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  • June 03, 2019 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Akron, OH – (May 29, 2019) – Women’s Network has announced the award recipients for its annual Women of Achievement event set for Friday, June 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

    The annual Women of Achievement awards honor professional women who have made an impact in their careers and their communities—while encouraging the success of other women. All finalists and nominees will be recognized at the event and were nominated by their peers.

    “This event demonstrates the power of recognition that happens when women support one another,” states Jan Conrad, Executive Director of Women’s Network. “We’re so proud of our nominees and the men and women, sons and daughters, colleagues and friends that will join us, as we stand shoulder to shoulder, to honor women lifting others in Northeast Ohio.”

    Women’s Network is thrilled to announce its 2019 honorees:

    • Women of Achievement Award:

    o Teresa Volsko, Director, Respiratory Care, Transport and Communication

    Center, Akron Children’s Hospital

    o Julie Barnes, Executive Director, Summit County Children’s Services

    o Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, Summit County Juvenile Court

    • Emerging Leader Award:

    o Alicia Robinson, Founder and Executive Director, Limitless Ambition

    • Founder’s Award:

    o Posthumously awarded to Laura Allio, former Board Member of Women’s

    Network and former Emerging Leader recipient

    • Dorothy O. Jackson Award:

    o Girls Who Code, University of Akron

    This year’s Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon will be held at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn at 3180 W. Market Street from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/AkronWOA2019.

    To learn more about the Women’s Network, please visit facebook.com/WomensNetworkOh/ or womensnetworkneohio.com/

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    Women’s Network


  • February 27, 2019 12:33 PM | Meghan Goetz

    News Release

    Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio Welcomes New Board President

    February 2019 (Akron Ohio) The Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio announced that Dr. Jennifer Savitski was named Board President at its January meeting.  She has been a member of the board since 2016.  Dr. Savitski is Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the first woman to hold that position in the 105-year history of Akron General.  “The Women’s Network has had significant impact on my growth as a leader, both personally and professionally. It is a privilege for me to now serve and lead the Women’s Network Board as we continue to facilitate meaningful impact for women, their places of work and their communities,” commented Dr. Savitski.

    Dr. Savitski replaces Kirsten Lino, board president since 2012. Ms. Lino led the organization through a period of strategic expansion to focus on women’s leadership development and advocacy in the workplace and the community.  The organization recently completed its Gender Equity and Women’s Leadership Research Study and reported its findings at the Women’s Leadership Summit, FLUX:  Movement for Change, last November.  The board commends Ms. Lino for her passion and dedication to the mission. Supporting and empowering women has been my life’s passion. I have been honored to lead the mission and vision of Women’s Network for the last 6 years, and I am proud of what the organization accomplished.  Dr. Savitski brings remarkable experience and commitment and I look forward to her capable leadership as she guides Women’s Network through its next chapter” stated Ms. Lino.

    “This is a pivotal time for Women’s Network.  Ms. Lino’s strategic approach to leading the organization gives us a strong foundation to move our mission forward and we thank her for her vision and fortitude.  We are elated to have another capable leader in Dr. Savitski, to build on our solid platform of training, research and thought leadership as we leverage the new study’s data to create equitable workplaces in Summit County and northeast Ohio” stated Jan Conrad, Executive Director.

    Women’s Network will hold a private reception of members and local supporters to welcome Dr. Savitski and thank outgoing President Kirsten Lino.

    Kirsten Lino is the Sales Execution Program Manager on the Business Banking Sales and Strategy Team at Huntington National Bank.  She will remain on the Board of Directors. 

    Jennifer Savitski, MD, FACOG, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, is also Medical Director of the PATH Center, the forensic nursing program Providing Access to Healing for victims of sexual assault and trauma. Dr. Savitski graduated from the University of Akron and received her medical degree from East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Akron General Medical Center. 

    Women’s Network is a 501c3 membership organization serving Northeast Ohio.  


  • January 07, 2019 12:15 PM | Meghan Goetz

    In our continued efforts to expand opportunities for our members, the Women's Network and Great Akron Chamber's KNOW (Knowledgeable Network of Women) are providing cross-member access to all 2019 events and programs at the member price. Women's Network Members will be able to attend all KNOW events at the KNOW member pricing. 

    This is a great opportunity to experience a broader network through new events and experiences. We very excited and hope you take advantage of this opportunity and access to the upcoming events!

