The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Greater Cleveland Chapter

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I am honored and humbled to serve as the Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center (GCDFLDC) President for 2022-2024. The Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1997 for the purpose of providing a permanent home for the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Our mission is to promote educational, health, government, economics, social and cultural programs for the community. Our theme for 2022-2024 is Working for Today to Change Tomorrow and our focus is Community, Collaboration and Commitment.

During the 2021 board year, The GCDFLDC set an important goal to pay off the Delta Center’s mortgage located at 11955 Shaker Boulevard. With the generous support of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., donors, friends and supporters we achieved our goal.  We extend a heartfelt thank you to all that supported the GCDFLDC efforts.  During the 2021 board year, the GCDFLDC collaborated with the Cleveland Food Bank to feed 373 families, partnered with local experts to present educational and health seminars, sponsored a community virtual walk and  mentored CMSD students in our Stephanie Tubbs Jones Leadership Academy. The GCDFLDC is committed to continue the rich legacy of serving and uplifting our Cleveland area community. 

Our vision for GCDFLDC is a future where we continue to grow and support important service-oriented causes that are crucial to our community, develop and create lasting partnerships . Thanks to the accomplishments and remarkable work of our Board of Directors, Advisory Board Members, Friends of GCDFLDC, and volunteers, we have begun a movement for transformative change in our community that the GCDFLDC is committed to help nurture and grow.  

On behalf of the Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center, Inc., we are committed to “working for today to change tomorrow”. Thank you for your continued support.

Kathi Howard-Primes

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NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter To Host Women of Vision Scholarship Luncheon

Twinsburg, OhioThe National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NC100BW) Greater Cleveland Chapter will host its 27th Women of Vision Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8971 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg, OH 44087. The event will honor A.E.S. Management Corp. President Vanessa L. Whiting, Esquire for her professional and civic achievements.

The afternoon will include a salute to this year’s recipient; a served lunch; live entertainment provided by saxophonist Brittany Atterberry and Sexy Sassy; vendors; auction; and raffles. The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the organization’s 2018 scholarships to outstanding college bound seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and service to the Greater Cleveland community. Tickets are $50. All proceeds from the luncheon will support the 2019 scholarship fund.

Vanessa L. Whiting, Esquire is president of A.E.S Management Corporation, the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchisee in Northeast Ohio. Founded in 1989 by her late husband, Anthony E. Smith, A.E.S. Management Corporation employs over 350 Cuyahoga and Summit County residents at its 15 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen locations. Whiting is also an attorney and has extensive experience in economic and community development law; real estate law (acquisition, development, leasing and financing); tax credit law; public finance; and small business enterprise law

Whiting has been recognized by Northern Ohio Live as one of the area’s top 100 attorneys. She is also a real estate developer and is currently working on several development projects.

Whiting practiced law as an associate at the law firms of Bryan, Cave in St. Louis, Missouri and Calfee, Halter in Cleveland, Ohio. An entrepreneur at heart, she founded her own law firm in 1995 where she practiced until 2007. That same year she was recruited by the law firm of Roetzel and Andress as a partner where she practiced real estate development law; tax credit law; community development and economic development law and finance. She re-established her law firm, Vanessa L. Whiting, Attorney at Law, in 2011.

Whiting earned a B.S. in public policy from Duke University where she graduated with honors; a M.S. in urban affairs and public policy from Southern Illinois University; and a J. D. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.

Whiting currently serves as the co-chair of the $8,000,000 Karamu House Capital and Sustaining Campaign. She also serves on the MetroHealth System Board of Trustees and is the board secretary. She helped establish, and continues to chair, the MetroHealth System Board of Trustees’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Whiting is a member of the Board of Trustees of Playhouse Square and the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Foundation. She is an active member in the Cleveland chapters of Links Incorporated; the Northeasterners; and Jack and Jill Associates. Whiting is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Omega Chapter; a member of the Popeyes International Franchisee Association (PIFA); and an active member of Fairmount Presbyterian Church where she has serves as an elder and former clerk of session.  Whiting is a former co-chair of the Economic Development Committee for the Cleveland Branch of the N.A.A.C.P.; a life member of the N.A.A.C.P and a former Executive Board member.

She is the proud mother of three adult children, Taylor Alexandria Dyese Smith, Lorin Amara Smith and Anthony E. Smith II.

“Economic empowerment is one of our organization’s advocacy priorities and we are pleased to honor Vanessa Whiting as a ‘woman of vision’ for her commitment in this area and to all the ways it improves the quality of life for residents in Northeast Ohio, says President Elizabeth A. Jones of the NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter.

To purchase tickets to the 27th Woman of Vision Scholarship Luncheon or for more information on NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter, please visit or call Lillian Sherrod at 216.466.2470.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. was founded in 1981 in New York, NY as a non-profit advocacy organization. Currently, the organization boasts a national membership that includes over 7,500 members from 75 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter, Inc. was founded October 3, 1990 with Margaret R. Barron as the chartering president. NC100BW Greater Cleveland Chapter is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that advocates on behalf of woman and children of color in the areas of health, education, economic empowerment, strategic alliances and civic engagement. In accordance with the organization’s overarching mission the Greater Cleveland Chapter implements programs that provide an effective network among African-American Women and other women of color; establish links between the Greater Cleveland Chapter and the corporate and political sectors; enable African-American women and other women of color to be a visible force in the socioeconomic arena; meet  the career needs of these women and facilitate their access to mainstream America; use the tools of role modeling and mentoring to provide meaningful guidance to young women; and recognize the historic achievements of African-American women and other women of color.