Apple Growth Partners
Greater Akron Chamber
Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education
BDO USA, LLP
FedEx Custom Critical
Bober, Markey & Fedorovich
Western Reserve Hospital
Bober, Markey & Fedorovich
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve
The Valentine Project, INC
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Rubber City Theatre
The Blick Center
Huntington National Bank
Applications for our Spring Class open on December 1, 2017.
After a full-day opening retreat, where each participant focuses on their own strengths assessment, each session will focus on one of four dimensions of leadership: vision and strategic thinking, relationship building, delivering results, influence/advocacy. Below is a sampling of learning experiences from past classes for each of the topics:
The WN/CLI also features the work of Cindy Biggs, CPCC, ACC a certified coach and trainer who uses the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment, and an opportunity for each participants to complete a Strengths Profile as another lens to inform her growth and development as a leader.
Magistrate Nicole Walker won over the incumbent Ann Marie O'Brien for Akron Municipal Court serving the cities of Akron and Fairlawn and the townships of Bath, Richfield, and Springfield.
“I will work to ensure the public has confidence that the judicial process is fair and I will listen to the voices of victims and their families. “I have worked hard all my life and will work hard for you.” - Magistrate Nicole Walker (source)
Nikki is a Women's Network Member and WNCLI Class 4 Graduate.
Akron Municipal Court Judge (position papers)- Akron.com
Two magistrates score upsets over Akron judges- Ohio.com
ECDI/WBC and the Women's Network bring entrepreneurs in the Greater Akron region a new series of entrepreneurial training:
EMPOWER for Women-owned Businesses
Building a successful business takes a team. The EMPOWER for Women- owned Businesses collaborative is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to expand their existing small enterprise into a viable and profitable business. Clients taking this course will focus on four critical developmental areas; business concept, organization, customer relations, and operations using the GrowthWheel® concept, an interactive tool that helps entrepreneurs develop their business through an action-oriented process. Clients will also complete homework assignments that will assist them in developing a business plan and 30/60/90 day action plan.
Join us on November 28th to learn more about this exciting program!
Sadie M. Winlock, D.Mgmt., MBA
President & CEO, Akron Urban League
Thursday, Nov. 2
Fairlawn Country Club
Networking from 11:30 a.m. - Noon
Program and lunch from Noon - 1 p.m.
Meet Sadie Winlock, D. Mgmt., MBA President and CEO, Akron Urban League and our guest speaker at November's Judith Resnik Lunch & Learn.
How do you start your day?
Sadie Winlock is strategic in everything she does. She is intentional in planning here appointments, engagements and family commitments in her day. She leaves room for her open door policy in letting her employees know she is approachable and can walk in anytime. Employees having access to her is important.
What book are you currently reading?
She is currently reading Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. She is currently working on her certification in Emotional Intelligence.
About Sadie Winlock
Dr. Winlock has been serving Northeast Ohio for over 30 years. When arriving in Ohio in 1987, she served as director of education for Allstate Insurance Company and through several promotions eventually was responsible for the growth and expansion of the Allstate brand across the states of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. After leaving Allstate she used the skills learned coupled with experience and developed a small consulting business that catapulted her into the federal contracting space, working with federal agencies such as the Army National Guard, The Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs.
Her work as a business owner allowed her to build workshops that supported the Baltimore Federal Executive Board’s Federal Women’s Training and Award Program focused on mentoring. She created opportunities for international business development for a local 8A company in the Washington, DC area, and supported the DC Chamber of Commerce’s Business Resource Center.
With the majority of her consulting clients being based in Washington, DC, Dr. Winlock began to pursue opportunities that would bring her back to Northeast Ohio. She continued her consulting, supporting corporate communications at the Cleveland Clinic with an emphasis on enterprise-wide social responsibility, HooverMilstein, a venture capitalist firm in communications and crisis management and served as a strategist, writer of speeches, presentations, letters of communication, reports for several local Cleveland churches and non- profit organizations.
