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It is Messy, and I am still
'Thankful in Many Ways'! 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! As I sipped my cup of coffee on Thanksgiving morning, I was debating if I should click send our normal 4th Thursday #419newsletter campaign or take a leap of faith, and draft something new. Well, if this message is in your inbox, the guess is my intuition at overcoming the fear wins the challenge. It has been a while since I just wrote something 'from Nina's heart'. I hope your time reading my reflection on thanksgiving day is worth your while. Much appreciation to you all.


A message from our ‘fearless’ &
Managing Director, Nina Corder

We are excited to announce Nina’s sabbatical this Fall, starting September 12 till December 31, 2022, to begin her journey as a global humanitarian, perhaps completing her ‘unfinished’ research and publication, while serving as a Mentor to Global Leaders in Eastern Europe. The Governing Board, Stakeholders, and our team at Women of Toledo are in supporting and sharing the excitement with Nina.

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Meet our Fearless Builders, Wed July 20th at Imagination Station!

The young women learned how to build their own chairs teaching them the significance of bringing your own seat to the table. Seeing the hard work of these young women, we are simply grateful for the partnership with the Imagination Station to display the chairs and portraits of our fearless builders. The exhibition is now open and we welcome you to stop by the Imagination Station to view the chairs and read their stories. 

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Immigrant Heritage Month.

We are kicking off June with an awareness advocacy campaign for Immigrant Heritage & PRIDE Month. Immigrant Heritage Month: At Women of Toledo, we take pride in the diversity of women and youth we serve and continue to find ways to elevate and highlight and celebrate their cultural heritage.


Kickoff 2022 in a unique way

The program also features the debut of the Northwest Ohio Women’s Business Council (WBC), the passage by Toledo City Council of a local Cities for CEDAW Ordinance, an exhibition of historical women entrepreneurs and special guest and keynote speaker, Dr. Soon-Young Yoon, the United Nations representative of the International Alliance of Women and author of the book Citizen of the World: Soon-Young and the UN.


March is all about Women.

March 21 program also includes the announcement of Women of Toledo’s Economic Development new initiative, the Northwest Ohio Women's Business Council (WBC), and remarks from the Citizen of the World, Soon-Young, the U.N. Cities of CEDAW

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Yes to February 2022

February is PACKED with programs for everyone. We kick off our Mentorship program on Thursday, 01.27.22 with 22 participants that interested in either serving as Mentors or participating as Mentees. 



 New Partner: In October we also established a new partnership with TolHouse. HerHub members now have an exclusive membership pricing to "The Room Where it Happens". TolHouse enthusiastically welcomes members of HerHub to join their ecosystem of entrepreneurs, business people, and creative minds. 

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Fall KickoffL Mentorship

We are excited to welcome all these current & new mentors to our mentorship circle this Fall. They will be serving our Young Women and Women that are part of our Young Women Genius program (9th to 12th graders), Discovery (college and up), and M.oM (virtual) Mentorship session. Thank you for your time and talent to serve with us either in-person or virtual session this Fall!


Women's Equality Day

On Thursday, August 26, women across the United States will be celebrating Women's Equality Day. This day was designated to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing American women the right to vote. We celebrate women's progress while recognizing that more work still needs to be done.


Mid-Year and Moving Forward

6 -months Deliverables, Impact, and Outcomes for the organization with total served from Jan to June 2021 = 578 participants. We organized two in-person community cultural heritage advocacy campaigns including celebrations! 


International Women's Day.

All month long, you will find a blend of posts celebrating the achievements and contributions of amazing women in history and women in the Greater Toledo Area who are committed to making history. At WOT, our goals are always to nurture and support learning from the past and reflecting on the present to create a more equitable future.

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Art, Food and Soul

HerHub prides itself on the diversity of membership within our support network, and continues to find ways not only to elevate, highlight and celebrate minority businesses but also decrease the network gap that exists among women of color businesses owners through events like this one! 

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Kickoff 2021 Program 

The City of Toledo's Human Relations Commission and the University of Toledo will be co-hosting the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, January 18th. Join us for a special virtual celebration featuring keynote speaker and author, Austin Channing Brown in celebration of Blackness and recognize the possibility of racial justice in organizations and communities. 


Circle of Supporters!

During the crisis, we pivoted and adapted to technology. In 2020, we organized a series of #419Women digital campaigns about Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Women’s Voters, featuring more than 58 local women stories that inspired others to take action. How have the challenges of 2020 altered the future of our organization? Answering that question requires that we first acknowledge some difficult truths that we have encountered during the pandemic.

