From the Editor


In 1999, I was approached about starting a family magazine in Rochester. I was 29, married with two preschool children and working full-time as the director of marketing for a computer hardware, software and services company (RESPONSE, Inc.). That fall, I started researching what would become a 20-year journey.

We have all achieved and witnessed so many miracles over the last 20 years. In fact, each issue of Rochester Women magazine has been a small miracle. Every issue starts with numerous article ideas that get refined into a plan, including assignments for writers, a production schedule and a hopeful sales goal. I have worked with amazing writers, artists and photographers who put forth their best creative efforts—people I could depend on to get the work done on time and on budget (most of the time). I have been blessed by so many advertisers who believed in me from the beginning and invested their advertising budgets into Rochester Women to create awareness, to increase sales or simply for goodwill, because together we help women feel beautiful, confident and worthy.

If you attended our Achieve 2019 event in January or the accountability event in July, I hope you are celebrating your successes this year (see page 46). We hope you will attend the Women in Business event in January 2020 at Rochester International Event Center (page 47).

We are excited to feature Shari Mukherjee, a self-taught chef from Rochester, who appeared on season 10 of the Fox reality show “MasterChef” (page 24). We asked her to share how she infuses ethnic food flavors into family holiday traditions.

Additionally, for the holiday season you will find our Holiday Gift Guide 2019 (pages 12-13), ideas for decorating your front porch (page 31) and an article about “angels” among us (page 19). Check out Resounding Voices (page 17) and Thrift on Fifth (page 43). These are the stories that warm our hearts, not only during the holiday season, but year-round in Rochester.

This isn’t goodbye. I’ll still be reading the inspiring stories about all of you Rochester area women. I just won’t be assigning or editing them. I’m grateful for all the time we’ve spent together. I hope you celebrate your achievements, make your dreams reality and reach even higher in 2020 and beyond.

Love you,