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Mentorship Circle


Our mentorship program provides mentoring and guidance for any female of all ages. The goal for our Mentors and Mentees to fully capitalize on the opportunity and ability to connect, communicate and collaborate with more women and leaders in our community. Our Mentors is committed to meet our Mentees (YOU) at our monthly Mentoring on the Moments (M.o.M) sessions, 6pm to 8pm and a one-on-one meeting each quarter.

Fall 2019 M.o.M dates: August 27 | September 24 | October 29 | November 26

Spring 2020 M.o.M dates: January 23 | February 27 | March 26 | April 23 | May 2

If you'd like to become a mentor please, contact Nina Corder at

Our Philosophy


  • We value diversity of age, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, experience, class, size and more- and to find ways to drive this through every element.

  • We have created spaces where women of many generations can interact and support one another.

  • We support participatory of exchange knowledge, experiences, and skill to foster unique opportunities for innovation, learning, and accountability.

  • We nurture the goal of learning from the past and reflecting on the present to create a more just and equitable future.

  • We also value vulnerability. We have real conversations about where we are and what we need to succeed- and are comfortable with change.

  • We want to create a new reality where women all ages can make progress from a real advice from real women!

  • We capitalize on the opportunity and the ability to connect, communicate and collaborate with more women in our community.

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

Meet our Mentors Team!


Angela Lucas

Made with Purpose Co.


Angela Lucas

Angela Lucas is a personal branding strategist who teaches women how to find the reason they exist so they can live the life they crave. A native of Toledo, OH, Angela helps women find their purpose and exchange their jobs for dreams.

As the former executive assistant to the Mayor of the City of Toledo, former co-manager of the City of Toledo Human Relations Commission, former director on the Cherry Street Mission board of directors and the University of Toledo’s Eberly Center community board, Angela is a 2018 20 Under 40 winner, and a speaker on topics of personal purpose, leadership, and branding. She has spoken for the Women Who Lead conference as well as the Northwest Ohio Health Information Management Association annual symposium, among many others.

She and her husband live in Toledo, Ohio and have 3 children.

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City of Toledo 

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Carrie Hartman

Carrie Hartman is a political strategist and women’s rights advocate.  She has been working on political campaigns for over ten years.   Carrie works hard to empower more women to become involved in politics and run for office.  She co-hosts a podcast called “We’ve Got Issues, Girl” to help women better understand the issues that matter most to them, because when it comes to politics, women’s issues don’t have to be limited to reproduction and childcare.  After graduating from Iowa State University, she worked for a number of women’s organizations including Planned Parenthood.  She earned a law degree from the University of Toledo and currently works as a Project Manager for the City of Toledo.

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Lehner Carroll Shope Capital Management

Investment Advisor

Michelle Pommeranz

Michelle Pommeranz, CFP®, is a Financial Advisor at Lehner Carroll Shope Capital Management. She brings over 19 years of experience in comprehensive financial plans and investment portfolio management to work towards meeting all investment goals. Michelle is a proud Toledo native. After graduating from the University of Toledo in 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, minor in Accounting, she accepted a Financial Advisor position at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Michelle is series 7 and 66 registered and is also Life, Accident, Health and Annuity Insurance Licensed. Michelle also obtained a Certification in Financial Planning from Bowling Green State University Michelle has enjoyed a successful career as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ since 2005. Michelle currently resides in Monclova with her husband Martin, their son Madden, and their happy lab Marx. Michelle has been involved in many charitable and social organizations and volunteers her time with the Make A Wish Foundation and St. John's Lutheran Church. Michelle is involved with the Maumee and Perrysburg Chamber of Commerce, Women of Toledo, and Women's Entrepreneurial Network (WEN).


Health & Wellness

Karen Kiemnec

Karen has 18 years in the field of historic preservation assisting others in restoring private and public historic structures, speaking to various groups & governments agencies on the benefits of historic, and helping communities to form local non-profit groups. For the last 11 years, Karen has worked in the field of Health & Wellness to assist women in releasing old, unhealthy beliefs and emotional issues to allow them to live life fully.

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Women in Finance

Stephanie Georgakopolous

Stephanie Georgakopoulos has been with Primerica Financial Services since 2013. Her mission is to empower women to become properly protected and financially secure, thus facilitating each woman to create her best life and fulfill her unique purpose. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Indianapolis and her master’s degree in Finance from Strayer University. When not working, Stephanie enjoys spoiling her fur baby, a Pomeranian named Achilles; being an active Women’s Business Empowerment Connection member; and learning French.


