This event highlights the accomplishments of distinguished, diverse female leaders from around the country who have achieved remarkable success in their respective fields. Click here for PDF

Opening Remarks by President Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D. 

Moderator: Mrs. Candace Campbell- Jackson, Esq. Vice President for Student Success and Vice Provost for Academic Success.

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2014 honorees are:

Tracy CarterMs. Tracy L. Carter, MHSA System Director,  Government Affairs and Health Policy Summa Health System; 

 Vanita OelschlagerMrs. Vanita OelschlagerAuthor and founder of VanitaBooks, LLC; former teacher, philanthropist & caregiver

Rev. Dr. Diana L. SwoopeReverend Dr. Diana L. Swoope, Senior Pastor, Arlington Church of God.

 Dr. Adis Maria VilaDr. Adis Maria Vila, Senior Fellow, Institute for Cross Cultural Management, Florida Institute of Technology and former Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Air Force Academy; 

 Julie ZhaoDr. Julie Zhao, Director, Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics (IDEAs) Program and Assistant to the Dean for Diversity, College of Engineering, The University of Akron; 

This year we have added a new component honoring Rising Trailblazers recognizing upcoming women and their achievements. This year’s Rising Trailblazers are: 

Margo SommervilleCouncilwoman Margo Sommerville, Ward-3 Akron City Council; 

 Jasmine SimmonsMs. Jasmine Simmons, 2013 Sofia Deaflympian, USA Deaf Sports Federation and UA outstanding Speech Language Pathology scholar. 

Previous honorees have included:  Brigadier General Dana Born, Dean of Faculty, U.S. Air Force AcademyRonda Ferguson, Vice President and Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer, First EnergyRoxia Boykin, Vice President Community Benefit and Diversity, Summa Health System; Betty Martinez Lowery, Senior Manager, Minority Business Development, Walt Disney; Dr. Florence Denmark, Professor of Psychology at Pace University and Former American Psychological Association PresidentTheresa Barrera, Vice President of Supplier Diversity, WalmartSherry Williams, Vice President and Corporate Secretary of HaliburtonJudge Carla Moore, Ninth District Court of Appeals and Judge Kathryn Michael, Akron Municipal Court among many others.  

Sponsored by: The Women's & Gender Resource Center and Women's Studies Program.