Have you ever looked around at the many successful women who live and work in Stark County and wondered what they have done to contribute to their success? We did, too! And we wanted to take that knowledge and help the young women in Stark County plan for their own roads to success.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we are bringing together a group of influential women from Stark County to share their stories and inspire today’s young ladies to become women of power tomorrow. Join us to learn about their lives and career journeys, the successes and challenges of working and raising a family, and how they’ve overcome hardships to rise to the top.
This discussion will be led by Maureen Ater (‘Mo’). Mo serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Development for Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio. She is a Board member with the YMCA of Central Stark County, Stark Education Partnership, and the Stark Library Foundation. Mo is the recipient of the Canton Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, Twenty Under 40! Award, and is in the YWCA Canton Women’s Hall of Fame.
Krista L. Allison, J.D. has served in leadership roles at the state, county, and school district levels for more than 20 years. In addition, she works to promote safe and supportive learning environments, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, health and wellness, family and civic engagement, and school-community partnerships. Krista volunteers throughout the community and is also a lead facilitator for the Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County.
Barb Ewing Cockroft, M.ED., NBCT, is a consummate educator whose life mission is helping others. When she was just 8 years old, her grandpa told her to “be grateful for her blessings, appreciate others, make a difference in the world and give back to the community.” After 35 years of classroom experience, Barb now consults with administrators and teachers, delivering professional development to educators locally, nationally, and internationally.
Jennie Highfield is the President and CEO of National First Ladies’ Library, the founding organization of First Ladies National Historic Site, with nearly 30 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. She is actively involved in the local community and throughout the northeast Ohio region, supporting nonprofits that work in the areas of animal rescue, social services, children advocacy, and arts and culture.
Kristen Moore is a Magistrate of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, where she has served since 2016. She has also worked as a civil litigator, representing clients both at the trial court level and in dozens of appeals throughout the various appellate districts in Ohio. Kristen currently serves as President of Women’s Impact, Inc., and was the recipient of the 2016-2017 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under, Canton Chamber of Commerce’s ystark! Twenty under 40! Award, and is in the YWCA Canton Women’s Hall of Fame.
Christy Williams is the owner of Little Chunk of Goodness, a home-based bakery in North Canton, focusing mostly on cookies. Christy started Little Chunk of Goodness as a side hustle, after many other failed side hustles, while working two part time jobs. She’s now in her fourth year with her business doing it full time. Her favorite job requirement is a nap, which provides work/life balance.
This program is brought to you by Stark Library and Women’s Impact, Inc.