WELD Launches Largest Keynote With Best Selling Author Margie Warrell


WELD thanks sponsors, members, volunteers and the Columbus community for the wonderful support of the Columbus chapter 2017 Keynote Event!


Columbus, OH – The 2017 WELD Ohio Keynote was a huge success.  Hosted by Margie Warrell, best-selling author and expert on courage.  Warrell delivered an inspiring keynote message on Earned It. Own It.  COLC sponsor representative, Vinita Bahri-Mehra, Director, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, presented Huntington National Bank with the 2017 Central Ohio Leadership Census Award for its representation of women in top leadership (25% on their board and 4 women on their executive team) and for the company’s relentless focus on fostering an inclusive environment. Accepting the award on behalf of Huntington was Kelly Blackmon, SVP, HR Executive Business Partner.

WELD board chair Marsha Conaway presented the 2017 Riveter Award to Elaine Roberts, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. This award of distinction is given to a woman who is not just in a position of power and influence, not just a leader in her field, but a woman who has hit both of those benchmarks and invests the capital of that position back into uplifting women. The award is named for its connection to Rosie, a commonly used symbol of feminism and women’s economic power, but also because of the symbolism of the rivet itself. It represents a joining, expansion, exponential strength and permanence.


First Lady Shannon Ginther, Chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission, shared the purpose of the commission and its key areas of focus to the audience and sold out crowd.  Colleen Marshall served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and is co-anchor of NBC4 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.  For more information about WELD log onto www.weldoh.org.

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