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Stevi Carr is the Founder of Wise Wellness Guild. You can learn more at wisewellnessguild.com.

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If it takes great courage to follow your dreams, how do you characterize someone who beats death, chases their dreams and wins multiple Emmy Awards, all before the age of 30? Perhaps we ask Alanna Martella, Traffic Anchor at WLWT.

A lot of times, society tells us that our goals are “too lofty,” are “pipe dreams” or that we’ll “never make it” — and in turn, that message can discourage us from pushing forth and working to make our dreams happen. Not for Alanna. “When it comes to my career journey, I am most proud of having the courage to pursue my dreams and visions. To be able to say I’ve been able to tack off those career visions I’ve had since a little girl (and even those that I continue to tack off now with my “big girl dreams”) is extremely humbling and satisfying” said Martella when asked about achieving at such a relatively young age.

On the surface, Alanna’s life could appear to be a simple and easy, however, her life has truly been a rollercoaster of highs, lows, peaks and valleys. As mentioned in a previous feature in Cincy Chic, Alanna experienced death. This past year has been one full of continued health challenges, forcing her to be admitted several times to the hospital during the pandemic for issues directly related to her intestinal illness.

How has she managed to thrive amidst the chaos? By taking mindfulness and snack breaks with healthy nibbles like Crunchmaster Crackers and Think! Bars. “Meditation has been an absolute game-changer for me” said Martella. “Yes, physical health is important for wellness (and I think that’s what might pop into most people’s head when they think of wellness), but if you don’t have your mental state in check, that will spiral out to your overall well-being on all levels.”  

Due to Alanna’s health challenges she has been open about her decision to do In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and freeze her eggs. “My health history has caused my egg supply to diminish significantly, and though right now it’s still up in the air if having kids is a part of my life path, ‘down the road’ will likely be too late.”  You can learn more about Alanna’s decision to IVF on May 4th as a panelist at “The Motherhood Journey” event, presented by The Christ Hospital. 

In part 2 of Alanna’s story we’ll discuss her commitment to inspiring others through telling stories of hope and resilience through keynote speaking and her new podcast!.  

Learn more about Alanna Martella visit alannamartella.com.

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“A Leadership Style” is a column authored by WISe Wellness Guild founder Stevi Gable Carr and powered by Crunchmaster Crackers aimed at celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.  

Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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Read about an upcoming event to help you nail down your money personality.

Have you ever thought about why, where and how you spend your money?

SheMoolah believes that by understanding and joining forces with your money archetype, or money personality, you will introduce new riches and lead a more fulfilling life. 

Are you a Maverick, an Alchemist, a Romantic or one of the other 8 money personalities?  How averse are you to risk? How do you feel about giving money to the less fortunate versus investing for future growth?  In order to better manage your money you must first recognize your positive and negative money patterns, find clarity and create a plan to proceed forward.   

“When you understand how money impacts your decision and relationships, you can understand how to make better conscious choices for the future” said Dawn Parks, co-founder of SheMoolah.  “If we can fall in love with our personality, we can identify how we are helping or hurting our ability to achieve life and financial goals.”

Liz Kitchell, co-founder of SheMoolah added “Once we recognize our money personalities, we can have more effective, transparent discussions with ourselves, team members, planners and significant others.”

Take a sneek peek of SheMoolah’s Money Personality event by joining their event on April 14th at 11:30am ET on Zoom. SheMoolah will walk through how each personality type deals specifically with budgeting, money details, accumulation, spending and investing for the future.  

RSVP HERE for free due to the generosity of Paycor.

Learn more about SheMoolah’s classes, offerings and expertise at shemoolah.com.

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

In Part 1 of her story Mary Wineberg shared how her “unwaivering perseverance” has supported her personal and professional goals, landing her a spot atop the podium at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and to authoring two books.

In order to have the strength to lead with gusto and grace, Mary consistently invests in her whole-wellness.  Further, she is committed to supporting the whole-self wellness of future generations.  As highlighted in her children’s book I Didn’t Win, Mary promotes healthy snacking (like Crunchmaster Crackers or Kind Bar) and hydrating extensively.

