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Our Editor-in-Chic tells the story behind a brilliant resource for local parents, offering everything from babysitting and dog-sitting to house cleaning and errand running services! Read on for more.

I love telling stories behind area businesses and the ways they help local women. That’s why I wanted to start the Storyteller series on Cincy Chic. The next one up hits home for many reasons. Not only is Peggy, the founder of BabysitEase, a personal friend of mine, but her concept also literally hits home.

As a working mama who runs a business, I know what it’s like to need a babysitter unexpectedly but you don’t want to ask the flaky teenager down the street just because you’re in a bind. There’s also a lot of other things (especially now that I’m preggo and about to have another little human running around soon) I just need help with to keep the house together and my mind somewhat sane.

That’s where BabysitEase can help. They’ve already done all the background checks and all the other vetting a parent wants to do when they have more time to do their research. And there’s a database of babysitters and home helpers just waiting to lend a hand when you need it.

That’s right, BabysitEase isn’t just for babysitting. For parents that need help with running errands, getting the house tidied, spaces organized, laundry run or grocery shopping check off their list- they have a team of organized, clean obsessed women that know how to make life easier for active families. For $12-20/hr you can get projects completed, and make some good headway on that never ending to-do list. Register at BabysitEase.com or call 859.442.7487 to find out how they can make life simpler for you.

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A local mom helped her child’s dreams of modeling and acting come true, and now she launched an agency to help others break into the business. Keep reading to learn her star-studded story of success.

 

“It’s not just about looks, you have to have a good heart. I believe in putting positive vibes out there – because that’s what’s going to come back to you.”

At Loft Talent, this is the way they operate.

Diane Werner, owner and agent at Loft Talent, was inspired to start her company when her son, age 22, was discovered at Butler University in Indianapolis three years ago. After taking interest, she began sending his photos out until they were approached by several agencies in the Cincinnati area, all of which offered to sign him.

“From there, Kory got signed in L.A. through the agency we selected and we lived out there for a time,” says Werner. “I actually starting helping them and I really loved what I was doing. I found that I was good at it and other parents were telling me that I should be doing this for a living because I was a ‘natural’.”

Once returning to Cincinnati, Werner decided to take this advice. “I realized that there was so much more creative power that I wanted to have, so I created my own company,” she says. “We opened our doors March 10, 2015 and hit the ground running.”

Since that time, Loft has gotten three (potentially four) of their people signed in L.A. with agencies. “One of my actors is in a $100M movie, Allegiant Part 1, which hit theaters March 18,” Werner reveals. “We also recently got one of our guys to meet with the executive producers of a major cable TV network series, where he’s probably going to be on a reality series.”

As for the agents that Loft clients have signed with – they have talent on the Twilight series, Hunger Games, Modern Family and CW shows – just to name a few. “We’re looking at people from Cincinnati who could potentially end up in some really big roles,” says Werner.

What is the secret behind Werner’s success? It’s her ability to look at situations from not only an agent standpoint, but also a mother standpoint. “The difference between my agency and other agencies in the area is that I’m a mother of an actor – someone who has the same dreams and goals of those that I represent,” she says. “I’m able to put myself in their shoes and talk to them about the same concerns and overwhelming feelings I had while sitting in that same chair.”

For Werner, it’s all about helping kids achieve something that they love doing. “They always tell me that they want to inspire people the same way famous actors have inspired them,” she explains. “It’s a really cool feeling to be able to help them do that.”

As for the future of Loft Talent, Werner’s main goal is to continue helping her clients achieve whatever it is that they want to achieve. “It feels really good to help them be happy with what they do,” she says. “I absolutely love my ‘job’. I get to work with so many creative minds and talented people every day. Who gets to do that?”

For more information on Loft Talent or how to become a Loft model, contact Werner directly at LoftTalent@gmail.com, give her a call at (513) 707-8733 or check out their website at www.LoftTalent.com.

Their client base ranges anywhere from 5-years-old to adult.

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Watch our exclusive Storyteller video with the co-owners of Alba Organic Beauty Studio

From parabens to formaldehyde, the beauty industry is full of not-so-beautiful toxins. But one local business has been providing non-toxic beauty services and products since way before it was trendy.

