Women's Leadership Symposium

Apr 10

Women's Leadership Symposium

  • April 10, 2018
  • 8:00 AM

Embrace your voice and make plans to join us for the Women's Leadership Symposium on Tuesday, April 10 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Tricia Griffith, CEO of Progressive Insurance, will be joining us for the morning keynote address and Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center will be our featured speaker during lunch. 



Morning Welcome & Keynote Address: Tricia Griffith, CEO, Progressive

Tricia Griffith 

President and Chief Executive Officer 
Progressive Insurance

Ms. Griffith joined Progressive as a claims representative in 1988 and has served in many key leadership positions, rising up the ranks to CEO. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business’ Advanced Management Program.

"3 in 30" Presentations

Three Things I Learned That Changed EVERYTHING

Creating a foundation to succeed professionally

Allie Riczo, Model and WKYC newscaster

The Career Audit

The benefits of investing in yourself.

Amy Goldman, Associate Director, CSU Career Services
Lynn Leon, Career Specialist, CSU Career Services

Self-Care Is Not An Option. It’s A Priority.

Learn how to prioritize your health and wellbeing in order to move forward with energy and excitement.

Honey Bell-Bey, The Honey Bee Foundation for Youth Development 

Getting Different Personalities Working Better…Together

How to react to others’ personalities and how to respond to a personality clash.

Flo Brett, Founder & Executive Director, Effective Leadership Academy

Learn the Five Basic Financial Essentials Every Woman Should Have In Place

Women are increasingly taking on traditionally male responsibilities which include financial and estate planning. Learn the basics.

Sarah Parker, Senior Managing Director, Hartland

Morning Panel Sessions

Ready. Set. Grow.

Starting Or Scaling Up Your Successful Enterprise 

Colette Hart, Senior Director, Center for Outreach and Engagement
Cathy Belk, CEO, Jumpstart
Kate Volzer, Co-Founder and CEO, WISR
Constance Hill-Johnson, MPA, Managing Director, Visiting Angels
Destiny Burns, Owner, Urban Winery
Kelsey Pytlik CEO, Gild Collective
Maya Simek, Managing Legal Director, Equality Ohio and Founding Director of Legal Services & Staff Attorney of the Community Lawyering Program, Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center

A Seat at the Table

Exploring Board Positions Through Networking & Connections

Julie Clark, Managing Director, Leadership Development at Business Volunteers Unlimited
Peggy Zone-Fisher, President & CEO, The Diversity Center of NEO
Beth Embrescia, Senior Director of Fund Development, Case Western Reserve University
Veronica Garofoli, Associate Attorney, Mansour Gavin LPA
Lauren Rudman, Director, Human Resources, Donley's

Rise Together

Insight and Perspective from NEO Executives

Stephanie McHenry VP, CSU
Lisa Rose, CEO, Dix & Eaton
Lee Friedman, CEO, College Now
Margie Flynn, Senior Partner, BrownFlynn
Fiona Chambers, Office Tax Managing Partner-Deloitte & Touche
Buffy Filippell, Founder, Teamwork Online

Your Voice Matters: #MeToo & Creating Sustainable Change 

Highlighting The Way Sexual Harassment And Sexual Violence Are Being Discussed In The Context Of The #MeToo Era

Vanessa Sampsel, Manager of Campus Services, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Teresa Stafford, Senior Director of Victim Services and Outreach, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Emily Grady, CSU and LGBTQ+ Student Services Manager, CSU
Mariah Vogelsang, Director, Office of Institutional Equity, CSU
Beverly Pettrey, Lieutenant, CSU Police Department 

Lunch & Keynote Address: Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of the NASA Glenn 

Dr. Janet Kavandi

Director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
John H. Glenn Research Center Astronaut

Kavandi is a veteran of three space flights, logging more than 33 days in space and more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits. She held leadership positions at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston before coming to Glenn.

Breakout Sessions

Centering The Voices Of Survivors Of Color During The #MeToo Movement

Understand the voices of women of color as a part of the #MeToo movements.

Teresa Stafford, Senior Director of Victim Services and Outreach, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

Strategies for Advocating for Yourself

Explore ways you can confidently advocate for yourself in the workplace.

Sarah Flannery, Partner, Thompson Hine

Find Ways To Improve Your Work Output, Creativity And Leadership

Far too often the pace of our day is determined by forces outside our control. Work on creating a happier and healthier you.

Deborah Riczo, Owner, Riczo Health Education

Discover Your Emotional Intelligence

Harness your emotional intelligence in the workplace.

Christie Tatman-Stroh, Manager, Training, Development & Coaching, Tri-C

Compelling Leadership: Aligning Personal Values, Purpose and Other Non-Negotiables

Learn how to align your leadership style and your self-image.

Teresa Hack, President & COO, Channel Products, Inc.

Afternoon Panel Sessions

Corporate Leadership in the #TimesUp Era

Examining The Support Structures In The Workplace

Daria Roebuk, Executive in Residence, Monte Ahuja College of Business, CSU
Ann Marie Ahern, Principal, McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal, Liffman
Rebecca Bennett, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Diane Hupp, Vice President, Employee Relations, The Sherwin-Williams Company
Susan Becker, General Counsel, ACLU of Ohio and Emeriti Faculty Member, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Work-Life Salsa

Learning The Rhythms Of The Work/Life Balance

Kathryn Purcell, Associate Head of School, Laurel School
Hannah Belsito, Vice President, Destination Cleveland 
Robin Doerschuk, Founder of WLCNEO; Director of Learning and Development, TalentLaunch
Jillian Keller, Assistant Director, Women’s Center & Lift Up Vikes
Mary McGraw, Magistrate, Cuyahoga County Probate Court

Turn Up The Volume

How To Be Allies And Advocates For Women Of Color In Professional Settings

Jejuana Brown, Stokes Civic Leadership Institute Fellow, Cleveland Leadership Center
Gary Lewis Jr., Chief, CSU Police Department
Heather Steranka-Petit, Manager, Learning Programs, YWCA Greater Cleveland 
Elaine Suarez, Career Specialist, Cleveland State University
Stacy Ward-Braxton, Chief Learning and Engagement Officer, The Significance Group

Full STEAM Ahead

Advancing The Role Of Girls And Women In Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts And Math

Celena Roebuck, Community Engagement and Education Manager, Ideastream® Idea Center®
Ann Klotz, Head of School, Laurel School
Jennifer Palinchik, President, Jalex Medical
Joan Perch, Program & Outreach Coordinator, Lorain County Community College, Campana Center for Ideation
Patricia Babington, VP, Engineering Services, Operations & Engineering Services at Rockwell Automation
Brandy Grove, Ph.D. Macromolecular Engineering, Case Western Reserve University