Inspiring You to a Healthy Heart

A message from WPF President, Ashley Madden

Greetings to all of you, my dear WPF Sisters.  As we continue to fight this pandemic, both individually, and collectively, health is at the forefront on all our minds.  We are all searching for ways to socialize largely from home but also to stay in good health.  I confess I sometimes struggle to stay motivated with my physical exercise these days.  In lieu of my beloved Pure Barre classes, I have signed up for an online fitness membership and try (!) to stay motivated to tune into the classes at least a few times a week from the exercise mat in my bedroom.  Additionally, I try to get in my 10,000 steps a day hiking whenever I can and walking around my neighborhood and nearby Hamilton Lakes Park when time prevents me a journey to one of our area’s many wonderful trails. 

When we were first starting the planning for this year’s monthly meeting presentations, I remembered my dear lifelong friend, Amanda Patty and her passion and commitment to women’s heart health.  Amanda was not only a member of WPF but also served as our Treasurer in the years leading up to her passing in 2016, at the age of 38.  At a WPF Board Meeting, not long before her death, she spoke passionately to the Board about how critical an issue heart disease is in women.  You see, for Amanda, the battle was personal.  Amanda had been born with a life-threatening heart defect and throughout her entire life, she was in and out of hospitals and endured many, many heart surgeries.  Despite her very serious heart challenges, she still excelled professionally, earning her JD in law, her CPA in accounting and a professional designation specializing in business valuation.  She also travelled to all fifty states, an achievement impressive for any woman in her 30’s, much less one with serious health issues.  I had known Amanda since we were children.  We grew up in Christ United Methodist Church together but then went on our separate paths after high school.  But once in adulthood, we re-connected both through the Women’s Professional Forum and, also through our local financial professionals’ organization. 

I cherish my memories of Amanda, as I am sure many of you do.  We were housemates in Blowing Rock on the annual WPF Books and Arts trip in July and she was a welcome, smiling face at WPF Board Meetings and other various WPF events while she was among our ranks.  I am proud that we are honoring her memory this month and know that she is shining her light over us as Moses Cone Cardiologist, Dr. Tiffany Randolph, provides us more information to better understand our hearts and keep them healthy long-term.  I hope you will be inspired and challenged to think of how you can improve on your own health journey.  Amanda would be proud. 

PS: Check out this 3 Sister Soup Recipe, adapted from the American Heart Association website

Please wear red to the meeting on Wednesday, February 10 in memory of Amanda, former WPF member. 

FEBRUARY MEETING …February 10, 2021 on ZOOM ~ 12:10 pm Connection Rooms ~ 12:30 pm Meeting

Women’s Heart Health with Dr. Tiffany Randolph

Since February is Heart Month, we are excited to celebrate with our speaker, Dr. Tiffany Randolph. Dr. Randolph specializes in non-invasive cardiology and cardiac imaging with Cone Health Medical Group Heart Care.

She first became familiar with the Triad as an undergrad at Wake Forest University. Dr. Randolph attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency and fellowship at Duke. She is certified in internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Randolph’s primary goal is to provide high quality care to each patient, and she earns rave reviews for her patient focused care. Her special interests are in prevention, chronic heart conditions, and heart disease in women.

Annual Dues Notice

It’s that time of year, to renew your WPF membership. You should have received an invoice from for this year’s membership dues with a due date of March 1, 2021. When you click on the “View and Pay Invoice” button, you can pay online. You do not have to have a PayPal account. Online payments include a $7.66 service charge for payment processing. You may also pay by mail; simply send a check for $325 (payable to Women’s Professional Forum) along with a printed copy of the email invoice to: Women’s Professional Forum, PO Box 38594, Greensboro, NC 27438

We’re glad you’re part of the WPF Sisterhood and look forward to another year of quality programming, friendships, and a return to in-person meetings and events in 2021. Thanks for sticking together through the pandemic. We look forward to celebrating when we all get to the other side!

SPECIAL NOTE: Has your business been directly impacted by Covid?  A Covid Abatement can be requested by contacting Sue Schwartz, WPF Membership Chair at  Please include in your request an explanation of how your business has been financially impacted by Covid.  Abatement is limited and will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

WPF 4-MINUTE SPECIAL: My non-LinkedIn Profile by Rebecca Ben Gideon

Four virtual minutes about me? I was tempted to cut and paste from my LinkedIn account here, but that felt wrong. I value WPF for the opportunity to make authentic personal connections (and am thrilled to have already met so many amazing women.) To this end, here is my “non-LinkedIn” profile.

I’m a rabbi

To call the rabbinate my profession is correct, but feels inadequate. Being a rabbi has become part of who I am, like being a mother and a friend. My husband, Joshua, is also a rabbi (Beth David Synagogue). I feel lucky to have a partner who shares my love of Judaism and community.