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The Colors of Diversity

These women have been catalysts in the community for making change and impacting the lives they touch. We're truly proud to have these women as a part of #419Women and cherish their support. Thank you for sharing your stories, your passion, and dedication to the betterment of our community.


Black Women's Equal Pay Day

For White women, Equal Pay was March 31, 2020. For Black women, Equal Pay is today, August 13, 2020. Approximately, an additional of 135 working days. Today marks the 225th day of 2020. With the wage gap between Black women and White men, Black women have to work approximately 225 additional days to equal the salary that her White, non-Hispanic, male colleague makes in 1 year. 



Let's be better, together, by standing for an equitable society and with those fighting for justice. Use this time for listening, learning while engaging in the discourse, and doing better as individuals and as a country. With the support of our current Partners, Mentors and Leaders in the community, we established a special Responsive Advocacy Task Force to help lead, support, and assist at educating, engaging, and empowering our female community (and HeForShe) pertaining to our current political and social issues. 



Your Support Matters

Now, our Virtual Power Hour Series Session is our new ways of doing business at Women of Toledo. So far, we managed to organize 10 Power Hour series sessions every Tuesday and Thursday since March 24th. We maintained 119 participants for all sessions with average 15 attendees. We partnered with more than a dozen women speakers and experts from various field of business, human behavior, health & wellness, advocacy and mental healthcare to share their resources and knowledge with the group. More than 47% participants is new to the organization which tell us, despite social distancing our community still looking for an opportunity to connect and contribute.



COVID-19: Important Announcement from Women of Toledo. Our Leadership team has been following the news about the coronavirus very closely, so we could make an informed decision for the safety of women and youth that we serve. Since most of our program activities are either hosted at a public venue and/or require social interaction, collectively, the leadership team has decided to follow the recent Executive Order. Hence, effective immediately through April 30th, we have decided to either cancel and/or postpone the majority of our face to face program activities to a later date.

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Passion & Purpose

Knowing the difference between your passions and your purposes will help you get your life on the right track. Knowing what to put your time and energy into when it comes to your purpose will make having your passions all the more fun and focused. There’s always balance to life, and balance between passion and purpose makes life worthwhile. At Women of Toledo, sharing our time and talents as leaders is our passion, with a purpose to elevate the quality of lives for our community members.

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Resource Day

Hosted by Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), Women of Toledo join other partners at the Small Business Resource Day (SBRD) this Tuesday, October 29 from 4pm to 8pm! In addition, our Mentors on the Move will also be on-site to meet our Mentees and any other attendees for quick one-on-one Mentoring on the Moments (M.o.M) sessions.

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Talking Circle

Our Women’s Connection program of InterConnections, serves women, youth and families that identify elements of intersection which includes Interracial, Interfaith and Intercultural in their lives.



We are your Mentors, friends, peer-support and local network that join the movement of local women supporting women. 

Real Advice from Real Women in Real Time! 



Speed Mentoring

On 05.28.19, we wrapped-up our monthly Speed Mentoring program for the season and we wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all 83 of our Mentors for sharing their time and talents mentoring our 132 Mentees. 

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First Energy Toledo Edison 

On behalf of our Advisory Board, Community Partners, Supporters, Volunteers and Young Women & Women at Women of Toledo, we would like to thank you for being part of First Energy-Toledo Edison, Women's Leadership April - Lunch & Learn. Thank you for this opportunity for us to share our stories at Women of Toledo, the organization and ways that we impacted our community.


Thank You - So Sweet


What is Macaron Day? Inspired by the annual Jour du Macaron in Paris, in which free macarons are given out and proceeds are given to charity. The patrons of So Sweet will receive one free macaron in exchange for making a donation to Women of Toledo:  'NO WOMEN LEFT BEHIND' Initiatives Fund.


From Nina & Michelle's Desk

VOL.92 ED.December18-24

Women of Toledo believes we must acknowledge the progress we’ve made, recognizes what we’ve yet to accomplish, and to find purpose to keep moving forward by empowering ourselves and others. 


Special Edition: 2018 Intercultural Gala and Fashion Show

14 countries were represented in the intercultural fashion show, demonstrated by 40 models of local women, men and children.  There were also performances by the Aegela Centers for Middle Eastern Dance, the Uni of Toledo’s Indian-Bollywood dance group, the Tiffin Uni. and a local Caribbean dance group. 


