Latest Women's Impact News

  • Can you spell C-H-A-M-P? Grabowski Wins Celebrity Bee

    Congratulations to Women’s Impact Board Member Sue Grabowski who is the 2016 winner of The Repository-sponsored celebrity spelling bee.  Correctly spelling the word “indoctrinate,” Sue became the winner of the bee that is a fund-raising project for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Sue is President of Grabowski and Co., a marketing and communications firm in Lake Township.

  • Now Accepting ATHENA International Nominations

    ATHENA international logo

    Women’s Impact, Inc. invites you to…

    Nominate an outstanding woman for one of Greater Stark County’s most prestigious recognitions; the 2017 Greater Stark County ATHENA Leadership Award®.  All finalists, past recipients and the current recipient will be honored at a dinner March 23, 2017 at the Conference Center at Kent State University Stark Campus. Complete the 2017 Athena Award Nomination Form and return it by September 30, 2016 to place your nominee into consideration.

    The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to individuals who have attained and embody the highest level of professional excellence in their business or profession and devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. What sets this award apart from other female-oriented recognitions is that the Athena puts great emphasis on a third component – the nominee must actively and have significantly assisted, or be assisting, other women in realizing their full leadership potential.

    The ATHENA Leadership Award Program® is a signature event of Women’s Impact Inc. Women’s Impact Inc. exists to encourage woman to unleash their power to realize their full potential through connection, education and recognition. Impact provides an energizing arena for women of purpose and passion, women with a point of view, women who take pride in enriching their own and each other’s lives, women who support creating leadership opportunities.

    The ATHENA International Awards® are administered by a non-profit women’s leadership organization based in Chicago, in partnership with licensed host organizations and sponsors. More than 6000 awards have been presented in more than 500 communities in the United States and around the world since the programs’ inception in 1982. Nominations are sought throughout the community and across professional sectors; the Women’s Impact Inc. recipient is selected by a diverse group of local community leaders based on the criteria noted. The Stark County recipient will then be entered into consideration at the international level.

    Past recipients of the Greater Stark County award include Sandra Cleaver, elder care attorney; Dr. Para Jones, President of Stark State College; Mayor Cathy Catazaro-Perry of Massillon; Renee Powell, Clearview golf professional and Janet Weir-Creighton, Stark County Commissioner.

    You are welcome and encouraged to have support documentation accompany your nomination form. Copies of press coverage, newsletter articles, event programs, etc. all help round out your nominee for consideration. We ask that you do not submit the actual news clipping, program booklet, etc. Rather, please make copies of these items and attach them to your submission.

    Once your nomination is received the Nominations Chairperson reviews it and may call you with questions. Please be sure that every field is completed. All Finalists will be video taped as part of the presentation.

    Information: Shelley Schweitzer, Women’s Impact Inc. Executive Director,

  • Members on the Move: Judith Lancaster

    Judith Lancaster

    Congratulations to Women’s Impact Board Member Judith E. Barnes Lancaster, Esquire who has been selected for induction into the YWCA of Stark County’s Women’s Hall of Fame. The 26th Class of Inductees will be honored at a November luncheon.

    Lancaster, of Perry Township, currently serves as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General and has a private practice in personal injury and probate. She also was general manager for the northeast Ohio division of Corning Clinical Laboratories (now Quest Diagnostics, Inc.). Her career has included private and nonprofit hospital settings as well as corporate settings and she has owned her own clinical laboratory and established a tissue bank for the transplantation of human bone.

  • Members on the Move: Two Join Women's Impact, Inc. Board


    Dawn Campanelli (left) and Kathy Catazaro-Perry are the most recent members to be elected to the Women’s Impact, Inc. Board of Directors. Bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and community service experience, Dawn is President of Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio and Kathy is Mayor of the City of Massillon. They were each elected to their first three-year term at the annual meeting of the organization.

    Elected to serve a second three-year term were Laura Baloun, Principal, LPL Financial; Rebecca Crowl, President, Aultman College and Merle Griff, Ph.D., Founder, SarahCare.

    Officers elected to a one-year term are Chair, Kari Groh, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, The Timken Company; Vice Chair, Paula Mastroianni, Marketing/Communications Professional; Treasurer, Karen Brenneman, Managing Partner, Hall, Kistler & Company LLP; Secretary, Kristen Moore, Magistrate, Stark County Court of Common Pleas. Also on the executive committee are Immediate Past Chair, Kay Feagles, retired, Raymond James Financial, Baloun and Jolene Colant, Director of Marketing, Hall, Kistler & Company, LLP.

