Speaker Biographies
Severine De Wagheneire
Severine De Wagheneire is Office Managing Director of Accenture in Cleveland. She is responsible for overseeing the growth of the local business as well as building relationships within Cleveland. Severine began her career at Accenture in 1995, focusing on large transformational programs to improve clients’ stakeholder value through technology. A native of Belgium, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.
Amy Brady
Amy Brady is Chief Information Officer at KeyBank, leading the company’s Technology, Operations and Services organization. In her role, Brady oversees Key’s shared services for technology, operations, data, servicing, cyber and physical security and procurement. Technology, Operations and Services is comprised of more than 5,000 individuals and plays a significant role in Key’s ability to win in the marketplace by enabling the company’s goal to build enduring client relationships through innovative solutions and an end-to-end digital experience. The team delivers innovative technology to clients, such as mobile and online banking along with voice and chat automation features, world-class operations & servicing solutions, including loan, payment, fraud and treasury services, with Contact Centers supporting our clients across consumer and commercial segments.

 Amy is a member of the Board of Directors of DuPont, where she serves on the Audit and Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committees. She is also on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

She is active in the community serving as Chairman of the Board of Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center in the U.S. outside of New York City. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Achievement Centers for Children, Cleveland Leadership Center and co-chairs the Case Western Reserve University Corporate Visiting Committee.

 From 2016 through 2020 Brady was recognized by American Banker as one of the “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking,” and listed among the "Powerful Women to Watch" from 2013 through 2015. Brady was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland as CIO of the Year in 2014.

Brady received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Music from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Brittany Neish
Director, Paid Media at Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group
Founder, What You Do Matters
Brittany is known for her can-do spirit and relentless positivity. She is deeply committed to helping others on their path of personal and professional growth. She leads and develops teams with care, compassion, collaboration, and an action-oriented attitude. Brittany is passionate about helping organizations and teams create flourishing cultures and manager excellence through organizational development practices like appreciative inquiry and positive psychology. She is currently developing her skills in this area by pursuing her Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. With a love for speaking and facilitating, Brittany has been featured in AdWeek, AdExchanger, Together Digital, The Association of National Advertisers, Engage! Cleveland, The Social Influencer Summit, and the Cleveland Chapter of SHRM.

With over 11 years of experience leading paid media, marketing communications and community development initiatives for brands like Microsoft and Moen, Brittany has cemented herself as a leader within the Marketing/Advertising industry. She’s tackled creating in-house media buying teams, co-created + amplified mission driven media initiatives like Microsoft’s community based digital literacy programs and Moen’s Water Director activation and developed paid social campaigns that have been recognized by the Shorty Awards - the premier award accolades for social media. In addition to her marketing work, Brittany is a motivational speaker, podcast host, and founder + CEO of What You Do Matters.

What You Do Matters, created in October 2019, is a positive platform for personal and professional growth focused on helping individuals take meaningful action at home, at work and in their communities through workshops, webinars, conferences, encouraging content, community building and daily tools for growth. Learn more about Brittany and What You Do Matters at https://whatyoudomattersmentality.com/

Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells
Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.  Kyle was formerly Deputy Director of the District's Watershed Programs, including the Regional Stormwater Management Program and the application of stormwater control measures to reduce combined sewer overflows through green infrastructure.  Ms. Dreyfuss-Wells graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She earned master’s degrees with honors in both Public Affairs and Environmental Science at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Linda Uveges
Linda Uveges started her career at The City Mission as a volunteer in 2003. She joined the staff in 2005 and held a wide  variety of roles before becoming the Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center Program Manager. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer before her current role as the Mission's Chief Executive Officer. Linda also serves on the Office of Homeless Services Advisory Board.

Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Administration and a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership both from Cleveland State University. In 2019, she was recognized by Crain's Cleveland Business as a Notable Woman in Nonprofits. Linda is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Cleveland, and in 2021 received a Medical Mutual Pilar Award as a Nonprofit Executive of the Year.

Linda is a native to the Cleveland community. Linda is actively involved in the women's ministry at her church, CSU Women's Nonprofit and Leadership Committee and a mentor in the College Now program. She lives with her husband, Tom, in North Ridgeville and enjoys opportunities to spend time with her five adult children and grandchildren.
Tracy Strobel
 Tracy Strobel was appointed executive director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) in July 2019. CCPL has 27 branches that serve 47 communities in Northeast Ohio and a service point inside the county hospital. For ten consecutive years (2009-2018) CCPL has earned the prestigious five-star rating in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service; and received the publication’s highest overall score among America’s largest metropolitan library systems for nine consecutive years (2010-2018).

Tracy’s career in public libraries began with a focus on technology at Medina County District Library (1996-1999) and Cleveland Public Library (1999-2005), where she developed the nation’s first 24/7 virtual reference service. Prior to becoming executive director, she served as CCPL’s deputy director (2005-2019), leading its 27 branches, Information Technology, Technical Services and Literacy & Learning divisions. Her major accomplishments at CCPL include leading the largest capital improvement program in the Library’s history, which included the replacement of ten branches and the renovation of fourteen branches over a period of seven years. 
From 2011 to 2013, Tracy served as the U.S. representative to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s International Network of Emerging Library Innovators. She was a member of the Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors (2016-2019) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee (2015-2019). Tracy currently served as chair of the ALA 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force (2018-2020) and is currently a member of the PLA’s Continuing Education Advisory Committee. 
In February 2020, Tracy was appointed to the board of The Center for Community Solutions, a nonpartisan think tank focused on solutions to health, social and economic issues.  She also serves on the board of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and chairs their Community Collaboration Committee.
Tracy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State University and a Master of Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2015. In her free time, Tracy runs a small horse boarding stable in Richfield, Ohio, where she resides with her husband and two children.
Melony Butler
CEO, Dress for Success Cleveland
Melony J. Butler serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dress for Success Cleveland. Melony joined Dress for Success Cleveland (DFSC) in 2000 and later became the Executive Director in 2011. Melony’s leadership is unmatched and has been instrumental in developing community and corporate partnerships throughout Northeast Ohio. Through these partnerships, DFSC has expanded to offer a full continuum of services to meet the critical needs of a diverse demographic of women.
Today, as many women are redesigning their career paths, reframing their priorities, and are in need of continued development, DFSC provides the tools and resources for transition, growth and resilience to embrace that journey. In 2020, DFSC quickly pivoted to delivering most of their services virtually and currently they are finding their way to a new hybrid structure.
Julie Schlemmer 
Julie is the owner of Lotus Flower Yoga Collective in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She has been teaching group and private yoga and meditation classes in her community for over 18 years.

Her classes emphasize the needs of those who walk through the door. Each one is a thoughtful progression that leads you through breath awareness, body alignment through physical poses and mindful awareness of the present moment. Combined, these elements lead to a great level of peace, healing and stillness. She is experienced working with students of all ages and many different health conditions. There is always something for everyone in each class and she is honored to have the opportunity to teach what she has learned from her amazing teachers throughout the years.

“I teach because I love yoga and I love people. To help students become more aware of who they are and hold space for them as they develop a deeper understanding of themselves is a wonderful gift.”
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