Andrea and Ashley Lauren have been offering all organic, natural and non-toxic services and products at their co-owned businesses Alba Organic Beauty Studio and Cincy Style Bar (CSB) since 2012. Alba is an expansion of the production makeup and hairstyling business that Andrea began in 2003. Alba Organic Beauty Studio was officially opened in October 2012 as Cincinnati’s first non-toxic salon spa offering non-toxic hair, makeup, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, airbrush tanning and massage.

The sister duo also launched Cincy Style Bar, the Midwest’s first and only blowout and makeup bar. “We are happy that we introduced the region to the concept of a blowout bar long before most people had even heard the term” added Ashley.

(l-r) Ashley and Andrea Lauren
(l-r) Ashley and Andrea Lauren

“We have worked hard to create a non-toxic, relaxed, unpretentious sophisticated atmosphere that allows our team and guests to feel welcome and at home,” says Andrea.

To help get you even more relaxed while you enjoy services from Alba and CSB, the facility has its liquor license, allowing guests to select a cocktail from the specialty menu with happy hour prices ($3 off) during your services. “Whether it’s for a bachelorette party, birthday party or a girls night out, we love having groups get ready with us,” Andrea says.

Aside from making your visit to the salon an enjoyable one, the team is also dedicated to Continuing Education and staying up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. “Whether it is a full makeover or just a freshen-up of your signature look, all of our talented artists can be counted upon to deliver results customized to your individuality,” says Andrea.

The Alba Production Pros also does makeup and hair for film, television, commercial and print work for Cincinnati and surrounding areas in the Tri-State. “We have had the privilege of working with dozens of top-tier companies such as Food Network, E! Entertainment, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, People Magazine, Disney and even Sir Paul McCartney,” Andrea added.

In addition to Alba Organic Beauty Studio and Cincy Style Bar, the Lauren sisters also own Cincy Bridal Beauty, where they offer Big Day services to brides and their wedding parties.

“Our talented and professional artists have been beautifying brides since 2003,” explains Andrea. “We are unique in that we offer both in-studio and on-location bridal services. Additionally, we have a bridal suite for brides that need a space to gather and hang out in while they’re getting ready.”

Whether it’s everyday salon services, bridal beauty services or creating looks for television and film productions, Alba Beauty Studio has you covered – with organic, non-toxic services and products.

Learn more about Alba Organic Beauty Studio here. You can also like them on Facebook or follow along on Instagram and Twitter. You can also visit www.cincystylebar.com and www.cincybridalbeauty.com to learn about the Lauren sisters’ other booming beautification ventures.

 

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Next up in our Storyteller series is Carissa Barbee with The Silver Diva. See how she turned her legal career into a passion for personalized fashion.

From juries to jewelry. That’s the turn Carrissa Barbee took with her career when she walked away from her attorney career to take care of her two children.

Once her kids were older, she found more time to pursue her passion for personalized accessories. That’s when she realized an unfulfilled niche she wanted to reach, offering something less expensive and more personalized than what was currently offered on the market. She eventually launched her business “The Silver Diva” as an online-based store in 2009, and then in Jan. 2014, opened a brick and mortar store.

The store, which is the only one of its kind across the nation according to Barbee, is a concept that allows clients to personalize their own jewelry by choosing from the variety of designs offered in-store or by stamping their own jewelry. “The retail store allows clients to come and stamp your own jewelry — no experience necessary and always free unlimited instruction,” Barbee says. “Our store also has a retail section where you can order something for our stamping experts to make for you.”

Not only does The Silver Diva provide a fun and creative outlet for clients to create personalized accessories for their loved ones, where ages 6 and up can participate in hand stamping, but items are also available online for purchase.

What is hand stamping? According to Barbee, it’s an art form where you take steel stamps and stamp them into the metal using a hammer and a steel stamp to create letters, words and designs. “The art of hand stamping involves striking metal with steel stamps that have letters or designs on the end with a hammer into metal. You come into the studio and get free instruction to learn how to do it,” she says, “After your piece has been stamped, we finish the jewelry and assemble it for you to pick back up or mail anywhere you wish.”

