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With the annual DAAP Fashion Show just around the corner, we chat with the director to see what’s new and get an exclusive preview!

 

The annual DAAP Fashion Show will be held April 28.

The annual DAAP Fashion Show hits the runway April 28, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

So, what can one expect from this year’s show? Show director, Laurie Wilson says the show will include a 92-foot catwalk, LCD panels, along with a live DJ, over 30 runway models with original hair and makeup from Aveda Institute, hundreds of original outfits, complementary swag bags and an After Party. It’s also the 66th anniversary of the show and the 12th year Macy’s is a presenting sponsor.

This year will feature an even deeper look into the work behind the show, Wilson says. Through photo documentation, attendees will get an inside look at how hard the DAAP students have worked in the studio over the past year.

With 1,500 seats available to the public, the show always sells out, so Wilson suggests snagging your tickets quickly. Attendees have the option for VIP tickets or regular sale, which go on sale to the general public March 21. For those who can’t attend the show, or are looking to get even more immersed in the DAAP world of fashion, there is a Reality Rehearsal Experience on April 27, the night before the actual show.

Laurie Wilson, Show Director of the DAAP Fashion Show.

Attending the Reality Rehearsal Experience allows for a deeper look into the actual development of the fashion show itself, Wilson says. “Attendees will be watching the ‘inner workings’ of a run through for the show and get behind the scenes action,” she adds.

Whether attending the Rehearsal Experience, or the Fashion Show itself, both are world-class fashion events with a front row seat to the next set of great fashion designers, Wilson says.

Come celebrate the future of fashion on April 28 at UC’s Campus Recreation Center. Click here for ticket info and inside looks from previous shows.

 

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They may have their roots in Cincinnati, but this eco-friendly company can take you global. Read on to see how.

Mark Sund, Director of Sund + Co.

Sund + Co was founded in 1998 as an advertising, branding, and website building company for small, growing brands and companies in the Cincinnati area. By valuing customer service and attention to detail, Sund + Co works to bring each company to its highest potential.

Director Mark Sund works alongside designers Sarah Crawford and Jennifer Powers to provide powerful branding for their clientele. “For all clients we offer a personal experience, data-driven practices, and nearly two decades of experience,” Sund says. “Cincinnati is often referred to as the customer science capital of the world and we’re happy to be part of that.”

Sund + Co not only works to build a successful future for their clients, they’re working to do the same for the environment, too. “Our studio is fully powered by green energy: electricity is 100% wind-generated, purchased from Cincinnati Bell Energy, and natural gas is carbon-neutral through offsets purchased from NativeEnergy. Of course we recycle and walk to lunch too,” Sund explains, who adds that being an eco-friendly company came to be a main priority quite naturally. “Individually we all feel this way. It was a natural progression to start the discussion and take steps to make the company more eco friendly.”

Sund describes his company as “creative and innovative, but also organized and disciplined,” which are all qualities that smaller companies often appreciate. “Smaller companies are growing and always looking for new opportunities, and they’re more interested in new ideas. So we can be a bigger part of guiding and establishing their brand across all channels,” Sund says. “We focus on our clients’ needs, where they’re starting from, and where they want to go.”

To learn more about Sund + Co, visit http://www.sundco.com/ and see the love of what they do.

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Learn about the locally-based graphic design studio that specializes in creative stationery that perfectly embodies each individual client.

You only have the blink of an eye to get it right. And that’s why Loon + Co loves what they do. 

Loon + Co. creative stationery is a graphic design studio that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind invitations for weddings, birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate events, or any truly special celebration. Creative of the company, Cindy Loon works together with a team of talented individuals who make up her “Co.”

“I am extremely grateful to play such a personal part of the event planning process. I believe I have a graphic designer’s dream job, doing what I love! I started this business shortly after designing my own wedding invitation. I fell in love with all things wedding: the details and the possibilities to make something completely special,” Loon says.

Loon + Co creatives custom, creative stationery for your wedding needs.

