rochester women's network

Past "W" Award Recipients

2018 Sr. Diana Dolce, S.S.J.
2017 Shirley King
2016 Joy Bergfalk
2015 Reverend Vernice Warfield
2014 Daisy Algarin
2013 Marietta Avery
2012 Dee Alexander
2011 Kathryn Thomas
2010 Sally Ward
2009 Mary Catherine "Kitty" Van Bortel
2007 Rosa Wims
2006 Germaine Knapp
2005 Elaine Gallina Spaull
2004 Cynthia Herriott
2003 Dr. Cynthia McGill
2002 Carol Love
2001 J. Christine Wilson
2000 Denise Pieratti
1999 Nan Johnson
1998 Charlotte Klose
Reverend Mary Benjamin*
B.J. Mann **
1997 Sharon Stiller
1996 Sabra Wood
1995 Joyce Herman
1994 Dr. Carol Harter
1993 Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter

* Humanitarian Award | **Lifetime Achievement Award

RWN Women Inspiring Women Award Honorees 2018

The Women Inspiring Women Award:  A Celebration of Women

Established in 1986, the annual "W" Award recognizes a local woman who goes above and beyond to help other women succeed in their professional and personal lives, and inspires other women to exceed expectations and achieve their goals.

The prestigious "W" Award is presented to a woman who works tirelessly on behalf of women. The winner goes above and beyond the day-to-day expectations of her paid or unpaid position to support the personal and professional growth of women. She empowers and influences women to learn, grow, advance and succeed by her example. She inspires women through her courage, initiative and creative energy and exemplifies a high standard of integrity and respect for others.

For 32 years, RWN has hosted the W Awards dinner to recognize women who have worked tirelessly, and often with little recognition, to mentor, support, and improve the lives of their sisters. If you've attended this event in the past, you know the night is filled with joy, laughter, and sometimes even tears as we revel in the uplifting stories of the honorees and announce the winner.

2018 Women Inspiring Women Award Honorees

We are pleased to announce the Honorees for 2018:

  • Tammy Butler Fluitt, Executive Director, Samaritan Center of Excellence
  • Sr. Diana Dolce, S.S.J, Founding Executive Director, Hope Hall
  • Mary Therese Friel, Founder & Owner, Mary Therese Friel, LLC
  • Jennifer Hackett, President, Camp Puzzle Peace, Inc
  • Constance Mitchell-Jefferson, Minority and Women Business Enterprise Officer, City of Rochester


It's not too early to nominate a deserving woman for 2019!

Nomination deadline March 1, 2019

  W Award nomination form for 2018   

Thank Your to Our 2018 Event Sponsors

Elizabeth Wende Brest Care Northwest Bank Wegmans
  Woods Oviatt Gilman  


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