Barbee’s personalized jewelry line offers everything from hand stamped necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and key chains to men’s cufflinks, men’s money clips, men’s tie bars, bookmarks, drink tags, napkin rings and holiday ornaments. Products can be made in sterling silver, aluminum, pewter, copper, brass and gold filled metals and range in cost from $3 to $60. “For example, an aluminum ring is $10,” she explains.

The Silver Diva is also the perfect place to host your next party. “We can accommodate 24 people for a party or event,” Barbee says, adding that they also do fundraisers and classes.

“Everyone thinks it’s a fantastic idea to be able to come in and do your own hand stamping. It’s kind of like the paint your own pottery places, but with jewelry,” Barbee explains. “The ability to put your own personal names, dates or sayings on jewelry is the ultimate creativity! The parties we offer are really fun for scouting events, birthday parties, lady’s night out, showers and date nights. It’s something unique that no one else is doing!”

The Silver Diva, according to Barbee, continues to inspire their clients with their jewelry because the clients are able to make the jewelry with love and their own two hands. “We have been moved to tears by the fun stories from our clients,” Barbee says. “Whether it’s a new baby boy on the way and the mom is getting a new piece of jewelry to a beloved grandma who is getting a birthstone necklace with the names and birthstones of all her grandchildren.”

This concept allows clients to personalize their own jewelry by choosing from the variety of designs Barbee offers or by stamping their very own designs on their jewelry. “We decided to open a retail store where you can come and stamp your own jewelry — no experience necessary and always free unlimited instruction,” Barbee says. “Our store also has a retail section where you can order something for our stamping experts to make for you.”

The Silver Diva is located at 9797 Montgomery Rd. Ste F Cincinnati, OH 45242. To learn more, or to shop now, visit www.thesilverdiva.com.

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Cincy Chic is teaming up with a local videographer to launch a new Storyteller multimedia package. Click for all the details and to see example videos!

We’re teaming up with the talented videography team at True Artists Studio to launch an exciting new program here at Cincy Chic. It all started with some staggering stats we found… like 80% — that’s the percentage of Internet users who recall watching a video ad on a website they visited in the past 30 days, according to the Online Publishers Association. Of that 80%, 46% took action after viewing, such as:

  • 26% looked for more information about the subject of the video
  • 22% visited the website named in the ad
  • 15% visited the company represented in the video ad
  • 12% purchased the specific product featured in the ad

That’s when we decided we had to start offering a package that includes beautiful and powerful HD-video production, shot on-site at your business. But it gets better — because we’re an online publication with a built in audience of 25,000 subscribers, we’re not just giving you a great video, we’re also giving it an audience because the package also includes: 400-600 word story, video embedded, about your business run with premium placement in a Cincy Chic issue selected by client; posted on Cincy Chic’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels (18,000+ fans); and a posting, video embedded, on Amy Scalia’s blogs. It also includes an issue sponsorship of ads the week of your run date, rights to the video, and a copy of the video file without the Cincy Chic intro/outro for your use outside of Cincy Chic channels (great for embedding on your site, expos, social media campaigns, etc)

Typically, something like this would cost thousands to produce, let alone also promote it for you. But, with us, it’s only $1,500! Below are a few examples of Storyteller videos we recently produced for clients. Hopefully YOUR story will be the next one we tell through this exclusive Storyteller package! Please email ascalia@cincychic.com if you have any questions, and for more video marketing stats, click here.

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Learn about a Cincinnati based non-profit that creates space for crafted storytelling with an “electric sense of belonging.”

Bespoken Live is a Cincinnati based group that creates space for crafted storytelling, genuine story-listening, and story-driven mindfulness in order to experience belonging.

Bespoken Live is a Cincinnati based group that creates space for crafted storytelling, genuine story-listening, and story-driven mindfulness in order to experience belonging. The Bespoken Live team does their own live shows as well as partnering with organizations to do shows and experiences. They teach storytelling and story-listening workshops, do videos, podcasts, and have storytelling card game called Storycards. 

