LADIES OF LEGACY 2020

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LADIES of LEGACY

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Limitless Ambition held our 6th annual Ladies of Legacy Fundraising Gala on October 2, 2021 at the Akron Hilton Garden Inn from 11am – 2pm! This event highlighted three women in the area who are doing amazing work, and showcased the mission of Limitless Ambition. Over 120 women and teens were in attendance and it was a day full of laughter, tears and empowerment! 

THE 2021 LADIES OF LEGACY HONOREES

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Yvette Lloyd

Yvette Lloyd is a Philanthropist and Media Personality who partners with CEOs, executives, and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands. Yvette has spent nearly a decade being a CEO for Fadia Young Women's Program and owner of multiple learning centers. She has been honored with her own day, named the "Yvette Lloyd Day," December 20th from the City of Akron, Commendation Summit County Council, and Congressional Recognition. Yvette's organization Fadia Young Women's Program received many features such as LSherie Alert, Rolling Out Magazine, SHEEN Magazine, Bombshell BLU Magazine, BET Experience, 19 Action News, Madamennorie, Devil Strip, Ohio.com, WKYC Channel 3 News, and more.

 

Yvette creates such a positive and comfortable space for all the women and men she interviews. Trust and vulnerability are rare feelings that are difficult to experience with someone we have never met before. But Yvette is one of those good people you meet once in a lifetime. Through it all, Yvette had also experienced the death of her husband, James Lloyd, on December 17, 2020. She constantly uplifts and inspires people daily, showing them ways to heal and express themselves through their work. Yvette's passion is her podcast, and it gives her purpose daily to keep going.

Yvette has landed media coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the world, including the Super Bowl LIV 2020 private party with Dwayne and Theresa Bowe, BGR Fest, Zaytoven Beats private party at the Trap House Museum, I Am Queen Magazine Feature, Akron Beacon Journal National Black Guide and Boss Chicks

Teresa LeGrair

Teresa LeGrair serves as President & CEO of the Akron Urban League.  She previously served the Akron Community Foundation and also as President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve.  Teresa has served the Akron community in many capacities over the course of her career, and prior to joining the Akron Urban League and the Boys & Girls Clubs, she served as Vice President of Programs and Member Services for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Executive Director, Human Resources at the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

 

Prior to working for the past 25 years in the non-profit arena, she spent 16 years with Aetna Health Plans in various and progressive roles of responsibility. Teresa holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Malone University and is a graduate of Leadership Akron, Class XXIV.  Her current board and committee involvement include, Greater Akron Chamber Board of Directors and Opportunity & Inclusion Committee, Fund for Our Economic Future Board of Directors, ATHENA Akron Fierce Advocate member, and member of the Summa Cancer Institute Leadership Advisory Council and the Summa Healing Arts Leadership Advisory Council.  She has been the recipient of the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Drum Majors Roll Call Award, Akron Black Women’s Leadership Caucus Award, Akron Urban League’s Woman of Power Award, finalist for the ATHENA International Leadership Award and 2020 Summit County Historical Society Woman of the Year for Integrity. 

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Favorite Quotes
  • Harnessing female leadership is critical to building better communities and young women are the ambassadors of that future. As women we must navigate challenges and seize opportunities as they arise. We are able to succeed and get results when we embrace our authentic, courageous selves. Stay focused on keeping your mind fed, your body right, cash flowing and your spirit high

  • It is our job as leaders to bring forward the next generation and allow them to stand on our shoulders. In exchange they will be the ones that bring solutions to issues that we have not solved. The future is in the hands of those who can give tomorrow’s generations valid reasons to live and hope.

  • I hope that in some way I have paved the way for the women that follow me. I have chosen to promote change and challenging the status quo. I know and expect to see groundbreaking young women lead the charge and make an impact on those who follow. Your character and compassion are your cornerstones and your superpower. Embrace that. Approach your next challenge knowing that. It is with that thought you will be the change!

  • DREAM and never stop Dreaming. Gloria Steinem said, “Dreaming after all is a form of planning”.

Lisa Belcher-Nelson

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For the past 25 years, Lisa G. Belcher-Nelson has had the privilege of serving, counseling, nurturing, advocating, encouraging, and educating college and high school students as an administrator, mental health therapist, trainer, adjunct instructor, and, more recently, a tenured faculty member. Lisa is an Assistant Professor and Counselor at Cuyahoga Community College. She received a B.S. degree from Ohio University in Hearing and Speech Sciences; an M.S.Ed. Degree in Education Guidance and Counseling from The University of Akron. Currently, she is completing her doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Behavior Health at Grand Canyon University.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, and a first-generation college student, Lisa sincerely desires to help underserved populations because she understands the barriers they encounter. To promote student success in higher education, Lisa trains faculty and administration to support student persistence, develop a better understanding of socioeconomic diversity, and strengthen the first-year experience effectiveness. To help increase student retention and completion, Lisa co-developed a college-wide First-Year Experience Curriculum, textbook, and faculty training for Cuyahoga Community College. She has been recognized by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs, receiving awards for her commitment and service for diverse populations promoting access and opportunity to a welcoming learning and working environment.

Committed to helping improve the lives of others, she is the Vice-Chair of Red Oak Behavioral Health Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors of Harmony House, Inc. transitional housing for homeless youth. In addition to her academic career and community service, Lisa answered an even greater call to serve. She was the first woman in the 117-year history of Second Baptist Church to be licensed in 2007 and ordained in 2014 in the preaching ministry. As part of her ministry at Second Baptist Church, Lisa co-created The T.A.G. (Teens Aligned with God) and Abundant Life Counseling Ministries and teaches Sunday school. 

In her spare time and when possible, Lisa enjoys traveling, science fiction books and movies, and being a new plant mom. She resides in Akron, loves spending time with her husband (Keith) and daughter (Juliana), and is a proud and active member of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. Akron Alumnae Chapter.

Favorite Quotes
  • Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJ

  • However long the night, the dawn will break. African Proverb

  • You don’t lose if you get knocked down; you lose if you stay down. Muhammad Ali

  • Trust that you have been given all need to do what you have been placed here to do.

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