Flourish CLEVELAND Conference for Women in Leadership

Welcome to Flourish Cleveland!

We believe that when women flourish we change the world, by positively impacting our families, organizations and companies and our communities. We know that organizations where women are highly represented in senior management outperform their competitors by up to 26%.

We propose, however, that even at the highest levels of success, many women spend a large portion of their time, treasure and talent on external concerns. And very little on their own strategic self-development.

Our promise is to create safe and immersive environments for women to connect, engage and create their next level of self-defined strategic success in their careers, businesses and lives. We promise to provide every tool at our disposal to help them grow. Luxuriantly.

As was the case in 2014, we fully expect the Flourish Cleveland Conference for Women in Leadership to sell out within a few weeks of opening registration. The conference has been so successful in Cleveland (and across the U.S.) for the following reasons:

  • Each conference is focused on the region it serves. So the Flourish Cleveland Conference is focused on issues related to the advancement of women in the Midwest, and specifically across Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
  • The Cleveland Conference highlights women who are either flourishing in Northeast Ohio, have ties to the region, or whose work directly impacts the women, workforce and world as seen through the lens of Northeast Ohio.
  • The Cleveland transformation renaissance is pervasive. In addition to winning the Republican National Convention and the obvious excitement about the Cavaliers and sports franchises, the downtown is growing with a brand new Global Innovation Center, a new convention center and several new hotels, restaurants and attractions.
  • Flourish Cleveland Awards (Entrepreneur of the Year and Executive of the Year) are honors designed to recognize an executive and an entrepreneur in the Cleveland area who is making tremendous contribution in her industry, her community and to the individuals she supports and those she serves.

The Facts about Women in Leadership

You are a leader who values the advancement of women. For your organization’s culture, its brand, and importantly, its bottom line. You’re in great company, recent research suggests that when examining the financial returns of companies with three or more women on the board, those companies outperform companies with homogenous (all-male) boards by 60 percent in return on invested capital, 84 percent in return on sales, and 60 percent in return on equity. These data indicate that women leaders are not just good for the organization’s brand, culture and bottom line but suggest that women in top leadership positions actually have a synergistic impact on profits (Carter, 2004).

Because we understand the need to attract, retain and engage women leaders, we have developed an immersive, inspirational and substantive one-day experience called Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership.  Flourish was developed specifically for high-achieving female senior leaders and executives as a resource for strategic career and life-planning at a time when every female senior leader is seeking “work-life balance.”

About Cleveland

Cleveland’s geographic location on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie has been key to its growth. The Ohio and Erie Canal coupled with rail links helped establish the city as an important business center. Steel and many other manufactured goods emerged as leading industries.

The city diversified its economy in addition to its manufacturing sector. Cleveland is home to the corporate headquarters of many large companies such as Applied Industrial TechnologiesCliffs Natural ResourcesForest City EnterprisesNACCO IndustriesSherwin-Williams Company and KeyCorpNASA maintains a facility in Cleveland, theGlenn Research CenterJones Day, one of the largest law firms in the U.S, began in Cleveland.  Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs are also home to several private equity firms including The Riverside Company, Kirtland Capital Partners, Resilience Capital Partners and Primus Capital.

In 2007, Cleveland’s commercial real estate market experienced rebound with a record pace of purchases, with a housing vacancy of 10%.

The Cleveland Clinic is the city’s largest private employer with a workforce of over 37,000 as of 2008. It carries the distinction as being among America’s best hospitals with top ratings published in U.S. News & World Report. Cleveland’s healthcare sector also includes University Hospitals of Cleveland, a renowned center for cancer treatment, MetroHealth medical center, and the insurance company Medical Mutual of Ohio. Cleveland is also noted in the fields of biotechnology and fuel cell research, led by Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Cleveland is among the top recipients of investment for biotech start-ups and research. Case Western Reserve, the Clinic, and University Hospitals have recently announced plans to build a large biotechnology research center and incubator on the site of the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center, creating a research campus to stimulate biotech startup companies that can be spun off from research conducted in the city.