Loon’s initial love for wedding invitations grew into a much broader passion for all things stationary, from weddings to corporate events, menus to ceremony booklets and more, Loon + Co. does it all.

When it comes to invitations, Loon makes sure her customers are involved during the process. “We work together with your event planner to bring your vision to life. The invitation of course, is your guest’s very first impression of the event you are announcing. It must reflect the look, feel, and flavor of that special day. The process starts with a conversation with the planner, client and myself. We discuss likes/dislikes, colors, textures, Pinterest boards, etc.” explains Loon.

After the initial consultation with the client and planner, Loon works her magic.

Usually creating 2-3 completely different design concepts based on research, she presents them to the client with exact specifications. At that point Loon expects the concepts to be tweaked and made unique, and after a final design is decided, Loon + Co. handles and organizes all of the remaining details for an exquisite invitation.

Loon + Co. offers a beautifully designed invitation as unique as you are. By using fine printing techniques, exquisite paper, unusual materials, attention to detail, and a true passion for design, the perfect invitation is created specifically for you. Its all in the details.

To learn more about Loon + Co., visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a new event series that allows you to network and socialize with others while exploring and developing your own creativity.

Abby Hofrichter is launching Queen’s Creative Collaborative to bring the city’s creatives together.

Abby Hofrichter aims to provide helpful and enriching resources to others, especially creative types.

That’s why she launched Tallulahish, her personal blog and website. This locally-based online resource consists of photography by Hofrichter herself, and a blog where she delves into the personal and creative issues people have today.

“I wanted to create a space where no conversation felt unwelcome- even if a bit uncomfortable at first,” she says. “I think writers and story tellers are given so much power in opportunity with the ability to welcome new words and perspectives. The site is my attempt at harnessing that power and opportunity.”

One of the ways Hofrichter hopes to harness this is through a new event called Queen’s Creative Collaborative (or QCC). According to Hofrichter, QCC is a space for people to come together in a welcoming environment with aims to share and lift up each others ideas, both creatively and personally. The talk of the event can be based on anything in the world from entrepreneurship to self-care and everything in-between that is considered “creative.”

Hofrichter created the event in hopes to provide people within the community opportunities to meet new people, build connections, and gain both perspective and feedback on ideas.

“My goal is for QCC to turn into a community of femme folks who meet regularly to explore what it means to be creative, maybe do some fun activities,” says Hofrichter, “but most importantly, to create space for support and idea sharing and building.”

QCC is launching for the first time this month and those attending can expect a relaxed format. “I want to start off slow and really hear what all of us creative femmes feel like we’re missing and what we need,” continues Hofrichter. “This isn’t my group, it’s a community.”

The event will include beer, complimentary La Terza coffee, snacks, and creativity. Along with those essentials, guests will also get to discuss what it means to be “a creative” in the community today, how QCC can be a catalyst for growth, and even try a hand at some needlepoint/embroidery.

All the talk and activities of QCC events are meant to help people reconnect with themselves and the community and leave feeling inspired and re-energized.

“As I say on the event description, it has always been important immerse ourselves in strong, inclusive communities that affirm our goals and aspirations, but it feels so necessary these days with all that’s going on in the world,” concludes Hofrichter.

The Queens Creative Collaborative event will take place this month at 6pm on February 28 at the Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House in Lockland.
For more information, click here.

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Want to learn about marketing techniques, branding tips, social media marketing, and how to create your content on the go? If so, this upcoming event is for you!

Social Grind 101 will focus on new techniques for social media and other types of marketing.

BallR Media is a full service boutique social media and marketing agency that specializes in working with small businesses, creatives, entertainers, and athletes. Founder Ray Ball hopes to expand its audience even more through the agency’s new interactive monthly class called “The Social Grind 101.”

Ball says the event is available for anyone to attend, whether that be a marketing pro who wants to learn new techniques socially, or a small business owner who is looking to get the most out of marketing. The class itself is centered around being pretty hands on, from worksheets, presentations, and even group activities, BallR Media wants its attendees to make the most of their time together and truly build relationships.

