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Student's service impacts community, earns award

Published: 2013-11-12

Nicole Sillaman

Nicole Sillaman was honored with the Sisterhood Award during a ceremony at The Ohio State University Wexner Center for the Arts.

Nicole Sillaman, an MBA for Working Professionals student and recipient of a prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, was awarded the 2013-2014 Dress for Success Columbus Sisterhood Award for her leadership role in developing an innovative mentorship program.

Sillaman’s project, launched in September in conjunction with the Schweitzer Fellow mission to help develop leaders in service, provides career mentorship to unemployed and low-income women along with health, wellness, and financial insights and programming. Called the Women2Women Mentoring Program, Sillaman’s award-winning initiative works in partnership with the nonprofit organization Dress for Success Columbus.

“Our goal was to create a much more holistic program for women,” said Sillaman, who worked with Fisher’s Executive Director of Graduate Programs Nancy Lahmers to identify Dress for Success Columbus as a partner in developing the project. “We oftentimes neglect how the stressors of unemployment affect our physical health and well-being, and this program aims to combat that issue while connecting the clients of Dress for Success Columbus with established professional women.

"The experience has been incredible — and the skills I’ve learned at Fisher have been put to good use in making Women2Women a success.”

The Women2Women program has thus far assisted five women with plans to accept as many as 25 mentees per cycle as the program continues to develop and grow.

Sillaman was honored with the Sisterhood Award last month at a ceremony at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the Ohio State campus. More than 250 people attended, including Elle magazine fashion editor-at-large Lori Goldstein.