Connecting Women From Kittery to Fort Kent

Welcome to the Maine Women's Network

We are a statewide organization comprised of three chapters in Midcoast, Androscoggin and Portland with more than 1,500 members. Find out more about our chapters here.

Our mission is: "To increase women's professional growth and leadership skills through networking and education."

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Letter From Our President

Hello Maine Women's Network members,

I hope you've had a great summer! It seems that the season flies by with house guests, kids out of school, and a busy work season for most professionals in Maine. With a Labor Day approaching, all three chapters of the Maine Women's Network are gearing up to launch a new season of events. Our chapters' program chairs have worked hard to line up interesting presentations. Be sure to check out the Events schedule on the website to register for upcoming events.

The Maine Women's Network state board has had a busy summer of planning. Though it usually means traveling, we prefer to meet in person rather than over the phone. Generally our meetings last for two hours, rotating monthly between our chapter locations of Portland, Androscoggin and the Midcoast. We encourage local board members to attend state meetings when we're in your area.

We'd like to thank our most recent officers elected: Tammy Swasey-Ballou (Midcoast Chapter) - Treasurer, and Deb Hutson (Portland Chapter) - Secretary.

Our organization is growing and expanding into other parts of the state! Kim Cullen (Portland Chapter) and I met with a group of women in Ellsworth earlier in the summer who are interested in forming an MWN chapter in that area. It would incorporate women from several towns in the Downeast region including Bucksport, Blue Hill and up as far as Bar Harbor. The proposed name of their new chapter is the "Coastal Bridge Chapter" after the beautiful bridge that spans the Penobscot River in Bucksport.

The MWN state board is also working on establishing an affiliation with a women's networking organization in Bangor called the "Tuesday Forum."  The group has been in existence for 30 years with 120 members and serves the same mission that MWN does for women in the greater Bangor area. Kim and I traveled up to Bangor two weeks ago to meet with the dynamic young president of this organization, and we are very excited about exploring the potential for this affiliation going forward.

The next big project you'll hear about is a newly-formed Maine Women's Conference to be hosted by our organization in June, 2017. This would also function as the Maine Women's Network Annual meeting. If you're interested in helping organize the Maine Women's Conference, please join the committee! Send an email to me if you're interested please email me. We'd love to have you!

I hope you enjoy your season launch events at each of your chapters. Remember to invite a friend! Thanks to each of you for bringing your energy to the Maine Women's Network.

Karen Brace

MWN President

2015 Miss Representation

Presented by the Maine Women's Network to Benefit New Hope for Women, the documentary Miss Representation was shown at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine March 7 exposing how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

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A panel discussion followed the film with representatives from New Hope For Women and students from local high schools. Pictured here are MWN member and sponsor Kim Palermo of Elm Street Marketing Essentials and MWN president Karen Brace surrounded by the high school girls. (Photo by Peter Palermo, Elm Street Marketing Essentials)


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