Women, meet mentors at cleveland.com’s Mentoring Monday summit in February

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Northeast Ohio women can meet dozens of mentors virtually through Mentoring Monday on Feb. 22.

The program presented by Advance Ohio, including The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. and will be hosted on the online platform Remo.

Beate Blaich-Smith Agency Business Dev Lead for Advance Ohio says the program works to help local professional women create a network and learn from one another.

“It’s basically for all professional women who want to connect and learn from each other and get some advice from women in leadership positions,” says Blaich-Smith.

Last year, at the first Mentoring Monday, dozens of Northeast Ohio women from business, real estate, science, theater, non-profits, higher education, and more met to discuss careers and goals.

“It was fantastic, we had over 300 women in the room, and it was women from all walks of life,” says Blaich-Smith.

Blaich-Smith says the summit is not a “one size fits all” event, women from all walks of life and professional backgrounds are always encouraged to get involved with the program.

This year, though virtual, the program will continue to include one-on-one speed coaching, three to four short conversations with different mentors, and group sessions.

No keynote speaker has been chosen as of yet says Blaich-Smith.

New to the program is a pre-event podcast, featuring some of the sponsoring mentors, an expanded promotions plan, group discussion sponsorships, and a virtual gift bag.

Tickets are $30, available here. For $10 off, use the discount code EARLYBIRD.

The mentor list is expected to grow, here is a few of them:

Rebecca Ruppert McMahon Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Laura Johnston Content director, cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, Advance Ohio – cleveland.com

Kellie Harris Plant Manager for our North American Aerospace, Saint – Gobain

Bethany Lemley Operations Supervisor, Government & Fine Arts, FedEx Custom Critical

Erin Senediak Sales Leader, FedEx Custom Critical

Ka-Pi Hoh, Ph.D. Organizational Change Management Director, The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company

Margaret Mitchell President, YWCA Greater Cleveland

Bethany Snyder Senior Territory Manager, Liberty Mutual

Marianne Parkinson Chief Marketing Officer, MarshBerry

Shelley Roth President, Pierres

Kenya Guess President & CEO, BonnieSpeed Logistics

Marianne Crosley President & CEO, Cleveland Leadership Center

Susan E Donlan Chief Communications Officer, KeyBank

Gloria Walas First Vice President, The Haas-Compass Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Kathy Hirko Owner, KAZ Company

Jody M. Wheaton Executive Director, Client Solutions & Programs, Corporate College, a Division of Cuyahoga Community College

Polly Hanff Global Regulatory Affairs & Quality Director, Saint – Gobain

Sandra Madison Owner and President, RPMI

Jane Christyson CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio

Carol Stefano Commercial and Technical Director, Aerospace, Saint – Gobain

Virginia Morrison Executive aide – Office of Vice President UTech/CIO, Case Western Reserve University

Susan Fuehrer VA Chief Executive – as President of Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity, MetroHealth

Kim Riley President, Hylant

Tari Rivera President, Regency Construction Services

Shirrell Greene Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metro Schools


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2022 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa postponed to February 2023

The ICC announced on Thursday that the next women’s T20 World Cup, originally scheduled to be held in South Africa in November 2022, has been postponed to February 2023. Therefore only two multi-team major women’s events will be played in 2022 – the ODI World Cup in New Zealand followed by the Commonwealth Games in July, with the multi-format Ashes scheduled for the latter half of the year.

According to an ICC release, the decision was made taking into consideration that there are “currently no major women’s events scheduled to take place in 2023, [so] the board confirmed the switch for the T20 World Cup to better support player preparation and to continue to build the momentum around the women’s game beyond 2022.

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Speaking on the development, ICC CEO Manu Sawhney said: “Moving the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense on a number of levels. Firstly, it will provide a better workload balance for players giving them the best possible opportunity to perform to the highest levels on a global stage. Secondly, we can continue to build the momentum around the women’s game through 2022 and into 2023. We are committed to fueling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term.”

In August, the ICC had announced that the 2021 women’s ODI World Cup, originally scheduled for February-March 2021 in New Zealand, was deferred by a year, with an eye on maintaining the “integrity of the tournament” in the wake of the disparity in the level of preparedness of the teams caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The governing body, however, is yet to make an announcement on the fate of the inaugural Under-19 women’s World Cup, which Bangladesh are due to host in January 2021.

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FIFA schedules 2020 Club World Cup for February with U20 and U17 Women’s World Cups cancelled

FIFA has confirmed that the Club World Cup, which pits top clubs from across the globe against each other to find an intercontinental champion, will now take place in February as world football’s calendar plays catch-up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, two women’s tournaments, the Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups, due to take place next summer have not been so lucky and will instead be cancelled in light of “the numerous obstacles to finalizing the continental qualification tournaments due to the pandemic.”

