Press

Jenn Andrlik, executive editor at Westchester Home magazine, Nancy Ward, morning anchor for FIOS1 News Lower Hudson Valley, Lisa Kaslyn of Prosper Communications, Jamie Imperati, PWW President, Anne Jordan Duffy, associate publisher at Westfair Communications, Inc., Jeanne Muchnick, features editor for the Daily Voice and Danielle Netrosio Sales & Catering Manager at Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Jenn Andrlik, executive editor at Westchester Home magazine, Nancy Ward,
morning anchor for FIOS1 News Lower Hudson Valley, Lisa Kaslyn of Prosper Communications, Jamie Imperati, PWW President, Anne Jordan Duffy, associate publisher at Westfair Communications, Inc., Jeanne Muchnick, features editor for the Daily Voice and Danielle Netrosio Sales & Catering Manager at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

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Professional Women of Westchester Get Inside the Mind of the Media

At the organization’s third annual meet the media event, 100 local entrepreneurs and professionals packed Ruth’s Chris of Tarrytown on Monday, April 13th.

Panelists featured Nancy Ward, morning anchor for FIOS1 News Lower Hudson Valley, Jenn Andrlik, executive editor at Westchester Home magazine, Jeanne Muchnick, features editor for the Daily Voice and Anne Jordan Duffy, associate publisher at Westfair Communications, Inc.

Some Tips for Working with the Press:

·         Make sure your story affects more than just yourself – Look for bigger impact in the community

·         Send good visuals to accompany your pitch or press release

·         Email your pitch; don’t call, and don’t get testy with the media on Twitter!

 

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Professional Women of Westchester President and Founder Jamie Imperati and Nancy Armstrong, producer and founding member of the team that created  the award winning web site and documentary series, MAKERS - Women Who Make America. Armstrong shared the largest video collection of trailblazing women's stories with the organization in honor of Women's History Month.

Professional Women of Westchester President and Founder Jamie Imperati and Nancy Armstrong, producer and founding member of the team that created the award winning web site and documentary series, MAKERS – Women Who Make America. Armstrong shared the largest video collection of trailblazing women’s stories with the organization in honor of Women’s History Month.

Professional Women of Westchester Hosts Special Women’s History Month Event with
Award-Winning Documentarian & Women’s Movement Historian, Nancy Armstrong
Producer of “Makers – Women Who Make America”, a Celebrated PBS Documentary Series and Largest Digital
Platform of Women’s Stories, Discusses Women’s History and Future
Monies Raised at Event will Benefit the White Plains YMCA

WHITE PLAINS, NY (February 20, 2015) – Professional Women of Westchester, now in its fifth year serving the unique networking needs of enterprising women, celebrates Women’s History Month on Monday, March 2nd at the White Plains Crowne Plaza.  Special guest speaker, Nancy Armstrong, is a producer and founding member of the team that created  the award winning website and documentary series, “MAKERS – Women Who Make America.” Nancy will talk about her journey and the monumental contributions of women from our past and present, as well as where women will take it from here.

Monies raised from a special auction fundraiser will benefit the 2015 White Plains YMCA/Community YMCA/Camp Combe YMCA Annual Campaign, which provides scholarships for daycare/aftercare/camp for children of families in need throughout Westchester.

“Living as women in the 21st century, many of us take our voice for granted,” says Jamie Imperati, president, Professional Women of Westchester.  “This year, we want to put an accent on the bravery, determination and success of our predecessors who have forged a path for women and have enabled us to rise and lead today. Nancy’s presentation will honor ground-breaking women and celebrate our collective journey.”

MAKERS.com is a dynamic, digital platform from AOL showcasing thousands of compelling stories from America’s most groundbreaking women.   Nancy was recognized as part of the founding team of MAKERS with a Women’s Media Center Award for MAKERS’ ground-breaking contribution to women, history, and America.

Women are encouraged to join this important event on March 2nd at the White Plains Crowne Plaza.  In order to attend, participants must register and pay in advance via the Professional Women of Westchester website: professionalwomenofwestchester.com.

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Professional Women of Westchester Hosts Annual Media Panel
at Tarrytown’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Attendees Challenged to Think Like a Reporter to Earn Publicity
Professional Women of Westchester (PWW), a networking group for enterprising women, announces its third annual
Media Panel event. Convening on January 12th at Tarrytown’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House, an impressive panel of journalists, representing top local news and business media, including The Westchester County Business Journal (Westfair Communications), The Daily Voice, 914Inc Magazine, and Verizon FiOS1 News, will be on hand to share advice and answer a wide range of questions with an emphasis on how to increase media coverage for one’s business.
“This is without question one of our most well-attended events of the year,” says
Jamie Imperati, president of Professional Women of Westchester.  “As always, our cast of high caliber media pros will share advice and answer questions from the audience.  But this year, we really want to home in on the mindset of a
reporter…if entrepreneurs can adopt a journalist’s mentality, they’ll be better
poised to communicate their own stories and increase publicity for their
business.”
Moderated by Lisa Kaslyn, president of PR + Social Content Marketing firm,
Prosper Communications, the panel features:
-Anne Jordan Duffy, Advertising Sales Manager, Westfair Communications