When the opportunity was presented to work with a non-profit organization with a mission that addressed her passion for helping and supporting the underserved, Dr. Winlock accepted the appointment of Chief Operating Officer for the YWCA Greater Cleveland and supported building and expanding their brand, and focusing on their mission through program development. Best known for her ability to work both strategically and tactically, Dr. Winlock used her abilities in research and program design, data analysis, organizational and leadership development to grow partnerships and programs in the organization.
In 2016, Dr. Winlock was approached about the opportunity of becoming President & CEO of the Akron Urban League. She accepted this responsibility with the idea that her corporate, small business and non-profit experience could make a difference and assist an organization with a strong and long history for supporting the community and especially people of color to begin or continue to live a quality life using education and employment as tools for empowerment.
Her goal is for the Akron Urban League is to become a strong voice, community partner and the hub of collaborative services to continue the growth and expansion of the Greater Akron Area and all of Summit County.
Dr. Winlock received a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina Central University, an MBA from Myers University and a Doctorate in Management from the University of Phoenix.
Register for lunch with Sadie Winlock.
“Being perceived as leadership material is essential to being promoted into leadership positions”, according to a new study by the Center for Talent Innovation, a non-profit research organization in New York.
Performance alone no longer dictates promotions and opportunities for advancement in the workplace. Leaders are now required to have Executive Presence. Executive Presence is the combination of behaviors and attitudes that enable you to clearly and confidently express your ideas and influence others.
While every industry has unique variations of Executive Presence, leadership can be obtained by creating an identity associated with confidence, clear communication skills, a vision and the ability to lead and inspire others. After this series, you will have the knowledge, tools and support to take the next steps in your leadership journey.
This three part series breaks down Executive Presence- What exactly it means in our modern workforce and how you can apply lessons from top executives to build your skills and confidence. This series will focus on the three most impactful areas of Executive Presence: Learning what it takes to be seen as a leader, being intentional about your future, and enhancing your communication skills through presentation techniques.
The first workshop in our three-part series on Executive Presence: How to Gain Credibility at Work, features a panel discussion with female senior executives on being intentional in how you look, sound and communicate and how that intentionality can enhance your career.
Director of market policy & planning and analytics, FirstEnergy
Executive vice president, chief communications & marketing director, Huntington National Bank
VP, external affairs and interim VP, humans resources Akron Children's Hospital
Register for the full series here.
3 workshop series: Fall 2017
Location: Sikich, LLP, 274 White Pond Dr., Akron
Series cost (members/nonmembers): $100/$175
Time: 7:30-10 a.m.
For more information on or to register for individual workshops:
September 27: What it Means to Have Executive PresenceOctober 10: Self Advocacy: Getting Promoted is IntentionalOctober 31: Great Presentations
On Monday, September 18, 2017 the Women’s Network hosted our 2017 Annual Meeting at the Bit Factory located inside the Akron Global Business Accelerator. Our Annual Meeting is a time of celebration and gratitude for our members, sponsors, funders and numerous community supporters.
This year’s accomplishments as an organization included:
Numbers are based on the June 30, 2016-July 1, 2017 fiscal year
We heard from our founding members Judy Nicely and Barb Mushkat on why they started the Women’s Network, 40 years ago.
“Our goal was to remove the barriers to get women on boards within the community.” Judy Nicely
“You do not have to be superwomen, we tried that in the 70’s and it was unsuccessful. The key is women supporting women.” Barbara Mushkat
Board President, Kirsten Lino, discussed the changes in women’s rights, community representation and representation in the corporate pipeline over the last 40 years and how we, as an organization, plan to do research in Summit County on the gender pay and leadership gaps in the companies and organizations right here in our own community.
Board president Kirsten Lino discusses the legal progress made over the last 40 years and projects the change to come
We were also treated to a very special keynote speaker, Christine Amer Mayer of GAR Foundation who spoke passionately about women who typically work behind the scenes stepping forward into leadership positions and the collective effort for change in our community. We thank her for sharing her stories of her family and how her parents have impacted the woman she has become.
