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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 Aly Sterling

Long before Aly Sterling founded her eponymous consulting firm, she was solving the unique, yet similar, problems encountered by nonprofit organizations.

Her decision to start her own business in 2007 was driven by two things: her belief in leadership as the single most important factor in organizational success and her determination to work with multiple causes at one time to scale societal change.

Today, Aly manages the direction and growth of her firm while advising clients on the organizational challenges that affect their sustainability and mission success.

In 2015, Aly led her firm to membership in The Giving Institute, an exclusive and highly respected professional organization for nonprofit consultants. The Giving Institute is best known for publishing the annual Giving USA report – and today she also serves on the Giving USA Foundation board.

Aly’s expertise includes fundraising, strategic planning, and board development for nonprofits including corporate and family foundations. She is regularly sought for comment by trade and mainstream media, including the Chronicle of Philanthropy and U.S. News & World Report. She has contributed to the publications of BoardSource, The Governance Institute, and The Giving Institute. Aly has been a featured presenter for leading regional and national organizations including Philanthropy Ohio, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Habitat for Humanity.

Aly is an alumna of Leadership Toledo, a recipient of the “20 Under 40” award, and a Women in Communications Crystal Award winner. In 2018, she was inducted into the Northwest Ohio Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Hall of Fame. Aly holds a master’s degree from the University of Toledo and is a fellowship graduate of the executive leadership program at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Most recently, she earned certification in the 21/64 approach to working with multigenerational families with funds, foundations, and other family enterprises. She teaches a course on women and entrepreneurship at Bowling Green State University.

Aly serves on boards for the Giving Institute and Giving USA foundations, the University of Toledo’s Family Business Center, the Bowling Green State University Paul J. Hooker Entrepreneur Leadership Center, and St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. Aly is past president of the Northwest Ohio chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a former board member of Leadership Toledo, the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, David’s House, and Advocating Opportunity, an organization formed to stop human trafficking.

In 2020, she published a book about her experiences overcoming personal and professional barriers to becoming a female entrepreneur. More about the book and Aly’s work in this space can be found here.

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.


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