Human Trafficking Coalition

Community Service 

Dr. Brenda Holsey

Brenda Holsey, owner of Shear Innovations beauty and wellness clinic, serving the Toledo community for over 33 years. Main objective is to promote success as a positive role model by sharing her knowledge and skills while continually upgrading education and exposure to up-and-coming salon professionals.

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Cake in a Cup

Lori Jacobs

Lori Jacobs is one of the founders and owners of Cake in a Cup, a cupcake shop with two locations in Toledo. In 2011, Lori and her business partner were featured on the Food Network show Cupcake Wars, winning the top prize in the episode that featured Tim Burton inspired creations. Jacobs is a self-taught baker and loves coming up with new flavor combinations. With her daughter grown and having a child of her own now, Lori has now entered a new chapter in her life and loves to take this time to share her story and experiences to help other women grow in their personal and business life.

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Toledo Opera Guild


Pat Nowak

Pat Nowak have mentored women for over 30 years. She believes that every woman will soar with the assistance of someone who has been there before. To this day, Pat still remember how her first mentor have shaped her life and made her very successful. Pat’s mission in life is to engage and empower women to succeed. Pat’s areas of expertise include Marketing, Public Relations and Events Management. She is the current President of the Toledo Opera Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Toledo Opera. She is also the Editor of MLiving Magazine and owner of Pat Nowak & Associates. Pat’s career has also included the Executive Director of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce of nine years and the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Seaway Food Town . Author of The ABC's of Widowhood, a practical and easy to read self-help book for those undergoing a loss from a death or divorce provides help that women need to get their emotional and financial world in balance.


Library Technology 

Economic Success 

Linda Fayerweather

Linda Fayerweather has a diverse background with an undergraduate from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA with an accounting concentration from Augusta State University (Georgia). She has spent more than half her life messin’ around with technology. Business Experience: Licensed before and after school day care center in Maryland; Business counselor to over 300 small business owners as Director of the Delaware Small Business Development Center and the University of Delaware; Tax preparer and Enrolled Agent for personal and business taxes (only do family, now); Founder Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, Toledo. In 2005 she received the Milestone award from the YWCA and in 2014, she was Maumee’s Hometown Hero. From September 2018-September 2019, Linda will be located at Heatherdowns Library on Glanzman.



Women & Discovery

Pam Weirauch 

I was a small business owner of a restaurant, Pam's Corner for 16 years and for some family reasons I had to make a transition and that has strengthened my belief that it takes a village. At any age. It made the transition into being coming a person with a boss when I used to be a boss and it's made me an even stronger person than before.


Arbonne Independent Consultant

Executive Regional Vice President


Teresa Knisely

My name is Teresa Knisely. I am a small town-farm girl who graduated with 40 kids in my class and did not go onto college. My successes have been due to commitment, whether it has been in my personal life being married 38 years or my business of 15 years. It takes commitment to keep going when you do not feel like it and want to give up whether it is for personal, spiritual or business endeavors.


Connext Nation

Debby Peters

Debby has always had high expectations for herself. And she thinks she can accomplish most anything she wants. Her business, Connext Nation (a division of TriNet360) is now in its 18th year. Previous to that she was a high producing sales person within the payroll service industry and then became the sales manager that could turn beginning sales people into champions. Her next challenge is to move the an online education delivery platform for her referral-based training. She is a contributing author to Masters of Sales and Masters of Networking. Additionally she has written a book, "Tell Me Exactly What to Say: 33 Conversations That Will Make a Huge Impact on Your Networking Life", which is in the editing phase currently.

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Cancer Connection

Nonprofit Leadership

Jean Schoen

Jean Schoen is the Founder & President of a local nonprofit corporation, Cancer Connection of NWO, Inc.  She has over 30 years of Health Care and Management experience.  She is a published author of 3 books.  She is an award-winning photographer and the owner of Jean Schoen Photography.  She is a Nonprofit Business Consultant and a public speaker.  Jean has won numerous awards for the work she does in her community including the Jefferson Award and national Women of Worth Award.  Her books are being sold nationally and internationally.

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Live 4 Change, LLC

Organizational Leadership


Dr. E Michelle Mickens

E. Michelle Mickens, DSL, is CEO of Live 4 Change, LLC, a Christian-based, global strategic leadership development consultancy that brings transformational change in the lives of leaders and their organization. Dr. Mickens uses a holistic approach to serve leaders through tools that help identify gaps in leadership development processes and create leadership and organizational development solutions. Dr. Mickens brings over 25 years of non-profit leadership and management experience. She employs various organizational change interventions, leadership development processes, and coaching methods to help transition the leader and the organization from where it currently is now to a desired outcome. Dr. Mickens is an author, minister, teacher, and speaker. She enjoys empowering women to empower themselves


