April 2018 Print

President's Message

I hope you are all as reinvigorated by the advent of spring as I am! While the pollen is a little less welcome than the time change and warmer weather, the blooming flowers and longer days renew my sense of optimism and give me energy for the months ahead.

Right now, that energy is going into my business.  How about you?  What are you excited about right now?  Are you feeling passionate about your career? Do you want to expand what you are currently doing?  How about your personal goals? Is it time to take better care of yourself or find a new interest? No matter what your goals, your JWN colleagues can probably help – but first you have to let us know what you need.

Recently, I shared my professional goal of reaching 50 transactions this year with others in a meeting. Almost immediately, I started getting more referrals. It made me realize all over again the potential of having a network like JWN.  By sharing what you need with this wonderful group you can access everything from emotional support and referrals to the accumulated life and professional wisdom of this incredible group of women.  That’s an amazing asset, because no one “knows it all.”

Our members come from all walks of life, in a variety of industries, and are extremely accomplished. So it is more than worth your while to attend our programs and meet ups.  Whether you’re looking for an introduction to someone, need a little advice, require a helping hand or just want someone to encourage you, the relationships you build through JWN can be an enormous part of your success.  

We are looking at ways to partner with other organizations, gain more visibility, and really make a difference for our members in our community. If I can help you, give me a call. Let’s put this beautiful spring sunshine to good use together!


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Important Note

New Phone Number

JWN has a new, dedicated number. Please make a note and use this number for all JWN business. (904) 858-3799

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New Member Nominations

Nominate an Outstanding Woman Leader for JWN – Deadline is June 30

The nomination process is open for the 2019 class for Jacksonville Women’s Network! Please help your qualified colleague be part of an organization whose sole purpose is to provide members untethered access to all levels of leadership. We support and accelerate the advancement of women in both personal and professional endeavors.

Jacksonville Women’s Network is an exclusive, by-invitation-only organization of high-performing highly qualified women. Criteria for membership include senior responsibility in an area of expertise, with specific criteria listed for each category or business area of our members. Our unique networking system of both small and large group experiences is a conduit for creating and strengthening relationships.

The process for nomination including the nomination form is online. Please click on this link to get to the Membership section of our web site.

Nominate your outstanding woman leader(s) today and help them advance careers by expanding their business networks across industries, finding new friends, and possible securing their position of influence. If you have any questions, please contact your Category Chair or a Board member (contact information is available on the web site). Category Chair contact information is below.





Academic/Academic Management

Janice Donaldson

[email protected]

Arts & Letters

Christie Rogers

[email protected]

Business Executive

Mindy Barker

[email protected]


Rev. Kim Hyatt

[email protected]


Jeanne Maron

[email protected]

Financial Management

Robin Wahby and

Marty Jones

[email protected] 

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Jacquie Gibbs

[email protected]

Healing Arts

Laura Bailet

[email protected]

Hospital/Health Management

Kay Redington

[email protected]


Carolyn Herman

[email protected]

Nonprofit Management

Lynn Bertram

[email protected]


Lucy Reep

[email protected]

Real Estate/Property Management

Rose Bock

[email protected]





Kendra McCrary

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Member News

Member Katherine Way, founder and designer of Katherine Way Collections, was the Keynote Speaker for the Women’s Golf Association Spring Meeting at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. Way’s talk, “Having a Purpose in Life,” addressed why she started the company.  Its purpose is to devlop dresses and other clothing that fit all women of all shapes and sizes.  The clothing also keeps them protected from the sun and heat.

Way also spoke last month to University of Florida’s Transportation and Logistics Executive Spotlight on “Building a National Brand One Stitch at a Time.”

