For seven years, the Women's Leadership Summit has focused on the amazing women of Toledo and our communities of need. Since it's inception, thousands of powerful leaders have joined together to hear from world-renowned speakers and raised over $1 million for local communities in need. Our steering team is comprised of a collaborative group of diverse women in the Greater Toledo community who are committed to creating and implementing inclusive and equitable opportunities and experiences.

Our objectives are to continue:

  • Empowering Women: Connect and inspire women, while raising awareness and elevating women’s golf and athletics.
  • Developing People: Deliver programming at a quality and standard second to none. Provide a meaningful personal and professional development experience. Offer tools and techniques to carry the message and content forward to our organizations and networks.
  • Giving Back: Raise awareness and invest financially in northwest Ohio non-profit organizations.

See below for information on our 2023 Women's Leadership Summit and check back soon for details on the 2024 event!

Wednesday, June 28, 2023  |  Glass City Center, Downtown Toledo

Keynote: Cynt Marshall, CEO - Dallas Mavericks

Cynthia Marshall has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the Mavericks organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T. When Cynt was hired as the new CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation. Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, and brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture in her first 100 days.

Widely recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done, Cynt is the recipient of several honors and awards. Most recently, Forbes named Cynt 1 of 15 of the world's most inspiring female leaders.

We are thrilled to have Cynt as the keynote for our 7th annual Women's Leadership Summit!

Theme: Positioning Yourself with Purpose


  • Learn and apply life lessons from Cynt Marshall and the panelists
  • Leave equipped to walk your unique path with purpose
  • Discover how to thrive through the unexpected
  • Learn how to leverage non-traditional solutions that empower us as leaders, advocates, and women


  • 1:00 am - 11:45 am  -  Registration & Networking (Outside Ballroom)
  • 1:00 am - 12:15 pm  -  Women Who Write: Local Author Showcase (Outside Ballroom)
  • 11:45am - 12:45 pm  -  Lunch, Event Kick-Off (Ballroom)
  • 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm  -  Break and transition to Hall A (please note that the doors to Hall A will close at 1:00pm)
  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm  -  Welcome by Chrys Peterson & Meg Ressner  |  Networking Activity
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm   -  Keynote Address and Moderated Conversation with Cynt Marshall
  • 2:30 pm - 2:50 pm  -  Break
  • 2:50 pm - 3:50 pm  -  Panel moderated by Chrys Peterson
  • 3:50 pm - 4:00 pm  -  Closing

Angela Mingo serves as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  She is responsible for developing and launching community relations and Healthy Neighborhood Healthy Families strategies in various outlying regions. Angela served as the director of community relations and led hospital efforts to effectively engage neighborhood and civic organizations.  She has been instrumental in the implementation of the Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative, a five-prong approach to neighborhood revitalization efforts on the city’s Southside, led by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Angela served as community affairs director with Columbus City Council from 2000-2007. There, she worked with community leaders and local elected officials to support the clean indoor air ordinance and citywide affordable housing initiatives. Angela is a former mayoral appointed commissioner with the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission and served on the commission’s executive board.  Angela serves as a gubernatorial appointment to the Ohio Lottery Commission. She serves on the boards of the MidOhio Habitat for Humanity and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing. She is a member of the Statewide Fifth Third Community Advisory Forum and Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands Advisory Council. Angela is a graduate of the Leadership Columbus 2012 Class and former participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program. Angela earned bachelor’s degrees in Portuguese and international relations as well as her master’s of city and regional planning degree from The Ohio State University.  Angela’s honors include Columbus Business First Health Care Heroes Award, Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands Community Relations Ambassador Award, and recognition in Who’s Who in Black Columbus. A native of Canton, Ohio, Angela is married and is the proud mother of two lovely daughters.


Angela Mingo, Vice President of Corporate Affairs - Nationwide Children's Hospital

Mary Sabin is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Lourdes University where she establishes new philanthropic relationships for Lourdes and grows corporate, foundation and government connections. Mary is a skilled fundraiser and executive who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Lourdes University. In this Cabinet-level role, her responsibilities include developing and implementing a robust fundraising program that includes donor cultivation, planned giving, major gifts, external relations and expansion of alumni/ae giving and engagement. Having led successful development and fundraising initiatives for the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors, Mary Sabin is leading the way in establishing new philanthropic relationships for Lourdes and growing corporate, foundation and government connections. Mary supports Lourdes’ commitment for accessibility, affordability and success for all students. She worked tirelessly on a COVID 19 fund during the Pandemic to assure that students could meet financial burdens outside of tuition. A significant partner and networker working with the faculty, Mary has raised money to support Lourdes’ Like Me Program, which supports students of color to become teachers and work in urban schools. She has also been aggressive in assisting the Lourdes’ Nursing Program to have state-of-the-art learning environments so the University can help meet the nursing shortage. Prior to Lourdes, Mary served as Senior Advisor for Governor Mike DeWine’s Imagination Library. She developed and launched the program and enlisted affiliate partners and funding for all 88 counties. In a six-month span, she executed $3.5 million in donor asks and secured $2.7 million in pledges. Other accomplishments include developing a network of 10,000+ statewide and national donors who contributed more than $30 million for the DeWine Husted for Ohio campaign, the most money ever raised in an Ohio gubernatorial campaign. As Regional Director of the Opportunity International Mid-Atlantic Region, Mary developed and executed a finance plan for a seven state region and built and managed a strong portfolio of major donors in the $10,000+ category.  Mary, who earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Lawrence University, has also leveraged her expertise for ProMedica Toledo Hospital/Toledo Children’s Hospital, Maumee Valley Country Day School, United Way of Greater Toledo and the Ohio Department of Economic Development.


Mary Sabin, Vice President of Institutional Advancement - Lourdes University

Chrys Peterson spent 20 years as the face of WTOL news, anchoring the 5, 6, & 11 PM newscasts.  She was inducted into the Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2014 and has earned six Emmy Awards and four coveted Edward R. Murrow awards for her storytelling. In 2014, Chrys retired from television news and started a leadership and communication consulting business.  She uses 32 years of community leadership experience to help companies and non-profit organizations across the country.  She is also a certified training partner for the Ken Blanchard Companies. Chrys is active in the community, serving on the Lourdes University Board of Trustees, the Toledo Police Foundation board, 20 Under 40 Toledo, and the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce. She has also served as Honorary Chair for the NW Ohio Komen Race for the Cure for 29 years, helping to raise millions of dollars. Chrys’ husband Tom Runnells is recently retired from a 41-year career in Major League Baseball. Their daughter Riley is a freelance writer for national publications and is an editor at Adams Street Publishing.


Chrys Peterson

Premier Experience

July 12, 2023  |  Highland Meadows Golf Club, Champions Pavilion  |  5:30pm - 7:30pm

Included in your ticket to the Women's Leadership Summit you receive an invitation to the 'Premier Experience'! Network & connect with local women, get a sneak peak of the Dana Open, and listen to LPGA Pro, Stacy Lewis!

Parking: Free parking is available at Pacesetter Park with a shuttle to the course