“We’ll be teaching marketing techniques, branding tips, social media marketing, and even how to create your content on the go! We’ll also be going over the top social media platforms, how to find the right voice to speak to your demographic, and creation of social ads,” Ball explains.

Anyone who attends the event can expect all those helpful tips and techniques plus a light brunch followed by a mimosa bar and two guest speakers; Danielle Morris, a social expert, and Josh Kelly of The ¥€$ Life whom will discuss social media trends and compelling content in even more detail.

“I want students to leave feeling empowered so there will plenty of open dialogue. At the end we’d love for people to network and see how they can help each other’s businesses,” Ball says.

The Social Grind 101 takes place in Cincinnati on Sunday, March 5 from 12pm-2pm at Prenuer in OTR, located at 1333 Walnut Street in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit www.ballrmedia.com.

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A new event series launched for local female entrepreneurs to connect with the resources, people and support they need to keep building their brands.

Monica Tuck, Founder of Undbridled Studio.

Monica Tuck, Founder and Creative Director of Unbridled Studio, is helping women live out their dreams and awaken their brand through creative problem solving and storytelling. Monica, aka “Mo,” created “What’s Next” – an event series sponsored by her studio where women can come to converse, drink, and build relationships in the work place.

“Women and business can be tricky at times. We all overthink, over analyze ourselves and what others may think about us. That in the end can get in the way of being productive,” says Tuck.

She wanted to create a space not only for herself, but for all women who want to let out their grievances and struggles from work and get positive feedback in response. She encourages all participants to come as they are, without any pretensions or judgments.

The series is held the third Thursday of every month at Myrtle’s Punch in the Rathsteller Room. Each What’s Next event tries to follow the same guideline with two featured guest speakers, cocktails, and food provided through either Myrtles Punch House or their sister company, Bottle and Basket. For the guests attending the February 16 event, they can expect an acoustic set from local solo artist Jeannie Marie during cocktails as well as a discussion from Brewing Arts Lead Creative, Q Kinebrew.

“The speakers are randomly chosen. Unbridled Studio prides itself on being open to any woman regardless of race, sexual stance, social class or religious background. I want to showcase all women from all walks of life and all types of businesses,” explains Tuck.

Tuck’s passions in life have always been women, design, consulting, and business. Through this monthly event she gets the chance to share these passions with the women of Cincinnati, in hopes to inspire and devote their work.

“In a time like today we need each other more than ever. The What’s Next event series plans to remain what it is, an authentic space where all feel welcome. I hope that the take away from each event is what the mission of Unbridled Studio stand for.”

For more information about Unbridled Studios visit http://www.unbridledstudio.com/.

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A local marketing agency is hosting a new event series that showcases local brands and the thought leaders behind their social media strategies.

Last year’s Social Media Show & Tell event at Union Hall in OTR

In the ever-changing, nomadically-navigated field of social media, it’s important to learn from those using it to successfully build their brand. That’s the idea behind Dooley Media and their recently launched “Social Media Show & Tell” event series.

Dooley Media is a brand-building agency that helps clients tell great stories well. “We dive deep into the customer experience to uncover opportunities for producing original, share-worthy content. Our work results in a brand that people want to connect with, be a part of, and tell their friends about,” their website boasts, with clients ranging from Ester Price to Taste of Belgium.

“The goal is to look at the companies, understand their customer experience and learn about the different ways to produce that share-worthy content,” says creative director Autumn Heisler. “This could include anything from animated gifs to videos, all of which are ways of complex storytelling.” Since Dooley Media is all about connecting with viewers, careful consideration is taken into each client’s target audience.

(l-r) Last year’s Social Media Show & Tell speakers included Brennan Hill (Crossroads Church), Shay Nartker (Frameri), Tracey Ireland (Rhinegeist), Dooley Media founder Matthew Dooley, Jeremy K Smith (P&G), and Deidre Hazelbaker (Brandominium).

