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Learn about this family owned, father-daughter dentistry practice that just earned world-wide recognition and another reason to smile.

Dr. Tara Hardin of Hardin Advanced Dentistry and recent recipient of the Fellowship Accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Tara Hardin is a cosmetic and general dentist that wants to provide her patients with a pleasant experience in a spa-like atmosphere.

The family owned, father-daughter dentistry practice specializes in porcelain veneers, implants, teeth whitening, and Invisalign.

Hardin’s dedication to her patients recently earned the Fellowship Accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, becoming only the 82nd global recipient of the classification since 1984.

As one of the top dentists not only in Cincinnati but in the United States, this new award means that she is also recognized in the top 10 percent of all cosmetic dental surgeons in the country as well.

“This distinction designates Dr. Tara Hardin as one of our nation’s top cosmetic dentists and one of only 82 accredited fellows in the entire world since 1984,” explains communications specialist Ed McMasters. “Fellowship is the highest level of achievement recognized by the AACD in accordance with their mission of education and excellence. This honor confirms Dr. Hardin’s cosmetic dental expertise and her dedication to dental health.”

Hardin is breaking glass ceilings with her recent award, becoming the first female cosmetic dentist in Cincinnati to receive this degree of achievement and only the second cosmetic dentist in the Tri-State to be honored as well.

“As a leader in the field of the dental arts, Dr. Tara Hardin is recognized in the top 10 percent of all dentists for the nation for continued education, training, and technologically advanced treatments,” says McMasters. “Dr. Hardin’s devotion to countless hours of continuing education for facial aesthetics, cosmetic dentistry and smile designs, along with her artistic skills in cosmetic and general dentistry, give her the ability to create truly beautiful smiles.”

The award for Fellowship Accreditation doesn’t come easy, according to McMasters. He says that Dr. Hardin was required to submit 50 recent cases of life-altering cosmetic dentistry success.

“These cases were extensively reviewed and evaluated for detail, design, achievement, aesthetics, health impact, and clinical excellence by a team of previously honored dentists that serve as members of the Cosmetic Dental Academy,” he adds.

To learn more about Hardin Advanced Dentistry, visit www.hardindental.com. To schedule a free consultation, visit the website or call 513-398-4448.

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A nationwide organization with a Columbus-based chapter is bringing better business opportunities to women. Read on for more.

The future is female and the National Association of Women Business Owners Columbus is aiming to help women get ahead in the business sphere.

The NAWBO was founded in 1975 and now serves as the unified voice of America’s more than 1.9 million women-owned businesses. According to NAWBO Columbus’ Executive Director Christy Farnbauch, the organization represents the fastest growing segment of the economy – female business owners.

While the organization as a whole dates back to the 70s, NAWBO Columbus was founded in 1997 and is the premier organization for women business owners in Central Ohio.

“Members represent all sizes of businesses, from all industries, and contribute more than $250 million to Ohio’s annual economy,” explains Farnbauch. “NAWBO Columbus, the largest chapter in the US, is the trusted leader for connections, advocacy, and mentorship. We work to ensure that women business owners are equally recognized and celebrated for their growth, revenue generation, and leadership.”

One of the NAWBO’s national strategic pillars is advocacy and public policy, something that the Columbus chapter focuses on in the state of Ohio.

“NAWBO Columbus recognizes that there are many policy issues at the local and state level that are positively, and negatively, impacting the success and growth of women business owners,” says Farnbauch. “For many years, our public policy work was led by a group of highly committed volunteer women business owners. To help us create greater change, NAWBO Columbus invested in the services of a part-time public policy advisor in February 2014. Rachel Winder of Benesch has helped us establish relationships with key policy makers and track legislative actions that affect women business owners.”

The NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Committee has accomplished a lot over the last 4 years, including:

Hosted Numerous Candidate Forums – These successful events have enabled members to meet directly with candidates to learn about them and their stance on issues, while increasing NAWBO Columbus’ visibility and awareness. Since 2006, NAWBO Columbus has had the privilege of hosting many policy makers, including: Ohio’s Attorney General and Governor Mike DeWine; Secretary of State and Lt. Governor-Elect Jon Husted; Secretary of State-Elect Frank LaRose; Ohio’s Auditor of State David Yost; Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, and Former Columbus City Council President and Current Columbus City Attorney, Zach Klein.

Facilitated Roundtable Conversations – Roundtables with Congressman Steve Stivers; Gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray; Secretary of State Jon Husted; Lt. Governor Mary Taylor; and hosted U.S. Congresswomen Joyce Betty as she delivered a keynote address at their annual meeting.

