Diana Bilimoria, Ph.D. is Keybank Professor and Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from The University of Michigan.
Dr. Bilimoria's research focuses on leadership, governance, gender diversity and inclusion in organizations. Her work helps individuals and organizations enhance their leadership contributions and impact to create positive benefits. She studies issues surrounding the representation, careers, quality of life and success of individuals in organizations, especially women and underrepresented minorities, particularly their advancement to and participation in senior organizational ranks such as in top executive teams and on boards of directors.
Dr. Bilimoria has written several books including Women in STEM Careers: International Perspectives in Increasing Workforce Participation, Advancement and Leadership (2014), Gender Equity in Science and Engineering: Advancing Change in Higher Education (2012), Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Research and Practice (2008) and Handbook on Women in Business and Management (2007). She has served as the Chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. She has published extensively in leading journals, has contributed to several edited volumes, and has received multiple research grants. She has been the editor of the Journal of Management Education and sits on the editorial boards of several journals in the business and management field.
Dr. Bilimoria is an expert in how leadership development can transform individuals, teams, and organizations. Her teaching focuses on executive leadership, emotional intelligence, women in organizations, diversity and inclusion, and organizational transformation. She has served as an organizational consultant and management educator for private, public and nonprofit organizations, and as an advisor and coach for executives, managers and professionals.
Dr. Bilimoria received the Weatherhead School of Management's Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, was a Cleveland, OH area ATHENA award finalist in 2013, received the Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award from the American Council on Education (ACE) Ohio Women’s Network in 2012, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women’s Spotlight Series Prize for Women’s Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University in 2007, and the Weatherhead School of Management’s Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. She has been internationally recognized for her scholarship, leadership and service, including the 1999 Anbar Golden Page Award for her editorship of the Journal of Management Education, and Academy of Management Conference awards in 2010 (Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division), 2009 (Careers Division), 2006 (Careers Division), 1999 (Organizational Behavior Division) and 1997 (Organization and Management Theory Division).
Valerie Hillow Gates was named as the Executive Director of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Greater Cleveland in 2017. Her role includes management of a Board of Directors, helping to build a culture of health in Cleveland focused on community health priorities, developing a major gifts portfolio and overall responsibility for a 25-person staff, working with thousands of dedicated volunteers helping to propel the mission of the Association.
A native Clevelander, Valerie is a seasoned senior leader and stepped into the Executive Director position with 15 years of progressively responsible positions in revenue generation, volunteer management and cross-functional team leadership. She decided to focus her time and talent on her hometown market, where she can make a significant impact improving heart and brain health across the great city of Cleveland!
She launched her career at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Cleveland in 2003, growing through the ranks of special events including the Heart Walk and the Heart & Stroke Ball, while honing her skills with executive volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising and event planning. She helped to launch the now well-known Go Red For Women movement in Cleveland in 2004, and made her mark, launching Cleveland into the Top 10 events nationally. Valerie moved to Philadelphia in 2009 to gain experience in a larger metropolitan market, with a personal goal of managing the number one Go Red For Women campaign in the nation, which she achieved in 2011. She then moved into a regional Vice President of Development role, where she oversaw development consulting, staff training and development operations & organizational efficiency for a 5-state region.
Most recently, Valerie has served as a regional Senior Vice President of Development, managing a $13 million fundraising campaign and leading a 50-member team across a 5-state territory. In this role, she oversaw all children’s health initiatives and activities for the Association, as well as focused many of her efforts on deepening engagement in smaller communities.
Valerie holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University, where she also currently serves as President of the Women’s Alumni Association in Cleveland. She’s a 2008 graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Leadership class. Valerie was awarded Northeast Ohio’s “25 Under 35” Mover and Shaker Award in 2015 and a “Women Who Rock and Roll” Award in Philadelphia in 2011. An avid theatre buff, she is a member of the Playhouse Square Leading Ladies Society. She and her husband Eddie reside in Avon.
Allison Grealis is founder and president of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), a national trade association focused on supporting, promoting and inspiring women in the manufacturing sector. She is also the vice president of membership and association services of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), a full-service trade association representing the metalforming industry.
Since joining PMA in 2001, Grealis has held a variety of positions that included district, committee and division management; affinity partner relations; sponsorship sales; new product and service development; and member services.
Grealis earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Akron.
Presently, Grealis serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Society of Association Executives, Our Lady of the Elms High School, the St. Raphael Home and School Association and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Case Western Reserve University.
Originally from Cleveland, Sarah Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in 2008, and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2013. After becoming a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio, Sarah moved to Chicago in 2015 to begin her work in the nonprofit development field - holding positions as the Grant Writer for Habitat for Humanity Chicago and the Development Coordinator for Rape Victim Advocates, while also studying philanthropy and nonprofit organizations at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. Sarah returned to Cleveland in 2017, and is currently working in Ohio City as the Deputy Director for SPACES - a nonprofit alternative art organization with a mission to be the resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment. Sarah is responsible for critical administrative, financial, and fundraising operations for SPACES, and is excited to be contributing to the wild and wonderful Cleveland arts and culture community.
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