City leaders promoted growth of the technology sector in the first decade of the 21st century. Mayor Jane L. Campbell appointed a “tech czar” to recruit technology companies to the downtown office market, offering connections to the high-speed fiber networks that run underneath downtown streets in several “high-tech offices” focused on the Euclid Avenue area. Cleveland State University hired a technology transfer officer to cultivate technology transfers from CSU research to marketable ideas and companies in the Cleveland area, and appointed a vice president for economic development. Case Western Reserve University participated in technology initiatives such as the OneCommunity project, a high-speed fiber optic network linking the area’s research centers intended to stimulate growth. In mid-2005, Cleveland was named an Intel “Worldwide Digital Community” along with Corpus Christi, TexasPhiladelphiaPennsylvania, and Taipei. This added about $12 million for marketing to expand regional technology partnerships, created a city-wide Wi-Fi network, and developed a tech economy. In addition to this Intel initiative, in January 2006 a New York-based think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum, selected Cleveland as the sole American city among its seven finalists for the “Intelligent Community of the Year” award. The group announced that it nominated the city for its OneCommunity network with potential broadband applications. OneCommunity collaborated with Cisco Systems to deploy a wireless network starting in September 2006.

Source: Wikipedia.org

2016 Conference Speakers

Francoise Adan, MD

Medical Director

UH Connor Integrative Health Network at University Hospitals

Jennifer Jordan

Anchor

WJW-TV FOX 8 News

Lisa A. Gavales

Chairman, CEO and President

Things Remembered, Inc.

Margot James Copeland

Executive Vice President – Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

KeyBank

Maryann Correnti

Chief Financial Officer

Heinen’s, Inc.


2016 Co-Chairs

Christine Lobas

Founder and CEO

Studiothink

Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D.

Founder

Monford Dent Consulting, LLC

Felicia Johnson

President e-Commerce Sales and Retail Strategy, Point2Point Group and Director and Client Partner

Razorfish

Kathy Worcester Lentner

Owner

KW Strategic Consulting Group, LLC

Micah Hines

Former General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Governor

Governor Mark Dayton

Ramona Hood

Managing Director

FedEx Truckload Brokerage

April Miller Boise

SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Meritor, Inc.

Francoise Adan, MD

Title: Medical Director

Company UH Connor Integrative Health Network at University Hospitals

Email: harness.stress@gmail.com

Phone: 216.469.4244


Expertise: Stress Management and Building Resiliency/Optimal Health

Dr. Francoise Adan is a medical doctor with an entrepreneurial spirit. With degrees in family medicine and psychiatry, she launched a successful practice years ago to help patients heal both body and mind.

Today, she is the Medical Director of the UH Connor Integrative Health Network at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

What she’s witnessed during her many years of practice is a powerful link between mind and body health.

Her focus on holistic healing is part of a growing trend in medicine. What makes her an especially sought-after expert is her emphasis on stress management, building resiliency and mindfulness.

“Everyone experiences stress to some degree,’’ she says. “The most important lesson I learned from my years of experience is that unmanaged stress makes everything worse. My goal is to teach as many people as possible to build their resilience and to strive despite the stress in their lives.”

Today, Dr. Adan talks passionately to individuals, groups, organizations, business leaders, coaches and more about harnessing the power of stress. She trains them how to identify and build resilience to life’s daily stresses and challenges.

Her approach is practical and encourages positive, consistent change to achieve wellbeing. Her goal is not to eliminate stress, but to help people use it in a healthy, beneficial way.

To this end, Dr. Adan has created a special training program called S.M.A.R.T.TM (Stress Management and Resiliency Training). Its aim is to help organizations bring cost- effective stress resilience training to employees. The goal of the program is to improve employees’ well-being and ultimately lower health care costs.

More than 20 corporations and organizations, including Eaton Corp., Sherwin Williams and Baldwin Wallace University, have used the program, which is run through University Hospitals.

