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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 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. 

Women's Economic Empowerment


​Our Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) power hour series luncheon is offered throughout the year on a quarterly basis. The series intended to help improve empowerment and elevate women's economic advancement in the Greater Toledo area. This quarterly luncheon educational series offered various methodology tools such as forum dialogue, panel discussion, speaking engagement, or roundtable activity that emphasizing opportunities and ways to increase women’s economic opportunities, strengthen their economic leadership, and advance the rights of women in our community.


2019: March | June | August | October 

2020: February | March | June | August | October

2021: March | June | August | October 


Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. We believe our WEE educational efforts will increase women’s access to economic resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, property, skills development and market information. Women make enormous contributions to economies, either as entrepreneurs/employees, or as unpaid caregivers in the home. As a result, it will create opportunities that are substantial as research suggests that when a woman’s economic status improves, so does her family, household, and, potentially, her community.


Our educational program will ensure our participants are included among a new generation of political, business, corporations, community and civil society leaders. With the support from our No Women Left Behind initiatives, each one is equal and each one belongs. Hence, we are reaching out to women most in need, often by engaging with women in transition, immigrants and low-skilled women to attend, participate and to be part of all of our WEE efforts.


In addition, support from our Women’s Connection mentors and peer-network will ensure those that participate in this program will have the skills, experience, knowledge, and networks to succeed and create an opportunity to generate value in their lives, families and communities.

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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.


WEE I 2021: Choose to Challenge

WEE III 2019: The Future of Work

This session will analyze changes which are fundamentally altering the job market, including the type of jobs that will exist in the future and the skills that would be required for those jobs in the Greater Toledo area. Some 50% of the jobs in the current market will no longer exist in a few years due primarily to these rapid advances in innovation and technology. With nearly one billion women entering the global economy in the next decade, they risk of losing out on tomorrow’s best job opportunities due to gender-based discrimination, stereotypes and social and cultural norms. Similarly, diverse and generational challenges in the informal workforce could be even wider, while also creating and strengthening challenges of decent work opportunities, in the formal workforce. Read More

WEE II 2019: Immigrant Heritage

A storytelling campaign that focuses on inspiring local immigrant women to break the glass ceiling or successful at starting a business and raising a family. This term was coined a few decades ago as a metaphor to describe the invisible barriers that prevent women and minorities from climbing the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications and skills. However, breaking the glass ceiling extends beyond the corporate world. This campaign is inclusive of all fronts where women face cultural and social barriers that limit their full economic empowerment. Read More

WEE I 2019: #BalanceForBetter

The theme this year #BalanceforBetter. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sport coverage. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. Read More

WEE III 2018: Launch Local #HeForShe Campaign

#HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women initiated by UN Women. We know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. And now, when these powerful voices are heard, they will change the world. The time for that change is now. We invite you to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. Read More

WEE II 2018: #BreaktheGlass

#BreakTheGlass is a storytelling campaign that focuses on inspiring women (and men) to break the glass ceiling. This term was coined a few decades ago as a metaphor to describe the invisible barriers that prevent women and minorities from climbing the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications and skills. However, breaking the glass ceiling extends beyond the corporate world. This campaign is inclusive of all fronts where women face cultural and social barriers that limit their full economic empowerment. Read More

WEE I 2018: #PressForProgress

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Toledo (WOT) and the Toledo Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be presenting a Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Power Hour Luncheon. Our Power Hour luncheon will be featuring panel dialogue on #PressforProgress surrounding discussion on how can we strengthen Women Economic Empowerment and gender equality in Greater Toledo? Read More

WEE III 2017: Women Owned: 419Ed

Women of Toledo -HerHub project highlights local women-owned business leaders in a panel discussion around the joys and challenges of being a women entrepreneur in Toledo. Women Owned Businesses positively impacts inclusive economic growth empowering women within our community. Learn more and join the discussion. Read More

WEE II 2017: Empowerment’s Principle

Discussion on Principle 2 and 6: Principle 2 -Treat all woman and men fairly at work- respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination. Principle 6- Promote Equality through community initiatives and advocacy. How it relates to Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) capacity on gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth for Toledo. Read More

WEE I 2017: #ECWChampions

#ECWChampions4Change. The Women’s Empowerment Principles can offer practical guidance to business and the private sector on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Developed through a partnership between UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact, the Principles are designed to support companies in reviewing existing policies and practices—or establishing new ones—to realize women’s empowerment. These principles help strengthen WEE. Read More

WEE IV 2019: He for She

Men play a critical role in supporting and enabling women’s economic empowerment. Recent research highlights the significant gender gap in leadership and pay that persists across the business sector. HeForShe engages male CEOs and other leaders as champions for gender equality within their own organizations, encouraging them to question the status quo and commit to concrete action. On an individual level, HeForShe engages men to examine how their own personal and professional lives can better recognize, reduce, and redistribute care and responsibilities between the market and the state, between the household and the workplace, and between women and men. Read More

WEE I 2020: Women, Money & Census

“Societies that empower women to participate fully in civic and economic life are more prosperous and peaceful.” -The Unites States 2017 National Security Strategy. Since the Census Bureau derives gender-specific data from several surveys and the decennial census and produces many reports that contain data on women. How are these data impacted women and money in community, marketplace and workplace?

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WEE II 2020: Celebrating Generations of Ordinary Women doing Extraordinary Things.

WEE III 2020: Women's Equality Day

WEE IV 2020: HeForShe

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