Wilson College event gives women chance to network

October 28, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Local women from various career paths and backgrounds networked at "Let's Talk Woman to Woman at Wilson," Tuesday evening.

Cheryl Brown, vice president for college advancement at Wilson College, said the event provided a venue for local women to network, energize and reconnect.

In welcoming the women, Wilson College President Lorna Duphiney Edmunson said that the core mission of the college is educating, encouraging and supporting women. "We've only begun to explore the potential for this group, individually and collectively," she said.


After chatting in groups of two or three in the portrait-lined Patterson Lounge in Laird Hall, each woman gave a brief overview of her business. A Mary Kay consultant, a personal trainer, a florist, the executive director of United Way and several other businesswomen participated.

As the owner of PharmCare Consultants LLC of Chambersburg, Andrea Pugh reviews medications at 19 long-term care facilities to check for drug interactions and other potential problems.

Liz Weber owns Weber Business Services, LLC in Greencastle, Pa., where she advises companies and government associations on strategic and succession planning and developing their inner workings. She wrote a book titled "Don't Let Them Treat You Like a Girl."

Jan Crudden, executive director of Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County Inc., said the partnership will launch its second Shape Up Franklin County program in February. "We want to have a community that is healthy and supports active living," she said.

The partnership is a nonprofit collaboration of health care, educational, government, human service and faith organizations that address quality-of-life issues, she said.

The networking event, underwritten by Orrstown Bank, aligns with the bank's goals, said Barb Brobst, vice president of the bank. "Our senior management supports women and does marketing to and for women," she said. "Orrstown Bank understands the power that is in this room."

Brobst attended the first networking event, held in April 2004 and sponsored by Sprint. Brobst said she often sees these women at board meetings and other functions, but "we're blowing into the meeting and then leaving. These are the people who get things done in the community, and this (mixer) is a chance to see them and talk to them in depth."

Proceeds from the admission fees will be donated to the Wilson College Business Partner Endowed Scholarship, formed as a result of the first "Let's Talk Woman to Woman" event. The idea of bringing the community of women together grew out of the 2004 Wilson College Business partner program.

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