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Mission Statement:

“Building powerful women professionally, personally, and politically through advocacy, education and information via community outreach and programs to include scholarship awards, mentoring women, workplace equity, legislative and health issues, and most recently networking platforms to encourage referral opportunities across all professions”.



Professional Women of the Finger Lakes, whose members were formerly known as the Canandaigua Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW), voted to change both its affiliation and its name in 2010, in order to more effectively meet the growing demand by local women for networking opportunities and professional development.  Additionally, Professional Women of the Finger Lakes has affiliated with New York State Women, Inc., an association of 70 member chapters in 11 districts across the New York State, all of whom were formerly part of BPW New York State and BPW/USA. 

-Professional Women of the Finger Lakes currently focuses on these priorities:
=Community involvement
-Working family values
-Work-life balance
-Workplace equity,
-Membership growth and promotion. 

To achieve these goals, the organization will maintain and enhance our scholarship and mentoring programs within the community, continue to engage with our state organization New York State Women, Inc., and strengthen the momentum of our PWFL programs.

Since 1952, we have been an active organization serving all women of Ontario and surrounding counties.  We learn and grow together through education and heightened awareness of women’s issues, community service projects and various scholarships opportunities. 

Some of the program ideas for the coming year include:

Mentoring Women
Women's Health Concerns
Legislative Initiatives        

Should you wish to become a member of Professional Women of the Finger Lakes, please complete the membership information form and send it to the address listed.  A member of our membership committee will then contact you. So get started today and contact us immediately. We really want to hear from YOU!


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Laurie O'Shaughnessy, President

Professional Women of the Finger Lakes
Post Office Box 423
Canandaigua, New York 14424-0423