Brad Wise, Ryan Eten, Sarah Buffie, Laura  Buffington, and Joey Taylor are the people behind the current “Leadership Team” for Bespoken Live. However, there are many other band of creatives, storytellers, and supporters that make it all happen. 

“We did our first live show under a different banner, “Rebel Storytellers” at the Woodward Theater around Valentine’s day of 2015,” says Brad Wise. “Our inspiration was just to get our talented friends together to create something cool on stage.” 

The group told KISS stories, played improv games to get the crowd involved, and had music. “The whole thing was magic,” Wise adds. “The best word we had for those early shows was ‘transcendent.’” 

Wise describes the combination of storytelling, music, and crowd interaction of feeling like they were tapping into something bigger than themselves. The mixture of humor and vulnerability created an electric sense of belonging. 

“Since those early days, we keep experimenting with different ways of using story to make space to experience that electricity,” says Wise.

Wise is excited about Bespoken Live On Campus run by Joey Taylor. Taylor goes into schools, after school programs, places of worship, and facilities storytelling, story-listening, and mindfulness programs for high school students. 

“We believe students finding their voice together and experiencing belonging is the best way to address social isolation, depression, and anxiety,” says Wise. “Amazing things are happening wherever Joey goes.”

Wise is also excited about the newly redesigned Storycards. The “Leadership Team” has seen these cards break down walls and connect people in corporate settings, schools, family gatherings. Wise says that he has even heard of someone taking them on the Bourbon Trail with his friends. 

Bespoken Live has a podcast series called the BOON Reflections (http://boonreflections.com) that is an 8-part contemplation series designed to help people make their ideas happen. The series takes listeners through the stages of the creative process and uses story-driven meditations to help you find the courage to step out and stay on the path of creating something uniquely you. Different organizations are using this content for retreats and team-building. People have quit their jobs and started new ventures because of the BOON Reflections. 

From the start, the Bespoken team has been intentional about getting everyone involved. They never just wanted to be a stage show where the communication is only going way. 

“I’m proud of how we keep finding ways to test our theory/belief that we are ALL storytellers,” says Wise. “The most powerful nights of storytelling we’ve experienced are when we lead the audience in a simple reflection and then open up the mic for the group to share.”

Wise believes in some ways, in the current climate, that we’ve forgotten that we’re all humans, and we’re in this together. Bespoken Live has t-shirts and stickers available as a reminder to Be Human and Be Curious because that leads to connection. 

This ties into the Be Kind 2016 campaign that Bespoken Live did during the election. (Watch “#BeKind2016” on Vimeo). They made stickers that look like they were from a campaign and put them in coffee shops and bars all over town. 

“I still see cars driving around with them,” says Wise. 

Wise believes that responding to what’s happening in culture makes Bespoken Live unique. When the violence in Charlottesville took place last year, Bespoken Live did a pop up HATE show. They pulled the show together in a couple days and gathered for stories and discussion about love conquering hate. Wise describes the show as “beautiful, messy, and hopeful.” 

Currently, Bespoken Live is beta testing a small group format using their Story Cards. Wise recently took Bespoken Live through a fellowship program called Common Good. It uses content from Peter Block, Walter Bruggeman, and John McKnight who teach the power of small groups and neighborliness. Bespoken Live is finding ways to combine story with that power.

Bespoken Live is also looking to start combining storytelling with the enneagram, a personality typing system that’s rapidly growing. The Bespoken team plans to do a series of shows and a contemplation podcast series. 

To learn more about Bespoken Live follow their Facebook page and website.

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Inspired by telling the stories of local business owners, the founders behind Women of Cincy launched an empowering new initiative. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Notice tells the story of female entrepreneurs in Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: What is Notice?
Kiersten Feuchter, Managing Director & Founding Partner Women of Cincy Collective, LLC: We are an agency run by the founders of Women of Cincy and powered by its community members. We specialize in shaping the stories of women-owned, women-led, and women-empowering businesses and initiatives. Our city is home to so many passionate, innovative, and talented individuals who just might change the world if given the opportunity. Often, that opportunity starts with a story, and that’s where we come in. We offer a range of branding and communications services designed to help clients turn their ideas into an identity, to say to their community, “My work matters, and here’s why.” We’re passionate about every element of our clients’ stories, including graphic design, photography, copywriting, social media, and more.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Notice?
Feuchter: There’s a gap in the realm of small business branding – especially for women entrepreneurs. It’s no secret that women are generally less invested in – just ask Harvard Business Review, Marketplace,Fortune, and more. Women received just 2% of venture capitalist money in 2016, despite owning 38% of the country’s businesses.

