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The Cincinnati Chamber is preparing to honor local businesses for their contributions to the growth and development of Greater Cincinnati. Read on for more details. 

The Cincinnati Chamber is hosting its annual Ignite Action awards on Tuesday, November 12 from 5-7pm at Memorial Hall.

The event recognizes outstanding regional Cincinnati businesses, ranging from start-ups to seasoned veterans, and the contributions they make to the economic development and expansion of Greater Cincinnati.

“Ignite Action is an evening filled with fun and energy as we recognize businesses in the region doing big things that will make a lasting impact and put Cincinnati on the map in unique ways,” said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

There are three categories that the finalists are placed into, and from where winners are chosen:

  • Leading With a Bold Voice for Business
  • Expanding the Talent Base
  • Harnessing the Power of the Region’s Unique Offerings

A total of five businesses for each category were selected as finalists. 

The meaning behind “Leading with a Bold Voice for Business” means that the companies and organizations have helped to lead a bold change in the community whether through public advocacy, new major investments, or significant strategic and innovative change. 

For this category, finalists include: the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Messer Construction Co., Sunrise Treatment Center, and TiER1 Performance Solutions.

When selecting finalists for the “Expanding the Talent Base” category, the Chamber was in search of businesses and organizations who are passionate about developing and/or attracting talent with the Cincinnati region, or are finding new ways to connect skilled workers to potential employers. These finalists include: CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, Inc., Cincinnati Music Accelerator, Frisch’s Big Boy, Gilman Partners, and Jostin Construction, Inc. 

Then there are companies and organizations that are drawing positive attention to Cincinnati through new products, unique experiences, and inventive business models to comprise the “Harnessing the Power of the Region’s Unique Offerings” category. These finalists include: AGAR, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Cares, LPK, and Revel OTR Urban Winery.

While Ignite Action is the production of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, other investors include Humana, Gallagher, Spectrum Reach Ad Portal, Meier’s Wine Cellars, Inc., and the Cincinnati Business Courier.

The event will be an evening filled with networking, light bites, drinks, and entertainment from local artist Mark Robinson. To learn more and to register, click here.  

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Local real estate gurus teamed up to launch a new tool to help buyers build their dream home without the typical nightmares of custom builds.

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When one thinks about building a house, the word “easy” does not usually come to mind, but the idea behind WhiteBox is to make the process of building a home much easier. 

WhiteBox, a tool for people considering building a home, leverages an online platform created by builders, agents, new home buyers and construction experts to ease each pain point where buyers may struggle. With WhiteBox, the building process is simplified and less intimidating.

For the past two years, founders Michael Hines and Matt Stanley have helped families build their forever homes. With Hine’s background with Build Collective, a local real estate team with Coldwell Banker West Shell focusing on new construction and Stanley’s background with a local high-end builder, the two make up quite the dynamic duo. “We know that one of the most difficult parts in getting started and understanding what the home of your dreams could cost. Our goal is to put the Buyers in the driver’s seat by giving them necessary information to make good decisions when considering building a home to save them time, money, and a LOT of headache,” says co-founder, Matt Stanley.

“We have been compiling necessary new home data within our proprietary database so that Buyers can accurately price out a house by answering key questions,” says Hines. The best part? The service is absolutely free!

How does the process work to use WhiteBox?

  1. Visit WhiteBox’s website.
  2. Answer the New Home Quiz questionnaire, a new feature to the site.
  3. Explore the price range for your house, lot cost averages, home price range based on recent new home averages, top builders in the area, top lenders, and even your Pinterest board.
  4. Create profile to share with builders so they can know exactly what you are looking for. 
  5. Connect with a Building Coach for follow-up questions and additional guidance.

According to the co-founders, their clients have been the inspiration behind launching this new tool. Since the website has the consumer’s experience as an end goal, Buyers also have access to a Build Coach. “A Build Coach is a building expert that are local, custom home experts that can answer any questions on builders, building costs, the process and pretty much anything you can think of,” says Hines, “Our partnership with various professionals as your Build Coach allows you to obtain non-biased information and even land, lot, or new home opportunities since the search process can be quite a bit different than the search for a typical home.” 

In the future, Hines sees WhiteBox becoming a “Go-To” community for custom home buyers across the country. “Building, just like real estate in general, is local and our goal is to compile hyper-local building information by leveraging Build Coaches in areas across the US that will help Buyers make the best decisions and realize the potential in building a new home. “We plan to expand with podcasts, blogs, and articles published by our very own Build Coaches across the country.