Organized Legislative Meet and Greet Events – Bi-annually, NAWBO Columbus facilitates opportunities for members to deepen relationships with their legislators. All of this work is only possible through the dedication of NAWBO Columbus’ public policy committee and the public policy advisor. A deep commitment to public policy and these strategic events has helped NAWBO Columbus achieve some very historic legislative wins. Most recently, NAWBO Columbus advocated for and secured a definition of micro businesses in the Ohio Revised Code.

And, in December 2018, NAWBO Columbus secured the first-ever Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification for Ohio, after more than seven years of laying the foundation. This new legislation is important because it opens up opportunities for Ohio’s women-owned businesses to grow with through access to other state’s certification programs, in addition, to helping them be more competitive within Ohio. NAWBO Columbus is committed to leveraging these new policies to create improved access and equity for women business owners at all levels.

“We envision an environment where women business owners experience improved access to capital, mentors, and educational resources, while being equally recognized and celebrated for their growth, revenue generation, and leadership in advancing Ohio’s economy,” says Farnbauch.

Legislation for Woman Business Enterprise Certification (WBE) was introduced into the Ohio House of Representiatives in the summer of 2018, according to Farnbauch. It was sponsored by Rep. Anne Gonzales, who is also a small business owner.

“We worked to gain bi-partisan support throughout the process,” she explains. “As the bill went through the legislative process, Senator Frank LaRose championed the amendment to HB494 in the Senate, while Representative Niraj J. Antani supported the amendment in the House of Representatives. Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law on December 19, 2018.”

There are a few things that the new WBE Certification does:

  1. Establish procedures by which a business enterprise may apply for certification as a women-owned business enterprise;

  2. Establish standards to determine when a women-owned business enterprise no longer qualifies for women-owned business enterprise certification;

  3. Establish a system to make publicly available a list of women-owned business enterprises certified under this section;

  4. Establish a process to mediate complaints and to review women-owned business enterprise certification appeals;

  5. Implement an outreach program to educate potential participants about the women-owned business enterprise program;

  6. Establish a system to assist state agencies in identifying and utilizing women-owned business enterprises in their contracting processes;

  7. Implement a system of self-reporting by women-owned business enterprises as well as an on-site inspection process to validate the qualifications of women-owned business enterprises.

 

Farnbauch says that with the new WBE Certification in place, NAWBO Columbus will now be able to work with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to establish the rules and standards of the program while also opening up the rest of the country for Ohio’s women-owned businesses to compete nationally without certification obstacles.

The certification will also allow for the engagement of more diverse women owners while establishing an inclusive system supporting growth and development, provide access to local, state, and federal contracts, and collect and analyze data regarding the status of women-owned enterprises.

The law surrounding WBE Certification doesn’t go into place until March 19, 2019, so until then, NAWBO Columbus cannot award any certifications until there are rules and regulations written and a process is in place to award these certifications.

“To our knowledge, NAWBO Columbus is the only organization that has organized advocacy around creating its certification program specifically for women,” says Farnbauch. “Other certifications are in place that serve minority business owners, business owners who are economically disadvantaged, business owners with disabilities, veterans, and the LGBTQ community.”

Farnbauch says that the future of NAWBO Columbus will continue to focus on building a public policy agency based on the needs of the organization’s members and colleagues.

The organization will focus on answering questions like:

What barriers do women business owners face as they grow and scale their businesses? What obstacles exist for women business owners, and in what ways can NAWBO Columbus help change attitudes, behaviors, and/or laws to support competitive growth?

“NAWBO Columbus is focused on increasing opportunities for women business owners to be more competitive in the marketplace, while being recognized widely for their contributions to families, communities, and the economy,” explains Farnbauch. “With the new WBE Certification in place, NAWBO Columbus will work with state agencies to create the rules and regulations for the program. We will take a proactive role in helping women business owners take advantage of the certification, while increasing their local, regional and national competitiveness. We are expanding our programming options to focus on topics our members most want to learn about, including but not limited to: growing & scaling their businesses; and marketing and branding strategies. Simultaneously, we offer programs that inspire women in their growth as business owners and community leaders. In the spring of 2019, we will launch a bi-annual magazine focused on highlighting the stories of the women business owners in central Ohio, while providing content that will help them learn and grow.”

You can learn more about NAWBO Columbus to find the most up-to-date information related to their public policy work, programming, and mentorship opportunities for women business owners at www.nawbocolumbusohio.com.

