Revolutionizing networking for collegiate and recently graduated women. Creating a community of women that celebrates the desire to achieve, cultivating ambition to prepare the next generation of leaders.
TWN is revolutionizing networking as we know it. We are building a community of intelligent, ambitious women, while simultaneously providing critical resources and connections to help women achieve professional success. Learn to network effectively and authentically.
TWN offers professional development and leadership opportunities to gain skills and experience in networking, marketing, communications, event planning, and graphic design.
TWN connects high-achieving women with internship and job opportunities. Recruiters turn to TWN to access our exceptional member talent pool.
As a new business school student at Syracuse University, I sat in a lecture hall eager to hear about a guest speaker’s path to success. She was a powerful banking executive, and I found her success in a traditionally male-dominated field to be inspirational. Yet, as the event progressed, no questions were posed about gender and the specific challenges women face in securing influential leadership roles. I wanted to ask questions about confidence, the role of mentors, and imposter syndrome — but I felt intimidated.
Leaving the event feeling somewhat deflated, I realized that no organization on campus tackled these female-specific experiences. I also noticed how few opportunities there were to connect ambitious collegiate women with one another and with seasoned female professionals. Thus, as a sophomore undergraduate student, I founded The Women's Network. I personally knocked on more than 1,200 freshman dorm rooms, distributed flyers, and hoped that at least 20 people would attend our first meeting back in 2017. I was shocked and elated when we welcomed nearly 200 women at the meeting.
Today, we are not only one of the largest organizations on the Syracuse University campus, we are now the largest collegiate women’s networking organization in the nation, having expanded to nearly 150 college campuses in the United States and Canada. As we continue to grow, I think back to my freshman year and that first effort to painstakingly knock on doors to generate interest. Now, with tens of thousands of members, I couldn’t be more proud. Yet, we have more work to do. TWN was created to empower and inspire women, while recognizing key barriers women often encounter when entering and advancing in the workforce. Our mission is even more critical now than ever: to arm women with the skills they need to achieve professional success. The ultimate objective of the Network is to provide collegiate women with an accessible network of contacts to secure internships and jobs. We are a community of “unapologetically ambitious” women, and we will continue to celebrate the desire to achieve, to prepare the next generation of leaders.
Jamie Vinick is the founder and President of The Women’s Network. While a sophomore at Syracuse University, Jamie identified a gap in the way that women network, pursue opportunities for professional advancement, and support one another. Determined to fill this gap with a safe and supportive community for women to connect authentically and grow professionally, Jamie founded The Women’s Network. The network has grown rapidly, from one chapter at Syracuse University to a presence now on more than 140 college campuses across 39 states. Jamie’s community-based approach, in which women support and uplift one another in a non-competitive environment that encourages ambition and confidence, represents the core of TWN’s mission. Over the last few years, she has built and led a community of intelligent, determined, supportive women who share similar interests, goals, and aspirations. Prior to her role as President of TWN, Jamie worked at Synchrony Financial, WTS International, and Extell Management in New York City, gaining experience in supply management, real estate development and recruitment. Jamie is a graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, with degrees in Finance and Marketing. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys traveling, reading, and gluten-free dining!
Catherine serves as Director of Operations for The Women’s Network National. Prior to her role at TWN, Catherine worked at StayBillety, a Syracuse-based start-up, concentrating in social media marketing and project management. She also served as a Brand Communications intern for adidas Originals at their Portland, OR headquarters. Catherine was a founding member of TWN, holding the positions of VP of Marketing (2019) and Vice President (2020) for the Syracuse chapter. She received a Bachelors of Science degree, cum laude in Marketing Management and a minor in Psychology at Syracuse University in 2020.
Rachel Busterud brings experience in media, marketing and relationship development to her role as Talent and Operations Manager at TWN National. She made her foray into the digital advertising industry by working at an online platform through which women source and recommend their favorite products. Here, Rachel discovered her passion for outreach and purpose-driven strategy. Most recently, Rachel held a position at media agency GroupM, working with clients to create digital ads and manage account spending. Rachel graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Colgate University. She was born and raised in New York City, enjoys creative writing, and loves exploring museums!
As Talent and Operations Manager at TWN National, Clara Bishop oversees our new chapter launches across the country. Clara works closely with each chapter to build their leadership teams and to ensure that they have the resources, support, and guidance they need to thrive. A recent graduate and valedictorian candidate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied Social Welfare, Legal Studies, and Global Poverty, Clara is no stranger to networks of strong, ambitious women. She served as Chapter President of her sorority, leading 150 women through the COVID-19 pandemic, and chaired UC Berkeley’s Intimate Partner Violence Commission, providing advocacy for survivors. Clara also interned for Congressman Adam Schiff in Washington, DC. Clara was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. You can find her driving her golden retriever—who is named “Waffle Chicken Bishop” after her favorite meal—up and down the coast of California, or hanging out at one of Los Angeles’ many tourist destinations (the Hollywood Sign is her favorite)!
Our core values reflect a commitment to our members and community, display of integrity and authenticity in all that we do, collaboration among our members and partners, and a pledge to enhance women’s skills in order to support their advancement in the workplace. These values guide our efforts to successfully revolutionize networking as we know it.
We are committed to uplifting women in a non-competitive, nurturing environment and to creating a community in which women support and inspire one another. We work tirelessly to exceed the expectations of our members, the core of our community.
We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of honesty and integrity in all of our actions.
We are genuine, passionate, and unique in our interactions and in providing women with a safe, positive space to learn, grow, build skills, and interact.
We believe in fostering a sense of true community to deliver value to our members and to support women’s career aspirations. We pledge to promote diversity to further our cause and bring added value to all of our members.
We are committed to providing women with real networking skills to build their capabilities and confidence. To that end, we offer resources, tools, and connections to help women achieve professional success. In addition to exposing our members to high-achieving professionals across different industries, we develop talent within the Network to enhance their leadership skills.