By Tricia Hall
The Truth Reporter
Women of Toledo, one of the leading advocacy, education and empowerment nonprofits in Toledo, organized a festive holiday party at Tolhouse on Summit Street. The December 28 celebration commemorated community-wide milestones achieved by the organization’s board, staff, volunteers and supporters.
In 2022, Women of Toledo (WOT) secured 119 mentors, created 63 pieces from the HerHub project ‘A Seat at the Table,’ facilitated 57 program sessions and activities, 90 were actively mentored, campaigned through five advocacy awareness programs, supported 178 HerHub members, sponsored two initiatives which were led and managed by 18 women volunteers, served 1,424 women and youth. The organization has served 7,775 women and youth since the nonprofit was established in 2014.
“Women of Toledo is more than just an organization. I was first attracted to Women of Toledo because of their focus on diversity. We have used our diverse collective voices to advocate for legislative issues that impact women’s rights, locally but also globally. When you focus on economic development, knowing that we, as women are further behind, change can move from a local level to a global level. I’m so proud of our executive director, Nina Corder, who has taken what we have done here and shared it with the United Nations,” said Kathy Tucker, WOT board and leadership member, Special Project -Governance/Legal/Policy.
WOT is a 501c3 nonprofit that seeks to educate, engage and empower women and youth to keep moving forward. WOT offers various programs that align with their mission including: business mentoring, discovery mentoring, young women mentoring, business roundtables, NWOhio Women’s Business Council, HerHub, PowerHour, HeforShe, Women’s Circle and several special focused events.
WOT Emeritus Advisory: Michelle Ansara, past president and founder; Audrey Johnson, past president and founding board member. WOT Board of Directors and Leadership are: Carlena Johnson, president; Shayna Duke, vice president I; Karen Kiemnec, secretary; Michelle Pommeranz, finance officer; Shannon Loar, vice president II, Brenda Holsey, Partners & Support, Outreach; Cassie Tinta, fundraising I; Kelly Trame, fundraising II, Kathy Tucker, Special Project; Mary Brucker, PR & Media Relations; KiKi Cunninghan, Impact Measurement; Lily Hickey, Young Initiative-Young Women & Girls Hub.
WOT Initiatives Chairpersons & Leadership include: Sandy Spang and Sena Mourad-Friedman, Women’s Business Council chairpersons; Angie Fitzpatrick, PhD, Advocacy chairperson and Aby Sadowy, HerHub chairperson. WOT Task Force and Program Team: Nina Corder, Managing & Program Director; Kaitlin Kaiser, HerHub program associate; Izzy Nelson, volunteer coordinator and program associate II; Penny Meeker, youth counselor; Liz Mohler, office support and Nacema ElOrra, accounting clerk. For information about WOT, their January virtual business roundtable or January HerHub Luncheon view the contact information.