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TolHouse Member’s are invited to join us for Making The Leap, a conversation with local entrepreneurs and CEO’s about how to turn your side passion into your main source of income.

This Member’s Only event features interviews hosted by Jason Daniels, President & CEO at JayRamon.

Please join us for this free event. Pre-reservation is requested below.

About Dr. Shanda Gore
Dr. Gore is the President and CEO of Mays and Associates, LTD, a full-service diversity, equity, and inclusion global strategic planning and consulting company. Recently, Dr. Gore surpassed her 15,000-person diversity training and has more than tripled the size of her firm in personnel, resources, and capacity to meet diversity service demands. Mays & Associates now has clients across a number of industries including higher education, K-12, city and county municipalities, private large business corporations, and serves as a leader in professional senior leader coaching. Dr. Gore is also the creator of the nonprofit M&A Culture Building Institute and was named as Managing Principal for a million-dollar Ohio Office of Development grant with a 17-county reach to assist and counsel Minority and Women-owned businesses in Northwest Ohio.

Dr. Gore has also held several roles in higher education including Vice President, Associate Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, special and adjunct instructor, and an Executive Director for private and public higher ed institutions. She has more than 24 years of combined diversity-related experience.

Dr. Gore has received a number of awards and accolades and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. She received a Bachelor of Communications degree and a Master of Communication with a study emphasis on minority communities in the Greater Toledo Ohio area. Dr. Gore earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies with a focus on diversity and her research area was involvement behaviors and minority medical student retention.

About Jason Daniels

Jason Daniels is a strategist, masterful collaborator, problem solver, coaching leader, contributing journalist, and author of the book Get Off the Gerbil Wheel: A Remarkable Way to Stop Running and Going Nowhere in Life. He currently serves as President and CEO of JAYRAMON LLC, a consultancy focused on collaborating with corporate, civic, social sector and non-profit organizations, providing strategic solutions to help build leadership effectiveness, scale impact, grow local and national partnerships and advance philanthropic effectiveness.
Throughout an impressive 11-year United Way career, Jason worked in executive roles in Toledo and Cleveland Ohio where he served on various statewide and national taskforces with national and global organizations and companies, including United Way Worldwide. During his time, he contributed his expertise in areas such as community impact, strategy and innovation, strategic partnerships, human capital, volunteer engagement, diversity and inclusion, and governmental relations. He was selected to participate in a month-long visit to 26 cities in India through Rotary International teaching philanthropy and leadership development.

Jason, along with his wife, co-founded the L.I.F.T. (Leadership, Influence, Focus and Talent) MIDWEST African American Professionals and Allies Conference whose mission is to be a champion for diverse representation in executive roles by partnering with allies – individuals and companies who value diversity, inclusion, and equity. The success of this conference has garnered the support and sponsorship of national and global organizations and companies, healthcare institutions, foundations, and nonprofit entities.

He is most proud of his personal work creating neighborhood-based youth initiatives for under-served communities and lending his talents to local and national boards. Jason is a proud graduate of the University of Toledo (Go Rockets!) and enjoys traveling and spending quality time with this wife Kelli, daughter Elise, and their dog Cocoa.

Interviewees include:

Wednesday, May 4, 6pm
Shanda Gore, Ed.D.
, President & CEO at Mays & Associates

Wednesday, May 11, 6pm
Mary Brucker, CEO at Imagine901

Dates TBA:
Aly Sterling, President, Aly Sterling Philanthropy and Founder at Aly Sterling Launch
John Tooson, CEO at PGN Consulting
Kristin Kyser, Owner at Black Kit Coffee

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