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
Robyn Cimbol, Chair
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.
Jocelyn Bowman, Chair
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.
Shirley Ferguson Jenks and Brenda Parkerson, 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.
Help WiD reach 1,000 members by sharing your passion for WiD! The Membership Committee volunteers serve as WiD ambassadors, encouraging friends and colleagues to join WiD and attend our events. WiD strives to attract and retain a wide, vibrant and diverse membership base. Committee members will greet and answer questions of event attendees, encourage individuals to become members during events, and follow up with individuals by email after events. Committee members also assist with strategic projects evaluating membership feedback and dues structure.
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.
Creates annual schedule of workshops and networking events, solicits suggestions for speakers and develops, implements and publicizes all events.
Julia Bonem and Melissa Cohen 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 & Leadership Development
Heidi Ihrig, and Diane Schoenthal, 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.
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 29, 2015. 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.