Dr. Adan has been a keynote speaker at the Chautauqua Institute in New York and with the Anxiety Disorder Association of America. She also has made numerous radio appearances and been quoted in national publications.

As a divorcee and breast cancer survivor, Dr. Adan, 56, is familiar with the stresses life can bring. She believes strongly in the power of meditation and has recorded the meditation CD “Let My Words be Your Words,” which has sold thousands of copies and is frequently used by large corporations and organizations such as University Hospitals. She is also a yoga instructor.

Born in Italy and raised in Belgium, Dr. Adan earned a medical degree in family medicine from the University Libre de Brussels. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1987 and earned a degree in psychiatry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She completed her residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 1996 and received her board certification a year later. In 2008, she became a U.S. citizen.

Dr. Adan joined University Hospitals in 2009 when she was appointed to her current position as Medical Director of the UH Connor Integrative Health Network. She is also an Assistant Professor at CWRU’s Medical School, where she is a member of the Steering Committee for the Medical School Women’s Faculty. In 2011, she received the local YWCA Women of Excellence award.

Dr. Adan is the mother of two children and is fluent in French. She is a gourmet cook who enjoys skiing and dancing. To book her for a speaking engagement or corporate training, please contact Sue at Studiothink: svalerian@studiothink.net or 216.574-9533. To contact Dr. Adan personally, email harness.stress@gmail.com or call 216.469.4244.

Jennifer Jordan

Title: Anchor

Company WJW-TV FOX 8 News


Two-time Emmy award winning journalist Jennifer Jordan joined WJW-TV FOX 8 News in January of 2012 as the noon Anchor and reporter for the evening newscasts.

Prior to joining FOX 8, Jennifer worked at WPIX-TV/CW11 as a freelance general assignment reporter.

She also was a fill-in anchor at the station.

In just a few months there, Jennifer reported on some of the biggest stories in the New York metropolitan area. Continuous breaking news coverage included the mid-air plane/tourist chopper collision over the Hudson River that made national headlines.

Jennifer was also the lead reporter on the deadly shooting of a Jersey City police officer and the attempted car bombing in Times Square.

Jennifer joined PIX News from WNYW/Fox 5 and WWOR-TV/My 9. While working for New York city’s only duopoly, Jennifer worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.

Jennifer traveled to New Orleans for the unveiling of the USS New York, naval ship built with steel from the World Trade Center. In an exclusive report, Jennifer also exposed security flaws at some of New York City’s most prominent tourist attractions, including the Empire State building.

Jennifer was also lead reporter on the NYPD police shooting of an unarmed man killed by cops on what would have been his wedding day.
Before Fox & My 9, Jennifer was a Westchester correspondent and general assignment reporter for WCBS-TV also in New York. As part of the award winning team, Jennifer was nominated for two Emmy awards for the mass transit strike. Previously, Jennifer anchored the 10 pm newscasts at News 12 Westchester.

While there, she earned two Emmy Awards, one for On-Camera achievement.
The second for a multi-part, hard-hitting investigation titled, “Predator Next Door.” Earlier, Jordan anchored the weekend newscasts at WFIE-TV in Evansville, Indiana. Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Jennifer’s career began as a field producer at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jennifer is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina where she received B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.

She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was inducted into Peekskill High School’s alumni Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jennifer has also received numerous community awards for her dedication to covering stories in her neighborhood and volunteering for a number of local charities.

Lisa A. Gavales

Title: Chairman, CEO and President

Company Things Remembered, Inc.


Lisa Gavales has been the Chairman, CEO and President of Things Remembered, Inc. since November 2014.
Prior to Things Remembered, Lisa served as the President of Direct & CMO of Talbots Inc. She also served as the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Express Inc. from 2008-2013 where she launched express.com and oversaw Digital, Marketing, and Visual. Prior to Express, Lisa’s career included 14 years of increased leadership responsibilities at Bloomingdale’s, including: launching bloomingdales.com, SVP of Strategic Planning, GMM of Home, and finally, SVP of Marketing.
Lisa has served on the boards of Shop.org and RAMA for the National Retail Federation, has been Chair of the Compensation Committee for the Board of Directors of Charles & Colvard (NYSE:CTHR), and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Women in Retail Leadership .
After moving from New York City to Columbus to Boston and back to Ohio, Lisa now happily lives In Shaker Heights with her husband, John Connors, and her daughter, Lindy.

