Women’s Networking Events in Durango: About PWN
Our mission: We create an environment where women connect, grow, and inspire each other to reach new levels of success. We elevate and empower the women in Durango to do remarkable things and exceed their goals.
Furthermore, the Professional Women’s Network of Durango celebrates women and the accomplishments of women. Through collaboration and storytelling, we make a stand for women’s voices to be heard and to reflect on the progress women have made throughout history, honoring the courageous steps taken to create positive change in the world and discuss the changes that still need to be made.
We have seen that PWN of Durango helps women improve their confidence and self-esteem when it comes to meeting other like-minded women. Women more readily share and celebrate small victories in both personal and professional areas in female-only environments. Most importantly, PWN cultivates hope and determination and gives our members and participants a reason to believe when they run out of reasons. That’s why we facilitate and host women’s networking events for our members and interested female professionals on a regular basis.
Our monthly women’s networking events occur on the second Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm. Join us as we host our Inspirational Speakers Series, Speed Networking sessions, Workshops, leadership book club and other women’s networking events that support La Plata County.
Becoming a member provides you with an exclusive database of companies and individuals to help you with any need, access to monthly women’s networking events, a sounding board for ideas, and a platform to get you out there, personally and professionally.
Meet the PWN Board and Ambassadors
We are an all volunteer run organization. Our board members consist of executives, new professionals, mothers, students, and more. We are committed to promoting volunteerism, providing regular women’s networking events, and building a strong community of women – together. Collectively, our board members and volunteers put in hundreds of hours a year to support our mission and the La Plata County community.
Are you in search of a strong community of women, looking to push yourself professionally, and want to empower other women in the Durango area? Join us to connect with local women on a deeper level and join our team!
PWN Board Members and Ambassadors
Dannielle Arceneaux - Board Member
Bonny Wayman - Board Treasurer
Molly Pagano - Board President
Shanon Hansen - Board Member
Renee Dixon - Board Member
Derya Anderson - Ambassador
Kelly MacNiven - Board Secretary
Jessica Stockton - Ambassador
In the fall of 2014, founding board members and local La Plata County businesswomen, Melissa Glick and Jessika Buell, were inspired by international startup entrepreneur Daniel Epstein, Founder and CEO of Unreasonable Institute who challenged entrepreneurs to step up in their communities, form support groups and foster creativity and innovation. Taking this message to heart, Glick and Buell teamed up to combine their passion for business and community. They created a space they found to be lacking in La Plata County – an opportunity for professional women’s networking events – in hopes they would be able to foster a space for professional women to thrive. At their first women’s networking events, women poured through the doors, enthusiastic yet starved for more opportunities to connect with each other. Attracting women-thought leaders on a local and national level to their events, PWN brings in speakers and interactive experiences for women with the purpose of elevating and empowering women. Today, PWN is the largest professional women’s group in the Four Corners Region.
Thank you to our past full term Board Members:
Tracy Kellermeyer (2019-2021)
Melissa Glick (2015 – 2020)
Jenna Black (2017-2019)
Susan Lander (2016-2018)
Jessika Buell (2015-2018)