“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”
–Erma Bombeck, humorist/columnist
The Dialogue Series showcases achievement, innovation and inspiration. At each gathering, a woman of accomplishment is invited to share her professional journey which is followed by an open and honest dialogue about the way that she navigated the challenges she faced along the way. This intimate exchange is limited to 20 attendees and is open to Founder and Sustainer level members only. Held 6-8 times a year, the Dialogue Series is typically offered in months when there is no Signature Event.
Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry was elected Mayor of Massillon in 2011 and again in 2015. Prior to her election as mayor, Kathy served as the council representative for Massillon’s Third Ward for eight years.
Kathy co-founded the Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children, where she also served as Executive Director for Operations and Medically Fragile Care. Prior to founding the Golden Key Center, Kathy served as the Director of Weight Management at Aultman Hospital, and as the Director of the Wound Healing Center at the former Doctors Hospital.
Kath holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Malone University, and an Associate Degree in Science, (RN) from Stark State University. Kathy is also a graduate of Leadership Stark County as well as the Leadership Stark County Local Government Academy.
Kathy is a past member and past Chairman of both the Community Health Foundation of Massillon, and the Stark County Library Foundation. She is a member of the Stark Development Board of Trustees, Massillon Quota International, Massillon Homeless Task Force, The Stop Heroin from Killing Committee, Affinity Medical Community Leadership Council, Aultman’s Woman’s Board, Walsh University Women’s Committee, and is a past board member of the Massillon Boys & Girls Club. Kathy is also the founder of the American Elites “American Idols,” which is a special needs cheerleading team, where she also coaches. She has received numerous honors for her community and public service work.
Corey Minor Smith earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in English and a Master’s Degree of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University. While earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law, she served as President of the Black Law Student Association, competed in the 15th Annual University of Minnesota Law School National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition and won first place in the American Society of Composers Artists and Publishers’ Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition.
She is a member of the Ohio and Georgia bars and licensed to practice before the United States District Court of the Northern District of Ohio. Corey began her legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor; and soon after, served as a Judicial Attorney who authored decisions that were upheld by the 9th District Court of Appeals before establishing the Law Office of Corey Minor Smith, LLC. Subsequently, former Mayor William J. Healy, II handpicked Corey to serve as the Director of Compliance for the City of Canton.
Trained by HUD’s National Fair Housing Training Academy to process and investigate cases, Corey led Canton’s Fair Housing program in building its capacity to be one of five FHAPs in the state of Ohio and consistently met performance standards and requirements. Currently, as the Director of Legal Services for Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA), Corey represents SMHA in civil and administrative proceedings in addition to guiding the Executive Director and SMHA staff on an array of complex legal, labor relations and contract matters. Nationally, Corey presented as a panelist at the Housing and Development Law Institute conference in Washington DC. Internationally, Corey presented in Cape Town, South Africa; Nassau, Bahamas; and Athens, Greece.
Dedicated to community service, Corey serves as an elected member of the Canton City Schools Board of Education, a motivational speaker, a board member of the Stark and Muskingum Lakes chapter of the Red Cross, and a member of the Akron/Canton Barristers and the Honorable Judge Ira Turpin Scholars Recognition Committee. In addition to being a proud member of the Stark County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Corey is a graduate of Leadership Stark County’s 26th Class and the 2008 Class of the Leadership Stark County Government Academy. Among her accolades, the Canton Oldtimers Ladies Auxiliary Club honored Corey with a Phenomenal Woman Award, she was named one of Stark County’s Twenty Under 40! and an ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Finalist. The Boy Scouts of America Buckeye Counsel also honored Corey with the Spirit of Scouting Award and most recently, Corey was inducted into the Class of 2016 YWCA Women’s Hall of Fame.