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EWAW Celebrates 15 Years with Fearless Leader ALPHA Woman Award Program Click Here to View the Livestream!

Mentor Spotlight

Martha Mayhood MertzEWAW Lifetime Member Dr. Margaret McKenzie is an experienced leader working in the hospital & health care industry. She has been on staff at Cleveland Clinic since 1995. An obstetrics and gynecology physician, she most recently served as section head of general obstetrics and gynecology. She is also an assistant professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Mentee Spotlight

EWAW Lifetime Member Kierston Vaughn is a dynamic talent executive with a background in the consulting technology and digital marketing industries. She is the Founder & CEO of Verge Consulting. For more than 20 years, she has helped companies build thriving cultures through growth and process change. Kierston has extensive experience building cultures that enable teams and individuals to deliver their best for client satisfaction.

Why Join?

Elite Women Around The World® dba Women's Business & Leadership Development Center is a global network of individuals, leaders, organizations and businesses coming together with a shared mission of enhancing the economic position of women globally.
Worldwide Platform and Economic Benefits:
  • Leadership, mentorship, economic advancement & empowerment for women
  • Job creation and collaboration among women businesses
  • Educating and developing the next generation of women leaders
  • Building of alliances with businesses and civic organizations that encourage and embrace gender equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Advocating for programs that support the economic self-sufficiency, growth and wellness for all women, with a key focus on underprivileged women and girls
  • Education and insights on business issues for global opportunities
  • Strategic networking among local, national, and global leaders

Our Journey

Sunday, March 7, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
EWAW is celebrating 15 years of developing women leaders
During these unprecedented challenging times
We are taking a BOLD step to Recognize
Who are resilient; Who serve with courage; Who risk their lives; Who go above and beyond

Nominate Yourself or a Friend

“To change the world for better …. women must work together…. out of deep feminine values of caring, compassion and courage we bring whatever we have to the common table of women…. work together we benefit the entire society “   
   -  Alice Walker, Author of “The Color Purple”
Give the Gift of Leadership that Remains with You Forever!
Past Summits & Forums
EWAW POWER UP + Women's Virtual Market Place, October 3rd, 2020 EWAW MarketPlace was created as an online space for local female businesses and makers to showcase their work, build and develop new relationships, breakthrough new barriers, develop brands and elevate female entrepreneurs.
Diversity Equity Inclusion Conference, March 8th, 2020 The day consisted of a Diversity Trade Show, Morning & Afternoon Keynote, Panel, and Diverse Leaders who have successfully led efforts to make companies, organizations, schools & universities and mindsets more inclusive.
Women's International Day - A Glass-Ceiling Shattering Night for Women, March 8th, 2019 Participants had the opportunity to meet with business and civic leaders who are shaping the future of Northeast Ohio and inspired them to breakthrough any barriers.
Change Starts Here - Health & Wellness Dialogue, February 3rd, 2018 Participants received a fresh perspective from a panel of women who are leading the way on health & wellness.
Harvey, Irma & Maria Disaster Relief Fundraiser, November 7, 2017 EWAW in collaboration with Executive Caterers Landerhaven hosted a fundraising event to assist in the humanitarian efforts to care for the victims of these devastating hurricanes

Women's International Day - Coming Together The Power of US, March 8th, 2017 - Elite Women Around The World Celebrated it's 10th anniversary program they brought together a diverse and very high-profile group of elite women and men imparting their conventional wisdom with the opportunity to meet business leaders, leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, social change makers, community and television personalities in engaging conversations.
The Leadership RUNWAY® was presented for the first time in the USA! It is a platform highlighting the achievements of women and men leaders in our diverse community who have gone ABOVE & BEYOND in their life & career, contributing to our society in a very meaningful way. Each one of them represented various industries from healthcare to wellness to technology and everything in-between….
Embracing the World Leadership Forum, April 5th, 2016 - EWAW in partnership with Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosted a forum for our members and community leaders which featured global leaders from various companies and countries such as Kenya, Haiti, Guinea, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Benin, Congo....