As designers and storytellers, we play a role in changing those numbers. You need a story to attract money, and in the branding world, you typically need a lot of money to shape your story.

Yes, quality branding costs money. But for us, it’s not about the big client with a wad of cash. It’s about the ideas that make us get up out of our chairs and say yes. The world needs that. It’s about working with our clients to make sure those ideas come to light, even if it means starting small. And of course, starting small is only the beginning.

Chelsie Walter and Kiersten Feuchter of Notice

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Feuchter: Notice is run by the founders of Women of Cincy: Managing Director Kiersten Feuchter and Creative Director Chelsie Walter. Feuchter has a background in creative writing and journalism, and a passion for using words to capture the essence of people. She also loves keeping the people around her on their toes and organized. Walter is a graphic designer and photographer who believes in the power of design to elevate great ideas and in turn, elevate communities, and has a passion for using photography to capture the heart of someone’s story.

We’re also powered by the Women of Cincy community, so we call on the talent of our 45-plus incredible team members to work on Notice projects as needed.

Cincy Chic: What do you hope to accomplish through Notice Agency?
Feuchter: We want women with big ideas (or anyone focused on empowering those women) to know that they should, can, and must get those ideas out there. Women get caught up in the what-ifs or I-shouldn’ts far more often than men, whether it’s because of our own self-doubt or the doubt of those we need to support us. If we can open the door just an inch wider by making sure that awesome, innovative women get to tell their stories in a real and meaningful way, then we’re doing something right.

Cincy Chic: What makes Notice unique?
Feuchter: A lot of it comes down to two major points: One, everything we do rests on the idea that people matter. We believe that every time someone makes the conscious decision to simply elevate or support other people, our community becomes a better place. So what does that look like coming from an agency? We’ll treat you like a person, not a client. We’ll always have coffee with you and listen to your ideas – whether you need us to run your Twitter while you’re on vacation or you want us to build your whole brand from scratch. (We also really like coffee.) And when we say we’re in, we are all in. You’ll be a part of our community long after our work together is finished.

Two, every business decision we make is made with women’s empowerment in mind. The power of where we spend our dollars is often underestimated, and yes, we want to put our money where our mouth is. If we’re printing business cards or getting financial advice or hosting a party, you can bet that we’re putting money in the pocket of a badass woman somewhere along the way.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Feuchter: Well, we just formally launched in mid-January, so every day is a bit of a new adventure. We’ve already teamed up with some amazing clients, so we’re excited to see what happens when we reveal those stories to the community. We’re also hosting a get-to-know-us day on Friday, February 23, where anyone can sign up for a time to come grab coffee – or a mimosa! – with us and share their ideas. That’ll be at Union Hall, and you can find more info on our social media.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Feuchter: Visit www.noticecincy.com, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and of course, check out our sister site, www.womenofcincy.org.

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    After several inspiring encounters with some of Cincinnati’s most intriguing women, a group of local ladies banded together to systematically share these stories, one motivating morsel at a time. Read on to learn more.

    The women behind Women of Cincy, an organization dedicated to opening minds and bringing together Cincinnati’s women.

    “Women of Cincy is here to open both doors and minds, celebrating the inspiring women of this city and forging a community among them. We are storytellers, thinkers, and teammates who get things done.”

    That’s the mission behind Women of Cincy, a group of women who want to lift up the ladies of the Queen City. “We tell the stories of inspiring women that we meet, and as an added, almost unexpected reward, we’re building a pretty powerful network of talented women around the city,” says Women of Cincy Editorial Director Kiersten Feuchter.

    The first day of Women of Cincy was just a few women who showed up to the Women’s March with recorders and cameras.

