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Women’s Impact Awards – 5 Years of Unleashing Power & Realizing Potential

Celebrating Women Who Leave a Legacy & Make an Impact


Women’s Impact Inc. Award Recipients (left to right) – Sue Ramsey, A representative for Merle Griff, PhD, The Honorable Judge Taryn Heath, Kay Feagles, and Nancy Platek from The Women’s Fund Endowment of Stark Community Foundation

WRL Art Director and Women’s Impact Awards Planning Committee member Tracy Arenson and WRL PR and Social Media Specialist Olivia Tharp joined nearly 150 professional female colleagues for the 5th Anniversary of Women’s Impact Awards on March 23. Alongside Main Event Sponsor Mercy Medical Center of Canton, Ohio, WRL Advertising was proud to be a Supporting Sponsor for this inspiring event.

Olivia Tharp and Tracy Arenson of WRL Advertising

This milestone occasion celebrated four deserving individuals and one local organization who have encouraged women to move forward boldly in areas as diverse as entrepreneurship, personal independence, justice, sports and financial empowerment. These inspiring leaders – Kay Feagles, Merle Griff PhD, The Honorable Judge Taryn Heath, Sue Ramsey, and The Women’s Fund Endowment of Stark Community Foundation – have made it their purpose in their respective areas to transform women’s lives by creating connections, encouraging education and offering advice to further advance women in our community.

Since the Canton chapter’s inception in 2012, this group of Women’s Impact, Inc. members has continued to grow in number and further expand its programs and offerings. These currently include mentoring, signature professional development events, a speaker series, networking events and restorative activities – all which aid to the organization’s ultimate goal of encouraging women to unleash power and realize potential.

Special Thanks to the Women’s Impact Awards Planning Committee (left to right) – Barb Mucci, Paula Mastroianni, Laura Baloun, Dianne Digianantonio, Tracy Arenson and Dawn Campanelli

Each member has exemplified what it means to be passionate and powerful in her career and in her life. Many Women’s Impact members – from various occupations, ethnicities and ages – have not only achieved their dreams both professionally and personally, but surpassed even their own expectations.

Sue Ramsey, one of the night’s honored awards recipients and the highly decorated and extremely humble former Head Women’s Basketball Coach of Ashland University voiced a memorable quote one her mentors once shared with her, “What I am is God’s gift to me. What I do with myself is my gift back to God.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

Do something today for yourself to unleash your power and realize your potential.

Doing Good in a Community

Community involvement is incredibly important to the staff at WRL. While we don’t all reside in the city of Canton, many of us are also deeply involved with activities in our hometowns as well as other local areas in which we do business.

WRL Senior Art Director David Jensen is very involved in the town of Orrville. As a member of the Orrville Chamber of Commerce, he has worked with many of his clients for the betterment of their community attending networking events, annual dinners, etc. This also includes a comprehensive rebranding of the city to help showcase Orrville’s unique blend of geography, history, and personality to pave the way for future community development.

As chairman of the local YMCA Marketing, Membership and Programs committee, David is part of the group responsible for looking at current marketing strategies and how they can help drive new membership and programming within the Y. He aims to lead the cause, through these efforts as well as through valuable connections with many business and community leaders in Stark County, to keep it as a viable community resource for many years to come.

“I have been honored to be on each board and being part of an organization that I believe makes a difference in every community they are present,” said David. “It is an inclusive organization that offers more than a gym or a pool, but an opportunity to become part of all that is good in a community.”