeepsie for their 1st annual Grace Pumpkin Parade and Costume Contest, when they will celebrate the spookiest of seasons and raise money for our local domestic violence non-profit organization. October is Bullying Awareness Month, and we encourage costumed creepers of all ages to dress up in non-violent costumes, be inspired by each other’s creativity, have fun and be safe during Trick or Treat. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED GSHpumpkinparade.org



    Women of Maidan Screening at Woodstock Film Festival
    September 28, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    The World Premiere of "Women of Maidan" will be at this year's Woodstock Film Festival. Directed by Olha Onyshko the film documents the 2013 uprising by ordinary women against the corrupt Ukrainian government to win a better future for their children. Onyshko will participate in a Q&A session. The film will show at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on Friday October 14 at 2:30 pm and at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Sunday October 16 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are available at woodstockfilmfestival.com.

    The 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival will be held October 13-16, 2016 in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Saugerties and Rosendale, New York. More than 150 independent films. Documentaries, features, shorts and animation. Panel discussions, concerts, parties and networking with some of the brightest stars of the film and music worlds.

    Here is the link to the full lineup we released: Full 2016 Film Festival Line Up

    September 27: Women Leadership Alliance Day of Collaboration
    September 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Behind closed doors, an estimated 30,000 acts of domestic violence occur every year in Dutchess County. Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive control, in which the relationship is characterized by increasingly violent and controlling behavior of an extended length of time. The abuse is not just physical violence against a partner – it can be sexual, emotional, psychological and financial as well. One in four women in their lifetime will experience domestic violence, and yet shame and social stigma continue to silence their voices. We must stand up for one another and as leaders of our communities raise our voices against domestic violence.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Women’s Leadership Alliance is proud to be collaborating with Grace Smith House to bring awareness of this crucial issue to our members. Grace Smith House is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year. For the past 35 years, Grace Smith House’s mission has been to empower survivors and their families to live free of domestic violence, offering shelter, advocacy, counseling and preventative education to Dutchess County. Grace Smith House offers free training to organizations and companies on the signs of domestic abuse, how to assist those suffering from abuse, and how to get help yourself.

    Throughout October, Grace Smith House is hosting a range of events to increase community awareness of domestic violence, including lectures and presentations, benefit drives, and fundraisers. For a list of events, please visit http://gracesmithhouse.org/events/details/121-gsh-35th-anniversary-october-events. Please consider donating or participating to Grace Smith House and their mission during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To learn more about the signs and types of domestic violence, and for more information about their events visit Grace Smith House at www.gracesmithhouse.org. If you or someone you love needs help, call Grace Smith House’s 24-hour crisis hotline, (845) 471-3033.

    LUNCH AT OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE to benefit HUDSON VALLEY HOUSE OF HOPE
    September 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Please buy your tickets for a 4 course lunch and unlimited soft drinks at Outback Steakhouse Route 9, Wappingers, on Sunday, October 9, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm ONLY $25 (80% of proceeds go to the shelter to support its mission). Silent Auction, too! Call 845 242-3184 to purchase tickets or email: Maureen Crush at maureen@cvlawgroup.com

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    September 20, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Learn How and What the Federal and State Governments buy, Certification for Small Disadvantaged/Women-owned/, HUBZone/Service Disabled Veterans businesses, Marketing to the Government Agencies, Subcontracting and Resources/Assistance

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    WEDC
    October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Think Dutchess Alliance For Business
    3 Neptune Rd, Suite A21
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    For additional information, contact Cynthia Marsh-Croll cmarsh-croll@wedcbiz.org

    Inspirational Day at Val-Kill
    August 8, 2016 at 9:17 AM


    The day couldn't have been more beautiful. Sunshine and blue skies welcomed members of the Women's Leadership Alliance at Val-Kill. First, we were treated to a tour of Eleanor Roosevelt's cozy, down-to-earth home by Park Ranger Ray. The walls were covered with black and white photographs of families and friends—including Amelia Earhart. The corner window spot was set for one of her afternoon teas; we envisioned the young Jack Kennedy asking for her endorsement to run for president.


    A short film about her life described some of her truly amazing achievements. She traveled the world promoting civil rights and improving social and work conditions. She represented the U.S. as delegate to the United Nations. And, most importantly, she helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


    Learning about Eleanor was the perfect preparation to meet two graduates of the Girls Leadership Worldwide program. Elle Ping and Mimi Taariq described their 9-day intensive experience as transformational. The program uses Eleanor Roosevelt's life and legacy as a model and brings girls from diverse backgrounds all over the world together to build self confidence and learn the skills to help reach their personal girls.


    Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega, an ERVK board member and mother of a graduate of the Girls Leadership program, led a spirited and personal discussion with Elle, Mimi and their mothers on how we can help girls become leaders.



    Thanks to Kathleen Durham, Executive Director of ERVK, for collaborating with the WLA on such an uplifting day!

    And, thanks to our sponsor Wainwright Financial Solutions!

    Meet Moms & Daughters of Girls Leadership Worldwide
    August 1, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Teaching Our Daughters to Become Leaders
    Thursday 1-4 pm August 4 at Val-Kill

    Join the Women's Leadership Alliance in welcoming these inspirational daughters and moms from the Girls Leadership Worldwide program.

    (Facilitator) Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega: Michele is the owner of Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega and Associates, the largest group private practice providing mental health services in Orange County. Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega was on the faculty full time at Yeshiva University from 1992-2000 at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Prior to this assignment she taught at SUNY New Paltz and Orange County Community College in the Social Sciences Division and worked within large social service agencies providing mental health treatment and social welfare programs. She currently is the volunteer Director of Development and board member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, as well as a board member of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

    Dr. Michele and her daughter, Natasha (GLW Alum 2009), did a year long project with elementary school children to create and publish a book and a play called "Are You My Sister?" The project focused on collaboration not competition between girls and the importance of treating each other with respect. All monies earned benefited local charities.

    Aminah Taariq (GLW Alum 2015, her mother will also be on the panel): I am a Hudson Valley resident, I am student body president (known as Clerk) at Oakwood Friends School, I am passionate about environmental justice and human rights, and I am actively involved in my local community.

    Elle Ping (GLW Alum 2014, her mother will also be on the panel): I am a rising senior at Rhinebeck High School in Rhinebeck, NY. Currently I am planning a hygiene drive in my high school to donate items to students and their families in the Poughkeepsie School District. Often people forget about donating hygiene products because they aren't needed for survival, so the places that accept donations run out of them quickly. I hope to raise awareness about this issue and help everyone stay clean.

    This event is a collaboration with the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill. The afternoon will include a tour of her treasured Val-Kill retreat, a screening of “Close to Home,” and a look at the permanent exhibit, “Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader.”

    The cost for this event is $20 for DCRCOC members; $25 for non-members. Click here to register or call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000.

    Sponsored by: Wainwright Financial Solutions


    Teaching Our Daughters to Become Leaders
    July 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    When: Thursday, August 4, 1-4 pm

    Where: Val-Kill Cottage and Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, Route 9G Hyde Park NY

    Eleanor Roosevelt! What an extraordinary role model she was! A First Lady who became one of the greatest global leaders of the 20th century.

    In a special afternoon event, WLA members will have an opportunity to learn more about this remarkable woman and her unprecedented and tireless efforts to advance civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights in general.

    This collaboration with the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill will include a tour of her treasured Val-Kill retreat, a screening of “Close to Home,” and a look at the permanent exhibit, “Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader.”

    Following the tour, a panel discussion – Teaching Our Daughters to be Leaders – will be held at ERVK’s Conference Center. Graduates of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center’s Girls’ Leadership Worldwide program will lead the discussion.Girls’ Leadership Worldwide, is a 9-day residential summer program for girls age 14-16. They come to ERVK each summer from all over the world to learn leadership as practiced by Mrs. Roosevelt, find their voices and to learn how to use those voices to make a difference in their own lives, their communities and the world. Light refreshments will be served.

    The cost for this event is $20 for DCRCOC members; $25 for non-members. Click here to register or call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000.

    Sponsored by: Wainwright Financial Solutions

    Get Your Share of Government Contracts – Become MWBE Certified Now
    July 12, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Women's Enterprise Development Center

    October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Free of Charge

    New York State Buys More Than $40 Billion worth of goods and services each year. The NYS goal is to purchase 30% from certified Minority/Women Business Entities (MWBE). You could be part of that 30%!

    Topics include:

    • What is MWBE Certification?
    • Should I Get Certified?
    • The Benefits of Certification Am I Eligible to Apply?
    • What is the Certification Process?
    • How Do I Get Expedited?

    REGISTER at http://wedcbiz.org/event/get-your-share-of-government-contracts-become-mwbe-certified-now/ to find out how to get your MWBE certification!

