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The Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)

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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.

Upcoming Events
During the current environment, the Office of Alumni Engagement has been hard at work developing a broad portfolio of digital programs to keep you connected to each other and to the University.

Individuals interested in joining the Women’s Initiative Network are encouraged to attend the event on Monday, January 25, featuring career and executive coach Rob Hellmann presenting a Professional Development Workshop on Networking Best Practices to Land the Job and Career You Want.

Look for additional opportunities to gather online during the month of February. We will host information gatherings and planning sessions to gather input and feedback from attendees and survey respondents on committee and program development.

Stay Connected

Be sure to join MONTCLAIRconnect – and the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) networking group! Groups are a great way to connect with your fellow alumni as well as stay up-to-date on news and announcements. You can start a discussion, view resources and learn about new opportunities to build your network and expand your knowledge base. If you missed prior events, you can view them here.

In addition to joining the WIN networking group, MONTCLAIRconnect allows you to:

  • Explore the community to expand your network and connect with fellow graduates
  • Customize your profile and share your expertise
  • Start a discussion about issues of interest to you
  • Engage with Montclair State as a volunteer
  • Participate in flash mentorship and formal mentor programs
  • Create your own @alumni Montclair State email
  • Access career webinars and workshops and Hire a Red Hawk
  • Explore recorded events and programs and expand your knowledge base
  • Check out discount codes and much more

Join WIN

“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 to create new engagement opportunities.”

Show your support! Complete the survey and join us on January 25 to keep the discussion going.

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