I have gained leadership experience and developed relationships with many business leaders by being involved in the community. I am active on four community boards and enjoy a variety of other volunteer opportunities.

Because of my engagement in the community, I am more effective in my role as vice president of marketing at SummaCare. I have established a network of leaders to turn to for getting things done.

Within my organization, I’m known for bringing the customer’s voice into the room. I feel I am doing the work I was meant to do. I bring enthusiasm into the workplace.

I advise women to find mentors and build and maintain a network of support such as the one Harvey Mackay describes in his book, Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty. I have found this to be fun, rewarding, and a key to my success. My extensive network of connections has helped me stand out by making it easier to communicate and connect with others in meaningful ways. I turn to my network for advice, to share ideas, and to connect with key business contacts.

It’s amazing how much you gain by giving. It’s never too late to build relationships, foster them, and give back.

On the Importance of Doing the Inner Work
Through my Catholic faith and years of active involvement with an Akron-based organization, Heart to Heart Communications, I have learned how important it is to connect to my deeper self, to my core values, and to the meaning and purpose of work. I have focused on value based leadership development and on being more self-aware. The strong connections I’ve built in the work place, with my team and colleagues, have led to a more productive, creative, purposeful, and fulfilling workplace.

On Finding Success and Staying Competitive
The keys to success are persistence, optimism, flexibility and curiosity.

On the Importance of Role Models and Mentors
My parents were the first and lasting role models in my life. They were married for more than 50 years, and led by example. They taught me the importance of faith, the value of education, and to never quit. They expected the best from each of their four children.

On Facing Challenges
Work-life balance is my ongoing challenge.

Anne’s Advice to Young Women Starting Careers
It’s never too early to build relationships and create a strong support network that will serve you well for a lifetime. Be curious and open minded. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to admit when you don’t know something.