The Mason Deerfield Chamber (MADE) launched their inaugural Leaders Are MADE leadership program on Tuesday, February 27 at Manor House Banquet & Conference Center in Mason, Ohio. With more than fifty percent of Mason-Deerfield’s workforce comprised of talented female professionals, MADE is excited to now offer a program committed to inspiring, influencing, and championing women of the Mason Deerfield Chamber as they grow in their leadership roles.
“I could not be prouder to stand with MADE’s Women Business Leaders Advisory Council as we launch this women’s leadership program,” expressed Barbara Hogan, co-owner of Afidence and the advisory council’s co-chair. “It’s an honor to be a part of something that not only elevates and equips professional women as leaders, but also foundationally says, ‘you are worth it and we believe in you.”
The Leaders Are MADE Program provides a venue to educate, connect, and grow professionals of all careers in the Mason-Deerfield community. This maximization of local talent will continue to propel the success of the region while providing emerging female professionals the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and develop professional networks that will serve them throughout their careers.
“Our employers are losing sleep over the concept of a ‘war for talent;’ as demand goes up, supply goes down. It led us to ask ourselves, ‘What if this ‘war for talent’ ended today and our community lost,” Sherry Taylor, President and CEO of MADE, reflected. “It's an outcome we weren't willing to consider, so our commitment is to be in the trenches fighting for prosperity and arming professionals with skills for the future. We are delighted to be partnering with Sinclair College’s Workforce Development department to offer our Leaders Are MADE participants certificates with two of the modules.”
MADE is pleased to announce the Leaders Are MADE inaugural class of 2018:
Kara Czanik, Graydon
Kara Dirksing, Warren County ESC
Lauren Gentene, Mason City Schools
Gina Germano, US Bank
Alexa Grote, Rooted Grounds Coffee Co.
Carla Hale, Taft Law
Julie Ilg, Sinclair College
Julie Kline, Flagel Huber Flagel
Tonya McCall, Mason City Schools
Christine McCormick, Mason City Schools
Jennifer Pierson, Lindner Center of HOPE
Melissa Sexton, Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Kim Wanamaker, Lead Tribune Media Group
Lauren Gentene, Assistant Principal at Mason Middle School and Leaders Are MADE participant, shared she is, “most excited to connect with, and learn from, other women. I think it is really important to cultivate relationships where you are followers; where you are following women and others who are leaders, you’re growing alongside them, and taking it upon yourself to bring along other followers.”
Enrollment for the Leaders Are MADE program is ongoing, with a new class beginning each February.