Women & Wine on Wednesdays was created by Linda Brewster Meffert in early 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a way for women to improve lifestyle balance by re-connecting with friends, making new acquaintances, and being open to develop new ideas and relationships.

Christy Hackenberg and Gaby Tillero created the branding for the concept, after mutual friend, Sandra Lombana introduced them to Linda Meffert. The four women founded the New Orleans location in 2005.

Over the years, many women in many cities have come to enjoy this same opportunity made available by the expansion of Women & Wine on Wednesdays into cities around the country.

Please click here if you’d like more information about how to start a Women & Wine on Wednesdays in your town.

For more information on joining an existing Women & Wine on Wednesdays, click here for a current listing of available cities.

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About Women & Wine on Wednesdays - Poughkeepsie

The founders of the Poughkeepsie Women & Wine on Wednesdays would like to personally welcome you to join the next event


(L-R) Angela M. Kanceler, Dawn Devoe, Julie A. Gerrard

Angela M. Gervino- Kanceler joined LCS Facility Group, a  service company providing facility maintenance, commercial cleaning, commercial landscaping and stewarding services through it's three distinct divisions in 2009 when she relocated with her family to Dutchess County. She set to work creating a Human Resources department and restructured the company’s hiring processes. Today she is the Executive Director and oversees the Human Resources department and handles Contract Administration for LCS Companies. Angela has also been involved in many programs, actively hiring individuals to work at LCS such as the Dutchess County and Ulster County Workforce Investment Board in an effort to train unskilled individuals to be productive members of the workforce.
Angela sits on the Foundation Board and is the Chair of Fund Development for the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education (CAPE) and is the Chair for the Foundation’s annual Dance-A-Thon which raises money and awareness for the organization. She is dedicated  and committed to seeing the organization grow and succeed and believes prevention programs in schools and the community are vital. She volunteers her time by fundraising and helping organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Go Red for Women, The Dutchess County Chamber Foundation, Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, and Catholic Charities and is active in various Chamber of Commerce in the area, including Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties.
Angela is also an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International, a global skin care company based on botanical principles.
She resides in Hyde Park with her husband and daughter.

Dawn Devoe is originally from Dutchess County and has since relocated to the Albany area of New York.  Due to her fondness of the Hudson Valley, she was not able to completely leave the community, so she chose to commute back and forth and has been doing so for the past couple of years. It's been challenging but well worth it!  Dawn is a Corporate Recruiter employed by Ethan Allen Personnel Group, where she has met some of the most talented individuals in the Poughkeepsie area.  She enjoys participating in many of local networking events. Dawn enjoys meeting new people and bringing them together in a fun and informative way.

Julie Gerrard
  joined CDI Corp in February of 2013 as a Delivery Executive where she manages 250 people throughout NY State who work as contractors for IBM through CDI. Julie has more than 20 years of experience in management sales, marketing and in the local community. Julie has also received the prestigious 40 Under 40 Mover and Shakers Award in 2010 voted on by her peers in the community. Having grown up in the area, Julie felt giving back to the community was necessary in her life and now serves on Boards and Committees as well as volunteering her time. Julie currently sits on the Foundation Board for the Council on Addiction and Prevention, and is the Co-Chair of the Fundraising committee for CAPE.  Additional committee participation has included the Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce’s, Women in Business Committee and 40 Under 40 Selection Committee, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf committee, IT Committee, and the Women’s Leadership Alliance committee, Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation’s Business Excellence Awards Working committee, the Vassar Warner Home Personnel committee, the Abilities First Golf an Gala committee. In her spare time Julie assists in coaching her daughter’s softball teams in Pleasant Valley where she lives with her husband and 2 daughters.  Julie has a passion for her family as well as her work. Julie specializes in business development, marketing and new client sales, but it is also important to her to be a dedicated wife and mother.


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We hope to see you soon!


Company Sponsorships of Monthly Events may now be available
If you would like a special way to reach out to the women at an upcoming Women & Wine on Wednesday event, please let us know and we'll be happy to provide more specifics.


Women Bingo
Come experience a unique facilitated icebreaker which provides a fun, efficient way to meet other women by enabling attendees to acquire many direct introductions in a short amount of time using a specially designed program called  Women Bingo.   It's an easy concept: upon arrival at the event, attendees are offered an envelope.  The envelope front has 16 questions a la bingo style, but instead of boxes with numbers, there are boxes with different questions and a place for names on each box. (Example: what is your dream vacation?, your favorite late-night spot?, etc.)   Attendees ask each other these questions, then jot the answers and names down in each of the boxes.  The first one to complete the Women Bingo card with 16 names shouts "BINGO!"  and is awarded with a complimentary bottle of the featured wine, but all the Women Bingo players are winners as they get to take home the perfect tool to building their own personal "good ol' girls network", an excellent source of contacts for whenever a specific need arises, for example for a real estate agent, party planner, stockbroker, tennis pro, etc. 

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