New WISE Logo
February 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


Happy New Year and welcome to winter in Cleveland! Let me ask you: are you bundled up or wearing that short sleeve top right now that you thought of saving for a Spring Break trip? If you are anything like me you're not sure how to dress based on our Northeast Ohio weather as you head out the door for work! Honestly, that is just one of the things that makes Cleveland so great - the unpredictable spirit (and weather) that runs throughout our city! One thing that I know for sure to count on in 2016 is the team in place planning events for our WISE membership!
I want to share with you that there is such a wealth of knowledge and fabulous energy from both board members and planning committees making the wheels turn for our organization. The team organizing awesome activities and events throughout the year for WISE Cleveland is providing our members and friends of the organization opportunities to get up close and personal with key executives, city leaders and talented individuals helping shape our industry from January thru June. In the last newsletter I encouraged our membership and colleagues to attend the great fall programming events at Progressive Field, The 9 and our annual holiday party at Cibero Privato. I saw familiar faces and enjoyed getting to know new individuals. And now in this New Year I ask you, are you challenging yourself in educating or staying current in trends? Did you miss our fall programming and can you commit to attending at least two upcoming after work events in 2016? WISE Cleveland programming dates are locked and we are loaded with resources that we want our members and friends to activate!
What's holding you back? Grab the winter coat or that pair of peep toe shoes (depending on the day and the weather) and join me - and the women who have planned a plethora of activity for this extra special year our town is having!
Brooke  
 

WANT TO BE MORE INVOLVED
 
WISE Cleveland wants to know more about you and your interests in the group! Click here to tell us what you think.

UPCOMING EVENTS

   
It's a Painting Party!
Get your creative side grooving with a WISE Wine and Canvas Night! Food will be provided. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at our studio for $1 (soda 
and water), $3 (domestic beer), $4 (house wine 9oz pour), and $5 (margaritas).
Please make sure you arrive a few minutes early, we will be starting promptly at 6pm.
  REGISTER HERE 

WISE ANNUAL WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON 
WISE Cleveland is excited to continue its marque event in 2016, the WISE Women of the Year Awards and Scholarship Luncheon.  This annual event embodies the WISE Cleveland chapter as it combines the recognition of those who have stood out in their professions as well as those who are just starting out. We invite you to join us as we honor two women and their impressive professional achievements in the areas of sports and events. In addition to celebrating the women in our industries who have paved the way, the chapter also continues to help guide the younger generation, awarding up to four students with college scholarships.
REGISTRATION TO COME

 
TRANSPLANT GAMES OF AMERICA
WISE Cleveland is excited to continue its marque event in 2016, the WISE Women of the Year Awards and Scholarship Luncheon.  This annual event embodies the WISE Cleveland chapter as it combines the recognition of those who have stood out in their professions as well as those who are just starting out. We invite you to join us as we honor two women and their impressive professional achievements in the areas of sports and events. In addition to celebrating the women in our industries who have paved the way, the chapter also continues to help guide the younger generation, awarding up to four students with college scholarships.
REGISTRATION TO COME
 
Attending a WISE Cleveland event? Help us spread the word! Tag any Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts with #WISECle. Join the movement! 

CONGRATULATIONS WISE CLEVELAND!

WISE CLEVELAND: TOP 5 FINALIST
BUSINESS NETWORKING ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR/WOMEN

 

ARE YOU CONNECTED TO WISE?

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*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 AT THE FABULOUS FOOD SHOW
 
On Friday November 13th   2015, 60 plus WISE members attended the10th Annual Fabulous Food Show at the I-X Center. The afternoon started off with a bang as Michael Symon demonstrated how to make quick and easy Thanksgiving appetizers which included numerous kinds of crostini's and other flavorful appetizers. Beside his cooking demonstration Michael educated us on great food tips and advice about eating. Following the show the WISE women ventured to Napa for a White Wine tasting and wine education. A fun day was had by all as we ate and drank our way through Cleveland's finest.
 
  
 
WISE HOLIDAY PARTY
WISE women kicked off the holiday season at their annual members-only affair, held on December 3, 2015 at Cibreo Privato in the Playhouse Square district. A delightful evening filled with cocktails, hearty appetizers, a fun guess-the-holiday-character game, and lively conversation was enjoyed by all.
 
Cibreo created a Peppermint-tini as the signature drink, which got everyone into the spirit of the evening! Their chef created an over-flowing buffet of bruschetta, cheeses and petit fours, but the highlight was the chef-attended mac-and-cheese bar. Many people were seen going back for seconds!
 
Upon entering the party, each person had a name tag placed on their back, with a character of the holiday season printed on it. By asking only yes-or-no questions, they had to figure out the word on their tag, and everyone was successful.
 