“The content we make can be seen on multiple platforms depending on a brand’s target audience. Some content is pushed out through platforms that Dooley Media clients are on, such as Facebook or Instagram, so getting the word out can be as simple as sending a video out on these platforms,” continues Heisler.

To develop the correct strategy for each client, Dooley Media sifts through all the content a client gives them to find that real, share-worthy story using a simple, but effective, process. It involves talking to a brand’s current customer base, full of people who are already devoted and love that brand. Dooley Media then brings both the client and customer in one room to find out what makes the brand great in the customer’s opinion.

“We go through a process of what we refer to as ‘design thinking,’ which is problem solving based on empathy. It’s important to make sure the people we’re trying to reach through social media actually care what the brand is saying,” says Heisler. “Viewers have to enjoy the content and find value in it, because if they don’t, then the likelihood that they will share that information is slim.”

Heisler explained that her favorite part of building and sharing a brand’s story is helping that brand understand themselves in a new way. “Creating the content is fun, I like the challenge of helping our clients see their brands in a different light. A lot of times, brands have an idea of what to communicate, but it isn’t executed in the right way. I enjoy the process of digging through that good content which might not necessarily be presented in a good way, and tweaking it so that it IS presented in a good, memorable way.”

To showcase local brands successfully sharing their stories on social media, Dooley Media recently held its first-ever “Social Media Show & Tell” event. The concept is simple: three timed topics, five thought leaders, free drinks and food. The first event was such a success, they’re doing it again on Feb. 27, 6pm at Union Hall in OTR. Speakers at this event include: Levi Bethune of Cladwell, Cloverleaf, & Discover&Build; Nate Engels of Northlich, Wannabite.com, & WeUseCoupons.com; Lucrecer Braxton of Hello Friend Podcast & ItsLucrecer.com; Tim Schmoyer of Video Creators; and Christina Duccilli of Rookwood Pottery.

To learn more about the event and RSVP, click here To learn more about Dooley Media, click here.

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Learn about the business education based accelerator program that’s launching new classes soon and accepting applications now from local female entrepreneurs.

CAPTION: (l-r) Nancy Aichholz, Michele Kirn, Christine Kirn, Melyssa Ki and Angela Ozar

Do you want to be an entrepreneur and have a business idea that you want to test out? Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) is offering classes for female entrepreneurs. “From its inception, BGV has been a business education-based accelerator/incubator,” says Angela Ozar, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Program Manager. These classes come in phases: explore, launch, and grow.

Explore Phase In the explore phase, the main focus is deciding whether or not the entrepreneurs’ business idea is profitable. “We go through exercises to determine if the woman has what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and has the right idea that it will be successful. From there, we cover the basics of marketing, accounting, and legal formation that she will need to get started,” says Ozar. Each of the classes meets at the Hamilton County Development Center at 1776 Mentor Avenue, and involves two hours of instruction led by a BGV faculty member, and the last hour involves small group coaching. Explore starts on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6pm and meets every Monday for nine weeks.

Angela Ozar, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Program Manager of BGV.

Launch Phase “In Launch, we discuss topics such as HR and establishing a good culture for your organization, how to perfect your pitch to match your brand, as well as SEO. We also spend two weeks on financials,” she says. The people teaching the class are professionals from the fields of accounting, law, marketing, etc, as well as small business experts. The Launch class starts on March 8, 2017 at 6pm and meets every Wednesday for eight weeks at the BGV office at 114 West Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky.

Also, with the Launch class, there is a loan competition. “Through Launch, each business is working on a business plan, financial projection template, and their pitch. At the conclusion of the program, each founder pitches their business using elements from the business plan and financial template,” she says. “This takes place at a celebration which is open to the community. Our panel of selection committee members judges the pitches and then decides on the winner of the $25,000 loan. “We only ask the organization is owned 51% by a female, in order to be eligible for the loan competition,” says Ozar.