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One local businesswoman is inspiring her sales team with a simple strategy for success. Read on to learn more.

Lisa Thal is the founder and owner of Three Word Meetings.

To help you get out of the routine of boring meetings, Lisa Thal created a way to make meetings and presentations fun and engaging – Three Word Meetings.

“With Three Word Meetings, you can create fun, engaging, and exciting topics to get your team motivated and inspired,” she explains. “You have access to 52 Three Word topics that can be discussed with an actionable plan for improving the much-maligned gatherings.”

Thal says she was inspired to launch Three Word Meetings after her own experiences in sales and management, and how keeping messages simple and engaging can create a bigger impression on those you lead.

“We are overwhelmed with too many messages, and people tend to remember three words: Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ and McDonald’s ‘I’m Lovin’ It,’” she says.

Currently, Thal is a life coach and leads the sales teams at Q102 and Mix 94.9. There, she implements the Three Word strategy with her team each week, while also using it for presentations to help connect the marketing vision we have when working with local businesses.

To help spread the message of her “Three Words,” Thal offers one-on-one coaching and speaking engagements for companies, to help them with the simple strategy of engaging and inspiring the use of Three Words.

In addition to her strategy, Thal is also the author of a book: Three Word Meetings. “The future of your organization and the performance of your team can hinge on a sales meeting,” she explains. “It’s a simple theory: The people we engage, inspire, and empower can determine our success. What I have come to know over my 30-year career is that leaders want to engage and empower others. They want to be able to navigate the various personalities in the room and lead them with one common goal in mind – inspire them! The content and words we choose are critical to capturing our team’s attention. I wrote Three Word Meetings to help thought leaders become more productive, effective, and consistent using three words.”

Thal will be furthering her offers by launching a Three Words podcast in late February.

To learn more about Three Word Meetings and the strategy offered by Thal, visit www.threewordmeetings.com.

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This Cincinnati-based marketing guru focuses on helping entrepreneurs and solopreneurs analyze and execute the most effective strategies for their small business. Keep reading for more.

Ashley Anderson offers marketing and strategy solutions for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Ashley Anderson is a marketing professional that wants to make a name for herself – literally. Currently, she is the owner of her own, self-named business that focuses on marketing for entrepreneurs/solopreneurs and small businesses.

“I’m working with folks that are ready to take a complete deep-dive into a whole new way of thinking of marketing and see how it can be a major driving force behind their business,” she says. “This includes auditing and updating their current website, laying out a full marketing strategy including content marketing as well as all digital and social aspects of their business, and executing on that strategy to drive revenue and increase their market share.”

Ashley Anderson

Anderson’s story of how she got to where she is today is, according to her, rather crazy.

“I worked in a corporate environment right after graduating college in 2010,” she explains. “While I was able to really advance my career, I didn’t feel I was living the life I wanted to live or able to be taken seriously as a creative but strategic individual. Corporate America gave me safety and stability, a steady paycheck and benefits, but when I turned 29 I knew that I was entering a new decade of my life and I wasn’t happy grinding and working hundreds of hours for companies and people that didn’t appreciate what I was doing and didn’t appreciate something that wasn’t following strict rules books and guidelines. I knew I needed something different.”

To give herself a breath of fresh air, Anderson used up the last of her vacation days and traveled to Europe. It was there that she decided to give herself 6 months to find something different. “I was going against the grain of everything my family wanted me to do, and I knew it would take a giant leap of faith into the unknown, but I couldn’t spend more of my life in a cube feeling restrained and slowly burning out as each day passed,” she says.

Eventually, the company she had taken a job with was bought out, which led to changes and layoffs, including Anderson. At that point she knew she didn’t want to go back to working in a cubicle so she took a leap of faith and started freelancing while also building out her own business model that’s seen quick success. “That’s how I’ve launched this business and signed my first clients,” she says.

Marketing services offered by Anderson include Marketing Strategy, Content Planning, Content Auditing, Content Research & Creation, Social Media Marketing, Digital Advertising, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation Services, Landing Page building, SEO Services, and Reporting and Analysis.

When it comes to offering these services, Anderson says that it’s her ability to be an everything-in-one marketing professional is what helps her business stand out.

