BGSU and UT co-present Women in Leadership conference

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Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo co-presented the Women in Leadership conference, Creating and Pursuing Pathways for Promotion, Friday, Oct. 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons to a sold-out crowd of area business leaders as well as students, faculty members and alumni from both Universities.

“The Women in Leadership conference has been extremely influential throughout my undergraduate education. As I finish my graduate degree and continue shaping my career goals, the lessons taken with me as a young woman in business will be integral to my growth and success in public accounting. The presenters throughout the years have shown me the opportunities ahead of me and the various paths I can pursue with a degree in business,” said Maggy Dorian, Masters of Accountancy Student.

BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber began the conference by sharing opportunities and obstacles faced throughout their career journeys. Christine Brennan, USA Today writer and author of several books, served as moderator.

"Our goal in co-presenting this year's conference with The University of Toledo is to stand united on the importance of having women in leadership roles and equality in the workplace. Together, we hope to grow this conference to the best in the Midwest," stated Christine Seiler, BGSU faculty member and conference coordinator.

Bonnie Marcus, certified executive coach, speaker, writer and self-promotion expert, served as the keynote presenter. Marcus is an award-winning entrepreneur and Forbes and Business Insider contributing writer. As president of Women’s Success Coaching, she assists professional women to successfully position and promote themselves to advance their careers.

Breakout sessions included Identifying Pathways to Promotion and Creating and Supporting Pathways to Promotion. Breakout session speakers included Brennan; Andrew Faas, speaker and author; and Sam Horn, the Intrigue Expert and author.

A panel of female business leaders from the region shared how they forged paths within their organizations and how their organizations created and supported pathways for women. Panel members include Dana Ullom-Vucelich, chief human resources and ethics officer, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services; Sheri Caldwell, human resource director, The Grain Group, The Andersons; Meg Ressner, principal, Meg Ressner and Associates, LLC; and Paula Russell, vice president of human resources, Composite Solutions Business, Owens Corning. Christine Seiler, BGSU College of Business faculty member, moderated this panel.

A live stream option is available for this conference. More information is available here.