    To redeem this offer on the Greater Akron Chamber's KNOW events, register as a KNOW member on the Chamber Website- access and member rate will automatically apply.



  • November 16, 2018 9:52 AM | Meghan Goetz

    Women’s Network Flux: A movement for Change Conversations to Continue

    Akron, Ohio (November 16, 2018)

    As a result of continued public interest in the Gender Equity and Women’s Leadership Research Study of Summit County, Women’s Network will host community conversations open to the public.  Meet ups will take place on Tuesday, November 27th from 11:00-1:30 and 5:00-7:00pm and Thursday, November 28th from 11:-00-1:30 and 5:00-7:00 pm at the Akron Summit County Public Library located at 60 South High Street, Akron.  For registration go to:  https://www.womensnetworkneohio.com/Events

    Key findings released on November 9th at the John S. Knight Center Conference revealed that In Northeast Ohio and Akron, women are underrepresented in senior leadership roles and paid less. Women of color are the least represented in senior leadership. And women representation on nonprofit boards is unchanged since 2014.

    Women’s Network exists to Connect, Empower and Inspire women through training, research and thought leadership. For more information on the organization go to www.womensnetworkneohio.com


  • October 02, 2018 4:46 PM | Meghan Goetz


    Breakout sessions that are community focused. Learn more and get your tickets today at www.WNFLUX.com


  • September 10, 2018 11:39 AM | Meghan Goetz

    We have so many amazing speakers confirmed for Flux, a Movement for Change. Be sure to visit the website for full speaker details, bios, abstracts and more!


    Get your tickets to FLUX today!

    ** Members check your email for a special discount code!

  • September 05, 2018 4:30 PM | Meghan Goetz

    Okay, some fun questions. You’re not from Akron originally, but it’s often really enlightening to get a transplant’s perspective on the city. What do you love about Akron?  

    The people!  Women’s Network facilitated an introduction to the community through the Community Leadership Institute.  I met great men and women who are so committed to Akron. Akron has great amenities.  A beautiful ballpark.  Canal Park is surrounded with great restaurants and fun events. The Towpath Trail runs through the city.  The Art Museum is special too.Great community workspace for entrepreneurs in Bounce, the former Goodrich tire factory.  

    Do you have a productivity tip that you swear by?

    Tackle your most difficult projects when your internal clock is at pique productivity.  It is the shortest distance to manage difficult scenarios and find successful resolutions.

    What's one thing you wish you had known early in your career?

    The power of capitalism grows faster when combined with education.  I grew up in an environment that stressed hard work, and that served me well.  But when armed with education, one can travel further and faster down the path to financial freedom

    What is the best career advice you've ever received?

    Know your strengths, lead from your strengths and surround yourself with those who compliment what you are lacking.

    What's your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

    Spending time with family where I can recharge and enjoy those people very special to me. My husband and I love to bike.  We’ve covered many miles of trails this past year. And I enjoy working in my flower gardens. When the cold weather moves in, working on a 1000 piece puzzle, reading a good book or spending a few hours at the gym are ways to recharge from the week.
  • August 23, 2018 9:53 AM | Meghan Goetz

    Women's Network Annual Meeting

    It was 40 years ago, Women's Network Inc became official.

    Join us to celebrate this milestone and 40 years of Women's Network! We are proud to announce Jan Conrad as our Executive Director, as well as our Keynote Speaker for the Annual Meeting! In her new role she will work to build community impact and foster organizational growth and program development.  (Crain's Article). Come meet Jan, connect with other Women's Network members and learn about the amazing events, programs and growth Women's Network has planned!

    Monday, September 24
    5-7:30 p.m.
    The Lodge at Allardale
    141 Remsen Road, Medina, OH 
    Register by Sept. 17

    All Women's Network members will be asked to vote on our 2017-2018 Proposed Board Slate. Details coming August 20, 2018. 

    Thank you to our sponsors: 

                       

    *Check out the pictures below from our 2016 Annual Meeting with County Executive Ilene Shapiro*.

  • August 15, 2018 11:24 AM | Meghan Goetz

    You worked most recently at the Women’s Business Center in Cleveland. You’re here now as the Executive Director of Women’s Network. Have you always been interested in working with and for women, or was there something that triggered that interest and passion? 