Christine Amer Mayer, president, GAR Foundation
Finally, the members present voted on our 2017-2018 board slate and congratulated our 3 Members of the Year. Congratulations to them all:
Kirsten Lino – Board President
Kathy Romito – 1st Vice President
Michele Root – 2nd Vice President
Montrella Jackson – Secretary
Mary Wheelock – Treasurer
Board of Directors
Laura Jo Hawk
Dr. Jennifer Savitski
2017 Members of the Year: Nicole Davis, Kathy Romito and Michele Root
Meet Christine Amer Mayer, president of GAR Foundation, long time Women's Network member and the Keynote Speaker at our upcoming Annual Meeting on Monday, Sept. 18.
"I first heard of Women's Network through Kristen Lino. She was describing the organization at an event and her passion encouraged me to check it out on my own." - Christine Amer Mayer on how she first learned of Women's Network
How do you start your day? With three children and a few pets in my home, I usually have a fair amount of running around and logistics to handle each morning. That said, before my feet hit the floor, I am intentional about lying awake in my bed, no phone in hand for just a minute (sometimes probably only 30 seconds!). It’s not complicated – it’s my moment to be thankful for another day, to set an intention or two, and to take a few deep breaths.
How do you end your day?
I try hard to read every night, even if it's just a few pages. The pure enjoyment I get from reading is a peaceful way to end the day.
What woman inspire you and why?
My mom Mary Ellen Amer inspires me. In partnership with my dad, she raised ten children. She has seen so much in her lifetime – so many people and things that have come and gone, so many highs and lows. And yet she just kind of carries on with grace, with the willingness to give people the benefit of the doubt, and the ability to find something positive in most everything. I feel better about our chances as a human race when I’m around my mom!
If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?
I’d thank my dad. He taught me – through his own example – that a person who is willing to work hard can overcome many an obstacle.
What are your passions?
I’m passionate about the outdoors – especially hiking, bird-watching, and gardening. I find nature to have a healing power that I don’t find anywhere else.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Hey Christine, why don’t you replace messages of perfectionism and “never enough” with self-love and acceptance!
What book would you always recommend and why?
I would always recommend “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. (In fact, I persuaded a man in the airport bookstore to buy it last month!). It is a beautifully written tale of human connection that transcends nationality, history, and circumstance.
What's the best advice you have received? You’ll never be better than a second-rate copy of someone else. Instead of always trying to measure up to others, focus on being the very best version of yourself.
What’s an experience that changed you?
Being the mother of a child with special needs has changed me more than anything else I’ve experienced. You come to understand just how many expectations and assumptions the world in general and parents in particular lay on our children. I am working to “un-learn” long-held habits of pushing Elizabeth in particular directions; instead I am more focused on trying to see the world through her eyes and helping her to be happy and fulfilled in it.
What are you currently watching on Netflix?I just finished Thirteen Reasons Why (mandatory watch for a parent of teens) and I am eagerly awaiting the next season of Stranger Things.
Hear more from Christine and join us in celebrating 40 years of Women's Network on Monday, Sept. 18. Registration closes Friday, Sept. 15.
About Christine Amer MayerChristine Amer Mayer is the president of GAR Foundation, the largest private foundation in Summit County, Ohio. Mayer guides the foundation's strategic direction and annual grant making which focuses heavily on education and economic development. GAR Foundation's mission is to help Akron become smarter, stronger and more vibrant.
An Akron native, Mayer practiced commercial litigation and business law for eight years with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs. She joined GAR Foundation in 2001 as a program officer. She was named president of the foundation in 2012.
Mayer received a Bachelor's degree in English from Duke University and a law degree from The Ohio State university. Her happily chaotic household includes her daughters Julia and Elizabeth, her son Jimmy, their spirited golden retriever Leo and their street-smart tiger cat Finian. When she is not spending time with her family or exploring Akron, Christine can be found digging away in her reasonably productive vegetable garden.
