The Women's Summit
Cuyahoga Community College embraces and affirms the value and power of women.
The first Tri-C Women’s Summit, “Dare to be Powerful: Inspiring Women to Use Heart, Voice and Mind” will take place Friday, March 26 from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m., with an optional networking lunch hour from 1-2 p.m.
Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., past president of Cuyahoga Community College, will serve as the keynote speaker.
Focused on women and women’s issues, this free virtual event will be an inspiring and affirming experience for all participants.
View the program schedule below for links to recorded sessions.
Opening Address: The Courage To Use Your Power
Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D.
The keynote address will challenge you to understand the nature of your power and to be courageous in employing, executing and engaging that power. Discover the power within you and explore its impact on personal and professional aspects of your life.
|10:30-10:35 a.m.||Introduction of Trailblazer Panel|
Cleveland Women Trailblazers: Paving the Way for Those Who Follow
Hear the stories of exceptional Cleveland women who have taken risks, risen against adversity, broken new ground and challenged the status quo. Their voices will impart an important message to each of us.
Micki Byrnes, President and General Manager, WKYC
Margot Copeland, Retired Executive, KeyBank
Alberta Lee, Vice President of Human Resources, Cleveland Cavaliers
Karen Miller, Ph.D., Provost, Cuyahoga Community College
Moderator: Megan O'Bryan, Vice President of Development, Cuyahoga Community College and President, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation
|11:25-11:30 a.m.||Transition to Breakout Sessions|
Breakout Session 1: Superpowers: Daring to Be Powerful
Karen Hilderbrand, BSIE, CEO, Twin Sisters Digital Media
Living a happy life is about doing what you naturally love. So why is it that we want everyone to work on their weaknesses instead of concentrating on their strengths? Karen will teach you how to live a happy and fulfilling life by harnessing your “superpowers” and helping others identify and use theirs.
Breakout Session 2: The Juggling Act: Balancing Your Personal and Professional Priorities in a Pandemic
Michele Seyranian, MNO, CEO, The Gathering Place and Meltrice Sharp, CPA, Managing Partner, CLE Consulting Firm
As women practicing resilience in a pandemic, we are constantly toggling between personal and professional priorities. Whether it’s an urgent meeting with our work team, managing a course load with looming deadlines or trying to complete homework while cooking dinner, we’re constantly in “figure-it-out” mode. Michele and Meltrice will share how they practice resilience while managing roles and responsibilities, as well as how they find time to prioritize themselves and their well-being.
Breakout Session 3: Turning Career Challenges Into Bad A** Opportunities
Stamy Paul, Vice President of Human Resources, Airgas and President and Founder, Graffiti HeArt
In this highly engaging session, Stamy will describe the challenges she encountered while figuring out what she wanted to be when she “grew up.” After sharing her journey of overcoming defeat, realizing success and paying it forward, she will engage in a Q&A with participants.
Closing Address: Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
Tamsin Astor, Ph.D., Chief Habit Scientist, Founder and CEO, Yoga Brained LLC
Changing your life involves changing your habits — whether it's adding new ones or replacing the ones that don't serve you. And behavioral change, whether positive or negative, can be demanding. A recent NPR study shows that 92% of Americans who make new years’ resolutions give up on them by February. This is where neuroscience and knowing how to harness your brain’s natural goal-achieving power can be hugely impactful. Learn how to add new habits, automate brain processes to increase energy and save time, and align habits to your vision.
|12:40-1 p.m.||Announcements from the Co-Chairs|
Virtual Power Networking Session (Optional)