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  • July 10, 2017 3:07 PM | Women's Network (Administrator)

    Leadership Akron Announces Class 34

    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. 

  • June 23, 2017 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    The annual Women of Achievement Luncheon was a great success!


    On Friday, June 16, 2017 the Women's Network proudly hosted the 18th annual Women of Achievement Awards luncheon at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. Our committee worked hard this year to honor more female leaders than ever before!

    Over 300 guests were in attendance and were treated to a very special keynote speaker Robyn N. Gordon of NASA Glenn Research Center, who discussed the importance of small businesses in our economy. NASA is currently working to promote and integrate small businesses into the competitive base of contractors that pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. Their dedication to the local economy and the small businesses in Northeast Ohio aligns with the commitment of Women's Network to our community and members.

    Robyn N. Gordon, Director, Center of Operations Directorate, NASA Glenn Research Center


    The Emerging Leader award, honoring a young woman professional aged 25-39 went to Laura Wallerstein, attorney, Roetzel. We also honored recent high school graduate, Molly McGinnis with the Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship


    Emerging Leader winner Laura Wallerstein (left) and Judith A. Resnik Scholarship winner Molly McGinnis (right) with board member, Kathy Romito and honorary chair, Jennifer Savitski, M.D. 

    Our three Women of Achievement Finalists far surpass the qualifications and expectations associated with this award. Their work and dedication to the organizations in which they work and the communities in which they serve is honorable and we are proud to recognize them. Congratulations to our two finalists LuAnne Decker, Fedex Custom Critical and Robin Doerschuk of TalentLaunch!


    Woman of Achievement Finalists LuAnne Decker (left) and Robin Doerschuk (right) with board member Kathy Romito and honorary chair Jennifer Savitski, M.D. 

    We want to offer out congratulations to the 2017 Woman of Achievement winner, Margaret Jordan, J.D., M.S.! Stay tuned for a special feature on Margaret Jordan!

    2017 Woman of Achievement Margaret Jordan, J.D., M.S., business development manager, BDO

    We had 30 Women of Professional Excellence, the highest amount in the 18-year history of the awards! These women were honored for their high quality of work within their companies. Congratulations to all of the honorees

    This years' Dorothy O. Jackson award recipient was The Blick Center. The organization has worked with the community for many years helping those with physical and emotional disabilities. Their organization's culture is one that promotes diversity and inclusion at all levels. Congratulations to the Blick Center and their team for their continued dedication to our community.  


    This event is made possible through local support and sponsors. We would like the thank the following companies for their support in our organization and the women working in theirs: Akron Area YMCA, Akron Children's Hospital, Bober Markey Fedorovich, Brennan Manna & Diamond, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, CliftonLarsonAllen, Huntington National BankKastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC, OMNOVA Solutions, Robert W. Baird, Inc., Sikich, Western Reserve Hospital and Westfield Bank

    Save the Date

    Be sure to save the date for next years' award ceremony. Friday, June 15, 2018; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. See you there!

  • May 01, 2017 10:30 AM | Women's Network (Administrator)

    Frequently Asked Questions/Concerns

    My company doesn’t prioritize training, is it really that important?

    Many employers believe training is not necessary, and therefore not a priority. However, training actually makes an employee feel more engaged and increases productivity. Additional training provides the employee with greater confidence, increased knowledge and skills and makes them more adaptable. Employees who receive regular training are more satisfied with their jobs and are ultimately more loyal to their employers. True capability is developed over time with reinforcement. Therefore continual training is necessary to keep employees in a state of perpetual learning. Leaders are not born leaders, they are made into leaders with support and training.

    I have been told training is too costly, how can I justify the cost to my supervisor/company?

    Training is an investment that will last a lifetime. It costs a company more resource to keep untrained, unhappy and less productive employees, than it does to train their current employees. Time, money and resources are needed to fire and rehire. Training empowers employees and increases the likelihood that they will remain in their current roles.


    My company does internal training, do we really need outside training?

    Absolutely! Employees need to feel safe from retaliation when discussing sensitive topics. Discussing work issues with and among peers can be intimidating. Thus, leadership training outside of the company provides a confidential place to tackle work related issues. Also, it is helpful to learn from your peers and get an outsider's view on issues faced in the workplace. Outside leadership training allows access to new people with new ideas. Further, employees don’t learn in a vacuum and need access to varying forms of learning.

    I don’t have the time to add another commitment to my schedule!

    Personal growth and discovery ultimately lead to more productive, efficient and timely work habits. Carving out time to build you up can lead to happier and more satisfied outlook. The Women’s Network offers many options for events, training and classes at varies times to help fit into everyone’s busy schedule. This truly is an investment in yourself for your future.

    I know of several women’s organizations in the area, what makes the Women’s Network different?

    The Women’s Network is not just another networking group! The focus of Women’s Network is authentic leadership training. Building strong relationships with other women is a secondary but important benefit. There are many good organizations for women in our area. Women’s Network uses industry experts to teach and train. Women’s Network focuses on teaching soft and hard skills and provides training on challenges faced specifically by women. We are slowly moving the needle on issues like unconscious bias and wage inequity.

    How do I get started?

    The best way to get started is to become a member! Once you are a member, you are have access to everything the Women’s Network has to offer, including events, training, CLC classes and networking.  Join today and see how you can take your skills and career to the next level.


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