Margaret Jordan is the Business Development Manager for BDO’s Northeast Ohio practice. She is responsible for business development in the Akron and Cleveland markets.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Margaret about the Women of Achievement Awards, the following are her responses.
“Thank you to the Women's Network for awarding me the 2017 Woman of Achievement Award. I am honored to have been selected as a finalist and winner of this prestigious award and I am humbled to be in the great company of the amazing past award winners. I am looking forward to getting more involved with the Women’s Network and to serving as the honorary chair of next year’s awards luncheon. The Women’s Network provides a wonderful service to professional women in our community and I feel strongly about ‘paying it forward’ to help other women achieve their personal and professional goals.”- Margaret Jordan
What is the best feedback you’ve ever been given?
My first boss explained to me that a full-time, salary employee works till the job is done. That was great advice and prepared me to have the right mindset about working and my career.
What are your passions? What excites you?
I am a competitive person and I love to win. I am also passionate about helping other women and girls in the way that I have been helped in the past through mentorship and encouragement. I feel that it is my responsibility to ‘pay it forward’ to other women and to our community because I have been very lucky.
What are three ideas you want to be known for?
I would like to be known for working hard, sharing my time and talents generously and for being a cheerleader for Greater Akron.
What has been the one quality that has fueled your success, and set you apart from the pack (i.e. personality, passion, perseverance)?
I have always been one to raise my hand to volunteer and to get involved in projects and this has given me the opportunity to work with many high-level people who I have been fortunate to get to know and learn from.
Who is your role model and why?
I have so many it is hard to name just one. My mother for her generosity and intelligence, my sister for her big heart, Carina Diamond for her polish and professionalism, Sherry Neubert for her accomplishments and humility, Barb Greene for her wonderful, giving spirit and great mentorship skills.
About Margaret Jordan
Margaret joined BDO through the SS&G expansion as a marketing specialist. She started her career focused on legal matters in academia and prior to moving into public accounting, used her background in law along with her marketing and business development talents to help non-profits and educational institutions thrive.
Margaret is active in the community and serves on several boards including the Goodwill Industries Board of Directors where she serves as the Second Vice Chair and Chair of the Board Development and Nominating Committee and the Akron Community Foundation’s Women’s Endowment Board where she serves as the Co-Chair of the Communications and Marketing Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 31 and serves as the President of her class. She is also a member of the Leadership Akron Alumni Board. Previously, she was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to serve as a member of The University of Akron Board of Trustees.
For more information on the Women of Achievement Awards luncheon and for a list of all winners check out our previous blog.
Through our recent partnership with NASA’s Glenn Research Center for the Women of Achievement Awards luncheon, we learned about their Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). This program was established to promote and integrate all small businesses into the competitive base of contractors. The OSBP even takes time to develop small businesses in high tech areas while providing maximum, practicable opportunities to participate in NASA contracts and subcontracts.
We were excited to discover that the OSBP has an initiative specifically for women-owned small businesses. They want to increase the number of annual contracts by women-owned small businesses in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, they are investing in our community by providing outreach to women-owned small businesses through participation in the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce events and attending conferences where they are building partnerships with small businesses in high tech areas.
Women’s Network is proud to call NASA’s Glenn Research Center a partner and we applaud their efforts to increase awareness of and promote stability among women-owned small businesses.
For more information on what NASA is currently working on, read below.
By Frank Jennings, Jr.
Named for native Ohioan and the first American astronaut to orbit Earth, NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is currently developing the technologies that will increase the efficiency of air travel on Earth and improve NASA's propulsion capability for future exploration missions in deep space. Creating such diverse technologies is nothing new for the center. The men and women of NASA Glenn have been leading the research needs of the nation and the aerospace industry for more than 75 years.
Begun as the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory (AERL) in 1941, responsible for developing the aeronautical technologies that would give the United States a tactical advantage in battle, the AERL helped ensure allied victory in World War II. Since then, NASA Glenn has built a portfolio of research and technologies that have allowed our nation to explore, discover and innovate, not only on Earth but in space. The center's technologies helped launch the jet aircraft age, send American astronauts to the moon, send robotic probes to every planet in the solar system and unlock the secrets of the microgravity environment of space.
