Latest Women's Impact News

  • Marlene Mason Recognized by Soroptimist International

    Congratulations to Women’s Impact, Inc. member Marlene Mason who recently received The Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County “Woman of Distinction Award.” Marlene was recognized for her work with, and on-going contribution to, Aunt Susie’s Cancer Wellness Center for Women, an organization she founded in memory of a friend. Aunt Susie’s mission is to provide compassionate care to women in Stark County who have been diagnosed with cancer.  The “Woman of Distinction Award” is given to a woman who demonstrates personal and professional dedication to improving the lives of women in Stark County and beyond.

  • Rodek Honored at NSME'S 45th Annual Accent on Excellence Awards


    Joyce Rodek was one of 33 Akron/Canton professionals honored at the National Sales and Marketing Executives 45th Annual Accent on Excellence Awards. Joyce was recognized for being a founder of the North Canton Executive Networking Group (NCENG), an organization that helps people navigate through the dark days following job loss or downsizing.

    For the past seven years Joyce, along with a dedicated group of volunteers, has led free, bi-monthly meetings providing training, networking opportunities and hope to those in career transition. She has been described as a “lighthouse” for some 2000 people.

    Her nominator is also a Women’s Impact, Inc. member, Dianne Digianantonio. Also volunteering as a part of the NCENG leadership team is Women’s Impact, Inc. member Barbara Jean Winston.

  • Melissa Hackenberg Honored by Canton City School District

    Women’s Impact, Inc. member Melissa Hackenberg was one of seven outstanding and influential community leaders honored by The Canton City School District at its 2017 District Wide Black History Month Celebration. A Rising Star Award, designated for “up and coming leaders in the community” was presented to Melissa for The Love Gift program she started in 2012 through Cathedral of Life Church. The Love Gift is a free wedding event for couples who live together, but are unable to afford a wedding. Melissa is a real estate professional with a love for community service. Congratulations Melissa.

  • Four Impact Members Among "30 Faces of Leadership"

    There are some familiar faces in the “30 Faces of Leadership Stark County” honorees. Celebrating its 30th Class, Leadership Stark County and About Magazine are recognizing 30 of Leadership’s graduates who are “living the mission” of the organization. Congratulations to Women’s Impact, Inc. members:

    Karen Brenneman, Women’s Impact, Inc. Treasurer
    Managing Partner, Hall Kistler & Company LLP

    Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Mayor, City of Massillon
    Women’s Impact, Inc. Board Member

    Gloria J. Pope, Community Trustee, Retired
    Women’s Impact, Inc. Board Member

    Shelley Schweitzer, Founder, SAS Organizing Solutions, LLC 
    Women’s Impact, Inc. Executive Director