Margot James Copeland

Title: Executive Vice President – Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

Company KeyBank


Margot James Copeland is Executive Vice President and Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at KeyBank, one of the nation’s largest bank-based multiline financial services companies. In her role, Copeland also serves as Chair & CEO of the KeyBank Foundation, guiding the company’s strategic philanthropic investments, in student’s academic success, workforce development and community service. Under Copeland’s leadership, the KeyBank Foundation was named to The Civic 50 in 2013 and 2014, as one of America’s fifty most community-minded companies, by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light, and in 2014 ranked #1 in corporate giving in the financial services sector.  Formerly Copeland served as Chief Diversity Officer at Key and under her leadership Key was consistently ranked as a Top 50 or Most Noteworthy Company for Diversity by DiversityInc.

 

Recognizing that business and community prosperity go hand in hand, Copeland leads Key’s commitment to transforming and sustaining communities.  She currently serves as trustee of Kent State University, the Thomas White Foundation; Kenneth Scott Foundation; University Hospitals Health System and the Delta Foundation (Washington, DC).  Additionally, she participates in the Executive Mentorship Program at Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia); and is a member of the Business School Advisory board at Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia).  Copeland is the 15th National President of The Links, Incorporated (Washington D.C.), and also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (Washington, DC).

 

Copeland was a delegate to the White House Conference on America’s Future.  In addition to her experience leading the Greater Cleveland Roundtable and Leadership Cleveland, Copeland’s public service is marked by her appointment to Vice Chairperson of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission and subsequently the Cleveland Millennium Commission by former Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White, whose second term Inaugural Committee she chaired.

 

Among her many distinguished awards and honors are:

  •  American Banker, Community Impact Award
  •  Alumni of the Year, Hampton University, 2013
  •  Esteemed Alumni, The Ohio State University/100 Years of African American Achievement
  • “25 Influential Black Women in Business”, The Network Journal
  • “Top Influential Women in Corporate America”, Savoy magazine
  • “100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America”, Savoy magazine
  • “Top Executives in Diversity”, Black Enterprise magazine
  • Academy of Game Changers, Spelman College
  • “One of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Ohio”, Diversity First
  • Woman of Influence – Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio
  • “100 Most Powerful Women in Cleveland”, New Cleveland Woman magazine
  • “Cleveland Woman of Influence”, Crain’s Cleveland Business
  • “Master Innovator” , Smart Business Network magazine
  • YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award
  • Black Professional of the Year – Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation
  • W.O. Walker Excellence in Community Service Award, Call and Post newspaper
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, Murtis Taylor Human Services System
  • Singular Sensation Award, Ohio Cancer Research Associates
  • The National Council of Negro Women, Cleveland Section, Community Service Award
  • Coalition of 100 Black Women, Community Service Award
  • Business Person of the Year, National Black MBA, Cleveland Chapter
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Community Service Award
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Community Service Award

 

Copeland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Hampton University, where she has received the distinguished 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award, and a Master of Arts degree, Educational Development, College of Education, at The Ohio State University, where she was recognized as an esteemed Alumnus.  A native Virginian, she resides in Cleveland, Ohio and is the mother of three adult children, Reverend Kimberley S. Copeland, Dr. Garrison E. Copeland and Michael Patterson Taylor Copeland.

Maryann Correnti

Title: Chief Financial Officer

Company Heinen’s, Inc.


