Top 25 Women to Watch Gala scheduled


DAYTON – Women in Business Networking, a program of Better Business Bureau serving Dayton/Miami Valley, is holding its 10th annual Top 25 Women to Watch Gala.

The gala will be from 5:30-10 p.m. Feb. 23 at Mandalay Banquet & Event Center, 2700 E. River Road, Moraine.

The cost is $90 per ticket; $850 for a table of eight, including an honoree; or $1,000 for a table of eight without an honoree.To RSVP, visit or call 937-610-2262.

WiBN is celebrating 10 years of recognizing some of the most empowering women leaders in the community through its Top 25 Women to Watch. This year, it celebrates and honors women with outstanding achievements and successes who have inspired, encouraged and made the community a better place to live and work.

“These women are exceptional individuals, respected in their field,” Melissa Cutcher, chief business officer for the Better Business Bureau serving Dayton/Miami Valley, said. “They make contributions to help advance women in business and are causing more than just a ripple in our community.”

The Top 25 Women to Watch Gala is a night of celebration. From the Morris Home stage, the Better Business Bureau will recognize women from a notable list of candidates.

As business and community leaders come together for the festivities, the night will begin with a cocktail hour followed by an elegant dinner where the distinguished Top 25 Women to Watch will be honored. The night concludes with music and dancing.

Honorees in the class of 2018 Top 25 Women to Watch include:

  • Lisa Balster – Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton
  • Kim Bramlage – Five Rivers Health Centers
  • Jennifer Buckwalter – Wright State University
  • Angelia Erbaugh – Dayton Regional Manufacturers Association
  • Lori Kershner – LMK Advocacy
  • Katina Koumoutsos – NHP of Springfield
  • Elizabeth Langefels – American Heart Association Dayton
  • Alexis Larsen – The Dayton Art Institute
  • Susan Lopez – Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center
  • Kate McEwen – Lorenz Corporation
  • Courtney Moore – Modern Ally, LLC
  • Ann Morrissey – Agape for Youth
  • Darybel Oritz – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Crystal Phillips-Everett – Dayton Public Schools/Principal Dunbar Early College High School
  • Amelia Plunkett – LexisNexis
  • Tonya Roberds – Dezigns by Tonya
  • Dr. Jeannine Sheppard – Eastway Behavioral Healthcare
  • Tracy Sibbing – United Way of the Greater Dayton Area
  • Valerie Smiley – Super Party Network and Sending Cards is Cool
  • Amy Strozier – Goldfish Swim School
  • Lora Van Lear – Van Lear Custom Couture
  • Emily von Stuckrad-Smolinski – Historic Plaza Theatre
  • Kate Vriner – Sunbelt Business Advisors of Southwest Ohio
  • Sarah Williams – Hannah’s Treasure Chest
  • Laura Woeste – Downtown Dayton Partnership

A list is available detailing each honoree at

In addition to Morris Home, the annual event is sponsored by many local organizations, including Sunbelt Business Advisors of Southwest Ohio, Prime Time Party Rental and Party Pleasers.

For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at

There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Dayton and the Miami Valley, which was founded in 1925 and serves Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and northern Warren counties in Ohio.

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