(The Westchester County Business Journal, WAG)
-Jeanne Muchnick, Executive Editor, The Daily Voice
-Amy Partridge, Executive Editor, 914Inc Magazine
-Nancy Ward, Anchor/Reporter, Verizon FiOS 1 News

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PWW Collects Donations for Hope’s Door at 5th Annual Holiday Party

Professional Women of Westchester (PWW), a networking group for enterprising women,was filled with the holiday spirit Monday evening, December 15th, when the group held its 5th annual Holiday Benefit for Hope’s Door at Morton’s the Steakhouse in White Plains.
More than 70 women attended the affair; donations of gifts, toys, clothing, gift cards and checks for Hope’s Door were collected.

“The staff and board at Hope’s Door are very grateful to the members of Professional Women of Westchester for their generosity and thoughtfulness,” said CarlLa Horton, Executive Director of Hope’s Door. “Thank you once again for hosting a GREAT event benefitting Hope’s Door.”
“The holidays are a time of reflection, family and giving thanks,” says PWW president, Jamie Imperati. “So often we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, that we forget about the thousands of families right on our doorstep who don’t have a safe home to celebrate the holidays.  We’re delighted and honored to help our friends at Hope’s Door, because they never forget about any family in crisis.”

About Hope’s Door
Hope’s Door is a private non-profit organization, which was founded in 1980 to provide a safe haven and caring services to survivors of domestic violence.  Hope’s Door seeks to end domestic violence and to empower victims to achieve safety, independence and healing from the trauma of abuse.  Visit www.hopesdoorny.org for more information.

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Professional Women of Westchester Celebrates 4th Anniversary – “Give Thanks” Party

Honors Milestone & Female Military Personnel

WHITE PLAINS, NY (October 13, 2014) – Professional Women of Westchester (PWW), a networking group for enterprising women,  announces the organization’s fourth anniversary.  A celebratory Give Thanks Party will honor the anniversary and our nation’s female military personnel who must leave their families to put their lives on the line to protect our country.

The event will take place on November 11th at Gaucho Grill on North Broadway in White Plains. To register please visit www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com.

The Give Thanks Anniversary Party will support military women by collecting donated items from a Wish List provided by the troops. PWW asks everyone who attends to bring one or more of the following Wish List items. The donations will be shipped to the MARSOC Foundation where they will be distributed to female personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC).

Wish List:

  • Lip balm
  • Soaps
  • Shampoos & conditioners
  • Facial masks/lotion
  • Magazines
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Nail care items
  • Sunblock
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Instant Drink Mixes
  • Postcards/stationery
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags
  • Shipping Tape
  • Hair brush
  • Deodorant
  • Dryer sheets
  • Air fresheners

To About “Professional Women…”

The “Professional Women…” brand represents an organization, which is comprised of two chapters: Professional Women of Westchester and Professional Women of Putnam.  Our programs and initiatives are led by our members’ needs – professional, emotional and educational.

About MARSOC

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the MARSOC Foundation provides benevolent support to the U. S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC). The Foundation supports active duty and medically retired MARSOC personnel and their families, as well as the families of Marines who have lost their lives in service to our Nation. MARSOC Foundation services are those unmet by the government or other organizations. Read more at marsocfoundation.org.

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Professional Women of Putnam featured on Good Day Hudson Valley


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Building synergies among business people..

Jamie Imperati

Jamie Imperati

The 175 members of the Professional Women of Putnam and the 250 members of Professional Women of Westchester feel they owe a debt of gratitude to their founder, Jamie Imperati of Mahopac.

She, in turn, feels the gratitude belongs to a fivesome that has made it possible for this mother of three tiny children to build what started out merely as a simple networking operation into a full-time career endeavor – in fact, “two full-time jobs,” as she terms it.

While Imperati, whose pre-motherhood career was in sales and marketing, sets up websites, works with social media to promote organizational events and the businesses of members, engages speakers for monthly meetings, and arranges events to tie in with local charities, she has her own personal network supporting her endeavors.

Child sitters include her husband, Anthony; her parents, George and Jolaine Lauridsen of Mahopac, and her parents-in-law, Silvio and Maria Imperati, who are Carmel residents. … [READ MORE]

 

 

 

 

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Assemblyman Buchwald DMV Press Conference

Assemblyman Buchwald Announces Major Clarification of DMV Policy Important to Women

In a victory particularly important for women, Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) announced at a press conference that, in response to his inquiry and subsequent efforts, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will now provide a much simpler process to change middle names to maiden names on an individual’s driver’s license upon marriage. The DMV will only require a marriage certificate to make this change. Previously, the process had proven to be costly and time consuming.

