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A local professional women’s organization is launching a new way to help women find the resources they need to advance their careers.

Ellevate Network, an organization launched 21 years ago with chapters nationwide, is passionate about their mission in creating a community of strong professional women who strive to help each other succeed. The Ellevate Network community opens doors for opportunities to gain inspiration from other hard-working women, as well as helping women expand in the next steps of their careers.

To further that mission, the organization recently announced the launch of a new initiative: Ellevate Experts.

“Ellevate Experts are the women within our community who are committed to supporting our members through their career journeys,” says Johanna Pulgarin, program manager for Ellevate Network. “By sharing their knowledge, stories, and best career advice, our Experts can be the catalyst you need to help you achieve your professional goals.”

According to Pulgarin, Ellevate Experts allows for moments of shared knowledge, opportunity, and constant support. 

The inspiration behind Ellevate Experts is to make it easier for professional women to communicate and collaborate to expand in their endeavors. “We wanted to make it easier for Ellevate members to find and connect with other members who might be able to help them achieve their professional goals,” Pulgarin explains. “There are so many incredible women in the network, but it can be intimidating to have to search through for someone who might have the experience and advice you’re looking for. Ellevate Experts have shown their breadth of knowledge through submitting content on our site, and are committed to supporting other women. It’s a lot less intimidating to reach out to someone when you know they’re part of a group of women who want to help.”

“The project,” Pulgarin says, “couldn’t have been made possible without the work of the rest of the Product, Design, and Engineering teams.”

There is a specific process involved in building the community and creating effective networking. This process is what makes Ellevate Experts so empowering and allows them to continue to flourish, according to Pulgarin.

“Members are labeled as Ellevate Experts after engaging with specific benefits on our website — they’ve published two or more articles, have hosted a Jam Session (what we call our webinars) or spoken at one of our events, and they’ve filled out their Member Profile,” Pulgarin says. “Once those requirements are met, they’re featured on the Ellevate Experts page of our site. We encourage members to reach out to each other via the Conversations messaging tool on our site with specific asks or genuine interest in each others’ experiences, to create authentic connections that go beyond the typical cold introduction we dread when networking.”

The uniqueness of Ellevate Experts comes from its Ellevate members, Pulgarin explains. “They already believe in the importance of seeing more women succeed in their careers,” she adds. “They believe in lifting each other up, and they do what they can with what they know in order to play a role in that success. There’s huge potential in creating an impactful connection with an Expert who can answer your questions or give advice about the professional goals you’re trying to achieve.”

This new launch isn’t the only thing Ellevate has brewing. “We’re continuing to help our community make the most impactful connections they can, and one way is by offering Suggested Connections in our member directory and throughout the site based on things like your city, your goals, your industry, and other factors,” Pulgarin explains. “Soon you’ll see Suggested Experts to help you narrow your search even further.”

To learn more, visit www.ellevatenetwork.com/experts.

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Did you know that Ohio was voted one of the best places for women to start businesses? According to FitSmallBusiness.com, the state was ranked No. 2, behind Texas. As the number of female entrepreneurs in the United States steadily grows, attention is being focused on the support that is being made available to women business owners, and the gap between them and their male counterparts. One of those categories of support? Financing options. It has already been established that women entrepreneurs may be treated differently when it comes to applying for credit. For example, Fortune Magazine and Bizz2Credit revealed that women tend to get approved for loan amounts that are 45 percent less compared to men. Yet the number of women taking the plunge into business continues to grow, and as a result, women are looking for ways to succeed in entrepreneurship, including financial support. Cincinnati is brimming with financial options to help them do just that.

Small Business Grants -The Amber Grant & EnrichHER Funding

The EnrichHER Funding program and society have long been known for supporting women entrepreneurs. While other parts of the society connect women with mentors and other business support resources, the funding program seeks businesses in existence for a minimum of 12 months, and also stipulates a credit score of 600 or higher. The financing options are also varied, and include loans up to $250,000, lines of credit and grants.