Grow Phase “Grow is our program for continued support of small business owners after they have gone through our program. We also see Grow as a way to engage with all entrepreneurs, whether they have been through one of our programs or not,” she says. “Grow consists of once a month workshops and drop in free legal, small business coaching, and accounting advice at the BGV offices.” Each workshop is $35, and drop in hours are available to BGV alumni.

Ozar loves the first and the last week of the classes the most. “The first week, hearing all the business ideas and concepts, and the last week when we have made relationships with the women and are welcome and are excited to send them off to the races,” she says. the most rewarding part of the program is “meeting the women and seeing how they improve week after week, gaining confidence in themselves and their concept,” says Ozar.

This year is going to be a big year for BGV. “We are currently examining our brand ad positioning in the market place. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements! We are also dedicated to finding more sources of funding for our female entrepreneurs and are co-hosting an Angel Investing 101 course at Union Hall on Saturday, February 25,” she says. “We continue to attract cross industry entrepreneurs and are seeing more and more teach, STEM, teach enabled and corporate executive women joining our classes.”
If you want to see what’s happening at Bad Girl Ventures, visit http://www.badgirlventures.com/.

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On a mission to make the community a better place, one local fashionista is letting her sparkle shine. Learn about the organizations she’s raising funds for through trendy trunk shows in area boutiques.

Sparkle For Good aim to make the community a better place by supporting local nonprofits.

Inspired by making the community brighter, Michele Carey created Sparkle for Good, a boutique that pops up around Cincinnati.

With a professional career that spanned more than 20 years, she used her spare time to work with nonprofits. Since launching Sparkle for Good, Carey is able to create a natural extension of her passion for finding ways to raise money for organizations that make the community both better and strong.

“When you shop at Sparkle for Good, you will find beautiful, quality jewelry and gift items at affordable prices,” says Carey. “The best part is that your purchase benefits nonprofits in our community.”

At just a little over 1-year-old, Sparkle for Good has raised approximately $5,000 to benefit its community.

Carey says that at Sparkle for Good, she primarily sells jewelry that will make you sparkle; however, she is also building a business model that includes other women – mostly makers – whose artful work will help her create a unique gift shop that gives back.

Products at Sparkle for Good range from $10 to $200, giving you an opportunity to purchase and give back at a price that works for you.

If you want to see Sparkle for Good’s inventory in person, you can check them out at their pop-up shops at The Brick in OTR throughout the month of May as well as during the 2017 holiday shopping season in addition to other events throughout the year – including Cincy Chic events.

Sparkle for Good will also be hosting upcoming events in February. The first, which will be held during Sparkle for Good’s “Be Your Valentine” weekend at The Brick from February 10-12. Proceeds from sales on Friday and Saturday will benefit Girls on the Run while proceeds from Sunday’s sales will benefit Walnut Hills Latin Class’s student trip to Rome.

The event on February 11 will feature Miss Ohio, Alice Magoto, for “Sip Cocoa with Miss Ohio” from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We encourage people to bring their daughters for this event where Miss Ohio will share her own story of self-acceptance and building her self-confidence as a teenage girl in today’s social media-driven world,” says Carey. “Guests will have the opportunity to try on jewelry, take photos with Miss Ohio, and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate bar.’

The mimosas will make an appearance at noon as will dietician and accountability coach Lindsey House, who will speak to guests about how to live a life of “progress not perfection.”

“She will offer easy and natural steps to help you achieve your health goals,” adds Carey. “Together, these fabulous women will lift our hearts and open our minds to the fact that we are the true jewels of Valentine’s Day!”

Then, on Sunday, February 12, shoppers will get the help they need finding the perfect gift for their sweetie. Sparkle for Good will open open at The Brick from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Holtman Donuts and coffee to enjoy while you shop.

If you want to keep an eye out on the good Sparkle for Good is doing for the community, Carey says you’ll want to look for the “Women Who Sparkle” media campaign. “We will feature women and the causes they care about in our community,” says Carey.

