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KNOW Empowering Women Luncheon - May

05/08/2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
3180 W Market St, Akron 44333

Throughout the year we hold three Empowering Women Luncheons to offer the  opportunity to hear from women who are blazing the trail and making strides for professional women.  Join us on Wednesday, May 8 to hear Betsy Kling, Chief Meteorologist at WKYC-TV. 
 
betsy-square.pngBetsy Kling was born and raised right here in Northeast Ohio. Her hometown, Copley, is in Summit County just to the west of Akron. After graduating from Copley High School she went to Bowling Green State University where she earned her journalism degree and a minor in meteorology. She finished her remaining meteorology coursework through Mississippi State University. Betsy worked in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Jacksonville, Florida, before coming home in 2003. In 2008 she became Cleveland's first female Chief Meteorologist.
 
Betsy is part of a small (but growing!) group of women in the country who have earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) accreditation from the American Meteorological Society, as well as the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association (NWA).

In 2018, WKYC tapped Betsy to start a multi-year initiative to encourage and promote girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Calling it "Growing Curiosity: Girls In STEM", the station quickly gained recognition for shining the spotlight on women in STEM careers and highlighting "STEMbassadors" -- women and girls doing great things in STEM.
 
Passionate about teaching people of all ages about the weather, Betsy created and annually produces Channel 3's Weather Education Day with the Cleveland Indians. She often speaks at schools and civic organization meetings, as well as giving her time to many charity events throughout the area. The Hattie Larlham organization, which cares for and promotes the independence of people with disabilities, named her to the elite Rudolph H. Garfield Circle of Caring in 2012, as well as previously honoring her with a 2004 Media Service Award.

Additionally, she is active in the National Weather Association, and is a founding director for the National Weather Association Foundation. Annually she organizes fundraisers to support NWA college scholarships for aspiring meteorologists. Previously Betsy was elected as a NWA Councilor and was honored with the National Weather Association's Member of the Year award for 2004. In 2015, she received a Special Achievement Award all of her fundraising efforts over the years.

Her other career is being a mom to daughters Josie and Vi. Once in a while she gets to take a nap, which is quite possibly the best reward ever.
 

(Photo and bio courtesy of wkyc.com)

 

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KNOW (Knowledgeable Network of Women) is a personal and professional development program fro business women in the Greater Akron Region.  KNOW was established in 2004 to provide a niche networking forum to openly discuss emerging issues impacting women of our business community in a supportive environment.  

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KNOW Empowering Women Luncheon - May