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Prior to COVID-19, one out of five individuals have suffered from loneliness.  This number has increased dramatically during this time (Time Magazine- Anxiety Edition 2020 ). One of the cures for loneliness is finding a ritual that is intentional and repeated for individuals to be seen, heard, and valued. One way to do that is to join interactive connection activities to connect and communicate.


We believe, we are the anchor of connection for our female community to continue to be seen, heard, and valued during this uncertainty. Now, our Virtual Power Hour Series Session is our new way of doing business at Women of Toledo. So, find your peer network group, the topic of interest, and join us online.

Power Hour:
Skills, Well-Being & Resources


Power Hour Series that enhances professional and personal development while engaging participants in women’s issues, diversity & inclusion, and leadership to advance the rights of women in our community. Various series sessions are intended to help improve empowerment and elevate women's economic advancement in the workplace, marketplace, and community.


Pivoting during COVID-19: Despite this setback, we are still committed to serving our community, especially our female community members, so that our community can continue to thrive in any aspect of their professional and personal lives.  In response to the current situation, we’ve implemented our continuity plan to engage our female community.  We are proud to launch a new virtual learning and connecting space session of the Virtual Power Hour Series. 


We want our female community to continue to lean in with our organization for support, connection with other women, and access to new skills and resources. This online platform will allow our community to continue creating a mentorship or peer network circle to share ideas, offer support, or seek advice. 

Input and Outcomes


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Sessions Offered:
Resources & Strategies


Sessions Offered:
Skills & Well-Being




Total Participants


A conversation session with Erika D White of Fitzone by Erika with empowering topic on the Power of Hidden Leaders. Leaders are made not born! Developing your struggles & hardships into leadership qualities that endure all times. Learn, grow, & develop whatcha got!

Watch Playback: Power Hour Session XX



Diana will share with us how to Master Your Mindset with a Daily Practice

  • Understand how your mindset may have been impacted by this pandemic 

  • How trauma affects your mindset, especially if this trauma existed in your childhood

  • Learn why a consistent daily practice helps mitigate your trauma load, improves your mindset and boosts your immune system.

  • Learn why mastering your mindset sets you up for success in all areas of your life, and increases your emotional intelligence

  • Adopt a specific practice that you can practice for the next 30 days.

  • Learn why mastering your mindset is essential to becoming a Rise Advocate™

Watch Playback: Power Hour Session XVIII

Additional Resources: 

  • Nadine Burke Harris's TED Talk:  Trauma



Emotional Intelligence: Never before have these skills been more important than they are now- self awareness, empathy, optimism, stress tolerance to name a few. In this power hour, we can spend a little time defining each of the skills and then let participants determine which skill is most important to their well-being in these very difficult times. 

Watch Playback: Power Hour Session VI

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We care about our well-being as individuals and community. We are capable of delivering even it filled with many uncertainties. 

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We are resilient, courageous, and vulnerable. We are capable of delivering even it filled with many uncertainties. We kickoff our first virtual power hour series during COVID-19, so our female community can continue educating, engaging and empowering yourself to continue to thrive and keep moving forward. 

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Empowered by Managing your Finance during Covid-19 with Stephanie Villegas,Key4Women at Keybank. 

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Have you watched or heard of the new Netflix Series called Self Made? It's supposed to be inspired by the life of Madam CJ Walker, an African American millionaire who was a beast in the hair care industry. We love that. But what we don't love is how the series falsified conversations between her and Booker T. Washington. And it made another African-American self-made millionaire woman named Annie Malone, a villain. This virtual series help discuss what Facts and Fiction in this Netflix Series and how we can preserve our legacy and story. This is your time to write YOUR story. 



For this session, Jonelle will shared her letter to women in Toledo on Collaborating versus Competing. 

  • Would you consider yourself a competitive person? 

  • Do you believe people give too much attention to winning?  

  • Are you hesitant to collaborate with others?  

  • Do you think Toledo Women small businesses, women organizations, and women in general, do a good job in collaborating personally and professionally? 



Krisi Vadnais, in her spare time, she enjoys competitively public speaking and trying to sneak a nap in. She fuels her day with Yoga and Coffee. She enjoys learning everything that she can about the magical caffeinated coffee bean and helping others to understand the process more clearly. Krisi prides herself in helping others find the beverage that they will enjoy. 



Topic for this session: “Dealing with your Emotions during the Coronavirus and After.’ We’ll talk about how to learn from your emotions, the benefits of emotions (“good” and “bad” ones), and why you shouldn't suppress them.

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Annual Vision Board

Our Power Hour Vision Board Workshop uses a 3-step process to educate, engage and empower you to start smart in year 2020.

Step 1: Let's Educate

Step 2: Get Engaged

Step 3: Be Empowered

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How do you create space for yourself during a pandemic (and beyond)? And what does “creating space for yourself” even mean? Join this virtual power hour and learn strategies to keep you focused on your health today, as well as your goals tomorrow.



Join a conversation session with Sandy Spang, our local Commissioner of Business Services with Department of Economic Development, City of Toledo on pivoting with tenacity while learning about her latest initiative, EMRG grant - Emergency Microenterprise Recovery Grant for local businesses.

Watch Playback: Power Hour Session XVII



Become the powerful connector in your universe which gains you social capital when it comes time for you to make a request on our own behalf.

Watch Playback: Power Hour Session XI



Let's learn how to use the Library Online resources to research your competition, build vendor databases and specific business - to- customer databases. You will be given live demos of building databases that you can use as call lists, mailing lists or understanding a demographic. 

Watch Playback: Power Hour Session XVI

Resource: Navigating the Toledo Library website for business resources



On March 31 2020 is part of a nationwide campaign to mark “Equal Pay Day,” the symbolic day up to which the average woman must work in a particular year to catch up with what her male counterpart earned the previous year. On average, women in the U.S. are paid 20% less than men. If you break it down by race and ethnicity, the gap is even worse. Black women are paid 39% less and Latinas are paid 47% less than white men.

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"Gratitude is the most important thing to keep in mind as we face the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19. It is important to be thankful for what we have in times like these. It can be hard for all of our plans and expectations to be completely halted. This situation is completely unparalleled and none of us know exactly how to react. What we can do is take the time to shift our perspective from what we’re missing out on to being grateful for what we have in this moment" -Dupont



The impact of having all routine disrupted is a challenge for all families. In the mere weeks since our lives have been upended, you most probably have never felt so connected and disconnected in your life with someone you love, your family.



Whether you work for yourself or a corporation, you have been affected by the COVID-19 𝙋𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙘. During this session, we will discuss pivot strategies that will help restore our business(es) on the other side of this crisis. As business owners we have to focus on a plan of business survival because we will not go back to business as usual.



The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere. But it affects different groups of people differently, deepening existing inequalities. "That starts with women as leaders, with equal representation and decision-making power." This discussion will help you think about where, how and WHY you MUST engage in the political process.

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Our purpose is to help women find the right opportunities to connect and grow, from professional development to volunteer to advocacy. By providing this resource, we hope to enhance existing women’s groups and events by building a large online network of women to promote activities through a one-stop-shop called Her Hub.

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