The Women’s Studies Center offers an undergraduate and graduate certificate as well as a Master of Arts degree, with a wide variety of courses taught by its four faculty members and more than 50 associate faculty members in various departments throughout the university. These programs prepare students for careers in agencies and institutions that serve women, for Ph.D. work in women’s studies or a traditional discipline with a focus on women’s studies, or for advanced professional training in such fields as law and public policy. Scholarships – Feminist

Scholarship Fund – available to students in FAU Women’s Studies Program. http://www.fau.edu/WomensStudies/


777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33433

(561) 297-3865



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Palm Beach Treasure Coast Chapter


The Association for Women in Communications is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. Monthly Meetings -Chapter is under development.



Dana M. Lawrence-Ghioc, Co-President

Tonya Scholz, Co-President


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"FEATURED: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) " The AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW)  has three chapters in Palm Beach County. They are: The Boca Raton Chapter, The Palm Beach Area Chapter and the Northern Palm Beach Chapter

The AAUW MISSION is To promote equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. Scholarships -Available nationally and locally. http://www.aauw.org. Here are the listings 

Boca Raton Chapter

Located in Florida’s growing Palm Beach County, the Boca Raton Branch draws members from Boca Raton and its surrounding communities.

Regular General Meetings: Second Saturdays from September-May at 11:30 am at the Spanish River Public Library at 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd.


Co-President Susan Holzchuch s3mh00@bellsouth.net

Co-President Patricia Burke pburke0321@comcast.net

Treasurer/Finance Mary Swieskowski swiesmom@aol.com

Director-at-Large Dorothy Bradley GrandDBrad@aol.com

Secretary Claire Carney ctgc@comcast.net

PALM BEACH Area Chapter

Located on Florida’s beautiful southeast coast, the Palm Beach County Branch draws members from throughout Palm Beach County and serves the communities of Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Shores, Lake Worth, and Lantana – http://palmbeach-fl.aauw.net


President Susan Berlin svberlin@bellsouth.net

Program VP Freda Brehm f_brehm@msn.com

Membership VP Barbara Wagner ribarb@bellsouth.net

(561) 735-7884 

Northern Palm Beach County Chapter

Located on Florida’s beautiful southeast coast, the Northern Palm Beach County Branch draws members from throughout Palm Beach and southern Martin Counties and serves the communities of Hobe Sound, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Lake Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Riviera Beach, Stuart, Tequesta, and West Palm Beach.

We host a Book Study Group, Dinner Club, and a Bridge Group. Contact us for details. The Book and Bridge Groups meet all year.


President Elizabeth Shapiro cookrag@aol.com

Program VP Gretchen Rauch-Herron Gretchen_Rauch_herron@yahoo.com

Membership VP Marcy Fine RN9868@gmail.com

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Why Networking is Important in Business – Part One

“Great Networkers are a collection of people committed to one another’s success.”

When I began my networking journey, I attended any and all networking events as time permitted. Every event was fair game! Today I am much more strategic in my networking endeavors. I discovered which events and organizations gave me the best return on my investment of time as well as how to be an effective, caring networker.

In order to know where to begin you must first understand what networking is and why it is important to grow your business. Networking in its purest form is simply talking to people, making connections and developing rapport to grow our circle of influence. Business networking is essentially the same except that our primary objective in business networking is to help us grow our businesses. For most of us, building a network means meeting people we can do business with or who will do business with us, or refer people who will do business with us; our ultimate goals.

There are many different types of networks. They can include learning networks, education and research organizations, trade associations, local, regional and national organizations, chambers of commerce, community organizations, business groups, focus groups, religious affiliations, hobby groups, collectors societies and many more. In fact, some of the best networks are those created by people who own and run their own businesses. When you create valuable networking relationships, you build them on a foundation of mutual trust, sharing knowledge, experiences and resources to help one another grow your businesses by either referring one another or doing business directly with one another.

It works like this: If you do a good job, one customer might tell three to five of her colleagues, family and friends about you. Whereas, when you build a network of say 10 to 20 strong advocates, they may each tell only one person about your, whereby your “exposure” is now more than doubled. Growing the right network, the ultimate in “word of mouth” marketing takes place. You promote your network, and your network promotes you.

Have you ever attended a BNI or Le Tip or other form of structured networking groups? Perhaps you are already a member of a similar group. If not, you might consider becoming involved in one to these tried and true business networking groups. These groups invite business professionals to join on an exclusive basis. That means, that if you are a chiropractor and become a member no other chiropractor will be invited or allowed to join.

These groups have regularly scheduled meetings (anywhere from monthly to weekly) with a list of rules and objectives to which you must abide. In some cases, a minimum number of referrals is required to participate. In others, simply doing business with one or more in the network is all that is asked of he members. However, keep in mind that for this type of networking to be worthwhile for all parties, each must make every effort to do business with other members of the group.

In part two I will share Ten Tips to Network Your Way to Success in Business

Hispanic Women of Distinction

Every year in August South Florida honors Latina women for their accomplishments and contributions to the communities in which they live.

Community, Culture, Charity is the theme surrounding the 11th annual charity luncheon honoring 12 Latinas and a Latina Pioneer in from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County that takes place on Friday, August 17th at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Presented by Latina Style Magazine, the nation’s leading publication for Hispanic business women, this high-powered, entertaining salute to distinguished Hispanic-American women will benefit the Light of the World Clinic, a free healthcare facility that was founded by the late Dr. Erwin Vasquez and provides a cadre of medical services to more than 12,000 people a year. A sell-out crowd is nearing once again with almost 1,000 guests.

13 Women of Distinction are being honored.

They include: 

RIXYS ALFONSO, Director of Corporate Relations for Dan Marino Foundation, (Pembroke Pines)

LEILA COBO, Exec.Director Latin Content & Programming BILLBOARD ( Key Biscayne)

XIOMARA FRAGA, Director Marketing & Business Development Simon Property Group (Plantation)

Dr. ELIZABETH KING, CEO International Holistic Center (Fort Lauderdale)

LILIAM M. LOPEZ, CEO So. Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Miami Beach)

MERCEDES J. NUNEZ, Vice Chair Broward County Housing Authority (Weston)

MARIBEL QUIALA, LCSW, Director Clinical Services Fort Lauderdale Hospital (Miami Beach)

SANDRA RAMON VILARASAU, Editor in Chief El Venezolano de Broward Newspaper (Lauderhill)

FELICIA RODRIGUEZ, News Anchor WPBF TV (ABC) West Palm Beach (Jupiter)

YOLANDA A. RODRIGUEZ, Florida Manager State Operations, AARP (Plantation)

YVONNE SALAS, Int’l Director PORTADA FLORIDA Magazine (Miramar)

AIMEE SANCHEZ-ZADAK, President ZADAK Research & Development (Davie)

and the 2012 Latina Pioneer of the Year is NELLY RUBIO, Community Relations Director WFOR-TV, CBS4 from Miami, Florida

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: WEDOEVENTS.NET