Women Leaders in Business Expo Well Attended
On Friday night we drove to the Holiday Inn on Reynolds Road in Mentor to table on behalf of Margaret W. Wong and Associates at the "Women Leaders in Business Expo" that was sponsored by Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.; Nationwide; and the Mentor Chamber of Commerce. The principal organizer was Ms. Grace Himmelright, Branch Office Manager of Transamerica in Willoughby Hills. There were about 15 other women-owned and/or managed businesses represented there including Expressions of Diversity (counseling and mental health services), Center for Advance Vein Care, Morris
Chiropractic, Goddess Construction, Buckeye Industries, and flux metal arts.
We spoke to Ms. Kathleen Lee Nolan of Kollander World Travel who told us that one of the agents connected with the company may have assisted Ms. Wong with some travel plans on occasion. Ms. Pamela Severa of Hannah's Home (which provides shelter and counseling for single mothers) used to work at Lakeland Community College and remembers the college turning to Ms. Wong for immigration-related assistance pertaining to several of their hires. Ms. Alicia Dalton worked with Ms. Wong when she immigrated to the United States from the Philippines some 20 years ago and took our latest information so she can refer Ms. Wong to people she knows.
There were two speakers. First, Ms. Christine M Hronek, an attorney from Broadview Heights spoke about the need for women to take an interest in estate planning and Ms. Brooke Edwards from Nationwide talked about the need for women to look into obtaining insurance for long term care. Ms. Edwards spoke from experience; her own grandmother made no such provisions so, consequently, Ms. Edwards' aunt is now taking care of her. Right after this program, Ms. Edwards, herself, was scheduled to leave for Dayton to give her aunt a break for the weekend.
After the speakers, the winners of the Chinese Auction were selected. Our donation was a copy of Ms. Wong's book, "The Immigrant's Way" wrapped up in a basket of goodies that was put together by a local florist. The person who won our basket was Ms. Pamela Severa and she said that it was "a delightful gift."