Buchwald was joined at the press conference in front of the White Plains DMV by Professional Women of Westchester Vice President Rose Colonna, American Association of University Women Westchester Branch President Jane Pendergast, Women’s Enterprise Development Center Executive Director Anne Janiak, Woman’s Club of White Plains President Susan Rade Doherty, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, Presidents from local branches of the League of Women Voters, and Danielle DiBiase Esposito, a resident of the 93rd Assembly District who told her personal story.

“This is a victory for women and married couples across New York,” said Assemblyman Buchwald. “I am pleased the DMV has modernized their procedures to the benefit of newlyweds, especially the growing number of women who choose to keep their maiden name as their middle name. We do not need to be filling up court dockets with routine name change applications. Clarifying this long-standing policy will not only make this process easier and more affordable for couples across the state, but it will reinforce the equality of both partners in a marriage while simplifying the lives of professional woman.”

This is a practice that has grown over the past few decades, with famous examples including former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and civil rights leader Coretta Scott King. The trend has particularly increased in recent years. The new policy recognizes that middle names now often change at the time of marriage, and such changes should be just as easy for newlyweds as altering their last name. Prior to Assemblyman Buchwald’s inquiry, the DMV often only recognized a change of middle name when the individual pursued one of two difficult pathways. One possibility was to provide a series of documents that was sometimes impossible to obtain. Alternatively, an individual could change their name legally through the court system, a burdensome process that would take several months and cost at least $100 in fees. Assemblyman Buchwald’s inquiry updates the much-needed system so that a middle name can be changed to a maiden name simply by providing a valid marriage certificate.

According to a recent Chicago Tribune article,[1] the practice of women keeping their last name as a middle name after they marry has quietly taken hold in the U.S., where studies show that 90 to 95 percent of married women take their husbands’ last names. Studies indicate that between 3 and 25 percent of married women nationwide are using their maiden names as middle names. And about 18 percent of women at the marital-name-change website, MissNowMrs.com, have taken their maiden names as middle names in the past six years.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for 40 years,” said 93rd Assembly District resident Danielle DiBiase Esposito “After I married my husband, I was able to change my middle name to my maiden name in every aspect of my life – in business, on travel documents and on my credit cards –except on my New York State driver’s license. My daughter-in-law, recently married to my son, has also been successful in changing her name in all other facets of her life except her New York State driver’s license. The State policy was confusing, burdensome, and quite frankly, too much of a hassle for working parents like myself and my daughter-in-law to continue pursuing. Because of the efforts of Assemblyman Buchwald, New York State will finally recognize my maiden name, and in doing so, simplify my professional life and honor the legacy of my family.”  

“On behalf of the Professional Women of Westchester, we would like to thank Assemblyman Buchwald and the DMV for addressing this practical issue that affects professional women in Westchester and across the State,” said Professional Women of Westchester Vice President Rose Colonna. “As professional women, many of us start our careers while we are single and, in many cases, it becomes a dilemma as to which name to use professionally once we are married. With this sensible change in State policy, we can focus our time and energy on our businesses, career and families. This is one less cumbersome obstacle for professional woman.”

“I personally recall arguing with an employee at the DMV forty years ago trying to use my maiden name as my middle name, and being told that it was simply not possible, and illegal,” said League of Women Voters of Bedford, Lewisboro and North Salem Co-President Katherine Flannery Dering. “It’s hard to believe that it has taken this long to resolve the right of women to carry their own maiden name as their middle name. I express my thanks to Assemblyman Buchwald and the DMV that this change has finally happened in New York.”  

            “This is a no brainer,” said Women’s Enterprise Development Center Executive Director Anne Janiak. “My daughter, who works part time and has two small children to raise, recently tried to change her middle name to her maiden name on her driver’s license, and she found the process was just too time-consuming and burdensome.  These are the kinds of common-sense policy changes our legislators should be focusing on, and I thank Assemblyman Buchwald and the DMV for simplifying and streamlining this process for women.”

“Today is a great day for women in New York,” said American Association of University Women Westchester Branch President Jane Pendergast. “This change in State policy, prompted by Assemblyman Buchwald and implemented by the DMV, is a reflection of the increasing number of women in our contemporary society who wish to hold onto their family identities as a student, in the workplace and at home. Times have changed for women in New York, and I’m proud our state policies are changing with it.”   

“The fact that a married woman is now able to use her maiden name as her middle name on her driver’s license without a court order process and a hefty fee is an important victory for women,” said Woman’s Club of White Plains Co-President Cathy Schauber. “Thank you Assemblyman Buchwald and the New York State DMV for updating this long-needed policy.” 

“The League of Women Voters of New Castle heartily supports this new streamlined procedure making it easier for married persons to change their name on their driver’s license,” said League of Women Voters of New Castle Co-Presidents SheilaMiller Bernson and Jennifer Mebes Flagg. “We thank Assemblyman Buchwald and the DMV for adopting this new simplified system.”

Assemblyman Buchwald heard of these unnecessarily burdensome requirements regarding name changes from personal friends who shared their marriage stories. The Assemblyman and his fiancée, Lara, are set to be married this March.

