March NSME Dinner

The Tangier 06.00 pm

"Success Doesn’t Come Easy" - Panel Discussion: Women in C-Suite


1.Theresa Carter- President-OmNova Foundation


2. Julie Brandle- CEO-Metis Construction


3. Danielle Kimmell – Principle BMF CPA


Success Doesn’t Come Easy…Overcoming Challenges Can Be Even MORE Challenging!

NSME is excited to have three VERY successful female entrepreneurs in the same room presenting to participants. This panel discussion will engage the audience, cover several topics and provide some personal stories on each of their paths to working hard and succeeding! Included in this panel presentation will be the following along with an opportunity for participants to ask direct questions:

  • What were some of the hardest challenges to overcome?
  • Was being female a disadvantage at times and what adjustments did you make to overcome the challenges?
  • It has been said that at times being female can give you an advantage perspective…is that really true?
  • What was the one or two best decisions and/or worse decisions each panelist made in their individual careers?
  • Success tips for participants!



Theresa Carter is the President of OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, a $27 million endowment supporting local communities throughout OMNOVA’s footprint worldwide. Her passion for bringing communities together and creating tomorrow’s leaders is reflected in her role in the Foundation, which in 2017 provided nearly $1.5 million in support to educational initiatives, civic investments, health and human services, and the arts.

Theresa’s purpose-driven mission is to inspire volunteerism and empower others to give back to the community. She is active in her church and serves on a number of non-profit community boards, advisory councils, and committees including the Greater Akron Chamber; The NAACP Akron Chapter; the Akron Urban League; and Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center. Her committee involvement includes Summit County Children Services; The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve; The United Way of Summit County; Project Grad Akron, and the Warrensville Heights School District task force.

She has been honored with many awards and recognitions including most recently the OMNOVA Solutions Chairman’s Award (the Company’s highest honor) and the 2016 Lieberth Community Vision Award through Leadership Akron.

A native of Demopolis, Alabama, Theresa graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Alabama. She’s the proud mom of two daughters, Erin and Cesily.



Julie Brandle is the President and a Founder of Metis Construction Services, a female-owned commercial general contractor located in Kent, Ohio focusing on commercial renovations, ground-up construction and facilities maintenance throughout Northeast Ohio. With over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and public relations, Julie oversees these areas of expertise for Metis along with being an integral part of the management team that designs and manages the overall business strategy for Metis Construction.


Julie volunteers with Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity and Rotary Club of Akron and Rotary District 6630. Julie is a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, where she is a recipient of the Gold Award, 2015 Women of Distinction Award and the 2017 Thanks Badge. She serves as President of the Board of both Portage Development Board and CREW Greater Akron-Commercial Real Estate Women. Other current board service includes the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Akron Urban League, Akron Civic Theatre, and Rotary Club of Akron, as Past President. Julie is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses and Leadership Portage County.


Julie ’93 and her husband Steven ’92 are both BGSU graduates and reside in Brimfield Township. Their daughter, Kimberly, is a Junior Intervention Specialist Education major at Bowling Green State University.



Danielle Kimmell – Principle BMF CPA

With nearly 20 years of public accounting experience, Danielle focuses on serving large, middle-market, privately held companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing and distribution.

She also has significant experience in the area of employee benefit plans, as well as consulting on issues arising in middle-market business settings, including audit, compliance and tax issues.


Professional and Civic Memberships and Activities

•American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
•Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, member
•Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, member, guest speaker
•Summit County, audit committee member
•Portage Country Club, board member
•Goodwill Industries of Akron, committee member, past board chair
•Project GRAD Akron, past chair
•All-American Soap Box Derby, past treasurer
•United Way of Summit County, Women’s Leadership Giving Society
•TorchBearers alumni group
•Leadership Akron Class XXV, 2009


Awards and Accolades

•Walsh University Women of Distinction, Distinguished Service Award, 2012
•Northeast Ohio ATHENA Young Professional, 2010
•United Way Summit County Young Philanthropist of the Year, 2009
•Greater Akron Chamber’s “30 for the Future,” 2007

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