The Amber Grant is also another great program for women looking to start their own business, and is backed by WomensNet. Each month, a $2,000 grant is given out, and at year-end, a grant worth $25,000 is granted to one of the 12 business owners. Application is easily done online, and the website also offers a host of additional resources, including tips on how to secure the best loan for your business.

Local Loan Programs – The Cincinnati Access Fund

In 2018, The Cincinnati Access Fund program was launched as an initiative supported by Fifth Third Bank. The fund’s value stands at $3.5 million and is specifically geared towards women and minority-owned small businesses in Cincinnati. It was announced that the Access Fund will offer two different loan options aimed at both new and existing businesses. Microloans are for loans of a value of $100,000 or less, and are for those businesses that find themselves unable to access traditional financing. Term loans are for those entrepreneurs looking to grow their revenues and employee base, and are offered in amounts of $100,000 and $350,000. The program stands apart from others in the sense that it is specifically aimed at small businesses, and can be a great stepping stone in helping small business owners improve their chances of securing traditional financing later down the line, including improving chances and rates charged when using and securing short term consumer financing.

Startup Programs – The Hillman Accelerator & The Brandery

In 2017, the Hillman Accelerator was launched with the aim of assisting women and minority entrepreneurs who were in the tech industry. Funded by firms such as The Brandery and CincyTech, the program has seen great success since the launch, and was one of the most publicized attempts at encouraging diversity in business startups. It is also much more than just a financing program. In addition to connecting entrepreneurs with suitable venture capitalists, the Hillman Accelerator also connects you with mentors to guide you in navigating the beginning process, and also to help businesses with their customer acquisition strategy.

One of the program’s investors, The Brandery is also a great option for female entrepreneurs, and helps in the area of branding, marketing, and design for new companies. The startup boasts multiple female mentors who can help you understand what it is like as a woman in business, and in return for their participation, The Brandery secures a 6 percent stake in each startup for $50,000 in capital, office space for a year, and additional benefits.

It has never been a better time to get into business as a woman. More female entrepreneurs are not only starting their own businesses, but proving repeatedly what a success they can be in the industry. In response, more companies are taking notice and providing the resources to enable and encourage female participation. The world is slowly welcoming female entrepreneurs into the fold, Cincinnati included.

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See how a local organization is leveraging members’ skills and networks to improve the community.

Skills are key in any career. So are the connections you have. When you use your skills and your network to help better the world around you, you can make a huge impact.

 

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Influence Cincinnati initiative wants to encourage those connections and skills to make the city we all call “home” even better.

 

“Influence Cincinnati is an initiative designed to identify ways that participants can harness the influence they already have – in their jobs, communities, and spheres of influence – to create a future we all want to call home,” explains the Chamber’s Government Affairs Coordinator Hannah Boone. “Influence Cincinnati invites experienced and emerging leaders across the region and all Chamber members interested in shaping civic decisions and conversations to meet throughout the year to have candid conversations about civic engagement, advocacy, public policy, and politics with experts and key decision makers.”

 

The inspiration behind Influence Cincinnati comes from the Chamber’s desire to get members deeply involved in the work everyone is doing to make the region better.

 

“Influence Cincinnati is a place for people of all professional backgrounds who have a passion for moving our region forward,” adds Boone. “There are so many individuals who want to harness their influence to raise the profile of our region but they don’t know where to start – that’s where Influence Cincinnati comes in.”

 

There’s is no one-way street behind the movement and organization of Influence Cincinnati. Boone says the initiative aims to be engaging for members as well as a place to have two-conversations with business and community leaders, elected officials, policy makers, and thought-leaders in the region.

 

Boone says the kickoff for Influence Cincinnati is planned for June 18 from 3-4:30 pm at the University of Cincinnati’s 1819 Innovation Hub. Then, meetings will be held on a regular basis, Boone says, every other month.

 

You can sign up to become a member of Influence Cincinnati on the Chamber’s website.

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Learn about the eight life balance pillars that were a game-changer for our life coach columnist and how they can help you, too.

 
“When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.” ― Augusten Burroughs, Dry

When you hear the word “health” do you immediatethink about your physical body and overall wellness? Sure, most would. 

What if you were told that your body is only one part of being healthy?  

As a business career woman or momprenuers, the focus on ourselves is often put on the back burner.  

I learned along my journey there were many times I felt I was juggling so many balls and the expectationsto getting everything done, and done well, were overwhelming.  

Usually my health would suffer with not sleeping, overeating, drinking to numb out, and just feeling sad and depressed. The struggle was real.

Then I discovered a better way to BALANCE all the responsibilities and expectations on my terms through the support of a coach and learning about the life balance pillars – game changer.

How you do one thing is how you do all things, as I know to be true, so of course I couldn’t be focusing on one area of my life without including all areas.  

Here’s what I share with you to get back to living a life by design and how you can make it happen.

The key is Balance in all areas which includes the following eight.

1. Career Work
2. Recreation – Leisure – Fun
3. Spiritual – Personal Development
4. Family and Friends
5. Money – Finances
6. Physical Environment
7. Spouse – Relationships – Significant Other
8. Health – Physical Well-Being

The goal is to achieve equal balance in all eightareas.  How is this possible you ask? By simply being willing to commit, show up, act, and do the work you are well on your way to finding the balance.

The process begins with getting clear on where you are in each category and finding ways to increase your overall relationship in each of those areas.

Using a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being you have a good handle on this area) identify where you are now by scoring them accordingly.

The areas that score low need your attention to improve the relationship.

For example – you score yourself low for Money and Finances because you of the following questions: do you have enough income, are you saving for unforeseen situations, are you accumulating a lot of debt, do you desire more, are you hiding out from your money and finances, are you putting your head in the sand hoping it will all workout?

Take this awareness and begin finding ways to improve relationship with money and finances bymaking simple adjustments which may include auto bill pay, balance your accounts monthly, set up a budget, talk to a financial advisor, find side work for additional income, etc.

The same is true with the other seven areas.  You find where you are not meeting the overall relationship with that area and then find ways to change to improve that relationship.

Don’t get overwhelmed and try to make all areas a 10 by next week.  Take your time to really analyze each pillar and pick on or two and begin there.  Make it a priority and stay focused on simply raising the connection in all areas knowing you can create the business and life you love from being doing this work.

And please remember allowing balance to be your focus, and not the punishment, will offer what you need in order to tap into creating a life by design, and one that you love with passion and purpose.

For additional support I am offering a free assessment available to Chic’er through May – schedule your time here.

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See how this Leadership Cincinnati grad is furthering her career and legacy through a powerful program for local professionals.

Leadership Cincinnati is all about building community and Sarah Weiss, CEO of The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal, wants to build a community that ensures the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action.

“I oversee a staff of about 15 who carry out our mission through education, programming, museum experiences, and other initiatives,” she explains. “As a small organization, I get to be involved in many facets of the organization.”

Weiss says the path that got her to where she is today is part luck and part hard work.

“From the time I was young, I was surrounded by people who worked hard toward a mission and it rubbed off,” says Weiss. “After graduating with a business degree from the University of Cincinnati, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the community and was seeking a path into the non-profit community.”

Weiss originally got her start through Public Allies, where she was eventually connected with the Holocaust & Humanity Center.

“That was almost 15 years ago and I was immediately inspired by the work and the mission,” says Weiss.

She first joined the staff there as a program manager and when the founding director left a few years after she started, the board asked her to serve as the interim director.

“At 25, I thought I was too young,” she says. “At the time I told them I could run the organization but didn’t need the title. They insisted and were right.”

Following a year of guidance, mentorship, and hard work, the board selected Weiss as the director.

