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WLC Speaker Series and Events


United Way of Lake County's Women's Leadership Council Speaker Series

The Women's Leadership Council's speaker series are great affairs with speakers to match. Designed to educate and enlighten the women of our community on an array of philanthropic, community and personal development topics, the council prides itself on the top-notch speakers it enlists. Below is a list of upcoming speaker series and some recent past events. Our speaker series are open to guests and WLC members. We hope to see you soon! Click where indicated below for details and registration information on the most recent event(s) listed!

Our 2016 Speaker Series events have concluded and we're currently busy lining up our speakers for 2017, which we can't wait to share with you! A recap of our 2016 speakers can be found below.

We do hope, however, you will attend our Women's Winterfest & Holiday Food Tasting Fundraiser - it's our most anticipated event of the year!  Click here for registration information and complete details!


Thursday, April 6, 2017  |  7:30 am - 9 am

Breakfast at Mooreland Mansion

Keynote Speaker:  Teresa Stafford, Senior Director of Victim Services and Outreach at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Topic: Walkaway both savvy and surprised at the details Teresa will reveal as she discusses "The Evolution of the Rape Crisis Movement."  


Past Speaker Series Events:

February 23, 2017      

Breakfast at Pine Ridge County Club in Wickliffe


Keynote Speaker: Liz Ferro, author and Founder & CEO of Girls With Sole, will inspire you with the "Power of the Sole"
Liz Ferro has been on the NBC Today Show, in Self, Runner's World and Family Circle magazines and is the author of the book, Finish Line Feeling. Liz has crossed many finish lines in life, including the 26.2 Marathon she's completed in all 50 states. Liz is uniquely uplifting and shared her emotional journey from foster child and sexual abuse survivor to athlete, mother, author and speaker, to founder of the non-profit Girls With Sole (GWS). Liz and GWS works to empower the minds, bodies & souls of girls who are at risk or have experienced abuse of any kind, and she shared the principles that guide her and her agency, while reminding us to believe in ourselves and our dreams.

October 6, 2016 

Dinner at Pine Ridge County Club in Wickliffe

Keynote Speaker: Judge Jennifer Brunner of the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals, and Ohio's First Female Secretary of State, serving from 2007-2011
Judge Jennifer Brunner shared her experiences as a veteran of Ohio presidential elections during one of the country's most unusual election seasons. Having served as Ohio's first woman Secretairy of State, administering the 2008 presidential election; as a candidate at the state, federal and county levels; as an elections attorney in private practice; and as both a trial and appellate court judge, she has seen presidential elections from a multitude of perspectives. Judge Brunner spoke of her experiences in both her public and private life---from death threats and 24-hour guards during the 2008 election to receiving the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her work. Judge Brunner is also author of the book, Cupcakes and Courage, a memoir about women, politics and Ohio that can be found here on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2dXKp0F

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July 27, 2016

Breakfast at Mooreland Mansion

Keynote Speaker: Vitamix President & CEO Jodi Berg
Jodi Berg is fourth-generation President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vita-Mix Corporation (Vitamix), a family-owned, manufacturer of high-performance blenders for the consumer and food service commercial markets headquartered in Olmsted Township, OH. She joined Vitamix in 1997 with the directive to lead the company’s overseas expansion. At the time, Vitamix had a presence in a few countries. Under her leadership, Vitamix products are now sold in more than 140 countries around the world, and the company is the established world leader in high-performance blending. Vitamix revenue has also grown by more than 300%  during her tenure, and the number of employees and sales representatives has increased from 400 (domestic) to more than 1,300 (domestic and international). Ms. Berg received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (concentration in Hospitality Management) from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) and a Master of Business Administration (concentration in Service Management and Service Marketing) from Washington State University (Pullman, WA). Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management (Cleveland, OH). Ms. Berg is dedicated to helping people spread their wings and fly and help people think about food differently. Ms. Berg defines herself as “a wife and mother of two daughters. I am on a mission to make the world a better place and have been blessed with multiple roles to do so. After a near-death experience, through the grace of God, I see every day as a gift that I choose to give back to those around me.”

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June 2, 2016

"5-Minutes to Fabulous" Happy Hour Social at SOL in Downtown Willoughby 

Featuring Pat Gibson, Certified Image Consultant and owner of The Artistry of You, with an Interactive Presentation 

Our Women's Leadership Council guests enjoyed a fun evening of networking and socializing over cocktails and appetizers at SOL in downtown Willoughby.  The social was overflowing with women including Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran, Lake County Recorder Ann Radcliffe and Lake County Treasurer Lorraine Fende, who all turned out to mingle with other women and WLC volunteers who are making a difference. A wonderful "5-Minutes to Fabulous" interactive presentation by Image Consultant Pat D Gibsonowner of The Artistry of You, was enjoyed by all!

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April 14, 2016

Breakfast Speaker Series at Moreland Mansion
Featuring a Panel Discussion of 5 Women in Lake County Political Offices

A sold out crowd attended the Breakfast & Panel discussion featuring Women in Lake County Political Offices. Panelists included Judge Colleen A. Falkowski of the Domestic Relations Court. Commissioner Judy Moran. Recorder Ann M. Radcliffe, Board of Elections Director Janet F. Clair; and Painesville City Council Vice President Lori DiNallo. The panelists were engaging, frank, honest and even funny as they engaged the audience about their lives in politics! 

Read all about it in this article published by The News-Herald  |   Click here for a copy of the event flyer.