Women’s Conference: Finding Your Voice
This one day conference will feature keynote speaker, Sherri Dahl, Vice President, General Council of Thirty-One Gifts and a panel discussion from professional women focused on finding your voice.
11:00 - 11:30 AM Networking
11:30 - Noon Lunch Buffet
12:00 - 12:30 PM Keynote Speaker - Sherri Dahl
12:30 - 1:00 PM Panel Interviews
1:10 - 1:50 PM Panel: Finding your Voice
1:50 - 2:00 PM Grant Presentation
To register, click the link below or mail a check by November 7.
Checks should be written to Women in Leadership and sent to:
Women in Leadership, c/o Anne Stauger, 2864 Fox Road, Fort Recovery, OH 45846
Keynote - Sherri Dahl
Ms. Dahl is a lawyer, author, and speaker who, throughout her career, has provided advice to corporate clients on a vast array of issues throughout the United States. Ms. Dahl has served as Vice President, General Counsel of Thirty-One Gifts since August 2018. Thirty-One Gifts is a direct sales company with approximately $400 million in annual revenue with a mission of empowering and supporting women. Through its seventy thousand independent consultants in the U.S. and Canada, Thirty-One sells bags, wallets, backpacks, totes, jewelry, thermals, storage and home décor items. Thirty-One has approximately 1,000 employees or temporary workers in Ohio and Texas. Ms. Dahl is pleased to provide general legal advice to a healthy company.
Ms. Dahl is the author of the book Ascending: Inspirational Stories & Practical Advice for Women in Law & Business.
From 2015-2018, Ms. Dahl owned and operated Dahl Law LLC, where she primarily handled corporate insolvency and litigation matters. Dahl Law representative matters included: (a) a dispute Dahl Law settled between a steel company and insurance provider that had been unresolved for 14 years – after two other larger firms grappled with the matter for more than a decade, Ms. Dahl settled the matter in approximately 4 months; (b) a debtor dairy farm in chapter 11 bankruptcy; (c) a debtor medical uniform manufacturer in chapter 11 bankruptcy; (d) a defendant trade school, where Ms. Dahl had a cognovit judgment vacated in state court, resulting in a negotiated settlement with the lender; and (e) a defendant jewelry store sued for more than a million dollars for receiving stolen property, which resulted in a settlement.
Between 2013-2015 as a partner at Roetzel & Andress, Ms. Dahl represented a creditors’ committee in an oil and gas bankruptcy. Prior to that, Ms. Dahl, a principal at Squire Sanders & Dempsey (nka Squire Patton Boggs), worked with a team of lawyers representing the debtor holding company for the fourth largest bank failure of that year. Ms. Dahl represented the only Amish debtor business to file bankruptcy. Ms. Dahl represented many constituencies in chapter 7 and 11 corporate bankruptcy, prepared, reviewed and negotiated all forms of agreements, including confidentiality, employment, severance, asset purchase, materials transfer and development agreements. Ms. Dahl successfully blocked the appointment of receivers and prosecuted and defended hundreds of preference actions. Ms. Dahl represented clients in diverse industries, including: clothing, chemicals, steel, plastics, auto parts, oil/gas, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, insurance, banking and financial services, government, construction, bedding, entertainment, and private equity.
Michele Dues grew up in Coldwater, Ohio. Before starting at Cooper Farms, Michelle attended Wright State Lake Campus. Michelle was one of the first 30 team members hired at the newly-built Cooper Farms Processing location in St. Henry, in the spring of 1988. She began her Cooper Farms career where many do, on the production line. She received several promotions and currently, as plant manager, is responsible for all facets of the plant, which includes more than 600 team members who process nearly 24,500 turkeys per day, or 300 million pounds annually. Michelle is the only woman plant manager at a turkey processing location in the U.S. Michelle and her husband, Larry, live on Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio. Outside of work, Michelle loves to spend time with her children and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, landscaping and spending time on their boat.
Dr. Stephanie sommer
Dr. Stephanie Sommer grew up on a dairy farm in Coldwater and wanted to be a dentist since the third grade. Upon graduating from the Ohio State University Dental School in 2005, Dr. Sommer worked at a Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Lima for two years. She then went on to be an associate dentist and later purchased the practice in 2010 in Versailles, Ohio. Educated through the growth of her first dental practice, Dr. Sommer went on to purchase a second practice near by. She later sold her second practice to help maintain a healthy work/life balance. Dr. Sommer’s new venture is traveling throughout the United States mentoring other medical and dental professionals about Botox and dermal fillers. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, Western Ohio Dental Society, and American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
Fawn Gadel is the Director of Ohio START at the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. She began her career at the Family and Youth Law Center where she most recently served as the Associate Director and Clinical Supervisor. She began her work with the center during her first year of law school in 2004 as a legal intern, transitioned to a staff attorney in 2007 and became the Associate Director in 2014.
In addition to her experience at FYLaw, Ms. Gadel worked as a paralegal at an insurance defense firm and interned with the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and Ohio CASA. She also served as a Guardian Ad Litem in Franklin County.
Ms. Gadel received her Bachelor’s degree in marketing magna cum laude from Xavier University and her Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School cum laude, concentrating in Children & Family Law.
Stacie McCracken is the Founder and Lead Consultant of McCracken Co., a strategic consulting, marketing and communications agency for agricultural organizations. With clients throughout the US, Stacie and her team helps organizations tell the story of agriculture, grow association memberships, and establish operational procedures and systems.
Stacie received her Bachelors in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, where she studied agricultural communication.
Stacie resides in Fort Loramie with her husband Derek and daughters Sawyer and Faye.
She served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercer Health in Coldwater, Ohio from 1994 to 2015. She was appointed as Mercer Health’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Clinical Officer in 2013. Lisa has held various leadership positions in nursing, quality, risk management and regulatory compliance. She earned a BSN from The Ohio State University, holds an MBA from Wright State University and is board certified as a Nurse Executive at the advanced level through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
She serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio State Health Network and the Boards of the West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance and the Cancer Network of West Central Ohio. In the past Lisa has served on the Board of the Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives and chaired its Legislative and Practice Committee. She is a past member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives Quality and Patient Safety Committee and its Regulatory Monitoring Committee.
Ms. Klenke is currently serving her third, four-year, term on the Ohio Board of Nursing and is a past president. She has chaired the Continuing Education and Practice Committees at the Board of Nursing and served on a variety of workgroups that impact nursing regulation. While at the Board she initiated the Practice Committee to draft interpretive guidelines, developed the Board Hearing Panel to conduct disciplinary hearings with a panel of Board members, and introduced the incorporation of Just Culture evaluation into nursing practice breakdown cases.
In 2011 Lisa received the Exceptional Leadership Award from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for her achievements as the Ohio Board of Nursing President and her contributions to NCSBN initiatives. She also received the Nursing Leadership Award from the Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives and was recognized by the Ohio Senate for her work in Nursing Regulation. Mercer Health was named a Top 100 Hospital by iVantage and Becker’s Hospital Review in 2016.
Lisa and her husband, Roger, are lifelong residents of Mercer County, and have two grown daughters who also work in healthcare.