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Celebrating diversity at Toledo’s first Asian Heritage Festival.
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - May 23, 2021. TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - After a wave of crimes against Asian-Americans over the last year, Toledoans are coming together to condemn hatred and celebrate Asian culture. Toledo’s first Asian Heritage Festival was a sold-out success on Saturday at Bombay Kitchen on Monroe.
Women of Toledo to organize Art, Food & Fun Festival in conjunction with Asian Heritage Month.
TOLEDO, Ohio- May 13, 2021. Sojourner's Truth On Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 1 pm to 6:30 pm, Women of Toledo, with the support of the HerHub Business Network, will be presenting an IN-PERSON festival: ‘Art, Food & Fun’: A showcase of various local Asian-owned businesses and restaurants in celebration of Asian Heritage Month (AHM).
Founder/Managing Director, Nina Corder named 2021 Jefferson Award winner.
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - April 8, 2021. Nina Corder, the founder and managing director of the nonprofit Woman of Toledo, has been named the 2021 Jefferson Award winner in Toledo. The award is presented by 13abc, The Blade, and Buckeye Broadband. Corder was among four finalists. She will represent the region in Washington D.C. later this year, with a chance to become a national winner. The Jefferson Awards honors individuals for outstanding public service.
Nonprofit aims for empowerment by highlighting Hispanic women in Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio — A Toledo non-profit is highlighting local Hispanic women leaders in our community.
It's an initiative during Hispanic Heritage month that aims to build a network of mentors.
"Our culture is more than just tacos and margaritas," said Guisselle Mendoza McDonald the director of Operations for the Lucas County Treasurer. "It's about music and wardrobe and food of course."
Women of Toledo Announces HerHub
Women of Toledo (WoT) is excited to announce our latest program initiative, HerHub!!! HerHub is an online hub that provides information and streamlines access to women-owned local businesses and nonprofits. This is the first of its kind in Toledo, OH. In response to the pandemic and social injustices, HerHub is committed to serving and supporting Toledo's diverse female business owners and community leaders via our online resources, online networking events, and social media marketing for local women-owned businesses in order for them to sustain during these uncertain times. Press Release here.
The Toledo Blade, July 31, 2020 : HerHub program boosts women-owned businesses
The Toledo City Paper, August 25, 2020: HerHub spotlights Toledo Businesses owned by Women
WTOL 11: Women of Toledo hosting virtual power hour sessions
The women of Toledo are hosting a weekly power hour series to support and uplift women in our community during these times of uncertainty. Jenna Lento talked details with WOT Managing Director Nina Corder. Subscribe to WTOL11: https://bit.ly/32odAkM
Toledo City Paper: 5 Virtual Events in Toledo
5 Virtual Events in Toledo: The Week of April
By Athena Cocoves
Need something to do? Toledoans are finding new ways to connect from a distance. Women of Toledo, a group of area women community leaders and advocates, host a variety of Virtual Power Hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. In April, the series focuses on creativity. On April 14, join Zarinah El-Amin Naeem for a discussion about the new Netflix series called Self Made. On April 16, join Sierra Ortiz for a session about connecting with your family. You must RSVP to attend a session. For more information, as well as additional sessions and dates, visit womenoftoledo.org.
The University of Toledo, Eberly Center for Woman launched #ECWePersist Campaign
The UToledo women are resilient and we are honored to highlight their stories through the Nevertheless She Persisted campaign!
Thank you, The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women team for this great #ECWePersist campaign! Nevertheless, our Founder & Managing Director, Nina Corder is persistent when it comes to advocating on issues that critical to women’s economic advancement and interrupt various biases!
Local women impacting the community getting honored for being 'rad'
A group of local women will be honored as part of '419 Women are Rad' night at an upcoming Walleye game. These women don't ask for any recognition, but deserve it.
"Women who are empowered do empower other people. I figured 'women is rad' is something about strong women that are doing amazing stuff," said nominee and Women of Toledo Founder, Nina Corder.
Nina Corder is one of the six women being honored as women who are rad in the 419.
International Women's Day celebration
International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,has been observed since 1911.The Toledo Opera Guild, working in partnership with Women of Toledo and several other organizations, celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Pinnacle in Maumee.
The gathering will also showcase educational booths, activities for young women, entertainment, and generational photos. Demonstrating that an equal world is an enabled world, lead by individual actions, challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions and celebrating the achievements of women.
The 2020 theme #EachforEqual – Celebrating Ordinary Women doing Extraordinary Things brings together NW Ohio organizations honoring generations of women who have worked toward equality.
Speed date for a mentor with the Women of Toledo organization
The monthly events are designed like a speed dating with tables set for two. But instead of seeking romance, women are seeking mentor-mentee relationships.
Life is full of endless possibilities, but one thing is for certain; change is inevitable.
And while there are some people who have mastered to embrace change, others may need help grasping it.
That's why the Women of Toledo organization kicked off their monthly Mentors of (M.O.M.) event, where the two types of people can meet and learn from each other.
Young Women of Toledo
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.
The Big Idea: 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.
Passion for fashion means green for worthy causes
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 celebrated our diverse cultures at the 3rd Intercultural Gala and Fashion Show.
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.
Fashion show provides fabric for cultural understanding
By Nicki Gorny | BLADE STAFF WRITER
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.
Women of Toledo Welcoming Week Community Picnic
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.
National Welcoming Week Highlights Toledo’s Diversity
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.”
Women of Toledo Celebrate Toledo’s Women and their Diverse Cultures
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.”
UN Women Empower Women Announces the 2016-2017 Champions for Change
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
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.