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We Want You!

PWN is looking to add a few more great leaders to our Board of Directors team; are you interested? The board consists of busy professional women who understand that family comes first; have a desire to lift up and support women in the corridor; who are willing to bring creative ideas to the board meetings […]

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PWN Featured Member: Samantha Valenta, Choice Floors, Ltd.

This month’s featured member is Samantha Valenta, Sales Agent for Choice Floors, Ltd. In 2014 Samantha Valenta started working with a new company, Choice Floors, Ltd. The company specializes bringing you great flooring products, at great prices, with great service!  They have a design center on the Southwest side of Cedar Rapids, but their biggest […]

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PWN Announces Five 2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

Professional Women’s Network is pleased to announce five local recipients of PWN Foundation Scholarships. These women were chosen based on written personal essays outlining their character, educational and personal career goals and volunteerism. Paige Zieser (Ely) attends Mount Mercy University and is studying Accounting. Ms. Zieser is employed with Terry, Lockridge & Dunn. Jill Beaty […]

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New PWN Perk- BlendCard

PWN has formed a partnership with BlendCard, a business marketing program. BlendCard allows cardholders access to coupons, loyalty and gift cards to participating local businesses. Customers manage their rewards from one simple dashboard that can be viewed easily from any computer, tablet, or phone. BlendCard allows local stores to activate their own custom loyalty, marketing, […]

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PWN Featured Member: Sandra Ahrendsen, Continuous Improvement Specialist, The Gazette Company.

This month’s featured PWN Member is Sandra Ahrendsen, Continuous Improvement Specialist at The Gazette Company. Below Sandra shares her story about how the PWN Scholarship helped her and what she is currently working on professionally. “I used the PWN scholarship to pay for books primarily. Books range from $20.00 to $200.00 each. Because of the […]

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the PWN Member Survey!

We received some valuable feedback, which we will work to incorporate to increase the value members receive from PWN. One of the things you requested was more communication regarding our mission and how you can best leverage your membership. We understand that you aren’t always able to make the monthly meetings, so going forward we plan […]

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PWN Featured Member: Trudy Claassen, Manager, MODE

I moved to Cedar Rapids 30 years ago to be a clothing buyer for a retail chain called, Seifert’s/Mark Henri; prior to that, I had managed stores in Wisconsin, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. After the closing of Seifert’s, I focused on raising my three children and then eventually started working for the Cedar Rapids Community School […]

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Special Offer: PWN Members – Join the Fairfax State Savings Bank Especially For You team!

It’s the 26th Anniversary of Especially For You, this year on October 9, 2016. Join the Fairfax State Savings Bank EFY team in the fight against breast cancer and FSSB will pay half your registration fee! Simply fill out the EFY 2016_RegistrationForm, and return it to the Bank by September 9th: PO Box 277, 409 […]

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Call for Volunteers – July 30th

A call for volunteers from Michelle Catlett, Corporate Events Director, at the American Heart Association. You are invited to participate in a FUN volunteer opportunity with your co-workers, friends, and family at The Glo Run on Saturday, July 30th from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. This year’s theme is Run Through the 80’s and proceeds go to the American […]

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PWN Featured Member: Sarah Specht, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

I started with Northwestern Mutual in the summer of 2014, after working in various marketing positions. Never was a career in finance on my radar and now I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Being a career-changer in this industry can be both scary and exciting. I provide my clients with a customized approach to financial planning. […]

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