“Getting started on the right foot by using WhiteBox will allow buyers to avoid the rabbit hole of misinformation that flies around when it comes to home building. The potential with WhiteBox is limitless and we are excited to see where it goes,” says Hines and Stanley.

You can see WhiteBox in-person at the Ferguson on December 12th.

For more information, visit WhiteBox’s website or email them at info@yourwhiteboxhome.com.

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Women now own and run almost  13 million businesses in the US. As well as becoming successful sole proprietors, many have grown their business and are now also responsible for supporting over 9 million jobs. Ohio features in the top ten of best states for women to  set up a successful business, and it is becoming easier to create a startup or launch a new enterprise. However, as your company prospers, you will be looking beyond simply sustaining the initial success and will, in addition, be thinking about taking on new staff and moving to larger premises. This can take time and effort but the rewards are well worth it. 
 
 
 
Investing in Employees
 
As your business becomes more successful, there will come a time when you need to start sharing the workload.  Taking on staff is a major responsibility, and it is estimated that hiring an employee can require up to £4,000 in recruitment and training costs. Of course, by taking the time to properly prepare and integrate suitable new staff to your business, these costs will be recovered through increased revenue. Another added responsibility that must not be overlooked is  workers comp insurance. As well as giving you and your employees peace of mind, like any business insurance, this could save you money in the long run.
 
 
 
Making Room for Success
 
Finding premises for your expanding business can be daunting. If you’ve been working alone at home and don’t feel that you are ready to take on the responsibility of your own office, start by  sharing a co-working space where you can network, meet potential new employees, and continue to grow your business until you are ready to move. The eventual location of your new premises will depend not only on your budget but the nature of your business. A  prominent and credible address with parking nearby is preferable if you expect clients to visit you at your office. If the premises are just for the use of your employees, you will still need to ensure that the location is convenient and safe for them, and will not be off putting for potential new recruits in the future. 
 
 
 
After the initial excitement of setting up a successful new business, ensuring that it is not only sustainable but ready for expansion takes time and effort. However by being prepared to take on extra responsibilities and invest in well-trained staff and premises suited to your needs, you will soon reap the rewards of a flourishing business. 

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The Cincinnati Chamber is teaming up with local businesses to host a diversity leadership symposium. Click here to learn more! 

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, alongside Fifth Third Bank, is hosting the upcoming Diversity Leadership Symposium on November 1 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. 

“Fifth Third Bank presents this informative and inspiring event every year to celebrate the importance of inclusion in our workplaces,” the Chamber says. “This singular event brings together business and community executives for best practices in inclusion, an inspiring keynote, and an update on how we are making our region Diverse by Design and inclusive by intention.”

The two keynote speakers for the event are Bryant T. Marks and Khalil Smith. Marks will speak on the Hidden Biases of Good People and Smith will speak on Diversity, Inclusion, and Bias: Using Neuroscience to Make Change. 

In addition to the keynote speakers, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from different panels at the event. 

One of the panels is called “Engaging Executives and Manages in Effective Diversity and Inclusion Programs” presented by Scott Carroll and Weldon Latham of Jackson Lewis P.C.

“Successful D&I programs depend on engagement and active implementation by the managers who make most hiring and promotion decisions, and are principally charged with identifying and developing talent,” the Chamber states. 

Those who attend the session will see the evidence of the value of active engagement in and implementation of diversity and inclusion programs, reinforce the obligations of managers to develop all employees through training, feedback, mentoring, sponsorship, and other actions, and provide practice advice and tools for successfully managing and developing a workforce composed of diverse employees.

Another panel session from the event is “Taking Diversity and Inclusion Beyond Numbers and Driving Belonging” by James Biro, Vice President of Supply Chain; Perfetti van Melle Sylvia Buxton, President & CEO, North American; Perfetti van Melle Dave Dombrowski, Sr. Program Leader, GE Aviation; Dr. Bleuzette Marshall, VP for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact, University of Cincinnati; Karl Preissner, HR Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Procter & Gamble; and Jenny Williams, Sr. Organization & Talent Development Leader, GE.

