YWCA Helping to Uplift Leaders | Enter to Win a Prize Pack

unnamedWhen local business owners Barb Brown and Margie Flynn set out to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their Cleveland-based corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, they embarked on a book project that’s purpose was to give further voice to women leaders.

Yet, it became so much more.


In their recently published book, Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women), Brown and Flynn capture insights and stories of 25 of the nation’s most accomplished and influential women in business on how they empower and uplift others as they seek to progress in their lives and careers.

The diverse spectrum of leaders who share their candid insights and advice range from newly instated Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman; the Campbell Soup Company President and CEO Denise Morrison; and Cleveland-based KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney.

But, the authors want to do much more than simply tell these stories.

At the heart of the book is a call to action—to “pay it forward” by passing Uplifting Leaders and its insights onto other people in their lives.

For that reason, the authors will donate 100 percent of the book’s net proceeds to support the education of young women transitioning out of foster care through the YWCA Greater Cleveland’s Nurturing Independence and Aspirations (NIA) Program.

And, we’re joining together for a Facebook contest to continue their mission of uplifting current and aspiring leaders. Here’s how:


Enter to win the Uplifting Leaders Prize Package

This unique prize pack includes a signed copy of Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women) and three $25 gift cards to women-owned/founded restaurants and/or retail stores in the Cleveland area.

How to Enter:

  1. Like one of these leadership quote photos on Facebook


  1. Then, comment on the photo telling us about a person who uplifted you in life and/or career


This contest ends Friday, July 21 at 11:59pm, so enter now. No limit on the number of entries.


NOTE: Contest runs June 19—July 21, 2017. Winner is chosen at random and will be contacted via Facebook on Tuesday, July 25. No limit on the number of entries.

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Vice President of A Place 4 Me Speaks at Lakewood Foster Care Forum.

unnamed.jpgKate Lodge, Vice President of the YWCA’s A Place 4 Me, spoke about the foster care system at a forum held at the Lakewood Public Library on Tuesday April 18th.

Lodge discussed the importance of supporting young people who age out of foster care.

“If any of you have young adult children you know they aren’t done growing up yet. They can be one rent check away from being homeless.”

Lodge also discussed the YWCA’s A Place 4 Me program.

“We are a housing first community. We don’t say get it together and then we will help you. If you give someone housing they have the stability they need to get it together.”

A Place 4 Me serves young adults who have recently aged out of the foster care system. 40% of residents are heads of households and 50% are unemployed. A Place 4 Me gives them social support, assistance finding employment, and help finding housing.

The forum was moderated by Philip Morris, a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and also featured Professor David Crampton from Case Western Reserve University, Betsie Norris, Executive Director of Adoption Network Cleveland, and Edward L. Gilbert, an Author, Attorney and Foster Care advocate.

Betsie Norris stated that Ohio ranks 50th in child welfare spending. The panel agreed that the emotional and financial strain that underpaid social workers experience should be addressed with higher wages and a focus teaching students interested in the field self care strategies.

Morris asked the panel several questions regarding the rising number of deaths from heroin overdoses. He posited that this could lead to a dramatic rise in the number of children in Ohio’s already strained foster care system. Professor Crampton disagreed saying that he hadn’t seen a rise in the number children in foster care since the news began reporting on the heroin epidemic. Gilbert also disagreed with Morris saying, “Heroin is a crisis because it has begun to affect suburbia. It has affected the African American community for years.”

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National Crime Victims Rights Week Luncheon

NCVRW17_Twitter_Profile_A-400x400Thank you to Yvonne Pointer, Latundra Henderson, and Renee Jones for sharing your stories with us in honor of National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Ms. Pointer spoke about her own experience with finding and utilizing support services and partnering with the criminal justice system to bring her daughter’s killer to justice.

Ms. Pointer recalled working with offenders in prison and her efforts to raise funds to further the education of children in Ghana. She also spoke about the importance of forgiveness and the need to constructively come to terms with loss.

“You have to forgive in order to keep living.” – Yvonne Pointer

Since 1984, Yvonne Pointer has worked tirelessly to create safer communities in and out of the City of Cleveland. Ms. Pointer is the co-founder P.A.C.K, (Parents Against Child Killing), the founder of Positive Plus Women’s Support Group, an active member of P.O.M.C. (Parents of Murdered Children), and was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

Renee Jones spoke about her experience working with victims of sex trafficking. Social media is increasingly being used as a tool of sex traffickers and parents must be aware of who their children are interacting with online.

Renee Jones is the founder of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, and began Project Red Cord. Project Red Cord provides social support and resouces to survivors of human trafficking including:

  • educational resources
  • food
  • safe housing
  • job training
  • legal assistance
  • medical and psychological care
  • inter-generational support groups
  • art therapy
  • journaling
  • court advocacy
  • incarceration and re-entry support.

Thanks to our speakers, partners, and attendees for being a part of this event and raising awareness for victims of crime.

