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This week on the Women STaRs Podcast, we have the pleasure of talking with Jenice Contreras, the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development. Jenice was born in Puerto Rico, is bilingual, bicultural and is proud of her heritage. Through her key involvement in CentroVilla25, an adaptive reuse of a vacant warehou…
 
On this week’s episode, we sat down with Sara Jo Smith, Vice President – Senior Relationship Manager, Institutional Real Estate Group, KeyBank. Beyond being successful in her career, Sara Jo is dedicated to using her voice, being involved in her community, and finding balance in all aspects of her life. Our conversation with Sara Jo and her perspec…
 
This week on Women Stars, we’re ecstatic to bring you a wonderful episode with Catherine Bosley, owner of CJB Productions LLC and award-winning journalist. Catherine worked for many years as a news anchor in Akron and Cleveland, earning her prestigious honors such as Associated Press Awards and Emmy Award nominations. She is also known for her batt…
 
This week, we’re excited to bring you a great episode with Erin Eurenius, Certified Elder Law Attorney and owner of her own firm, Erin C. Eurenius Attorney at Law. After her experiences with her grandmother having dementia and a stroke, and navigating guardianship and Medicaid, Erin left her career in accounting to help others. Erin helps seniors, …
 
On another great episode of the Women STaRs podcast, we have a wonderful conversation with Julie Cruz-Blair, the Executive Director of Leadership Lorain County. Julie is dedicated to giving back to her community and providing resources that help people reach their goals and thrive. She also serves on the Board for the Elyria YWCA as the Vice-Chair,…
 
On this episode of Women STaRs, we have an inspiring conversation with Inez James, Supervisor at the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. Beyond her career, she is also the President of the Lorain Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and she was also appointed by the Ohio Secretary of State, Fra…
 
This week we have another great episode of the Women STaRs Podcast as we sit down with Elisha "Cam” Campbell, owner of The People’s Cafe. Cam is a veteran of the Air Force and served for 10 years before transitioning to civilian life. After a long journey of getting her degree amongst other life events, Cam started the People’s Café as a place for …
 
This week, we have a lovely conversation with Charlita Anderson-White, Lorain County Court Magistrate. The Detroit native is a woman of strong convictions, great stories, and a proud career. She has dedicated her entire career to public service, representing the underprivileged at the Legal Aid Society of Lorain County, assisting victims of crime a…
 
On our newest episode of Women STaRs, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Kathryn Kelley, Executive Director at Ohio Manufacturing Institute. Kathryn has served as executive director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute since 2013, where she develops policies and programs to support manufacturing innovation and workforce needs. Currently, she …
 
On this episode of The Women STaRs Podcast, we had the wonderful opportunity to speak with comedian Natasha Pearl Hansen. Natasha began her career in 2006 and is now a successful performer with her own comedy special, "I Was Supposed To Get Married Today...", as well as headlining shows across the country. With humor focused on her own struggles, h…
 
On this episode, we have a great talk with Carmen Verhosek, a Senior Attorney at AlerStallings. Carmen provides legal services, guidance and support to older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their families by helping them prepare a plan for a better quality of life, preserve wealth, and protect their future. After being a paralegal for 15…
 
This week we’re chatting with entrepreneur Erin Toohey-Naso. In April 2020, Erin developed The Hanger Valet –an outfit organizer that hangs over an outfit on a hanger and has zippered pockets for keeping accessories, jewelry, undergarments, socks and more. Before setting off to create her own business, she was a PR and marketing consultant for more…
 
On this week’s episode of The Women STaRs Podcast, we’re sitting down with Kionna Mcintosh-Pharms, Student Services Navigator at Lorain County Community College. In addition to over 25 years of experience in both corporate America and non-profit organizations, Kionna’s current work exemplifies how she enjoys impacting and elevating the lives of our…
 
On this week’s special anniversary episode of Women STaRs to celebrate one year as a podcast, we’re sitting down with Lucy Fanger, Founder & CEO of On Technology Partners. Lucy began the Women STaRs Podcast as a project of her company and has been an integral part of its success. She started her career as a registered nurse at the Cleveland Clinic …
 
On this episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking to Gia Bell. As a mother, community advocate, and driven worker, Gia has valuable and relatable advice that she’s gleaned from her life’s experiences, both good and bad. With awards like the 30 For the Future Award through the Young Professional Network, Congressional Reco…
 
In this week’s episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we are speaking with Kathryn Bryan, Ph.D., a financial planner at Skylight Financial group. Kathryn, who also goes by Katy, made a significant career change to be at her current position: after several years as a medical research fellow with the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, an…
 
On this week’s episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we have small business owner Amy Witzigreuter. Amy is a challenge-driven entrepreneur with a passion for optimal health and clean, purposeful living. She is the Founder and Owner of Witzi’s Raw Granola, a successful brand of organic, grain-free, gluten-free granola. She is also a committed supporte…
 
On this week’s episode, we are speaking with Nancy Hammervik, Executive Vice President of Industry Relations at CompTIA. Nancy has had a successful career for 35 years, building herself up from sales assistant to CEO. As many women can relate to, she has jumped over hurdles in her professional life to succeed, such as breaking into the male-dominat…
 
