Women's Network

The mission of the McNees Wallace & Nurick Women's Network is to provide a forum to build professional connections and promote business opportunities through substantive programs and social events.

If you're interested in finding out more or attending a future McNees Women's Network program, contact Tiffany Riser, at (717) 237-5444 or send an email to .

Upcoming Women's Network Programs

September 17, 2014 - 3 Things Every Business Woman Needs to Reach Her High Gear. Join us at our next McNees Women’s Network event to hear Anne Deeter Gallaher discuss come of the barriers she has experienced - and observed - in reaching higher gears. Anne will share her perspective on the three necessities women must have to steer clear of roadblocks and achieve growth, leadership positions and business success. Anne is President and CEO of Deeter Gallaher Group, and co-author of the book Women in High Gear: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, On-Rampers, and Aspiring Executives.

Past Programs

June 24, 2014 - Lessons for Women From The Real Business World. Join us at our next McNees Women’s Network event to hear Laura Williams share real-world lessons from her varied career – lessons you can use in achieving your own business success. Laura will discuss key strategies she discovered and successfully followed in her positions as in-house counsel and business unit executive for Keystone Financial, Inc., partner at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, in-house counsel for Giant Food Stores, LLC, and chair of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber.

March 26 (Harrisburg) and April 1 (Lancaster) - Planting the Seeds - What Every Professional Should Know About Financial & Estate Planning. Our professional accomplishments generally result from our organized and forward-thinking business planning. But we may not engage in the same careful, structured planning for the future in our personal lives. Too often, a significant life event results in the realization that we are not adequately prepared and we must hunt reactively for financial and estate planning solutions. Come hear McNees' Bebe Mullaugh and Letort Trust's Phyllis Harmon discuss the vital steps that smart women (and men) should follow NOW to prepare for their future and that of their families, using solid estate planning and wealth management tools and strategies.

November 20, 2013 (Lancaster) - Marketing Yourself. We are happy to announce that Olympic gold medalist Diann Roffe will join Vikki Grodner, our Director of Business Development and Marketing, in presenting "Marketing Yourself" on November 20 at the Cork Factory in Lancaster. Diann and Vikki jointly presented this well-received program in Harrisburg last month. We are pleased that Diann can be with us in Lancaster to share her ideas on effectively marketing yourself professionally.
Currently the director of business development for the Mechanicsburg-based IT firm Digital Planet, Diann has insights from her various life experiences on the "dos and don'ts" of putting your best professional foot forward.

December 4, 2013 - Beer & More at Tröegs Brewery. Join the McNees Women's Network for our annual holiday networking reception at Tröegs Brewery featuring Tröegs beer and hors d’oeuvres. If you arrive early, please enjoy a self-guided tour of the facility.

September 18, 2013 - Marketing Yourself. In our careers, we are called upon to shine the best possible light on our company, our department or our profession. But how many of us take the necessary time to properly showcase ourselves on a regular basis? Join the McNees Women's Network to hear from former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist Diann Roffe on tips for proper personal marketing. Currently the director of business development for the Mechanicsburg-based IT firm Digital Planet, Diann has insights from her various life experiences on the "dos and don'ts" of putting your best professional foot forward.

June 19, 2013 - How to Make the Whole World Your University. Your formal school days may be over, but you can still connect to lifelong learning opportunities that will enrich your life, improve your brainpower and strengthen our community. Join the McNees Women's Network for an enlightening presentation on continuing your personal and professional development by seeking out intellectually stimulating information.

March 20, 2013 - What Does Health Care Reform Mean for You? Many business executives and HR professionals are struggling with the ever-evolving and often confusing Health Care Reform landscape. The McNees Women’s Network invites you to join us for an overview of the current status of Health Care Reform and what it means for you.

November 28, 2012 - Perfect Pairings: Networking with Chocolate and...Beer. If you've never tried this delectable combination, you're in for a treat. Join the McNees Women's Network for the newest trend in food pairings. Explore the delicate flavor balance of gourmet chocolates and local artisan brews. Our local beer and chocolate authority will guide us through this unique sensory experience that has converted even the most skeptical of palates.

September 12, 2012 - Crisis Management For The Non-Crises Manager. Fortunately, most businesses do not face significant crisis situations on a day-to-day basis. But when a crisis hits, advance planning and proper responses can make a huge difference in effectively addressing the crisis. The McNees Women's Network invites you to hear advice from calm, cool, collected and competent panelists who have faced and successfully resolved crisis situations.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Knowing a crisis when you see one
  • Should I hit the panic button and where do we keep it?
  • The perils of sweeping your crisis under a rug

June 20, 2012 (Hershey) - A Sweet Evening At The Hershey Company. Wine, dine and hear from a panel of experts as they explain the elements and importance of a Corporate Social Responsibility program and the benefits of this global concept to your business and to the community at large.
  • Leanna Meiser, The Hershey Company
  • Vicki Kulina, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
  • Tracy Pawelski, Ahold USA

April 19, 2012 (Lancaster) - Beyond A Google Search. You market yourself online can have a significant impact on your business and also your own reputation. Join the McNees Women's Network in Lancaster as Maura Donley presents resources and ideas that not only help you track your online character but also build a positive presence on the internet. Further, hear from McNees attorney Stephanie Carfley on what you can and can’t do through the legal system if your online reputation has been damaged as a result of false or defamatory information being posted online.

March 14, 2012 - Behind the Scenes at the First Lady's Office. Spend a morning with Karen Gunnison, the First Lady’s chief of staff and learn more about:
  • The skills the role requires
  • How Karen translated her business experience with CREDC into her new public service role
  • How you can translate those same skills for success in your business

September 21, 2011 - Beyond A Google Search. How you market yourself online can have a significant impact on your business and also your own reputation. Join the McNees Women's Network as Maura Donley presents resources and ideas that not only help you track your online character but also build a positive online presence.

