CLEVELAND -- On March 5 to commemorate International Women's Day, Zonta International, District 5 Area 3 Clubs of Ashtabula, Cleveland and Hudson will host an Afternoon Luncheon. It will feature Dr. Lori Stevic-Rust, award-winning speaker with over 20 years of experience, as our keynote speaker and Manju Rastogi, president of DAWN Creations.

The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Twinsburg, Ohio, 8971 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg. The program will begin at 1 p.m. and will include vendors and book signing by Dr. Lori. The cost for this event is $35. Those interested in attending can RSVP by contacting Sarojini Rao or online at

Lori Stevic-Rust,


Stevic-Rust is a board certified clinical health psychologist with a Diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology.She completed an internship at Henry Ford Hospital with specialty training in geriatrics, cardiac care, women's health and integrative medicine.

She is a national healthcare consultant and serves on numerous professional boards.She is the recipient of awards for excellence in leadership and advocacy and has been honored as a woman of achievement. Stevic-Rust is a successful national speaker and winner of the Corporate Keynote Speaker Award.

Over the past 25 years, she has been a regular on air television and radio contributor. She writes a Dr. Lori column for several national magazines and is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.

Stevic-Rust is the author of five books on topics ranging from depression, heart disease and wellness, a personal memoir on the art of aging with gratitude, "Greedy for Life" is awaiting publication on her newest book, "Put on Your Big Girl Shoes."

She is the proud member of a five-generation family, a chocolate addict and describes herself as an avid Cleveland sports fan--which she claims by default makes her a professional optimist.

Manju Rastogi

Rastogi, an Akron resident, is the president of DAWN Creations. DAWN (Developing Alternatives for Women in New Communities) provides a supportive atmosphere for economic growth by enhancing existing skills, developing new skills to increase self-confidence, increasing awareness of community resources, mainstreaming and increasing their earning capacity. This community effort involves individuals, churches, temples and other groups interested in empowerment of women.

Currently, refugees from Bhutan who have lived in camps for over twenty years are trained to apply their knitting and sewing skills to become independent, thus resulting in an increased sense of pride in themselves.