Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber


WE Speak with Chief Maris Herold and Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco

She believed she could, so she did.

WE Speak 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.

Join us on Wednesday, August 28 for lunch and a conversation with these inspiring "first" women: Chief Maris Herold, Police Chief of University of Cincinnati and Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, Coroner of Hamilton County.

2019_HeadshotChiefHaroldChief Maris Herold is the first woman to serve as Police Chief for the University of Cincinnati Police Division. Prior to joining UC, Chief Herold completed an impressive 25-year career with the City of Cincinnati Police Department in a variety of leadership roles including as Patrol Special Project Captain and District Four Commander where she served on the team responsible for the implementing the historic Collaborative Agreement. During her tenor at CPD, Chief Herold developed an evidence-based, city-wide violence reduction program while being directly responsible for police operations and supervision of 10 neighborhoods serving over 85,000 residents. 

2019_HEADSHOTDrLakshmiSommarcoDr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco is the first Asian-American elected to public office in Hamilton County, and the first woman and working mother to serve as Hamilton County Coroner.  As a board certified neuroradiologist licensed in nine states, Dr. Sammarco founded NeuroRadPro, LLC which specializes in consulting services in neuroradiology and general radiology for large and small cities across the United States. Dr. Sammarco has held faculty neuroradiology positions at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore and the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles; and has served as a radiologist in several Cincinnati hospitals.

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