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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Zooms and texts with mentors helped GOP women win this year

The coronavirus pandemic sent candidates scrambling in the spring, trying to figure out how to campaign amid a global health crisis. For Republican women, that meant calling Julie Conway. 

“I was having the same conversation 30 times a day,” Conway, the executive director of VIEW PAC, which supports GOP women running for office, said in a recent interview. “It occurred to me: Why don’t I just get them together once a day?”

Then came the Zoom calls — roughly two dozen female Republicans running for Congress, with no staff or consultants, having candid discussions with experts, current and former lawmakers and each other about how to adjust their campaigns. In the spring, those calls occurred every day and eventually became less frequent. But Conway plans to hold similar virtual events in future election cycles. 

This kind of virtual gathering was new, but the behind-the-scenes mentoring wasn’t. Though often unseen, mentors have long helped female candidates navigate obstacles their male counterparts may not face. Lawmakers and campaign strategists say this mentorship is vital, and the record number of women in the House is thanks in part to this support. 

Republicans, left with just 13 women in the House after the 2018 elections, were especially focused on supporting female candidates this cycle. The next Congress will see at least 28 House GOP women, a new record. 

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