2024 Southwest Ohio Women in Leadership Symposium
March 07, 2024
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (ET)
Women In Leadership
Trish is a passionate and accomplished leader in the YMCA non-profit sector, dedicated to strengthening communities and empowering individuals through the transformative power of the YMCA mission. With an impressive career spanning 32 years, Trish has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of the organization’s values and a tireless dedication to its mission. A solid educational foundation underpins Trish’s journey in the YMCA sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Miami University, where she developed a strong understanding of Human Development. This educational background equipped her with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the demanding and multifaceted world of non-profit leadership. Trish has held key leadership roles, including Vice President, Executive Director, and Program Director with the YMCA organization, where she provided visionary leadership, developed strategic initiatives, and oversaw the successful execution of programs and services. Trish is not only a leader within the organization but also a bridge-builder in the community. She has a proven track record of fostering strong relationships with community stakeholders, donors, and partners, which is pivotal in expanding the YMCA’s presence and influence within the communities she serves. On a personal note, Trish resides in her hometown of Lebanon, Ohio, with her partner, Steve, and their beloved fur daughter, Luna. Beyond her professional achievements, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the world through travel, immersing herself in the great outdoors through camping, and expressing her creative side through crafting and photography. Trish’s commitment to making a difference extends beyond her work and is an integral part of who she is as a person.
Tashawna Thomas Otabil currently serves as Vice President of Managed Care for TriHealth a $2.5B Health System in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has nearly 25 years of management experience and proven performance leadership with Managed Care Payer Contracting and Strategies. Tashawna is responsible for contractual relationship management valued at over $1.5 billion dollars in revenue. Tashawna received a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Business Administration from DeVry University. She always strives for excellence which is evident in her recognitions as of one of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s – Healthcare Hero Winner (2022), 2021 YWCA Career Women of Achievement, Ohio’s, National Diversity Businesswoman of the Year (2021), National Diversity Top 15 Businesswomen (2018), TriHealth Pillar Performance (2018), several other leadership awards. In addition to those recognitions, Tashawna is also an Amazon bestselling author of four books. Her most recent publication “Unprecedented Times” provides strategies and tactics to help leaders during the pandemic. Her other publications are dedicated to helping women excel with their personal and professional endeavors. Tashawna is deeply committed to public service and community service. She is actively involved in the community and serves as a board member for Karen Wellington Foundation. She formerly served on the Urban League & St. Aloysius boards. She is also a proud member of the Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Lastly, she is the Co-Founder of Black Art Speaks – a collective group of community artists who share their voices through the power of Art. This group was responsible for creating the Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Cincinnati, which Tashawna was instrumental in leading.
Paaras is the Chief HR Officer for Paycor based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is responsible for all areas of HR, including recruitment, talent strategy, compensation & benefits, internal communications, training & development, diversity, equity and inclusion, organization design, and associate engagement. Paaras joined Paycor in 2022. She has extensive HR experience at consumer brands such as Victoria’s Secret, US Bank, and Global Lead, where she built her expertise in talent development and diversity & inclusion. Before joining the company, Paaras was the Head of HR for 84.51°, Kroger Technology & Digital, and Kroger Alternative Profit. Paaras serves on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, YWCA, and The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Paaras was a member of Cincinnati’s C-Change Class 6, Leadership Cincinnati Class 46, named one of Cincinnati’s Forty Under 40 by the Cincinnati Business Courier and a Top Woman in Grocery Progressive Grocer, a YMCA Adult Achiever & YWCA Rising Star. In partnership with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Paaras created Power Squad, which focuses on the leadership development and progression of Women of Color in the workplace. Paaras holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University. Paaras lives in Montgomery with her husband, Sean, daughter, Layla, and son, Elijah.
Sharon D. Howard currently serves as System Director, Community & Government Relations and Site Communications for the Premier Health system. She is a professional with over 25 years of experience in broadcast media and community and public relations. Areas of expertise include: healthcare communications, community development and engagement, marketing, strategic communications, communications consultation and special event planning. She is a member of Tau Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a member of the sorority’s International Connection/Social Action Committee; member of The Dayton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; and served 10 years on the Ohio Arts Council. From 2017-2019, Howard was elected to serve on the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors. Howard has been recognized for her journalistic work by receiving the “Regional Communicator of the Year Award by the International Communications Training Institute and multiple National “Communicator” and “Telly” Awards. Her work in the community has garnered several recognitions including: “Central Region Volunteer of the Year’’ from the National Urban League, Dayton YWCA “Women of Influence Award” and “Distinguished Ambassador Award.” Howard has received the “Coretta Scott King Award’’ by the National Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, the “Ten Top Women Award,” given by the Dayton Daily News, Sinclair Community College Distinguished Community Service Award, the Mary Scott Legacy Award and was named a “Top Ten African American Woman,” by the African American CEO’s organization. Howard is inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She is a past recipient of the University of Dayton National Alumni Association “Special Achievement Award.” In 2018, Howard was honored by Believers Christian Fellowship Church “Phenomenal Woman” award.
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