“Organizations often get overly focused on inclusion activities and diversity numbers,” according to the Chamber. “While setting goals and having metrics are important, diversity and inclusion challenges are not solved statistically. Creating a culture of belonging is the key. This open and honest discussion will explore the power of creating a culture where everyone feels valued and accepted, including best practices and strategies on creating a culture of belonging; and the regional benefits of this approach.”

The third session of the day will be “Queer Eye for the Workplace Ally: Understading Complexities of LGBTQ Identity & Interactions at Work” by Brian Fanelli, Liz Pawley, and Nadia Ibrahim-Taney of Lindner Career Services. 

The goal of this workshop is to summarize the evolving, complex landscape of LGBTQ professional’s perceptions and experiences navigating workplace environments, and the significant of allyship in creating and sustaining diverse workplaces. 

“Presenters will guide participants through practical strategies to owning the journey of inclusion in the workplace, including a review of the current limitations of laws protecting LGBTQ employees; a summary of the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 LGBTQ Workplace Climate Survey; methods of facilitating a positive, welcoming workplace environment for LGBTQ individuals; and the tools and knowledge to authentically promote both effective self-efficacy and allyship,” the Chamber says.

Finally, “Leading with Inclusive Practices” with Robin Shabazz of The Eastledge Group, LLC and Calista H. Smith, Scale of Strategic Solutions will help an organization move from intention to action. 

“By exploring examples from education, healthcare, retail, and corporate environments, this session will present the strategic ways executives and managers can integrate specific behaviors, practices, and tactics into their management routines to increase inclusion and achieve more equitable results,” according to the Chamber. “Walk away with a start on next steps for you and your organization.”

The Diversity Leadership Symposium will be held from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. To learn more, click here.

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Around half a million new businesses are started every month in the United States, though many go on to fail. Fortunately, Cincinnati has a dynamic and thriving female startup scene that you can easily access. In order to do this, you need to make sure you are prepared to be a business owner. Ohio has a unique market, and it needs to be studied carefully. By getting your finances in order first, you can then make sure that your business idea fulfills the needs of local customers. From here, you can start setting out the plans that will maximize your chances of making it in a competitive market. You’ve taken the leap into self-employment; now get the set-up right. 

Make Sure Your Finances are in Order

Debt can profoundly affect women since females are more likely to attend college than men and therefore tend to take out more student loans. If you are worried about paying off student loans, you should first prioritize your repayments and make sure you enter self-employment with sound finances. Use your business dreams as motivation to pay off any outstanding loans if you have the means. This way, any early profits can be put back into the business so that you can expand in the future. 

Research the Ohio Market

If you already have debt, it is important that you understand the consequences. Ohio has its on unique rules regarding the statute of limitations (SOL) on debts, so you may find that you are still able to acquire the funding required for your business startup. You can find each state’s SOL listed here and then go onto research your local target market. Once you are sure that Ohio is the best state to set up your business, then you can go ahead and take the plunge. 

Make a Plan with Clear, Achievable Targets

Planning is the key to success. When setting target, think SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. SMART goals are the best way to get your business up and running straightaway. Write out a detailed business plan so that you have clearly defined targets to work toward. When businesses fail, the most common reason is a lack of a workable strategy, so pour your energy into making a plan and sticking to it in the early days. Once you have built up a profitable company, you will be able to be more flexible and take more creative risks.

Women are increasingly creating incredible brands and building successful businesses in Cincinnati. Once you have decided you want in on the action, make sure that you set up your business to give you the best chance of success. Build a strong credit score, research the market, and set realistic goals to make your business dream a reality.

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The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change program brings together professionals from a variety of industries. Learn more about a banking pro’s experience.

 

Gina Truong has been in the banking industry since she was in her final semester at Northern Kentucky University. Today, she works at the Project & Marketing Officer for North Side Bank & Trust Company. 

“I started as a part-time teller and managed a couple of our branches,” she explains. “I always liked being involved so I would try to take on different projects and help out where I could, which eventually led me to my current role.”

Today, Truong handles marketing but also supports with the Human Resources Director with cultural, wellness, and employee engagement initiatives. “I’ve always enjoy connecting with people, learning and development, and being a Jill-of-all-trades,” she says. 

Truong says she finds a lot of inspiration in many different ways, including meaningful work, the development of her colleagues, and in the challenges she faces. 

