ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio University’s Eastern Campus invites the community to attend “Celebrate Women 2020,” featuring a salute to the suffrage movement and an inspiring keynote address by Lisa Allen, Chairman of the board of The Ziegenfelder Company, on Thursday, March 19 in the Shannon Hall Theater on campus. The theme for the fourth annual event is “Courage to Create Change.”
Sponsored by EQT, “Celebrate Women 2020” is free and open to the public. A networking and social hour, featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by The Pike 40 Restaurant, will take place from 4 - 5pm. The program begins at 5pm and will include a panel discussion by local leaders. The keynote address will start at 6pm.
“We are most thankful for the commitment of EQT,” said E. J. Schodzinski, director of external relations at Ohio University Eastern. “Because of their support, we have been able to put together a program that will build on our momentum from the last couple of years. I am really looking forward to this year’s event.”
EQT Foundation Manager Ellen Rossi said, “Engaging in conversations where women can celebrate and learn from shared experiences is an important element in helping to encourage inclusive communities,” said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager. “We are excited to bring this opportunity to Belmont County.”
The community event is also sponsored by many campus organizations at Ohio University Eastern including the Athletic Department, Cultural Life & Diversity Committee, Dean's Office, Development Advisory Board, Education Club, Student Services Department, and Wallflower Alliance.
Local community sponsors include the Junior League of Wheeling, St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce, the St. Clairsville Sunrise and Noon Rotary, and the YWCA - Wheeling.
Sponsors from the Athens Campus include: the Campus Involvement Center, Regional Higher Education, Ohio University's Women's Center, OHIO Alumni Association, and University Advancement.
“This celebration has been made possible by the generosity of EQT and also by the support of so many campus and community groups coming together to recognize courage and determination in its many forms,” said Ohio University Eastern Dean Jeremy Webster. “We are most appreciative of everyone’s enthusiasm and welcome everyone’s participation.”
According to Schodzinski, the panel discussion will feature local women who have exhibited the courage and strength to create change and better the community. This year’s panelists are Lisa Badia, Executive Director of the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless; Alicia Freeman, Executive Director of A Special Wish; Lorraine McCardle, President of the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley; and YWCA Youth Board Members Elisa Contreras and Lydia Kellas. Contreras is a senior at Wheeling Central, and Kellas is a senior at Wheeling Park.
“The topics will highlight the ways our panelists have striven for equal rights, helping those in need, and fought against homelessness, discrimination, dating violence, and peer pressure,” said Schodzinski. “This incredible group is looking forward to sharing their stories and the audience will be encouraged to join in and participate in the discussion.”
The keynote speaker, Lisa Allen, is Chairman of the board of The Ziegenfelder Company. She has made a career of making people smile and helping them find their happy place.
Highly motivated, Allen has been responsible for inspiring and strategic leadership in her 20-year career leading her Ziegenfelder tribe. During her tenure as President & CEO, Lisa led the company through years of product development, growth, expansion, and profitability in the highly competitive food industry.
The Ziegenfelder vision of growing better together, coupled with Lisa’s vision for inspiring others and impacting lives, continues to be a winning combination for the Ziegenfelder tribe today.
Schodzinski is encouraging people to register as soon as possible as space is limited. “Our goal is to fill our theater with a diverse crowd of women and men for this celebration, and I am happy to report that we are well on our way to accomplishing this objective.”
Ohio University’s Eastern Campus is conveniently located off I-70, just west of the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville.