Thu. 4/27
8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at The Historic Onesto Hotel & Event Center
225 Second St NW
Canton, OH
Questions? (330) 458-2050

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The inaugural Stark County Women in Business Summit is a full-day conference designed to inspire and support women in their professional pursuits as well as address unique challenges that women face at different stages of their careers. The conference will feature keynotes from successful women entrepreneurs and executive, as well as interactive workshops that cover leadership, storytelling, work-life balance, and personal and professional wellness.

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded women and build meaningful relationships, while gaining valuable insights and strategies. The conference will also serve as a launchpad for potential collaborations and partnerships.

Through dynamic and engaging presentations, the Stark County Women in Business Summit aims to provide a supportive and uplifting environment where women can come together to learn, grow, and succeed in the ever-evolving world of business.

Tickets: $79; includes parking, a light breakfast with coffee, a boxed salad lunch and a cash bar cocktail hour accompanied with light hors d'oeuvres.

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8:15 AM
Registration and Networking; Continental breakfast and coffee

9:00 to 9:15 AM
Nikolina DjDiva, Mid-day Host, Q92

9:15 to 10:00 AM
LEAD: Leading Effectively through Accountability and Development

Interactive Session
Stephanie Werren, Vice President, Leadership Stark County
Kristina Belliveau, Director, Leadership Stark County

10:10 to 11:00 AM
Rotating Breakout Sessions, more to come!

11:00 to 11:50 AM
“Not Your Father’s Industry” Panel Discussion: Women Leaders in Traditionally Male-Dominated Spaces
Barb Bennett, Vice President of Education and Workforce, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Panelists to date:
Janelle Lee, Director of Client Engagement, MAGNET
Jackie Stewart, Director of External Affairs, Encino Energy
Sandy Upperman, Community President, Huntington Bank

12:00 to 12:45 PM
Lunch Fireside Chat – The Great Generational Shift in Leadership
Rachel Hagemeier, President and CEO, Canton Symphony Orchestra (as of Oct. 2022)
Trina Cutter, President and CEO, PBS Western Reserve (retiring June 30)

1:00 to 1:45 PM
“Spacious Productivity” – How to Handle Your Life and Workload with Greater Efficiency and Less Agitation
Jason Henkel, Founder & Chief Balance Officer, Focus to Evolve, LLC

2:00 to 2:45 PM
“How I Did It” Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion: Taking the Leap

Whitney Prather, Owner, Yokefellow Creative

Panelists (to date):
Nicole Sirpilla, Owner, Sirpilla Soirees
Jennifer Bolyard, Owner, Jenny Can Cleaning
Sandy Doll, Owner, Social at the Stone House

3:00 to 3:45 PM
Keynote Closing: Lisa Waite, President of Waite Communication and Professional Development, LOC

Leadership GPS: Establishing Influence and Visibility to Get a Seat at the Table

Imagine how many world-changing ideas remain undiscovered simply because half of the population has been left standing! Lisa illustrates the progress that women have made in leadership positions and reveals the challenges that many still face.

Differences in strategic and tactical mindsets that hold women back are explored along with three specific skills to achieve their goals. Lisa is passionate about helping women navigate their way to the table by charting a new course toward greater success in their organizations.

3:45 PM
Cocktail Hour and Networking

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Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Melissa Coultas for more information (330) 458-2055.