FIT to Lead Retreat Connecting the Dots Between Leadership, Innovation & Fitness, October 9th, 2016 - Elite Women Around The World Brought together the BRIGHTEST MINDS from health, wealth, wellness, leadership, innovation and fitness. Our retreat presenters through their great wisdom and experience infused those who attended with new insights, understandings and acceptance of making the choices and commitments that will give them the ability to live a healthier and more productive life.

Women's International Day - Fostering & Building Bridges of Peace & Gender Equality Through Diversity of Cultures and Faith, March 8th, 2016 - Elite Women Around The World Reached Out and Touched The World with a LIVE WEBCAST of Women’s International Day Forum from Cleveland Ohio. EWAW achieved a major milestone in being able to share this program with the entire world.
New Year's Leadership Soiree, January 13th, 2016 - Celebrated Ten (10) Years of Elite Women Around The World accomplishments and member achievements and unveiled the organizations vision and future programs for 2016 and beyond.

TRANSFORMATIVE: Health, Wealth & Wellness Conference, October 3rd, 2015 - The Conference brought together diverse forward thinking, extraordinary professionals who shared their knowledge and insights to help build resilience and refocus the personal and professional lives of attendees and to help them embark on a process of change.
Professional Development Mentoring Program, June 4th, 2015 - Attendees of the program tapped into the knowledge and experience of seasoned professionals and were paired with and met mentors to help them develop and acquire new and effective skills. The program provided them with an opportunity to develop new networks of contacts and access to new resources.  
Women's International Day - Rising to the Challenge, March 8th, 2015 - The day brought together various women from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages, including business leaders, leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, political, community and television personalities in panel participation to share their diverse and unique stories about the importance of how women can empower themselves in their personal and professional lives.
Women's Executive Leadership Network Meeting, February 8th, 2015 - Brought together women from different industries and disciplines to accelerate their ability to lead more effectively.  
Leadership MasterMind Program on Innovation and Leadership Session I, October 30th, 2014 - Featured Rebecca O. Bagley, President and Chief Executive Officer, NorTech and other presenters from various industries and organizations who shared their views on Innovation and Leadership
Leadership MasterMind Program 2014-2015 Launch Event on "The New Perspective and Approach to Leadership", September 25th, 2014 - Featured Andrea Vecchio, Author, Award Winning Journalist & Television Broadcaster and other presenters from various industries and organizations and presented the format and guidelines for the Leadership MasterMind Sessions.
Global Leadership Mentoring Conference, September 19th, 2013 - Featured 25+ speakers from various industries.
Women's Entrepreneurship Day, May 31st, 2012 - Featured Several Dynamic & Prominent Speakers from Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania
Entrepreneurship In The Global Economy, November 2nd, 2011 - Featured Bonnie Marcus, Founder & Principal, Women's Success Coaching
Elegant Evening With Elegant Style, October 6th, 2011 - Featured Sarina Jain, Founder of The Masala Bhangra Workout®
Tackling the Barriers to Business "Women Empowering Women" Series of Dialogue, July 28th, 2011 - Featured Carol-Ann Hamilton, President & CEO, Spirit Unlimited and Changing Leadership, Ontario, Canada
Scaling Up...Can I Dream Big "Women Empowering Women" Series of Dialogue, March 18th, 2011 - Featured Feminist Icon, Leading Activist & Author, Gloria Feldt
An Elegant Evening in Elegant Style. Featuring "Jane Fonda" of India - Sarina Jain was hosted by Elite Women Around The World on October 6th, 2010
Inaugural and Worldwide Launch of the Elite Women Around The World® Project & Website, Sept. 10th, 2010 - CNN’s “American Hero” Sandra Yancey delivered a keynote message on “Women Empowering Women”.
Regional Economic Development Trade Summit 2010 made history on May 5th, in Cleveland, Ohio showing the world that with “Collaboration - Coming Together” - common people can create uncommon results”. We are still celebrating the presence and participation of our supplier partners, high caliber speakers and engaging audience. We have to date received incredible feedback.
EWAW Supported Programs

“When women are involved in the economy, important shifts happen.”
Rita N. Singh, CEO & Founder, EWAW Women's Business & Leadership Development Center
July 29, 2021
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Elite Women Around The World® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support the economic position of women globally.