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2021 Women of Achievement Awards

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

October 28, 2021

 

Since 2015, the Annual Women of Achievement & Spotlight Awards celebrates the scholarship and research of women faculty and outstanding achievements by women campus staff and students. The prizes are partially funded through the Mather Spotlight Series Endowment, established in 1989 by the Mather Centennial Celebration Committee of the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association.

 

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Mather Spotlight Awards Selection Committee invite nominations of CWRU women faculty, staff, and students for the biennial Mather Spotlight Award, which recognizes the achievements of two women faculty, two women staff, one woman graduate or professional student, and one woman undergraduate student whose outstanding professional accomplishments, leadership, and service have had a significant positive impact on our university and campus community.

2021 Notable Woman of the Year

Alexandria Johnson Boone, President & CEO, GAP Communications Group, Chairwoman & Founder, Women of Color Foundation, and Founder of C L Magazine.

 

Alexandria Johnson Boone has been a long time supporter of the Mather Center and women at CWRU as a member of our Community Advisory Board and alumna. Alex is a wise leader with business acumen that is to be envied. One does not achieve her level of success without the expertise, savvy, power and influence to meet challenges and tough odds with strength, resilience and courage. 

Under her leadership GAP gained state and national recognition for its PR and other services and is now one of the most sought-after minority-owned special events and communications firms in the state. In 2020, Dominion selected the Women of Color Foundation as an awardee for their Black Women's Leadership Project: Developing Leaders, Building Communities. The program focuses specifically on Black women professionals and entrepreneurs to provide training and support to accelerate their rise to senior and executive level positions in their respective fields. Overall Alex and the Women of Color Foundation provide opportunities for individuals who identify as women of color to participate in leadership workshops, symposiums, conferences, and C-Suite mentoring activities to enhance their leadership skills to create a more inclusive culture of women in leadership.

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In this episode, Alexandria Boone tells us about her experiences that led her to becoming a nationally recognized businesswoman and activist. Ms. Boone tells us about what anchored her down to Cleveland and the lessons she wants to share.

As black stories began to emerge from the closets, stories like Manhattan Beach in California, Wilmington, South Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is important that our generation gathers historical accounts from black voices. This series will pay homage to these individuals that have paved the way and give them their roses while they are here.

 

Unspoken: Community and Business Conversations is the media outlet for Touch Cleveland. This year our series Roses: Living Legends will capture the wisdom and experience from influential individuals that are age 70 and up.

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The Black Table Talks

with Akin Affrica

 

Alex has led GAP Communications Group, full-service public relations, advertising, marketing and special events firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, since its inception. Under her leadership, GAP has gained local, regional and national recognition for its quality public relations, publicity and marketing services and its creative communications programs. With more than 31 years of communications and management experience, she has grown and expanded GAP Communications Group into one of the most sought-after minority-owned, special events and communications firms in the state.

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Women of Color Foundation Launches Program to help Black Women Access the C-Suite

 

The Black Women’s Leadership Project will focus on enhancing participant’s leadership skills, and connecting them with C-Suite Level Executives.

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Dominion Energy’s “We Care Rebuild Project” Commits $200,000 to Three Northeast Ohio Organizations

  • Organizations will use grant dollars for social justice, equity and inclusion initiatives

  • Dominion Energy has committed $5 million to community rebuilding and reconciliation

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Dominion Energy today announced three grants totaling $200,000 to the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, EDWINS Leadership Restaurant Institute and the Women of Color Foundation. The donations are part of the company’s “We Care Rebuild Project,” which has designated $5 million to social justice and community rebuilding efforts across its 16-state footprint.

“Dominion Energy is pleased to partner with these important community organizations, and we applaud and support the vital work that they conduct every day, said Jim Eck, vice president and general manager, Ohio & West Virginia Distribution. “This is an investment in rebuilding our communities and bringing a more just society, especially during this pivotal moment in our nation’s history.”

Women of Color Foundation will receive a $50,000 grant to establish the Black Women’s Leadership Project: Developing Leaders, Building Communities. The program will focus specifically on Black women professionals and entrepreneurs to provide training and support to accelerate their rise to senior and executive level positions in their respective fields. The Women of Color Foundation provides opportunities for individuals who identify as women of color to participate in leadership workshops, symposiums, conferences and C-Suite mentoring activities to enhance their leadership skills to create a more inclusive culture of women in leadership.

 

About Dominion Energy
More than 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

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The Women’s Journal Magazine honors our Women of Color Foundation Chairwoman and Founder as one of the area's “Women You Should Know.”

Boone was also recognized as "Cleveland's Women of Color Leader."

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