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Notre Dame College entrepreneurship students with support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation are giving voice to inspiring stories from women in business.

Students at the college in the BU 303 Entrepreneurship course are hosting an “Empowered Women” business panel discussion on Tuesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. in Regina Auditorium. Featured speakers are Erin Deimling, vice president and director of client and community relations at PNC Bank; Kathleen Ferry, a member of FocusCFO consulting; Karen Johnson, president and CEO of W.F. Han, an HVAC maintenance and repair firm; and Emilie Kurtz from Quasar Energy Group in Cleveland.

The event is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. The class is taught by Peter Corrigan, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Notre Dame.


Deimling develops and implements charitable giving, sponsorships and local branding strategies, as well as employee engagement initiatives for PNC in the Cleveland market.  She is a member of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2012 and servces on the boards of the Rainey Institute, Starting Point, Cleveland Public Library Foundation and Twinsburg, Ohio, Schools Foundation.

Ferry has more than 35 years of experience in finance and management, most recently serving as a member of FocusCFO, a firm consulting with small and mid-sized businesses. She is the former owner and CEO of Telefast, a fastener manufacturing and distribution company in the Cleveland area.  She sold the company in 2015. Ferry is a Cleveland Foundation board member and a trustee at Magnificat and St. Ignatius high schools.

Johnson has led W.F. Hann to be recognized as one of the top workplaces in Northeast Ohio. Among her and her companies many awards, she has been named the Small Business Marketing Executive of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland.

Kurtz has contributed to the eco-entrepreneurial startup Quasar Energy Group grow into a viable Northeast Ohio company. The energy and organics management firm that specializes in the deployment of sustainable technology solutions in agricultural, municipal and industrial applications has captured more than one billion tons of carbon dioxide in its anaerobic biomass digesters, while launching many other green projects.


Notre Dame’s entrepreneurship program is advanced among colleges and universities. Students can add entrepreneurship only as a co-major to any other degree program at the College. The resulting double major trains students to apply an entrepreneurial mindset to their specific field of study, growing their own career and business endeavors to create personal wealth for themselves and their families.

Popular and inventive bachelor’s degrees in performing arts music entrepreneurship, and in performing arts theatre entrepreneurship also are available at Notre Dame.

October 2021



About Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college in South Euclid, Ohio, committed to teaching students how to make a good living and live a good life. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. For more information, visit NotreDameCollege.edu.