Chair's Letter

Achieving our mission together makes a difference

This has been a year like no other.Globally, we have been challenged to address a life-threatening virus. Our headlines focus on COVID-19 scientists seeking out treatment, cure and prevention.But we also see bold, creative and innovate efforts by the people who labor in the smaller type-size missions - neighbors innovating to help each other, educators adapting how they teach and health care providers finding better ways to serve their patients.These are the people WIN seeks out. Ten years ago, … Read More

Previous Messages from the Chair

Messersmith webinar University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Instructor Amber Messersmith shared information about the student grant-making program she coordinates during WIN’s first webinar May 21.

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Membership Update

WIN finished the 2019-2020 membership year on June 30 with 179 members, down 14 from 2018-2019, but strong enough to provide $168,000 for grants. As of December, 85 women have joined or renewed their membership, contributing to the total grants that will be available to award in the fall of 2021.

Committee Update

As a WIN member, you can join one of WIN’s three committees anytime! Help us plan programs, review grant proposals and keep our membership engaged and growing, while learning more about WIN! Let us know at if you are interested in joining a committee or have questions about the groups.

Here’s an update on what’s happening in each group:

Education Committee
Chair: Susan Rosenlof; Chair-elect: Meg Lauerman; Immediate Past Chair: Shannon Sands
Next meeting: Feb. 15, 3:30 p.m. (Zoom)
The Education Committee met Nov. 16 to further plans for opportunities for members to learn and connect with each other. A WIN Webinar featuring a University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communication course that spent months researching and reporting on climate issues will be at noon Dec. 2. Other virtual programs are in the works for January and February.  WIN will continue to post learning opportunities for members and occasionally schedule WIN Chats for discussion afterwards. The group also debriefed the WIN Grant Awards Celebration. for which members planned the keynote presentation. Positive comments were received about the speaker and the breakout sessions offered at the end of the program. Meeting dates set: Nov. 16, Feb. 15, May 17 and Aug. 16, all at 3:30 p.m.

Membership Committee
Chair: Ann Bruntz; Chair-elect: Emily Allen; Immediate Past Chairs: Kathy LeBaron and Courtney Kreifels
Next meeting: Feb. 8, 3:30 p.m. (Zoom)
The Membership Committee met in June to discuss ways to encourage members who had not yet renewed for this year to renew. The committee would like to expand its membership by seeking other WIN members interested in connecting with new and renewing members. Future 2021 meeting dates: Feb. 8,  May 10, Aug. 9, Nov. 8, all at 3:30 p.m.

Grants Committee
Chair: Cassie Kohl; Chair-elect: Vanessa Denney; Immediate Past Chair: Linda Hoegemeyer
Next meeting: March 3 (Subcommittee), May 11 (Full committee) 3:30 p.m. (Zoom)
The Grants Committee met via Zoom Aug. 25 to debrief the 2019-2020 grants cycle and make plans for the 2020-2021 cycle. The use of Zoom for site visits offered some time advantages for members participating and went well for the committee and grant seekers. The downside was the lack of personal interaction with grant seekers and other committee members and the informal time to discuss proposals with other committee members. Next year’s grant application timeline was set and will be posted on WIN’s website before Jan. 1. A subcommittee effort to contact past grant seekers and grant recipients about their experiences and the impact of their grants will be planned. Selection of the next committee chair was discussed. Meetings set for 2021: March 3, subcommittee for letters of inquiry review; May 11, full committee for proposal review; Tuesdays and Thursdays in June reserved for site visits; July 13, full committee for review of site visits.