101 Stories: Felicia Williams

By The Children's Theatre

Celebrate TCT’s 101st season as it comes to a close as we applaud and appreciate those who contributed to the organization’s magic throughout our century-long journey.  During 10 weeks of recognition, we honor individuals who have been instrumental in the success of TCT, and who have not only helped TCT grow in mission, but also thrive, thanks to their passion.  It is these people and their moments in our history that shaped TCT to become what it is today. We encourage you to consider giving a gift in their honor to ensure the sustainability of TCT’s mission for the next 100+ years. 

Felicia Williams

From 2008 until 2010, Felicia Williams served on The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Board of Directors and TCT’s Finance Committee.

Ms. Williams is currently serving as the Macy’s Fellow for CEO Action for Racial Equity; a fellowship of seasoned executives and highly-skilled subject matter experts that provides the 1,500+ CEO signatories of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion with an opportunity to advance racial equity through public policy that addresses systemic racism and social injustice.

Williams serves on the board and audit committees of Realogy Holdings Corp and Meridian Bioscience; and as the audit committee chair for Meridian.

Williams also has a diverse community service background, which includes current service on the boards of the Manhattan Theater Company in New York City and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Williams formerly served as board chair of Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati; as a member of the finance and investment committee of ArtsWave; and as a member of the board and finance committees of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. She has received numerous awards, including the 2006 YWCA Career Women of Achievement.

Williams, a native of Chicago, is a summa cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University and a Certified Public Accountant.

Recently, Ms. Williams shared details with us about her TCT experience.

What prompted your involvement with TCT?

“I have always been passionate about the arts – particularly the theater. As a young girl, I wanted to be Debbie Allen in Fame!! Unfortunately, I have zero artistic ability – but that did not prevent me from becoming an avid spectator.”

“I learned about TCT in 2004 when I started to work for Macy’s. I was thrilled to learn that Macy’s was a supporter of TCT and recognized the importance of introducing the arts to children at an early age. Thus, all the stars aligned perfectly and I ultimately joined the Board of TCT. As a member of the Board, I was blessed to have a first-hand perspective of the inner workings of TCT and a full appreciation of the impressive and high-quality staff and management team – who remain laser focus on the TCT mission.”

Can you share a moment or turning point in your work with TCT that enhanced or changed the program?

“The best turning point or program enhancement for me was the creation of the STAR program and Academy! I was amazed by the identification and development of so many talented youths in the tri-state area. The energy, passion and investment of time and teaching by the TCT team was inspiring to witness. And, the performances were always reflective of the tremendous amount of work and commitment made by the students (artists) and the TCT leadership team!”

Was there a particular situation where you witnessed the TCT mission specifically enhancing growth and development of children’s imagination or creativity?

“The annual TCT Gala was one of my most favorite events. My daughter considered it “the social event of the season!” I loved seeing the kids and families “all dressed up” for the performance, followed by the Gala. It was very encouraging to see so many very young, young, and not so young, folks come together in a way that transcended age, race, and other demographics. The night was always magical and – importantly – a wonderful way to raise funds to support TCT’s mission!”

What do you love most or miss most about your work with TCT?

“I miss the camaraderie between the Board and the staff. I loved seeing the hard work of so many folks come to fruition season after successful season!” 

“My time with TCT was hugely rewarding. I enjoyed every opportunity to learn and my appreciation for “the theater” grew even more through my involvement with the other terrific Board members and the very talented TCT team. Whether a person is an “avid spectator” like me or a “total theatre novice” – TCT is a gem for the Cincinnati/Tri-state area for everyone – young and old alike!”

Would you honor Felicia Williams with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?