WOMEN WHO LUNCH
An National Movement of Women Empowerment and Networking
Women Who Lunch (WWL) is on a mission to connect women so that they can share ideas and empower each generation to teach the others. With chapters in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Hudson Valley, WWL provides women across the nation with platforms to build their businesses and improve their networks. Women Who Lunch is a Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation (FLOBEL) sponsored event created by a group of FLOBEL leaders. Nectar News sat down with Jillian Markowitz, Dan Schneider and local WWL leader Vicki Koenig (Hudson Valley) to hear more about the event’s success in their communities.
NN: Jill, how have you participated in the building of the WWL brand and the administration of events in the past few years?
WWL Hudson Valley Testimonials
conversation and incredible energy in that fabulous space…..thank you so much for inviting me….I knew if you were involved that it would be great!!!”
“A much needed organization that differentiates itself from others by placing human connections before business connections. .. an effective way of creating sustaining and helpful relationships“.
NN: Vicki, how did Women Who Lunch Hudson Valley begin ?
VK:The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation hosts Women Who Lunch events in a handful of different cities including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. About a year and a half ago, Melissa Gibson and I got together and brainstormed about having an event in the Hudson Valley. We started in September 2014 and have had six events thus far where women share ideas and stories in a meaningful way over food. Some people have received new clients, lots of office space has been secured at these meetings.. whether it’s political, grant funding we realize that it’s who you know a lot of times. WWL opens the doors for relationship building.
NN: What is expected of the women who attend the WWL in the Hudson Valley ?
VK: At the beginning of each WWL event in the Hudson Valley I always try to express that women network differently, then men. Women hear about the abilities of other women and often respond by saying “my friend would love to connect with you because she’s trying to do…”. I ask the ladies to truly connect with each other and connect someone to somebody else who may benefit. Thankfully, through the Women Who Lunch event we are able to connect people in need of services.