YWCA Women's Leadership Conference
The 9th annual Women's Leadership Conference: "The Innovative Leader," will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Cleveland Convention Center. This event begins with registration and continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Then experience nationally acclaimed keynote speakers, powerful breakout sessions, book signings, a silent auction, vendor marketplace and a chance to network with hundreds of professional women. The event culminates with a networking reception from 3:45 to 5 p.m. For more information, go to YWCA of Cleveland.
2014 Women of Achievement Award recipients are:
Kristen Baird Adams, Senior Vice President, Managing Director at PNC
Jennifer Bell, CEO, Resident Managing Director at Aon Risk Solutions
Sheryl King Benford, General Counsel, Deputy General Manager/Legal Affairs at Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Jodi Berg, Chief Executive Officer at Vitamix
Beth Wain Brandon, Community Volunteer and Activist
Denise San Antonio Zeman, President and CEO at Saint Luke’s Foundation
In addition to the Women of Achievement Award, YWCA Greater Cleveland will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge Jean Murrell Capers. The elite award is presented to a woman who exemplifies the organization’s mission in an extraordinary way. This is only the sixth Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented in the 38-year history of the Women of Achievement Awards.
The 38th YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12 in the Grand Ballroom at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.
Way to go, General Motors!
Mary T. Barra will take to the driver's seat to become the first female chief executive of General Motors this year. The female pheromones don't stop there. Six of G.M.'s top executives are women, including two of the company’s six senior vice presidents. The other five top executives at the automaker are Victoria McInnis, chief tax officer; Anne Larin, corporate secretary; Melissa Howell, senior vice president for global human resources; Grace Lieblein, vice president for global purchasing; and Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president for gobal customer experience and quality.
For the full story, go to New York Times, General Motors.
Sponsorships Proving Effective in Creating Gender Balance
Brigid Schulte writes in The Washington Post that major companies such as Intel, American Express, and motivated law firms like Crowell & Moring are trying to use sponsorship as a way of creating more diversity at the top.
- Women comprise less than 8% of the biggest earners at Fortune 500 companies
- Only 16% of corporate officers at those companies are women
- Even though 40% of lawyers at law firms are women and minorities, 75% of partners are white males
There has been little change in these stats over the last several years, indicating that most current strategies undefined mentoring, child care, flex schedules, etc. undefined are having limited success.
Read the rest of this story in 20 first.
“Sponsors are people in positions of power who work on a protege’s behalf to clear obstacles, foster connections and assign higher-profile work to ease the move up the ranks.” - Author Brigid Schulte.
Save the Date and Register for these Upcoming WIN Cleveland Meetings
January 20, 2014:
Diane Helbig, Seize This Day Coaching
Optimize Your Online Marketing
Does the whole idea of social media marketing make your head swim? Are you wishing that it would just all go away? Well, it’s not that bad! We’ll talk about 3 basic aspects of social media marketing. You’ll leave with a better understanding of what you can do for your business moving forward - and you’ll be excited about it!
Diane will continue the conversation about the Value of Email Marketing after the WIN meeting from 1:00-2:00.
This information-packed seminar will demonstrate how email marketing - the hands-on, low-cost marketing tool - can really help drive business success. Discover how communicating with customers regularly can help a small business stay connected, and generate increased referrals, repeat sales and unwavering customer loyalty. There is no charge for this additional session!
We're looking forward to these 2 great programs - and to seeing you there!
Other Q1 Events
WATCH FOR MEETING LOCATION CHANGE - TO BE ANNOUNCED JANUARY 20TH
February 10, 2014: PERSONAL BRANDING
NOTE: The date of this meeting was change from February 17th in observance of President's Day.
Speaker: JJ DiGeronimo,
Purposeful Woman & Tech Savvy Women
Sound scary? Far from it! It’s an opportunity… for those who take it.
JJ presents and answers a series of key questions from high impact women about building their personal brand to advance their careers.
March 17: Q1 NETWORKING
Suzanne Carle, WIN President
Join us for an hour of power networking and share what you do with others in a one-on-one, no-pressure atmosphere. Register early - this is one of WIN's most popular programs and space is not guaranteed.
WINCleveland on LinkedIn
With 227 members and growing, our WINCleveland LinkedIn group is great resource for exchanging ideas and connecting with professional women in our region between our monthly meetings. Join in on the conversation here.
And now, your moment of Zen.....