    Location: Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, 3 Neptune Road, Suite A21, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 / 845-363-6432

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    BetterU: Your Heart Health Is Why
    June 13, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Looking for that motivation to take the next steps for your heart health? Apply today for the 6th Annual BetterU Challenge presented by Central Hudson Gas & Electric.


    By doing nothing, you give heart disease a huge advantage. That’s why the American Heart Association needs your help. The battle won’t be won unless more women just like you are willing to join together to defeat the No. 1 killer of women. Go Red For Women has all kinds of ways to get involved and use your talents.

    You’ll be fighting for yourself, for those you love, and for women all over the world. You’ll make lifelong friends, and more importantly, you’ll make a difference!

    Get your company involved today contact Danielle Schuka today at 845.867.5379 or danielle.schuka@heart.org

    SAVE THE DATE
    The Go Red For Women Luncheon is moving to the fall.
    Friday, October 28, The Grandview, Poughkeepsie
    Health Exhibit Area / Expanded Educational Sessions / Guest speakers

    Girls' Engineering Camp at SUNY New Paltz
    June 6, 2016 at 8:31 AM


    Tinker camp is a program designed and run by SUNY Buffalo and has been running successfully over the past 3 years. We have decided to partner with them and run a sister camp here at SUNY New Paltz this summer. We hope to eventually extend the ages down to grade 7.

    I can describe the camp to you: it consist of 5 days, the girls will be doing four engineering projects in the fields of: mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering and electrical/computer engineering. They will be split up in groups and learn the process of design and test. For instance, in the biomedical engineering module they will be using an EKG heart monitoring system to measure the heart rates of different people with different activities and understand how the system works and how to measure data. In the mechanical engineering module, they will have access to our 3-D printing facilities and be allowed to create moving devices. Female engineering students from my group, Women In Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E) will be working with the girls the entire time, our hope is that they become role models to these girls and form a great relationship. Here is a link to the W.I.S.E group website: http://wisenewpaltz.wix.com/npwise

    They will also get an on-campus experience by dining in the middle of the week with the engineering students at the campus dining hall. Also throughout the week, they will get to visit three local engineering companies - one large, one small and one medium size. At the end of the week, we will have a banquet and invite the girls' parents to celebrate the end of the camp.

    Click here for more info on TINKER: https://www.tinkergirls.org/
    Click here for registration: https://www.tinkergirls.org/suny-new-paltz-registration

    A Day of Women in Tech
    June 2, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Join Hudson Valley Tech Meetup for the first ever Day of Women in Tech!

    Saturday, June 25, 20169:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    The focus is to create an environment for the day that celebrates what women in the Hudson Valley are doing with creativity, design, technology, leadership and entrepreneurship.
    Women, and Men, are encouraged to join us for this inaugural event.

    EVENT HOSTS

    Michelle Barone-Lapore, Vice President of Marketing at Rhinebeck Bank, Co-Anchor of Wakeup with Rhinebeck Bank, and DJ at 96.1 Kiss FM/iHeartMedia.
    Sabrina Schutzsmith, Co-founder of Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, Catskills Conf, PoughWorking, and Digital Empire.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
    Pamela Pavliscak, UX researcher, data scientist, and co-founder of Change Sciences.
    Sheila Apel, U.S. Regional Director, Corporate Citizenship at IBM

    BREAKOUT SPEAKERS
    Zoe Dunn, Co-founder & Principal, Hale Advisors
    Yulia Ovchinnikova, Tech Entrepreneur and Strategist
    Tiombe Tallie Carter, ESQ, Principal, Tallie Cater Law
    Constance Snyder, President/Art Director at CRSR Design, Inc.
    Nitya Narasimhan, Owner @Digital HV | Organizer @Google Developer Group | Startup Advisor & Community Hacker
    Tina M. Tarquinio, IBM z Systems Offering Manager, Government and Education
    Kelly Ryan-Fox, IBM Director, z Systems and Linux Client Care
    Shauna Keating, Junior Web Designer at Evolving Media Network

    EVENT SPONSOR
    We're grateful for the help of AT&T to support this Day of Women in Tech. Please join us and AT&T to celebrate the importance of creating a culture of diversity and inclusiveness for all, right here in the Hudson Valley tech community.

    VENUE SPONSOR
    Dutchess Community College has graciously offered their space for the event.

