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Please Join Us for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards Program! 

Join us for the Women of Distinction Awards progam as we honor five local women who are paving the way for girls. Network with other women, meet local Girl Scouts, and celebrate this year's honorees.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Queen City Club
331 E. 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Questions? Want to sponsor? Contact Kat Steiner at 513.619.1376.

Congratulations to the 2018 Women of Distinction Award Recipients!

This year's honorees are women who have made significant contributions in one or more key focus areas for success:

Jenny Berg | Leadership Council for Nonprofits
Financial Empowerment
Jenny Berg

Executive Director
Leadership Council for Nonprofits

Jenny’s passion is to help Non Profit agencies become better, stronger, more collaborative and more impactful. As Executive Director of The Leadership Council for Nonprofits, she has the opportunity to connect with leaders of many nonprofit agencies in our community and to find out what their needs are. Prior to her role at the Leadership Council, she served as the President of the Board for Impact 100, a women’s grant making organization founded in Cincinnati in 2001 which has awarded over $4,000,000 back into the community through grants of at least $100,000. She returned as a Board Member in 2016 after serving on the board 2006-2012 (as President of the Board 2009-2011). She is also the Chair of the national board of the Women's Collective Giving Network, which is an association supporting the creation, development, and expansion of women's collective giving nationwide. She currently serves as Secretary of the board of Women Helping Women, the Advisory Board of Flywheel Cincinnati, Advisory Council for Xavier Universities MBA Private Interests & the Public Good Program, Committee member of the Business Education Connection Committee, United Way Board Bank, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Leadership Cincinnati Leading with Others day Committee, and the Pastoral Council Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In the past she’s served on the board, and as board chair of Tender Mercies & Ursuline Academy, and is an alumni of the Leadership Cincinnati Class #35. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Miami University.

Nancy Dawes | Procter & Gamble Co.
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Research Fellow in Victor Mills Society
Procter & Gamble

Nancy Dawes is a Research Fellow, Victor Mills Society, at Procter and Gamble. Nancy is the first female engineer elected to the Vic Mills Society, a recognition for the select few (~15 of 1600 R&D employees) who’ve made significant contributions to growing or developing the company’s businesses. She currently develops new products for Head and Shoulder’s brand. She mentors numerous engineers/scientists around the globe; develops curriculum and teaches R&D’s Global Innovation College; and connects with external organizations to further train P&G’s engineers and scientists (Quiet Leadership, OSU Inclusive Leadership). A life-long Girl Scout, Nancy took-toheart her Girl Scout leader’s challenge to adopt volunteerism as a significant lifelong commitment. So along with being a wife, mother, and successful engineer, Nancy committed to developing the leadership capability of girls, enabling them to contribute to society as they become caring, competent, confident women. She volunteered for 20+ years with Girl Scouts, as troop leader, service unit manager, board member, board chair(s) and national council delegate. As board chair of the newly merged Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Nancy was recognized as a leader and innovator focusing the Board’s work on policy and governance as means to solidify and accelerate organizational management and performance. Nancy also demonstrates her commitment STEM leadership through 20+ years serving on industrial advisory board(s) for the Ohio State College of Engineering, providing input on STEM-related activities, and speaking/role-modelling to current and future engineering students. Nancy graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. Chemical Engineering degree from The Ohio State University in 1981 when women were the “rare exception” in collegiate engineering programs. She graduated second in her chemical engineering class. She holds six granted patents, has a published book chapter and several technical articles. She is recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by the OSU College of Engineering (2012) and the Texnikoi Outstanding Alumna Award (1998) as well as for her extensive volunteer work with Girl Scouts (Thanks Badge I and II, Honor Keeper “100 Women Award”) and is a currently a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council/Tocqueville Society.

