You Came.  You Marched.  Now March On!

Join us at the first YEES! (YWCA Equity Engagement Series!) at a screening of KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE sponsored by WOKE PAC on Saturday, May 18 from 2-5PM at the Cinema Theater.

Free tickets are available @:


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Keynote Speaker:  Janine Latus

The YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County will host the 13th annual Empowering Women Luncheon on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center 12:00PM-1:30PM.   A premiere fundraising event in the Rochester community, the 2018 Empowering Women Luncheon was attended by more than 1200 people.

This year we are excited to announce our keynote speaker as the nationally recognized author and voice for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence,  Janine Latus.

Janine is a dynamic and engaging speaker on the spectrum of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. She has told her story to hundreds of audiences, from the United States military to universities, high schools and colleges, she leaves audiences haunted by her insights. She has helped shelters and social service agencies raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, has helped corporations create a safer environment by teaching them how to recognize the symptoms of abuse, and has served as part of a team intent on improving the climate within military structures.

Janine uses her own heart-breaking story to illustrate the red flags of abuse, to help audience members recognize them in their own lives and in those of the people around them, to intervene or ask for help, to break free or help others to do so, and then to build a life of respect and freedom from fear. Her talks are part story, part strategy, based on the Duluth Power & Control Wheel and full of practical action items. But because they are built on a story, they resonate long after everyone has left the session room.

Sponsorship opportunities will be posted soon.  If you are interested in joining us a sponsor of this premiere event please reach out to Holly Beaston, Director of Development & Marketing at 585-368-2260 or

Thank You to our 2018 Generous Sponsors!

Conifer Realty, LLC

ESL Charitable Foundation


Nixon Peabody LLP


UBS Financial Services, Inc.

UR Medicine/Highland Hospital