Welcome to the Women’s Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance, a great way for women in business, education and many other sectors of our regional economy to get connected to the greater community and to network for professional growth and success.

We are proud to sponsor two signature programs that are representative of our mission to be a catalyst in the pursuit of professional excellence. The internationally recognized ATHENA Awards program honors outstanding professional women who have achieved exceptional levels of business accomplishment, community involvement and mentoring other women. Our honorees over the past years have included a diverse group of women leaders who have made an extraordinary difference in our community and in the organizations that they have served.

The Young Women of Distinction Program is aimed at recognizing the academic and community achievements of our best and brightest high school women by providing internship and college scholarship opportunities, and in so doing nurturing their future success and potential as Athena Award recipients!

We invite you to join with us in these important and meaningful endeavors.

Women’s Council Board of Directors

Woman in the Spotlight

Gidget Hopf, Ed.D

Dr. A. Gidget Hopf is president and CEO of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester in New York. This comprehensive not-for-profit agency provides employment to people who are blind in manufacturing, food services, retail and call center occupations.

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