PILOT: HerHub is LIVE!

VOL.81 ED.October18-1

After two years, we have finally launched HerHub website!  Under Women of Toledo new initiatives with a focus on community building, HerHub will provides the greater Toledo community with listing of women-centered events, resources and organizations. HerHub mission is that women in the 419 can create stronger communities with HER in it.


TOLEDO for CEDAW City Designation

VOL.75 ED.August15-03

Steering Committee were established under Dr. Ardenia Jones Terry and Diane Reamer-Evans, Zonta Club Advocacy Committee. Our team, Nina Corder and Mickey Radtkin were invited to serve the Steering Committees with a purpose to review the recommended steps for Toledo becoming a CEDAW CITY.




Nina Corder's LOVE LETTERS TO TOLEDO. Sharing her immigrant heritage & women's community with blog Love Letters to Toledo. 

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No Women Left Behind

VOL. May18-03

No Women Left Behind Initiative offers any women, young women & Disconnected Youth with financial hardship within our Women's Connection Program to attend a Professional Educational Development series and Coaching services for FREE! In 2017, 93% of our participants had access to all of our programs and services for FREE!  


Fall in love with our CAUSE of advocating for Diversity & Inclusion! 

VOL. Feb18-05

Our LOVE story....the first WOT diversity strategy initiatives began in March 2013, where a group of eighteen women with active roles as community leaders in Greater Toledo met for a focus group discussion surrounding diversity in networking organizations. The objective of this initiative was to understand how to build a connecting hub for a diverse group of women.  


Special Edition: Post-Session
HeForShe Forum

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Partners, and Supporters of Women of Toledo, we would like to thank you for attending and supporting our 2022 HeForShe Forum organized by our organization and our Young Women of Toledo/Girls Hub group. A total of 67 individuals attended the gathering and participated in this year's forum. Thank you to Shyam Suchak, our 2022 Chairperson of HeForShe for Emcee and supporting our team in organizing this with us.

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Kick-Off Fall with the Annual Women's Equality Day

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Partners, and Supporters of Women of Toledo, we would like to thank you for attending and supporting our 2022 Northwest Ohio Women's Equality Day. A total of 201 people attended the gathering and participated in the table discussions. By doing so, we experience and engage with each other in a dialogue that increases our collective awareness of what is happening in women’s lives, STAY FURIOUS to BUILD POWER, while discussing solutions and strategies we can create to enhance women’s rights in the United States.


Kickoff: Girls Hub

Our Builders and Apprentices not only learn how to use the power tools and build their own chairs but they were also exposed themselves to the STEAM field. They got connected and met Mentors from Constructions, Engineering, and local Artists while learning about representation, power, and social change. We have exciting news! We are collaborating with Imagination Station. All the chairs will be on display at the Imagination Station starting in July. 

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April has been full of Community and Connection!

Toledo - we join the movement of the Fearless Builder Girls everywhere. We introduce you to YWOT 'Girls Hub' which offered a dedicated workspace in design and construction, through classes in carpentry, architecture, and civic art for young women ages 12 to 18. Girls Hub is supported by our mentor’s circle and women leaders from local STEM groups, Women in Constructions, Manufacturing, Engineering, Arts, and women’s Architects. 


CEDAW Ordinance

We are the City of CEDAW.  City Council will vote and sign CEDAW, also known as the Bill of Rights for Women (globally). REF: O-095-22 Enacting a new Toledo Municipal Code Chapter 183, Local Implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (“CEDAW”). 

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Int Women's Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Toledo (WOT) is hosting a luncheon on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Toledo Museum of Arts, Glass Pavilion. The International Women’s Day Luncheon will feature a panel speaker, #BreakTheBias, with four women from different parts of the globe as immigrants, first-generation and global travelers, who now call Toledo home. 

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Kickoff 2022 in a unique way

Check out the highlights of the year 2021 Impact by the number for Women of Toledo. We have exciting news to share! Our Program Team- Nina Corder and Kristina ElSayed are now GrowthWheel® Certified Business Advisor.  GrowthWheel® is a visual toolbox and cloud-based platform used by business advisors to help client companies make decisions and take action with a 360° view.


National Mentorship

Women of Toledo are joining forces with PINKK NOW, Chicago to cast a wide net of experience, mentorship, and networking with mentors and women’s leaders across the country. Speed mentoring is a fast-paced evening of meeting up with multiple mentors and having the opportunity to inquire about your questions with amazing leadership!