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PWW rang in the Holidays on December 2nd with their Annual Holiday Party to benefit Hope's Door.

PWW rang in the Holidays on December 2nd with their Annual Holiday Party to benefit Hope’s Door.

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Jamie Imperati PWW President, Maria Freburg of Webster Bank, Denise Killeen Executive Assistant WCHH, Jeanne Blum Executive Director of the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and the Homeless, Chantell Brown Director, Community Programs WCHH and Joe Pizzimenti Vice-President, Board of Directors, WCHH

Jamie Imperati PWW President, Maria Freburg of Webster Bank, Denise Killeen Executive Assistant WCHH, Jeanne Blum Executive Director of the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and the Homeless, Chantell Brown Director, Community Programs WCHH and Joe Pizzimenti Vice-President, Board of Directors, WCHH

PWW Raises Fund and Food for the Hungry and Homeless
On Tuesday November 5th Professional Women of Westchester hosted a “Give Thanks” Networking Party to benefit the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and the Homeless. The event raised over $500 in headshots that were provided by Margaret Rizzuto Photography and 50 pounds of canned food donations in addition to raising awareness about the cause of the WCHH.
PWW President Jamie Imperati is a Rising Star Alumni of the Business Council of Westchester and part of Team Hungershield whose mission is to raise $40,000 or 40,000 pounds of food over the next 2 years for the Coalition.
The next PWW event will be a Holiday Party on December 2nd at Morton’s The Steakhouse in White Plains to benefit Hope’s Door. To learn more visit www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com

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PWW President Jamie Imperati and Katherine Quinn, Executive Director of Support Connection

PWW President Jamie Imperati and Katherine Quinn, Executive Director of Support Connection

Pretty in Pink Another Success

On Wednesday October 16th the Professional Women of Putnam and Professional Women of Westchester hosted a special benefit event with proceeds going to Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services to people with breast and ovarian cancer. The event which was called “Pretty in Pink” took place at Augie’s Prime Cut and raised over $1,300 in raffles, pink hair extensions and henna to benefit Support Connection.

The Professional Women of Putnam and Westchester encourages women from a variety of trades, even the same trades, to connect and network with each other in a non-competitive environment for continued growth opportunities. Monthly networking meetings are held where members listen to guest speakers on a variety of topics that will help them grow their business and enjoy the opportunity to meet and talk with other business women.

In addition, the organization does what it can to give back to the community. Several times a year, the networking meetings are designated to benefit a local charity. The next event in Westchester will be November 5th at the Holiday Inn Mt. Kisco and will benefit the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and the Homeless, and the Putnam chapter will be November 19th at Ramiro’s 954 and will benefit the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center.

To learn more about The Professional Women of Putnam and Professional Women of Westchester visit www.professionalwomenofputnam.com or www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com

Support Connection, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but through our toll-free hotline and website we serve people throughout the country. Services include: One-on-one peer counseling and support groups, offering women the opportunity to connect with other cancer survivors; Ongoing wellness classes; Holistic health workshops; Public educational programs; Information and referral services; A toll-free cancer information and support hotline (1-800-532-4290.) To learn more, visit www.supportconnection.org or call (914) 962-6402. Support Connection Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support: We’ve been there. We care.

 

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Rose Colonna of Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets, PWW President Jamie Imperati, Lisa Kaslyn of Prosper Communications, Janet Hasson publisher of the Journal News, Kate Walsh Managing Editor of Westchester Magazine and 914INC, Kacey Morabito Grean of 100.7 WHUD and Faith Ann Butcher of the Hudson Valley Reporter

Rose Colonna of Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets, PWW President Jamie Imperati, Lisa Kaslyn of Prosper Communications, Janet Hasson publisher of the Journal News, Kate Walsh Managing Editor of Westchester Magazine and 914INC, Kacey Morabito Grean of 100.7 WHUD and Faith Ann Butcher of the Hudson Valley Reporter

 

Professional Women of Westchester turned the tables on the press and hosted a Meet the Media panel event at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains on September 9th. More than 70 enterprising women attended and they walked away with great tips on how to pitch their stories to the media. To read the words of wisdom from the panelists visit PWW’s blog at www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com


08/01/2013 READ MORE …. >>>[CLICK HERE]

Professional Women of Westchester Celebrate Women’s History Month with Emmy Award-Winning News12 Anchor and News Director, Janine Rose

More than 65 Women Gather at the Crowne Plaza to Listen and Learn from
Westchester’s Most Respected Journalist

Rose Discusses Attitudes and Career Milestones that Made a Difference

WHITE PLAINS, NY (March 5, 2013) – Professional Women of Westchester, now in its third year serving the unique networking needs of enterprising women, celebrated Women’s History Month on March 4th at the White Plains Crowne Plaza.  Special guest speaker, Janine Rose, long-time anchor and news director for News12 Westchester, brought down the house with a frank talk about her climb to prominence and the attitudes, actions and people that helped her along the way.