Gina Truong, Project & Marketing Officer for North Side Bank & Trust Company

“I’m inspired by my values and convictions to do what’s best for my company, my team, and our clients,” she says. “I’m inspired by traveling and coming home refreshed with gratitude and appreciation. Most importantly, I’m inspired by the two strongest women in my life, my mom and my sister. They are two of the toughest women I know.”

The career field that Truong is in provided her the opportunity to participate in the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change program. 

“I was craving a strong network in Cincinnati and I knew there was no better way to find one than with the Cincinnati Chamber,” she says. “I have a network within the Ohio banking industry, but my peers are spread across the state and I wanted to find a network closer to home.”

Truong says that she learned a lot from every session with the Chamber and made friendships with the other members of her class. She also enjoyed the curriculum, the ability to visit different companies and sites that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to visit, as well as Camp Joy.

And because networks are so important to Truong, she says that she would recommend others to participate in the program as well. “I have found an incredible group of women who empower other women,” she says. “They don’t judge, they ask the right questions, and they are amazingly supportive. I am so thankful North Side Bank & Trust Co. sponsored me for this program. There is so much content packed into such a short amount of time, and we all wanted each session to be longer every time. The Chamber shed a lot of light on what goes on behind the scenes and how to engage and connect in your city.”

C-Change is the premier leadership development program for advancing mid-career leaders in the Cincinnati Region. The curriculum combines leadership development with community engagement which enhances current leadership roles and prepares participants for future one. C-Change is a program of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy) platform. Applications for both C-Change and Cincy Next leadership development 2020 programs are currently being accepting. Deadline to apply is November 22, 2019. More at hypecincinnati.com.

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Learn about a new conference coming soon designed to help you reset your mind, your story, and your relationships.

Reset your mind, your story, and your relationship with Reset, a community for face-to-face events and monthly Facebook lives to discuss mindset and hear stories of how people are overcoming obstacles and resetting their stories.

“We are helping each other move from fear and anxiety to joy and gratitude through conversation and resources and tools provided by our certified coaches,” explains Reset Founder Kendra Ramirez. “Your mind stops you from fulfilling your dreams. When we are in a good headspace, all things start to fall into place.”

The inspiration for the Reset community comes from Ramirez’s own life journey and work. “I feel like I have found a secret sauce to living a full life and I want to share it with others,” she explains. “13 years ago I was coming out of divorce and depression. Also, in the beginning stages of my first business in the midst of all of it. Good timing. It was a long road. I now live everyday with gratitude and joy. I have spent a lot of money and time navigating this journey and want to share it with others and hopefully they can figure it out quicker than I did.”

She wants to create moments for the community showing others that obstacles can be overcome. “I truly believe when people can see and hear that obstacles can be overcome they can do it for themselves,” Ramirez adds. “I call it the Roger Bannister moment. Roger Bannister was the first to break the 4-minute mile in 1954. Once he broke the four minute mile others were also able to do it because they knew it could be done. We want to create those moments for our community.”

To bolster its reach in the area, Reset is hosting an upcoming conference on October 18, with 119 attendees currently signed up to particiapte. The conference will feature 3 global mindset speakers including Sandra Vogel, Erin Fritts, and Patrice Borders, who will be sharing core mindset concepts and exercises. 

“This is not a sit and get,” says Ramirez. “The speakers will take us through exercises, table discussions, and journaling time.”

Sandra Vogel will speak on how to increase your positive advantage, Erin Fritts will be talking about the “Yeah, but” and Patrice Borders will be taking about self-compassion. 

“All of the topics are about helping us move out of the headspace of what is holding us back and going after what we want in our life,” says Ramirez.

Those who are unable to attend the conference can follow along with Reset through its web interviews featuring the stories of people from the community who have overcome obstacles in their lives and are thriving. “We have recorded six interviews so far and are looking forward to many more,” she says. “Let us know if you have a story that you would like to share giving someone their ‘Roger Bannister’ moment.”

This unique community by Reset is the first of its kind in the area. Ramirez says that while she’s attended many business and leadership conferences she’s never been to a mindset conference that is focused on helping women indiefty limited beliefs and things that are holding them back while providing tools and resources to work through those beliefs.

“This is so much more than a conference,” she says. “This is an ongoing community, a safe place to have real conversations. Women are good at sweeping things under the rug and saying ‘I am fine’ when we aren’t. We need a place to find our tribe. People who understand what we are experiencing without it being a negative dumping ground.”

