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
Terry Karamanos and Robyn Cimbol, Co Chairs

Recruit volunteer coaches and match them with interested WiD members seeking one-on-one coaching and career guidance at all levels of experience. Assist WiD members in their professional development by encouraging ongoing mentoring relationships. Collaborate with other WiD committees to further advance members’ networking skills and support their participation in additional learning opportunities. Continually improve the quality of the coaching experience.


Jocelyn Bowman and Melissa Meredith, Co Chairs

Solicits, writes, and edits material for WiD newsletters and website. Oversees content and production of newsletter and creation of marketing and membership materials.  Manages the WiD LinkedIn Group. Handles WiD materials and descriptions required for other publications.  Updates content of WiD website and ensures site’s functionality and features, and ensure that they are maintained and expanded to meet needs of members and others.


Job Bank

Shirley Ferguson Jenks and Brenda Parkerson, Co Chairs
Works to maximize revenue from the Job Bank while providing optimal customer service to users of the Job Bank –  job seekers from WiD membership and job advertisers, e.g. nonprofit organizations and executive search firms.  Focusing on the enhancement of communications with these constituents in 2013-2014.


Luncheon Programs
Carolyn Gray and Jane Karlin, Co Chairs
Creates annual schedule of luncheons, solicits suggestions for speakers and develops, implements and publicizes all events.


Martha Lauria and Carmel Napolitano, Co Chairs

Promotes WiD membership in non-profit community, recruits new members and renews existing members, tracks and analyzes constituency profiles, liaises with other committees on programs to meet new member needs, and markets WiD.



Phyllis Dunlop 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 Laurie Krotman, Co Chairs

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
Identifies and solicits prospective sponsors for WiD.  Develops sponsorship opportunities, devises recognition for, and acknowledges sponsors.


Volunteer Management & Leadership
Heidi Ihrig, Chair
Responsible for recruiting and retaining volunteers for WiD. This includes: creating a pathway of increasing responsibility for new members-volunteers; developing and implementing an annual evaluation system; fostering mentoring relationships between new and experienced WiD volunteers; and developing a deep well of WiD members from which to draw future leadership.


Woman of Achievement Award Luncheon
Melissa Cohen and Francesca Ryan, Co Chairs

Identifies candidates and proposes them with their biographical information to the Board for a vote, and secures honoree for annual Woman of Achievement award.  Oversees all arrangements and promotion for WOA Luncheon with the support of management including:  selection of date, venue, menu, event logistics, invitations, programs, obtaining the award and attending to special needs for honorees and their guests.