She watched her son leave for high school, flipped on the flat screen and then, Alecia McNair waited. Most days, her habit was to listen absent-mindedly to “CBS This Morning” as she prepared for another day as a 53-year-old single mother. But this past fall, it seemed that every time she turned on the news, there was another story about a man who had abused his power, a woman who had finally spoken up, and—this was the part that McNair could hardly believe—an apology.
Maria Heege isn’t eager to talk about her accomplishments. Heege, the president and CEO of United Way of Greater Stark County, is one of this year’s Women’s Impact award recipients. She’s quick to point out that she doesn’t work alone. The community is full of amazing women.