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April 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


Happy Spring WISE members! As you may know the spring season for our chapter is a busy time.  All year committee's and the Board of Directors work together organizing for our marquee event in May, the annual WISE Women of the Year Awards and Scholarship Luncheon.  This event symbolizes the foundations of which our chapter was established and while attending the event I hope you visually see (and feel) our core chapter values come alive.  Each year as I listen to the speeches of our award honoree's I am inspired on different levels by their achievements in the workplace, in their communities and in their balance of work/home life.  As you sit in the audience this year I encourage you to have a "take away" from the event, I challenge you to implement it this spring and summer, and then ask you to share your experience with me at our next gathering. 
 
Over the course of May and June the Board of Directors will begin elections and transitions.  This occurs yearly and allows for current members to take an active role in our leadership team, bringing fresh ideas to help propel our organization forward. Planning over summer for next years membership events will begin in June, so please feel free to email me with any suggestions or ideas as what you'd like to see our chapter do next year!
 
Hard work is always rewarded at WISE Cleveland - so PLEASE do not miss our summer party, themed Christmas in July aboard the Nautica Queen on July 27! Registration is OPEN!  
 
 
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Brooke 

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2016 WISE WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
PRESENTED BY BRITTON GALLAGHER

2016 AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE:
  • Mary Beth Pate, Cleveland Clinic (Events)
  • Julie Work, NACDA (Sports)
  • Bonnie Tiell, Tiffin University (Sports)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Cleveland State University, Student Center Ballroom 11:00am - 1:30pm

WISE (Women in Sports and Events) Cleveland will host its 5th Annual Women of the Year in Sports & Events and Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, presented by Britton Gallagher on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 11:00am to 1:30pm at Cleveland State University in the Student Center Ballroom (Euclid Avenue, Main Campus, Room 319).  The event will honor two females in the category of sports (Julie Work, NACDA & Bonnie Tiell, Tiffin University) -and - one female in the category of events (Mary Beth Pate, Cleveland Clinic).  In addition, this event recognizes WISE Cleveland Scholarship recipients which includes female high school or college students pursuing a degree in these fields.
The luncheon program will recognizes these outstanding women for their professional achievement in the industry, serving as female trailblazers in the community while celebrating the spirit of women paving the way for future leaders.
The WISE scholarship is awarded to a high school and college female student for their academic achievement and commitment to a career in the sports or event management fields. 

PLANNING ON ATTENDING?? THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS TODAY!
 

UPCOMING EVENTS



VOLUNTEER WITH WISE AT THE TRANSPLANT GAMES 
Volunteer with WISE:
WISE is group volunteering at the Closing Ceremonies for the 2016 Transplant Games. This opportunity will take place on Mall C in Downtown Cleveland on Wednesday June 15th from 3:00pm-10:00pm (including a number of different shifts). CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REGISTER!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY PARTY ABOARD THE  NAUTICA QUEEN 
Toast to the holiday season with WISE along the Cuyahoga in JULY!  Get in the holiday spirit during the summer season before the warm weather fades and the hustle and bustle begins at the end of the year! REGISTER HERE!

UPCOMING NON WISE EVENTS

CRAINS CLEVELAND WOMEN OF NOTE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT  
Join Crains Cleveland for the 2016 Women of Note Award & Summit , Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Cleveland Convention Center.   
Networking begins at 11:30 followed by lunch and the Women of Note Summit.
 
 
Attending a WISE Cleveland event? Help us spread the word! Tag any Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts with #WISECle. Join the movement! 

ARE YOU CONNECTED TO WISE?

Check WISEcleveland.com or our social media platforms @WISECleveland and  https://www.facebook.com/WISECleveland  

 

*Members please note, over the past few months WISE has converted our Facebook page from a GROUP to a FAN page. If you are a member of the group page, please be sure to visit the link above and LIKE our new FAN page.
 
 

PAST EVENTS RECAPS

WISE WINE & CANVAS

On Thursday, February 11th 2016, WISE members enjoyed a night out at Wine and Canvas Cleveland in Strongsville. Members enjoyed drinks and food while painting a unique Cleveland themed painting. The painting included different colored boxes to spell out 'Cleveland' as well as Cleveland landmarks and sports. WISE ladies had a great evening showing their creative side. Many thanks to our artist, Lauren!
 

