Women’s Impact has named Shelley Ann Schweitzer as executive director, a new position for the organization that works to connect and elevate women in Stark County and the region.
As executive director, Schweitzer is responsible for managing strategic initiatives and monitoring the organization’s daily activities.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity,” Schweitzer said. “I believe in this organization and its goals.”
Women’s Impact traces its roots to 2009 and formally organized in 2012. During that period the group has expanded to more than 150 members, said Kay Feagles, chair of the group’s board and an executive board member.
“We’ve evolved to the point where we need sustained professional leadership to augment the dedicated volunteers who continue to give so generously in propelling the organization forward,” Feagles said in a news release announcing the move.
Schweitzer has 35 years experience in non-profit management and volunteer positions.
Before accepting the post, she was director of strategic initiatives and adviser to the vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, a synagogue arm for the Reform Jewish Movement. She also owns SAS Organizing Solutions, which provides professional organizing and project management services to small businesses and non-profit operations.
Feagles said Women’s Impact directors are confident Schweitzer’s diverse background and experience will help the organization “build momentum in supporting the advancement of women in their professional and personal pursuits.”
Schweitzer said she wants to continue promoting Women’s Impact, working to build membership and involvement.
The organization provides mentorship for women, recognizes achievements and offers diverse activities, Schweitzer said. “It’s energizing to be with these women.”