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Cincinnati Chamber Announces the 60 Women Participating in WE Lead Class 18

CINCINNATI – September 12, 2023 – The Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber released the names of the 60 women participating in Class 18 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 leadership development program that focuses on the whole person. Participants have space to invest in themselves by tapping into multiple angles of growth, including engaging with other women, developing strategic goals, and executing on their aspirations. WE Lead leans into diversity through the programming, facilitators, experiences, and cohorts. 

“WE Lead is all about progress and growth, regardless of where you come from or where you stand,” said Devona Stripling, Director, Women Excel & Diverse by Design, Cincinnati Regional Chamber. “Whether it is professional or personal, these incredible female leaders take their experiences in the program and lean on the connections they make with each other to advance and make positive changes in their organizations and communities.”

Class 18 includes leaders from a diverse group of industries, companies, and backgrounds, comprised of women representing 59 organizations. In its 17-year history, more than 800 women have graduated from WE Lead.

WE Lead Class 18:

  • Brooke Baker, Group Scientist, P&G
  • Kim Barrett, Director, Product Strategy, Altafiber
  • Julie Baxter, Senior Claim Operations Manager, Great American Insurance Group
  • De-Ajura Bess, Director, Human Resources, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Samar Bondok, Director of Data and Accountability, Great Oaks Career Campuses
  • Samantha Brandenburg, Chief Counsel, Economic Development, City of Cincinnati
  • Dominica Brantley, Lead Advisor, GRAD Cincinnati
  • Kari Brooke, State & Local Tax Senior Manager, Brixey & Meyer
  • Kat Bunn, Senior Vice President, Leaders & Industry Growth
  • Alethea Teh Busken, Trust Counsel, Johnson Trust Company
  • Melissa Butler, Assistant Vice President, The Cincinnati Insurance Company
  • Heather Byrne, Family Services Director, Cincinnati Hamilton County Community
  • Jessica Coplen, Director of Brand & Communications, Huseman Group
  • Emily Coughlin, Vice President, PNC Private Bank
  • Amber Cowart, Advocacy Coordinator, Developmental Disabilities Services, Hamilton County
  • Christy Dakin, Principal, Champlin Architecture
  • Valerie Daley, Senior Program Officer, LISC Greater Cincinnati
  • Maggie Daly, Senior Project Leader, AMEND Consulting
  • Jenny Davis, International Sales Manager, Time Timer
  • Brandy Del Favero, Development Director, 3CDC
  • Agnes Derkacz, Executive Director, EY
  • Alicia DeVore, Public Relations & Marketing, Castellini Management Company
  • Amanda Downey, Consumer Bank IV, First Financial Bank
  • Amy Fecker, Director of Annual Giving, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Sydney Fine, Senior Director of Impact, ArtWorks
  • Catherine Fitzgerald, Vice President, Alloy Development
  • Tanya Froehlich, Director, Division pf Development & Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Allison Gosney, AVP, Commission Operations, Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Henrietta Hall, Police Sergeant, Cincinnati Police Department
  • Charlotte Harris, Senior Associate, Korn Ferry
  • Jennifer Hartig, Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing, Rolling Hills Hospitality
  • Christine Hayley, VP of Operations, Better Business Bureau
  • Ellen Heekin, Senior Teaching Professor of Economics, Director of the Center for Women in Business & Leadership, Xavier University
  • Cara Helmes, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas
  • Maria Jones, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Program Administrator, SORTA/Metro
  • Jayne Laake, IT Executive, Business Relationship Director, Messer Construction
  • Dr. Keisha Love, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Undergraduate Affairs, University of Cincinnati
  • Kenetra Mathis, Deputy Director, Cincinnati Preschool Promise
  • Kaitrin McCoy, Thought Leadership Lead, TiER1 Performance
  • Sarah McCullough, Client Accounting Services Manager, Excelsior Accounting Services
  • Kelly McDonough, Sr. Compensation Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Kelsey Mehaffie, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
  • Kristen Meyers, Director of Single Game Ticketing, Cincinnati Reds
  • Kayla Miller, Founder, Everybody is LITT Academy
  • Chelsea Murphy, Managing Director, Accenture Security, Accenture
  • Julie Nesbitt, Directo, FORVIS
  • Jaime Pence, Sr. Manager Inside Sales Team, The Gorilla Glue Co.
  • Andrea Pinho, Director, Site Selection & Real Estate, REDI Cincinnati
  • Myrna Rexing, Sr. Growth Manager, Kroger
  • Becca Riley, Accounting Manager, FC Cincinnati
  • Shannel Satterfield, Project Manager, SORTA/Metro
  • Stephanie Schaefer-Blank, Director, Talent Acquisition & Global Mobility, NTT DATA Business Solutions Inc.
  • Shermirah Smith, Vice President of the Corporate Work Study Program, DePaul Cristo Rey High School
  • Jennifer Spaulding-Marsh, Chief Operating Officer, The TRAK group
  • Jessica Spencer, Director of Natural Resources, Great Parks of Hamilton County
  • Brittany Spies, Human Resources Business Partner, AMIG
  • Kaitlyn Stuckert, Registered Wealth Management Client Associate, Merrill Lunch Wealth Management
  • Kim Vogelgesang, Duke Energy Foundation Manager, Duke Energy
  • Anna Weston, VP, Marketing Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Dawn Whiteside, Owner & Co-Owner, Dawn’s Discoveries & Masterpiece Men’s Consignment

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