“I truly offering a deep dive into analytics, numbers, and revenue goals, while creatively developing content, digital, and social aspects of the clients I’m working with,” says Anderson. “I like to help my clients get organized, streamline their businesses, and watch them grow. I consider myself a part of their team and really enjoy living their brand. I like to consider myself the perfect balance between the analytics, data, and numbers, while creating and driving unique content, imagery, and clear benchmarks/goals.”

Anderson says that there will be big updates on her website in the horizon. She’ll also be offering up content and information for businesses and entrepreneurs when it comes to different types of marketing as well as many different free resources. The second half of the year includes lots of secrets that you’ll have to stay tuned for.

Anderson says that not everything with her marketing business is up and running, as she’s heavily focused on her client work. However, you can find her website and on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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A new coworking space recently opened in a restored Victorian building in the West Fourth Street Historic District. Read on for a peek inside.

Novel Coworking is a new coworking space offering private offices and space.

Novel Coworking recently debuted its new private offices, office suits, and coworking space here in Cincinnati. The business, owned by Bill Bennett, has locations throughout the country, with Cincinnati being its first location in Ohio. 

Novel’s history dates back to 2007, when Bennett was looking for a space to open up his first business in. While searching for office space, he ran into difficulties because he wasn’t able to commit to a 3-5 year lease. 

“I didn’t know yet whether I was going to have one employee or 100, and I didn’t want to start a construction project or make a long-term commitment,” says Bennett. 

Ten years later Bennett is the owner of a business that supports companies of all sizes with flexibility and room to scale up and grow on their own terms – Novel Coworking. 

The company purchases the buildings it operates out of, which allows it to invest in infrastructure improvements as well as custom-built suites for teams of up to 100 people while also keeping rents 30-50% lower than its competitors.

Pricing at Novel Coworking starts at $99 a month for coworking memberships and at $475 a month for private offices. 

“Novel Coworking provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with high-caliber amenities that are typically only available to large companies,” Novel’s website states.

Novel Coworking in Cincinnati is located in the Hooper Building, at 151 West 4th Street. 

“We are excited to support Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial community with beautiful, affordable space to grow their businesses,” says Bennett. “We have seen huge demand for flexible, customizable workspace from small to mid-sized businesses, as well as enterprise companies.”

To learn more about Novel Coworking, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn

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A local expert, who works with some of the area’s biggest brands, is launching a rebrand and new services that help you communicate, collaborate, and be more productive.

 

Monica Scalf, Founder of the Work Well Group,

After years of experience as an entrepreneur working with a wide range of different businesses, Monica Scalf learned what works well. So much so, she rebranded her business as The Work Well Group.

Formerly the Playground Group, Scalf’s business offers three subsets of services for clients: customized workshops, live personal branding workshop and personality assessments and goal coaching. 

For its customized workshops, the Work Well Group supplies assistance in communication, presentation skills, personal branding, team building, stress management and more. 

To launch the rebrand and give the business community a glimpse into a Work Well Group Workshop, Scalf is hosting an “Authentic Personal Branding Workshop” on Nov. 16 from 8:30-10:30am. It will take place at the AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at Liberty Center, located at 7505 Gibson Street, Liberty Township, OH 45069. The registration fee is typically $219, but you can use the code CINCYCHIC to save $20 here. 

“The class will be a small group so plenty of one on one interaction takes place,” Scalf says. “We do exercises and activities, look at examples, and each participant leaves with a list of action items they can complete to get started on improving their personal brands right away.”

According to Scalf, the Authentic Personal Branding workshop will equip participants with a roadmap for how to elevate and express their best personal brand. “A clear, focused and authentic personal brand can be key in attracting new clients and career opportunities,” Scalf says. “It’s tough to work on your personal brand in isolation – either there’s never enough time with all of the other tasks you have to do, or it’s overwhelming because you don’t know where to start or how to go about it.  This class will walk participants through a step-by-step process for uncovering their best personal brand and sharing it with the world.”

Prior to starting her business, Scalf was a professor at Xavier University. She also has experience in sales and is the author of “Live in the Little: 52 Ways to Find the Extra in the Ordinary.”

When referring to the personality assessment and goal coaching, Scalf says she utilizes the DISC Assessment, centering on four personality traits: dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness. Once these results are rendered, the workshops help participants understand the results and work better with co-workers. 

“In general, The Work Well Group provides workshops, consulting, and coaching that helps teams and individuals create positive and productive workplaces,” Scalf explains. “We have worked with clients including eBay, P&G, Great American Insurance, Deloitte, Lexis Nexis and more.  We have a passion for helping people learn how to better communicate and collaborate so that work is less stressful, more productive, and more fun.”