Other than the upcoming conference, Ramirez says that she’s currently planning for 2020 events, including other cities and signing up people to be interviewed for our Facebook lives and web interviews. “We are addressing many topics like grief, divorce, depression, balance, happiness, resistance, time management, anxiety, imposter syndrome, etc.,” she says. 

To learn more about Reset, visit TheReset.co or follow along on the Reset Co Facebook page. 

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We’re kicking off breast cancer awareness month with our annual Bras with Flair event this Friday. Click here for a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Cincy Chic’s annual Bras with Flair event is Friday, October 4.

Cincy Chic is hosting its annual Bras with Flair event this Friday, October 4, at the Tri-County Macy’s.

The event is from 6-9 pm and will feature exclusive Macy’s discounts, a fashion show, music, refreshments, a photo booth, and the chance to bid on bedazzled bras decorated by local celebrities and silent auction items. Additionally, local vendors will be on-site with inventory available for purchase. 

Proceeds from the event are donated to Susan G. Komen of Southwest Ohio to aid in breast cancer research and awareness. Cincy Chic will also be honoring one local breast cancer survivor, the inspiration behind local brand With Grace B. Bold, a brand that empowers women to unveil their self-esteem and rebuild their identity after a diagnosis with breast cancer. 

Megan Sullivan, founder of With Grace B. Bold, was largely inspired by her mother, who was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer at the age of 42.

“As a fashion designer with multiple design degrees, I was able to approach the challenges many women face when undergoing treatment for breast cancer with both fashion and function in mind,” Sullivan says. “I believe this approach is a truly valuable way to meet the needs of underserved markets.”

Supporting sponsors for the event include Performance Lexus RiverCenter and Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate. The fashion show sponsor for the evening is Macy’s and the hair sponsor is Salon’63. Fashion show models are provided by Heyman Talent Agency. The photo booth sponsor is The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center of Cincinnati and Cincy Chic photographer Twin Spire Photography will be there capturing Kodak moments throughout the event. 

Vendors include: Ever Skincare with Leslie Young, Paparazzi by Anna Forte, Lipsense Suzanne Goodpaster, Beautycounter with Kate Flaig, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound, BeneYou Katie Kramer, Renewal by Andersen, Scentsy with Lacey Perkins, Pure Romance with Nikki, HempWorx Becky Wagers, W Grace B Bold + more!

Tickets for the event range from $10 for general admission to $20 for front row VIP. A general admission ticket includes standing room for the fashion show, a swag bag, and 2 drink tickets; $15 VIP tickets include a fashion show seat, swag bag, and 2 drink tickets; and $20 front row VIP tickets include a front row fashion show seat, swag bag, and 3 drink tickets. General admission tickets will be available at the door for $15, although swag bags are guaranteed for online ticket sales only. 

Macy’s Tri-County is located at 11700 Princeton Pike in Cincinnati. You can purchase tickets at https://cincy.live/events/BWF19. The dress code for the evening is cocktail chic attire, but Cincy Chic encourages attendees to incorporate something pink to support the cause. 

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An Ohio-based organization wants to end euthanasia of dogs at shelters by providing training to adopters and fosters. Read on for more about their impressive efforts to save animals.

The goal behind Private School Pups is to help end the euthanasia of dogs at shelters. That’s why this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization works to provide grates for dog training and education to fosters and adopters of rescue dogs from local Ohio shelters that may need some guided or professional training.

“Our overall guiding mission is to help end the euthanasia of dogs at shelters,” says Monica Mosure, Co-Founder and President of Private School Pups. “We see at some shelters euthanasia happens as a result of improper identification and/or not having the resources to address a dog’s needs that can be addressed with guided and/or professional training.”

While Private School Pups does not have any training facilities of their own, they do work with local shelters and rescues to provide the funding that will support dog training to help those pups get fostered and adopted.

Mosure says that as someone who has been working in dog rescuing and fostering for more than a decade she has a ton of experience working with rescues and shelters, and her experience is what inspired her to launch Private School Pups.

“I found myself constantly wondering why dogs were euthanized and/or returned to shelters,” she says. “When I really started to break down the pieces and parts and look for the root causes, it seemed like a lot came down to dog training and education.”

Education and training needed comes on both the human as well as the dog side. “Human need to know about dog behaviors, habits, training methods, etc., and dogs need to be given the structure and guided training to build long-lasting, positive, permanent behaviors.”

