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"For Women, Forever" Virtual Celebration

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Please join the Women’s Endowment Fund on Wednesday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. for our “For Women, Forever” virtual event.

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Join the Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation for our "For Women, Forever" virtual event as we celebrate uplifting women and girls in our community. This year's keynote speech will be delivered by Ramona Hood, president & CEO of FedEx Custom Critical. Jacqueline A. Silas-Butler, Esq., executive director of Project GRAD Akron, will also accept the 2021 Judith A. Read Tribute Award.

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 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Where: Virtual event information will follow registration.

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

Event links will be sent the week of March 1, including information about our virtual platform and technical support. Please register before March 1 to be included in this virtual celebration. Sponsorships received after Feb. 3, 2021 will not be included in event program.

Gold Sponsors:

FedEx Custom Critical

GOJO

The J.M. Smucker Co.

Leppo Rents

The Read Family

Emerald Sponsor:

FirstEnergy Foundation

Sapphire Sponsors:

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Myers Industries

State & Federal Communications

Synthomer Foundation

United Way of Summit & Medina

Ruby Sponsors:

Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron Community Foundation

APV Engineered Coatings Inc.

Baird

Brouse McDowell

Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Gertz & Rosen Ltd.

Greater Akron Chamber

Huntington National Bank

Kent State University

Meaden & Moore

Merrill Lynch

Summa Health

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services

Summit Management Services, Inc.

The University of Akron

Zuckerman Consulting Group Inc.

About keynote speaker, Ramona Hood, president & CEO of FedEx Custom Critical

Ramona Hood is president and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical®, a leading North American transportation provider located in Green, Ohio. The company provides a range of transportation capabilities for expedite ground, temperature control shipments and industry specific solutions. The company provides 24/7 service throughout the United States, Canada and internationally, delivering hundreds of thousands of shipments per year.

Hood oversees the FedEx Custom Critical executive leadership team and is responsible for the performance and strategic direction of the company.

Hood brings more than 28 years of FedEx experience to her role, having most recently served as Vice President, Operations, Strategy and Planning. Hood started her career at FedEx Custom Critical in 1991 in an entry-level position, and worked her way up 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 operations, safety, sourcing, sales and marketing.

Over time, she began offering innovative and strategic ideas that distinguished her from her peers. Hood not only brought unique approaches to the business, but she did so in a way that brought out the best in others. These leadership characteristics and values are ingrained through her past and current leadership roles at FedEx Custom Critical, as well as FedEx Supply Chain.

Throughout her career, Hood has been recognized for her exemplary excellence in leadership, responsibility, and passion-driven results in the industry. Hood was recognized by the Greater Akron Chamber with the “30 for the Future” award (2010), acknowledged by Sales & Marketing Executives International with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award (2013), and received the Woman of Inspiration Award from Walsh University (2013).

In 2010 and 2016, Hood received the FedEx Five Star Award, which is the highest recognition employees can receive at FedEx.

Additionally, in 2016, Hood received the Crain’s Cleveland, Women of Note Award; Smart Women, Honoree of the Progress Woman Award, and Woman of Influence from the Women in Trucking Association. Hood was recognized in 2019 by the MEECO Leadership Institute with the International Thought Leader of Distinction Award. In 2020, Ramona was named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. Most recently, Hood was recognized on the Crain’s Cleveland 2020 Power 150 list.

Outside of the office, Hood is actively involved in several civic engagements. She serves on the Summit Education Initiative, a non-profit committed to the academic success of Summit County students, and is a business advisor for the Welty Building, a construction consultation company in Akron, Ohio. She is a member of the Kent Area Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America Inc., Akron Chapter. Hood is also chairman of the technology committee for the Transportation Intermediary Association (TIA), and was appointed to serve on its board of directors. Additionally, Hood serves on the Walsh University Board of Directors and most recently was appointed to the Summa Health Board of Directors in 2021.

Hood earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Walsh University, and an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

About the 2021 Judith A. Read Tribute Award recipient, Jacqueline A. Silas-Butler, Esq., executive director of Project GRAD Akron

Since 2006, Jacqueline A. Silas-Butler, Esq. has served as executive director of the educational reform organization, Project GRAD Akron. 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 numerous organizations, including The University of Akron Law Alumni Association (president), 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.

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