    Rounding out the Board of Directors are Janet Weir Creighton, Stark County Commissioner; Sue Grabowski, President, Grabowski & Co; Judith Lancaster, Attorney; Barbara Mucci, Director of Development, Canton Symphony Orchestra; Gloria J. Pope, Community Trustee; Tena Wilson, Executive Director, Stark County District Libraries and Barbara Yingling, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Medical Center.


  • Members on the Move: Three Impact Women Tapped for LSC 30th Class


    Congratulations to Kristin Hannon, Kristin Selby and Latrice Virola who have been named to the Leadership Stark County Signature Program 30th Class. Kristin, Kristin and Latrice join 37 others in this class of seasoned and emerging leaders who are dedicated to growing their community trusteeship.


  • OWN YOUR SUCCESS: Women's Empowerment Day September 13

    Women’s Impact, Inc. Women’s Empowerment Day Workshop and Leadership Lunch
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    Barrette Center, Walsh University
    2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, OH
    8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Full Day Workshop // $125 Lunch Only // $40
    Table Sponsorship Available*
    Co-Sponsored by
    Lean In: Tactical Solutions for Success 8-11:30 a.m. session
    Lisa Waite, Presenter
    Leadership Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Practical Solutions for Success 1:15-2:30 p.m. session

    Morning Session:
    Lean In: Tactical Solutions for Success 8-11:30 a.m.

    Waite Communication and Professional Development
    Presenter: Lisa Waite
    Professional Development
    Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies and Senior Facilitator
    The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark
    • Lean in (but not too much). Speak up (but not too often). Be empowered (but only when it is politically correct). The 21st century workplace requires a renewed negotiation approach. Learn a solutions-based approach to leveraging success through effective negotiation in this time of the power play, a global economy, salary inequity and missed opportunities for work flexibility and promotion. Explore:

    NegoSHEation Strategies
    Navigation of the “pink & blue” sectors
    The power of kNOw
    Leadership competencies and more…

    Leadership Lunch:
    Realize Your Success 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Keynote: Lisa Waite
    Waite Communication and Professional Development
    Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies and Senior Facilitator
    The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark
    Moderator: Kari Groh
    Vice President, Communications and Public Relations, The Timken Company Chair, Women’s Impact, Inc.

    • Continue the conversation over lunch and bring a co-worker who is newer to the professional world. Together – in this supportive and safe environment – consider how you’ve owned your success; share experiences, struggles and encouraging words.

    Afternoon Session:
    Unleash Your Success: Practical Solutions for Success 1:15-2:30 p.m.
    Moderator, Kristen Moore
    Magistrate, Stark County Court of Common Pleas
    Secretary, Women’s Impact, Inc.

    • Take a practical approach to owning your success when the workshop continues after lunch with a panel of experts:


    Getting Your Financial House in Order
    Kay Feagles, Certified Financial Planner
    Retired, Raymond James Financial
    Career Communications: Navigating the Landscape
    Kristina Schnepf
    President, Leap Consulting
    Mindfulness: Being Present
    Denise Gotchall
    President, Agler Consulting
    *Afternoon session included in full day workshop and open to Founding and Sustaining/Supporting members who are registered for lunch only

    *Table Sponsorship: $1200 includes full-day workshop for 8, table signage, recognition in the event slide scroll and listing on the Women’s Impact, Inc. website. Table sponsors will have the choice of sitting together at one table or being seated at different tables. For more information contact or call 330.327.0840.

    Women’s Empowerment Day Workshop and Leadership LunchTuesday, September 13, 2016
    Barrette Center, Walsh University
    2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, OH
    8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Full Day Workshop // $125 Lunch Only // $40


  • Kari Groh Chairs Women's Impact, Inc.

    Kari Groh, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, The Timken Company serves as Chair of the Women’s Impact Board of Directors. Groh follows Women’s Impact, Inc. Founding Chair, Kay Feagles, retired Certified Financial Planner, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

    “We have outstanding strong women leaders in our community,” said Groh, “and Kay’s passion to bring them together, give them greater visibility and accelerate the speed of their advancement characterized her leadership style as Impact’s first leader. Over the past four years, she has steered us from concept to vitality and we, and those who come next, will forever be indebted to her commitment to breathe life into this now thriving women’s leadership organization.”

     In addition to the work Groh does for Impact, she shares her time and talent with many organizations in the area while juggling her professional responsibilities at The Timken Company where she is responsible for worldwide communications, directing the development of Timken messaging with customers, media, employees and share-holders. She oversees reputation management, brand strategy, marketing communications, corporate events, creative services and design, the corporate web site and the company’s global intranet, including daily news features available in seven languages.


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