EWI of Columbus Presents our Annual Awards Gala 2023
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Over the past 50+ years, we have come together to celebrate the many philanthropic endeavors EWI of Columbus has created to strengthen our community.

We eagerly invite you to join us this year in person for our Annual Gala!

Things to look forward to:
  • Learn about our scholarship program and meet our winners.
  • Connect with our members face to face and learn about what's to come!
  • Meet our EWI Representative and Executive of the Year!
  • Hear about the impact EWI is making in your community.
  • Be energized and motivated by Keynote Speaker Storm Woods!
  • Be the first to learn about our Annual Raffle kickoff and get a chance to purchase your tickets.
  • Find out which new member wins Rising Star of the Year!
  Tuesday, June 13, 2023
  RSVP by June 2, 2023
  The Greater Columbus Convention Center
  Short North Ballroom B
  400 North High Street, 
  Columbus, Ohio 43215  

  Parking is available at the Goodale Garage

Price to attend Gala:
  $65 - Individual Ticket
  $500 - Table for Eight (please email cpotelicki@eclipseexhibits.com for more details)

Schedule of Events:
  5:00 PM Cocktails & Conversation
  6:00 PM Dinner & Welcome
  6:45 PM EWI & Scholarship Awards
  7:00 PM Community Giving Update
  7:30 PM Keynote Speaker Storm Woods "The Essential Work of Inventing Ourselves"
  8:30 PM Closing Remarks
Celebrated Keynote Speaker, Storm Woods
Storm Woods Bio:

Storm serves as Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Battelle Memorial Institute where she supports the global research and development organization’s mission to “translate scientific discovery and technology advances into societal benefits”.

Storm previously worked with L Brands and Victoria’s Secret/PINK where she led work to drive positive results by engaging diverse customers and associates, ensuring equitable business practices, and fostering a culture of inclusion. Prior to joining L Brands, she worked with Big Lots and Teavana, a subsidiary of Starbucks.

She was raised in a military family and spent most of her childhood in Waterford, Michigan before relocating to Columbus, Ohio to accept a position as a performer with the theatre company, Shadowbox Live.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the Ohio State University, Storm earned her master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Franklin University where she focused her studies on the strategic implementation of programs targeted to drive diversity, equity, and inclusion.

With experience working with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Storm uses her education, experience, and skills to partner with business leaders to innovate and embed DEI key concepts and practices, provide guidance and oversight to Employee Resource Groups, develop and deliver compelling learning, and execute events and programs that drive inclusive recruitment, engagement, and retention.

Storm also serves on the Board of Directors for Kaleidoscope Youth Center and the Advisory Board of the African American Leadership Academy.
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