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Young Women of Toledo 

August 8, 2019

Young ladies ages 15 to 26, you're invited to the Young Woman of Toledo Summer Picnic! Young Women of Toledo (YWOT) is an opportunity for diverse young females ages 15 to 26 to share, discuss and debate constructively to help build empowerment. The group strives to emulate our three pillars to Educate, Engage and Empower through diversity & inclusion while advocating for women’s economic empowerment. 

Are you interested to learn about Young Women of Toledo (YWOT) or would you like to join our 2019/2020 Young Women of Toledo Cohorts group?



In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet our YWOT Facilitator/Mediator, Coach and Mentor team. 

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The Big Idea: 2019

January 17, 2019

Articles by Jeff McGinnis, Jason Webber, Sonny Forrest, and Athena Cocoves.

Progress starts with an idea, but not every idea gives rise to a movement. Passion, hard work, compassion and courage transform an idea into something more. While we are all capable of crossing the line between “concept” and “change,” not all of us take the extra step to allow our ideas to reach their full impact. As the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said, “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.”

Meet eleven Toledoans who have done something about their ideas and put into motion something bigger than themselves.


Women of Toledo celebrated our diverse cultures at the 3rd Intercultural Gala and Fashion Show.

October 29, 2018

 Women of Toledo had its 3rd Intercultural Gala and Fashion Show on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at The Pinnacle in Maumee, Ohio.  The Intercultural Gala was a fundraiser for the Women of Toledo to provide cross-cultural education and interaction, which leads to global understanding, innovation and a more inclusive community. 

National Welcoming Week Highlights Toledo’s Diversity

September 12, 2018

Just over 4 percent of Ohioans were born in another country, with 3.7 percent of Lucas County’s population representing foreign-born residents. While well below the U.S. share of 13.2 percent, the greater Toledo area demonstrates a growing population of immigrants.

In Bowling Green, the share of foreign-born residents represents 5 percent. In Perrysburg, 4.7 percent. In Sylvania, 4.2 percent. And in Toledo— the percent of foreign-born Toledoans grew from 2.8 percent to 3.7 percent between 2000 and 2014.

To our new neighbors, we say: “أهلا وسهلا,” “bienvenido,” “欢迎,” and “welcome.”


2019International Women's Day Luncheon on the Daily Downtown

March 25, 2019

Women of Toledo held a Women Economic Empowerment Power Hour Luncheon on International Women's Day and the Daily Downtown was there to capture an inspirational message.


Women of Toledo, Healthy Lucas County hold Community Conversation.

 December 17, 2018

TOLEDO (WTOL Morning Show) -Selena Coley from Healthy Lucas County and Reena Dar from Women of Toledo invite you to a Community Conversation to discuss how to make Toledo successful.


Fashion show provides fabric for cultural understanding


October 21, 2018

Expect a global perspective at the Pinnacle on Tuesday, where models will strut down a runway in the traditional garb of India, Pakistan, China, Colombia, Russia, Egypt, Liberia, and more.

But global is also local, as the models themselves will attest: They’re local women, each of whom will walk in the structured styles or loose-flowing fabrics that reflect their own heritage.

“We’re showcasing all the diversity within our own community,” said Reena Dar, who co-chairs the event with Hyfah Hilou.


13abc: International Women's Day

March 8, 2019

TOLEDO, OH (13 Action News) Women of Toledo hosted a special luncheon to celebrate International Women's Day.

13abc's Kristian Brown was honored to serve as the moderator of a panel discussion about gender balance in the workplace.

The theme was Balance for Better.


Passion for fashion means green for worthy causes

October 28, 2018

Article by Barbara Hendel with The Blade.


TOLEDO - WHAT’S Your Heritage? Fourteen countries were represented during The Women of Toledo’s 3rd Annual Intercultural Gala and Fashion Show at The Pinnacle in Maumee. The event showcased the great diversity that Toledo has in the way of ethnic food, fashion, and friendships.


Local models wore traditional attire from all over the world. Emcee Katie Maskey, the former Mrs. Ohio 2015 and the newly titled National Mrs. Captivating 2019, kept the evening moving.


Among the 175 attendees, many in their own ethnic garb, were event chairmen Reena Dar and Hyfah Hilou. International foods included La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Zoup!, Middle East Market, The Pinnacle, The Displaced Chef, Sidon Lebanese Grille and Bakery, Take the Cake Bakery & Cake Design Shop, Sahara Restaurant, and Yala Kol.


Women of Toledo Welcoming Week Community Picnic

September 23, 2018

Toledo, Ohio – Welcoming Week 2018 is September 14-23, and Women of Toledo, in partnership with Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC), is hosting a community picnic to recognize immigrant contributions to our communities. Building on our desire to learn from and about our community members, and incorporating our belief that diversity is more than skin deep; 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. 

Women Celebrate Women during Women's History Month

March 15, 2018

March is Women's History Month. Women of Inclusive Inc : Women of Toledo are celebrating with various events.

Women of Toledo celebrate International Women's Day

March 9, 2018

TOLEDO (WTVG) - In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Toledo and the Toledo Branch of the American Association of University Women held a Women Economic Empowerment Power Hour Luncheon.

Panelists call for gender parity at International Women's Day luncheon

March 8, 2018

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo) delivers her opening remarks during the Women Economic Empowerment Power Hour luncheon Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Oliver House in Toledo.

Women in Hijab Panel Forum for Immediate Release

January 25, 2018

In celebration of World Hijab Day, Women of Toledo, WoT, will hold a Panel Forum, Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 5:00 -7:30 p.m. at the West Toledo Public Library, Sylvania Ave., Toledo.

February 1, 2018

Toledo area women leaders shared their thoughts on leadership and “Feminine Genius” at Notre Dame Academy as part of the student-led symposium “Embracing Our Feminine Genius”!

Perrysburg teen to receive philanthropy award

November 6, 2017

Posted By: David Dupont 

From Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northwest Ohio Chapter. As a young woman herself, 22-year-old Afreen Alvi is working to help other young women find their leadership gifts through the Women of Toledo organization.

Women of Toledo Celebrate Toledo’s Women and their Diverse Cultures

October 19, 2016

Corder said, “I believe it is our responsibility to guide the youth in our community and share our wisdom. I believe women chose to participate in a group because of the significance of similarity to coexist, to feel belonging, to be mentor and a mentee to others. Our leaders at Women of Toledo enjoy challenging the status -quo and creating program that are specifically designed to be inclusive, diverse and inviting to everyone. And our hope as an organization for this strategy effort to be part of our legacy.”

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UN Women Empower Women Announces the 2016-2017 Champions for Change

December 10, 2016

UN Women's Empower Women is pleased to nominate the 2016-2017 Champions for Change, representing a diverse group of dynamic and enthusiastic women and men from the private sector, civil society, academia and national and international organizations from both developing and developed countries. 

The nomination of the 170 Champions is the result of a month long online rally with almost 4,000 applicants from all over the world. 

Equal Pay Day observed in Toledo

April 15, 2015

Judge Lisa D. McGowan of Lucas County Domestic Relations Court, center left, and Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson talk with Nina Corder, co-founder of Women of Toledo and educational chair for the American Association of University Women, during the local observance of Equal Pay Day at the Secor Building downtown.

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