NDA Celebrates “Embracing Your Feminine Genius” with Student-Led Symposium











Toledo area women leaders shared their thoughts on leadership and “Feminine Genius” at Notre Dame Academy as part of the student-led symposium “Embracing Our Feminine Genius”!on  A leadership panel shared their experiences with students on how they overcame obstacles in order to become the leaders of today. Leaders who spoke were:

  • Dr. Sharon L. Gaber ​- President of UT
  • Zobaida Falah – ​Business Owner
  • Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek – ​President of Lourdes
  • Nina Corder – ​ Founder and Managing Director of Women of Toledo
  • Rashmi Agnihotri – Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at Andersons
  • Kristin Kelley – ​ Vice President, Global and Corporate Communications at O-I
  • Tasha Hussein Black – ​Vice President of Marketing, Andersons

NDA students developed and implemented the entire symposium from presentation proposals to logistics. Session topics included Let’s Lead, Mindfulness Yoga, Negative Self-Talk, Healthy Relationships & Respect. Notre Dame Academy’s Building Bridges Club also lead participants in creating a community project that visually expressed how we are all unique but also are interwoven as a community.

The symposium’s keynote speaker was artist and poet Sara Abou Rashed. In 2013, Ms. Abou Rashed ran away with her family from the war in Syria, moving to the US, searching for peace and a more hopeful future. At the age of 8, she wrote her first ever poem and has been writing since. Ms. Abou Rashed was the 2015 Columbus District Poetry Slam Champion and the 2016 First Runner-Up, won the OPA High School contest, the 2016 Denison Book Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize at the age of sixteen.

The closing speaker was Diana Patton, author of the book Inspiration in My Shoes. She also is a speaker, Social Justice and Integrative Health Advocate coach, author and attorney.  Mrs. Patton engages audiences with real stories and messages about self-identity, self-care and living a life that matters!

For the past three years, NDA has selected an overarching theme for the school year as well as a school wide read that connects to that theme. This year’s theme is, “Embracing Our Feminine Genius” and our community read is I am Malala.