    For more information or to register, visit:

    http://www.meetup.com/hvtech/events/230544010/?rv=ea1&_af=event&_af_eid=230544010&https=off


    Women of Color Share their Stories
    May 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM


    On May 12th, the Women's Leadership Alliance hosted a panel discussion to discuss the challenges of the "Concrete Ceiling." Everyone is familiar with the "Glass Ceiling," the barrier that represents challenges women face in the workplace. A Concrete Ceiling is far more difficult to break through and what symbolizes the challenge that women of color face in the workplace.

    The audience of about 60 to 70 was immediately engaged as Moderator Lisa Ghartey, Assistant Commissioner, Child Welfare and Community Services, New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and the five women panelists shared their stories.

    Jen Brown is of African-American descent. After attending Dartmouth and University of Chicago Law School, she thought she'd proven she was worthy of any challenge. When she'd been passed over for a promotion twice to white men, she filed a complaint with the EEOC. Three months later she was fired. She ultimately won her case and relocated to Poughkeepsie to help others who have faced discrimination on the job.

    "I'm frequently the only one in the room with these features," she said pointing to her face. Sarah Lee is of Asian heritage. As Chief Executive Officer of the Dutchess County Local Development Corporation and the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency she works with the predominantly white male business community.

    Cindy Smith is from the Bronx—she doesn't mince words. As a young CPA and a woman of color, she worked in accounting firms who didn't value her skills. So, she took her career into her own hands and opened up a private practice. "Keep learning, work hard, always do your best," she offered as advice.

    Karla Jerry came to this country as a young girl and didn't speak a word of English. An insurance company gave her a secretarial job and she's been working in the industry ever since. Now she's Manager of Commercial Real Estate at Ralph V. Ellis Insurance Agency. "You have to show people that you do know what you're talking about, that you are an expert, even though you have an accent."

    Mecca Santana is used to talking about challenges people—particularly women—of color face in the workplace. A woman of color herself, she's currently VP of Diversity and Community Relations, Westchester Medical Center. Previously she served as Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York and before that as Executive Director of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Management for the Office of Equal Opportunity at the New York City Department of Education. "I'm not passive-aggressive. I'm aggressive-aggressive. And, I make no apologies for it. My attitude is they're lucky to have me." Mecca also pointed out that diversity is good for the bottom line. Companies who embrace the diversity in their own communities in their hiring policies tend to be better places to work.

    As the evening progressed, the discussion extended to the audience with many women sharing their own challenges. Moderator Ghartey closed the evening with a call for action, "Clearly, this issue is something we all need to recognize and address. We implore you to take action in your workplace. Stand up for those who are being discriminated against—for any reason. We invite you to help us find ways to continue this conversation." We need to recognize microaggressions—subtle demeaning messages or offensive acts towards people of color—and address them honestly and openly. Though the evening inside came to a close, many lingered outside until after dark.

    If you are interested in this topic, or other women’s leadership topics, and would like more information or to join the Women’s Leadership Alliance, please contact Molly Ahearn, Chair of the Women's Leadership Alliance at molly@fulldeckdesign.com.

    This event was free and open to the publicanks to generous sponsors Omega Women's Leadership Center and Cindy M. Smith, CPA P.C., Ralph V. Ellis Insurance and the Southern Dutchess NAAC.

    Harnessing the Power of the Purse against Domestic Abuse
    May 12, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    MAY 28, THURSDAY – POUGHKEEPSIE GRAND 5:30 TO 8:30 PM

    Handbags for Hope is the signature annual fundraising event of the Hudson Valley House of Hope, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. The Handbags for Hope event is a celebration of the power dedicated people and organizations have to change lives.

    TO SEE SAMPLES OF THE HANDBAGS, VISIT https://www.facebook.com/events/1529502883934971/

    Unique “Girls Night Out” featuring a shopping extravaganza of handbags– all types and price ranges – something for everyone! New designer bags, “gently loved” designer bags, unique bags, everyday bags and more. An assortment of jewelry, a basket raffle, 50/50 and an opportunity to catch up with other women over wine, our signature “Hope” cocktails, and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres – ALL INCLUDED.

    Individual Tickets $40.00 ($45 at the Door) Includes food, open wine bar and signature "Hope" cocktails)

    To register online, click on the handbag! http://hudsonvalleyhouseofhope.org

    We are raising funds at this event for critically needed shelter repairs and improvements.

    FOR INFORMATION CALL 845 897-3400 (de Ramon Crush PC – Maureen Crush) or Email handbagsforhope1@gmail.com

    The programs provided by this agency are partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess, Dyson Foundation and United Way

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