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Monday, September 18, 2006

Twin Cities AWC now Minnesota Women in Communications

The Association of Women in Communications Twin Cities announces a new chapter in its 86-year history. Minnesota Women in Communications (MWC) is the Twin Cities newest professional association, created to meet the dynamic needs of the current membership and further the support of the local professional communications industry. The new organization will host a kick-off event, “Energizing Business, Transforming Careers,” open to all interested professionals on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library.

Since the early 1920s, the Association for Women in Communications Twin Cities has played an active role in the careers of local communicators. From hosting renowned speakers to fighting illiteracy, the local chapter of the national organization has been dedicated to serving its members and the community.

Responding to a membership survey that indicated a clear preference for the benefits provided at a local level, the AWC Twin Cities Board of Directors approved the formation of an independent organization. Effective September 6, 2006, AWC Twin Cities will discontinue its official chapter relationship with the national organization of the Association for Women in Communications and launch Minnesota Women in Communications.

“While the decision to form an independent organization was a difficult one to make, it clearly was the most logical choice. This growing metropolitan area is home to a prospering communications industry that deserves more opportunities for professional development and more awareness as to the positive contributions communicators make within our business community,” says MWC president, Sarah Sladek.

Leading the launch of this new organization is Minnesota Women in Communications’ 2006-07 Board of Directors:
  • President: Sarah Sladek, Limelight Communications, Inc.
  • Vice President: Kary Delaria, independent public relations professional
  • Past-President: Barb Ernster, editorial consultant/writer
  • Chief Events Officer, Wendy T. Huckaby, YMCA Twin Cities
  • Events Officer, Dawn Skelly, Carlson School of Management
  • Chief Marketing Officer: Kate Roberts Edenborg, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Marketing Officer: Sara Masters, RSM McGladrey
  • Chief Member Benefits Officer: Wendy Zins, Wendy Zins Photography
  • Member Benefits Officer: Maureen Mook, Wells Fargo
  • Treasurer: Janette Law, Tableau Productions
  • MWC’s board of directors will introduce the new association at the kick-off event, “Energizing Business, Transforming Careers,” on Thursday, October 5 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the new Minneapolis Central Library.

    In addition to unveiling the new MWC identity, the event will feature presentations by Laurie Healy, Iconoculture’s director of corporate marketing, and Jennifer Kompelien, principal of Open Dynamics, Inc. The speakers will inform attendees how to energize their business and transform their careers by providing trend projections, career coaching, and skill assessments.

    The MWC kick-off event is made possible by the following sponsors: Amundson Communications; Inetium – Business-Intimate Technology Solutions; Amy Holewa, Income Planning Group LLC; Faith McGown, Coldwell Banker Burnet; Jill Middleton, Bankers Mortgage Company.