    “We wanted to find out why people were there and tell the rest of the city about it,” adds Feuchter. “But the idea quickly took on a life of its own; by Wednesday we had the beginnings of a mission statement. We quickly veered away from the political and toward the goal of uplifting and supporting each and every woman.”

    The founders of Women of Cincy include Feuchter, Chelsie Walter who serves as the creative director, and Kelsey Johnson as the social media director. They also recently brought on Kali Robinson who serves as the events director.

    Next to those who help lead Women of Cincy is a team of almost 20 members who help with a variety of things like social media, events, and fundraising, with more people reaching out each week.

    Through Women of Cincy, the main goal is to open minds.

    “Sometimes it’s tough to really see one another as individuals; we tend to pigeonhole people into boxes,” says Feuchter. “So, we all say ‘all men do this’ or ‘all women are like that.’ We might have trouble starting new relationships with someone who comes from a different socioeconomic background than us, or whose political ideals don’t quite mesh with our own. The problem is we forget to try to understand them as an individual, and that’s what this kind of storytelling can combat.”

    The team also works to build a community of women who support one another. Although they have only been around for seven months, Women of Cincy is already seeing people find new jobs because they met one another through the organization.

    “We’ve been able to use our platform to promote the various causes that our interviewees are a part of; we’ve found that simply getting coffee with a group of innovative ladies is refreshing and inspiring,” says Feuchter. “It’s easy to get bogged down in the ‘daily grind,’ and a lot of us have seen our own passions reignited simply because we have this platform where any idea is fair game.”

    When it comes to helping other Cincinnati women, it’s about finding a chance for the community to get to know a woman – in her own words – and to experience the way she’s impacting the city.

    We’re all different, whether we’re running a company as a CEO or are a stay-at-home mom, and Feuchter says it’s all something that should be celebrated.

    “Nothing makes a city more alive than its residents recognizing its vitality,” she adds. “Our collective energy as a city is built on the individuals that live here. Basically, we’re your weekly reminder that this city and its women are stronger than ever.”

    Feuchter says that every day brings something new to the team at Women of Cincy. They recently started hosting “Coffee & Conversation” at The 86 in Clifton every other Tuesday. She adds that anyone is welcome to stop by and get to know them, share an idea, or find out what it’s like to join the team. “Even the very first meeting brought 10 new ideas,” she adds.

    Women of Cincy is currently looking for volunteers to share their time and expertise when it comes to fundraising, event planning, and social media. They also hope to find writers to start doing perspective pieces on whatever they are passionate about. They also want to be active in upcoming elections by encouraging women to register to vote, to inform themselves, and to ultimately help women’s voices be heard.

    Feuchter says that the long-term possibilities are exciting for Women of Cincy. “My personal passion is setting up a mentorship program where we connect young women with a female leader in their field,” she says. “Someday soon, we hope to host a panel discussion on an issue that closely affects local women – perhaps healthcare or family advocacy. The idea is to get women from both sides of the spectrum to share their personal experiences and actually listen to one another.”

    To learn more about Women of Cincy, visit www.womenofcincy.org, where you’ll find stories, a community calendar, and forms where you can join the team or nominate a woman for the team to interview. You can also follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

     

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    A local non-profit is bringing together Cincinnati’s residents through storytelling. Keep reading for the inspiring details!

     

    Cincy Stories aims to bring the community together by telling and sharing the stories of those who live here.

    Stories can connect people in a way that many other things can’t. When you can relate to another person’s story on an individual and personal level, it can create a bond you may not have otherwise felt possible with someone who comes from a different background than yourself.

    But one local duo is ready to change Cincinnati through the stories of its residents.

    When Shawn Braley and Chris Ashwell launched their non-profit Cincy Stories in February 2015, they wanted to create an organization that was dedicated to building community through story.

    “We use storytelling as a tool for community building because we believe that stories are the bridge to empathy and understanding,” explains Braley.

    Braley says the two were inspired to launch Cincy Stories because of how segregated Cincinnati remains despite being a diverse city.

    “Cincinnati is the 5th most segregated city in our country,” he says. “We have incredible diversity, but many of those folks live in different neighborhoods, attend different schools, visit different restaurants, and don’t often know one another, even if they are neighbors.”

