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Committees & ChairsCommittees & Chairs

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Women in Development (WiD), New York is a volunteer driven organization. Our committees are made up of women who are at the top in the development field. Serving on a committee helps to advance the mission of WiD and is also an excellent networking opportunity. Committee appointments are generally for 2 years and open to WiD members only.


Career Advancement & Coaching
Nina Hanan and Susan Seliga, Co-Chairs

Give back to the next generation of WiD!  The Career Coaching program matches individuals who seek one-on-one career guidance from an experienced member of WiD.  This exclusive benefit of membership is tailored to the goals and needs of each coachee as this program encourages ongoing mentoring relationships.  This committee seeks individuals to serve as volunteer coaches, as well as help recruit new coaches from WiD membership.


Sharon Kossoff ,Chairs

Keep WiD’s programs and events top-of-mind for development professionals!  The Communications Committee highlights WiD programs, events and benefits, synthesizes relevant news, builds community, and generates buzz about the organization and its activities.  Committee members oversee the creation and maintenance of WiD’s marketing materials, our eNewsletter, and our social media presence.


Job Bank

Janet Heit and Marcela Hahn, Co-Chairs
Be in the know about job postings and help create “buzz” for WiD’s cornerstone resource:  The WiD Job Bank.  Use your facility with social media to help push out communications about the Job Bank and highlight a “job of the week.”  If you have experience with public relations, are an expert communicator, or are experienced in the Search field, this is a great volunteer opportunity. Creative, enthusiastic volunteers with an interest in promoting the Job Bank are encouraged to apply.


Luncheon Programs

Carolyn Gray and Catherine Reed, Co-Chairs
Creates annual schedule of luncheons, solicits suggestions for speakers and develops, implements and publicizes all events.


Membership Committee

Robyn Cimbol, Vice President and Julia Bonem, Chair

The Membership Committee strives to achieve two goals:  to recruit and retain WiD members and to enhance the value of WiD membership.  Both depend on a cadre of devoted WiD members personally to reach out to fellow members.  WiD members span a wide range of ages and career stages.  The Membership Committee assures that there is a variety of program offerings to address the interest of our diverse membership.  We are looking for friendly, outgoing committee members who are willing to connect to WiD members at each program to welcome and serve as a resource.  We would also like to have a few committee members who are willing to monitor the membership and personally reach out to those whose membership is about to lapse.  In addition, we can use women who are willing to look at the list of current WiD members to identify potential new members at all membership levels. 



Shirley Jenks and Susan Kotcher, Co-Chairs

Responsible for recruiting new Board members, seeking to ensure well-rounded, diverse leadership through the solicitation of board nominations throughout the year from Board and Committee Chairs.  Meets with and assesses nominees.  Presents slate of prospective members and their biographical information to Board for approval, and provides new Board member orientation and organizes, with support of management, a Board dinner for existing and prospective Board members each year.


Special Programs

Yolanda Johnson and Lane Richards Peace, Co-Chairs

Creates annual schedule of workshops and networking events, solicits suggestions for speakers and develops, implements and publicizes all events.


Phyllis Dunlop and Francesca Ryan, Co-Chairs

Use your fundraising skills on and off the job to open doors for WiD!  Raise revenue through corporate, nonprofit, and individual sponsorship to ensure WiD’s financial sustainability.  These sponsorship funds help WiD to reduce the cost of membership dues, event ticket sales, and other organizational costs.  The Sponsorship Committee seeks volunteers to engage and maintain relationships with sponsors for luncheons and other special events.


Volunteer Management
Allison Mousin Cryer and Didi Lacher, Co-Chairs
Recruit and retain volunteers to support the committee-driven work of WiD! The Volunteer Management and Leadership Development Committee is dedicated to recruiting and matching interested volunteers with our greatest needs and opportunities. This Committee helps to build the well of future leadership by matching the talents of WiD members to appropriate committees, giving volunteers an opportunity to shape the future of the organization.


Woman of Achievement Award Luncheon
MaryAnn Routledge and Andrea Brown, Co-Chairs

Become a part of our signature event where WiD recognizes a distinguished philanthropist in the field!   The Woman of Achievement Committee plans and executes this exciting event slated for May 5, 2017.  Individuals with event planning experience or a deep desire to learn, as well as those with public relations and communications experience (especially social media) will be particularly valuable on this committee.