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Breaking Through Politics: Women Changing the Leadership Landscape

July 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Women are becoming more present in the leadership landscape, but there is more work to be done. Union wants to encourage this change by hosting a series of forums that highlight how women have the potential to transform the ‘business as usual’ mentality that is prominent in many communities. The women participating in these forums are challenging the status quo and pushing beyond the limits and barriers in personal and professional settings.

Come hear the inspirational stories of empowerment, commitment, and passion to step up and speak up in an effort to drive change. Each leader will share her story of how she moved outside her comfort zone to stretch boundaries and transform communities.

The Politics of Politics

This session is focused on how and what it takes to run for political office. Panelists have been asked to share the personal and professional impact of running for office as well as key issues that impact women.

Meet the Panelists

Connie Pillich is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, having represented the 28th District. She served in office from 2009 – 2014. She served as ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and committees of Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, Public Utilities and Criminal Justices.

She was also Secretary of the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus and a member of the Military Activation Task Force. Worth noting is that Connie served in the United States Air Force and rose to the rank of Captain. She was the democratic candidate for the Ohio State Treasurer in 2014 and ran as a candidate for the Governor of Ohio in 2018. She ultimately withdrew from the Governor’s race and subsequently endorsed Richard Cordray.

Roxanne Qualls was originally elected to Cincinnati City Council in 1991, and served three terms as mayor from 1993-1999. After leaving office because of term limits, Qualls went to Harvard University, where she served as a fellow in the Institute of Politics, a Loeb Fellow in the Graduate School of Design, a Malcolm Weiner Fellow in Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and in 2002 earned a master’s degree in public administration.

In 2007, she was once again elected to Cincinnati City Council and served until December 2013. She was Vice Mayor from 2009-2013. Roxanne currently is a Sales Vice President for Sibcy Cline Realtors in Cincinnati Ohio.

Eileen Cooper Reed is a well-known and highly regarded Cincinnati activist. Eileen has served as President of the Cincinnati Public School Board (2005-2013), Director and Chair of the Board for InterAct for Health (2005-2013), Board member and Chair of the SC Ministry Foundation (2005-2011) and Director of the Children’s Defense Fund (1994-2005).

Yvette Simpson was elected to serve on the Cincinnati City Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2013. In 2016, Yvette launched a campaign for Cincinnati Mayor. In May 2017 she made history, becoming the first black women to win a Mayoral primary in the city’s more than 200-year history.

She won the primary by 11 points, and though not successful in the general election, she won in 15 of the 26 wards. Yvette Simpson remains committed to her beloved Cincinnati, serving as a mentor, advisor, and board member for many individuals and organizations. She currently serves as Counsel at Ulmer & Berne LLP.


July 18, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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440 East McMillan Street Cincinnati, OH 45206
Cincinnati, OH 45206 United States
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