The men’s Club World Cup traditionally takes place at the end of the calendar year and was won by reigning European champions Liverpool in 2019. However the team that took their Champions League crown, Bayern Munich, are so far one of only two teams to have booked their place in the competition along with Qatari champions and host nation representatives Al-Duhail.

Across the rest of the planet, tournaments such as the Copa Libertadores and CAF Champions League have been significantly delayed and altered due to coronavirus. 

Africa, Asia, North America and South America have not yet crowned their continental champions – Oceania will not after cancelling their Champions League, leaving it up to FIFA to select a representative – but are due to have done so by late January, when the Copa Libertadores final is scheduled to take place in Rio De Janeiro.

That will allow the continental champions to gather between February 1 and 11 in Qatar. This was expected to be the final season in which the competition is staged in its current seven team format before FIFA introduced a new 24 team summer tournament that was to be every four years starting with 2021. No revised timetable has been confirmed for that event.

Meanwhile the U17 and U20 Women’s World Cups have been cancelled in their entirety. Both had previously been postponed from their original dates in 2020 but will now not take place at all.

Hosting rights for the events in 2022 have been given to the nations that were due to host the 2020 events, Costa Rica for the U17 World Cup India for the U20.

“Since the previous decision earlier this year to reschedule both tournaments to early 2021, FIFA has been consulting with all stakeholders – including the host member associations, participating member associations and confederations – to continuously monitor the situation in relation to the pandemic, in particular with regard to any potential impact on the overall welfare and safety of age-group players and participants,” world football’s governing body said in a statement.

“As part of this extensive consultation process and the ‘health and safety first’ approach FIFA has taken, further major concerns in several areas were also raised by stakeholders during this process in relation to the hosting of age-group tournaments scheduled for 2020.

“These concerns included, amongst others, challenges around preparation time for age-group teams, and the numerous obstacles to finalising the continental qualification tournaments due to the pandemic.

“As a result and after careful consideration of the

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Nearly 2.2 million women left workforce between February and October

Women across the country are continuing to be hit hard by today’s coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 2.2 million women leaving the labor force between February and October, according to a new analysis from the National Women’s Law Center.

In October, the number of women age 20 and over working or looking for work stood at 57.2%, up from 56.8% in September, which, according to NWLC, was a 32-year-low. Overall, the average labor force participation rate for all workers in October stood at 61.7%, according to the Labor Department.

While October’s overall jobs report was stronger than expected, with 638,000 jobs added and the unemployment rate falling to 6.9% from 7.9% in September, NWLC’s director of research Jasmine Tucker says it’s important to know that not everyone is making the same progress in today’s economy.

“When we see these job reports come out, everything looks a little better each time,” she tells CNBC Make It. “And, so you sort of lose sight of the fact that 2.2 million fewer women are in the labor force now than they were in February. And if we’re talking about the overall unemployment rate, it’s masking differences for Black women and Latinas who have only just now come under double digits for the first time this entire pandemic.”

In October, women gained 43.9% of the jobs added to the economy, despite making up 49.7% of the total workforce, according to NWLC. Black women had an unemployment rate of 9.2% and Latinas had an unemployment rate of 9%, a decrease from 11.1% and 11% in September. Though these numbers show progress in the right direction, Black women and Latinas still face an unemployment rate that is almost double what it was in February.

In addition to the overall unemployment rate masking the differences for Black women and Latinas, overall unemployment numbers also hide the fact that 14.2% of women with disabilities were unemployed in October and 9.7% of young women ages 20-24 were unemployed, with young Black women and men facing much higher unemployment rates of 15% and 20.6%, respectively. In October, young Latinas of the same age group faced an unemployment rate of 9.4% and young White men faced an unemployment rate of 9.6%, according to NWLC.

Unlike September, where more than 860,000 women left the workforce, NWLC’s analysis shows a bright spot of 480,000 women re-entering the workforce in October, meaning they are either working or looking for work. But, with many of the jobs women gained being in the leisure and hospitality sector, as well as the retail trade sector, Tucker says there’s a high chance that these jobs could be lost again if businesses close due to an ongoing increase in coronavirus cases.

In October, 42.5% of the jobs added to the economy were in the leisure and hospitality industry, with about 60% of these jobs going to women, NWLC reports. In the retail trade sector, 103,700 jobs were added, with women accounting for 11.4% of these job gains, despite making up

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