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NWHF Board President, Jill S. Tietjen, Blogs for The Huffington Post

The National Women's Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that our Board President, Jill S. Tietjen, will be blogging for The Huffington Post!  Check back here each week for the link to her latest blog or follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for up to date information.  

February 21, 2014 - What Do You Mean Women Can't?

February 19, 2014 - Highest, Fastest, Furthest

February 8, 2014 - Skates, Skis and Olympic Medals

February 3, 2014 - The Buck Stops Here

January 28, 2014 - Providing a Road Map

January 11, 2014 - Reaching for the Stars 



January 14, 2014 - The National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF) today announced that it has received two New York State grants totaling $650,000 from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) for the rehabilitation of the historic Seneca Knitting Mill located in Seneca Falls, New York.

The matching grants will enable the historic 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill to be adaptively rehabilitated into a new facility that will house the Hall and its Center for Great Women.  The NWHF’s new national headquarters will serve as an extraordinary venue to showcase the amazing stories of the Hall’s more than 250 Inductees.  The Seneca Knitting Mill is located in the Seneca Falls Historic District along two waterfront acres of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, a tributary of the Erie Canal.

NWHF Board President Jill S. Tietjen stated “We are honored that New York State’s Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has selected the National Women’s Hall of Fame to receive these grants. They are an important component of our regional and national fundraising efforts to create a first-class site for visitors from around the world to learn about the significant contributions of American women to our nation’s great history. It is particularly notable that our new headquarters resides in the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.”

Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY25) commented, “I am so happy that the historic Seneca Knitting Mill will be joined together with the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which is so richly deserving of this new home. Western New York has a proud heritage as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, and these investments will help us maintain that heritage and teach future generations about the legacy of American women. This project will also be an important contributor to the economic development of Seneca Falls and the region.”

Recently, through New York Senator Charles Schumer’s efforts, the NWHF was granted an extension to its $246,000 federal grant under the Save America’s Treasures program.  This award will enable the NWHF to immediately begin the critical cleanup, stabilization, and construction of a new roof on the circa 1844 limestone building.

In support of the $25 million project, the NWHF has received over $5 million in matching federal and state grants, which include $2.5 million from the New York Empire State Development Corporation (Restore New York), two grants from the New York State Parks department, the federal Save America’s Treasures grant, and the most recent FLREDC grants.  All are matching grants requiring the NWHF to raise the equivalent support through a local and national fundraising campaign from corporations, foundations and private individuals.   To date, the NWHF has raised nearly $800,000 from citizens and local businesses, including $250,000 from the Town of Seneca Falls.



January 8, 2014 - The National Women’s Hall of Fame, located in Seneca Falls, NY, announces the election of new officers for the Board of Directors 2014-2015.

Jill S. Tietjen was elected to serve as President for 2014-2015.  She is the President and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc.  She has spent her career in the electric utility industry where she provides services in the areas of planning and fuels, serves as an expert witness, and is currently an independent director on two corporate boards.  A Past National President of the Society of Women Engineers, Jill nominates women for national awards.  She has successfully nominated over 20 women into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and has twice seen her recipients receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.  She is the co-author of the award-winning and bestselling book “Her Story:  A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America” and passionate about informing the public about women’s accomplishments.  Jill is an Inductee into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  Jill graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (minor – Electrical Engineering), received her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.  She and her husband David live in Centennial, Colorado.

Vice President is Jeanne M. Giovannini, of Seneca Falls, NY; Secretary, Rona Carr of New York City; and Treasurer, Marianne O’Connor of Auburn, NY.

Outgoing Co-Presidents, Beverly P. Ryder and Beth Quillen Thomas, both of Los Angeles, jointly stated, “We are pleased and excited about the new team who will carry on the important work of the Hall and continue the forward momentum.  We have been working with Jill over the past several months to ensure that the leadership transition is seamless and supports the strategic direction of the Hall as it moves toward strengthening its national presence.”

Jill S. Tietjen commented, “I am honored to be elected as President of the Hall.  The next two years will be a very exciting time in the life of the Hall as we continue our rehabilitation of the historic Seneca Knitting Mill and celebrate our 25th Induction Ceremony.  It is particularly meaningful to me that the Hall is located in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, as much of my personal work has been dedicated to documenting the stories of exceptional American women.  I am looking forward to working with the Board, our Staff, and the community as we move into the new year.”