    Even with all the differences, Cincy Stories wants to use storytelling at events and through media projects to build a community of listeners in Cincinnati who choose to listen first and speak second. They also want to build a community of people who feel empowered to know that they’re story is important and that others care to hear it.

    Using stories to bring people together isn’t uncommon, by Cincy Stories’ plan is unique. “While all of our organizations care deeply about storytelling as a craft, we use storytelling as a tool,” says Braley. “Our primary role is building community. We work hand-in-hand with community leaders, CDC’s, and other non-profits to build bridges and empower community members with the craft of storytelling as a tool.”

    Community building through Cincy Stories is done in a number of ways including live events, which are held bi-monthly on the first Tuesday every other month as MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine.

    These nights bring together a group of storytellers who live in Cincinnati to tell a story from their lives. However, these aren’t professional storytellers, but everyday people who call Cincinnati home.

    “The Cincy in Cincy Stories represents the people of a place more than it does a place, because a place is ultimately the people who call is home,” adds Braley.

    In addition to Cincy Stories, there’s also Street Stories, another project that builds community in all 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods with events, documentaries, and website promotion. “This project is used to actively build community in the neighborhood while we’re working there, but also to give the rest of the city a picture into what that neighborhood is like through the people who live there,” he says.

    In its short lifetime, Cincy Stories has already won an Emmy Award for their work in Walnut Hills as well as Best Local Film at the Reel Abilities Film Festival.

    Braley says Cincy Stories will continue its work to bridge together Cincinnati’s residents through stories. They’re currently working on finishing work in the three neighborhoods of Price Hill this fall and will be heading into more neighborhoods as the new year approaches.

    To learn more about Cincy Stories, visit cincystories.net, streetstoriescincy.org, and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

     

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    A local entrepreneur is helping Cincinnati’s women develop personal branding skills through her innovative workshops.  

     

    Morgan Angelique Owens of the Morgan A Owens Brand was on a mission when she launched Brown Girls That Brand, a platform that teaches local women personal branding and the accompanying skills that are necessary to define and differentiate their specific core values.

    “The inspiration and mission is to continue sassy and chic workshops that support predominately minority women with a mission to climb the corporate ladder as efficiently as their counterparts, gain corporate appeal in their own business, start their own business, or a mission to increase their bottom line while embracing their feminine, authentic selves,” explains Angelique.

    Highlighting and recognizing women of all colors and helping them excel while serving as trailblazers in their career fields is important to Angelique.

    Through Brown Girls That Brand, which launched June 29, Angelique uses workshops to show participants how branding is the cornerstone of function and development of an individual’s market and personal reputation. She addresses these topics through personal branding, business branding, career branding, event branding, and social media branding.

    “Based on the knowledge, skill set and purpose of registered participants, each individual should depart with the tools to build an effective business or personal brand with corporate appeal,” says Angelique.

    Current workshops feature a lineup of speakers including:

    • Sonia Jackson Myles (Founder & CEO, The Sister Accord LLC)
    • Sherry Sims (Founder, Black Career Women’s Network)
    • Regina Carswell Russo (Brand Storyteller/Media Messenger)
    • Pamela Williams-Dyle (Engineering Digital Systems Leader; Procter & Gamble)
    • Karyl Cunningham (Executive Director, YMCA Black/Latino Achievers)
    • Jan Michele Lemon Kearney- (Owner/Publisher, The Cincinnati Herald)
    • Adrienne Ruff (Founder, She is Visionary)

    Brown Girls That Brand was created under the umbrella of Angelique’s other business the Morgan A Owens brand, which offers tools and resources that reshape small businesses through marketing, graphic assistance, one-on-one coaching, and branding.

    “I also launched my authored, ‘WerkBook,’ a guide to setting goals and slaying them,” adds Angelique. “I felt it was very important to create this book to further empower and lay the groundwork of becoming successful.”

    Angelique says to keep an eye out for “Professional Pretty” workshops as well as future Brown Girls That Brand workshops under the Morgan A Owens brand.

    To learn more about the workshops, the Morgan A Owens brand, and more, visit www.morganaowens.com. You can also follow along on Instagram.

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