On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:
The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Margaret Ouart, 26 Broad St, Fishkill, NY 12524 or Gail Sisti, 313 Forest Rd, Wallkill, NY 12589
Geeta is Vice President for Community Problem Solving and Funding at the United Way of Dutchess County. Geeta graduated from high school in Bombay, India, earned degrees at Marist College and continues her academic work in a doctoral program. She has put her talents to use finding responses to varied problems which beset our community, from managing diversity in the workplace to the need for a universal manner of response to domestic violence.
To form policy for minority volunteer leadership development, many of our human service agencies have turned to her work, A Case for Inclusiveness. To help make this policy reality, Geeta developed a leadership training curriculum. This is being used in many communities as well as our own. She has designed statewide conferences on corporate social responsibility and community problem solving and has been both presenter and organizer at national minority roundtables.
Community is Geeta's concern also when she gives time as a member of the boards of the Girl Scout Council of Dutchess County and the YWCA, and when she works on committes for the Task Force for Child Protection and the Dutchess County Association for Senior Citizens.