Bleuzette Marshall | University of Cincinnati
Healthy Living
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Vice President for Equity & Inclusion
University of Cincinnati

Bleuzette Marshall is the Vice President for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact at the University of Cincinnati, where she manages the university’s compliance programs related to Equal Opportunity,  Affirmative Action, and Title IX; implements the University’s Diversity & Inclusion Plan; co-chairs the President’s Diversity Council; provides strategic leadership for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse talent (students, faculty, and staff); assists with supplier diversity efforts; serves as a resource to benchmark trends and promote best practices; and builds partnerships in the broader community. She administers the university’s diversity incentive grant process to award colleges and units with funds to enhance innovative practices to build a more inclusive university. In addition, she created and is the convener of a chief diversity officers’ roundtable with corporations, community organizations, colleges, health systems, and legal firms to serve as a resource and think tank to advance diversity and inclusion efforts within the region. In a previous role as Senior Director of Development for Provost & Student Affairs at the UC Foundation, she helped raise $20 million for university-wide scholarships and programs and developed the Onyx & Ruby Society—an affinity based giving program for African American alumni. She designed and implemented programs to promote diversity and aid in the retention of students. An alumna of the University of Cincinnati, Bleuzette earned a B.A. in Psychology, a M.Ed. in Educational Foundations, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies. She is also the founding president of the UC African American Alumni Affiliate (4A). Currently, she serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Recreation Foundation, Public Media Connect, and Project ArtReach. She is also a member of the Cincinnati Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Scholarship Fund Celebración, and St. James A.M.E. Church-Covington. Bleuzette has been recognized with the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission’s Champion for Connecting Cultures & Communities Award, the King Legacy Award, the National Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award, the Cincinnatus Association’s 2016 Donald & Marian Spencer Spirit of America Award, and the UC Alumni Association Mosaic Award.

D. Lynn Meyers | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Community Responsibility
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Producing Artistic Director
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

D. Lynn Meyers is in her 22nd season as the Producing Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, where she has directed over 80 world and regional premieres including The Legend of Georgia McBride, Hands on a Hardbody, Detroit ’67, I Am My Own Wife, Next to Normal, and Cinderella: After Ever After. She has directed Off-Broadway at the York Theatre with Marsha Norman’s Traveler in the Dark and James McClure’s Max and Maxie. She has directed extensively throughout the US and Canada and began her career as the Associate Artistic Director at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Aside from directing, Ms. Meyers is also a member of the Casting Society of America, having cast for Hallmark, PBS, CBS, BBC, HBO, MTM, Paramount, and MGM. Her favorite feature credits include Carol, Miles Ahead, The Goat, and The Public, in addition to serving as the Location Casting Director for The Shawshank Redemption. She was named a finalist for the Zelda Fichandler National Award in 2011 and is a past recipient of the YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award.

Janet Butler Reid | BRBS WORLD, LLC.
Janet Butler Reid


Janet Butler Reid is an accomplished visionary, serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, and recognized community leader. She is highly impactful, intuitive, and a natural leader. Her ability to “see around the corner” allows her to create solutions to complex challenges. She has a knack for marrying the logic and discipline of science with the creative drive that underpins entrepreneurship, innovation, and engagement of talent. As founder, CEO, and managing partner at BRBS, Janet has created a boutique firm that creates better corporations, organizations, and communities, by leveraging the advantages of ever-increasing global diversity. She also knows the power of scale from experience in product innovation and marketing in a Fortune 100 company, and the power of agility from successful entrepreneurship. In addition BRBS, Janet has founded or co-founded a number of successful businesses, including Global Novations, LLC, Global Lead, Inc., and J. B. Reid and Associates, as well as the private business and civic organization, the African American CEO Roundtable. An expert in her field, Janet is currently conducting research for her third book and has given many keynote and led sessions in over 20 countries. Janet has a long history of board leadership, currently serving on The Ohio State University (Chair, Governance); Xavier University (Chair, Academic Affairs); The Mercy Health System, Cincinnati Region (Vice Chair); and The Wexner Medical Center which is the academic medical center of the Ohio State University.

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