September 14, 2011 (Lancaster) - Infuential Women Speak On The Secrets of Success. Join Francine McNairy, Laura Schanz, Dana Chryst and Liz Martin and McNees attorney, Kendra McGuire as they draw upon their personal experiences as women in Lancaster county who share the challenges, personal satisfaction and wisdom that comes with success.

June 22, 2011 - Golf Outing. Back by request, the McNees Women’s Network invited you to enjoy another evening of fun, food and golf instruction at Rich Valley Golf in Mechanicsburg. Whether you were a new golfer or a seasoned one, these golf pros can helped bring your game to the next level.

March 16, 2011 - Legislative Update - The Budget and Beyond. Go behind the scenes with the McNees Women's Network and Donna Malpezzi, General Counsel to the Senate Republican Caucus, and learn firsthand how the budget process in Pennsylvania really works. Then it's your turn to ask questions and get inside information on Donna's predictions regarding public welfare, health, insurance, and more from the new administration.

December 2, 2010 - An Evening of Martinis and Chocolate. Attendees joined us for a holiday gathering with drinks, food and plenty of chocolate.

September 29, 2010 - In an Era of Change, Make it Your Business. Attendees joined us for a presentation on the importance in staying aware of the legal issues affecting your business and the businesses around you. The session was divided up into four discussions; What Kind of Green is Your Business, When to Hire a Litigator, Pitfalls in Advertising, The State of Small Business Lending and Successful Succession: Planning in Tumultuous Times.

June 3, 2010 - In The Community. Attendees joined us at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg for a tour of their impressive facility. Tina Nixon, CEO of the YWCA shared stories of the impact the YWCA has had on women, children and families in our community.

March 10, 2010 - Social Media as a Business Tool. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace . . . You've heard so much about them, but how do you make the most of these digital age tools? Program attendees learned how to maximize the use of social media for their businesses from the Digital Media Manager of Pavone, a local advertising agency. They also learned to identify and avoid the legal pitfalls that have put some businesses at risk.

December 3, 2009 - Wines That Will Change Your Mind: And The Women Behind Them. Attendees joined the McNees Women's Network for this year's wine presentation and to sample wines and cheese from Pennsylvania and beyond. Kimberly Waltz, co-owner of Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery of Lancaster Valley, shared her experience as a woman introducing a new, niche product and overcoming a skeptical audience.

September 23, 2009 - Influential Women Speak on The Secrets of Success. Attendees joined us for a presentation on the Secrets of Success from influential local women: Sharon Ryan, Jewel Cooper, Chris Sears, Tina Nixon and Marion Alexander. This session drew upon the personal experiences of women in Central Pennsylvania who share the challenges and personal satisfaction they experience because they have chosen to be successful.

June 3, 2009 - In The Community. Attendees joined us for a tour and talk with Ruth Koup, Founder and CEO of Dress For Success South Central PA. Women are referred to the organization by partner non-profit programs and government agencies, including homeless shelters, immigration services, and domestic violence shelters that offer training and job ready programs. Each Dress For Success client received one suit and available accessory items for her job interview and was offered the opportunity to return when she gets the job for more separates to start her "working wardrobe."

March 11, 2009 - Get a Mentor, Be a Mentor, or Better Yet: Do Both! The concept of mentoring is not new; in fact, it has its roots in Greek mythology. But recently, there have been promising new twists to this time-honored approach to preparing people for positions of increasing responsibility. In this session, Nancy Dering Martin touched on some of the emerging best practices in mentoring and challenged participants to both have a mentor and be one!

December 3, 2008 - Holiday Wine Buying. Back by Request: Buying wine for a holiday meal or party can be an intimidating endeavor. The MWN Women's Network enjoyed an evening of discussion and tasting with experts from the Pennsylvania Wine Society about wine options to pair with traditional holiday fare.

September 24, 2008 - Managing Generational differences in the Workplace.  Jim Rowell, Co-founder of Rising Sun Consultants LLC, explained how understanding generational differences can reduce conflict in the workplace and help executives to get the most out of their professional teams. 

June 4, 2008 - 3rd Annual Women's Network Golf Outing at Rich Valley Golf.

March 5, 2008 - Market Ups & Downs: Finding Stability in an unstable economy. The outlook for the global economy in 2008 is tentative, necessitating new considerations by both businesses and individuals. This program will feature presentations by local experts who will aid in your understanding of the current economic environment and provide useful tips and strategies for achieving security in an uncertain economy.

December 5, 2007 - Holiday Wine Buying. Buying wine for a holiday meal or party can be an intimidating endeavor. The MWN Women's Network enjoyed an evening of discussion and tasting with experts from the Pennsylvania Wine Society about wine options to pair with traditional holiday fare.

September 26, 2007 - Earning Media: Opportunities in Media Relations. Better media relations can enhance your career, your image and your community service. Are you overlooking media opportunities? Pat Wood, who has 30 years of experience in media and community relations, offered some tips to improve media relations skills and answer media relations questions.

June 6, 2007 - "An Evening with Lorraine Klippel and Friends." The MWN Women's Network enjoys an evening of fun, food and golf instruction.

March 7, 2007 - Taking Care of Business: How to make government work for you. Our officials in state and local government can play an important role in the success of your business. Learn how to initiate and cultivate key relationships, influence critical policy decisions and legislative actions and become an advocate for change. Speakers: Tina Pickett, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Stephanie Larkin, Director of Government Affairs with the PA Manufacturers' Association, and Maura Donley, Vice President of Arcus.