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Women's Initiative

Women's Initiative

Mission Statement: The Women’s Initiative is the leading organization for women of all career stages to connect, grow and achieve for business and professional success. It was created to inspire area businesswomen in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati to connect, grow and achieve. The Spirit of Achievement award honors women who have made a significant impact upon the progress of the Women’s Initiative, had career success and been active in the community.

 PNC Bank   

Sponsor of Women's Initiative Programs


Business Women Connect

Network with dynamic women during a monthly Happy Hour. Invite friends and co-workers to mix and mingle while enjoying happy hour drinks and appetizers. This casual gathering is open to all area professional women; members and non-members. Attendance is free. No RSVP required.  For a listing of these happy hours and other upcoming Women's Initiative events, click here.


Business Women Grow

Mid-level women professionals or women re-entering the workforce can receive one-on-one formal mentoring with a current or former senior executive. The goal is to pair selected women with a mentor who will assist them to further foster their professional growth. This unique opportunity is offered exclusively to women.

Applications: Mentor Mentee


Business Women Achieve (Roundtable)

A circle of peers to foster professional and personal development. This structured program enables members to draw on the experience and successes of their peers. Each confidential forum of similar level professionals from noncompeting businesses regularly meet to share and provide counsel on the challenges and opportunities facing today’s businesses. The Roundtables serve as informal boards of advisors to their membership. For more information, click here. To download the application, click here.


Women's Initiative Golf Outing

Swing, sip and shop -this is an outing you don't want to miss!  Join us on June 14th for a delicious buffet luncheon at 11:30 a.m. followed by the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.  The best thing about this event is you don't have to be a good golfer!  Come enjoy the fun and meet other professional women! 

You'll enjoy 9 holes of golf before you retreat to the Clubhouse for the 19th Hole Social at about 3:00 p.m.  You'll nibble on complimentary appetizers, sip on beverages from the cash bar and shop several specialty vendors! At 5:00 p.m. you can head home after the best afternoon you've had in a long time!

NEW THIS YEAR is the Golf Clinic!  Do you want to learn how to play golf?  Or do you know how to play, but want to be a better golfer?  Then register for the golf clinic!  During the classroom portion of clinic, we'll discuss-

  • When is it appropriate to talk during a golf match
  • Where to stand when someone is hitting the ball
  • How to decide who hits the ball first & when
  • Terminology used in golf
  • Go over the clubs in the bag including which club to use and when

After the classroom, participates will get live practice with a Golf Pro.  We will cover how to chip and putt the ball.

Clinic attendees will join everyone for the delicious lunch at 11:30-12:30, followed by the clinic instruction.  Finally, you can join the golfers in the clubhouse for the 19th Hole Social.  This is a great opportunity for you to get some private instruction at a great price!
Don't delay- this outing will sell out!

Click here to register


Women's initiative Regional Summit


The Women’s Initiative of Northern Kentucky is hosting its first regional conference on June 29, 2016. It is a low-cost way for companies to provide high quality professional development for their female employees.

In existence for seven years, the Women’s Initiative is the area’s “leading organization for women of all career stages to connect, grow and achieve for business and professional success.”

The Regional Women’s Summit is open to professional women from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The theme “It’s Time to Take the Lead,” is based on keynote speaker Betsy Myers’ book Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You. She is one of the most accomplished, sought-after speakers on leadership in the nation. Ms. Myers will deliver two keynote presentations during the summit. For the conference format, click here.

This one-day conference scheduled from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, KY, will include breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon. Breakout sessions are structured to appeal to young professionals, mid and senior career women, those contemplating second careers, and entrepreneurs. For a list of the breakout sessions, click here.

To register for the Regional Women’s Summit, click here. Need more information? Call Pam Mastruserio at 859.578.6384 or email at

The following have lent their endorsement to the Summit as members of the Honorary Committee:

Women’s Regional Summit Honorary Committee

  • Laura Brunner, President/CEO, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority
  • Helen Carroll, Owner, Carroll Project Planning
  • Judy Clabes, Editor and Publisher, KY Forward and NKY Tribune
  • Meghan Cummings, CFRE, Executive Director, Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Kay Geiger, President, PNC Greater Cincinnati 
  • Justice Michelle M. Keller, Supreme Court of Kentucky 
  • Candace McGraw, CEO, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport 
  • Jennifer Proud Mearns, Principle/Founder JPM Consulting Services
  • Deb Moessner, President and GM, Kentucky Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield 
  • Barbara Perez, President/CEO, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati 
  • Johnna Reeder, President/CEO, REDI Cincinnati
  • Sandra Berlin Walker, President/CEO, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
  • Janice Way, President, Leadership Kentucky

On the Road Program

On the Road is a series of professional development programs hosted at a member’s business location for their employees.  The goal is to support, encourage and sustain new and innovative learning initiatives.

More than 30 different topics are available in the following areas:

  • Generational Differences
  • Communication          
  • Time Management
  • Career Development
  • Leadership Skills
  • Developing Skill Sets
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Change Management

All of the topics are presented by trained, qualified and professional speakers.

Most sessions are 1- 1 ½ hour in length.  On the Road will be funded by each sponsoring host company.  Each session will be at a cost of $25 per participant with a minimum of 10 participants per session.  A deposit of $250 is due upon booking the session with an invoice for the total number of attendees immediately following the session.  Sessions are open to BOTH men and women.

Is your company interested in hosting an On the Road session?  Email Pam Mastruserio at

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Women's Initiative Annual Breakfast

The Annual Breakfast is the largest event hosted by the Women’s Initiative. In 2016, the seventh anniversary of the Annual Breakfast, over 700 were in attendance. Each year the breakfast features a keynote speaker and presentation of the Spirit of Achievement award, sponsored by BB&T.

Mark your calendar with this year’s date- Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 7:00-9:30 a.m. at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, KY.  Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s keynote speaker….you will be impressed and you won’t want to miss her!

The Spirit of Achievement award honors a woman who has made a significant impact upon the progress of the Women’s Initiative, had career success and been active in the community. Do you know a deserving woman who should be recognized by receiving the Spirit of Achievement award?  Click here for more information and the nomination form.

Contact: Pam Mastruserio
VP, Women's Initiative

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