'Women Who Excel' event recognizes local achievements

'Women Who Excel' event recognizes local achievements
Hundreds gathered Tuesday at the "Women Who Excel" event in Westlake. (Source: WOIO)
Hundreds gathered Tuesday at the "Women Who Excel" event in Westlake. (Source: WOIO)

WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - A special ceremony was held in Westlake to honor women who are making a difference in the community. 19 Action News anchor and reporter Tiffani Tucker attended the "Women Who Excel" event as this year's moderator.

Hundreds of women gathered at La Centre on Tuesday for the 2015

event. The theme was the power of networking.

"We started this event back in 2002 with the idea of celebrating and recognizing women's achievements, what they're excelling at, how they're really leading organizations, and how they're finding themselves to be influences in America," says Smart Business publisher Dustin Klein.

The panel shared their knowledge and experiences with the audience. Kelly Steward is the general manager of the

in Cleveland.

"Networking means building authentic relationships. It means that I make a connection that not only lasts for today, but beyond that," Steward explains.

Margaret Mitchell is the president and CEO of the


"Building a circle of colleagues and friends you have a reciprocal relationship with. You are interested in their interest and they are interested in you," says Mitchell.

Kelly Hancock is Cleveland Clinic's chief nursing officer.

"I have the honor to lead 16,000 wonderful nursing caregivers across our entire health care system. So networking to me, particularly in this time of healthcare and transformation, is so vital," says Hancock.

The event also included an award ceremony honoring more than a dozen progressive organizations, women and entrepreneurs. Debbie Donley is the principal and owner of


"The power of women is sometimes underscored in society today. I think women have a really powerful contribution to the community, and I think this room is filled with amazing women," says Donley.

Women are working to inspire and share the power of networking, while continuing to help Cleveland grow and be more successful.

"It says a lot about Cleveland, where we are. We're on an upswing," says Donley.

Learn more about the panelists here.

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