Apr 17, 2020, 8:00 AM
Polsky Building
A Women's Symposium Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage


University of Akron's Women in Business proudly presents the The Right to be a Woman: The 3rd Annual Women in Leadership Symposium.  The conference offers opportunities to hear from and connect with prominent women leaders who have achieved both personal and professional success.

Melanie Colusci

Founder & President of From Start-Up To Success

Keynote Speaker

 Break Out Session Speakers

Organized Networking

With Kelly Dolan, Director of Talent Acquisition at 21st Century Financial

As Director of Talent Acquisition, Kelly Dolan is currently attracting great talent for financial adviser positions in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh. She has built brand recognition in order to recruit prospects who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Kelly actively serves as an advisory board member to the University of Akron’s Institute for Leadership Advancement, Coach and Connect program, Suit Up for Success and Women in Business. Kelly has also worked for the University’s Landscape for Learning initiative as President of House Association for Alpha Gamma Delta where she led the initiative to build a new sorority house and coordinated volunteers from Greek life and the area’s design community to make improvements on campus. Kelly has served as a member of the Board of Education and in volunteer leadership roles in the Manchester School District.


Breakfast & Lunch will be Provided


Check In


Welcome Remarks


Keynote Speaker


2nd Break Out Session


Lunch and Networking


Kelly Dolan Networking Session


1st Break Out Session


Closing Remarks

Break-Out Session Options

Please know which session you would like to attend at registration

These are first come first serve.

1st Break Out Sessions

The Secret Code of Men

With Heidi Cressman

2nd Break Out Session

To Be Announced

With Jacinda Walker

Bias & Linguistics in the Workplace

Persevering Through Fear

With Kathy Sullivan

Achieving Your Next Level of Personal Potential

Blaze Your Own Trail

With Stacie Riffert

Leading Your Life With Courage & Purpose

Our Why

Women in Business was founded at the University of Akron in the spring of 2018 by Elizabeth Helbley. This student organization was created to provide women a community in which they can promote each other and work together to help one another throughout their college and professional careers. This organization gives young women the chance and ability to network with women who are continuing to break the glass ceiling by doing the impossible in their respective industries. The prominent women leaders that come share their stories have achieved both personal and professional success, and use this to provide members with extremely valuable advice. Women in Business provides these opportunities through regular meetings and the annual Women in Leadership Symposium.  This organization uses their connections and resources to foster a community where people in all stages in their leadership journey come to learn, grow, and connect so they can confidently advance their careers and professional development. Women in Business believes that when women find their strength, leverage the strength of others, level-up their leadership skills, build networks, and grow in their communities, the world is a better place. This organization exists for the sole purpose of helping to create and raise future leaders by shattering barriers that exist in our world today.

Apr 17, 2020, 8:00 AM
Polsky Building

© 2019 by The University of Akron's Women in Business Organization

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