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Cincinnati Chamber Announces the 54 Women Participating in WE Lead Class 17

The Leadership Center at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber released the names of 54 women participating in Class 17 of WE Lead, the flagship leadership development program of its Women Excel (WE) platform.

WE Lead, presented by PNC Bank and TiER1 Performance, is a 10-month executive leadership development experience for high-potential, goal-oriented women who are actively preparing for the next level of their career. Participants are high-achieving women who are being assigned increasing levels of responsibility within their organization and are on track for future advancement.

“WE Lead is about taking the next step – personally and professionally – from wherever you are standing right now,” said Devona Stripling, Women Excel Program Manager. “The power of the program lies in the personal growth and connections made. These incredible female leaders will take their experiences and lean on one another as they seek to advance and make positive changes in their organizations and communities.”

Class 17 includes leaders from a diverse group of industries, companies, and backgrounds, comprised of women representing 52 organizations. In its 16-year history, more than 750 women have graduated from WE Lead. 
WE Lead Class 17:

  • Heather Ackels, Executive Director, INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati
  • Olubolaji Akintelure, Product Development Scientist, P&G
  • Lauren Amos, Director of Consumer Experience, MadTree Brewing
  • Natalie Anderson, Director, Community Relations & FC Cincinnati Foundation, FC Cincinnati
  • Ryan Anderson, Sr. HR Business Partner, The Cincinnati Insurance Company
  • Mindy Aufderheide, Director, Customer Success, Cloverleaf
  • Jocelyn Banks, Associate Director, Software Engineering, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jan Barnhorst, Marketing Director, McGill Smith Punshon, Inc.
  • Erika Blanton, Leadership Development Program Manager, Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Samar Bondok, Director of Data and Accountability, Great Oaks Career Campuses
  • Marie Janelle Carter, Director of Child Care Partnerships, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
  • Anna Combs, Project Manager, Danis Building Construction Company
  • Sybil Covell, Senior Manager, North America Consumer Operations, EssilorLuxottica
  • Abigail Crews, Estimating Principal, Messer Construction
  • Govinda Davis, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Melissa Davis, Program Manager, Nehemiah Manufacturing Company
  • Erica Day, Director, Cyber Security – Identity and Access Management, First Financial Bank
  • Andrea Enders, Director, Business Development, REDI Cincinnati
  • Keri Finnell, IT Director, Application Development, Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Jurate Grigorjevaite-Baker, Sr. Accounting Manager, Devicor Medical Devices
  • Barbara Grimsley, Senior Writer, Shattles Communications
  • Julie Hanser, Owner, Julie Hanser Consulting, LLC
  • Candice Hayes-McInnis, CEO, CAST Accounting
  • Amber Hogan, Director of Delivery, Perfetti Van Melle
  • Jenny Huffman, Marketing Brand Manager, Cintas Corporation
  • Holly Jones, Reinsurance Manager, Great American Insurance Group
  • Nicole Kelly, Regional Manager/ Market Lead, Dewey’s Pizza
  • Tammy Landfried, Accounting Director, Great American Life Insurance Company
  • Julie Leppo, VP, Relationship Strategist, PNC Private Bank
  • Evette Maddox, HR Generalist, SHRM-CP, Johnson Investment Counsel
  • Shanna Martin-Gornall, Training & Development Manager, Graeter’s Ice Cream
  • Molly McKnight, Vice President, Marketing Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Jareen Meinzen-Derr, Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Libbie Miller, Manager, Rates & Regulatory Strategy, Duke Energy
  • Christina Misali, Director, Talent Pipeline, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Courtney Morabito, Manager of Operations, Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Jackie Napp, Senior Manager, FORVIS, LLP
  • Leslie Nienhaus, VP of People, AMEND Consulting
  • Jaci Overmann, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Alicia Pitocco, Category Manager, The Kroger Co.
  • Lindsay Powers, Vice President of Marketing, STACK Construction Technologies
  • Kate Rechtsteiner, Director of Visitor Experience, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Richara Richardson, CEO, Empower 2 Elevate Consulting, LLC
  • Pamela Ridgley, Associate Director of Business Planning, Kaleidoscope Innovation
  • Kristine Roselle, Director of Volunteer Engagement, Great Parks of Hamilton County
  • Stephanie Seyfried, Director in Training Program Operations, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
  • Alyssa Smith, Director, Software Engineering, The E. W. Scripps Company
  • Jill Smith, Vice President of Sales, Kroger Precision Marketing
  • Erica Spitzig, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP
  • Saki Stammer, Manager, Vendor Management, Ensemble Health Partners
  • Felicity Tao, VP, Marketing & Integration, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Cicely Tingle, Sr. Associate General Counsel, UC Health
  • Nancy Westbrock, VP Operations, The ON Equity Sales Co.
  • Melissa Young, Director, Human Resources, Michelman

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