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Sensible Women Initiative to Hold Fourth Annual Conference in Rochester

swiThe Sensible Women Initiative (SWI) Inc. will hold its Fourth Annual Business Meeting and Conference from July 13 to July 16 in Rochester.

SWI is a national 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, which founder Dr. Lovely Thornton (formerly McClary), established to make a positive impact on the growth and development of young girls and women, in hopes of ensuring they become caring, successful, and sensible adults, officials from the organization stated.

This year’s participants will range in age from five to 25 years old, and have been classified by three levels of development: Diamonds (years 5-12), Violets (years 13-17), and Butterflies (years 18-25).

Thornton founded the organization four years ago, after deriving inspiration from her mother, the late Mrs. Margaret Felder McClary.

Thornton said her mother’s example of love, encouragement, humility, kindness, tenacity, and wisdom inspired her to write the poem, “A Sensible Woman,” which was the catalyst for launching her lifelong vision of inspiring young girls.

SWI currently encourages young girls and women to embrace their innate responsibilities, and to emulate the example set by Dr. Thornton’s mother.

According to Thornton, the group’s main office is located in Fort Washington, MD, and is operated by a group of professional women volunteers, who represent more than 12 states across the U.S.

Officials said the women share the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the organization.

They also represent a cross-section of professional backgrounds; including education, counseling, health and wellness, marketing, business, law, and other professional occupations.

Under their leadership, SWI currently renders services through the following three established local chapters: Alpha Chapter, Rochester, NY; Beta Chapter, Towson, MD; and Gamma Chapter, Dover, DE.

The conference events that will be open to the public have been scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, July 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., a professional development workshop titled, “Crisis in Mental Health: Strategies to Maintain Our Stability;”
  • Friday, July 15, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., a youth conference, ages 9 to 25, and the, “Brothers in the House: Why we Support SWI,” panel discussion;
  • Friday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., a scholarship dinner, and talent show on Saturday;
  • Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., a community parade which begins and ends at Troup St. park. (SWI welcomes and encourages spectators to get involved, and line the parade route to cheer on parade units as they pass through the neighborhood);
  • and Saturday, July 17, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., a Signature Gala: “Wind Beneath My Wings” Banquet, featuring an inspirational concert, starring both out-of-town and local performers.

Officials said all of the events will be free and open to the public, with the exception of the scholarship dinner and talent show, and the SWI Signature Gala.

Visit  for additional details regarding the events, or to register.

Interested individuals may also make donations to support SWI’s endeavors via the group’s  website.

“We encourage organizations that have a passion for empowering our youth to register,” SWI officials stated.

Contact 585.747.2395 with additional questions regarding the event.

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