Foundation Committees

Consider Taking an Active Role in the New York Women in Communications Foundation!

As a member of NYWICI, you can support the New York Women in Communications Foundation by serving on one or more of the committees below. You will be lending your expertise to a vital professional organization that fosters communications education and professional development. Click on any link below to learn more about that Foundation Committee. To join a committee, contact

The Communications Committee works to build the Foundation brand and coordinates the Foundation’s public relations needs with the NYWICI Operating Board’s Integrated Marketing Committee. The Communications Committee also ensures website content is up-to-date and that all Foundation promotional needs are integrated across all possible channels.    
Co-Chairs:  Rachel Bowie and Stephanie Guzman

The Development Committee directs the overall Foundation fundraising efforts and coordinates fundraising initiatives with the NYWICI Operating Board’s Sponsorship Committee. 
Co-Chairs: Ellen Archer and Sheryl Victor Levy 

The Empowerment Grant Committee coordinates the program that provides financial grants to long-standing NYWICI members who are seeking professional development, whether that constitutes updating their skills, exploring new paths in the industry, or going into business for themselves.
Learn more about the Empowerment Grant Committee
Co-chairs: Janet Dugo and Stephanie Scott 

The High School Outreach Committee creates relationships with high schools and youth organizations throughout the NY region to increase awareness about scholarship, educational and professional development opportunities for students, in particular economically underserved students, interested in pursuing communications degrees.
Learn more about the High School Outreach Committee
Co-Chairs: Jacqueline Dolly and Isabelle Miner 

The Mentoring Committee coordinates an annual mentoring initiative that pairs seasoned communications professionals with college students or professionals new to the communications industry in a valuable one-on-one experience.
Learn more about the Mentoring Committee
Co-Chairs: Bonnie Blake and Megan Hess

The Scholar Relations Committee maintains relationships with prior scholarship recipients, keeping them connected to the organization through special events and skill-building workshops.   
Learn more about the Scholar Relations Committee
Co-Chairs: Saundra Thomas and Taylor Trudon 

The Scholarship Committee reviews all scholarship applications, meets with leading scholarship candidates and makes final decisions regarding scholarship winners.
Learn more about the Scholarship Committee

Co-Chairs: Kara Iaconis and Linda Krebs 

The Strategic Alliances Committee establishes and maintains relationships and partnerships with organizations that can support the Foundation and strengthen its efforts.
Co-Chairs:  Karen Karpowich and Francine Ryan

CharityBuzz Committee: 
•    Jeanne Byington
•    Berenice Ladden 
•    Isabelle Miner 
•    Francine Ryan
•    Susan Schultz

The Student Affairs Committee plans the fall Student Career Conference, the summer “Ladies Who Laugh” fundraiser, periodic Career Roundtables and Behind-the-Scenes events.   
Learn more about the Student Affairs Committee
Co-Chairs: Lori Greene and Brittany Hennessy
The Young Professionals Committee engages with members of NYWICI who are in their first or second job in the communications industry, creating networking opportunities and events tailored to their specific career needs. Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Young Professional member. 
Chair: Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich and Antoinette Miller 


You can also become active in NYWICI's general committees: