Upcoming Events:


Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Awards

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Strathallan Rochester Rooftop Ballroom

Women's Council presents the Young Women of Distinction (YWOD) Award in an effort to nurture Rochester’s next-generation of women leaders! The award and event recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding female high school seniors throughout the Greater Rochester Area for their academic excellence, leadership, and community service. This event is for 2019 Women's Council members, in addition to YWOD finalists and their supporters. Space is limited, RSVP to Cassidy Franklin, cassidy.franklin@greaterrochesterchamber.com.


RocIDEA Connection: Intersectional Feminism II

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

6:00 – 8:30 PM

Douglass Auditorium, 36 King Street, Rochester NY 14608

Join RocCity Coalition, in partnership with the Women's Council, Rochester Young Professionals, Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley, and 540WMain Communiversity for the next RocIDEA Connection. This event will be a thought-provoking and engaging community driven workshop on intersectional feminism. During this two hour session, through presentation, Q&A, and small group discussion, this workshop will unpack the concepts of identity, intersectionality and feminism through a historical, political, and social lens. The workshop will challenge participants to explore and analyze their internal biases and identities and examine how all active feminists can be more inclusive and intersectional in their practice. This workshop will be facilitated by Maya Crane from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Iman Abid from the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and Calvin Eaton, Founder of 540WMain Communiversity.

This event is free and open to adults of all ages and gender expressions. Networking begins at 6 pm and the facilitated workshop promptly at 6:30 pm. Space is limited.


GO! Game On - Honest Biz Talk for Women

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

8:00AM - 12:00PM

The Strathallan, 550 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14607

Get your Game On (“GO”) at this half-day event focusing on what it takes to be a successful woman in business and lead at any level in your career. Come learn why perfection is not a pre-requisite to leadership, why courage is the new competitive advantage, and why self-care is no longer a luxury but a must have. You’ll also learn key strategies for negotiating your worth whether you’re seeking a new job or staying put, as well as how to deal with toxic colleagues. Lastly, hear some straight talk from Rochester’s leading women in business who have agreed to answer your burning questions in our “Ask Me Anything” panel, focusing on gender diversity in the workplace.

Whatever stage of career you’re in, you will leave with tangible take-aways, key strategies, and an expanded network of amazing professional women. Plus, you’ll design what success looks like for you. Join the Women’s Council and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce for a one-of-a-kind event designed to get your GO!

$65 per person (Members)
$80 per person (Non-Members)


Roc Girl Gang Panel: Leadership

Saturday, May 18, 2019

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Kin Event Space, 52 Sager Drive, Rochester NY 14607

The next Roc Girl Gang Panel is on the topic of LEADERSHIP on Saturday, May 18, and the Women's Council is thrilled to be sponsoring this event.

Panelists are past ATHENA Award finalists and include: 

Lauren Dixon (Keynote), CEO Dixon Schwabl

Sitima Rana Fowler, CEO of Capstone Information Technologies

Dr. Lesli Myers-Small, Superintendent of Brockport Central School District & Author

Erin Tolefree, Executive VP at Baldwin Richardson Foods

The keynote speaker and panelists will share stories of their journey to leadership, and their struggles along the way. Join us Saturday, May 18 (10 am - Noon) at Kin Event Space, proudly sponsored by the Women's Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, Glen Edith Coffee, and Boxcar Donuts & Chicken! Tickets are $30 and available beginning Thursday, April 18 (at 8pm).