PWN of Durango presents the opportunity for women in the Four Corners to gather in a collaborative environment and make connections that inspire personal and professional growth, support business and personal goals, and enrich lives. We strive to empower women in business by providing a supportive community to learn from and lean on.
We have seen that PWN of Durango helps women improve their confidence and self-esteem. Women more readily share and celebrate small victories in both personal and professional areas in female-only environments. Most importantly, PWN cultivates hope and determination and gives our members and participants a reason to believe when they run out of reasons.
Our monthly meeting occurs on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:30pm @ The Irish Embassy / The Underground. Networking, board briefings, and a highlighted speaker or presenter usually occur. $10 at the door.
Becoming a member provides you with a database of companies and individuals to help you with any need, a sounding board for ideas, and a platform to get your business out there.
In the fall of 2014, local businesswomen Melissa Glick and Jessika Buell were inspired by international startup entrepreneur Daniel Epstein, Founder and CEO of Unreasonable Institute who challenged entrepreneurs to step up in their communities, form support groups and foster creativity and innovation. Taking this message to heart, Glick and Buell teamed up, combined their passion for business and community, and created a space for professional women to thrive. At their first event, women poured through the doors, enthusiastic yet starved for more opportunities to connect with each other. Attracting women thought leaders on a local and national level to their events, PWN brings in speakers and interactive experiences for women. Today, PWN is the largest professional women’s group in the Four Corners Region.
Board of Directors 2019
Co-Founder & President/Treasurer
Melissa is CEO and Co-Owner of Think Network Technologies, a Durango-based IT consultant and network integrator. Her 20+ year career includes work across diverse industries including advertising/PR, event production, real estate, and IT management. In 2008, Melissa took a leap of faith and left Chicago to focus on quality of life and live closer to her family. At Think, which was founded by her father and brother, she can’t help but feel extremely blessed. Beginning again, in a new field, and working her way up from receptionist to CEO is a dream fulfilled. She attributes her success at Think to a combination of hard work, perseverance and perfect timing. Continuing to build upon her professional skills, Melissa credits past mentors as well as family, in providing her with solid values, strong business acumen and an incurable desire for expressing herself.
Jenna, a Colorado native and 2008 Fort Lewis Graduate, began her professional career as a Registered Nurse with Southwest Women’s Health in Durango. In 2015, she made the transition into Medical Aesthetics at Durango Dermatology where she combines a love for the science and education behind her craft with a passion for helping patients. Jenna received her Certified Aesthetic Nursing License. Jenna became engrained in the Durango community during her time at Ken and Sue’s. Working her way through college and nursing school, Jenna also met her husband Beau, whom she married in 2011. In December 2015, their shared entrepreneurial dream came true when they opened Durango’s first speakeasy, The Bookcase and Barber. Her long-term, local impact goal for the Durango community is to build a local resource for young women with a love for the sciences.
Co-Founder of PWN
Board term 10/2014-2/2018
Founding Board Member of PWN
Board term 1/2015-12/2017