Maryann is currently Chief Financial Officer for Heinen’s, Inc., a private grocery store Chain serving  Cleveland, Ohio  and Chicago, Illinois.  At Heinen’s, Maryann is responsible for developing and directing an 80 person team in the areas of finance, information technology, risk management, marketing, and corporate human resources.  Prior to joining Heinen’s (2003-2005) she provided consulting to various public companies establishing policies and procedures to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Regulations.  The majority of Maryann’s career (26 years) was spent with the professional services firm of Arthur Andersen, which after 77 years disbanded in the wake of the Enron scandal. She spent time in Andersen’s Chicago Illinois, Dallas Texas, and Cleveland Ohio offices.  At Arthur Andersen, Maryann was an Audit Partner primarily working with public companies specializing in acquisitions, restructuring, strategic business planning, and customer satisfaction. Maryann sits on the Boards of Pyramyd Air, University Hospital Richmond and Bedford and Lake Geauga Recovery Centers.

Christine Lobas

Title: Founder and CEO

Company Studiothink


Christine Lobas is the CEO/Founder of Studiothink, a strategic brand marketing & communications company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of Cleveland State University and Ursuline College with more than 20 years of experience in traditional and interactive advertising, creative direction, writing and public relations, Christine establishes a unique and comprehensive approach to strategic and creative direction for Studiothink clients. Christine has garnered awards for writing and creative direction and, prior to opening her own strategic communications/design firm, served as lead publicist and local media contact for clients including Verizon Wireless, Chipotle Restaurants and Norwalk Furniture, and subsequently was vice president and creative director for a Cleveland-based full-service advertising agency. Christine holds a certification in Gerontological studies in addition to her Marketing/Business degree and is a member of the American Advertising Federation, The American Marketing Association, The Legal Marketing Association, the Cleveland chapter of the Global Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and serves on the boards of the Epilepsy Association, the Benjamin Rose Institute, the Corporate Committee of Southwest General Hospital, and the Entrepreneurs Organization; please reach her through: christine@studiothink.net.

Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D.

Title: Founder

Company Monford Dent Consulting, LLC


Dr. Dent is a licensed psychologist and author. In 2011, she founded Monford Dent Consulting, LLC to provide program development, training/consultation, and motivational workshops to others. Through MD Consulting, Dr. Dent has served as a consultant and trainer under various federal and state grants in the areas of sexual violence in juvenile correctional systems, and prevention/response to campus sexual assault as well as having provided mental health trainings throughout the United States. Dr. Dent is the Clinical Director at a community-based counseling center serving all of Northeast Ohio. In addition, she is the developer of Sisters of Tamar Support Circle, a faith-based sexual abuse support group guide and has worked with the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV) to train churches in its use. Dr. Dent is the author of two books: Girls Got Issues: A Woman’s Guide to Self-discovery and Healing, a self-help book addressing women’s emotional health and You Got This! A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up, addressing the needs of girls.

Dr. Dent serves on the Executive Boards of NAMI-Greater Cleveland and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), as well as many other state and county committees addressing sexual violence, mental health, and the emotional wellness of girls and women.

Dr. Dent received her B.A. from Wilberforce University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University. She is the wife of Travis Dent and the loving mother of Mia and Zoe.

Felicia Johnson

Title: President e-Commerce Sales and Retail Strategy, Point2Point Group and Director and Client Partner

Company Razorfish


Felicia Johnson has over 20 years of experience in the Technology Strategy and eCommerce Implementation industry that aid in her ability to provide innovative delivery solutions, sales direction for new and existing customers, strategic process management, leadership development, and enterprise technology based solutions to organizations of all industries. Her background is one that is complete with the entire lifecycle of how people, combined with process and technology, are used to integrate greatness into an organization.

Felicia has played many roles in her career such as Executive Director of Project Management Offices and Internet Strategies, Engagement Leadership Manager of eBusiness/eCommerce Solutions, Senior Executive Director of Technology with a focus on Business Intelligence, Business and Programming Analyst, and most recently Vice President of Strategic Accounts. Her corporation experience ranges from working with Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 firms, as well as US based and international middle market organizations. In addition, she has worked with such clients as Dow Corning/Dow Chemical, Hubbell Industries, Lenscrafters, Allied Industry Technologies, Walgreen’s Pharmacy, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Whole Health Management, InkStop, Pat Catans, The Cleveland Clinic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ohio Savings Bank, National City Bank, Formtech, Bearings Inc, Charles Schwab, Nationwide Insurance, Nationwide Insurance and more.

