New Season, New Opportunities

A message from WPF President, Adrienne Jandler

As we wind down the summer, I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures, the changing of the leaves and the sense of renewal that seems to accompany the shift in the seasons. I can almost taste the crispness of the air on a fall morning, the scent of smoke from a distant fire, the crystal clarity you have when you start the day before the sun has risen. It’s just within reach, and I feel the joy of anticipation to be a fair trade for the warm summer days we’ll leave behind.

Fall is not only a re-set of the season, but also has the magic ability to take us back to grade school years. It was a season of new classes, new friendships, new adventures, and yes, new clothes and school supplies. As an adult, the beginning of a school year brings all of that back, and cues us to evaluate the year to date while also stretching more value and increased results from the remaining few months. As we take stock of where we are personally and professionally at this time, I’d ask you to consider the role WPF has in your life.

Do you remember when you first joined WPF? What were your expectations? Have you participated at the level you thought you would? Have you met the people and forged the friendships you had expected? Are we a welcome part of your monthly routine that brings you respite from the week’s strains? How do you give back to your sisters in WPF?

We all join with an outsider’s expectation of the group, based on experiences we’ve had in other business and community organizations. After all, WPF is unique in both mission and structure. There is a natural period of settling in, meeting people, exploring the traditions we have and opportunities available. It takes a little time, and participation, to discover the full dynamic of our sisterhood; to uncover the magic.

This month we’ll welcome eight new members into our sisterhood. I’m looking forward to getting to know each of them, and excited that they’ll have the opportunity to experience the special bond we enjoy. I hope you will reach out to them, introduce yourself and usher them into the fold. It’s also a great time to explore new opportunities with WPF. Check out what is going on with the Special Interest Groups (hint: there is a lot!). Consider serving on one of our committees, in leadership or the Foundation. We will also be holding our small group dinners in September and October, which is a great way to share your feedback and ideas for the organization along with getting to know some of our sisters better. I hope you will plan to attend – it is virtual this year so you can do so from the comfort of home.

Our monthly meetings offer a great vehicle for seeing friends, enjoying fellowship and gaining insight through the programs and speakers. However, getting involved outside of the meetings — through the activities, the SIGs, and on the committees— is the key to building the friendships and deepening the connections. It’s the sweet spot where memories are made and WPF magically transforms from an organization to a sisterhood.

Until we meet again, I wish you health and happiness. See you (online) in September!

September Meeting: Welcome New Members!

Covid-19 cannot put a damper on WPF! Even in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, we are adding eight vibrant, talented, accomplished and smart new members this year. Please join me in welcoming the class of 2020!

Anna Reaves is a landscape architect and urban planner who owns her own landscape architecture firm, Revington Reaves. With degrees from NC State and Cornell, she has completed a number of successful and very visible projects in her native Greensboro while also serving as an adjunct professor at NC A&T, mentoring young women entering the design industry, and raising two young daughters with her husband and business partner, Mark.

Beth Fischer serves as Vice Chancellor of University Advancement at UNCG. With almost two decades of development experience and a law degree from Case Western Reserve, she has spent the last ten years in senior management roles in higher education. She is also the mother of two elementary school-age children.


Familiar to many of us as our former WPF executive assistant, Carol Matznick is marketing director for Triune Technologies. She is responsible for marketing the company’s benefits administration portal to health insurance brokers. She previously was Executive Director of the NC Association of Health Underwriters.


A licensed psychologist, Jennifer Thomas is a professional public speaker and writer. Known to many as the “apology expert” for her co-authored book, “When Sorry Isn’t Enough,” she is completing another book on apology in the workplace, expected to be available in 2021. She is an avid skier, runner, reader and crafter, as well as a wife and mother to three children.


Kelly Stamp is an Associate Professor of Nursing at UNCG, where she also heads the Family and Community Nursing Department. A registered nurse and holder of a Ph.D. degree in nursing, she has clinical nursing experience and has held hospital/affiliated institution and academic appointments. She is credited with more than 25 publications and manuscripts in her field.


Lorri Yaskiewicz is the Marketing and Sales Director at Whitestone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community. A graduate of UNCG, she has more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry and over 15 years in marketing and sales.



A financial planner and investment advisor with Stearns Financial Group, Paula McMillan has been published and quoted in many national and local publications, including U.S. News and World Report, Kiplinger’s, The Tax Adviser, Journal of Accountancy and The Business Journal. Her special interest is in helping women manage their financial situations and retirement planning.


Taylor Butler is the Business Development Director for CT Wilson Construction, Inc., a commercial general contractor. An alumna of Elon University, she is very active in the community, serving on various nonprofit boards and devoting many hours to volunteer work.

Welcome New Members!



Due to our current environment, all Small Group Dinners will be hosted virtually via Zoom. We are currently looking for members who are willing to host. WPF has multiple Zoom licenses that members can utilize for hosting purposes. However, if you have your own Zoom license, we encourage and appreciate you using your own.  A Signup Genius email will be sent in the coming weeks for you to select a dinner that will accommodate your schedule.