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Luncheon with Yvonne Pointer

A luncheon to be held at 12:30 PM at the YWCA during National Crime Victims Rights Week will feature Yvonne Pointer speaking about her own experience with finding and utilizing support services and partnering with the criminal justice system to bring her daughter’s killer to justice.

Since 1984, Ms. Pointer has worked tirelessly to create safer communities in and out of the City of Cleveland.Ms. Pointer is the co-founder P.A.C.K, (Parents Against Child Killing), the founder of Positive Plus Women’s Support Group, an active member of P.O.M.C. (Parents of Murdered Children), and was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

Following Ms. Pointer’s remarks, there will be a panel discussion and follow-up questions taken from the audience.

To attend, please RSVP to events@ywcaofcleveland.org

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It’s Time to Talk 2017: The World Cafe, Part 1

ywca-itt-world-cafe-1This year at It’s Time to Talk, we wanted to move from creating safe space and awareness to action. We decided to use a process called The World Cafe. Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Cafe is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Cafe is more than a method, a process, or technique — it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.ywca-itt-circle-convos-1

For more information on this model visit: http://www.theworldcafe.com/

The Process:

  • Welcome and Introduction: The facilitator begins with a warm welcome and an introduction to the World Cafe process.
  • Small Group Conversations: The process begins with the first of three twenty-minute rounds of conversation for the small groups. At the end of the twenty minutes, each member of the group moves to a different new table. A table host remains at the table for the next round, and welcomes the next group and briefly fills them in on what happened in the previous round.
  • Questions: Each round is prefaced with a question specially crafted for the specific context and desired purpose of the World Cafe.
    • Question 1: What needs with regard to race are not being met in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
    • Question 2: What are the barriers to these needs being met?
    • Question 3: What are some concrete solutions that address these needs while acknowledging the barriers?
  • Share Results: After the small groups (and/or in between rounds, as needed), individuals are invited to share insights or other results from their conversations with the rest of the large group.
  • A PDF of the raw data of what we learned and collected can be found here

In the next few weeks, we will be taking a deeper dive into this material and providing a report and some resources to help you get involved in the work of eliminating racism.

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YWCA Forum on Race Returns with Foundations for Change




rlb_5065CLEVELAND, OH – YWCA Greater Cleveland is proud to announce that Jane Campbell and Rev. Joan Brown Campbell will have a public discussion as part of this year’s It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race. It’s Time to Talk is one of many events that is included as part of ”Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future”, and YWCA Greater Cleveland is a community partner for the Stokes initiative. It’s Time to Talk is presented in 2017 through a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center.

Jane Campbell, the first woman mayor of Cleveland, and her mother Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, an activist and local leader who helped organize volunteers for the election of Carl B. Stokes, have much to say about being a “first woman,” intersectionality, civil rights, and the legacy of Carl Stokes.

It’s Time to Talk will also feature an excerpt from Playwrights Local’s performance of Objectively/Reasonable, a play about the shooting of Tamir Rice in 2014. Two actors will perform portions of the play, and a member of Playwrights Local will discuss the creation of the piece.

rlb_5370After two successful years of hosting the It’s Time to Talk forum, YWCA Greater Cleveland has engaged more than a thousand individuals in conversations about race, discrimination, unconscious bias, and cultural competency.  YWCA has trained more than 65 Racial Justice Facilitators who are now able to lead this dialogue in organizations and the community.

In March 2016 the American Jewish Committee of Cleveland recognized YWCA Greater Cleveland for its work with It’s Time to Talk with the Isaiah Award for Human Relations.  This award acknowledged YWCA Greater Cleveland for empowering the community to begin conversations around race and racism in Cleveland.

ITT-Logo-MPLSIt’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race – Foundations for Change will be held on February 3, 2017 from 8:30am-1:30pm at the Cuyahoga Community College: Eastern Campus in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center.  Tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for students, non-profit, teachers, and seniors. To purchase tickets, get more information, or find out how to become a Racial Justice Facilitator, visit http://www.ywcaofcleveland.org/itstimetotalk.

8:15-9:00: Registration  |  Gallery walk with conversation-starting imagery  |  Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00: Powerful moderated discussion (Joan Campbell Brown + Jane Campbell) and onstage presentation from Playwrights Local’s Objectively/Reasonable (play about Tamir Rice)
10:15-11:30: Circle conversations about race & racism in small groups
11:30-12:30: World Cafe – Facilitated discussion about action steps and community needs
12:30-1:00: Lunch and networking
1:00-1:30: Regroup |  Commitment to community change  | Conclusion

tri-c• Cuyahoga Community College is an essential partner for It’s Time to Talk 2017.  The program this year will be held at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center on the Eastern campus of Cuyahoga Community College.  This location is accessible and open, allowing for broad community participation.
• New affordable ticket price, to ensure the entire community can participate in this conversation.
• Gallery of conversation-starting imagery, including art from members of our community
• It’s Time to Talk 2017 has been expanded to a half-day experience.


