Women of Color Leadership Summit 2020

The Center for Women and Gender Equity hosted, in partnership with the Graduate Women's Caucus, the 2020 Women of Color Leadership Summit on Friday, March 6th. The event was free and open to the public.

Summit Schedule

Panel (308 BTSU)
9:30 - 11 A.M.

Breakout sessions (BTSU 314, 316)
11:15 A.M. - 12: 15 P.M. 

Link to Women of Color Leadership Summit BGSU Calendar Event

Nina Corder is originally from Malaysia, but has resided in Toledo for the past 20 years. She is the proud Founder and Managing Director of a grassroots educational and women-focused nonprofit organization - Inclusive for Women Inc. DBA Woman of Toledo (WOT). Established in 2013 as part of her Doctoral Degree (EDD) dissertation in Organizational Leadership, WOT has become a hub for a diverse group of women leaders committed to bringing together a community to learn from and about each other on advocating for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging with a focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Nina earned both her Masters and Bachelor Degree from the University of Toledo, and completed her post-doctoral EDD coursework in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in culture and diversity. She has additionally served on the White House Council for Women & Girls under the Obama Administration, was appointed by the United Nation Women Empower Women Initiative as a Global Champion for Change, and serves on the City of Toledo's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) ordinance. Nina is the current president of the Toledo branch of the American Association of University Women and has launched HerHub, an online platform that connects women in NW Ohio with local resources, women-owned businesses, and women-led organizations in the Greater Toledo area.

Jennifer McCary, CDP is the Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). In her role, Jennifer oversees the Division of Diversity and Belonging, which includes the Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQ+ Programs, TRIO Programs, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Center for Violence Prevention and Education, and the Office of Title IX. Prior to beginning at BGSU, Jennifer was the Associate Dean for Violence Prevention and Resolution, Title IX Coordinator, and Director of the Women's Center at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.

She is a two-time graduate of BGSU, earning both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education/Stone Sculpture and a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel. Jennifer trains on the topics of civility and bystander intervention, unconscious bias, as well as Title IX. Jennifer has made it her professional goal to help reduce discrimination and violence on as many campuses as possible.

Kendra Smith is Vice President Community Health for the Great Lakes and Mid-American Groups with Bon Secours Mercy Health. With over 10 years of experience in real estate development, urban planning, housing policy, community organizing and social determinants of health, she is working to advance the health system’s commitment to strong implementation of community health priorities.  Previously, Smith served as the Executive Director/CEO of Preferred Properties, Inc. in Toledo and as the Senior Housing Planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Kendra holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University and holds additional degrees and certifications from Ohio University; La Universidad Pública de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain; and the Harvard Kennedy School.  Locally, Kendra serves as chair of the Youth Services Committee for the Rotary Club of Toledo, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a 2017 recipient of the Toledo 20 Under 40 Award.

To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance, or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.