**Please make sure that you only sign up for and attend ONE Small Group Dinner.**

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We look forward to seeing everyone in person as soon as events and gatherings can be offered safely.  Please contact Cecelia Anderson or Hollie Shelton if you are interested in hosting or for additional information.



NC Folk Festival Virtual Concert Series in your backyard or patio?

September 11, 12, and 13 … 3 nights of concerts!

Let’s gather together (in small groups, with plenty of social distancing!) to enjoy this year’s NC Folk Festival Virtual Concert Series. Keeping up with our tradition of participating, we can join in online this year, free of charge, at This would be a fun activity to do in small groups, ideally on outside decks or patios. If you’d be interested in hosting a group for this purpose on any of the three nights, contact Kris Landrum at


Summer Break!

Dining Out continues taking a break!  Once the weather cools off, we will resume our dinners outdoors.  If you are not already on the Dining Out email list, please get in touch with Amy Meinecke at to receive the latest updates and news on Dining Out!


Tuesday, September 22 @ 7:30pm via Zoom

Working Moms are hanging in there! On the bright side, back to school shopping included wine for the teacher/mom! Join us for our next Zoom meeting on September 22nd at 7:30pm when we’ll check in with each other to see how the school year is going so far for everyone. RSVP to Marlee Foster 336-235-1596 or email She will send out Zoom link.


Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:00pm via Skype

Our topic will be “The Election/Homestretch” and will feature Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Irene Apgar who is the UBS Branch Manager in Winston Salem.  Both Nancy and Irene will be speaking in a non- partisan way about the landscape in the upcoming election.  Nancy Vaughan will also share her journey to the mayorship of Greensboro.  Irene Apgar will talk about the effects of the election on the financial markets.  Should be fun and informative! Please plan to join us!  Instructions on connecting to the call will be sent prior to the meeting.


Tuesday, September 15 @ 6:30pm via Zoom

Our plan to hold a committee meeting on August 18th got postponed to September so we could watch “Finish the Fight”, the NY Times virtual play, together. It was AMAZING.  Here’s the YouTube link for those who had competing interests and didn’t get an opportunity to view it live.

Please join us in September as we work together to make plans for our SIG going forward.  We look forward to hearing your great ideas and comments.   Please feel free to participate whether or not you are a Committee member (or if you are not sure if you are a Committee member).  RSVP via Google Form: A Zoom link will be shared via email the day of the event.

As always, be in touch with any questions and ideas: Nicole Hayes, Terri Harris, Rebecca Ben-Gideon

The Devoted to Diversity Special Interest Group (SIG) was created to wrestle with issues of inclusion, diversity and justice in order to engage WPF as a force for change in our communities.  Though we are socially distanced, we plan to continue meeting monthly on third Tuesdays. Mark your calendars now to get involved!


As we have done several years in the past, we are gearing up for the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run Race this year with one more increasingly familiar twist .  .  .  The race will be “virtual” this year (Sept 28 – Oct 3).  However, the Health & Wellness SIG is still rallying to support this wonderful cause and we have set up a Team for the Women’s Professional Forum.

You can sign up for the Race  at  When you fill out the form, please select Women’s Professional Forum as your Team so we can show a united front of support and coordinate who all is participating from our organization.   We are planning a race day and route for our group, the morning of October 3rd.  More details will be forthcoming closer to (virtual) race time.

Questions can be directed to Ashley Madden at or (336) 314-9857 for this event.


Tuesday, Oct. 6 – 7:00pm via Zoom – Host: Jody Susong

Please email Jody at at  let her know you will attend and she will send the Zoom link. The meeting starts at 7:00 for little social time prior to the discussion.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature—but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told—one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story. You’ll want to relax and take your time as well, and when you’re done you will want to talk about it with another reader.

– Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review


More than 7 million copies sold worldwide

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade


Lucky 7s Wine Event

Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30-6:45pm via Zoom

Hosted by Sue Kennedy

September, from Latin meaning “the seventh month,” so let’s call September “Lucky Number 7” – and hope it brings us all good fortune for the remainder of this year!

Here’s what we’ve planned….Buy a wine, or pull one from the cabinet or fridge. Bring your bottle (oh, and a glass of course) to our Lucky 7’s wine event.  Say “cheers” and tell a tall tale about you and the wine, making as many (serious or silly) connections or statements about “7” that you can!  If you can find a wine with “Seven” or “7” on the label, even better. There will be prizes for “The Best use of “Lucky 7’s” in September!

Register in advance for this meeting by going to Sandy’s Zoom page:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting…save it to connect with all the Divas on September 16. (If your plans change, you can cancel your Zoom registration.)

Questions? Ideas for the last quarter of the year?  Contact Sandy Doyle-Jones, 336.202.5769