Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)

What is WIN?

The Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) is re-launching to engage over 93,000 Montclair State University 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 re-launch 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.”

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.


WIN Kickoff Event  – Negotiation in the Workplace

Save the date – January 19, 2023 – Leadership Development: Negotiation in the Workplace – Strategies for the Career Advancement of Women a professional development workshop and networking event featuring career and executive coach Tara Chiari.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Workshop; 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Networking Reception
Location: Feliciano School of Business, Room 140

Register Today

Tara Chiari is a Certified Executive Leadership & Career Coach and founder of Smile Across The Finish Coaching LLC. She specializes in coaching business executives and creative professionals in areas of leadership and career development. In this engaging presentation, you will gain new insights and understandings about how to negotiate effectively (and authentically) on your own behalf and break the cycle of the ‘potential vs. performance’ roadblock.

Interested in Joining the Women’s Initiative Network?

“As we move forward with planning, we will tap into the extensive experience of Montclair State’s accomplished alumni 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.”

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. Show your support! 


If you would like additional information regarding the Women’s Initiative Network, or would like to serve on a planning committee, please contact Linda Kavan at kavanl@montclair.edu or 973-655-4141.

Tap Into Your Network

Sign into MONTCLAIRconnect, your online community that serves as your portal to all things alumni! Explore the community to expand your network.Search the directory and connect with fellow Red Hawks, join the WIN networking group and others from your school or college, program or affinity. Plus, access all of your favorite benefits, including Gmail for Life, our library of career webinars and workshops, discount codes and more! Signing on is easy. You can even import your LinkedIn profile!