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Basketball coach to serve as panelist for Women in Leadership event May 18

Toledo Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop will serve as a panelist for a Women in Leadership event Thursday, May 18.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St.

Cullop

The Women in Leadership event is sponsored by the Women’s Initiative of United Way, which networks and mobilizes women to be leaders, advocates and philanthropists on issues relating to women and children.

Sashem Brey, anchor at 13 ABC, will be the moderator.

Cullop will be joined on the panel by Jan Bertsch, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Owens-Illinois Inc.; Diana Patton, author, speaker and health coach; and Mo Sheahan, owner of Pure Barre Toledo and Pure Barre Perrysburg.

An affinity group of United Way since 2001, Women’s Initiative has inspired hundreds of women to attend leadership development events, contribute their time and talent to numerous volunteer opportunities, and invest more than $1.5 million toward programs that impact women and children.

In addition to providing personal and professional development opportunities for women, Women’s Initiative of United Way supports two children’s programs: WordShop and Imagination Library. In 2015, more than 600 children participated in their collaborative story-writing workshops and the group mailed 19,194 books to Toledo homes.

People can join Women’s Initiative by making a gift of $250 or more to the United Way. The gift will go to help those in need in the community, and the donor will gain special access to networking, development and volunteer opportunities.

The cost to attend the event is $10 for non-members, and free for members.

This past year, Cullop guided the Rockets to their eighth Mid-American Conference title in program history, as well as advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001. UT finished with a 25-9 overall ledger and a 12-6 mark in the league, equaling the fifth-most wins in single history.

The three-time MAC Coach of the Year is fourth in league history in overall winning percentage (202-96, .678) and seventh in conference (108-44, .711) winning percentage.