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Senior finance major helping launch female entrepreneur roundtable series

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Lauryn Todd

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio-- Senior Finance major Lauryn Todd will assist the Youngstown Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) in facilitating a Women in Entrepreneurship Series throughout the summer of 2021. The series—initiated by president of Youngstown SCORE Ron Emery—will feature successful female employees from diverse professional backgrounds who will vocalize their experiences in obtaining success as women navigating gender inclusivity and diversity. The series will be held in a virtual roundtable format via Zoom from June 9th to August 4th.

Todd—who became involved with the series through the Westminster Entrepreneurship Center, where she serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives—provides context and enthusiasm on the series.

“Emery really saw that the community could benefit so greatly from doing something just for women.  I believe in the value of what we’re trying to do here, which is [support] women. Each week will feature a different industry [with] different professionals getting on a call [and] talking about their experience—what they’ve gone through…their challenges, and the things that they have faced, accomplished, and overcome to really help guide [young adults] aspiring to be in positions like them.”

Todd explains that the series will be similar to Westminster’s virtual Professional Networking Symposium,

“We will have a group of three to five panelists each week. We will be asking them a lot of the same questions—their name, their background, how they got to be where they are, etc. We will also be asking them questions specific to their job. Facilitators will be asking questions for the first hour and fifteen minutes. Then, we’ll give participants a chance to ask their own questions.”

She encourages attendees to connect with panelists after events to receive optimal benefits from the sessions and wants people to network with the panelists and maintain professional connections. 

“All of our panelists are willing to help all of our participants as much as they can. I’ve been to events like these and, [one-on-one communication] has prompted some of the greatest connections that I’ve had.”

While the series will feature female professionals, Todd encourages non-female community members to attend as well to open the discussion of female presence in the workforce to as many individuals as possible.

“I also encourage men to attend, so that they can see some of the challenges that these women have faced in seeing how we break down the barriers to inclusivity and diversity…Some of our panelists have gone through a lot to get where they are, just because they are women at power tables that are usually filled with men.”

Todd concludes her promotion by highlighting the enthusiasm that panelists display for the series, explaining, “I have had an overwhelmingly positive response from our panelists. They believe in the power of mentorship the same way that I do, the same way that Ron does. That’s really what we’re trying to cultivate through the program. They’re really trying to make the most of it for our participants, and I’m super excited for that.”

List of Women in Entrepreneurship Series Roundtables (all sessions occur 6-7:30 P.M.):

6/9 - Health & Beauty (register in advance or during at https://score.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvfuGvqjkqGtGlh6DJxqNMUPntzeH4ZmhN)

  • Angela Lombardo - Fresh Twist Vegan Restaurant
  • Leslie Icuss - Legal Hair and Day Spa
  • Shayna Icuss - Legal Hair and Day Spa

6/16 - Non-Profits

  • Tricia Maple - Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Kimberly Koller-Jones - Hoyt Center for the Arts

6/23 – Healthcare (facilitated by Lauryn Todd)

  • Melissa Brak - The Counseling Center of Columbiana County
  • Susan Coonrod - Retired from The Counseling Center of Columbiana County
  • Emily Bushee - Speech Language Pathologist (Home Healthcare)
  • Katie Compton - Eastern Gateway Community College, Director of Respiratory Therapy Program
  • Toni DiMargo - Churchill Counseling

6/30 - Journalism

  • Andrea Wood - The Business Journal
  • Sharon Sorg - New Castle News
  • Brenda Linert - Warren Tribune Chronicle

7/7 - Higher Education Leadership

  • President Richardson - Westminster College
  • Gina Vance - Westminster College
  • Amanda Wurst - Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Karla Martin - Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Angela Messenger - YSU Writing Center

7/14 - Accounting & Finance

  • Beth Todd - The Counseling Center of Columbiana County, CFO
  • Rachel Grandovic, CPA - UiPath
  • Kristyn Leffler - Resurgent Capital Services
  • Megan (White) Altemus - First Commonwealth Bank

7/21 - Government

  • Alina Clough - REI Systems (GovTech), Westminster Alum
  • Alexis Shellow - Department of the Interior, Westminster Alum
  • Ashley Davis - West Front Strategies (former White House official)

7/28 - Education

  • Dr. April Torrence - Zion Education Center, Westminster College
  • Dr. Christie Nelson - Rutgers University, Westminster Alum
  • Jodi McCullough - STEM teacher for various high schools and colleges

8/4 - Manufacturing

  • Amelia Taggart - Eastern Gateway Community College, Industrial Trades
  • Vicki Young - Eastern Gateway Community College, Welding

9/8 - Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award (potential in-person event; details forthcoming)

Recordings of each webinar can be viewed prior to occurrence on the Youngstown SCORE YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6K5puqZ6GmkLwJ0cQaArw

Youngstown SCORE website: https://youngstown.score.org/

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