Five industry-leading women will speak at the seventh annual Women Empowering Women event in Stamford on May 9. Focusing on how women better the balance today, each featured panelist will share stories of personal and professional growth to empower others.
This year’s panel will be moderated by Rebecca Surran, Emmy-award winning and nine-time Emmy-nominated news anchor and founding member of News 12 Connecticut and feature Nina Davuluri, the first Miss America of Indian American and South Asian heritage; Kendra Farn, local veteran TV journalist, entrepreneur and actress; Sheri West, founder and CEO of New-Canaan-based LiveGirl; and Rebecca Wilson, district coordinator, college and career readiness for Stamford Public Schools.
“We’re excited for our panelists to engage in a lively discussion to inspire women and men throughout Fairfield County,” said Christina Scott, event chairperson. “The Rowan Center follows a model of empowerment in every aspect of their work, whether it is counseling, advocacy or their prevention education programs. Women Empowering Women is proud to support the necessary work The Rowan Center provides to thousands each year.”
One-hundred percent of the net proceeds from WEW go directly to The Rowan Center, a sexual assault resource agency based in Stamford. Serving lower Fairfield County for 40 years, The Rowan Center is the area’s only non-profit agency dedicated to educating the local community about the issue of sexual assault and supporting victims and their families.
Last year, The Rowan Center provided counseling to 533 survivors and educated more than 22,000 people in the community, including children and adults. These education services would not be possible without the support of the community.
“In a typical week at The Rowan Center, we might receive hospital calls, supporting victims of all ages, genders and socioeconomic groups,” said Mary Flynn, executive director of The Rowan Center. “Our staff educates more than 700 students every week in eight towns throughout Fairfield County. We teach respect, empathy and boundaries to students in elementary school through college.”
This year’s Women Empowering Women event takes place on Thursday, May 9 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 East Main St. For tickets and more information, visit
Serving Lower Fairfield County since 1979, The Rowan Center provides free, 24-hour confidential help to women, men and children who have experienced sexual violence. Additionally, it provides age-appropriate prevention education for children ages 4-18 and college students as well as education programs for the community at large. The Rowan Center supports eight towns in lower Fairfield County including: Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. The Rowan Center provided crisis counseling to over 530 people and prevention education to more than 22,000 children and adults in the last year. To learn more about The Rowan Center call 203-348-9346 or visit therowancenter.org.