Cincinnati, OH — On Tuesday, March 14, five local community
leaders were recognized as 2017 Women of Distinction by the Girl
Scouts of Western Ohio.
This year's honorees are women who have made significant contributions in one or more key focus areas for success:
Cincinnati Ballet Academy
Healthy Living Honoree
Cheryl Rose, Hawthorn PNC Family Wealth
Financial Empowerment Honoree
Linda Clement Holmes, Proctor & Gamble
Kathy McMullen, Macy's
Shakila T. Ahmad, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Community Responsibility Honoree
The Women of Distinction award was established to honor the many exceptional women in our community who are paving the way for girls. These local women give hope and inspiration to girls through their achievements and passion for our communities.
"We are honored to recognize these five remarkable women who exemplify the mission of Girl Scouts," said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "Through their determination, leadership, and commitment, they are changing our community and making our world a better place."
Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet, is one of only five female Artistic Directors of U.S. ballet companies with an annual operating budget of $5 million or more. When she took on executive leadership in addition to artistic responsibilities the company grew from an operating budget of $5.8 million in 2008 to $8.5 million today, and has established an $11.5 million endowment fund. Prior to coming to Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan was resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera for nearly a decade. She was also a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet (1978-1987) and Ballet West (1969- 1978). She performed lead roles for television and film, and her choreography was featured in the PBS documentary The Creation of O.M.O. She has served on the boards of Dance Magazine, the NEA evaluation panel, and the DanceUSA Board, and was presiding judge for the New York International Ballet Competition and for the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala in Russia. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A. from University of Utah and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna in 2009. She was honored as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2009, received recognition from Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Celebrate Women’s Business Awards, and served as a member of Leadership Cincinnati USA Class 33.
Cheryl Rose, Senior Vice President with Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth, serves on the board of the PNC, Ohio Trust Company. With over 25 years of experience in the investment and wealth management industry, Cheryl has a significant record of achievement through her career, including national leadership roles over institutional and private client investment management. A graduate of Capital University, Cheryl is both a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Analyst. Active in the community, Cheryl supports her love of the arts through her role as a Trustee of the Cincinnati Art Museum and Artswave Women’s Leadership Steering Committee. A graduate of Leadership Cincinnati’s Class 36, she is a founding member of the Cincinnati Preschool Promise, and further promotes her passion for early childhood education through her role on the Success by 6 Regional Leadership Council and as campaign Treasurer for the recent preschool expansion levy which passed. She also serves on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and is active with United Way’s Tocqueville Society and Women’s Leadership Council. She and her husband Jeff Chapman reside in Indian Hill, have 3 grown kids, and own Woodhouse Spa in Northern Kentucky.
Linda Clement Holmes, Chief Information Officer for P&G, is responsible for building the capability of the company’s Information Technology (IT) function as well as providing IT governance oversight. Among her many responsibilities, Linda is responsible for the operation of Procter & Gamble’s global IT infrastructure, driving enterprise architecture and development of corporate application, maintaining compliance and effectiveness of information security, and leading IT innovation, as well as designing and maintaining a best-in-class employee and workplace experience aimed to help P&G people work simpler, faster, and with greater agility. Linda is a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council and recently served as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer. She was the first African-American senior vice president in the IT function, the first female African-American senior vice president, and now president, within P&G. She led the first vision and strategy for P&G’s e-mail system, led the partnership with HP to provide core information technology services, and spearheaded delivery of broad business and employee services to Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. As Chief Diversity Officer, Linda crafted the first company-wide diversity and inclusion strategy and established P&G’s first ever Global Inclusion & Diversity Council, significantly elevating P&G’s Diversity Inc. and Working Mother Magazine rankings. Linda has been widely recognized for her leadership and business acumen. Linda is active in community, business, and service organizations, including: Board of Directors, Cincinnati Financial Corporation (Audit Committee); IT Senior Management Forum Board of Directors (Executive Protégé Chair); YWCA of Cincinnati Board of Directors and Executive Committee (Board Secretary), Jack & Jill of America – Cincinnati Chapter (Vice President); and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Linda holds a degree in Industrial Management and Computer Science from Purdue University.
Kathy McMullen, Vice President, Engagement Strategy & Analytics at Macy’s, Inc., leads a team responsible for surveying Macy’s 170,000 employees and providing analysis of the survey results. Kathy has over 30 years of experience in all areas of Human Resources, including compensation, benefits, employee relations, and recruiting. Prior to her role with Macy’s, Kathy worked as a Senior Client Manager with Mercer Human Resources Consulting, a national HR consulting firm. In addition, she has held HR positions for other large Cincinnati-based companies, including Fifth Third Bank (Vice President of Employee Relations) and Chiquita Brands International (Manager of Benefits). A native of Louisville, Kathy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Louisville. Kathy served on the board of trustees of Girls Scouts Great Rivers Council from 1999 to 2007. As board chair in 2007, she led the integration of the Great Rivers Council with three other councils in western Ohio (Dayton, Lima, and Toledo) forming the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio council. She continued to serve on the board of the western Ohio council until 2013. Kathy also served on the board of trustees of Cincinnati Works from 2004 to 2010. Currently, Kathy serves on the board of Easter Seals TriState, where she is a member of the Development Committee, and Mt. St. Joseph University, where she chairs the Institutional Programs Committee. Kathy and her husband, Rodney, live in Anderson Township and enjoy travelling and hiking in their free time.
Shakila T. Ahmad, President and Board Chair of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC), is the first female to serve in this capacity for such an American Islamic institution and an enthusiastic community leader who has dedicated herself to numerous civic and community causes for over 20 years. She simultaneously serves as the director of management at the Allergy & Asthma Specialty Center. Additionally, Ahmad currently serves on the executive board of directors of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, YWCA Cincinnati as Racial Justice Vice Chair, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Ohio Humanities Council, University of Cincinnati Foundation, and the President's Advisory Council at Xavier University. She recently served on the search committee for the new UC President. An active member of ICGC’s board of trustees since 1995, Ahmad was the first female and the youngest to serve at that time. She established the Center’s Tours and Talks program to educate neighbors, law enforcement personnel, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and community leaders about Islam and Muslims. She spearheaded the planning of A Visit to a Mosque in America, an educational DVD produced to increase understanding of Islam and the Muslim community in the United States. Ahmad is a founding member of ICGC’s Muslim Mothers Against Violence initiative. Along with other members, she brings people of all faiths together to explore peaceful and constructive means of conflict resolution. She and other members have led many sessions and provided educational material on bullying prevention. She is a dedicated supporter of interfaith and outreach efforts and served as board chair of BRIDGES for a Just Community (old NCCJ). She has been blessed with a number of awards some of which include; Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year 2001, Women to Watch 2014, Lighthouse Beacon of Light Humanitarian Award, Leadership Cincinnati Distinguished Alumni 2015 and LEAD magazine Influencer for West Chester/Liberty.
The dinner and awards program was emceed by Dolores Hargrove-Young, President and COO of XLC Services, LLC. Nora Honkomp, a junior at McAuley High School and 11-year Girl Scout from Troop 40939, was the keynote speaker. The event, made possible by generous individuals and event sponsors, generated over $70,000. Sponsors included Betsy and John LaMacchia (founding sponsors of the event); Bartlett; Block Communications; Dawes direct, LLC; Horan; KeyBank; Maguire Agency; Medical Mutual; Mutual of America; Planes Companies; PNC; Riverpoint Capital Management; Taft Law; TQL Foundation; and Turnbull-Whalert Construction, Inc.
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