“Listening to Janine speak was a breath of fresh air,” says Jamie Imperati, President of Professional Women of Westchester.  “We like to think of our organization as one that is comprised of women who keep it real – Janine fit right in.  She only spoke for 20 minutes, but she said a lot and it was authentic insight that really resonated with our members.  The question and answer session was still going strong after 40 minutes.”

Rose talked about breaking into the competitive field of broadcasting.  She recounted her willingness to accept a customer service post at Cablevision for $4/hour in order to secure a future position in TV production – that commitment contributed significantly to her success.

“Having passion for what you do is the thing that will keep you focused and on track for success,” says Rose.  “I never ask anyone to do anything that I wouldn’t do first.  My father always said, it’s a lot easier to pull a string than to push it and that’s why I lead by example.”

Rose shared personal accounts and struggles that she worked through during her career, including caring for sick parents, divorce and the realities of working a 9am to 9pm job. Her authentic presentation resonated deeply with women in the audience – many of which share similar challenges.

 

 

Hudson Valley celebrates Women’s History Month

Jamie Imperati, Janine Rose, Lisa Kaslyn

The Professional Women of Westchester held their annual event to help women succeed in business. (March 5, 2013 8:09 AM)

WHITE PLAINS – The Professional Women of Westchester marked Women’s History Month with its annual event to help women succeed in business yesterday.

News 12 anchor and news director Janine Rose was honored last night as the keynote speaker at the networking group’s annual event at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains.

The organization has been in existence for three years and already has 400 members across the region. “Our goal is to bring professional women together in the county of Westchester, to not only allow them to interact and do business together, but to also learn and share best practices,” says the organization’s Lisa Kaslyn. ….  [read more] [see video]

Pretty in Pink a Huge Success

PWP/PWW President Jamie Imperati and Support Connection Executive Director Katherine Quinn

On Tuesday October 23, 2012, The Professional Women of Putnam and Westchester hosted a special benefit event with proceeds going to Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services to people with breast and ovarian cancer. The event which was called “Pretty in Pink” took place at Augie’s Prime Cut and raised over $1,000 in raffles and pink hair extensions to benefit Support Connection.

The Professional Women of Putnam and Westchester encourages women from a variety of trades, even the same trades, to connect and network with each other in a non-competitive environment for continued growth opportunities. Monthly networking meetings are held where members listen to speakers on a variety of topics and enjoy the opportunity to meet and talk with other business women.

In addition, the organization does what it can to give back to the community. Several times a year, the networking meetings are designated to benefit a local charity.

To learn more about The Professional Women of Putnam and Westchester visit www.professionalwomenofputnam.com or www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com

Support Connection, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but through our toll-free hotline and website we serve people throughout the country. Services include: One-on-one peer counseling and support groups, offering women the opportunity to connect with other cancer survivors; Ongoing wellness classes; Holistic health workshops; Public educational programs; Information and referral services; A toll-free cancer information and support hotline (1-800-532-4290.) To learn more, visit www.supportconnection.org or call (914) 962-6402. Support Connection Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support: We’ve been there. We care.

 

“Westchester’s Greatest Leaders and Bosses….”
Published July 26, 2012

“Unlike members of other business groups in Westchester, the 400 women who make up Professional Women of Westchester, Putnam, and Connecticut, res- pectively, are not out lobbying government or looking to solve Westchester’s convoluted tax structure.

The group instead comes together to learn from one another and to network. It’s the brainchild of 35-year-old founder Jamie Imperati, a former marketing professional and current owner of whatandwhen4kids.com, an online event calendar that caters to local moms ” …… [read more ]

 

Dr. Marsha Gordon, President of The Business Council of Westchester, Jamie Imperati and Stephen J. Jones, Esq.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Imperati Honored as “Forty Under Forty” Rising Star by
The Business Council of Westchester

Honoree & Pres. of Professional Women of Westchester says Chief Contributor to her Success is a High Energy Focus on Uniting Women in the Business Community

WESTCHESTER, NY (June 22, 2012) – Jamie Imperati, president of the Professional Women of Westchester, was named a Rising Star at the Business Council of Westchester’s annual “Forty Under Forty” event hosted and presented by MasterCard Worldwide at their corporate headquarters in Purchase, NY on June 7, 2012.

Imperati says her high energy focused leadership and dedication to her goal of uniting women in the business community is integral to her success. “I love people and I’m passionate about helping women in business. I have a knack for marketing and an unstoppable dedication for what I do,” says, Jamie Imperati.

Each year, the business Council of Westchester proudly honors 40 young leaders who help make Westchester County a vibrant business community.  Rising Stars is designed to honor individuals under the age of forty who surpass expectations, raise the bar and set new standards for success in their chosen profession. These forty young men and women exemplify leadership, foresight and a vision for the future of Westchester County.