“I excel in many areas of wellness because we prioritize our mental, emotional, nutritional, physical, social and spiritual health as a family” said Wineberg.  Wineberg makes family activities a priority and focuses on the importance of leading by example.

When asked about her areas of growth, Mary said “I am yearning for professional growth.  I want to engage in more work that challenges me to grow.” 

Wineberg asked for a challenge, and she certainly is chasing a good one.  As Mary Wineberg runs as a candidate for Cincinnati Public Schools school board, she’s going to need to maintain a healthy, whole life to support her through the challenges ahead.  “As a teacher, I know firsthand what our students and families need to succeed. As a mother, I know what it’s like to be a CPS parent. And as an Olympic Gold medalist, I have the drive to be the advocate our students need on the Cincinnati School Board.” 

Can she handle it? If her track record (pun intended) is any indication, she’s certainly destined for greatness. To learn more about Mary Wineberg’s journey in running for CPS school board visit Vote Wineberg.

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

Do you know what it’s like to be the best in the WORLD at your craft? Mary Wineberg does, and she’s not resting on her laurels.

Wineberg won an Olympic Gold Medal in 2008

In 2008 Mary Wineberg topped the podium as part of the US women’s 4x400m relay team at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.  

Unwavering perseverance – two words that describe Mary’s career journey. “I have had to overcome many obstacles and adversity at a young age” said Wineberg. “I truly overcame and made the most of my opportunities. I am most proud of winning an Olympic Gold, become an educator and role model to many.”

Mary is building something so many of us dream of achieving: a legacy.  Her dedication to education, building resilience and belief in self led Wineberg to write her second book, a children’s book, I Didn’t Win. This story is one of a young boy named Jackson who learns how to set a goal, how to accomplish it and learn that, in the end, it isn’t always about winning. (Side note: this is one of our family bedtime-story favorites.)

Now that Mary has retired as a professional athlete, she recently announced that she will be running a new type of race- one for a seat as board member for Cincinnati Public Schools. Wineberg’s platform is rooted in transparency, clarity in communication and working cohesively. “It is important that every student who attends Cincinnati Public Schools has a gold medal education.”

Photography & Styling by Jerin McIntosh

Mary walks and runs daily to stay healthy and takes her health seriously. Nutritional snacking and maintaining a safe, clean environment are crucial habits for staying healthy.  When asked about her “why” for staying healthy, Wineberg said “what matters most is to be around for my children.”  

In part 2 of Mary’s journey we’ll learn more about her strengths and opportunity areas in wellness and her unwaivering perseverance to achieve excellence. 

To learn more about Mary Wineberg visit MaryWineberg.com.

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

 

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

In Part 1 of her story Odayme Quesada, MD of The Christ Hospital Health Network shared her approach to leading though whole-self wellness, investing in herself so she can be strong enough to support others.  Dr. Quesada has built the Women’s Heart Center around recognizing unique risk factors for women, such as pregnancy, and the distinctive ways heart disease can present in women. Odayme has hit her stride in occupational wellness and she’s recognized that the journey is marathon, not a sprint. 

We spoke with Dr. Quesada about physician burnout and the increasing reality that 51% of female physicians claim to be experiencing burnout (1).   So, how can physicians like Odayme work long hours, support their patients and other team members while supporting themselves too?

Dr. Quesada’s secret: integrating movement and a healthy diet into her daily routine.  “I maintain physical wellness by exercising 30 minutes per day for at least 5 days a week and focus on my nutritional intake.” Quesada loves using her Peloton and makes a point to get up and utilize it daily. 

Quesada subscribes to the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, one that is largely high in fiber, low in saturated fat and includes “healthy” monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil.  Check out this smoked gouda and olive oil tapenade recipe on Multi-Seed Crunchmaster Crackers for a Mediterranean-inspired snack.

