Women Who Inspire

Save the Date!
Thursday, October 1, 2020,
at Mercy McAuley High School
6 p.m. - Registration, Light Appetizers and Drinks
7:30 - 9 p.m. - Program

Join us in celebrating and honoring the contributions and achievements of remarkable women in our community at the 2020 Women Who Inspire.  Be prepared to be inspired when you hear their personal stories of journeys, challenges, courage and commitment.  This is guaranteed to be an amazing evening of inspiration and empowerment.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:

Sandy and Ron Hitzler

Huesman-Schmid Insurance Agency

Ohio Living Llanfair

Dr. Michael R. Schmit


Meet our 2019 Panelists!

Robin Thompson Arthur, PsyD                       CEO and Managing Director of Transform Consulting, LLC.

For over 25 years, Dr. Robin Arthur Thompson has been in the health and mental health care arena, and has worked with individuals locally, nationally, and internationally.  After serving 10 years as Chief of Psychology at the Linder Center of HOPE, she established a private clinical practice and business consulting practice, working with adults and adolescents and was awarded the Distinguished Psychologist of the Year award by the Ohio Psychological Association. 

Robin is a 1982 graduate of Mother of Mercy High School and is married to her amazing life partner, Doug.  

Nikki Hudepohl                                                    Owner, White Oak Coffee House

Nikki Hudepohl is 1992 graduate of McAuley High School and the owner of the White Oak Coffee House.  Two years ago, Nikki decided, along with her family, to start this small business. While she was happy working part time and raising her three children, full time, she felt like something was missing in her life.  Her husband and she had talked about owning a small retail business for many years and as her children were getting older, she decided it was a good time to open a small coffee house.  Nikki’s hopes were the coffee house would be something that her entire family could be part of and fill a void in her community.

Joyce A. Kasee-Mills                                          Director of Training and Advising Programs, Strategic Capacity Group

A 2003 graduate of Mother of Mercy High School, Joyce Kasee-Mills is the Director of Training and Advising Programs at Strategic Capacity Group (SCG), where she oversees SCG’s technical training and capacity-building programs for law enforcement, prison administrators, security sector officials, and community leaders globally. Prior to SCG, Joyce was a Senior Program Officer at the Center for the Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace.  

Joyce is married to the love of her life, Idrs, and they have three beautiful children, Jordan, Akeelah, and Sakia. 

Pam McLaughlin                                                  Pastoral Associate of Children’s Formation and Youth Ministry, Corpus Christi Church

Pam McLaughlin has served over 20 years at Corpus Christi Church.  She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Dayton and a 1987 graduate of McAuley High School.  Pam's passion for passing on faith to young people has inspired her to continue mastering despite suffering a debilitating stroke at the age of 47.  While this life-changing event has created many obstacles for Pam, it has given her  more opportunities to share faith with others in a real way that did not exist before.  

Spending time with her family is her greatest joy.  She has married to Andy for 26 and has 4 children, Kyle, Sean, Colleen and Erin.  

Tyra Patterson                                                      Community Strategy Outreach Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center

Tyra Patterson was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. On December 25, 2017, she walked out of prison after serving 23 years for a crime she did not commit.  Today, Tyra travels all over the country speaking at law schools, colleges, prisons, conferences and high schools, leveraging her story to educate people on social justice, mass incarceration and wrong convictions.  

Tyra is involved in the art community of Cincinnati, specifically using art to educate people on social justice.  

Jane K. Sojka, PhD                                           Professor-Educator and Marketing Undergraduate Program Director, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Jane Sojka has taught a wide range of marketing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Recipient of the Procter & Gamble High Education Award, she developed and teaches a course for women in sales where students learn to overcome their fear of failure, build resiliency, and become confident.  Jane is the winner of multiple of college, university and national teaching awards including the American Marketing Association Award for Innovative Teaching.  

Jane and her husband, Greg, reside in Cincinnati and are the parents of three daughters and two rescue dogs.