April 10, 2020
Message from the Director

Twenty seconds is a long time. Especially when you are washing your hands. Or, told your business must shut down. Your job is eliminated. Your test is positive. Life can change in a heartbeat, and it did upon the arrival of Coronavirus. It wasn’t on our calendars nor did it ask permission to visit. It flew in, settled on our turf, punched us in the gut and left us longing for normalcy. So, if you find yourself feeling vulnerable these days, join us virtually while isolated. Join us for community to see the faces of colleagues and friends because “connection is why we are here; neurologically, we are wired for it.” (Brene Brown) 

Women’s Network is here to support you through these unprecedented times. Please join us for these FREE to Chamber and Women’s Network member meet ups. In the meantime, breathe deep, be kind and be gentle to you.

Jan Conrad
Executive Director, Women's Network
Virtual Events
Virtual Meet Up
April 15, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:00 am

Celia King
Arrants McSwain

"Afraid but Determined: Navigating the New Frontier of Life after COVID 19"

In this workshop, we'll offer you a framework to make sense of these curious times we're in and give you resources to:

  • Manage the emotional realities for you and others
  • Build trust in groups/teams
  • Pivot your company or non-profit with innovation and creativity rather than fear
Virtual Meet Up
April 23, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Adina Calhoun-Walker
Calhoun Funeral Home

"Switching Lanes: Recognizing and Understanding Your Value"

Your contributions in and out of the workplace make you inexplicably you; however, we often fail to recognize the difference we make. Join us as we talk about what it means to switch lanes while embracing our value!
Virtual Meet Up
May 6, 2020 | 8:00 - 9:00 am

Dr. Tara Scott, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology

"What I Learned About Stress and Resilience from Surviving a Plane Crash"
Women’s Network Curriculum Opportunities
Leadership Toolbox Workshops

Career advancement is intentional and takes deliberate initiative and planning. Leadership Toolbox is designed to equip aspiring leaders with the ability to craft their future. This six-session course is designed to teach practical tools from business writing to self-advocacy to working with the media.

May 13 - Leveraging LinkedIn: Cathy Posner
June 10 - The Impact of Collective Trauma of COVID19 on our lives and how we move forward in continued uncertainty: Christina Burr, MBA, MAEd, LPC Therapist at Red Oak Behavioral Health
Esther Kostich, MA, LPC, CDCA Therapist at Red Oak Behavioral Health
July 8 - Be Coachable: Leslie Ungar
August 12 - Executive Presence: Teresa LeGrair, Julie Tutkovics, Suzanne Allen, Ebony Yeboah
September 9 - Self Advocacy: Kirsten Lino and Cathy Posner
October 14 - Prepared for Anything: Stephanie York

Workshops meet monthly from 8:30 – 11:00 am on the following dates:

May 13 | June 10 | July 8 | Aug 12 Sept 9 | Oct 14
Leadership Toolbox Virtual Workshop
May 13, 2020 | 8:30 - 11:00 am

Cathy Posner
Transition Consulting and Coaching

"Leveraging LinkedIn"

Learn how to enhance your professional brand, utilize the search features for lead generation, and understand the new features of the most powerful business networking platform on the market. 
Individual sessions: $99
Leadership Toolbox Series: $299
Negotiating With Strength

Roxanne Kaufman Elliott
The Leadership Challenge 

This four-session program will show you how to thoroughly prepare for a negotiation; how to master the art of asking questions, and how to deliver effective presentations and communicate with impact. 
Member fee: $699
Non-Member fee: $850

Opening Session: July 21 - 8:00 - 11:00 am

Workshops meet monthly from 8:00 - 11:00 am on the following dates:
July 21 | July 28 | Aug 11 | Aug 18
Leading With Strength

Dr. Jennifer Savitski, MD, FACOG
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

This six-session program is engineered as a catalyst for women to enhance their leadership knowledge through personal growth and an understanding of their specific strengths. Participants learn how to move towards their individual strengths into significant positions of leadership by dissecting their strengths within the four pillars.
Member fee: $1,095
Non-Member fee: $1,395

Opening Retreat: September 15 - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm*

Taking place 8:00 am - 1:30 pm on the following dates:

Sept 15* | Sept 29 | Oct 13 | Oct 27 | Nov 10 | Nov 24
Words from Leading With Strength previous participant,  Gia Bell:
Managing With Strength

Cindy Biggs
C. Biggs and Associates 

Designed to enhance a manager’s ability to dynamically lead individuals and teams to peak performance. This course teaches how to navigate that shift in the relationship and instills the confidence to manage effectively, efficiently and with confidence. Utilizing both the Clifton Strengths and Myers Briggs assessments, this course will focus on building teams based on their strengths and leading with confidence.
 Member fee: $699
Non-Member fee: $850

Taking place 8:00 am - 12:00 pm on the following dates:

Oct 6 | Oct 20 | Nov 3 | Nov 17
Words from Managing With Strength previous participant,  Charmaine Thurman:
Women of Achievement Awards
Applications for the 2020 Women of Achievement, Emerging Leader and the Dorothy O. Jackson awards are being accepted until Thursday, April 16.  For over 20 years, Women’s Network has been honoring women leaders and professionals who go above and beyond to mentor, encourage and develop other women while selflessly serving in their places of work, places of worship or community. Recipients are nominated by their peers; individuals, businesses and/or organizations and join an alumnae list of 100+ past recipients. Nominations can be found on-line at https://www.gacawards.com/women-achievement-nominations .
The categories include: 
  • Dorothy O. Jackson Award — Honors an area business or organization that has demonstrated excellence and leadership in their commitment to the empowerment of women and promotion of diversity.

  • Emerging Leader Award — Honors a young professional woman, age 25-39, whose contributions have impacted her industry and her community, who is a trendsetter and who encourages success among women.

  • Woman of Achievement Award — Honors an exceptional woman professional selected for her history of going beyond her own personal and career accomplishments to encourage success among women, breaking down barriers, mentoring others, taking risks to overcome obstacles and support the progress of women.
Awards will be presented at a time yet to be determined. If you should have any questions, contact Anna Richards, Manager of Events, at (330) 237-1214 or  arichards@greaterakronchamber.org .
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