I’m always happiest working on both macro and micro levels. I’m fortunate to have just that in my current position as Rabbi-in-Residence at B’nai Shalom Day School, a Jewish school that has served Greensboro for 50 years. On the meta level, I get to consider the goals of Jewish education and what will serve our population the best. And on a micro-level, I teach grades 6-8. I have the blessings and bumpiness of creating something new in both content and pedagogy—and have my own laboratory/classroom to try new things.

I’m a Hoosier, New Englander, North Carolinian

I grew up in Indiana and in Newton, Massachusetts. I stayed in Boston for college (Harvard) and then moved to New York City where I worked, studied and was ordained (Jewish Theological Seminary), got married and started a family. We moved to Fairfax, Virginia for five years, then Madison, Wisconsin for nine years. And now we are in beautiful Greensboro!


I have twin daughters who are first-years at Brandeis University and a son who is a first-year at Grimsley. We have two dogs, Poppy and Heidi. My parents live in Boston and my in-laws moved around the corner from us a year ago. We have dinner at their house every Wednesday night.

We like to hangout by the firepit with friends (distanced, of course!), bake, do jigsaw puzzles, and do crosswords together (that’s just me and my daughter, Vered). Family guilty Covid-comfort pleasure: watching Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy–but only if we are all together. We just finished watching The Crown, and are now binging (pun intended) The Great British Baking Show. We are perfecting our regional British accents and enjoying how kind British reality-show contestants are to one another.

Devoted to Diversity

I did not expect to join WPF and almost immediately jump in to co-chair a new SIG. I’m so grateful that I did, though. Devoted to Diversity is a joy, and the first two reasons are Nicole and Terri. Connecting with them and with many of you through learning and shared purpose is deeply meaningful. I look forward to continuing to learn and wrestle with these complex issues with my WPF sisters.


Upcoming Events


Share the Love, Live with Jim Brickman

A virtual concert to benefit the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

February 12 @ 9:00pm online – Tickets $40

Curl up in your PJs and celebrate an early Valentine’s Day while supporting our own Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are available at  – use the coupon code: lovegso. Additional times are available on 2/13 and 2/14. Reach out to a WPF friend or two and plan a get together in a room large enough for social distancing and enjoy one of these concerts.


Pieces of Now: Murals, Masks and Community Stories & Conversations

Tour the exhibit at the Greensboro Historical Museum & join the discussion!

February date to be announced

Go on your own or gather with your own small socially distanced group of 3 or 4 and tour this exhibit at the Greensboro Historical Museum. They’re open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Nancy Radtke will be hosting a discussion of this exhibit on Zoom, which begs for a discussion: “From face masks to S. Elm Street storefront murals demanding racial justice, 2020 has seen amazing expressions across the Gate City.  Pieces of Now displays some of these objects, including nearly 20 pieces of street art created as part of the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.  The exhibition also invites the community to share experiences, stories and objects related to the protests, pandemic and economic crisis.”  Keep an eye out for a Books & Arts email with the date and time for our discussion.


Shaken Not Stirred: The Cocktails of James Bond

Tuesday, Feb. 16 6pm @ Kim Trone’s

2904 Turner Grove Drive, Greensboro


Join hosts Kim Trone and Amy Meinecke for “Shaken not Stirred” Martini night.  We will be paying homage to an exciting movie icon- James Bond with a martini in hand!  The 007 questions and decisions: Gin or Vodka?  Dry or wet?  Onions or olives?

Cost is $15 per person and space is limited /Only 10 spots available Please text or call Kim at 336 707-2136


Discussion of “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson

Tuesday, February 16 @ 6:30pm via Zoom

Many thanks to Valda Ford for her thoughtful and enlightening presentation to the Devoted to Diversity SIG in January.  We had over 30 members at the meeting, and we look forward to more discussions with Valda.   For our February meeting, we plan to discuss Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy.  RSVP to Nicole, Terri or Rebecca for Zoom link. If you need a copy of the book, you might consider ordering from one of the following independent, black-owned bookstores in our area:

Liberation Station Bookstore, Raleigh, NC

Shelves Bookstore, Charlotte, NC

Books and Crannies, Martinsville, VA

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. Th¬Though we are socially distanced, we plan to continue meeting monthly on third Tuesdays. Mark your calendars now to get involved!


Women of Wall Street

Business Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18 @ 6:00pm via Zoom

At our first business meeting of the year we will welcome new members, elect officers for the coming year, review the portfolio, and make any necessary changes to our holdings. Members will be sent an invitation the week prior to the meeting.  Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom (not Skype)! Please contact Peggy Ward at if you would like more information.


Summer Planning Discussion

Tuesday, February 23 @ 7:30pm

Join our conference call as we discuss summer planning and just what we’re going to do this year! Bring your best ideas and crystal balls. RSVP to


Planning Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 6:30pm via Zoom

Join us for a planning meeting to set the Dining Out dates for the year. Please RSVP to Amy Meinecke at by February 22nd. She will send a Zoom link to those that RSVP.