Photo of University Hall
Alumni News

Launching the Montclair State Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)

Posted in: Alumni News and Events

The Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) is forming to engage Montclair State’s nearly 85,000 alumnae in the intellectual, cultural and educational life of the University. We are looking to form a vibrant community of alumnae and friends to inspire and empower women to become leading volunteers and visionary donors.

“We are excited to create this community and grow a supportive network for each other and the mission of Montclair State,” says Jeanne Marano, Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement.  “Join us as we embark on this journey. We are looking for representation across all professional disciplines and from every career stage from senior executives to young professionals to entrepreneurs.”

If you are interested in joining the network or serving on the planning committee, please complete this brief survey to tell us a little bit about yourself, your interests and thoughts on developing future activities.

The objective of the group is to increase the number of women meaningfully engaged in University programs, empower the next generation of leaders and strengthen ties between and among alumnae and the University through a strong network of women committed to supporting Montclair State.

Individuals interested in joining the Women’s Initiative Network are encouraged to attend the event to be held on Wednesday, January 22, featuring career and executive coach Tara Chiari presenting a Leadership Development Workshop: Building Your Authentic Personal Brand.

Building an authentic brand and taking control of it will position you to leave a lasting impression. A personal brand can open pathways to opportunities and boost your career velocity. This hands-on and engaging workshop will introduce you to personal branding and why it is essential to your career. A series of practical activities will guide you to define your individuality, focus on your values and clarify your purpose.

“By the end of this workshop, you will leave with a compelling Personal Brand Statement and a heightened sense of self-awareness towards Personal Image and Executive Presence that can empower you to take charge of your career momentum and stand-out while being at your best self,” states Chiari.

Following this event, the Office of Alumni Engagement will host a planning session to gather input and feedback from attendees and survey respondents on committee and program development.

“As we move forward with planning, we will tap into the extensive experience of Montclair State’s accomplished alumnae/i to provide networking and learning opportunities designed to empower women to realize their career goals and to increase the number of women meaningfully engaged with the University,” adds Marano. “Whether you are located close to campus or far away, please let us know your interest so that we can look for in-person and online engagement opportunities.”

Show your support! Complete the survey and join us on January 22 to begin the discussion.

If you would like additional information regarding the Women’s Initiative Network, please contact Jeanne Marano at or 973-655-4141.