Empower yourself to rise, lead, and thrive in all aspects of your life. Influential women reveal insights on challenging gender and intersectional issues, getting ahead, defining success, taking their place at the table, and how to do it while thriving.
Allyson Jimenez: Swagelok
An experienced leader in the Energy Industry and Mechanical Engineer Allyson Jimenez shares her journey as a woman in STEM, how she confronted imposter syndrome, and engages her identity and culture to lead positive change.
Lisa Factors-Borchers: Journalist, Activist & Author
Journalist, activist, and author Lisa Factora Borchers opens up about the challenges of “having it all.” She discusses her love for language, her own journey as an author, and how other women can share their voices and find a path to getting published.
Ronette Burkes: ODRC
Ronette Burkes discusses her long career as a leader in the field of justice advocacy and offers insights on team building, creating a positive culture, and transformational leadership.
Ronette Burkes serves as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Her leadership career began at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center as the Director of Justice Advocacy and includes serving as the Warden of the Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville; but if you ask her, Ronette describes herself as being in the business of saving lives. Ronette has received multiple awards for her ongoing commitment to transformational leadership and serving others including the Governor’s Award for Community Development and Participation in 2019, and Warden of the Year in 2017.
Erica Merritt: Equius Group
Erica Merritt, MA, CDP, BCC, founder of Equius Group (and Ursuline alum!) is described by clients as a skilled coach, gifted facilitator and leadership and organizational development expert. She is well-recognized for her commitment to positive social change and as an authority on diversity, equity, inclusion and intersectionality. In this episode, Erica shares how she made her decision to leave a salaried position to found Equius Group, critical points for creating cultures of belonging in the workforce, and how we can navigate our own leadership journeys.
Donna Dabbs: Cleveland Urban Film Foundation
Donna Dabbs, Executive Director of the Cleveland Urban Film Foundation discusses the importance of creating our own journeys, supporting our communities, and recognizing opportunities to disrupt gender and intersectional inequities.