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Four TU Grads Receive Excellence in Leadership Award

Spring/Summer 2014

Leadership Lorain County’s Difference Makers Gala 2014 took place in February in Elyria. Through the Difference Makers Gala, Leadership Lorain County is dedicated to supporting meaningful leadership and recognizing those who work hard to make Lorain County a better place.

The Excellence in Leadership Award was presented to 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County and its founding members Susan Bowers, Nancy Sullivan, Libby Thuning, and Marcia Miller. All four earned an MBA from Tiffin University in 2001.

Today, Susan Bowers is President of Mercy Allen Hospital, Marcia Miller is Director of Investments at Oberlin College, Nancy Sullivan is Associate Professor and Program Chair at Tiffin University and Libby Thuning is Vice President of U.S. Bank National Association and the PolyOne Corporation.

Their story…

Sue, Marcia, Nancy and Libby met while pursuing their MBA at Tiffin University.

At an annual holiday gathering they discussed how it would be great to figure out a way to do something more for others in lieu of exchanging gifts among themselves. The following summer, a column by Regina Brett about a group of women who met and gave money to local non-profit organizations sparked a conversation among them and in 2010, they held their first meeting of 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County.

In the group, a single member or group of up to four members pledges $100 per quarter to this initiative. Paying members may enter the name of a non-profit organization that services Lorain County. Three organization names are pulled from a hat and each makes a short presentation about their non-profit, the clients they serve and how they might use the funds.

Those in attendance vote by ballot and the organization with the majority of the votes is the recipient of that quarter’s donations. Each member writes a check payable directly to the chosen organization.