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Speaker Jennifer Smith and then voting for our 2018-2019 Officers
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May 2018 RNPW Newsletter Print

President's Message

Last weekend, I sat (in the pouring rain) at the college graduation of my oldest child, brimming with pride and gratitude for the amazing opportunities she has had in college and will continue to have in the future. In three weeks, I’ll sit through the high school graduation of my youngest child (indoor this time, thank goodness), again marveling at the way he has grown throughout the last four years and is entering a whole new chapter of life ahead. My middle child comes home from college today, having just finished his sophomore year and absolutely thriving in his course of study. As a mom, I am beyond grateful for the access to excellent education for my kids. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Unfortunately, I think that many of us have grown accustomed to having education so readily available and have taken it for granted. This is not the case for everyone around the world or even right here in our own community.
This is part of the reason Rockford Network is so passionate about empowering women who are 23 and older to go back to school if needed to reach their dreams. Every year, we provide a $2500 scholarship to one such woman who demonstrates she is working hard and has financial need to finish her education. We receive amazing applications, and our scholarship committee spends time interviewing each woman to try and make the best possible choice. At our next lunch meeting, you will hear from past years’ recipients and meet this year’s scholarship recipient. It will be an amazing day to celebrate and empower women who are furthering their education to reach their full potential. I hope you will join us!
Thanks to everyone who came to the Professional Development Workshop, which is our primary fundraiser for our scholarship fund. We had a record attendance this year, as well as the inclusion of 58 young women who were high school seniors. The feedback we received was overwhelming positive, and we netted a record $6000 for our scholarship fund! This will serve women well for years to come, and I am extremely grateful to our committee chairs, Beth Mead and Karen Arce, and the entire committee for all their hard work to ensure success!
I’ll close with another favorite quote: “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true eduction.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) May we each pursue lifelong learning and development so both intelligence and character are natural outflows of our life. See you at lunch!

Tiffany Staman



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Member News

Reflections on RNPW Professional Development Day

This year’s RNPW PD workshop was a huge success!  We were pleased that we were able to raise the necessary funds for this year’s scholarship recipient.

With 162 ladies in attendance, (including 54 high school gals) the morning was a great time of sharing and self -exploration.  The energy was positive and many women saw themselves as “leaders” in new and different ways, both professionally and personally.      

The venue and atmosphere were a nice change too!  Here are some comments that attendees shared:

"Just wanted to take a minute and tell you it was an amazing program and I really enjoyed all the ladies at my table today at MNTS.  Great job in putting it together"

"I walked in to BHS today at the same time the girls got back from the conference.  They all were very excited and enjoyed their day." - Nik Butenhoff, Director of Career Readiness - Belvidere School District

"I would like to thank Bethany for a wonderful time this morning.  I'm sure it was a positive time for all the girls that attended and I believe their attendance affected many of the women attending.  The girls were very open and articulate, and the workshop allowed for a lot of personal insight.  Christine Appell, School Counselor District 205


Thank you to all of you who attended to make this a success, for your support and the countless kind words!   And…. A very heartfelt thanks to our sponsors who make this scholarship opportunity possible, we appreciate you!

Beth & Karen, PD co-chairs


Some more photos to share from the day



Shared from Member Mary Jo Hare, ServPro Rockford

In October 2017, community members gathered at Rock Valley College to consider which of five priority areas (Poverty Reduction, Employment & Workforce Development, Community Safety, Healthy Living, Education) had the most energy and urgency for change in our community. When Education clearly came out on top, work began to determine a specific education outcome on which a collective impact effort should focus. The Collective Impact Project Team, informed by work by Transform Rockford, Alignment Rockford, and Rockford Public Schools, has determined that the focus outcome of this effort should be ensuring that every child is reading at or above grade level by the time they end third grade.


Tuesday, June 5th, we welcome Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute back to Rockford to help continue to build a movement for change around the common agenda of improving third grade reading outcomes. You are invited to participate in two facilitated sessions:

  1. Morning Stakeholder Forum: Broad array of stakeholders whose work impacts this outcome will help us identify barriers to success and begin to align activities around the common agenda of every child reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade.
  2. Afternoon Initiative Support Forum: Designed to explore the role Alignment Rockford will play as a "backbone organization" and the additional capacity that may be provided by closely-linked partners. Additionally, we'll consider when and how to best engage community participants (families, students, and more) in this collective impact effort.


You already play a key role in this work and your voice and experience are vital to inform the continued development of this movement. Please join us!

You are welcome to attend one or BOTH of the sessions.

Register to attend the MORNING forum:

Register to attend the AFTERNOON forum:


Jennifer Smith, M.B.A. ‘14

Program and Membership Coordinator

Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Rockford University



Did you know?


RNPW Mission Statement

Rockford Network of Professional Women exists to encourage professional and personal growth for all women through education, mentorship, and networking in order to serve one another and our community.

Core Values
1. Hospitality
2. Inclusivity
3. Relational
4. Respectful
5. Inspirational
6. Positivty
7. Empowering
8. Growth



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Website Tips and Tricks

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Did you know that you can view all your past and future transactions in the Member Area?  Simply login and under the MEMBER AREA menu, click the "View My Registration/Order History".  If you can't remember if you registered for one of the meetings, you will instantly see if you have or not.

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Please email any questions or suggestions to regarding the RNPW website.

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Calendar of Events

Register Today for May Luncheon

May Luncheon - Perspective....A View from Lifelong Learners

May 21, 2018
11:30 AM CDT - 1:00 PM CDT

Forest Hills Country Club
5135 Forest Hills Road
Rockford , IL 61107
Venue website

Scholarship Panel



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Welcome New Members


Penny Bauer, Controller
Uniwest Enterprises

Tricia Franklin, Area Director
Gallagher Benefit Services

Danielle Hall, Interior Designer
Danielle Hall Designs

Dr. Colleen Noe, Chiropractor
Circle of Wellness

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Thank you for reading!

Comments and suggestions are always welcome!


Sue Snyder

Communications Chair, Rockford Network of Professional Women

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