- Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

June 13, 2014

Mercer County Women's Connect meets

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County women of all ages representing a variety of careers and backgrounds have been meeting twice a month for the past three months to exchange information and ideas, seek advice and share a few laughs.

"Our mission is to support one another professionally and personally," said Tracy Schliep, a member of Mercer County Women's Connect.

The group was created by local businesswomen Marci Radcliffe, Karen Piccirilli and Lynne Garfinkel, who saw the need for a women's networking group in Mercer County that meets on a regular basis.

They meet the second Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 2945 E. State St., Hermitage, and the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at Jess's Junction, 3640 E. State St., Hermitage. Attendees pay for their own meals.

The group officially kicked off in February and has about 50 members. The only requirement to join is that women must live or work in Mercer County, Radcliffe said Wednesday night at Jess's, where 13 women gathered.

The meetings are very informal and don't have a set agenda, but anyone can ask to address a particular issue or topic so all members can give input, she said.

She started off Wednesday's meeting with a quote from author and poet Maya Angelou, who passed away Wednesday morning:

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Radcliffe said she hopes Mercer County Women's Connect can be as uplifting as Angelou was for so many women.

In between bites of chicken wings, fried pickles, pizza and salad, the members at Wednesday's meeting jumped from conversation to conversation - work, kids, vacation, school, church, volunteering, community events, and even a detailed discussion about running a business.

Also, each woman introduced herself, with Schliep and Jan Hogue, both instructors at Laurel Technical Institute, Sharon, describing how they've been bringing students to the meetings to show them the importance of networking with other professional women. They had two students with them on Wednesday.

Schliep said some of her students recently asked her for advice on how to conduct themselves during job interviews that take place in restaurants, and that was something she was able to discuss with Mercer County Women's Connect, and Radcliffe also came to LTI and spoke to her students about etiquette.

"I just want to thank you for that," Schliep said.

Later in the meeting, Hogue, who lives in Hubbard, said she decided to join the group after seeing an ad in the newspaper.

"We thought it would be a great way to meet people," she said. "You can always learn from someone new."

Members are encouraged to bring friends and colleagues to the next meeting, said Radcliffe, adding there are no fees.

Different women have been attending each meeting so far, which is good, and there's also a core group of women that include established and emerging leaders from businesses and organizations all over the county, she said.

The meetings will continue to be held at Perkins and Jess's, as well as one large event per year, and members can also host a group meeting at their workplace.

Mercer County Women's Connect is an extension of the Lawrence Mercer ATHENA International events and modeled after the Lawrence County Women Connect idea, said Radcliffe, who was the first recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

For more information about Mercer County Women's Connect and to RSVP for the meetings, email

The group is also on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Published May 31, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

Text Only
Local News
  • live united fire merkel.jpg Local live United

    The Grove City Area United Way is kicking off a summer campaign that features locals who are examples of how to "Live United."

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • gina burger-file.jpg Police: 'Cool customer' arrested in girl's murder

    An Ohio man charged in the murder of Gina Marie Burger, 16 - whose body was found at Tri-County Industries waste transfer station in Pine Township June 25 - stuffed her body in a playpen bag and carried it past her mother before disposing of the remains in the trash, police said.

    July 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • Public questions Rock band director's position

    Slippery Rock school board members on Monday heard from several people who were concerned about the marching band director's position, which has been opened up for anyone to apply.

    July 11, 2014

  • Budget includes tax hike for new teachers

    Property taxes in the Slippery Rock Area School District are going up by 3.62 mills for the 2014-15 school year to cover the cost of hiring four new teachers.

    July 11, 2014

  • Twp. running out of capacity

    Springfield Township is running out of wastewater capacity.

    July 11, 2014

  • cat with owner.jpg Mobile cat clinic curbs overpopulation

    For the sixth year in a row, Grove City Area Pet Rescue has teamed up with Animal Friends of Pittsburgh to offer a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats through a mobile unit set up in Plain Grove Township.

    July 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • rock fairy read bloom fair.jpg The Rock blooms under judges' eyes

    America in Bloom judges Katy Moss Warner and Barbara Vincentsen liked what they saw in the Slippery Rock area, where they spent three days evaluating a year's worth of work done by Slippery Rock in Bloom members and volunteers.

    July 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Boomtown hears young voices

    Students from the Mercer Area School District were among the 20 participants at the June 17 Mercer Boomtown meeting held at the Mercer County Career Center.

    July 3, 2014

  • Rock trash talk touches on billing, BigBelly

    Slippery Rock council members are still working through a number of garbage-related issues, including a detailed revision of the solid waste ordinance and a proposal to bring solar-powered trash compactors to the borough.

    July 3, 2014

  • ali shawn miller prelim.jpg GC area child assault case heads to county court

    The Grove City-area man accused of grabbing a young boy in the bathroom of the Pine Township Walmart will have his case heard in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide