Group formed to promote women into positions of leadership

Central New York has a long history of women succeeding as leaders in the women's suffrage movement, the Underground Railroad, and in our local communities. Central New York Women in Leadership (CNYWIL) was founded to promote local women into positions of leadership in our community. A local group of women recently celebrated that past, while encouraging current and upcoming women leaders.

CNYWIL's inaugural event was a celebration of Women's History Month on Thursday March 3 at the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors. A full house capacity of women and several very supportive men enjoyed an evening of food and fellowship as they honored Cicero Town Supervisor Judy A. Boyke and the many other women serving Central New York in government, education and business. Amy Robbins graciously served as The Mistress of Ceremonies.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner presented Certificates of Award to the women serving as the event hosts. Guest speakers included Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation Executive Director Sally Roesch-Wagner; and Vita Demarchi , of Synapse Partners. Colleen Deacon, representing US Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, read a congratulatory letter to all women in attendance. The evening's special honoree, Supervisor Boyke, was presented with a proclamation from NYS Assemblymen William B. Magnarelli and Samuel D. Roberts.

Founding member Joan Kesel, former Cicero Supervisor, explained, "Women are a valued asset in our communities. Gone are the days when women had to fight their way into board rooms, however, we still need to gather strengths from each other as we face the many challenges in our lives. This organization can serve as a natural resource for one another. March and Women's History Month is a perfect time to join together".

"Women have throughout history served in the forefront of major social changes. As our world becomes more and more complicated it is our hope that we can inspire more women to become involved in the community, and by that will also make life better for their families, friends, and community" stated North Syracuse Mayor Diane Browning.

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