“Ten years from now, I want to be remembered as a driving force that helped pave the way for women to grow their businesses.  It is my goal to help small business owners build their network and increase revenue,” adds Imperati.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Givers & Good Causes Honored at Professional Women of Westchester’s 2011 Holiday Fundraiser and SHERO Award Gala

Fundraiser Benefits Hope’s Door, a Local Charity & Shelter
Helping Victims of Domestic Abuse

Maria Freburg, Market Manager, Webster Bank,
Named 2011 SHERO Award Winner

WHITE PLAINS, NY (DECEMBER  7, 2011) — Professional Women of Westchester (PWW), a networking group for enterprising women,was filled with the holiday spirit Monday evening, December 5th, when the group held its second annual Holiday Benefit for Hope’s Door and SHERO Award Celebration at Benjamin’s Steakhouse in White Plains.
More than 80 women attended the affair, which raised thousands of dollars in gifts, toys, clothing, gift cards and checks for Hope’s Door.  Andrea Naso Nord, Director of Development and Community Relations for Hope’s Door and board members, Jean Marie Connolly and Elizabeth Cronin were on hand to accept the donations.

“The staff and board at Hope’s Door are very grateful to the members of Professional Women of Westchester for their generosity and thoughtfulness,” said Andrea Naso Nord. “Thank you once again for hosting a GREAT event benefitting Hope’s Door.”
“The holidays are a time of reflection, family and giving thanks,” says PWW president, Jamie Imperati. “So often we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, that we forget about the thousands of families right on our doorstep who don’t have a safe home to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or a simple dinner.  We’re delighted and honored to help our friends at Hope’s Door, because they never forget about any family in crisis.”

And the 2011 SHERO Award Goes to…Maria Freburg
Webster Bank’s Market Manager for Westchester County, Maria Freburg, was nominated as this year’s SHERO Award winner.  Based on her heroic and tireless support of Westchester businesswomen; as well as a supporter of children and the disadvantaged in the Westchester community, including work with the White Plains Youth Bureau, Westchester Jewish Community Services, The Abbott House, Girls Inc., and many more, Maria was selected as this year’s award recipient.
PWW president, Jamie Imperati and co-founding board members, Rose Colonna, Tasteful Treats & Treasures and Lisa Kaslyn, Prosper Communications, presented Maria with a plaque and necklace emblazoned with the PWW logo as a memento of the award and recognition of her honorable achievements in the community.
About Hope’s Door
Hope’s Door, formerly The Northern Westchester Shelter, is a private non-profit organization, which was founded in 1980 to provide a safe haven and caring services to survivors of domestic violence. While our name has changed, our mission remains the same: Hope’s Door seeks to end domestic violence and to empower victims to achieve safety, independence and healing from the trauma of abuse.  Visit: northernwestchestershelter.org for more information.
About “Professional Women…”
The “Professional Women of…” brand represents an organization, which is comprised of three chapters: Professional Women of Putnam, Professional Women of Connecticut and Professional Women of Westchester.  Our programs and initiatives are led by our members’ needs – professional, emotional and educational.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Women of Westchester Celebrates 1st Anniversary
with an Evening of Financial Empowerment

Distinguished Panel of Financial Experts from Oppenheimer, Prudential Financial
and Webster Bank Help Women Gain Control & Grow Their Wealth

Last Monday, November 7th, the Professional Women of Westchester (PWW), a popular networking group for enterprising women, celebrated its 1st anniversary at Sam’s of Gedney Way.  The event featured a distinguished panel of local female financial experts: Donna Goldman, CFP Senior Director, Investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Louise Gilbert of Prudential Financial and Maria Freburg, VP, Westchester Market Manager at Webster Bank. Linda Rey of Rey Insurance Agency moderated the discussion.
“Financial themes are not always easy to cover in a way that grabs people’s attention,” said Rose Colonna, PWW board member and president, Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets.  “This panel turned a potentially dry and complicated subject into an entertaining, informative and “ah-ha” filled educational session — Suze Orman may have some competition in Westchester!

 

 

NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Addresses
Professional Women of Westchester

More than 50 Women Gathered at Prophecy Restaurant to Hear the Senator Talk About the Importance of Developing a Signature Trademark that’s All your Own

 

WHITE PLAINS, NY (July 26, 2011) — The Professional Women of Westchester (PWW), a networking group for enterprising women, hosted “What’s Your Signature?”, led by speaker and New York State Senator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins. More than 50 women gathered on Monday evening, July 18th, at the Prophecy restaurant in White Plains for the special networking event.

“We were honored to have Senator Stewart-Cousins speak to our group,” says Jamie Imperati, president, Professional Women of Westchester.“We’ve been waiting for her to come and share her inspiring story and why she attributes her success to her trademark scarves.”

Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) told the crowd she started donning scarfs while running for the Yonkers City Council because so many voters confused her with former Councilwoman Symra Brandon.  “It occurred to me that a scarf would be a great way for me to distinguish myself and let people know when they looked at me that it was me,” said Stewart-Cousins.