With a formal background in Sales Execution, Strategic Technology Planning, Account Management, Project Management Methodology, Technical Programming, Infrastructure and Design, Business Intelligence Solutions and User Interface Design, Felicia brings a broad and complete perspective to building effective customer relationships, continual growth in already existing accounts all accompanied with value based conversations that lead to additional revenue. Additionally, she is focused on directing, building and proving corporate initiatives, using a hybrid methodology of Waterfall techniques and the Agile/Scrum methodology, in major international health care, retail, manufacturing, banking, insurance, financial and start-up companies to create and implement powerful and profitable software/technology

Felicia received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board for Black Girls Code. She has had formal training in Agile /SCRUM Project Management and has been recognized as a certified Information Technology Programmer and Project Manager for the Manufacturing, Health Care, Transportation, Insurance and Government industries. In addition, she is a member of Black Data Processing Organization, National Black MBA, Project Management Institute, COSE and the Northern Ohio Minority Business Council (NOMBC). Her consulting company, Point2Point Consulting, is a recognized Minority Business Executive (MBE) company and she strategizes with many executive boards for diversity inclusion of minority owned businesses.

Kathy Worcester Lentner

Title: Owner

Company KW Strategic Consulting Group, LLC

Email: kathy@kwstrategicgroup.com

Phone: 440.570.9354


Building off more than 15 years of experience working with regional and national brands, Kathy Worcester Lentner founded KW Strategic Consulting Group to help small to mid-sized organizations better understand, strengthen and live their brands.
Over her career, Kathy has worked with a wide range of both non-profit and for-profit organizations including, St. Luke’s Foundation, University Circle Inc., Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland International Airport, The MetroHealth System, Huntington Bank, Fazoli’s restaurants, Parker Hannifin, Nestle USA, and Veyance Technologies. Her work includes brand building & development, strategic planning, qualitative research design and facilitation, and small & large group workshop design and facilitation. Across her work, Kathy is driven to gain a deep understanding of the brands she works with, their customers and how they are living their brand. Her unique emphasis on “living the brand” focuses her clients to drive their brand consistently across all touchpoints – inside and outside their organization.
In 2016 Kathy launched a new coaching business, which takes her learning and experience working with brands and builds on her passion for people. Her coaching practice focuses on helping individuals to better understand themselves and how they can more authentically follow their path to be their “best self” possible. She works with clients to raise their self awareness of what drives them, what stands in their way and how to change their behaviors in order to position themselves for a healthier, more fulfilling future. Kathy has her coaching certification from the Weatherhead School of Management, is a certified health coach and is certified to administer and interpret multiple assessment systems.
Kathy’s educational journey began with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marietta College and then her Master’s in Organizational Development and Analysis from Case Western Reserve University. She has also shared her real world expertise as an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University. Today she is a co-chair for Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership, and is a current board member for the Marietta College Alumni Association.

Micah Hines

Title: Former General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Governor

Company Governor Mark Dayton


Originally a native of Baltimore Maryland, Micah grew up in a family of leaders, civil rights activists and change agents. She learned at a young age that one person can make a difference, and vowed to devote her life to helping others.

Micah is a transformational, strategic and compassionate leader and developer of people. In her most recent position as General Counsel and Assistant Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Dayton, she served on the Governor’s senior leadership team and as a key advisor to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor on strategic and policy initiatives, legislation, community relations, judicial appointments, and legal matters. Micah greatly enjoyed working on issues that impacted the people of Minnesota, including the state’s health insurance exchange, minimum wage, the Women’s Economic Security Act, the Freedom to Marry Law, diversity and inclusion efforts, employment of people with disabilities, environmental issues related to clean water and air, capitol security, state land use, and tribal matters.

