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

Empowered women empower you! Our current Speakers/Presenters:

(more may be added) 


Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies,

University of Toledo

Dr. Sharon Barnes

President & CEO,

YWCA Northwest Ohio

Lisa McDuffie

Attorney, ABLE

Reem Subei

Policy Analyst, Lucas County Ohio

Brittany Ford 
Daily Downtown
Brigette Burnett

Doctor of Chiroprator

Dr. Elizabeth Julius

Chief of Staff, 

City of Toledo 

Katy Crosby 

Dana Women’s Network-Dana Corp.

Laura Prill

ARK Restoration

Ambrea Mikolajczyk

United Way of Greater Toledo

Emily Avery

Mitchell Dermatology

Dr. Hope  Mitchell

Dana Corp.

Beatriz Jimenez

MHRSB & Steinem's Sisters

Cami Szirotnyak

Center for International Studies and Programs, UT

Tracey Hidalgo

Owens Corning 

Sabrina Weaver 

University of Toledo 

Dr. Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department

Melissa Hallenbeck

Toledo LISC

Sarah Allan

DGL Consulting Engineering LLC

Traci Hernandez

Center for International Studies and Programs, UT

Dr. Ting Li 

Toledo Community Foundation

Anneliese Grytafey, J.D.

Owens Corning

Kara Maruszak

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Rebecca Stainwick

Black & White Consulting

Brandi Walerius

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Toledo

Natalie Colon

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.


Our mission is to educate, engage and empower women and youth to keep moving forward.

EIN: 47-3035322






11:00 AM - 08:00 PM


9:30 AM - 02:30 PM

or by appointment.


9:30 AM - Noon

or by appointment.

425 Jefferson Ave, 3rd floor

Toledo, Ohio 43604




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