On this episode of Women STaRs, we speak with Akilah Williams. As a single mother and working professional with a lot on her plate, Akilah is someone whose own journey to self-betterment and acceptance speaks to the same obstacles and fears many of us also experience as we navigate our own lives and careers. Join us while Akilah discusses the “invi…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Loree Vick. An award-winning news anchor, founder of Vick Communications, and mental health advocate, Loree describes the lessons she’s learned about appreciating life as it is, as well as the losses she has endured in both her professional and personal life, particularly the harrowing experience of lo…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with community leader and advocate, Regan Phillips. Regan has partnered with or served on boards of local schools and community and civic organizations. Diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 12 years ago, Regan shares the story of her fight to live, and how her faith and positive self-talk helped pu…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with the publisher and editor of the Cleveland Women’s Journal, Barbara Daniel. Barbara has faced her share of struggles over the years, from suing the City of Columbus for sex discrimination (and winning) to take the civil service exam, to enrolling in college at the age of 40, caring for loved ones in tim…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Meredith Farrow. Meredith has harnessed the devastating loss of her husband’s best friend by suicide, and her own struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety, to found the Ohio-based organic hemp extract manufacturer, Clean Remedies, to help others who may be suffering. Meredith shares the lessons…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with JJ DiGeronimo. With over 20 years in the tech industry, JJ is no stranger to navigating the twists and turns of moving from entry-level positions to leadership. She is often called on to empower professional women and consult senior executives on strategies to retain, advance, and attract women in tech…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Destiny Burns. Destiny is no stranger to working in typically male-dominated fields. Enlisting in the US Navy as a Russian Linguist, she retired 20 years later as a Cryptologic Officer and began a second career as a defense industry executive. At the age of 48, she decided to get back to her community …
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Monica Robins. As an Emmy Award-winning reporter with more than 30 years of experience, Monica is no stranger to struggles. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019, she faced the uphill battle of surgery, recovery, and returning to her high-profile career. She shares how she was able to overcome the devas…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Barbara Marlowe. After reading a story about children in Iraq being unable to receive needed surgeries due to the war taking place at the time, she became captivated by a 4-year-old little girl who was severely burned by a car bomb. Thus began Barbara’s journey of compassion to help this little girl (a…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Liz Ferro, speaker, author, marathoner, Ironman triathlete, and non-profit founder. Living in various foster homes as a very young child, Liz is a survivor of child sexual abuse who found hope, confidence and healing through sports and fitness. This empowerment led her to find the award-winning non-pro…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Maria Sullivan. Born to a lower working-class immigrant family, Maria modeled herself after the hard-working life she observed in her parents. Wanting to make her parents proud, Maria devised a plan that would allow her to go to school and work full time to pay for her schooling. As a former pilot of s…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Emily Wildman. After visiting a children’s hospital in Uganda, Emily set aside her 20-year dream of being a marine biologist to become a nurse. Now, she works with first-time pregnant women facing challenging life circumstances and continues to work with them for the first 2 years of their child’s life…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Kirsten Parker. Graduating from Yale with a Master’s degree in theater stage management, Kirsten worked in her field in LA for over a decade. Despite being “dialed in” to that lifestyle and career, Kirsten found herself wanting more. She shares what transformed her life, gave her purpose, and freed her…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Sarah Paasch. Sarah began her career as a hospital pharmacist in Nebraska before making a drastic career change to become a life coach and astrologer. Join us as she shares her tale of self-discovery and awareness in having enough self-compassion to turn against societal norms and pursue her gifts. Pur…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Dawn Kendrick from The Good Stuff Family. Dawn has made her career in broadcast journalism, dedicating her time to sharing and telling stories that really matter. After nearly two decades on air in Cleveland, Dawn’s contract was not renewed. Determined to continue to share her gift of storytelling with…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Ronda Toth. Ronda has spent her career in analytics, planning, and business intelligence, leaving her footprint across North America and central Europe. Ronda shares her struggles with balancing her personal and professional lives when she decided to start her own company. When looking to stay grounded…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Lynn-Ann Gries of Gries Consulting. Lynn-Ann struggled to find her voice in the banking and finance fields, as well as struggling with the change in skills needed to be successful in more senior roles. To help her succeed, Lynn-Ann developed a network of people she could turn to for advice and consulti…
 
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Dr. Pooja Patel, DC. Born in America to immigrant parents, Dr. Patel struggled to find her place in one of only a few careers acceptable to her parents. Sharing stories of recovering from a traumatic childbirth and post-partum depression to keeping her team and clients safe amid the current pandemic, D…
 
Women STaRs this week shares with Angie Ilg, a woman-focused life coach. Join us as we share her story that starts with a bike ride across the country and ends with fighting to get the voices of women heard around the world. Hear her Struggles, Triumphs, and reflections as she shares her amazing journey to help all women be heard. Her journey neede…
 
At Women STaRs this week we sit down with Kelly Kidd, a public health expert. Hear her challenging story as she struggles to balance her need to be heard as a professional and the submissive role that society expects women to be in the workplace. As an “aggressive” woman she faced many challenges in getting people to listen to her when she knew she…
 
Women STaRs with Pat Britt Join us in this week’s Women STaRs as we engage with Pat Britt, the Clerk of Cleveland Council as she shares with us her challenging journey to guiding her team to be their very best. In these deeply political and partisan times, her willingness to see the dignity and worth in all of us is an inspiration. Her journey from…
 
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