Stewart-Cousins, the State Senate Minority Assistant Leader, also reminded women to register as a women and minority-owned business, which may help entrepreneurs gain access to state contracts. She noted that in 2007, less than one percent of all state contracts were given to women-owned businesses and less than one percent were rewarded to minority-owned businesses. Now, all state departments are required to contract with women and minority-owned businesses for at least 20 percent of their needs. To learn more about the PWW and upcoming events visit www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com

About “Professional Women…”

The “Professional Women of…” brand represents an organization, which is comprised of three chapters: Professional Women of Putnam, Professional Women of Connecticut and Professional Women of Westchester. Our programs and initiatives are led by our members’ needs – professional, emotional and educational.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Professional Women of Westchester recently celebrated their 100th Member.
L to R above: Rose Colonna, PWW Secretary, Jamie Imperati PWW President, 100th Member Tatiana Muqattash of Liberty Mutual in Mohegan Lake, and Maria Freburg of Webster Bank.


(PWW Dir. of Communications Lisa Kaslyn of Prosper Communications, PWW President Jamie Imperati, County Executive Rob Astorino, PWW Secretary Rose Colonna of Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets and PWW Vice President Linda Rey of Rey Insurance)

Rob Astorino Reassures Professional Women of Westchester with Messages of Growth

 

County executive introduces Donna Proft, Westchester’s new
head of Compliance for Minority & Women-Owned Businesses

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 10, 2011) – Professional Women of Westchester (PWW), a networking group for enterprising women, hosted a state of the county address led by Westchester County Executive, Robert Astorino, on Monday, May 9th.  More than 75 women gathered in White Plains atop the elegant Ritz-Carlton Hotel in its stunning restaurant, “42,” to hear Astorino discuss the county’s challenges, and strategies for maintaining and growing its business base.  Also present at the event was newly anointed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) / Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Compliance Officer, Donna Proft.
Astorino and Proft urged women to become certified women-owned businesses as a way to increase opportunities for work within Westchester County. “Our registry is a really great resource for women and minority owned businesses,” says Donna Proft.  “By registering you will be visible to others searching our database, and you will also receive notifications when Request for Proposals (RFP) are posted or educational workshops are offered.”
“Not surprisingly, the turnout for our county executive was terrific,” says Jamie Imperati, president, Professional Women of Westchester.  “We appreciate the informative update that Mr. Astorino delivered to our members last night.  Judging from the informal feedback, the attendees took great value from the presentation and the extended Q&A session with both Mr. Astorino and Donna Proft.”
For more information and to register as a women-owned business, visit the county website at: www.westchestergov.com/mwob .  Please visit www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com for information about our upcoming events.

Professional Women of Westchester ” Top 10 Business Women of the Decade”[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/21804027[/vimeo]

March 28, 2011

The tabletop exhibit area for the first Browse & Buy Expo hosted by the Professional Women of Westchester (PWW) is at capacity.

More than thirty women-owned or women-represented businesses will showcase their goods and services from 5 until 9 p.m. at Life: The Place to Be in Ardsley on Monday, April 4. Tickets are available, for women only, to browse, mingle and conduct business….[read more]

March 18th 2011

Denim & Diamonds THE Rage at Bloomingdale’s This St. Patrick’s Day

Yesterday, even though it was St. Patty’s Day, it seemed it was Bloomingdale’s in White Plains and not the corner Irish bar that was getting much of the attention…. [read more]

Launch of “You, Your Business, Only Better” Lunch Series

PWW Vice President Linda Rey of Rey Insurance, Jamie Imperati PWW President, Kacey Grean of 100.7 WHUD, PWW Secretary Rose Colonna of Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets, and Maria Freburg Market Manager of Webster Bank.

Professional Women of Westchester and Webster Bank Launch “You, Your Business, Only Better” Luncheon Series on April 21, 2011  with Guest Speaker, Kacey Grean, Popular Morning Show Host of 100.7 WHUD

Special, intimate members-only gathering offers exclusive networking and educational presentations.  Ms. Grean spoke about Life Balance and how having joy in a full life is what balance is all about.

To learn more about Professional Women of Westchester visit www.professionalwomenofwestchester.com

Women’s achievements honored

Mar. 13, 2011 – WHITE PLAINS — When Jamie Imperati first launched a website of things to do with children in Westchester and Putnam counties, she figured it would be wise to network… read more .. [CLICK HERE]

Making history

Kelly Liyakasa | Mar 11, 2011 – It’s been a year since Jamie Imperati launched the networking group Professional Women of Putnam.

Sister groups Professional Women of Connecticut and Professional Women of Westchester subsequently followed and Imperati’s three organizations now stand at 250 members.

“One of the greatest paybacks is seeing the members do business together,” she said. “I’m ecstatic when people tell me that they are now working with someone they met at one of my events. It is a great feeling … to know that members are spending their money with each other.”.. read more … [CLICK HERE]

~ Video On Demand – CBS News ~

 

Close to a million people saw her video on YouTube, where Nicola Briggs confronted 51-year-old Mario Valdivia for, she claims, rubbing up against her and exposing himself on the subway. Her actions led to his arrest… If you cant see video in this section then go here …  [more …..]

