WE Speak

Speaker Series & Professional Networking


 WE Speak

The WE Speak luncheon series offers the unique opportunity to go beyond the bios of our region's most successful women leaders. Hear personal experiences, advice and lessons learned from leaders as well as the chance to network with other business women in Cincinnati.

2015 Events


Featuring Wendy Lea, CEO of Cintrifuse, and Jennifer Dauer, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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Reeder, JohnnaJUNE 24

Featuring Laura Brunner, President & CEO, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and Johnna Reeder, President & CEO, REDI Cincinnati 
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Presenting Sponsor:                                 Excellence Sponsor:             

  fifth third curious                 

Since 2006, WE Speak has hosted some of Cincinnati USA's top women business leaders:

Mary Zalla, Global President, Consumer Brands and Managing Director of Landor Associates
Kathy Selker, President, Northlich 
Gina Drosos, President, Assurex Health
Lee Ann Liska, President and CEO, UC Medical Center
Tamara Harkavy, CEO and Artistic Director, ArtWorks
Litsa Spanos, Owner, ADC, Art Design Consultants

Carla Eng
, Founder, Abstract Displays
Lisa Mills, Ph.D. and Kathy Burklow, Ph. D., Co-ownersm, Sprout Insight
Andrea Ayers, President & CEO, Convergys Corp.
Julia Poston, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
Katie Blackburn, Executive Vice President, Cincinnati Bengals
Karen Forgus, Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Cincinnati Reds


Rachael Rowe, Executive Partner, Keating Muething & Klekamp
Ann Marie Tracey, Associate Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Xavier University
Katy Barclay, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, The Kroger Company
Mary Sue Findley, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, dunnhumbyUSA
Candace McGraw, CEO, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
Terry Garcia Crews, CEO, Metro Transit Systems


Kristen Erwin, executive director, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission
Denyse Ferguson, vice president, economic development, Cincinnati USA Partnership
Ellen van der Horst, president and CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Liza Smitherman, president, Brewster Pumping, and VP of professional development, Jostin Concrete Construction
Police Women of Cincinnati  

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For questions on this event series, contact Tamara Lang at tlang@cincinnatichamber.com or 513.579.3130.

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