Odayme Quesada, MD recently moved to Cincinnati, OH and the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably made it challenging for her to meet new people.  With this being said, Quesada is committed to making the region feel like home.  When she does hit the town she “masks up” and heads to the city’s newest hotspots like Vista at Lytle Park. Quesada has found community in giving back to groups like the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and actively participates activities hosted by WISe Wellness Guild, however, no one is more excited to work on their social wellness than Dr. Odayme Quesada once this period of isolation is past us! 

We find Quesada’s approach to wellness and leadership inspiring and believe many could learn from her commitment to investing in her own wellness.  

To learn more about Odayme Quesada, MD visit The Women’s Heart Center at The Christ Hospital.Donate to Go Red for Women today!

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

  1. https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/women-critical-care-infectious-disease-physicans-COVID-burnout-Medscape/593843/

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

Did you know at heart disease is the #1 killer of women, taking the lives of 1 in 3 women across the country? February is American Heart Health Month and I’m thrilled to welcome Odayme Quesada, MD of The Christ Hospital Health Network to our region.

Dr. Quesada at Cedars Sinai Women’s Heart Health Day with colleagues, 2020

Dr. Quesada has spent the last 17 years of her life completing education and training to become what she dreamed of when she was a child. Her journey in patient care and clinical research has led her to become a cardiologist and NIH clinical investigator in women’s cardiovascular health and disease and now the founding medical director of the first Women’s Heart Center in the tri-state area at The Christ Hospital Health Network.

Odayme has made it her life’s mission to support women’s heart through not only delivery of care but also through important research. Critically, Dr. Quesada has built the Women’s Heart Center around recognizing unique risk factors for women, such as pregnancy, and the distinctive ways heart disease can present in womenShe is currently leading research focused on understanding the link between pregnancy health and heart disease, specifically with women who suffered from preeclampsia as they are known to have three to four times the risk of high blood pressure and double the risk for heart disease and stroke later in life.  “There is still a lot we don’t know about women’s heart health- it is important for women to sign up for research to support future advancements.”

Dr. Quesada, MD was born in Cuba and immigrated to the US when she was 5 years old.  Knowing she wanted to become a cardiologist as early as elementary school, she attended Yale Medical School and has moved coast-to-coast pursuing her dream. There is no doubt about it: Dr. Quesada is likely the hardest-working person in any room.  She’s a hustler like many physicians at the top of their field, but is her hustle sustainable? According to a recent study 51% of female physicians claim to be experiencing burnout. This alarming statistic highlights an important issue of long-term, unresolved stress in healthcare workers.    

Photography & Styling by Jerin McIntosh

How does she combat burnout? By staying active, eating a healthy diet and following her passion for women’s heart health, Odayme is able to find her “center” amidst a demanding career and lifestyle. “It is imperative to integrate wellness to daily life for life fulfillment” said Dr. Quesada. “Physical activity and yoga are ways I stay active-  I just got a Peloton and I’ve really enjoyed using the bike during the winter months.”

Dr. Quesada walks the foundation of her nutrition is based in the Mediterranean diet which largely high in fiber, low in saturated fat and include “healthy” monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil, which do not raise cholesterol levels.  

In part 2 of this story we’ll share more about Dr. Quesada’s areas of strengths and opportunity across the 8 pillars of wellness and unpack more of her wellness survival kit.

To learn more about Odayme Quesada, MD visit The Women’s Heart Center at The Christ Hospital.

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

In Part 1 of her story Jill McIntosh, CEO of JVM Ventures and Sr. Consultant of Simpactful Consulting shared her approach to leading though whole-self wellness, investing in herself so she can be strong enough to support others.  She spoke about keeping herself fueled with good-for-you foods like Crunchmaster Crackers and the importance of “lifting other women while she climbs,”  two things we’re big fans of at WISe Wellness Guild.

We have so many questions: how does she do it?  Is she really human? What are her wellness goals? 

Today we get our answers. Jill shares her areas of greatest wellness strength and opportunity and how she plans to strive for progress through the pandemic.

McIntosh’s secret to success? Staying active with those she enjoys spending time with. 