WISE HAPPY HOUR 
On Wednesday, March 16th, WISE members gathered for social networking at Black Pig in Ohio City. Thanks to all the WISE members who joined in on the fun!  

SEE MORE PAST EVENTS AT WISE CLEVELAND

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 
This month's WISE Member Spotlight shines on a woman accustomed to shining light on others, Northeast Ohio native Maureen Patterson, owner and lead designer at Solus Lighting Ltd.

And the WISE Spotlight is not the first illumination of Patterson this year. Recently, she was chosen as a 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Champion. Presented by Enterprising Women magazine, the award recognized the outstanding accomplishments of women entrepreneurs worldwide.

A Northeast Ohio native (she grew up in Lakewood and now resides in Cleveland's West Park neighborhood with her dog Molly), Patterson founded Solus Lighting Ltd in 2011 with Beth Reyes. Solus Lighting is an internationally award-winning company dedicated exclusively to lighting and production, specializing in lighting design and technical service for corporate and non-profit events.

"My passion for lighting began back in high school working on the lighting crew for shows at St. Edward High School," said Patterson, a Magnificat High School and Baldwin Wallace University graduate. "I held several freelance positions throughout the city to help pay for college at BW that helped me hone my craft."

Prior to becoming an award-winning entrepreneur, Patterson worked as a lighting technician at MGM Grand Las Vegas, an assistant lighting designer for the Cleveland Opera and a production electrician for the Cleveland Play House as well as serving as the resident lighting designer for the Cleveland Play House Children's Series and MFA program at Case Western Reserve University. She also worked for a local vendor, Vincent Lighting Systems, as production manager.

Patterson joined WISE for the networking after the group was recommended to her by a friend. "After one event, I had met so many interesting and talented women, I knew it would be a great group to be involved with," she noted.

Her favorite part about WISE is the diversity of the members. "There are so many different disciplines that tie into "Sports" and "Events", and getting to know how these individuals all fit together is inspiring."

Her advice to new members is to get involved but she takes it a step further. "Attending events is great, but joining a committee is better," pointing out that there are committees that can fit any schedule. "You truly get out what you put into the organization, and joining a committee will help build your network and strengthen your relationships with other members."

And being a native of the area, it's not surprising that Patterson didn't specifically narrow down her favorite things about Cleveland when asked. But she summed up her feelings nicely with this: "There are so many things to love about Cleveland - the food, the bars, the friendly neighborhoods. It's just a comfortable place to be!" 

KUDOS
Congrats, Best Wishes, Felicitations
 
Spring with Excitement for WISE member accomplishments & birthdays this month!
  • Kudos to the Wise Luncheon committee for all their hard work planning the 5th Annual Wise Woman of the Year Awards and Scholarship Luncheon!
  • Kudos to Sara Clouse on the birth of her new baby girl!
  • Kudos to Shanette Buford-Brazzell for being accepted to the George Washington University's School of Business - Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program, the first and only academic program in the industry on sports philanthropy
  • Kudos to Pat Lambrix for her recognition in the Crains Cleveland Women of Note Summit
     
Birthday wishes:
    Stephanie Kubec- May 2
    Sara Clouse- May 26
    Rebecca Reid- May 27
 


WELCOME
WISE welcomes ALL our newest members!  

Claire Vanidestine- IX Center
Shauna Wilson- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Rita Singh- Miraj International
Erin Wienczkowski- IX Center
Laura Lehmann- NFL Films

SHOUTOUT TO THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS ON THEIR CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP! CLEVELAND CAVALIERS MEMBERS INCLUDE:  
Jenn Franz- Cleveland Cavaliers
Stephanie Konczos- Cleveland Cavaliers
Alberta Lee- Cleveland Cavaliers
Julia McCormick- Cleveland Cavaliers
Rebecca Reid- Cleveland Cavaliers
Courtney Shilling- Cleveland Cavaliers
Emily Thomas- Cleveland Cavaliers
Shelly Cayette- Cleveland Cavaliers
Tori Carras- Cleveland Cavaliers
Linda Burch- Cleveland Cavaliers
Maureen Benedict- Cleveland Cavaliers
Tamzin Barroilhet- Cleveland Cavaliers

If you would like more information on becoming a member or a Corporate member of WISE Cleveland click here.

JOB POSTINGS
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Make sure to visit WISECleveland.com for more information.