Nearly 12 years have since gone by and Weiss has grown an organization that is very much dedicated to its mission.

While Weiss enjoys all that she does, she really finds her inspiration in the people at the core of it all – Holocaust survivors.

“Each one of them experienced unimaginable obstacles and loss, but through their resilience and fortitude, they went on to build new lives,” she says. “Their strength and perseverance to rebuild inspires me each and every day and reminds me of the power of the human spirit.”

To bolster her experience, Weiss participated in the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership CincinnatiUSA program. In fact, participating in the program has always been something Weiss hoped she would do.

“I love learning and growing, especially when it relates to our city,” says Weiss. “Professionally, I was in the midst of leading our organization through a major change and I thought it would give me new resources and perspectives for managing the transformation.”

Weiss appreciates the program itself, but what she loved the most were the people.

“The relationships and connections made are incredibly powerful,” she says. “I have never been among such a smart, thoughtful, committed group of individuals. While everyone came from different backgrounds, each person brought passion and talent. In addition to the classmates, the people we met through the program are all committed to make our region better. While the program itself creates unique experiences and exposes participants to experiences in the city that you would have otherwise, I learned the most from my classmates.”

Weiss’s journey through the program was about meaningful experiences and meaningful relationships.

“In addition to the many meaningful experiences throughout the program that made a lasting impact on me, the relationships are what fuels uncovering legacies,” she says. “I feel I have a diverse network of individuals in various fields and parts of our community that I can call on for guidance, support, or to make change. The legacy and lasting impact is in the relationships that will continue to offer rewards for years to come.”

Weiss encourages women to participate in the program because women leaders are needed everywhere and it offers women the opportunity to participate in a program that promotes all leaders.

Leadership CincinnatiUSA® is the region’s flagship leadership development program. It is an immersive civic learning experience designed to help participants understand the assets and challenges of the region, elevate their leadership, and further engage in the community. Applications for Class 43 are due May 24, 2019. More info at www.cincinnatichamber.com/leadershipcincinnati.

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What happens when the road gets rough on the journey toward our goals? Melissa offers some invigorating insight.

Are you a woman with drive, passion and focus ready to jump into a new business or career, or already in business and want to expand and grow? BUT you are paralyzed from the thought of taking on this new venture?

Whether you own a brick and mortar, run an MLM or online business, or a partner in a firm, your focus is on how to grow and be a successful business owner. 

Sure, you had a deep desire to create the opportunity from a place of passion and purpose, and you believed in yourself to be successful, but WHY did you say yes?

What I know for sure is the one thing that can unlock your scarcity and uncertainty about your business, and allow you to catapult to the next level, is knowing and remembering your WHY.

Simon Sinek, author, and Tedx presenter, on Start with Why demonstrates how “why” brings great leaders to inspired action. Many already know what and how they do something for their business but the power in WHY is the purpose for the cause or belief.

So why does your business even exist? It started with a Why!

Often the breakdown of a business occurs when the WHY is forgotten and everything begins to focus on numbers, goals, unnecessary interruptions, shine object syndrome, or perhaps you feel like quitting because you think what “others” are doing is better than yours.

Flip the switch and get back to your Why — write it out and be very specific with details including emotions and feelings.  

For example, if you are with a health care company perhaps you wanted to get healthy, of course, AND that you wanted to live a longer life, without disease, for a long time while watching your kids grow and have their own children.

If you work in a financial instruction because you are good with numbers and want to make a six-figure income, AND you see the value in having investments and savings to create a lifestyle that allows you to vacation often, buy a new car every three years, and put your kids through college.

Or recall a time when you left a job or career, you had a very distinctive reasons why you would leave, and it was strong enough to allow you to do so without hesitation.  

Be encouraged to identify and/or rediscover your why often by allowing yourself to tap back in and recall what made you say YES to the business in the beginning and know that this reason is still true. 

Of course, your Why may change a bit over time but for the most part it is still the reason that drives you and allows you to stay connected to the passion and purpose of doing business and its all centered around your WHY.

