In June, 2017 the Democrat & Chronicle reported "(Shirley) King’s impact on the community, as well as her story from corporate America to local philanthropist, makes her an admirable figure in the (Rochester) community”.
Shirley’s professional career started with the Department of Labor, working in a pilot program at Baden Street Settlement, trying to find employment for residents. From here she would move to 2 male dominated companies -- General Motors and Mobil Oil Corporation. After retiring from Mobil as Manager, Training and Organizational Development, Shirley returned to her roots and, with the formation of Rochester Women’s Giving Circle, has spent the past ten years working to improve the lives of poor women and children in our community.
Shirley has been instrumental in the development & growth of RWGC. In 10 years RWGC has provided over One Million dollars in grants to programs and organizations in Monroe County that help women and girls gain the education and skills necessary to earn a living wage. Come learn why she started this organization. What its achievements have been? When the RWGC issue grants, what key elements are important to them? If she did it all over again, would she do anything different? What impact has the RWGC had on our community? How did her corporate career prepare her for this? How is the corporate world today different from the one Shirley worked in?
Join us – be prepared to get inspired to be an active participant in the social changes happening in our community!
About our series: Rochester Women’s Network's “Tales from the Age of Mastery” features individuals who exemplify visionary and inspired leadership. Members and guests at these programs will hear and learn from community leaders in business and government about what it takes to be an effective leader, the experiences and challenges these individuals have dealt with and how they have handled them, and lessons learned.