Scalf says the end result of her work is to strengthen the individual, which helps them interact with others at their best, which in turn strengthens a company’s bottom line. “When people learn the skills that help them to work well – how to communicate, collaborate, and be more productive,” she adds, “work becomes more fulfilling and more fun; individuals and teams get better results.”

To learn more, visit www.theworkwellgroup.com.

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A local woman recently launched a business called Life Prep, offering just that: a preparatory experience offering lessons in manners, etiquette, and important life skills. Read on for more.

Life Prep offers manners and etiquette workshops for kids and adults in Greater Cincinnati

As a parent and professional, Shannan Combs saw manners and etiquette becoming more rare, but realized that made having those life skills more of an asset than ever before.

Enter, Life Prep, a business featuring Manners and Etiquette Workshops that Combs and husband, Jerry, opened on Sept. 24, 2018, based in Milford. “My background is that I taught for several years at Norcross First Baptist, in Atlanta. and I have raised two children. Cory who is 20, Collette who is 12. I have been a personal trainer, a scheduler at a Pediatric Therapy office, etc. while raising my children.” She knows first-hand the real-life skills needed for these two target demographics, and that’s what the business is based upon.

Shannan Combs, Founder of Life Prep

According to Combs, their team is dedicated to helping both children and adults reach their potential. “Through the fun, affordable, and cutting-edge, Molly Manners curriculum, children are becoming more confident, considerate, and respectful of themselves and others,” their mission statement shares. “Our life preparation services deliver adult workshops that refresh or teach skills to help better prepare for life. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

The services offered range from students to adults. More specifically, the student age groups are broken down into three subsets: Nice is Right (ages 5-8), Kool to be Kind (ages 9-12), and Young Sophisticate (ages 13-17). Life Prep wants to make sure that student demographics are not limited to only one category when problems vary from one set age group to the next.

When it comes to the life skills represented at Life Prep, there are six different categories to choose from when searching for courses: personal finance, resume design, interview skills, basic vehicle maintenance, basic household maintenance and cooking/meal prepping.

“Anyone that could teach a specialized class for children or adults could work at Life Prep,” adds Combs. “We would just need to be able to fill the class. We look so forward to offering a wide variety of education options.”

“I really want to make the world a kinder place and we are starting here teaching manners, since manners are basically putting others before yourself and making sure that you are treating others with respect,” Combs says. “The best part of having a local business is we are in the Best Hometown In Ohio as ranked by Ohio Magazine. The local support has been amazing and we love the community feel.”

Life Prep is located at 1034 Main Street in Milford, Ohio. To learn more, visit www.mylifeprep.com, or call their office at 513-248-1034. 

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This local business is not your typical job placement or life coaching destination. Keep reading to find out why.

JoAnne Kennard and Molly Edmondson, co-owners of MoJo Advantage

Feeling stuck in your current job or feel like your career lost its mojo? That’s exactly why JoAnne Kennard and Molly Edmondson created MoJo Advantage. 

Prior to launching in February of 2017, they spent 18 months testing and tweaking this business idea with local professionals and businesses to maximize the effectiveness of their service offerings. They also used that time to get certified as career coaches, and in the DISC assessment as well. “We built a methodology around those skills,” Kennard says.

The DISC assessment is used as a building blocks with clients to understand their personal strengths and gain insight into their personal style and specific talents. This process helps them understand what type of environment will provide the highest odds of success for a client. 

Aside from this assessment, MoJo Advantage offers services that help clients decipher what they value in a career and their own personal lives. They help target certain skill sets clients may need further help with and discuss networking opportunities to help apply these new ideas into practice. 

“The profile of our client is someone who wants to take that next step but are not sure what they want to do. MoJo Advantage uses our assessment and coaching skills to help define that next step for a client and put a plan in place to make it happen. If you are someone just looking to get any job quickly, you are probably better served with a traditional job placement agency. We have received all of our clients through references,” Kennard explains.

According to Edmondson and Kennard, there is no set formula to help their clients, since they work with completely different people every single day. They like to help moms and students, especially, they share.

MoJo Advantage offers the following deliverables for their clientele: a relevant resume, an individualized “elevator pitch,” a LinkedIn profile and interview preparation. 

They structured the business to be as efficient and cost-effective as possible. “Molly and I are equal partners and are currently the only employees of MoJo Advantage. We contract with our resume writer, and we also decided to outsource non-core business services such as accounting, tax preparation, marketing and social media to keep our focus on our clients,” Kennard explains. “As we grow, we would add people in the core business of coaching and consulting. We actually have previous clients that are interested in that role.”

