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Be A Star!

Successful, Tenacious, Audacious, Resilient & Smart


Take a look around and get to know us.

We are an organization of women who advocate for women personally, professionally and politically.

Join us in creating STARS!


Stars inspire us to dream big and pursue our passion. My hope this year is that everyone realizes the STARS shine quite brightly here in Ohio. Each one of us is Successful, Tenacious, Audacious, Resilient, and Smart in blazing new trails and enjoying all that BPW has to offer. Personal development is a special passion of mine. We will be offering Individual Development classes and webinars to hone your professional skills. Our Conversations and Cocktails series will allow us to showcase BPW members doing interesting things and gives us a chance to discuss leadership opportunities within BPW. I will be looking for volunteers to share your journey with BPW members across the state – please feel free to reach out to me if you would like to participate. We will also be tackling another S – Sustainability. Recruiting members is absolutely crucial this year. Our Membership Chair, Maria Moore, will be connecting with the locals on a regular basis to see how we can increase membership. I would love to see all locals have at least 10 members. I will also be asking all locals and regions to review the current status of bylaws to ensure we are all on the same page. One of the great assets of BPW is our network. I want to encourage everyone to connect with each other in person or virtually. Our Conference in the Cleveland area is a great chance for us to gather and grow together.

Stephanie Bridwell,
2023-2024 President



Compete in one of our Signature Program contests.  Paulette Knazek can answer your questions on the Individual Development program, while Ursula Bess can assist members 21-35 interested in the Young Careerist program.



Make change for working women.  Follow along with Pat Talbot’s legislative updates and keep an eye on the upcoming primary season.   Connect with Penny Pelikan Dehner, BPW/Ohio PAC Chair, for information and to donate.  Check your voter registration and register if you need to by February 20, 2024.  Primary is March 19, 2024.



Advocate for Equal Pay (March 12). Your local can receive up to $100 to educate your community about the importance of ensuring an equitable workplace.


Develop your leadership skills by volunteering for officer and committee chair positions at local,
regional, and state level. Reach out to your leadership or state President-Elect Amelia Taggart to discuss opportunities



Apply for the Nursing or STNA Scholarships (See Leona Phillips or Paulette Knazek), and Non-Profit / Low Income Subsidized Senior Housing Facilities Grants (See Karen McCready) offered by the Women’s Retirement Foundation.  And do not forget to become a Friend of the Foundation, Lora Manon can tell you all about it!

Nominate BPW/OH Member Volunteers for:

          Joyce M Davis,  Distinguished Member Award, Linda Miller can respond to your questions.

          Kathy Kellums Mentorship & Encouragement Award, Paulette Knazek can answer your questions.

          Legends Award, Linda Miller can explain the program.


Honor those members who have left us this year.

          To be honored and remembered at conference at the Mariwyn Heath Memorial.   Please direct the

           names of those to be remembered, short bio, and picture to Phyllis Riccadona.

Gear up for Conference!  Register early and make your hotel arrangements by April 12, 2024.  Any questions, connect with Charisse Kellums.

Upcoming Events

  • Leadership
    Sat, Apr 20
    REV1 Labs
    Apr 20, 2024, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    REV1 Labs, 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212, USA
    Apr 20, 2024, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    REV1 Labs, 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212, USA
    Leadership Legislation Platform Meeting Individual Development & Young Careerist Speech Competition
  • 2024 Annual Conference
    2024 Annual Conference
    Fri, May 17
    May 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – May 19, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Strongsville, 15471 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136, USA
    May 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – May 19, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Strongsville, 15471 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136, USA
    You have the opportunity to meet powerful women from throughout the state that you would not otherwise meet. Use the link at the top of the page or Tab to the conference page for the link to do online registration and for hotel reservations. Conference page also has downloadable forms.

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