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March 15, 2024

Engage! Cleveland gathered prominent Cleveland leaders to speak to the next generation of women

CLEVELAND, OH — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 15, 2024 — Engage! Cleveland’s seventh annual Next Generation of Women program presented by Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University featured perspectives from ten insightful leaders from the Greater Cleveland Area. Next Generation of Women ran from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 13, 2024, at Stillwater Place at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The program consisted of four specially curated, 60-minute presentations on imposter syndrome, female collaboration, allyship, empowerment and deciding and pursuing what you want! The event closed with a special treat of a box of Girl Scout cookies, with a portion of the proceeds from each ticket going back into supporting the next generation of women, young Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. 


“Engage! Cleveland was delighted to showcase a dynamic lineup of speakers, offering aspiring women in our community a distinctive chance for professional and personal growth,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, President of Engage! Cleveland. “In its seventh year, we were excited to deliver another top-notch program featuring exceptional speakers and panelists.”


The following leaders joined us to present on a variety of topics designed to connect, uplift and empower Cleveland’s Next Generation of Women:


Blake Babcock, Vice President of Client Engagement, Staffing Solutions Enterprises

Jane Christyson, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Marisa Darden, Partner, Benesch Law 

Hannah Delis, Chief Human Resources Officer, Swagelok

Janet Reed-James, Chief Human Resources Officer, CHN Housing Partners

Mike Milby, Chief Executive Officer, Ratliff & Taylor

Chinenye Nkemere, Co-Founder and Director of Strategy, Enlightened Solutions 

Rear Admiral, June Ryan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, June Ryan Global Solutions

Amber Satola, Workforce Manager, Staffing Solutions Enterprises

Bethany Studenic, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Enlightened Solutions                                                                                                                      

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The 7th Annual Next Generation of Women was sponsored by Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Boler College of Business at John Carroll University, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Oatey Co., Benesch Law, National Interstate Insurance, and Squire Patton Boggs


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About Engage! Cleveland




Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals, emerging leaders and business/community leaders passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation. Engage! Cleveland’s mission is to attract, engage, and retain emerging, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland. You can learn more at:


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