Way was recently featured by the fashion industry as a Spotlight Designer at MODA Manhattan and highlighted by Women’s Wear Daily, First Coast Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, Elegant Island Living, and the Florida Times Union. The company was recognized in 2016 as the PGA Top Buyer’s Choice Award from the PGA Merchandise Show and as #4 of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Northeast Florida by Jacksonville Business Journal.  In 2016, PGA Show Insider recognized Katherine Way as “Company to Watch”, and in 2105, founder Katherine Way was awarded Up & Coming Entrepreneur of the Year by Women in Business. In September of 2017, Way was awarded 2017 Jacksonville’s Women of Influence by Jacksonville Business Journal.

All Katherine Way Collections products are made in the USA. Visit her website for more:

Agency a la Carte Now part of Hueman


Member Mary Harvey’s firm, Agency a la Carte, a leading staffing and recruiting firm specializing in marketing communications and creative services has been acquired by Hueman People Solutions, a nationally-recognized recruitment company. Founded in 1994, Agency a la Carte has served a variety of clients throughout Northeast Florida including EverBank, Adecco Group, Acosta Sales and Marketing, Regency Centers, Stein Mart. Read more.


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In the News

Jags Fever. Our first JWN Meet Up was a huge success. The tour of the stadium was awesome. Followed by appetizers and drinks at Intuition Ale.

Here is what some of our Members had to say about the Meet Up:

"Had a wonderful time...I'm so glad we did this."
“It was lots of fun to see the facility and hear some of the history.”
 “I enjoyed seeing other the members and catching up.”
“I really enjoyed the event and am looking forward to the others on the list.”
“Such fun! The stadium tour was fantastic.” 
“Loved sitting at the bar in Shad Khan’s  private suite.” 
“Sitting and chatting at dinner was the perfect ending to the evening.”

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Members' Spotlight

To be considered as a featured member, submit your bio along with your photo to [email protected]

Meet Patricia "Patty" Dodson

After a 25-year legal career in litigation and executive management roles, Patty Dodson joined the K9s For Warriors’ team as its General Counsel and Director of the affiliated Research Institute where her responsibilities cover a broad range of legal compliance, personnel and business management and general legal services to these nonprofits dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.
K9s For Warriors was founded by Ponte Vedra resident Shari Duval because her son, Brett Simon, returned home with PTSD after serving 2 tours in Iraq as a bomb dog handler. After researching canine assistance for PTSD, Shari decided the best way she could help our deserving warriors and heroes was to start a non-profit organization to train and give service canines to our warriors empowering them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. K9s For Warriors has grown into the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans where it has rescued 850 dogs from high-kill shelters and paired them with 418 Warriors to date.
The Warriors stay on the K9s For Warriors campus for 21 days, free of charge, where they are paired and trained with certified service dogs before returning to their homes (in 46 States across our great country) where scientific studies have shown they have improved family participation, health, employment rates, medication reduction and overall quality of life. K9s For Warriors recently dedicated a 2nd campus in Alachua, Florida situated on 67 beautiful and peaceful acres, donated by the Gold Family, where it will be able to serve more of our deserving veterans.
If you would like to donate, volunteer or get involved with K9s For Warriors, please go to the website or contact Patty Dodson directly.
[email protected]
(904) 838-2524

Meet Laura Bailet

Dr. Bailet earned her B.A. at Wake Forest University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is a licensed school psychologist and assistant professor, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. She has expertise on a wide range of learning problems, including dyslexia and autism. She established and directed the Neurocognitive Assessment Program within the Division of Neurology at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., for 18 years before creating the Nemours BrightStart! initiative. This innovative program promotes reading success and prevents reading failure by combining the fields of neuroscience, population health, child development, and education, to create powerful tools that level the playing field for all budding readers. Dr. Bailet has conducted research and published numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has won numerous community awards and is currently a member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Board.

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Newsletter Submission Guidelines

This is an exclusive e-newsletter for and about Network members and upcoming JWN events. We welcome items about your personal and professional achievements, and any projects you would like to promote to members of JWN. Please include photos, preferably in JPG format.

Please email items and photos to [email protected]

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