The evening concluded with each woman receiving a bottle of wine to take home, to continue her holiday celebrations another time. But all agreed that the WISE Holiday Party was a terrific way to start the season!



WISE 216 HOOPY HOUR 
WISE Members gathered to cheer on our fellow women athletes as Cleveland State Women and Mens basketball teams took on Green Bay during the WISE 216 Hoopy Hour. The WISE Cleveland women enjoyed food, drinks and some basketball during the Cleveland State event!


WISE WITHIN SPEED MENTORING ROUNDTABLE 
WISE Cleveland kicked off the new year by lending business and life advice to its members. Hosting a national WISE Within program WISE Cleveland welcomed 5 esteemed Cleveland professionals in the industries of sports, events and beyond to lend a word of wisdom to our members. Big thanks to Skylight Financial for the beautiful space and Crop Bistro for the wonderful food! 

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 
 
This month's member spotlight falls on WISECleveland Board Member Virnette House-Browning, the Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Cleveland State University. House-Browning, a native Ohioan who is in her fifth year with the Vikings after spending 16 years at Bradley University, oversees CSU's external relations operations, including athletics communications, marketing, promotions, ticketing and the Viking Club. In addition, she is the sport administrator for cross country, men's soccer, women's basketball and men's and women's tennis.
When she moved to Cleveland in 2011, Virnette-Browning was looking for an organization to get involved with, expand her network, and help to further opportunities for women working in sports.
 
"I had heard many positive things about the WISE organization and wanted to be get involved," she noted. "I enjoy the opportunity to network with a strong group of motivated women leaders! 
 
"There is so much professional expertise within our organization and resources to utilize, whether professionally or personally.  WISE is about women, working together to advance opportunities for women!"
 
For new members, she encourages them to GET INVOLVED in the events sponsored throughout the year, whether social and or geared to professional development. "It's a great way to expand your network and learn about other career paths working in the sports and entertainment industry," she said.
 
House-Browning is also enthusiastic about Cleveland and working downtown.
 
"There is such a vibrancy and a resurgence of the city and so many things to experience!," she explained.  "I have enjoyed numerous plays and concerts at Playhouse Square, the great restaurants throughout the city, and Wade Oval Wednesday's is one of my favorite things to do in the summer."
 
Also, the (Cleveland) Metroparks are wonderful!  And of course, the sports offerings in town starting with the Cleveland State Vikings and our three professional sports are second to none," she concluded.

KUDOS
Congrats, Best Wishes, Felicitations
 
Spring with Excitement for WISE member accomplishments & birthdays this month!
  • Kudos to all WISE Cleveland Sports Commission members and all involved in throwing a successful 16th Annual Cleveland Sports Awards
Birthday wishes:
January  
Lauren Malone- 1/1
Cindy Lorenz- 1/1
Diane Turner 1/1
Valencia Kimbrough- 1/7
Megan Rosey 1/15
Ashley Truchan- 1/20
Paulette Welch- 1/22
Linley Murphey- 1/28
Katie Sardinia- 1/31
February

Elissa Burnett- 2/7
Maureen Patterson- 2/10
Katrina Homer- 2/12
Becky Brown- 2/14
Tiffany Hoffman- 2/14
Laura Gorman- 2/16
Bernadette Vielhaber- 2/16
Deborah Herman- 2/16
Colleen Weston- 2/16
Renee VanLaningham- 2/27  
 

WELCOME
WISE welcomes our newest members!  
  • Stephanie Kubec- Lake Educational Assistance Foundation
  • Chelcee Stearns- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Abigail Geib- Student @ Kent State University
  • Becky Greismer- Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
  • Chelsea Kertes- Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
  • Keri Alexander Luchowski- North Coast Athletic Conference
  • Jennifer Kelly- Cleveland State University
If you would like more information on becoming a member of WISE Cleveland click here.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

  • Congratulations to our WISE President Brooke Cuevas Uehlein on her new position as Communications Coordinator and Public Information Officer at the Lorain County School District

DID YOU CHANGE JOBS? GET A PROMOTION? WE WANT TO KNOW! EMAIL MEMBERSHIP CHAIR LAUREN HARRIS @ lharris@clevelandsports.org


JOB POSTINGS
WISE Members JOB POSTING Alert!
  • Administrative Assistant: Hilton Hotel Downtown Cleveland APPLY HERE! 
  • Cleveland Animal Protective League- Communications & Events Coordinator APPLY HERE! 
  • Marketing Associate at McDonald Hopkins LLC APPLY HERE! 
  • Chief Development Officer for the Cleveland Metroparks APPLY HERE!
     
If you have item for next months newsletter, email Megan Svat

Make sure to visit WISECleveland.com for more information.