For seven years, the Women's Leadership Summit has focused on the amazing women of Toledo and our communities of need. Since its 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.

2024 Owens Corning Women's Leadership Summit Presented by Epson

Thursday, June 20, 2024  |  11:00am - 4:00pm  |  Glass City Center, Downtown Toledo

Keynote: Reshma Saujani, Founder - Girls Who Code & Founder + CEO - Moms First

  • Founder and former CEO of Girls Who Code, one of the largest and most prestigious nonprofit organizations in the country - Girls Who Code is working to close the gender gap in the tech sector and encourage girls to join the STEM field
  • Founder and current CEO of Moms First, an organization that is advocating for policies to support moms in the workforce
  • Saujani’s inspirational TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection” has more than 5 million views globally
  • Author of several books including international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, and Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work
  • First Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress
  • Graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School
  • Awards: Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders, Fortune 40 Under 40, WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World, among others


11:00 am - 11:45am   |   Registration & Networking (Outside Ballroom)

11:00am - 12:15 pm   |   Women Who Write: 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 C (please note that the doors to Hall C will close at 1:00pm)

1:00pm - 1:10pm   |   Welcome by Chrys Peterson & Meg Ressner

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm   |   Keynote Address with Dr. Tracee Perryman

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm   |   Networking Activity

2:30 pm - 3:50 pm   |   Keynote Address and Moderated Conversation with Reshma Saujani

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm   |   Closing

*Please note: This agenda is for the FULL Women's Leadership Summit experience. Program-only tickets purchased through Eventbrite do not include access into the pre-event networking, author showcase or luncheon. For more information contact Savannah Wagener at (419)531-3277 or swagener@toledoclassic.com. 

TRACEE PERRYMAN, PHD, is the CEO and co-founder of Center of Hope Family Services, where she leads the organization in its mission to improve the life outcomes of individuals and families living in urban settings. An Amazon #1 best-selling author, Dr. Perryman is a thought leader known for empowering individuals to engage with their communities and inspire change.

Opening Speaker: Dr. Tracee Perryman

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.

Emcee: Chrys Peterson

Premier Experience

July 17, 2024  |  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 an LPGA Pro!