MoJo Advantage is located at 9415 Montgomery Road (Suite C). To learn more, visit http://mojoadvantage.com or contact info@mojoadvantage.com

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The Cincinnati Chapter of Business and Career Women is hosting its annual event this weekend to connect and elevate local women. Read on for more!

Dr. Monique Johnson will speak with attendees at the Mission I’m Possible event on October 26.

To celebrate National Business Women’s Week, the Cincinnati Chapter of Business and Career Women Inc. is hosting Mission I’m Possible on October 26 at the Taft Center at Fountain Square.

“The combination workshop and light dinner will feature Dr. Monique Johnson, local Life Coach and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant,” explains Linda Wright, Publicity Coordinator for Mission I’m Possible. “Her talk will focus on helping women thrive and advance in business, while helping to obtain equality in the workplace – doing their P.A.R.T. through Promoting, Acceptance, Respect, and Teamwork.”

The event, says Wright, will also include Cincinnati’s BPW’s recognition of Cincinnati Councilman Christopher Smitherman for his part in drafting and supporting a motion to strengthen the city’s policy on sexual harassment.

With an evening of networking and dinner by the bite, Mission I’m Possible arose out of a desire to help women get ahead in business and break through the “glass ceiling” as well as fighting for equal pay and a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment for all women.

The Cincinnati chapter of Business and Professional Women is led by Ursula Bess, who wants to help bring women together through the event.

“This annual event offers a valuable opportunity to call attention to the ongoing needs of women in the workplace, facilitate discussions on the challenges working women face and how to create viable solutions, share information about successful workplace policies and draw attention to employers that are engaged in practices that support working women,” says Bess.

The event will be held on October 26 at the Taft Center at Fountain Square from 6:30-8:30 pm. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

To learn more about Mission I’m Possible, click here. You can also call 513-829-5121.

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See how this 31-year-old balances being a mom of two with her dream job at P&G, plus lifting up others along the way.

Jessica Hastings is the Brand Manager for Bounty at P&G.

Jessica Hastings was determined from a young age to work for P&G, a company she says is “cream of the crop” for young marketing professionals like herself. Today, she’s living out that dream at only 31 years old, as a brand manager for P&G. 

She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree of Spanish and Integrated Strategic Communications in 2008. She went on to receive her MBA from Ohio State University in Strategic Marketing Management. For the past eight years, Hastings been working on P&G brands that now, as a mom of two, she puts to the test in her own home.

Hastings recently began blending her roles of mom and manager to serve as a mentor for working mothers who are juggling responsibilities both at home and in the office.

“The greatest challenge I’ve faced in my career has been in the last couple of years when I became a mom,” she explains. “I’m incredibly blessed that I have had managers who have been amazingly supportive; however, in a promote-from-within company that is ‘up or out’ in my function, it’s an inherent disadvantage to temporarily leave the workforce to have children. It’s hard truth to stomach”. 

Hastings says a work-life balance is a daily work in progress for her. What helps her the most, she says, is maintaining open, continuous communication with her managers. It’s important to set boundaries and manage expectations to avoid overwhelm, she adds, and above all be kind to yourself and others. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind,’” Hastings says, referencing her favorite quote.

As part of her mentoring role at P&G, she helps others – especially women – discover and achieve their objectives. She says identifying an objective is essential so you can navigate your way to it. 

“If your dream job requires a little bit more experience or education, build a plan that gets you there,” she says. “Pursue the job right now that will help you build the skills you need to get where you want to go. I believe having a plan – a very specific plan – helps make the process of interviewing and looking for jobs much easier.” 

Secondly, she says, it’s important to use your network. An introduction from a mutual friend, mention a shared connection you noticed on LinkedIn, or reach out to that family friend who’s an executive at that company you’d love to work for —  are all helpful ways to leverage your network, which Hastings says can fast-track you to where you want to go in your career.

When it comes to interview preparation Hastings says to practice, practice, practice. “When I was interviewing for positions, I wrote out responses to common interview questions in gory detail and practiced aloud,” she recalls. “The watch out with this is to ensure you don’t sound rehearsed when you’re in the interview, but having a plan gives you confidence which is more than half of the battle. If you know what you want to convey, it’s easy to pepper in some authenticity in the moment.”

To learn more about P&G, visit www.pg.com. To connect with Hastings on LinkedIn, click here.