Speed Networking

More than 45 members of women-owned businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs attended this session. We are also delighted City of Toledo's Economic Development Commissioner, Sandy Spang, joined us and shared 3-tips to help businesses scale up to the next levels during her opening remarks. 


Solheim Cup

The best women's golfers from the United States and Europe will compete in Toledo at Inverness Club over Labor Day weekend. We are less than 32 days away from the biggest international sporting event in the United States--right here in Toledo! 


Asian Heritage Month 

We are kicking off May with an awareness advocacy campaign for the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPI/AHM). In the United States, the month of May each year is celebrated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 


Runner-Up Nonprofit.

With gratitude, we thank you Toledo community and loyal readers of the Toledo City Paper for the nomination and our winning as the Runner-Up of 2020 Best of Toledo for community categories under the charity/nonprofit.  We look forward to staying vigilant in our efforts to continue educating, engaging, and empowering our women and youth in our community. 

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Keep MovingForward!

In the month of January, our organization successfully served 53 community members through our weekly program and one-on-one sessions.


We are simply grateful to start 2021 strong, able to continue providing opportunities and visibility for our female community to lean in for support, to connect with other women, and build resources via zoom.

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Let's Give Thanks!

Changing our calendars from 2020 to 2021 will not magically make the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges disappear, but it will end eventually. Success might look different for our organization in 2020, but our heart is filled with hope and gratitude.  We are so grateful for all the sacrifices that you have made this year to support and serve others.

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My Rights, My Vote


We served 927 participants and offered more than 45 various programs and services. Looking at crises as opportunities, we continued serving and connecting in a way that’s effective for our community - We learned to meet them where they're at,  what and when they need it. 

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Hispanic Heritage Month

We are kicking off September by celebrating the diversity of our community! Welcoming Week 2020 takes place on September 12-20. And Hispanic Heritage Month takes place on September 15- October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the U.S. for more than 40 years. Hispanics across the country celebrate this month with pride while commemorating the importance of diversity. The Hispanic month is important to preserve our culture and heritage because it keeps our integrity as people.  Traditions are passed from generation to generation, values and family are the roots of Hispanic culture.

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Lesson Learned!

Network Gap is not new, and certainly not for our community. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified this gap, disproportionately impacting female communities that were already facing barriers in the workplace and marketplace. This means that networking will become even more important as people look for new jobs, and opportunities to grow their business.


Moving Forward

Now, do you Know? At Women of Toledo, we strategically align all our  programs and services to also implement integrated solutions that respond to complex development challenges and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are 17 interrelated goals that represent an ambitious agenda to achieve a sustainable future by 2030. WOT has a role to play in all of them, with a focus on the seven highlighted here.   


COVID-19: Gratitude

23 Days... It has been 23 days since schools were closed due to this ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Then, on March 22, we received the announcement that Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order effective March 23. We are on Day-15. And recently, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio's Stay at Home order has been extended until May 1, 2020.  That's additional 25 days, totaling 40 days. Will that be it? We are pushing forward and continuing to serve our female community members to keep moving forward and empowered during COVID-19.

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Passion & Purpose

In February, we celebrated Black History Month. It is a celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognition. We expanded our list beyond the historians and included our own local #419Women. For us, Black History Month is not only a celebration of history and the past, but also celebrates the present and the future. We believe that we must nurture and support the goal of learning from the past and reflecting on the present to create a more equitable future. This is black history in the making.


Our new initiative

Introducing our latest initiative, HerHub - an online platform that provides the greater Toledo community with women-centered events, local women-owned businesses, women’s groups and organizations. WOT as the conveyer, our goal is to reduce duplication and schedule conflicts among women's activities to enhance partnerships, activity attendance and funding. We are looking to strengthen local companies by connecting female employees to the right networking and professional development opportunities, as well as promote and support female-owned businesses.



"The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes" -Emma Watson's speech during the launch of the HeForShe UN Women's campaign in New York City, 2014


Hello Fall!

 Say Goodbye to Summer...and say Hello to Fall. 🍁🍂 From the beginning, our team enjoys researching, listening, reflecting and developing program activities that are high in impact for social progress and the opportunity to improve the quality of life for our community members, especially our female members.