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This locally-based transportation company gives you a safer, more dependable, cost-effective option when going to and from the airport.

Taxi Maxx offers transportation to and from CVG and Dayton airports.

Max Osadchy wants to give his clients what they want when they want it. And that’s affordable and convenient transportation to and from the airport before and after their travels.

That’s why he launched Taxi Maxx, a locally owned and operated airport transportation company based out of Mason, back in 2011.

“The goal behind Taxi Maxx is  to provide both the community and businesses with gold standard professional service from a company that they can trust,” says Osadchy.

Taxi Maxx offers affordable pricing to individuals, as well as term billing for corporate clients.

Prices through Taxi Mass vary and are based on mileage, however, Osadchy says there is a flat rate from Mason to CVG of $70 and a flat rate of $90 to the Dayton airport.

Osadchy prides himself on giving his customers high quality service. “We want our customers to feel comfortable and taken care of when choosing us,” he says. “The bulk of our business is corporate and families. We understand traveling can be a hassle, we want to be a positive experience in their journey. We are always available through reservation for those late night flights and conveniently meet our arriving customers inside CVG to help with luggage and eliminate the ‘search’ for their taxi/car.”

Osadchy says that Taxi Mass continues to offer its clients a more dependable, seamless and safer choice in their airport travel.  

To learn more about Taxi Maxx, click here. You can also “like” them on Facebook or call 513-280-2412.

Taxi Maxx is also currently on the search for new employees. You can inquire by emailing or by calling 513-280-2412.

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What are the three things needed to be a successful entrepreneur in any arena? Read on as our new life coach columnist explains.

Does one really know they are ready to become an entrepreneur? 

Or is it something that lives within and emerges one day when the soul is ready?

I often wonder how individuals make this decision. If you are, or currently considering, an entrepreneur path, let me shine some light on the work that’s required to be successful, as I have learned during my journey.

So, if you know how hard being an entrepreneur can be, all the work and hustle, late nights, and continually striving for the next best move, and yet you still say YES! –Why is that?

I believe that with the abundantly available multilevel marketing and online businesses that have sprung up, and now surpass what one could have ever imagined and expanding to new heights, it opens the opportunity for anyone to go it solo as a business owner, especially online.

When I became an entrepreneur, I was at an age that I had no idea I was going into business for myself, and the word entrepreneur had never been uttered nor could I even spell the word.  And yet, my 10-year-old-self stepped right into growing a business.

I had a magazine that I ordered stationary from so I could pen-pal with my cousin in Alaska.  Since I was without income, my mom had to supply the money for my purchases.  When the items I wanted began to grow in value, I had to figure out a way to find money to buy more.  And there in the catalog was a way to do just that – it stated if so much was ordered get so much for FREE!

I found my customer base which was the farmer’s wives.  I lived in the country, so I jumped on my bike and rode house to house asking for a sale.  And it worked! 

And from that place something emerged within, and I knew my desire to own and operate my own business was my desire and passion.  

Connecting the dots looking back, I saw clearer that the first step in becoming a successful entrepreneur was to have an Action Plan! How to get from island A to island B as one of my coaches always described. 

I used an Action Plan again when I turned 30 and attended college to earn my teaching degree in business and technology education.  I did not know at the time it would serve as a catalyst to my future businesses.

As a mother of two small boys and working full time, I had to develop a solid Action Plan to be on target to complete my degree in four years (my own personal goal). And I did just that!

After graduation I began teaching technology at the high school level.  Being able to teach, mentor, direct and lead a classroom of students making an impact on their future was just the beginning. An opportunity in the form of a brick and mortarbusiness came to us and we became golf course owners.

This step into a bigger entrepreneurial opportunity allowed me to leave teaching and grow the business successfully we were able to buy a second course.  

This is where the second step in becoming a successful entrepreneur comes in to play.  I hired a business coach.

