Women in Entrepreneurship Panel

Thursday, April 11

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Theater, Room 206
Join us for an exciting panel discussion of outstanding women business leaders:

  • Julie Brandle, president and founder of Metis Construction, Kent, OH
  • Marilee MacAskill, training consultant and business development manager, Dale Carnegie Training, Northeast Ohio
  • Patricia Maurer, Principle, Greenbriar Inc., and Community Philanthropist
  • Elsa Vos, founder, Elsa Leigh Designs LLC

Moderator – Pam Conlin, VP University Advancement, BGSU

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Pam ConlinwebPam Conlin - Moderator

Vice President for University Advancement and President of the
Bowling Green State University Foundation


Pam Conlin began her position with University Advancement at Bowling Green State University in October 2018.  She is leading the alumni relations and fundraising efforts to help BGSU successfully complete its Changing Lives for the World comprehensive campaign in 2020.  Conlin previously held several fundraising and constituent engagement positions at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she served for 20 years.  One of these positions was director of development for SMU’s Cox School of Business.  Conlin played a key role in SMU’s $1.15 billion comprehensive campaign and, in her position as assistant vice president for principal and major gifts, she worked to develop and implement an aggressive plan for growth.

Conlin earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Miami University, then worked as a lab chemist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She developed her interest in non-profit fundraising as a community volunteer and advocate while she and her husband Steve, and their two sons, lived in five different U.S. states. Conlin is an advocate of higher education and the opportunities it provides to transform people’s lives.

Brandle HeartwebJulie Brandle - Panelist

President and Founder, Metis Construction Services

Metis Construction Services, a female-owned commercial general contractor located in Kent, Ohio, focuses on interior renovations, ground-up construction and facilities maintenance throughout Northeast Ohio. With over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and public relations, Brandle oversees these areas of expertise for Metis, along with being an integral part of the management team that designs and manages the overall business strategy for Metis Construction.

Brandle volunteers with Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, where she is a recipient of the 2015 Women of Distinction Award. She serves as president of the board of both Portage Development Board and CREW Greater Akron-Commercial Real Estate Women. Other current board service includes the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Akron Urban League, Akron Civic Theatre, and Rotary Club of Akron where she is immediate past president.

She is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses and Leadership Portage County. Brandle ‘93 and her husband, Steven ‘92, are both BGSU graduates; their daughter, Kimberly, is a sophomore intervention specialist education major at Bowling Green State University.

MacAskillMarileewebMarilee MacAskill - Panelist

Area Manager and Certified Trainer from Dale Carnegie Training of Northeast Ohio

Marilee MacAskill is passionate about helping people reach more of their potential, by conquering fears and developing skills that will allow them to become the best version of themselves that they can be.

MacAskill has been a training consultant with Dale Carnegie Training since 1995. She is a certified trainer of the Dale Carnegie Course and the advanced High Impact Presentations Program. MacAskill holds four international sales awards from Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc.

MacAskill has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing from Bowling Green State University School of Business. She served as a leader in the Denver BG Alumni chapter as well as the Grand Rapids, MI Alumni chapter, and she served on the BGSU Alumni Board of Trustees from 1991-94. She currently serves on the College of Business Leadership Council, and is an active member of the Cleveland-area Falcon Roundtable.

The BGSU graduate is also involved as a board member for Youth for Christ of Greater Cleveland and the Christian Business Women’s Connection. She is also a member of Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland and Greater Cleveland Partnership. MacAskill also participated in the Disney College Program while at BG, and is a 2012 graduate of the Disney Leadership Excellence seminar.  

She resides in Bay Village with her husband Dave, also a 1986 BGSU College of Business grad, her daughter Lia (17) and her son Robby (22, now lives in Columbus).

Pat MaurerwebPatricia Maurer - Panelist

Principle, Greenbriar Inc., and Community Philanthropist

Patricia Maurer is a principle in Greenbriar Inc. which is a real estate management company located in Bowling Green. Greenbriar manages rentals throughout northwest Ohio, including Bowling Green, Findlay, Fremont, Perrysburg, Toledo, Columbus and Adrian Michigan, et. al.

Patricia and her husband, Bob, along with the Maurer family, have long held a prominent place in the Bowling Green community and real estate market. The Maurers recently made a transformative gift to name the new business building as the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center and will open in the fall of 2020.

The Maurers established the Maurer Family Endowed Professorship in Accounting in 2008 and were presented with the Friends of the Library Award for their strong support. They have generously supported numerous organizations in the community over the years.

Maurer is a member of The Presidents Club, the 1910 Society, the Cornerstone Club and the Falcon Club, among others.

She graduated from Pennsburg High School in Fairless Hills, PA. She attended George Washington University, DC and Bowling Green State University, majoring in accounting. Patricia is the mother of five children and grandmother of six grandchildren.

elsawebElsa Vos - Panelist

Founder, Elsa Leigh Designs LLC

Elsa Vos is the founder of Pieces of Me, a unique jewelry brand that makes beautiful, affordable jewelry with a purpose. There are over two dozen designs, each depicting a different personality trait that is integrated into the jewelry, allowing individuals to "wear who they are."

Vos started the company out of graphic design project at BGSU and participated in the Hatch program in 2015. Since then, she’s continued to grow the company and also started Elsa Leigh Designs, completing graphic design services for a variety of clients.