Upcoming Meetings

April 2021 - Virtual Meeting - Resilience Recap

Fun and Interactive lunch hour sharing stories of Resilience
April 19, 2021 | 11:30 AM CDT

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May 2021 - In Person Event at Anderson Japanese Gardens - Meaningful Relationships

Meaningful Relationships-Mentorships in the workplace Presenter: Teresa Beach-Shelow President, Superior Joining Technologies, Inc
May 17, 2021 | 6:00 PM CDT

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June 2021 RNPW Meeting - Virtual Meeting on Financial Decisions

Presenter: Carol Anderson
June 21, 2021 | 11:30 AM CDT

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About Us

In March 1981, four Rockford women met to discuss how women in the Rock River Region could join forces in support of other women.  From this meeting, the concept of the Rockford Network of Professional Women (RNPW) evolved.  

Those four women were Mildred Berry, Barbara Chapman, Marcella Harris, and Jeanine Wortmann.

Weekly organizational meetings were held with attendance increasing steadily. Standing rules were formulated and the Rockford Network of Professional Women became official in June 1981.


Vision Statement

Rockford Network of Professional Women is a dynamic organization in the greater Rockford region that connects, empowers, and inspires women.

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


RNPW Purpose 

  • To encourage women to attain leadership roles in the immediate and expanded community and to provide the preparatory training and the support that wil enable them to perform effectively.

  • To provide an appropriate and needed forum for corporate and professional women to give and seek help in the advancement of their careers.

  • To provide job-related support.

  • To develop an information base for civic, professional, and personal pursuits.


Current Board of Directors (volunteer-based)

More About Us

One of the purposes of forming RNPW was also to provide a scholarship opportunity to a deserving woman in the Rock River Region to pursue her professional endeavors.  More about that scholarship information and history is on our Scholarship Page.

At monthly meetings, RNPW members and guests come together to connect with, learn from and support one another. An hour later we emerge energized and inspired to move forward in our careers and community volunteer projects!  Click here for upcoming meetings/events.

Rockford Network is not a business referral organization; rather, our focus is on educating and inspiring women to excel at their professional endeavors. However, there is no denying that membership in Rockford Network leads to beneficial relationships with women of influence throughout the Rock River Valley….women who become valued friends, mentors and clients.  Click here for more Member Benefits.

Rockford Network of Professional Women typically meets on the third Monday of every month (excluding July and August) at a convenient, local venue. Our luncheon meetings typically feature a guest speaker as well as time for networking; evening meetings are occasionally held. Annual dues are extremely reasonable.  JOIN NOW.

Past RNPW Presidents

  • 2018-2019 Michelle Bowman
  • 2017-2018 Tiffany Staman
  • 2016-2017  Karen Keller
  • 2015-2016  Kim Millhorn
  • 2014-2015  Jan Bowman
  • 2013-2014  Lindsey Gregg
  • 2012-2013  Stacy Wallace
  • 2011-2012  Tonya Thayer
  • 2010-2011 Karen Anderson
  • 2008-2010  Jean Beranek
  • 2007-2008  Holly Hanson
  • 2006-2007  Shirley DeBendetto
  • 2005-2006  Andrea Azar
  • 2004-2005  Kathy Velasco
  • 2003-2004  Monica Glenny
  • 2001-2003  Pamela Hedges
  • 2000-2001  Mary McCarthy
  • 1999-2000 Scheila Snider
  • 1998-1999 Patti Thayer
  • 1997-1998 Tawn Jacobs
  • 1996-1997 Cheryl Marshall
  • 1995-1996 Mary Ann Gosdick
  • 1993-1995 Carol Jambor-Smith
  • 1991-1993 Victoria Benson
  • 1990-1991 Fran Morrissey
  • 1989-1990 Nancy Flanagan
  • 1988-1989 Pat Branch
  • 1986-1988 Susan Puls
  • 1985-1986 Jan Albert
  • 1984-1985 Nancy J Smith
  • July-Dec 1983 Sandra Lichner
  • Jan-June 1983 Shirley Henley
  • Jul-Dec 1982 Sandra Lichner
  • Jan-June 1982 Estelle Black
  • May 1981 Rotating Chairs for six months:  Barbara Chapman, Estelle Black, Mildred Berry, Marcella Harris, Alice Heath, Eileen Hogshead, Joyce Holmberg, Olive Fenton
  • April 1981 Chairpersons ProTem Margaret Wyeth and Estelle Black


Charter Members

  • Alice Adair
  • Nora Alter
  • Joyce Anderson
  • Judy Barnard
  • Mildred Berry*
  • Susan Blewett
  • Barbara Chapman*
  • Georgia Cooper
  • Sue Coppernoll
  • Susan Duval
  • Lindy Ellingwood
  • Dorothy Espenscheid
  • Ruth Fletsch
  • Dolores Ford
  • Dawn Hallsten
  • June Halvorson
  • Judy Hanson
  • Marcella Harris*
  • Alice Heath
  • Shirley Henley
  • Vivian Hickey
  • Eileen Hogshead
  • Joyce Holmberg
  • Betty Johnson
  • Cynthia Johnson
  • Barian Karp
  • Constance Lane
  • Sandra Lichner
  • Debra Lockhart
  • Jane McAfee
  • Susan Molyneaux
  • Patricia Nelson
  • Virginia Nyquest
  • Sherry B Paulson
  • Sandra Pearson
  • Jayne Pheiffer
  • Judy Picus
  • Georgia Poythress
  • Dolores Premo
  • Barbara Sadtler
  • Olive Samuels
  • Jackie A Shair
  • Mary Siebold
  • Sally Smith
  • Aline Stomfay-Stitz
  • Justine Walhout
  • Jeaine Wortmannn*
  • Fleur Wright
  • Margaret Wyeth
  • Millie Zimmerman