    My interest in working with women was triggered over a series of events throughout my life and career, not necessarily connected, yet all with the same theme around courage, confidence and community.

    It began at a very young age.  Raised in rural Ohio, I did not fit the profile of a young country girl.  I loved physical activity and remember playing football with the neighbors.  I also remember being told to “sit like a lady and find a good book.” Being fiercely independent, I tested the patience of my mother whose conservative roots meant women were to be seen but not necessarily heard. She and I did not discuss my interest in going to college.

    When I launched my career in advertising sales, few women were in leadership.  In 1989, I was named as the General Manager of a publishing startup. I gained the opportunity because I was willing to work for an incentive plan, taking a risk around my salary, something no male colleagues were willing to do.  I had less to risk, something no one discussed.

    Upon taking that opportunity, I was fortunate to work for some wonderful men who mentored me.  They saw that I was eager for opportunity in my 20’s. Thankfully, time was on my side and I learned to navigate the waters.

    In 2000, I took a position of leadership in academia and I was shocked to see few women in higher education leadership.  I thought it would be different for women working in a progressive university system. There were a few who did, but for the most part it was male dominated.

     In 2005, I observed the very short tenure of a newly hired female County Manager.  She was appointed after a long-standing male predecessor retired. It was an experience I will never forget.  She was competent and capable, but her biggest hurdle became her inability to navigate the political darts as a female leader. Her tenure was short, and she was replaced by male leadership.  I observed what it did to her confidence and her career, not to mention the fiscal impact to her personally. She needed a community of women but lacked that network.

    Working with dislocated NASA aerospace contractors due to the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, my eyes were opened to gender inequities in that male dominated industry. One brilliant female engineer ended up homeless after she’d depleted her resources due to the hurdles she was facing while seeking funding her business.  Realizing her desperate situation became a defining moment for me. I determined if there was anything I could do to impact parity for women, I would champion that effort.

    Another observation.  Inequity in compensation or promotion or funding was not because of inferior education, in fact it was quite the opposite   Something was clearly inequitable. That lightbulb moment sparked an interest in working to change the culture and the mindset of people, both male and female.

     

    You grew up in an environment that was not the most supportive of women interested in education, business, or leadership more generally. Now, you’re the leader of an organization intensely devoted to supporting women and bringing them to the forefront of their respective fields and industries. That’s a big distance to travel--from where you grew up to where you sit now. What got you here? 

    I’ve lived through tremendous changes in attitudes towards women in the workplace.  I am amazed at how far we have come, and yet how far we must go.

    Early in my career, I worked for men and with men in sales and observed that men often held the most lucrative sales accounts.  I tried to hustle and build my portfolio to impact my income.  I expended tremendous energy and worked longer hours but did not gain parity.  That experience got my attention. As I grew in confidence, I became vocal about an equitable compensation package.

             As I moved into mid-career and became affiliated with the governmental and non-profit industries, the gender biases became even more apparent.  Females occupied a disproportionate share of the lowest paid and most challenging customer facing positions in government. As I’d experienced in earlier settings, I knew I would need to prove myself to advance to leadership.  I crafted a game plan and determined to:

    1. gain/grow the tools I was lacking

    2. connect to influencers and leaders and demonstrate my competence

    3. show up and participate in the conversations and contribute to solutions

    4.  track the outcomes and milestones achieved 

    5. be at the table – and speak! Leading requires being intentional

  • August 08, 2018 1:27 PM | Meghan Goetz
    Women’s Network is excited to announce:

    Women’s Leadership Summit, Flux on November 9th 2018, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

    Women’s Network is an organization focuses on leadership development for women, equity and unconscious bias in the workplace, and thought leadership on advancing women’s lives and building inclusive communities + workplaces.

    The day will include a facilitated forum to engage the community in a conversation around creating equitable workplaces, particularly as it relates to women.  They will be sharing the results of their Gender Equity and Female Leadership Research Study that provides the demographic data regarding women and minority representation in leadership positions in Summit County.  

     

    The 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit will feature a keynote address from Kathrine Switzer (the first woman to run the Boston Marathon), as well as workshops, lectures, and panels leadership development, organizational change, strategic negotiation, building inclusive workplaces, and more. Several of the afternoon content sessions are HRCI accredited.

    Tickets on sale now! www.WNFLUX.com

    Members check your email for a discount code to save $$

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