Today, the center is leading NASA's development of technologies that will advance the efficiency of future commercial passenger aircraft. These include the use of biofuels to reduce emissions; using boundary layer ingestion to reduce an aircraft's fuel consumption; increasing use of electrified aircraft propulsion components and furthering development of composite materials to make aircraft engines and airframe components lighter and more fuel efficient. And, while the center is developing technologies for the future of aviation, it continues to develop the aircraft safety technologies, such as icing sensors, which ensure the continued safety of aircraft currently in the fleet.
Although NASA Glenn does not launch rockets from either of its campuses in northeast Ohio, its testing facilities ensure the success of NASA rocket launches at the agency's launch sites around the country. Equally important; NASA Glenn is a critical player in the Journey to Mars, providing testing services for the nation's newest human-rated spacecraft, Orion, and its crew service module. The testing NASA Glenn conducts, both at its Lewis Field campus in Cleveland and its Plum Brook Station campus in Sandusky, Ohio, thus ensuring mission success from launch to in-space flight.
As part of the Journey to Mars effort, the center is overseeing the manufacture of a Universal Stage Adaptor (USA), a crucial hardware component that will connect NASA's new space launch system rocket body to the Orion crew service module and capsule. The USA will also have the capability of storing additional payload and in-space science experiments that can be activated prior to separation during a mission's flight.
Besides space hardware, NASA Glenn leads the agency's effort to develop solar electric propulsion (SEP). The center has been the lead for electric propulsion since research on ion propulsion began at the center in the 1950s. NASA's first ion engine was built by Glenn in the late 1950s. Today, NASA Glenn's SEP technology developments are a critical piece of the Journey to Mars and, in particular, NASA's recently announced "Gateway" plan, which will send astronauts back to the moon before eventually journeying to Mars.
Whether on Earth or in space, NASA Glenn plays an important role in the nation's continued pursuit of exploration and discovery. And, the technologies that the NASA Glenn men and women are developing, today, are shaping the nation's future for the benefit of all.
The signature program is one of several programs provided for leaders across generations through Leadership Akron. The Women's Network would like to congratulate the following members for their acceptance into the Leadership Akron Signature Program, Class 34:
Kirsten Lino, business banking team leader, Huntington National Bank, board president, Women's Network
Andrea Conti, clerk of court at Cuyahoga Falls Mayor's Office, Women's Network CLI graduate, class 4
Shana Earle, director of finance & business systems, Akron Children's Hospital, Women's Network CLI graduate, class 3
Kathy Romito, community outreach manager, Western Reserve Hospital, board member and Women's Network CLI graduate, class 3
We would also like to recognize and congratulate:
Laura Wallerstein, 2017 Women's Network Emerging Leader winner (past member)
Jacqui Ricchuti, Women's Network CLI graduate, class 2 (past member)
Studies show diversity in leadership can positively impact a company's performance and success*. We applaud Leadership Akron's continued effort toward diverse leadership in our community. Hats off to 56% female representation in class 34.
For a full list of the new class, click here.
About Leadership Akron
For over 30 years, Leadership Akron has equipped participants for community involvement and leadership. The signature Program offers intensive study of community issues and interaction with top decision-makers, enabling participants to expand their effectiveness as community leaders. In addition to the Signature Program, Leadership Akron empowers leaders across generations through its other programs.
About the Signature Program
Over the course of the year, Leadership Akron Class 34 will develop a well-rounded perspective on the Akron community and set the stage for further involvement as community leaders. Beginning the year with a City Tour and two-day Opening Retreat, they will spend a full day each month focusing on a specific aspect of the community. Topics include Social Services, Healthcare, Education, Justice and others. Each day gives the class a hands-on look at the key organizations, decision-makers and the issues in that sector of the Akron community. Upon graduation, the class will be poised with new knowledge, connections and commitments to empower their service to the Greater Akron community.
*Read more on diversity in leadership here.
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