Soul of the Glass City

Real Toledo Love with Raina Dawson


Raina Dawson is an attorney and philanthropist who has dedicated her life to human rights, social justice, and community activism. As a proud Toledoan, Raina shares with us how being born and raised in the Glass City has helped shape her life and career.

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Meet Your Host Monique Ward

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My name is Monique Ward and I’m a Brooklyn-born, NYC raised but Toledo bred, mother and entrepreneur. My passions are my community activism, entertainment, fashion and marketing. I've been a Toledo resident since 2004 and ever since then, this city has shaped me into the strong woman and personality that I have become today. My first career opportunities as a teen were as a freelance journalist for local newspapers. Fast forward to today, and I'm a talent manager of a boutique model agency, as well as the host of ‘The Soul of The Glass City Podcast’ on WGTE. Outside of being a seasoned entrepreneur and career woman, I'm navigating my 3 amazing teens through H.S. and currently chasing my toddler (who is a huge ball of energy) around the house. I feel very blessed to be able to do what I love while making a difference in the city that gave me the resources to be a great mother, business owner, and humble servant leader.

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Voices Around Us® is supported in part by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated by the City of Toledo and the Lucas County Commissioners and administered by The Arts Commission.

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