What started out as the Women in Business conference in 2005, the Smart Women Breakfast addresses issues facing women in the workplace. This morning conference also recognizes the achievements of leading businesswomen, inspiring male advocates and effective women’s programs through the Smart Women Awards program.

The Smart Women Breakfast & Awards currently takes place in Cleveland.

Any individual employed by a for-profit or nonprofit organization with a physical presence within the region is eligible for an award.

Smart Women Breakfast & Awards  October 9, 2020

Presented by Cuyahoga Community College

FREE VIRTUAL EVENT! 9:00 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M.

Introducing the 2020 Honorees!

Progressive Entrepreneur 

• Cristine TorekCMT Consulting
• Diane Jarrett, Jarrett
• Teressa Doaty, Max & Alayna’s Paws Play, Ltd.
• Kristie Beck, Proformex
• Ariane Kirkpatrick, The AKA Team
• Mary Verdi-Fletcher, The Dancing Wheels Company & School
• Kym Sellers, The Kym Sellers Foundation
• April Thompson, Wild Thymez Personal Chef Service

Progressive Organization

• Cleveland Museum of Natural History
• Hunter International

Progressive Woman

• Shelly Cayette, Cleveland Cavaliers
• Linda Lanier, Cuyahoga Community College
• Ann Frangos, Cuyahoga Community College
• Denise A. Carkhuff, Jones Day
• Fleur Veldhoven, Nestle
•  Cecilia Render, Nordson Corporation Foundation
• Beth Tresch, Philpott Solutions Group
• Theresa Carter, Synthomer Foundation
• Cheryl Strom, The Riverside Company
• Micki Byrnes, WKYC TV

For more information, contact Meredith Rankin at 440.250.7023 or [email protected]

A look back at the 2019 Smart Women Breakfast & Awards held on April 16, 2019, at The Westin Cleveland Downtown.

Photos by McKinley Wiley. Click on the photo to enlarge.

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 Northeast Ohio Honorees!


Take a look back at the 2018 Smart Women Breakfast & Awards held on April 26, 2018, at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility.

Photos by McKinley Wiley. Click on the photo to enlarge.

CLICK HERE to view the 2018 Northeast Ohio Honorees!


View past Smart Women Breakfast & Awards coverage:

CLE Overview Cleveland 2019 Cleveland 2018 Cleveland 2017 Columbus 2018

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