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Our Story

started with a vision board, a vision, & 3 ladies...

In January 2021, Shannon created a vision board to share with a mentor that she admired.

After seeing it on social media, Chloey had the vision to create an event that carried out the theme of the board art and brought empowerment to life.

After inviting Alex to the team, the ladies set out to create a women's organization with the goal of uniting the Cleveland, OH community & celebrating womanhood at community events!

Est. 2021...

Shannon Biega

Executive Director & Co-Founder of Woman Up Cleveland

Woman in STEM (Technology)

Computer Science & Spanish Graduate

Favorite Empowering Quote : POWER WOMAN

When in Cleveland...

You can find me hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks, thrift and antique shopping, & enjoying the beautiful history of our city.

Why she does it...

Knowing the difficulty and power in being a female in modern day society, I aspire to create a safe space for females to connect and learn from our resources in a welcoming and uplifting environment. 

Alex Ruggieri

Executive Director & Co-Founder of Woman Up Cleveland

Head of Marketing at Auden & Company


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. 

Chloey DiBartolo

Co-Founder of Woman Up Cleveland

University of Akron Masters Student - Communication Sciences and Disorders

Favorite Empowering Quote :

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, & loved more than you know. 

When in Cleveland...

You can find me spending time with family and friends, exploring new places in the area, and being outside in the beautiful nature.

Why she does it...

I realized how much a Summer Social could being the community together and foster an environment where women of all ages could come together and spend a day that was full of fun, support, and community. My hopes are to inspire women of all ages to believe that they are strong, capable, and beautiful.