Having never worked with a coach, the opportunity was a new experience.  Her support allowed me to learn business practices, how to grow and expand revenue, work with employees, etc.  My goal was to be a successful business owner.

What I discovered during this work with the coach is that everything is interconnected.  My ah-ha was when I realized that how you do one thing is how you do all things. What was going on with the business was often relating to what was going on in my personal life.  They intertwine and without having someone see past those blinders you can miss a lot and begin a downward spiral and get out of control without even realizing the magnitude. 

This relationship with my coach, opened my mind up to a new possibility which was stepping into learning the game of golf, especially since I am know an owner, and taking those principles of life/business on the golf course where I taught women the game of golf AND how it relates to the game of life!

My entrepreneurship business was in such alignment with my talents and gifts.  What I learned on the golf course is now being translated to others on their own course of life.

Stepping into being a mentor and personal coach was my next opportunity to be available for those wanting to make a difference and live their life by design.

What happened that was unforeseen was my use of alcohol, smoking, spending money, and gaining weight to go numb and unconscious to my decision making and plans for success.

This is where step three become the focus for up-leveling out of my current circumstances and situation.  I realized that using the alcohol was linked to all the other uses so if I eliminated the drinking, I’d be able to manage my business with a powerful and businesslike mindset.

So, I did.  My self-care become my priority.  If I was going to continue as a successful badass business woman, I had to take care of me first.  Like on the airplane to put your air mask on first before helping others.

In all of this I learned four powerful words “You Make It Happen” as learned by Melanie Griffith character Tess McGilfrom the movie “Working Girl”.

Now I am playing on a bigger course in the game of life with being on stage giving motivational speeches, teaching teams and groups how to work together, grow their bottom line, and keep reaching for the next best thing that lights them up, and columnist for Cincy Chic, and many other opportunities just on the horizon.

I leave you with this: What’s needed to really be a successful entrepreneur in any arena?

1. Action plan
2. Support
3. Self-care
 

These three simple things can be super challenging if you aren’t aware of their value for the bigger picture.

Action Plan is what keeps you going from the up and down cycles, much like that feeling after Christmas.  You’ve planned and prepared and in an instance the day comes, and everything is over and done with in a blink of an eye. The next day it sets in to the “now what” feeling.  Much like growing a business if there isn’t a solid action plan these moments will take you under.  

I’ve learned to create the list out for the months ahead.  Much like a flow chart in a sense that when this happens its followed by this, but if it doesn’t happen then this next step takes its place. Through my experience and working with others this is a very time-consuming step that most folks don’t even want to take the time to work on and yet it is the most powerful tool in the tool box.

Support! Even athletes have proven that having a coach is what leads them to their successes.  And they not only have one coach but multiple.  A food and diet coach, a trainer, a mindset coach, etc. So, if their success is foundationally proven with the support of a coach, then why would going through life and running a business would be any different.

Self-care comes in many forms and is usually the one that is mostly overlooked.  When I find myself struggling, I stop to see where has my self-care expired? 

I hope these tips have helped you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or inquiries. 

Learn more at http://www.findyourowndrive.com/

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Hear from the graduate of a Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber program that aims to help you grow personally and professionally.

 

Anglea Homm is the Global CFO at Munich RE Digital Partners. She’s also a graduate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead program.

Homm’s position at Munich RE Digital Partners requires her to oversee all of the non-technical accounting, budgeting, and planning for global operations as well as managing the global data asset and advanced analytics team.

“As team leader for U.S. operations, I oversee all aspects of enterprise risk management, compliance, and financial reporting,” she adds.

In a busy career, Homm says that she’s inspired by the change happening around her, whether at home or at work. “You have to keep evolving to be the best version of yourself,” she says. “As working people – men or women – it’s so easy to get stuck in routines. How fast another year passes! I am constantly searching for ways to change personally and professionally.”

While on her way up the corporate ladder, Homm was a participant in the Chamber’s WE Lead program, a program that many of her own colleagues have participated in.