Business Owner

In Bloom Flowers & Gifts


Kendra Bills

Kendra is the owner/designer at In Bloom Flowers & Gifts in Maumee, OH, and has been in business for 10 years. Never dreaming that she would own and run her own shop, she completed her Associate Degree in Applied Business. She began her career as a receptionist for a local accounting firm, but not finding fulfillment doing that, she began to work for a temporary staffing agency to see if she could find the right fit. Finally, landing a position working as assistant to the controller for a small manufacturing company, she was a receptionist, HR assistant and sometimes filled in the Purchasing and Engineering Departments as an Administrative Assistant. Many years later after starting her family, Kendra and her best friend dreamed of building a business together that combined a flower shop and gift shop. Fast forward 10 years and many learning experiences later, Kendra has built her business by unfailing family support, working hard and cultivating great working relationships with many local businesses.

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City of Toledo

Women in Public Sector

Katy Crosby

Catherine “Katy” Crosby serves as the chief of staff for the City of Toledo where she works with a team to oversee the city operations and advance Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz’s policy agenda. Prior to this role, she served as the executive director of the City of Dayton Human Relations Council reporting directly to the Mayor and City Commission.

Katy’s community involvement has earned her a number of recognition's including being named a BizWomen Power 50 by the Dayton Business Journal (DBJ) three years in a row. She was also named a 2016 DBJ 40 Under 40 and serves as a mentor to up and coming young professional women at the DBJ’s annual Mentoring Monday event. Committed to developing talent, Ms. Crosby serves as a mentor connecting young professionals to individuals that provide insight on career development.

She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BS in accounting from Wilberforce University and a MPA from Wright State University. Her daughter Eryn, is a senior at Stivers School for the Arts and plans to attend Alabama A&M in the fall to study business administration with a minor in marketing.

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Women in Music

Ramona Collins

I am a retired Personal Employment Consultant for the State of Ohio but have been an entertainer for 52 years. In 2018 I opened for Jennifer Holliday and Gladys Knight, have been voted Best of Toledo in 2015, 2016 and 2018. I currently sit on boards for the Toledo Arts Commission, Central Labor Committee for the AFL-CIOl, former president of the Toledo Jazz Society and former secretary/events chair for the Black Swamp Blues Society.


Life Coaching 

Liz Thees

Liz Thees was born in England and moved here with her family when she was 4 years old. Liz had been searching for her life purpose and discovered that her life purpose was to help women find their life purpose. She is now a Certified Life Coach that specializes in helping women of all ages find their life purpose. She has studied under Mark Nicholson, Vishen Lakhiani, Neale Donald Walsch, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols and more. Liz adds to her coaching practice; Spirituality, The Evolutionary Woman, Consciousness Engineering and the 6 Phase Meditation

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Arista Home Care

Women in Business

Paula Birney

Paula Birney, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Arista Home Care, is a Baby Boomer who relocated to Toledo in 1987 where she earned a degree in Medical Assisting. She has since been working in healthcare for over 25 years with the Toledo Clinic, ProMedica and now independently. In 2014, along with her husband, Clayton, Paula founded Arista Home Care Solutions, providing in-home care for the elderly and disabled. Offering personalized, quality care, the growing company currently serves seniors in 5 counties with a staff of over 50 caregivers and office support. Paula is also a member of the Rotary Club of Maumee, Sylvania Chamber of Commerce, Waterville Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Ohio Chapter of Medical Assistants, W.E.N, and Connext Nations. She enjoys teaching Fun & Fit classes to seniors in local facilities and is a certified Cycle and SilverSneakers instructor.



Advocate for Change

Anna Brogan-Knight

Anna Brogan-Knight is a feminist advocate for change. In addition to a professional background in marketing and relationship building, Anna has an academic background in women’s and gender studies and teaches an introductory course in that department. Having lived in (or near) Toledo for most of her life, Anna is an enthusiastic supporter of local businesses and the art scene. The Toledo Museum of Art, the Original Sub Shop, the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium and Side Cut Metroparks are her favorite places. Anna lives in Maumee with her husband, daughter and dog, who is treated like a child.

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Genoa Bank 

Relationship Banker 

Michelle Quiltter

Early on in my career, I discovered that the best way to get to know a person is to ask the appropriate questions, at the appropriate time and then take additional time to actively listen to how those questions are being answered.  The more time taken to get to know a person in the beginning of your relationship, the more you will be looked at as a trustworthy person when it is time to ask for the business.  I am the number one referral source for my company.  It is because I have an extensive knowledge of our business and its products, how they work and I understand in what way our products and or services can benefit the customer.  I have spent my entire career either teaching this concept to staff members or actively using this concept myself to secure and retain business for my employer. 

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