She adds that Sparkle for Good is still seeking nonprofits to support in 2017. “Whether it is a school group looking to raise money for their PTA, someone raising money to run for a cause, or a really great organization making a difference for people in our community, Sparkle for Good is a fun way to build awareness, gain new supporters, and raise money,” says Carey.

If you’d like to nominate a “Woman Who Sparkles” or you know a worthy organization looking for a social event to build awareness and raise money for their cause, contact Carey at sparkleforgood@gmail.com.

To learn more about Sparkle for Good or to see where they’ll be popping up this year, visit their Facebook page. Want to shop online? Click here.

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Local business women are trading in stuffy workshops for a new kind of brand building. Learn more about this innovative networking series and the boss lady behind it!

While they can provide helpful information, business workshops don’t always present the most welcoming atmospheres. That’s why, about a year ago, Morgan Owens of Curvy Cardio and Fashionably Fit Apparel started searching for a way to provide a series in which people could come together and touch on the same topics as a traditional business workshops – but with a twist.

“I consulted with my mentor, Jan Michelle, amongst other influencers,” says Owens. Eventually, she decided on Babes in Bizness, which is designed to be an innovative workshop series that includes a panel of local, successful entrepreneurs to coach guests in developing their own network in the community.

The first Babes in Bizness event was hosted in November 2016, with more planned for 2017.

“The pilot event triggered a new way to tackle the dos and don’ts of entrepreneurship through networking and panel discussion, with an amazing lunch and cocktail hour by celebrity culinary specialist Chef Bambina.

Back when she was first developed the idea behind Babes in Bizness, Owens said she approached Chef Bambina to hear her opinion on a different type of business workshop.

“Chef Bambina loved the concept and she adds the perfect sass, it was only right to collaborate with her to build a solid foundation,” says Owens.

She adds that the first event was a huge hit, and was inspiring to see powerful women come together to learn from each other. “Some of our local trailblazers, including Jan Michelle of the Cincinnati Herald, LaShonda Wright of The Wright Finance Group, and Stevie Swain of CinCWN, did an excellent job really showcasing how important it is to be in charge of your finances,” says Owens. “They taught us how to utilize our resources and have comfort even in the toughest times.”

Owens says that the speakers from the first event not only taught them how to use their resources to the fullest extent, but also shared some of their own intimate business experiences. “This workshop was like ripping the bandaid off or addressing the elephant in the room, no one wants to show how much money they have in their pockets or share where they get their from,” she says. “But these women humbly shared their stories and know that it inspired everyone in the room, including myself.”

What really helps Babes in Bizness stand out among other business workshops is its extra edge, Owens says. “We stay true to making sure that the information shared develops the individuals who attend,” she says.

But more than just the lessons learned, Babes in Bizness helps its attendees wind down with drinks, food, and raw conversation. “We want people to be comfortable in the environment,” she says. “We openly invite a sassy skirt and a pink lippie.”

Currently, Owens says she’s planning for the summer edition of Babes in Bizness. It’ll include the same sass and flare with a network/mixer theme. To help boost morale, encourage women, and get the excitement going, Owens says she plans to have some additional mini series events leading up to the big summer event.

Owens is a firm believer in the old adage “you are who you hang around.” That’s why she says she wants to continuously bridge the gap of powerful and confident women circle around one another and supporting each other.

Owens says that she’s looking forward to seeing Babes in Bizness grow as the series continues on. “I’m developing in so many ways, both personally and professionally,” she says. “The networking collaborations that I’ve been making are really taking off.”

If you want to see just how those collaborations are taking off, you can join Owens at her next event, Beat the Boss, in collaboration with Kiera the Makeup Artist. “We’re teaching all our boss babes how to get that 5-10 minute flawless look,” she says.

That event will be held on February 4 at the Blush Event Loft from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To learn more about Owens, her business ventures, and upcoming events, visit www.curvycardio.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.