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Join the Women's Endowment Fund for our "For Women, Forever" event on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Goodyear Hall at The East End in Akron.

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Join the Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation for our "For Women, Forever" annual dinner as we celebrate uplifting women and girls in our community. This year's keynote speaker is Ramona Hood, president and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical.

Ramona Hood oversees the FedEx Custom Critical executive leadership team and is responsible for the performance and strategic direction of the company. She started her FedEx career in 1991 through an entry-level position and has worked her way to hold various executive leadership positions at FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Supply Chain. Her career path evolved through many areas of the company, including her most recent role as vice president of operations, strategy and planning.

Throughout her career, Hood has been recognized for her exemplary excellence in leadership, responsibility, and passion. She has received several awards and acknowledgments for her work, including Greater Akron Chamber’s “30 for the Future” award (2010); Sales & Marketing Executives International’s Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award (2013); Walsh University’s Woman of Inspiration Award (2013); Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Women of Note Award; and many other prestigious honors. In 2010 and 2016, Hood earned the FedEx Five Star Award, which is the highest recognition an employee can receive.

Hood is actively involved in local civic affairs. She serves on executive boards and is involved with local organizations, including Jack and Jill of America, Akron Chapter; Kent Area Chapter of The Links; Summit Education Initiative; Transportation Intermediary Association; Walsh University; and the Welty Building Company. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Walsh University and MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

During the event, the Women's Endowment Fund will also honor Jacqueline Silas-Butler, Esq., executive director of Project GRAD, with the 2021 Judith A. Read Tribute Award for Service & Advocacy for Women.

Since 2006, Jacqueline A. Silas-Butler, Esq. has served as executive director of the educational reform organization, Project GRAD. Under her leadership, the nonprofit has implemented several successful educational initiatives, including the Bridge to Kindergarten program; Achieving Dreams Celebration and March GRADness scholarship fundraising events; College and Career Central and GRAD mentoring programs; and many more.

A licensed attorney in the state of Ohio since 1984, Silas-Butler has always used her background and experiences to improve her community. She has served on leadership boards for organizations, including The University of Akron Law Alumni Association, Akron Barristers Association (four terms), Akron Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (two terms), Akron Roundtable, the Young Adult Missionary Society of Wesley Temple AME Zion Church, just to name a few.

She has been recognized with numerous awards, including The University of Akron’s Black Law Students Association’s Community Service Alumni Award, Office of Multicultural Development’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and Outstanding Law Alumni Award; ATHENA Akron Award, Akron Urban League’s Woman of Power Award; the Women’s Network’s Woman of Achievement Award, YWCA’s 100 Outstanding Women In Summit County award, and many more. In 2001, she was also featured in Inside Business Magazine for her outstanding leadership in the nonprofit community.

This event has sold out the last five years, so reserve your seats now.

What:The Women's Endowment Fund's "For Women, Forever" Annual Dinner

When:Wednesday, March 10, 2021; Cocktail Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner & Program: 6:30 p.m.

Where:Goodyear Hall at The East End, 1201 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44305

If you have any questions, contact Deb Hoffman at 330-436-5614 or DHoffman@akroncf.org.

Please RSVP by Feb. 24, 2021. Sponsorships received after Feb. 3, 2021 will not be included in event program.

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