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🤩4th of July🎆🎆

"I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free" - Rosa Parks

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May 419News

In April, we impacted our community  by organizing multiple women's gathering activities, while continuing to serve our women & youth in need of coaching, mentoring and peer-supporting through our Women's Connection Program.


United for the Earth

The United for the Earth, a community event organized by Women of Toledo, the BGSU Environmental Communication Initiative, the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT), and Project H.O.P.E. Equine Assisted Therapy, aims to enhance and extend environmental education and practice in Northwest Ohio, and promote cultural inclusivity and diversity as it intersects with environmental sustainability.



The 2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit in conjunction with Equal Pay on Saturday, April 6th at the Park Inn in Downtown Toledo. We are proud to announce this year's theme - Power for Progress!


Power for Progress will feature sessions that will nurture and support the goal of learning from the past, and reflecting on the present to create a more equitable future. Additionally, the summit will create awareness about and encourage support for the Equal Pay movement.

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Giving Tuesday: Many Thanks

VOL.89 ED.November18-5

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 to fund-raise and raise awareness the day after Cyber Monday. We are so grateful for your donations and help in building awareness about Women of Toledo and our mission!

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BNI: Community Service Award

VOL.87 ED.November18-3


Congratulations to our fearless Founding Member and Managing Director, Nina Corder! In Honor of Jim Knott, Nina was named this year's 2017-2018 Community Service Award  recipient at the BNI of Northwest Ohio 2018 Networking Night of Excellence.


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Welcoming Week: Sept 14-23

VOL.80 ED.September18-8

Partnering with Welcome Toledo- Lucas County, Women of Toledo is hosting a community picnic to recognize immigrant contributions to our communities.  Our goal for this community picnic is to bring together immigrants, refugees, expatriates and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across the community and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans.


M.o.M Speed Mentoring

VOL.73 ED.Aug18-01

We are grateful to the Toledo Community Foundation Board of Trustees, staffs members and Community Funds for awarding us the grant to kick-off Discovery M.o.M Speed Mentoring sessions period August 2018-June 2019. 


Memorial Day Edition


Our Summer Educational Initiatives program, Ramadan Exploration: Iftar Dinner Gathering, focuses on the breaking of the fast during the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan. Our program will provide educational opportunities, promoting a greater understanding of the Islamic faith. 


Our Story is on WGTE Public Media Radio Podcast with Haley Taylor, The Rough Draft Diaries.

Thank you to our Community Partner, Zobaida Falah with Cure Bar for the nomination to share our story and commitment at educating, empowering and engaging a diverse group of local women within Greater Toledo. 


National Philanthropy Day

VOL. Oct17-08

Congratulations to our Young Women of Toledo's Chairperson, Afreen Alvi for her accomplishments as one of 2018 NPD awardees. She will be recognized at the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day® celebration on November 9, 2017.


Hello Fall!🍁

We closed out our program and services for quarter 3 with another record-breaking number. And we successfully recruited and kickoff our Fall Mentoring program with almost 20 mentors who actively serve a diverse group of mentees, entrepreneurs, and youth in our community.


Our team also actively engaged in community outreach with partners and companies in efforts to collaborate or create awareness on issues impacting our local immigrants, Youth & STEM, and gender equity.


Kick-Off Fall with the Annual Women's Equality Day

Presented by the Huntington Bank, Women of Toledo, and UToledo Eberly Center for Women to organize the 4th annual Northwest Ohio Women’s Equality Day celebration with a community dialogue on the theme: Stay Furious, Build Power.

Now is the time to harness our fury into building power with other women and allies so that we can create solutions that work for us and reclaim our rights.

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Thank You!

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Partners, and Supporters of Women of Toledo, we would like to thank you for attending and supporting our 2022 Art, Food & Fashion Appreciating Immigrants and Refugees (AFFAIRS) in conjunction with Immigrant Heritage Month. More than 150 people attended the celebration, and by doing so, are empowered on why it is important to preserve our cultural diversity and heritage.

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April has been full of Community and Connection!

As you know, Women of Toledo was built on bringing all groups of women together to ensure that they has access to the tools that they needed to build the lives that they dreamed of - no matter where they came from or how they ended up in Greater Toledo. We are so happy to be able to see each other in person again while still organize many of our talking circles virtually. Have you gotten involved yet? 


Kickoff 2022 in a unique way

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Partners, and Supporters of Women of Toledo, we would like to thank you for attending and supporting our 2022 International Women's Day (IWD) as we kick off W