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Woman Up Cleveland is a Cleveland-OH non-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of supporting women from all walks of life both personally and professionally, financially investing in the local business economy, and educating our community.

VISION

A world where every women can achieve equality and reach their full potential. 

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COmmuNITY

Creating a safe space for women to express themselves, explore interests, and pursue passions. 

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EDuCATION

Fostering new learning avenues for women to learn about themselves, others, and the opportunities available to them. 

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PHILANTHROPY

Supporting both individuals and organizations by contributing to their growth and success. 

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BuSINESS

Encouraging investment in a Cleveland-based, women-owned business network while boosting the local economy.

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OuR HISTORY

Sparking from this vision board that Shannon crafted, Woman Up Cleveland was born in January 2021. 

We've planned 5 community events, raised over $2,200 for local scholarships, hosted 6 fundraisers, experienced a rebrand, and created a network of Cleveland women.

Our rebrand encouraged us to make it known that our organization exists for anyone that identifies as a woman, is gender-fluid, or is nonbinary.

mEET THE DuO

Executive Directors + Founders

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ALEX RuGGIERI

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-Owner of Alexandra Ruggieri Photography
-Marketing Director at Aurora Meadows

FAVORITE EMPOWERING QUOTE

You are the woman of your dreams. 

WHEN IN CLEVELAND...

You can find me exploring all the amazing shops, restaurants, & events that Cle has to offer.

WHY SHE DOES IT...

We live in the most amazing city filled with the most amazing women who are starting businesses, creating change, and bettering the community every single day. I am so grateful that we get to shine a light on the ladies that power not only our city, but our world. 

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SHANNON BIEGA

she/her
-Senior Software Engineer at Accenture
-Fund Development Assistant at Coach Sam's Scholars

FAVORITE EMPOWERING QUOTE

Be your own POWER WOMAN.

WHEN IN CLEVELAND...

You can find me hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks, thrift shopping, & dining at hidden gems. 

WHY SHE DOES IT...

My experiences as a female in the Computer Science classroom made me feel inferior to males, and this empowered me. As an empowered woman, I aspire to encourage women to pursue untraditional paths, defy the odds, and come out superior.

MEET THE 2024 INTERNS

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ADMINISTRATION INTERN

FAVORITE EMPOWERING QUOTE

A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.

WHEN IN CLEVELAND...

I like to visit Lake Erie and explore downtown.

DENELLE BOYD

she/her

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EVENTS INTERN

FAVORITE EMPOWERING QUOTE

No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.

WHEN IN CLEVELAND...

For me, a perfect day looks like exploring a new trail in the Cleveland metroparks with friends, finding some bomber threads at a funky thrift store, then chowing down on some spaghetti at Bar Italia in Lakewood!

JILLIAN JAROSZEWICZ

she/her

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Branding by Janae Bryson at Auden & Company

Photography by Delaney Canfield

Copyright © 2024, Woman Up Cleveland Non-Profit 501(c)(3), All rights reserved.

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