Women's Empowerment Summit (WES)

April 6, 2019



In conjunction with Equal Pay Day 2019, Women of Toledo (WOT) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) have come together with a combined vision to organize the 2019 2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit, Power for Progress, to serve and engage a large, diverse group of women of all ages in Greater Toledo.


The Summit features four main stage sessions with story labs on topics ranging from advocacy, economic sustainability, intersectional lives, international cross-cultural and social progress. Each session will nurture and support the goal of learning from the past and reflecting on the present to create a more equitable future. Our theme this year, Power for Progress, acknowledges the progress we’ve made, recognizes what we’ve yet to accomplish, and finds purpose to keep moving forward by empowering ourselves and others. Additionally, the Summit will create awareness about and encourage support for the Equal Pay movement.

This year's Summit will offer the following:

  • A Talk Show: National Speakers

  • Workshops and Roundtable Discussions on the following topics: Economic Sustainability, Advocacy, Women Mean Business, Intersectional Lives, Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Social Progress

  • Networking and relationship-building within a diverse community

  • Story Labs: Stories from women who have defined and established their own success

  • Women’s Expo: Shop local Women-owned Businesses; Health & Wellness resources and information from supporting groups & local agencies 

  • Action steps to Power for Progress after the Summit.

  • We hope to attract intergenerational women who are seeking professional, personal, and economic growth to attend the event and take advantage of resources that will help them tap into their own potential to empower themselves and others to Power for Progress. Attendees will spend the day learning and planning and will leave the Summit knowing the next steps to achieve their own success, professionally or personally.

  • Registration includes program book, Summit bag, continental breakfast and boxed lunch. Ticket price is $45 and scholarships are available for any participants with financial hardship through our 'No Women Left Behind' program. Email us at info@womenoftoledo.org for more information.

Program & Schedules

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Empowered women empower you! Our current Speakers/Presenters:

(more may be added) 


Dr. Sharon Barnes

Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies,

University of Toledo

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Lisa McDuffie

President & CEO,

YWCA Northwest Ohio

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Reem Subei

Attorney, ABLE

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Brittany Ford 

Policy Analyst, Lucas County Ohio

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Brigette Burnett
Daily Downtown
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Dr. Elizabeth Julius

Doctor of Chiroprator

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Katy Crosby 

Chief of Staff, 

City of Toledo 

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Laura Prill

Dana Women’s Network-Dana Corp.

Ambrea Mikolajczyk

ARK Restoration

Emily Avery

United Way of Greater Toledo

Dr. Hope  Mitchell

Mitchell Dermatology

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Beatriz Jimenez

Dana Corp.

Cami Szirotnyak

MHRSB & Steinem's Sisters

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Tracey Hidalgo

Center for International Studies and Programs, UT

Sabrina Weaver 

Owens Corning 

Dr. Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich

University of Toledo 

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Melissa Hallenbeck

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department

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Sarah Allan

Toledo LISC

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Traci Hernandez

DGL Consulting Engineering LLC

Dr. Ting Li 

Center for International Studies and Programs, UT

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Anneliese Grytafey, J.D.

Toledo Community Foundation

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Kara Maruszak

Owens Corning

Rebecca Stainwick

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Brandi Walerius

Black & White Consulting

Natalie Colon

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Toledo

Current Partners, Sponsors & Supporters:




 Ways to Support our Summit!



Join our Power for Progress league

Showcase your power and organization and strengthen your network by being part of our progressive league. As a sponsor of WES, your reach will extend beyond the attendees and you will be recognized as a strong hero, leader, and innovator in the women’s empowerment movement here in Greater Toledo. We have created a wide range of progressive levels of sponsorship opportunities to accommodate your budget and maximize your visibility and impact.



Join 2019 WES Volunteers Team 

We are looking for females ages 15 and up that are interested in giving their time & talents during the summit. You will receive our summit program pack, breakfast, lunch and the opportunity to attend the program during your downtime.



We believe every woman and youth has the capacity to be the best that they can be, to achieve their dreams, and become educated; however, not every woman and youth has the OPPORTUNITY to do so.

With the support of HeforShe, the No Women Left Behind (NWLB) movement provides scholarships and opportunities for any women that identifies as low income, having  financial hardship or in a period of transition to attend this summit for FREE.


Email us at info@womenoftoledo.org for NWLB application form or if you're interested to STEP-IN and help make a difference by sponsoring another woman in need to attend this summit.