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HerStory: Empowering Women and Serving the Community: The Inspiring Journey of Lisa A. Sobecki


Empowering Women and Serving the Community: The Inspiring Journey of Lisa A. Sobecki

In the bustling landscape of Toledo, Ohio, one name stands out as a beacon of public service and advocacy: Lisa A. Sobecki. Hailing originally from Republic, Missouri, Lisa has woven herself into the fabric of Toledo over the years, leaving an indelible mark through her dedicated service.


Lisa's journey into public service began with a groundbreaking role in the U.S. Navy, where she served as the first female fire safety instructor sailor. Stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and later in Charleston, South Carolina, Lisa's early experiences instilled in her a sense of duty and commitment to serving others.


Transitioning from military service, Lisa embarked on a remarkable tenure as a member of the Toledo Public Schools board. Over eight years, she demonstrated exceptional leadership as the board president, overseeing ambitious initiatives such as the construction of new schools and the revitalization of century-old educational institutions. Lisa's strategic vision, coupled with her ability to navigate complex challenges, propelled Toledo's education system forward.


In 2018, Lisa ventured into state politics, winning a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. During her four-year term, she championed a diverse range of initiatives aimed at bolstering economic development, enhancing educational opportunities, and advocating for marginalized communities. Lisa's legislative accomplishments, including bills addressing workforce development and fair school funding, underscore her unwavering commitment to fostering a brighter future for Ohioans.


Beyond her professional endeavors, Lisa's personal journey has shaped her advocacy for women's rights. As a survivor of rape and domestic violence, she draws upon her own experiences to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced. Through legislative efforts such as the Safe Homes Act, Lisa seeks to provide vital support and resources to survivors of violent crimes, empowering them to reclaim their autonomy and rebuild their lives.


In her role as a Lucas County Commissioner, she continues to embody the values of empathy, resilience, and community engagement. Her steadfast dedication to uplifting women and marginalized communities exemplifies the transformative power of compassionate leadership.


Reflecting on her journey, Lisa offers sage advice to aspiring women leaders: "Do not take no for an answer, build coalitions of friendships and relationships, and work on collaborating to get whatever you are working on done." Her mantra resonates with the ethos of empowerment and solidarity that defines organizations like Women of Toledo.

Women of Toledo serves as a testament to the power of collective action and mutual support. By fostering a space for women to advocate, mentor, and uplift one another, the organization embodies the spirit of empowerment and solidarity that is essential for driving positive change in our communities.


As Lisa aptly puts it, "Meet people where they are, not where you think they should be or may want them to be." Her words encapsulate the essence of compassionate leadership and serve as a guiding principle for building inclusive and equitable communities.

In celebrating the remarkable journey of Lisa A. Sobecki, we are reminded of the transformative impact that dedicated individuals can have on shaping a better future for all. Through her unwavering advocacy and commitment to service, Lisa continues to inspire and empower countless individuals, leaving an enduring legacy of hope, resilience, and compassion.

"WOT gives us women a platform to

voice the many voices in our hearts. WOT is an outstanding example of

collaborative leadership of women for women."



Thank you Lisa for sharing your story via our #HerStory campaign and blog!


Looking to meet amazing women in the community? We know running for public office can feel like a daunting task. Especially as a woman, where female representation in government spaces is underrepresented.


Join the Toledo Lucas County Public Library for its next "Your Voice, Your Run" event, aptly titled "Her Voice, Her Run" for Women's History Month. At this networking event, individuals interested in running for public office, at any level, can interact with other women-elected leaders and gain further insight and advice on making a run for office. Her Voice, Her Run is March 21st, 5:30-7:30 P.M. in the Main Library Meeting Room #1.




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