Mission & Vision
- The Professional Women’s Network of Durango creates an environment where women connect, grow, and inspire each other to reach new levels of success.
- Through networking, presentations, lectures, speakers, events, and volunteering we want to connect the women in Durango to do remarkable things and exceed all of their goals.
- We hope to provide resources to women professionals in Durango to grow their businesses, their careers, and their personal and professional goals.
Our monthly meeting occurs on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:30pm @ The Irish Embassy / Steaming Bean. 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 to start a networking organization by international startup entrepreneur Daniel Epstein, Founder and CEO of Unreasonable Institute. Epstein 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 they created a space for professional women to thrive. At their first event, over 100 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 of Durango proudly has over 350 members and produces about 10 events a year.
Board of Directors 2018
Co-Founder of PWN and Board President
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.
Wendy has been with State Farm serving the community for over 14 years. Her passion is educating people so they can make informed decisions in order to best protect their property, assets and income. When she is not working, she loves spending time in the outdoors mountain biking, taking her border collie for hikes and volunteering in the community.
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.
Nicole joined Four Corners Community Bank in 2013, and is currently its business development and marketing officer. She and her husband, Chad, moved to Aztec, New Mexico in 2009 from Illinois. People are her passion. Her military, social work, marketing, and recruiting background help fuel that passion, allowing her to connect people and business. As she travels the Four Corners, she values being a part of a locally-owned bank, enabling her to help people make meaningful connections within and between communities. She believes there is power in sharing our stories—connecting everyone—and that we’re more alike than we are different. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys a good adventure in the great outdoors with her husband and dog, Ranger.
Co-Founder of PWN
Founding Member of PWN