Jane L. Campbell was the first woman mayor of Cleveland Ohio. As Mayor, Campbell worked to make Cleveland a stronger, smarter, and safer city, develop a stronger economy that helped Clevelanders build wealth, create a smarter workforce, and to make Cleveland a safer, healthier, more livable city.

Campbell began her career as an elected official in the Ohio House of Representatives. There she concentrated her legislative efforts on issues of particular interest to children, families, and senior citizens, as well as economic development. Campbell co-sponsored a movement to expose individuals who fail to pay child support. Additionally, Campbell was the primary sponsor for all the laws allowing the financing of Gateway

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is an ordained minister, activist, and leader. he was the first woman to be Associate Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Council of Churches; the first woman to be Executive Director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches; the first ordained woman to be General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; and the first woman Director of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, speaking about Joan Campbell, referred to her as “a woman of courage and compassion.”

She worked with Martin Luther King and brought him to her own congregation, the first white church in Cleveland to receive Dr. King. Dr. Campbell served as an honorary election monitor with President Kaunda of Zambia in the election of Nelson Mandela as the first African president of South Africa, and she negotiated with Fidel Castro and President Clinton the return of Elian Gonzales to his father. She holds numerous national and local offices, including: past member of the U.S. State Department advisory committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, Trustee for the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions, the Fund for Education in South Africa, the advisory committee for Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba, life member of the NAACP, and many others.

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future is a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ election as mayor of Cleveland. Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, played key roles in the advancement of the city and the nation through the civil rights movement and beyond. In many ways, Cleveland’s current national and international recognition owes a debt of thanks for their accomplishments. For more information, visit http://www.stokes50cle.com

Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14 originally ran from August 18 through September 4, 2016, at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts. Directed by Terrence Spivey, the play was praised by Cool Cleveland as “a work that should travel to theaters all over the country…a catharsis” and by Broadway World as “a must-see experience for anyone interested in the real world around them.” Objectively/Reasonable was written by an ensemble of playwrights—Mike Geither, Tom Hayes, Lisa Langford, Michael Oatman, and David Todd—and conceived/edited by Todd. Additional information on the play is available at http://playwrightslocal.org/objectively-reasonable/.

Playwrights Local is a theater company based in Cleveland. Billed as a playwrights’ center, the organization’s goal is to provide a home for dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. They offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide professional development opportunities, and engage the community through site-specific projects.

Photo by Tom Kondilas of Objectively/Reasonable ensemble.

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Visionary, Carole F. Hoover, and 7 Trailblazing Women to be Honored by YWCA Greater Cleveland

L to R: Beth Mooney, Keybank; Carole F. Hoover; Margot Copeland, KeyBank; and Margaret Mitchell, President & CEO - YWCA Greater Cleveland.

L to R: Beth Mooney, KeyBank; Carole F. Hoover; Margot Copeland, KeyBank; and Margaret Mitchell, President & CEO – YWCA Greater Cleveland.

CLEVELAND, OH – YWCA Greater Cleveland has announced the 2017 recipients of the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards. This prestigious award is presented to a select group of Northeast Ohio women who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments through career success, community service, leadership, mentoring, and dedication to YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree is Carole F. Hoover, President & CEO of Hoover Milstein and Cleveland community leader. She is a civil rights champion and has spearheaded many Cleveland community development efforts.

Margot Copeland, Executive Vice President of KeyBank and Chair of Keybank Foundation, nominated Ms. Hoover for the honor. “Carole’s impact on the Cleveland community is unparalleled. In addition to being the first African American to run a major city’s chamber of commerce, she has leveraged her relationships to improve the careers and lives of countless people,” says Ms. Copeland. “Though Carole has numerous notable achievements and has helped to put Cleveland on the map, I am particularly inspired by her many anonymous contributions of time, talent, and treasure to support those in our community facing challenges and adversity.”

The 2017 Women of Achievement Award recipients are:

  • Teresa Metcalf Beasley – Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • Emily Drake – Partner, Fairport Asset Management
  • Evalyn Gates, Ph.D. – Executive Director and CEO, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Anita Gray – Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
  • Kerin Lyn Kaminski – Co-Managing Member, Giffen & Kaminski
  • Patricia Motta – Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Intellectual Property Officer, American Greetings Corporation
  • Ann Zoller – Executive Director, LAND Studio

“These seven influential leaders—plus our Lifetime Achievement winner Carole Hoover—have expressed bold visions for our community and their workplaces,” says Margaret Mitchell, YWCA Greater Cleveland President and CEO.  “These women have excelled in their careers, and they are dedicated to changing lives in our region—and beyond.”

The 41st YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. These eight outstanding women will be honored at the luncheon, as well as 30-70 Women of Professional Excellence—and winners of the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award and Cleveland Women’s City Club Foundation YWCA Scholarship Fund. Visit http://www.ywcaofcleveland.org for more information on the Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon.

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