Women's Leadership Symposium



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. (bio)

"3 in 30" Presentations

Three Things I Learned That Changed EVERYTHING

Creating a foundation to succeed professionally

Alexa Lee Riczo, Model and WKYC newscaster

The Career Audit

The benefits of investing in yourself.

Amy Goldman, Associate Director, CSU Career Services (bio)
Lynn Leon, Career Specialist, CSU Career Services (bio)

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 (bio)

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 (bio)

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 (bio)

Morning Panel Sessions

Ready. Set. Grow.

Starting Or Scaling Up Your Successful Enterprise 

Colette Hart, Senior Director, Center for Outreach and Engagement (bio)
Cathy Belk, CEO, Jumpstart
Kate Volzer, Co-Founder and CEO, WISR (bio)
Constance Hill-Johnson, MPA, Managing Director, Visiting Angels (bio)
Destiny Burns, Owner, Urban Winery (bio)
Kelsey Pytlik CEO, Gild Collective (bio
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 (bio)

A Seat at the Table

Exploring Board Positions Through Networking & Connections

Julie Clark, Managing Director, Leadership Development at Business Volunteers Unlimited (bio)
Peggy Zone Fisher, President & CEO, The Diversity Center of NEO (bio)
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 (bio)

Rise Together

Insight and Perspective from NEO Executives

Stephanie McHenry, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President for Business Affairs & Finance, Cleveland State University (bio)
Lee Friedman, CEO, College Now
Margie Flynn, Senior Partner, BrownFlynn (bio)
Fiona Chambers, Office Tax Managing Partner-Deloitte & Touche (bio)
Buffy Filippell, Founder, Teamwork Online (bio)

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 (bio)
Emily Grady, CSU and LGBTQ+ Student Services Manager, CSU
Mariah Vogelgesang, 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 (bio)

Strategies for Advocating for Yourself

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

Sarah Flannery, Partner, Thompson Hine (bio)

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 (bio)

Discover Your Emotional Intelligence

Harness your emotional intelligence in the workplace.

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

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. (bio)

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 (bio)
Rebecca Bennett, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Diane Hupp, Vice President, Employee Relations, The Sherwin-Williams Company (bio)
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 (bio)
Robin Doerschuk, Founder of WLCNEO; Director of Learning and Development, TalentLaunch (bio)
Jillian Keller, Assistant Director, Women’s Center & Lift Up Vikes (bio)
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 (bio)
Heather Steranka-Petit, Manager, Learning Programs, YWCA Greater Cleveland (bio
Elaine Suarez, Career Specialist, Cleveland State University (bio)
Stacy Ward-Braxton, Chief Learning and Engagement Officer, The Significance Group (bio)

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