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Women's Success Series Features Libby Drabik Wallick

Posted Mar. 25, 2014

Libby Drabik Wallick, an innovative educator with New Philadelphia City Schools, will be the third featured speaker for the 2013-2014 Women's Success Series on April 4 at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia. The event is held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Cost to attend each session is $10, which includes a continental breakfast.

Wallick grew up in the restaurant business, where she served as a waitress from ages of 14 to 29. She is a 2002 graduate of New Philadelphia City Schools, a 2009 graduate of the University of Akron and is currently attending Franciscan University for a Master of Science in Education. She and her husband, Quinn were married in 2012.

The Women's Success Series, which began November 2012, features three remarkable women each year. During each session, participants will hear from a dynamic woman who has enjoyed a measure of success in Tuscarawas County. Each session also features networking opportunities and a book discussion.

Joanne Limbach, a retired state and county elected official who was the featured speaker in February, enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the series. "It was an honor to be featured in the Women's Success Series," commented Limbach. "It is always a wonderful experience to be able to exchange ideas with women colleagues about the challenges of being a woman in the workplace then and now."

Between 90 and 100 women attend each session, which brings together women of all ages who seek better lives, professionally and personally. Kelli Baker, an administrative assistant at the Economic Development and Finance Alliance of Tuscarawas County, has attended every session  for the past two years.

"The unique story of each woman's success –and failure- is the most fascinating part of the Women's Success Series," said Baker. "I enjoy seeing such an eclectic group of women come together to learn what success means for each of us."

The April 2014 book selection is What I Know About Success, Letters From Extraordinary Women to Their Younger Selves by Ellyn Spragins. It is available at any Tuscarawas County Public Library for check out, or can be purchased at the Dennison Depot.

For more information or to register, contact the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum at 740-922-6776 or email The deadline to register for the April 4 session featuring Wallick has been extended to April 2.

In addition to Wallick and Limbach, the 2013-14 series also featured Lisa Huntsman, president of Lauren Manufacturing, who presented in November 2013. Speakers from the inaugural year were Judge Elizabeth Lehigh Thomakos, Kathy L. Pietro and Dr. Brenda S. Prince.  

The series premier sponsors are the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum and Kent State University at Tuscarawas in collaboration with Dominion East Ohio and Tuscarawas County Public Library System. Planning committee members include Michelle McMorrow Ramsell, director of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System; Pam Patacca, public relations coordinator, Kent State Tuscarawas; Tracy Stevens, external affairs manager, Dominion East Ohio; and Wendy Zucal, director, Dennison Railroad Depot Museum.

Other organizations contributing to the Women's Success Series are Lauren Manufacturing, First National Bank of Dennison, First Federal Community Bank, Trinity Hospital Twin City, Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, Dominion, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and Connolly, Hillyer, Lindsay and Ong, Inc.