With training comes a price tag, and Mosure knew that. That’s why Private School Pups decided to provide the financial support needed to those humans who wanted to make a commitment to a rescue dog in need.

Mosure says that what makes her organization unique is that Private School Pups is currently the only charity right now in the area that gives funds directly for the purpose of dog training and education. “We feel strongly that by getting everyone more educated about dog behavior, common behavioral issues, and providing them with the tools and resources they need to deal with those problems areas, we will see greater satisfaction in pet ownership, happier dogs, and less dogs being mistreated and surrendered to shelters,” she adds. 

Private School Pups is preparing to offer what they hope is a long-term training series coming up October 5 in Columbus with Delighted Dog Training. “This two-hour class covers all someone needs to know about bringing a dog home successfully,” says Mosure. “This includes dog body language, giving the pup time to settle in after being adopted, and dog-to-dog introductions.”

The class is free to attend or attendees can donate what they can, as all of the money raised from the class will go directly back to professional dog training for dogs in need. 

To learn more about the upcoming training series, click here

Private School Pups recently held its first Rescue Race and Costume Contest, an event that included a small dog race and a dogs-of-all-sizes costume contest. “With this event being such a great success, we plan to make this a permanent event and perhaps even expand into other cities in Ohio,” adds Mosure. 

To learn more about Private School Pups, visit www.privateschoolpups.com, or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a powerful organization with a new Greater Cincinnati chapter that’s advancing the economic and leadership development of women.

Women are essential to the workforce, and Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) wants to ensure that women are developed and advanced to help strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves. 

“WELD is a national 501(c)(3) organization and builds programs, events, and a community to support the leadership development of women and drives business growth,” explains National Chapter Management Officer Deepa Keller. 

The founders behind it organization wanted to establish something that would accurately represent female leadership in the community. And they didn’t want to just help women in typical roles, but they wanted to increase the number of women leaders, promote and elevate other women to get a seat at the table and provide programs and connections to advance women to the top. 

WELD is a volunteer-based organization that provides opportunities for women to build strong community connections while also paying forward their success. “These connections foster new careers and business-building opportunities for our volunteers and help women find mentors and sponsors,” says Keller. “We are governed by a volunteer board of directors and we have a national office team that executes the operational aspects of the organization and its chapters.”

The history of WELD dates back to Columbus in 2003 as a local organization. However, throughout the last more than 15 years, WELD has established itself as a national organization with chapters that offer a plethora of leadership programs and events. 

That growth has now expanded to the Cincinnati market. Keller says the first event in the Southern Ohio/Cincinnati region was held in April 2018. 

“We officially launched as a chapter in September 2019, growing to over 50 members this past summer,” says Keller. “We are hoping to expand by reaching women through our programs and events that help develop women’s business and leadership skills, expand their community and national connections, and provide them with opportunities to pay forward their success.”

Keller says that there’s a bonus to having a WELD membership for businesses. “Studies have shown that the more women in executive roles within companies, the more successful the company,” she says. “Research from Catalyst, a global nonprofit with the same goal as WELD, found that companies that have gender diversity are among the highest performing. Attending WELD events provides women business owners the opportunity to invest in their own leadership development as well as that of their employees, and also opens invaluable connections for their businesses.”

There are opportunities to lead within WELD, which also allows anyone to become a member. “WELD also partners with male allies to advance its mission,” says Keller. “WELD has received awards for its diversity and leadership.” 

There are several upcoming events for the Southern Ohio region: 

Thursday, October 10: Hyde Park Country Club from 7:30-9:30 am. This event will host Krissi Barr, Founder of Barr Corporate Success, where she will be discussing “The Fido Factor: How To Get A Leg Up At Work.” Attendees will have the opportunity to share that attendees of the event will have the opportunity to earn CPE credit – in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-7:30pm at a venue that’s to be announced. The event will feature Cofi Higgins, Regional Trainer for Chik-Fil-A. She will be presenting “Sow a Seed, Reap a Team.”

WELD also hosts a national webinar every month that anyone can register for and attend from the comfort of their home or office, in addition to in-person meetings. 

Keller says a full calendar of events can be found at www.weldusa.org

WELD will continue to reach women leaders in Cincinnati. The organization says that its always looking for the next location as it’s currently in the research phases for Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Southern California. 

To learn more, visit www.weldusa.org. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.