Extraordinary Women of Rochester

By Kristine Bruneau | Articles and interviews about women in Rochester.

Woman to Watch: Sharon Taylor

Building strong relationships to improve member and community health is a natural fit for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Sharon Taylor.<p>Taylor, …

Woman CIO at Kodak makes elite Top 100 STEM list

Only one-quarter of the top 100 CIO/CTO STEM leaders in a list published by STEMConnector are women — and Kodak’s CIO, Kim VanGelder, is on …

Woman to Watch: Kelly Smith

As Geva Theatre Center’s new director of development, Kelly Smith embraces her role with “patience, determination, good humor and a plan of …

Woman to Watch: Sasha Okolo

As the new human resources manager for Buckingham Properties, Sasha Okolo, strives to be an advocate for and a resource to employees.<p>While HR is …

Woman to Watch: Shira May

With grace and gratitude, Shira May, Ph.D. balances motherhood, a new business venture and work as a freelance communication coach and adjunct …

Woman to Watch: Shirley A. Banks

If you have ever experienced someone using your debit card to make purchases without your consent or had private information stolen, it can be a …

Sandra Roberts is Digital Rochester Technology Woman of Year

A veteran in the financial services industry is Digital Rochester's Technology Woman of the Year.<p>Sandra U. Roberts, senior vice president and chief …

Woman to Watch: Tricia Cruz-Irving

Tricia Cruz-Irving is unwavering in her commitment to helping businesses prosper, advancing the aspirations of Latinos and encouraging positive …

Woman to Watch: Kristin Rogers Lennarz

Kristin Lennarz loves to stand at the intersection of digital innovation and humanity, especially when it involves helping children.<p>Lennarz, director …

Woman to Watch: Katie Riley

Katie Riley is lucky to have worked for two world-class cultural institutions in the same city.<p>Riley previously served as director of institutional …

Maya Angelou

Woman to Watch: Mimi Lee

Mimi Lee works year-round promoting the importance of preserving Asian/Pacific American history and advancing its rich culture. She also encourages …

Woman to Watch: Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson, operations officer for global civic organization Avaaz, is one of a growing number of women around the world who work remotely.<p>She …

5 things to know about 'Listen to Your Mother'

<i>Listen To Your Mother</i> is a one-night-only live staged-reading event on May 8 that gives local writers a forum to share their motherhood stories in …

Parenting

Woman to Watch: Hadley Matarazzo

The biggest challenge Hadley Matarazzo, has had to face is balancing the demands of a successful and rewarding career in law with those of her family.<p>…

Woman to Watch: Arleen Hyland

Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Arleen Hyland took to heart a lesson modeled by her single-parent mom - nothing is accomplished without hard work.<p>…

Woman to Watch: Valerie Way

Since the eighth grade, Valerie Way knew she wanted a career in social work.<p>When her teachers assigned reports during school, she chose to explore …

Woman to Watch: Keila Peña

Keila Peña wants to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math — and help them stick with it financially.<p>"I …

Woman to Watch: Julia Sáenz

For Julia Sáenz, it was always about social justice. That is what guided her to complete her undergraduate degree in social work and is the driving …

Woman to Watch: Jayne Van Zile

For more than 15 years, Jayne Van Zile lent her sales and marketing expertise to help grow the corporate travel side of her family's eponymous travel …

Woman to Watch: Flor Colon

Growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, Flor Maria Colon lacked professional role models. What she had, …

Work of 2 families helped build Webster insurance agency

For Kathleen Pedulla, being part of a business that her father, James Pedulla Sr., started in the early 1950s has a special significance.<p>It means she …

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Woman to Watch: Betsy Brugg

Betsy Brugg considered staying in Washington, D.C., after graduating from Georgetown University's law school.<p>However, the Brighton native returned …

Karen LaFauci writes her way to a career

Her business model allows her to cultivate close relationships with clients and become a seamless part of their team.<p>Karen LaFauci has had the right …

October 2013 Issue

October 2013 Issue<p>October brings our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Issue. On the cover is Linda Argento, survivor and co-chair of the 2013 BCCR …

Weight loss is first step as Anne Johnson Gabel changes her life

Losing weight and subsequently ending a relationship propelled Johnson into new successes in life, love, and business.<p>Where there's an end, there's a …