Supporting women in business Featured

6:34am EDT March 28, 2003
Women in business typically face different challenges than their male counterparts, including health care issues, work/life decisions, compensation gaps and unique competition for jobs and contracts.

Above all, however, women executives are still businesspeople who run companies, lead teams of employees and make crucial decisions about their firms.

On April 9, join Smart Business at Windows on the River on the West Bank of the Flats to hear Suzanne Sutter, Kathy Obert, Alice Korngold, Karen Sweeney and Sister Diana Stano in a frank panel discussion about their perspectives on leadership, corporate culture and how each rose through the ranks. Connie Dieken, president of Dieken Communications, will offer a special breakfast presentation on communication skills.

The event is free. Registration begins at 8 a.m., breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The panel discussion runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Register online at or contact Deborah Garofalo at (216) 227-2821 for more information.

"Perspectives: A conference for women in business" is sponsored by Dollar Bank, Roetzel & Andress, and Ursuline College.

Dollar Bank

With more than $4 billion in assets, Dollar Bank has rallied behind a driving philosophy that money is economic energy with the power to fuel all manner of enterprise when distributed wisely. For 145 years, the bank has been driven by that philosophy to invest billions of dollars in millions of lives and thousands of businesses across the region.

Dollar recognizes that lending to area businesses spurs job growth, enhances the tax base and strengthens the region's economic viability. Businesses both large and small -- and the community as a whole --have been the beneficiaries of our sound, yet creative approaches to commercial lending.

The fastest growing sector of the economy is small business. Many would not be able to get off the ground without financing options. Dollar Bank offers a full range of lending and deposit products for the small business owner.

It is a Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified Lender that offers government participation loans, traditional lines of credit and term loans.

Also, high net worth customers receive a combination of sophisticated products and personalized attention from Dollar through Private Banking. Each Private Banking customer has access to a banking officer who will work with the customer's accountants, brokers and attorneys to provide a wide range of specialized banking products and services.

Contact Dollar Bank at (216) 736-8938.

Roetzel & Andress

Founded in 1876, Roetzel and Andress has an illustrious history.

Still, the law firm is committed to the belief that its future is more important than its past. The world of business is reshaping itself and Roetzel & Andress is ready for the challenge of this changing frontier.

Today, the firm has more than 150 lawyers located in seven cities to serve the ever-expanding needs of clients. Roetzel's lawyers represent a wide range of clients, from individuals and closely held businesses to multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments. Roetzel and Andress also serves as general counsel to many clients, and many of those relationships have existed for much of its history.

The firm concentrates on representing the interests of businesses and their management. Its mission is simple -- be responsive to clients' needs, meeting or exceeding their expectations through efficient delivery of the highest quality of legal services. Roetzel's approach is part of the progressive spirit that has characterized the firm for more than a century.

Contact Roetzel's legal team at (216) 623-0150.

Ursuline College

Ursuline College has been providing women a signature education based on the Ursuline tradition for more than 130 years.

Emphasizing academic excellence, the values-based curricula provide the foundation for liberal arts and professional programs. Respecting a diverse student population, Ursuline offers varied approaches to learning for growth of the whole person.

It prepares students for further education, careers, leadership and service to society while encouraging the search for wisdom.

Ursuline College's commitment to its mission and philosophy inspired the development of a unique core curriculum that directly addresses those goals. In 1991, the Ursuline Studies Program was created and designed to meet the learning needs of women. This program encourages students to relate learning to life, to make connections between their experiences and those of others, and to work collaboratively with faculty and peers throughout their college careers.

Contact Ursuline College at (440) 449-4203.