Representing the Governor and his office, Micah delivered remarks on behalf of the Governor at national conferences, community events, and investiture ceremonies for judges appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In addition, she served as the Governor’s designee and advised him in his role as Chair of the State Board of Investment (SBI), the state agency responsible for investment and management of $80B in state retirement assets.

Micah is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Michigan Law School. She recently settled in the Akron area, and is the proud wife of Daron Hines and Mom of 11 month old daughter, Alivia Ann.

Ramona Hood

Title: Managing Director

Company FedEx Truckload Brokerage


As Vice President of Transportation Management at FedEx Supply Chain, Ramona Hood is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction on sales, revenue and business goals for the transportation team. In her role, Hood focuses on developing industry-leading teams, processes, and technologies that ensure the company’s transportation offerings align with the entire FedEx Supply
Chain portfolio. Prior to FedEx Supply Chain, Hood held various positions of increasing responsibility within FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Truckload Brokerage. She has 25 years of experience within the FedEx organization.

Recently awarded with Crain’s 2016 Cleveland Women of Note, Smart Business’ 2016 Progressive Woman and the 2016 Woman of Influence from Women in Trucking, Hood is known as an influential female leader in the industry and continuously exhibits expertise in operations, sales performance and revenue growth. She currently serves on the Summit Education Initiative board and was previously the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Child Appointed Special Advocates. Hood received her bachelor of arts in Business Management from Walsh University and master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University.

April Miller Boise

Title: SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Company Meritor, Inc.


Ms. Boise is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Meritor, Inc. a NYSE traded company and a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. This is her third role serving as a General Counsel of a global industrial manufacturing company and leading a global team of lawyers and compliance and trade professionals.  Ms. Boise has more than twenty years’ experience advising boards of directors and executive leadership teams of public and private companies, particularly on matters of corporate governance, strategic relationships, joint ventures and capital markets transactions and leading strategic acquisitions and successful exits.  She has significant international experience, particularly in China, Brazil, Europe, Australia, and the Philippines.   She has had the pleasure to serve with three highly effective executive leadership teams and reports to the chief executive officer.   

 

Prior to going in-house, Ms. Boise held executive management and leadership roles in a large law firm where she was the first female managing partner of the headquarters office and a member of the firm-wide executive committee. She also served as the chair of the firm’s Private Equity group and was a founder and chair of the women’s initiative.

 

Prior Experience:

As Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Head of Global M&A and Corporate Secretary at AVINTIV Inc. (formerly the Polymer Group Inc.) Ms. Boise was responsible for the legal affairs of the global manufacturing company and served as the chief compliance officer.   Additionally, Ms. Boise led the company’s M&A function, focusing on accelerating the company’s growth through acquisitions and other strategic alliances.    During her tenure, AVINTIV launched a comprehensive global rebranding campaign to better reflect its mission and impact on the world. AVINTIV excels in the innovative application of technology to create versatile, high-performance specialty materials for applications in Infection Prevention, High Performance Solutions and Personal Care.    Ms. Boise lead AVINTIV’s successful sale to a strategic buyer, Berry Plastics, Inc. (NYSE).

 

Prior to joining AVINTIV, Ms. Boise was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of  Veyance Technologies, Inc. (formerly Goodyear Engineered Products), a global industrial manufacturer of highly engineered products for end markets including mining, oil and gas, defense, agriculture and automotive.  Ms. Boise advised Veyance in the successful sale of the company to Continental AG of Germany.   

 

Professional Awards:

Ms. Boise has received numerous accolades for her legal work and for work to help diversify the bar.  For example, was named by American Lawyer as one of 45 Women Under 45 to Watch, she was named  to the Power 100: Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential People by Inside Business.  She was recognized by Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions category for five years in a row from 2005 to 2010 prior to going in house.  She was recognized as a YWCA Woman of Achievement.

