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WELD Unveils the 2019 Women WELDing the Way® Honorees

Wednesday, July 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nicole Washington
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(June 27, 2018, Cleveland, OH)—Each year, Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) recognizes a diverse group of twelve women who are high impact leaders within their organizations, support the leadership development of other women, give time, talent and resources to their community, and invest in the growth of women-owned businesses. A relatively new organization in the Cleveland market, WELD announces the second annual edition of its signature Women WELDing the Way® calendar for 2019, featuring twelve prominent Cleveland women.  The honorees have been selected from a pool of local nominees based on their commitment to WELD’s mission to develop and advance women’s leadership, their leadership in their industry, and their readiness to advance to the next level of leadership.  

The 2019 Women WELDing the Way® honorees will be recognized at a November 8, 2018 reception at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. WELD President & CEO Barb Smoot shares, “WELD’s Cleveland Chapter is thrilled to announce the names of the diverse group of talented leaders who will be featured as its 2019 calendar honorees. In countless ways, these women are indeed WELDing the Way® by making an impact in their communities. They inspire others by living WELD’s mission to develop and advance women’s leadership to strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities we serve. We are delighted to have Carrie Murphy, Director, HR & Talent Acquisition, Vertical Knowledge, and Yanna Ware, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies, as this year’s calendar project committee co-chairs.”

Melanie Farrell, Director of Facility Planning & Board Relations states, “Our organization is honored to be the venue sponsor for the 2018 Women WELDing the Way event.  As this is a new partnership, we are excited to see how the CMBA may help play a role in recognizing these professional and notable women in Northeast Ohio.”  

The production of the calendar is the result of many generous sponsors providing financial support and in-kind services. Style support for the honorees will be provided by Changes Hair & Nail Salon, The House of Sugar Beauty Inc. and Blink Eyelash Salon.  Calendar photography will be provided by Kelly Samardak.

WELD honors the achievements of these notable women who will be featured in the annual Women WELDing the Way® calendar, which will focus on the theme Be the Difference.”  Join WELD in recognizing the 2019 class of amazing women:

  • Jacquelyne E. Bailey, PhD., Director, Regional Coordination & Civic-Based Programming/Civic Education, Cleveland Clinic, Office of Government and Community Relations  

  • Robin Doerschuk, Director of Learning & Development, TalentLaunch

  • Renee Holcomb Hardwick, Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, KeyBank National Association

  • Beth Knorr, Director, Summit Food Coalition

  • Amy Martin, Vice President of Marketing, Mezu, Inc.

  • Anjua Maximo, Co-Creator of GrooveRyde and Creator of The Electric Life + Pure Mvmnt

  • Kris McGuigan, President, Professional Courage

  • Linda McHugh, Chief Human Resources Officer, Cleveland Clinic

  • Dr. Martina Moore, President & CEO, Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc.  

  • Cheryl Perez, President, BIG-HR

  • Alicia Robinson, Founder, Executive Director, Limitless Ambition

  • Jessica N. Tischler, Regional Director for Service to the Armed Forces and International Services, American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio

The reception will be on Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1375 E 9th St #2, Cleveland, OH 44114. For more information on WELD, visit  

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