~ PWW Vice President Linda Rey, President Jamie Imperati, “Shero” Award recipient Nicola Briggs, Secretary Rose Colonna and Communications Director Lisa Kaslyn ~

Westchester In Brief

Professional women’s group debuts Nov. 8
If you’re a woman – and you’re in business – this news is for you.
Early next month marks the official launch of Professional Women of Westchester.
Created by Jamie Imperati, the founder of sister groups Professional Women of Putnam and Professional Women of Connecticut, the three chapter model “just creates a more powerful networking opportunity for women…. [read more]

People and Places

Posted Feb. 9, 2011
Professional Women of Westchester (PWW), a networking group for enterprising women, sets a new attendance record at  its first co-ed I love networking event on Monday, February 7 at the stunning Ritz Carlton restaurant, … [read more]

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New Westchester Women Networking Launched

Last March, Jamie Imperati launched the Professional Women of Putnam (PWP), following it in October with the Professional Women of Connecticut (PWC). Now Imperati has brought this successful model to Westchester as the third chapter in her business networking adventure… [read more]

The New York Medical College’s Founders’ fundraiser drew some 330 guests to the acclaimed Cipriani in Manhattan. The black-tie gala, which raised more than $325,000 for the Valhalla-based college, honored several individuals for their contributions to medical education and healthcare leadership….

Jamie Imperati of Mahopac, New York; Lisa Kaslyn of Carmel, New York; Rose Colonna of Armonk; and Linda Rey of Sleepy Hollow at the Professional Women of Westchester’s first co-ed networking event held at Restaurant 42 at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, in White Plains… [read more]

~ LOHUD – Woman’s heroism and self-defense are a hit on YouTube ~

~ SCARSDALE — When Nicola Briggs confronted a man who flashed her on the No. 4 train, it landed her three things: a YouTube hit, an award and diamonds…. [more…]

NYC Subway Heroine and Bronxville Tai Chi Instructor

SCARSDALE, NY In a rousing ceremony attended by scores of applauding onlookers, Nicola Briggs, a young woman who was accosted by a sexual predator on a New York subway train, confronted him and then enrolled her fellow passengers in ensuring his arrest and conviction received two awards at Westchester’s D’Errico Jewelry on Thursday, December 16.  … read more

~ CBS New York – Woman Gets Award After Confronting Alleged Subway Flasher ~

NEW YORK (CBS 2) – A Westchester martial arts teacher is honored for standing up to an alleged subway flasher…[more…]

~ Westchester Magazine – Bronxville Tai Chi Instructor Honored for Confronting Subway Flasher ~

Nicola Briggs, the 38-year old Bronxville Tai-Chi instructor who became an Internet sensation when an amateur video of her confronting and helping to arrest a flasher on the subway was posted on YouTube….. [more…]

~ The Examiner News ~

The Professional Women of  Westchester Open Their Hearts to Hope’s Door

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~ Westfair Online ~

Professional women’s group debuts Nov. 8
If you’re a woman – and you’re in business – this news is for you.
Early next month marks the official launch of Professional Women of Westchester.
Created by Jamie Imperati, the founder of sister groups Professional Women of Putnam and Professional Women of Connecticut, the three chapter model “just creates a more powerful networking opportunity for women…. [more …]

~ Natural Awakenings – New Westchester Women Networking Launched ~

Last March, Jamie Imperati launched the Professional Women of Putnam (PWP), following it in October with the Professional Women of Connecticut (PWC). Now Imperati has brought this successful model to Westchester as the third chapter in her business networking adventure…. [more …]

~ StacyKnows – Nicola Briggs, a young woman who  has been described as a “folk hero”~

Briggs was accosted by a sexual predator on a New York subway train, confronted him and then enrolled her fellow passengers in ensuring his arrest and conviction…. [more…]

 

~ All About Armonk – Nearly 100 Women Gathered at Gervasi’s to Make Merry and Mingle for Business ~

White Plains (December 8, 2010) — Professional Women of Westchester (PWW) kicked off the holidays last Monday, December 7th, with their holiday party and fundraiser.  Close to 100 enterprising women mixed and mingled for business and to benefit Hope’s Door….  [more ….]

~ Professional Women of Westchester – Milongo’s Restaurant November 8, 2010 ~

~ ScarsdalePatch – Courage and Composure in Subway Flasher Incident Earn Bronxville Tai Chi Instructor Honors ~

When faced with a sexual advance on the subway, a first reaction might be to recoil in horror, but Nicola Briggs, a martial arts instructor at The Tai Chi School of Westchester in Bronxville, decided to confront her predator and hold him accountable…. [more …]

It’s been a year since Jamie Imperati launched the networking group Professional Women of Putnam.

Sister groups Professional Women of Connecticut and Professional Women of Westchester subsequently followed and Imperati’s three organizations now stand at 250 members.

“One of the greatest paybacks is seeing the members do business together,” she said. “I’m ecstatic when people tell me that they are now working with someone they met at one of my events. It is a great feeling … to know that members are spending their money with each other.”

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