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Millennials get it and give what they have

Philanthropy is a hands-on activity that involves more than writing a check. That’s the way many millennials see it. This generation grew up on instant access; pair social consciousness with technology and philanthropic magic happens. An influx of online resources ...

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For those who are daunted by giving choices

Dana Vosburgh frequently meets people with sizable estates who are interested in donating to charities—but have no idea where to begin. “I think unfortunately because of that, they might forgo making donations, and that’s a shame because there are a ...

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Rochester Giving: Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers, Welcome to the inaugural edition of Rochester Giving, a new annual Rochester Business Journal publication that is designed to be a philanthropic resource used throughout the year. Rochester Giving combines two existing RBJ publications—the Charitable Events Calendar and ...

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Rochester ranks fifth in the nation for giving

Rochester has a long-standing reputation, locally and nationally, as a caring community. Naysayers and skeptics may see this as little more than provincial boosterism, but a wealth of history and evidence lends credence to the notion that we live in ...

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Top volunteers

Rochester ranked fifth for volunteering among large U.S. metro areas in 2014, down from No. 3 (36.1 percent) in 2013.     1.    Salt Lake City    37.5%     2.    Minneapolis-St. Paul    35.5%     3.    Milwaukee     33.7%     4.    Charlotte    33.3% ...

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Mentoring young women, building tomorrow’s leaders

Recognizing and supporting young women in Greater Rochester who aspire to become leaders remains one of the Women’s Council’s longstanding missions. To promote these young women of promise, the Women’s Council introduced the Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award in ...

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Women’s Council 2016 Board of Directors

President Wende Knapp, Xerox Corp. Vice president Alyssa Whitfield, Dress for Success Rochester Treasurer Rachel Baker August, Baker August Consulting Secretary Kelly Mueller, American Diabetes Association Immediate past president Lorisa LaRocca, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Directors Shelly Marketell, Eastman Kodak ...

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Past recipients cite community recognition

This year marks the 30th year the Rochester Chamber and its affiliate, the Women’s Council, have recognized local businesswomen with the Athena Award.

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Past Athena recipients

2015: Amy Tait Broadstone Real Estate LLC 2014: Lynne Maquat University of Rochester Medical Center 2013: Anne Kress Monroe Community College 2012: Judith Ford Baumhauer M.D. University of Rochester Medical Center 2011: Kitty Van Bortel Van Bortel Ford, Van Bortel ...

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2016 Athena Award letter

It is with great pride that the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, the Women’s Council, present the 30th annual Athena Award finalists and the finalists of the Athena Young Professional Award in Rochester. The awards are designed ...

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Women make their mark as entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs were not made for a cookie-cutter life: They take chances, stare down adversity and let confidence be their guide. Having a handle on soft skills also helps female go-getters outpace the pack. Not all are born communicators or empathizers, ...

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2016 Athena Young Professional Award finalists

Traci Adolph President and CEO Tra-Lin Corp., dba Samson Fuel & Trucking President and CEO Bisig Oil Education: B.S., SUNY College at Fredonia Family: Single; a daughter and a son Professional and community leadership: Board member, Northwest YMCA; Rochester Chamber ...

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Acclaimed glass artist creates finalists’ gifts

Each Athena finalist receives a signature art piece designed and created by glass artist Nancy Gong specifically for this award. Nancy has received worldwide acclaim for her architectural art glass designs—and is perhaps most often recognized in Rochester for her work on ...

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Athena International mission

Honoring outstanding achievement, service Supporting, developing and honoring women leaders. Inspiring women to achieve their full potential. Creating balance in leadership worldwide. This is the mission of Athena International, an organization founded in 1982, which developed the Athena Award. Since ...

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2016 Athena Award finalists

Melissa Brown Executive vice president, strategic initiatives and marketing CDS Life Transitions Inc. Education: B.A., communications, and M.S., human service administration, St. John Fisher College Family: Husband, Michael Brown; stepdaughter and son Professional and community leadership: Vice chairwoman, St. John ...

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