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Women STaRs

Women Star Podcast

Women are the Glue that Hold Society Together - Join Us for Their Stories

Family members, neighbors, teachers, mentors... all have helped to shape the strong, independent women we see today... but that doesn't mean that life hasn't come with its own set of struggles, pitfalls, and setbacks. In fact, those are what make us stronger so that we can overcome the next hurdle!

In an effort to share in that solidarity, we created the Women STaRs Podcast, where we interview strong, determined women about their Struggles, Triumphs, and Reflections on life and career. Interviews are full of inspiration, encouragement, helpful tips, and precious moments of "that's just what I needed to hear."

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On this episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking to Gia Bell. As a mother, community advocate, and driven worker, Gia has valuable and relatable advice that she’s gleaned from her life’s experiences, both good and bad. With awards like the 30 For the Future Award through the Young Professional Network, Congressional Recognition for her work on Autism, and much more, as well as her leadership work with organizations like United Way of Summit and Medina County and beyond, Gia is a wonderful representative of the power of passion, empathy, and determination.

For Gia, her struggles became lessons that she used to drive her towards success. She graduated college at 33 after dropping out at 19 to care for her family, rose from secretary to manager in her career, and finds purpose in giving back to her community through a multitude of roles and organizations. She is also involved in advocacy for autism, is raising a son with autism, and led the project at Cleveland Clinic Akron General to designate Cleveland Clinic the first Adult Autism Friendly Hospital in the nation.

In our interview with her, Gia recounts her struggles and the resilience she drew on to overcome them, giving back to those around her and putting her family first throughout it all. As she puts it, “I have had an extremely difficult road, but it’s leading to a beautiful destination.”

Join us on this week’s episode to hear more of Gia’s accomplishments and incredibly useful pieces of wisdom. If you’d like to reach out to Gia, you can email her at, or call/text her at 330-338-401.

Click the link to listen to her episode!

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