For Lynn Glover, being part of South Florida’s Women In Network was a natural fit.
“I enjoy networking with and giving back to my community,” Glover, the Treasurer for WIN, said. “I am a natural networker. I love staying active with my peeps.”
Glover has been on the Board of Directors for more than a decade and joined through other community volunteer work.
“I was volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity build and the topic of getting involved with the WIN Board came up,” she said. “Naturally, I volunteered to get involved.”
For almost three decades, Women In Network has served as one of the leading networking groups for the LBT community in South Florida. It’s one of the oldest organizations for lesbians in the state. For Glover, WIN is multi-faceted.
“For me, being a part of WIN means I have the chance to socialize and give back to my community,” she said. “I am driven by connection and making a difference. I have also cultivated many meaningful business relationships.”
Glover isn’t the only one. Jane Kreinberg, the Vice President and Programming Chair for WIN, was interested in joining the community when she moved here in 2009.
“When I moved to South Florida, I wanted to get involved with the women's community, and WIN was the obvious choice,” Kreinberg said. “I wanted to help and be more involved in an organization that gave so much to me.”
WIN hosts or co-hosts many different events and programs monthly. On the first Wednesdays of every month, the group holds WIN First Wednesdays at various spots across South Florida.
For June, WIN held a “mix & mingle” at Mojo in Fort Lauderdale where attendees could network and socialize while noshing on half-priced appetizers and drinks. In July, the group partnered with the Human Rights Campaign for the “What’s Your Elephant” art exhibit at 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale. Kreinberg said that while the locations vary, it’s almost always free to attend for all. Aside from First Wednesdays events, WIN has theater nights, beach parties, and art openings.
Since 2009, WIN has had a softball team. Board member Elaine Gennaro says the team plays two seasons a year.
“We play Spring and Fall, with a $35 players fee,” Gennaro said. “It’s a women’s league, and any woman that has played softball can join.”
The team, WINgrlz, plays in the Sports Foundation of South Florida Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League. Games are played at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale.
Aside from the networking events and sports teams, WIN also gives back a tremendous amount to the community. WIN has held an annual charity golf tournament where tens of thousands of dollars has gone to many different organizations.
For the last three tournaments, the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation were the recipients. The organization received nearly $30,000 from WIN members and supporters throughout South Florida.
WIN has donated thousands of dollars to groups like TKPRF, PACE Center for Girls, Poverello, Women in Distress, Broward County Schools, and other organizations through charity work like the golf tournament, but also back-to-school drives, toy drives, and even a couponing program.
Treasurer Lynn Glover said not all events are specific team-building events, but all events do have the same goal.
“All of our events are meant to bring women together so that we can have a strong support system in our community and beyond,” she said. “I have many friends in WIN, both personally and professionally. They are my ‘sisters’ and I know that I can count on them for love and support.”
Want to get involved? Visit WomenInNetwork.com or the Women In Network Facebook group.