 

Boards and Community Affiliations:

Ms. Boise has always been active in the broader business and charitable community.  Past roles include:  Board of Directors of Taylor Oswald Insurance, Chair of the Visiting Committee at Cleveland Marshall School of Law, and Board of Trustees of the St. Luke’s Foundation, University Hospitals System, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Foodbank, the Cleveland Zoological Society, the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and Team NEO (an organization committed to economic development and job creation in Northeast Ohio).  She is a former member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Leadership Cleveland and Cleveland Bridgebuilders.  

 

Education and Bar Admissions:

Ms. Boise received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School, magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.  She is licensed to practice in Ohio and New York.

 

Fun Facts:

Ms. Boise took her dog to Paris when she was 21; helped build a house on an all women crew with Habitat For Humanity; and led a women only tour group to the United Arab Emirates with stops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to learn about the role of women in Islamic countries.  She has a sense of adventure and a passion for supporting women and girls.

April Miller Boise

Title: SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Company Meritor, Inc.


Ms. Boise is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Meritor, Inc. a NYSE traded company and a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. This is her third role serving as a General Counsel of a global industrial manufacturing company and leading a global team of lawyers and compliance and trade professionals.  Ms. Boise has more than twenty years’ experience advising boards of directors and executive leadership teams of public and private companies, particularly on matters of corporate governance, strategic relationships, joint ventures and capital markets transactions and leading strategic acquisitions and successful exits.  She has significant international experience, particularly in China, Brazil, Europe, Australia, and the Philippines.   She has had the pleasure to serve with three highly effective executive leadership teams and reports to the chief executive officer.   

Prior to going in-house, Ms. Boise held executive management and leadership roles in a large law firm where she was the first female managing partner of the headquarters office and a member of the firm-wide executive committee. She also served as the chair of the firm’s Private Equity group and was a founder and chair of the women’s initiative.

Prior Experience:

As Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Head of Global M&A and Corporate Secretary at AVINTIV Inc. (formerly the Polymer Group Inc.) Ms. Boise was responsible for the legal affairs of the global manufacturing company and served as the chief compliance officer.   Additionally, Ms. Boise led the company’s M&A function, focusing on accelerating the company’s growth through acquisitions and other strategic alliances.    During her tenure, AVINTIV launched a comprehensive global rebranding campaign to better reflect its mission and impact on the world. AVINTIV excels in the innovative application of technology to create versatile, high-performance specialty materials for applications in Infection Prevention, High Performance Solutions and Personal Care.    Ms. Boise lead AVINTIV’s successful sale to a strategic buyer, Berry Plastics, Inc. (NYSE).

Prior to joining AVINTIV, Ms. Boise was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of  Veyance Technologies, Inc. (formerly Goodyear Engineered Products), a global industrial manufacturer of highly engineered products for end markets including mining, oil and gas, defense, agriculture and automotive.  Ms. Boise advised Veyance in the successful sale of the company to Continental AG of Germany.   

Professional Awards:

Ms. Boise has received numerous accolades for her legal work and for work to help diversify the bar.  For example, was named by American Lawyer as one of 45 Women Under 45 to Watch, she was named  to the Power 100: Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential People by Inside Business.  She was recognized by Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions category for five years in a row from 2005 to 2010 prior to going in house.  She was recognized as a YWCA Woman of Achievement.

Boards and Community Affiliations:

Ms. Boise has always been active in the broader business and charitable community.  Past roles include:  Board of Directors of Taylor Oswald Insurance, Chair of the Visiting Committee at Cleveland Marshall School of Law, and Board of Trustees of the St. Luke’s Foundation, University Hospitals System, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Foodbank, the Cleveland Zoological Society, the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and Team NEO (an organization committed to economic development and job creation in Northeast Ohio).  She is a former member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Leadership Cleveland and Cleveland Bridgebuilders.  

Education and Bar Admissions:

Ms. Boise received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School, magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.  She is licensed to practice in Ohio and New York.

Fun Facts:

Ms. Boise took her dog to Paris when she was 21; helped build a house on an all women crew with Habitat For Humanity; and led a women only tour group to the United Arab Emirates with stops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to learn about the role of women in Islamic countries.  She has a sense of adventure and a passion for supporting women and girls.