Promoting Women's Professional and Personal Development


Here is a of list favorite resources from our UWN members:    (Do you have a resource to share? If so, please send it to UWN and we will post it.)

Wanczyk Nursery

For expert gardening information and supplies:

Cool Off at Town of Amherst's Groff Park!

Summer 2021 - The spray pad at Groff Park is now open daily from 7AM-7PM, you can activate it using the ground sensors. Stop by and stay cool as we head in to several very hot days coming up!

Archives of GIC Benefit Guides

This is a link to the State Library, and their link to each historical GIC Decision Guide for health insurance for all employee categories (municipal, retiree, active)

Useful because:

You can compare rising costs;
people don’t usually have retirement on their horizon until it suddenly slides onto their horizon… and access to retiree healthcare rates (and trends) will provide a reference point when starting to get serious on mapping out life’s ‘fixed costs’ –vs- retirement income when trying to gauge one’s retirement outlook/standard of living

7 Strategies for Women to Increase Visability at Work

There’s one thing you MUST be doing at work – and that’s amplifying your visibility. Why? Because it’s the most important factor in helping you raise your value and make more money!  Learn how.


Personal Cellular Telephone Purchases - UMass Employee Discount

As plans and promotions constantly change, please contact vendors directly to obtain detailed information and to make purchases.
UMass - Personal Cell Phone Purchases


Discount Shopping for UMass Employees

Discounts are available to University employees through a number of different sources including BenefitHub and newly expanded discounts as listed on the University President's Office website. Employees should be prepared to show a campus ID and/or University business card to secure the special UMass Employee Discount. Certain restrictions may apply per participating partner. Contact the participating partner for details and check these websites frequently for updates on discounted goods and services.

UMass Public Sunwheel

Sunrise and sunset gatherings at the UMass Sunwheel are held every solstice and equinox. Click here for the scheduled events for the upcoming year.

Hadley Garden Center

For local gardening information and supplies:

Renee's Garden

Container gardening information:

Mass Now

Mass NOW advances intersectional justice for people who identify as women and girls in the Commonwealth.

Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying - UMass Campus

Here are links for information on how to prevent and respond to workplace bullying here on the UMass campus.

Women Outdoors

Women Outdoors, Inc. is a national, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization founded in 1980 to:

Promote wilderness activities and competency in the out-of-doors;
Develop and provide focus for a network of women who share a common interest in the out-of-doors;
Serve as an educational clearinghouse, resource and support base for women taking leadership roles in the outdoors;
Encourage an integrated environmentally-conscious lifestyle; and
Support policies that preserve the earth’s natural resources and promote a strong environmental ethic and conservation practices.

Women Outdoors is a network where women can join with other women who share their outdoor interests and values. We provide a place for women who, through the outdoors, build bridges among members of diverse outdoor skills, ages, lifestyles and cultures.

Our 250+ members are spread across the United States with the largest number in the Northeast, where Women Outdoors was founded.

For more information, go to

The Massachusetts Conference for Women

The Massachusetts Conference for Women provides connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. The annual Conference is held each year at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Since the first Conference in 2005, this annual one-day event has grown to a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 attendees and impacts thousands of lives. Dozens of expert speakers lead workshops and seminars on the issues that matter most to women, including personal finance, business and entrepreneurship, health, work/life balance and more. The Conference offers incredible opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth.

The Conference Career Pavilion features a Coaches Corner, power sessions and career development workshops, meet-ups, and resume critiques. Our Young Women’s Program for junior and senior high school students offers a wonderful opportunity for young women to gain knowledge and inspiration.

The Massachusetts Conference for Women is a 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID#20-2699177. Meet our volunteer board members. The conference is produced by Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

For more information, go to

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

As one of over 100 women's funds around the world, the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts believes that women and girls can make a difference in each other's lives and in their communities, because every woman has resources worth sharing. The Women's Fund is committed to diversity, collaboration, and a sharing of their resources.  To fulfill their mission and realize their vision, the Women's Fund of Massachusetts:

  • raises money to build long-term financial resources for women and girls
  • builds strong women's programs through grantmaking and technical assistance
  • promotes empowerment and leadership in women and girls
  • educates women about money and philanthropy

For more information, go to

Women and Money

UMass Five College Credit Union offers financial workshops and seminars.  Check out their website at for more information.

Get (even more) financially savvy!  Women have quite a bit of purchasing power and knowledge of what things cost - or should cost.  Take your financial knowledge a step further.  These informative seesions will touch on savings, investing and planning for the future.

R.A.D. Training for Women by UMass Amherst Police Department

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program.  Bring your mother, daughter, sister, or girlfriend!  For more information on this beneficial training, go to or contact police officer, Brian Kellogg, at or call (413) 545-0196.

Hospice of Franklin County

In 2014, UWN invited Hospice of Franklin County staff to speak at a UWN event. Their mission: "Hospice is about hope – finding meaning in comforting care, quality of life, and support of family when facing a life limiting illness."

Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education

Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education (MWPHE) is a networking organization similar to UWN. It includes women from state colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Each year, MWPHE offers up to three (3) Professional Development Awards in the amount of up to $2,000. Winners will be selected from women employee applicants of each sector: University, State University, and Community College.  For more information, go to

UMass Student Run Farmers Market

Enjoy the harvest!  A market and farm shares are available right here on campus.  Visit the Stockbridge School of Agriculture to buy a CSA Membership.