“It has been helpful for me to stay active by integrating my wellness and my social life. My husband is a tennis coach so he loves anything that has to do with a racket” said McIntosh. “We have fun playing squash, paddle and tennis together although I am not much competition for him :)”

And it doesn’t top with her spouse- Jill has found joy in staying active with her daughters as well. “My girls love lacrosse and I coach my youngest daughter’s team – it’s fun sharing the love of the game together! We also did “Girls On the Run” together and now I can’t keep up with her.” 

How does McIntosh stay motivated during the cold weather months? She enjoys running with her “Cold Feet” group at Tri-State Running Company. 

Photo: Jerin McIntosh

Wellness is work, and Jill believes in progress over perfection. “I need to improve in the area of mental/emotional wellness. I would like to foster an ability to reflect and meditate effectively” said McIntosh. “I know meditation can have amazing benefits, clear your thoughts and add balance/perspective- I need to be better about taking the time to do this and focus on mental clarity.” The good news is,  Jill is on the right path.  Note-writing, one of Jill’s hobbies, is a form of meditation. She also loves her Simple Truth Organic™  Nighttime Relaxation Tea to clear her mind for sleep.

We’re inspired by Jill’s leadership and approach to investing in herself so she can support others.  Self-care isn’t selfish and Jill is showing that it is actually the key to success.

To learn more about Jill McIntosh follow her on LinkedIn and explore https://simpactful.com/.

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

Womxn are leaving the workforce at an alarming rate due to challenges in integrating work and life due to family duties in the home. These challenges aren’t new, but they have been significantly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. When womxn lead through whole-self wellness, they integrate a healthy lifestyle with their career, and we’ve found a wellness role model in Jill McIntosh, CEO of JVM Ventures and Sr. Consultant of Simpactful Consulting.

McIntosh joins Dr. Oz

McIntosh has had an incredibly diverse, enjoyable and fulfilling career path- she has followed her passions and taken on new challenges at each step along the way. Jill’s began practicing law as a corporate attorney at several law firms until she landed the role of corporate counsel for one of nation’s largest retailers where she ventured into various impactful leadership roles. McIntosh now serves on boards, both profit and non-profit, and joined Simpactful Consulting where she works with emerging brands in the natural products space. 

What is she most proud of? “Lifting while I have climbed. I have led the Network of Executive Women, Cincinnati for the last 7 years with my executive co-chair Amy Eskoff Garrett (P&G) and our professional volunteers drive the advancement of women in our industry through leadership development, mentoring, and networking” said McIntosh. “I also serve on the boards of Xavier University, William’s College of Business, and ProKids of Hamilton county, court-appointed special advocates for our neglected and abused children.”

Photo: Jerin McIntosh

It is fair to say that Jill McIntosh is a powerhouse. She is a wife, a mother, coach, volunteer, an innovator, a mentor and role model. So, how has she avoided burnout while maintaining her incredibly demanding lifestyle?   Amidst notecards, sun protection and workout gear, you’ll most notably find a mound of healthy snacks in Jill’s “wellness survival bag” (something we ask all of our featured leaders to provide). 

“I never pick up a package now without checking the ingredient statement and the nutrition facts – it’s important to me what I am putting into my body” says McIntosh.  It was when Jill led natural foods merchandising for The Kroger, Co. that she became more educated on food ingredients, nutrition overall and began to think about food differently. “Having clean ingredients free from artificial colors, additives and preservatives was the standard for adding food products into our assortment but it was also about what benefits or attributes it would provide to the consumer.” 

Jill’s favorite snacks are Whisps® Cheese Crisps, Highkey® Mini Cookies and Crunchmaster® Crackers, all gluten-free, good-for-you options.

So what’s next? Jill finds joy in following emerging trends in the better-for-you product space as she finds that most of the meaningful innovation comes from new, upcoming brands. What drives her: working with brand creators in this space. “The people behind these brands are usually pretty cool and fun to work with.”   

In part 2 of this story we’ll share more about Jill’s areas of strengths and opportunity across the 8 pillars of wellness and unpack more of her wellness survival kit.  

To learn more about Jill McIntosh follow her on LinkedIn and explore https://simpactful.com/.

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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