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Global Leadership Mentoring Conference
Elite Women Around The World
Executive Caterers - Landerhaven
September 19, 2013

The Global Leadership Mentoring Conference was produced by Elite Women Around The World to provide a powerful way for individuals to gain professional insight, receive support and expand their network. The program paired them with business executives from various industries in a one-to-one relationship.

Global Leadership mentoring Conference


The objective was to connect talented and emerging women leaders with other women leaders in an engaging environment to gain professional insight, receive support and expand their network.

Nip Singh, Mayor Richard Bain, Rita Singh and Sister Diana Stano

Nip Singh, Mayor Richard Bain, Rita Singh and Sister Diana Stano


Rita N. Singh, founder and CEO of Elite Women Around The World, served as Master of Ceremony and welcomed the crowd to the event.

Claire Scott Miller, Executive Coach of Corporate Balance Concepts and President at C. Scott Miller & Assoc., gave the Welcome Address titled "Mentoring, Roles and Expectations."

Claire Scott Miller

Claire Scott Miller


She said that even though it is called "Men"toring, it is for women too. She told of the word's roots from Homer's Odyssey - Mentor was a friend of Odysseus.




She told of the 3 types of mentoring: Informal or traditional mentoring, Planned or formal mentoring and Kaleidoscope mentoring. There is also self-mentoring.




This was followed by short presentations from a variety of women leaders in various business enterprises including the following.

Gloria M. Ware of JumpStart

Gloria M. Ware of JumpStart


Diane S. Smith, CEO of  Choice Telecommunications

Diane S. Smith, CEO of Choice Telecommunications


Debbie Hanson of ClevelandWomen.Com

Debbie Hanson of ClevelandWomen.Com


Harriette Watford Lowenthal of ExecuNet

Harriette Watford Lowenthal of ExecuNet


Dana Marie DeCapite, Esq.

Dana Marie DeCapite, Esq. of Maria E. Quinn Co.


Sonya Bapna Patel, Zenworks Yoga

Sonya Bapna Patel of Zenworks Yoga


Karen Gurney, PhD, CEO of Career IQ

Karen Gurney, PhD, CEO of Career IQ


Lee-Ann Spacek

Lee-Ann Spacek, Principal North Coast Residential Relocation


Susanna Margaret Goulder, Coach

Susanna Margaret Goulder, Certified Coach


Becky Gaylord, president of Gaylord LLC

Becky Gaylord, president of Gaylord LLC


Diane Helbig, Business Coach

Diane Helbig, Business Coach



Along with networking opportunities, targeted vendors were available to discuss business options.

Sonya Wagasky  SBA

Sonya Wagasky, SBA


Tiffany Abbenhouse,  PNC

Tiffany Abbenhouse, PNC



Rita Singh introducing the panel of guest speakers

Rita Singh introducing the panel of guest speakers


A panel of experts spoke featuring Gilbert Goldberg, District Director SBA Cleveland District Office, Sr. Diana Stano, President of Ursuline College, Ratanjit Sondhe, Founder/CEO of DiscoverHelp Inc. and Richard Bain, Mayor of Pepper Pike.

Gil Goldberg, U.S. Small Business Adminstration Cleveland District Director

Gil Goldberg


Gil Goldberg, U.S. Small Business Administration Cleveland District Director, spoke about tapping into regional resources.

Sister Diana Stano, President of Ursuline College, spoke about Ethical Leadership. Sister Stano said that Ethical leaders don't always win and are sometimes ignored but they stick to their values in spite of it.

Sister Diana Stano, President of Ursuline College

Sister Diana Stano, President of Ursuline College




Ratanjit Sondhe said that society is only as civil as how respected, educated and well-equipped the women are. The selflessness, compassion and other female characteristics are seen as weakness by men but shouldn't be.

Ratanjit Sondhe

Ratanjit Sondhe



Ratanjit Sondhe told of the 3 powerful women who made him what he is. He encouraged people to make their best even better.

Ratanjit Sondhe

Ratanjit Sondhe




Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain presented a proclamation to Rita Singh.

Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain

Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain

Rita Singh and Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain

Rita Singh and Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain



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