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Rochester Chapter

The Association for Women in Communications is a community of professional writers, editors, journalists and broadcasters providing educational programs, career development opportunities, and mentoring to colleagues and students.


Next meeting:

Toic and speaker to come
February 23, 2012. Details at right.

Contact us...


PO Box 10659
Rochester, NY 14610
phone: 585-234-2807 or 585-248-8464








Upcoming AWC-Rochester chapter meetings

AWC-Rochester meets on the fourth Thursday of every other month unless otherwise noted.

February 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012: Topic and speaker to be announced

6:30-9 p.m., Thursday, February 23 , at the Renaissance apartment building, 2500 East Avenue, with dinner by the Flour City Diner


Chapter news ...

Getting back in gear

With AWC having recently celebrated its 100th year of service to women in all aspects of the communications profession, not to mention the continuing need to advocate for workplace parity for women and to provide networking opportunities in today's challenging economy, it would be a shame to let AWC-Rochester founder. Let's bring the chapter back to life! Please consider pitching in to bring AWC-Rochester back to its former glory. I can't do it alone.

For membership details, go to: http://womcom.org/membership/join.asp

One idea from the centennial AWC conference is to share officerships, so no one person is burdened with more work on behalf of the chapter than she can manage. If you have hesitated to take on a leadership role, now is the time to step up and offer to share one of those roles!

Officers needed!

We're still looking for board and committee volunteers. If you're interested in serving on the AWC-Rochester board or a committee, please contact current president Ruth E. Thaler-Carter at president@awc-rochester.org. To reduce the responsibilities and time commitment of officership, some positions may be shared between two volunteers. Rebuilding our committees also will help make volunteering more manageable.

The current officers and committees of AWC-Rochester are as follows. More committee members are always welcome. To volunteer, call AWC-Rochester at (585) 234-2807 or send a message to info@awc-rochester.org.

Interim president - Ruth E. Thaler-Carter
Vice-President for Membership - open
Vice-President for Programs - Jean Sica-Lieber
Vice President for Communications - Ruth E. Thaler-Carter
Treasurer - open - urgent!
Secretary - open


PR Committee

Membership Committee

Website/Job Bank


Program Committee

Highlights of recent meetings

November 2011

Wondering how to get or keep your communications career on track? Participants in the November 2011 meeting of AWC-Rochester learned how from Judith Ellison Shenouda, owner of Shenouda Associates Inc., a Rochester-based technical communication firm, and author of the new book, Career Success in 12 Easy Steps: A Journal. An autographed copy of the book, which was featured in the October 23, 2011, Democrat and Chronicle "Spotlight on Authors" column and provides exercises and journaling activities, was included in the cost of the meeting.

Shenouda walked participants through steps in her book, with everyone adding their personal takes on what each step meant to them. It was a lively, upbeat session that everyone agreed was just what they needed to get their career plans in focus for the new year.

For more information, contact Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, AWC-Rochester, at 248-8464.

January 2011

Using social media - Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. - for job searches, branding, networking and other purposes.

February 2011

AWC-Rochester purchased a table for 10 for the annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon, on February 16 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. We had a great time networking toether and learning about how "What Happens in Rochester Changes the World"! Details to come.

Online connections

AWC-Rochester has a group at LinkedIn. To join the group, go to:


We also are looking at converting the chapter website into a blog format, to allow members to participate in online discussions here. We'll keep you posted.

Community events

Be sure to check our Community Events page for non-AWC events that may be of interest to our members. If you have a communications-related event you'd like to see listed, please send details to web@awc-rochester.org.

Rochester Skyline Banner

The glorious panorama of the Rochester skyline at the top of this page is the work of Hoss Firooznia. A future site update will include an "About this photograph" page with more information about the picture and a link to Firooznia's online gallery. He's given us permission to use his photograph on our website and in print publications. Please respect his copyright.

The Fine Print

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