January President’s Message: Year in Review and Looking Ahead

Yesterday I was looking out the window of our new shared office space. I was trying to write this president’s message for 2016 and I was blank.  Couldn’t for the life of me get a thought on paper but after the board meeting last night I’ve been reminded that that’s exactly what 2016 is…it’s a blank page.

Perhaps you saw that Facebook post on New Year’s Day, “Today, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” However trite it may sound this IS a great time of year to take stock of the past and look ahead to the future.  

Remembering highlights of WRT 2015:

  • The remarkable Woman of the Year we honored in May; Laurie Root, Senior Vice President of Resource Development of United Way
  • The extraordinary Wallerstein Grant Recipient chosen in June, Lisa Heidelberg, founder of Dinner is Served by Lisa & One Famer One Chef food truck.
  • Two outstanding high school women who were awarded $100 each for essays on women’s issues;  Kassidy Groner from McDowell High School in June and Sophiellyn Carey from Northwest Collegiate Academy in December.

Looking ahead we have opened up nominations for the 29th Woman of the Year and can’t wait to dig through all the applications we receive.  Make sure you take the time to recognize your hero!!  We all need to hear the stories of these amazing women and be inspired to heroism in our own lives! We also have the Wallerstein fund waiting in the wings to help a woman owned start-up with seed money.  We’ve already started getting applications.

Both of these opportunities will close on March 14th so there’s plenty of time but don’t wait.  Now is the time to write on these blank pages of 2016. You have been handed the pen.


Maryanne Thornton