“The shared stories from their experience created curiosity and drive to apply for the program myself,” explains Homm. “I was also lucky enough to have my company’s full support in both time and tuition to attend the program based on the benefits they noted in other associates who have participated in any of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s programs.”

Angela Homm, WE Lead graduate

Homm says that the thing she enjoyed the most was the networking.

“I found myself surrounded by driven, successful women who all shared many of the same frustrations and hurdles no matter their experience, industry, or background,” says Homm. “We all came together once a month to learn, grow, and, most importantly, encourage and celebrate one another.”

The safe space offered Homm as well as other participants of the program a place where they could take a break from the day-to-day of work and family to discuss the issues they wanted to get off their chest without bias. “It was a gift,” she says. “A gift I didn’t even know I wanted or needed.”

Through the program Homm says that she was given a time for self-reflection to answer the all-to-common question of “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

“The program gave me the tools to identify strengths, set realistic goals, and have the time to track success towards them,” she says. “Ultimately, it drove me to a significant change in my career. I accepted a role in a new start-up venture space of my organization as a Global CFO in April of the program.”

Homm credits the push she received through WE Lead as the thing she needed to take the next step in her career. “Many of the speakers and internal discussion inspired,” she says. “I continue to meet with both my core group and the largest 2018 class today.”

When asked why she recommends the WE Lead program to other women, and why it should be important to businesses, Homm says that the program is a small time commitment that challenges your brain to think differently, bigger, and better.

“It’s a small commitment that creates a long-lasting return,” she adds. “And it’s right here in our community! Go for it! It’s not a question of importance to business, but really should be a requirement.”

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead is a 10-month executive leadership development experience for high-potential, goal oriented women who are actively preparing for the next level of their career. Participants are high achieving women who are being assigned increasing levels of responsibility within their organization and are on track for future advancement. Applications for Class 14 are now open. Deadline to apply is May 24, 2019.

Visit cincinnatichamber.com/welead for more information.

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The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati is bringing in a powerhouse keynote speaker for its next event. Click for all the details.

 

The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation aims to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of women in the region while also inspiring the desire to make it better.

 

The Fund itself has more than 20 years of involvement, understanding, and building results, while also remaining ahead of the challenges and solutions that affect women and their families not only in Cincinnati and the Tri-State, but across the country.

 

Now, The Women’s Fund is bringing a new conversation to the spotlight through its “A Conversation With” event coming up April 25 at 5:00 pm at the Cintas Center. The keynote speaker for the event will be award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien.

 

O’Brien is the host of the Sunday morning syndicated political show Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.

 

“Soledad has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people, and events of the day,” explains Meghan Cummings, executive director of the Women’s Fund. “A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America, while also the contributing editor, reporting in-depth news magazine pieces for PBS NewsHour, and correspondent for HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition expenses for young women.”

 

Questions will come from FOX 19 NOW morning anchor Charisse Gibson, who is not only known for her newscasting but also as the host and executive producer of “Cincinnati Connection,” a public affairs show that explores social and community issues throughout the Tri-State.

 

“Charisse’s background in journalism offers our supporters a new opportunity to glean insights into Soledad’s story. Her ability to effortlessly switch from hard news to lifestyle made her the natural choice to complement Soledad’s impressive body of work,” says Cummings.

 

According to Cummings, “A Conversation With” is a signature event from The Women’s Fund that was launched in 2012 as a way to highlight a female history maker and give them the opportunity to speak in an intimate setting.

 

Speakers so far have been able to share their journeys, triumphs, and obstacles, and include the likes of Dr. Mae Jemison, Abby Wambach, Cokie Roberts, Lisa Ling, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, Phyllis S. Sewell, and Marian Spencer.

 

General admission tickets for the event are $50 and include a networking pre-reception with Cincinnati influencers, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the conversation with O’Brien.

 

To learn more about the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati, visit.