May 6, 2020
Women’s Network
 Leadership Institute

Since joining forces with the Greater Akron Chamber, Women’s Network has become the Women’s Network Leadership Institute (WNLI) to more accurately reflect its role as a catalyst to develop women leaders.

We are now ready to fully realize the benefits of our partnership with the GAC through the Women’s Network Leadership Institute. The WNLI is committed to meeting the needs of our businesses, communities and the women who power them to make intentional and meaningful change in our leadership landscapes.
The new name clarifies the mission of the work: Professional development through best-in-class curriculum, research, and thought leadership. WNLI continues to strengthen that mission through courses built around the Clifton StrengthsFinder Talent Assessment. Participants in WNLI are intentional about personal success with aspirations of greater impact and leadership within their own organizations.  Courses such as Authentic Leadership: Leading with Strength; Negotiating with Strength; and Managing with Strength are built around one’s personal Strength Finder assessment as the foundational tool to future success. Courses are delivered as a cohort where learning with peers builds a meaningful community of conversations and collaboration.  

Dr. Jennifer Savitski, MD, FACOG
President, Women's Network Leadership Institute
Women's Network Leadership Council

The Women’s Network Leadership Institute is being guided by a group of dedicated professionals who have been named to the Women’s Network Leadership Council. The mission of the WNLC is to provide guidance and oversite of the mission to connect, empower and inspire through best-in-class curriculum offerings, research and thought leadership.

The WNLC will advocate for programming consistent with a focus on inclusion throughout all programming and evaluate and innovate as needed to meet the needs of women in northeast Ohio.

We are pleased to introduce you to the Women’s Network Leadership Council with a link to the LinkedIn profiles:

Join us on May 20, 2020 for the Empowering Women Luncheon to hear Dawn Mitchell Owens , founder and Chief Executive Advisor of The Corporate Couch present "Resilience Redefined: Finding Clarity & Focus During Changing Times." The first 100 people registered will receive Dawn's latest book, "Light After a Layoff."

Here from Dawn below:
Dawn (Mitchell) Owens is a career consultant, author, speaker, and coach who loves to ENCOURAGE professionals in transition to soar to new heights in life and business. As an Akron native, she received her educational foundation from Akron Public Schools and is a proud graduate of John R. Buchtel High School. She obtained her BBA in Marketing from Ohio University, and her MPA from the University of Akron.

As founder and Chief Executive Advisor of The Corporate Couch , she serves individuals, corporations, and non-profit organizations through providing coaching, consulting, and writing/publishing services, as well as inspirational speeches and workshops.
Virtual Events
Virtual Meet Up
June 3, 2020 | 8:00 - 9:15 am

Aubrey Helmuth Miller

"Less Guilt, More Go"

REDBUDSUDS sets out to do environmental advocacy and ended up making soap. Scratch that... not just soap. They make 4-in-1 shower bars to help you simplify, connect and protect this beautiful world we share. Follow adventures and join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram @redbudsuds. Small drops make an ocean, let's make waves.

Virtual Meet Up
June 17, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:15 am

Roxanne Kaufman Ellioitt
ProLaureate Ltd and i3 Leadership Master

"What is Leadership?"

Future facilitator of the Negotiating with Strengths course and sought after national speaker.
Virtual Meet Up
June 25, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:15 pm

Kim Kucinich

"You Can Stop the Madness: Awaken the Wisdom Within to create more fun, emotional freedom and fulfillment."
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:
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