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A local art gallery and consulting business is expanding into a brand new location. Click here for more details on the upcoming Grand Opening.

After 27 years running Art Design Consultants (ADC) in the heart of Cincinnati, Owner Litsa Spanos is expanding her business to the new ADC West Gallery.

Spanos and her business ADC offer assistance to residential, corporate, and commercial clients in finding artwork that reinforces their unique goals, missions, and brand identities. 

When it comes to consulting with clients, Spanos says that she wants to create spaces that are a reflection of them and who they are. 

The team at ADC doesn’t focus on a specific medium of art, rather they offer clients a variety of mediums, styles, and artists.

The new ADC location is in a warehouse on the West End.

In addition to helping clients find artwork that speaks to them, she also enjoys offering support to artists through the Blink Art Resource Guide, which is designed in-house and in its sixth year of showcasing artists and connecting them directly to buyers. 

With the expansion of her business to a brand new location, Spanos is now preparing for the Grand Opening of the ADC West Gallery, which will open on November 21 alongside the new publication of the Blink Art Resource. 

The new ADC West Gallery will now be located in the West End.

The West End facility on York Street is a refurbished warehouse and will offer an expanded gallery with even more artwork and a larger framing facility. ADC West will now have the space to pursue two new concepts we have been considering – a co-working environment and a nonprofit inspirational space called Blink Scape.

Blink Scape at the West End location will be a 20-foot square white cube dedicated to conceptual art installations. The 20′ x 20′ non-profit installation room, located centerstage in the new ADC West Gallery, is a place where art inspires and heals, bringing the community thought-provoking installations that create joy and lead to transformation.

Those who want to experience the CUBE can do so with a $25 donation to ADC Fine Art.   

The Grand Opening reception is November 21 from 12-5pm. ADC West is located at 1013 York Street in Cincinnati. 

The show will feature over 150 of the nation’s most talented artists featured in the annual Blink Art Resource publication. Spanos says that masks and an RSVP are required for each experience to help ensure proper social distancing, and to keep visitors as safe as possible.

To learn more, click here.

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As we say goodbye to a year unlike any other, one local life coach wants to help you make next year your best one yet.

In a year that’s been anything but normal, Melissa Kirkpatrick, founder of Find Your Own Drive, wants to help you live your best life in the year to come.

Kirkpatrick is hosting a series of upcoming webinars to inspire you from the comfort of home. 

“Earlier this year I offered free webinars to support those who are looking for a way to take the situation of the pandemic and refocus their energy on themselves in a positive manner by using vision boards, morning routines, and progress toward a purpose,” says Kirkpatrick. 

In the time since she first offered the webinars, Kirkpatrick says that she’s been able to work individually with those who participated. From there, she found that she could reach even more people by offering two additional free webinars.

The reason for the two free webinars are to develop confidence and clarity as the year comes to a close and a new year arrives. “What a better time to do this than just before the holidays to talk about growing in gratitude as well as creating the vision for 2021,” she adds. 

Kirkpatrick shares a passion for nurturing others on their journey, which she says goes back to when she was a kid. “It brings me a lot of joy to be able to teach others what I have learned on my journey and share ways to equip themselves with tools that will allow them to stay focused and motivated on their dreams and goals to create a business and life they love,” she says. 

When participants are finished with the webinars, Kirkpatrick says she hopes that they will take away an understanding that in any situation, good will come when you focus on you from the inside out. “Your thoughts become things, your actions create a reaction, and when you know how to use these tools by starting from within, you really can create your life by design,” she says.

Growing Through Gratitude is a free webinar being offered on November 19 from 12-1pm. Kirkpatrick will share practical ways to implement a customized gratitude practice that will help you break out of ruts, attract more good, and live your best life. 

You can RSVP for the Growing Through Gratitude webinar at

On December 17 from 12-1pm, Kirkpatrick will host her 2021 Virtual Vision Board Workshop. As we get ready to say goodbye to a wild year, Kirkpatrick wants to help you find ways to get clear on your goals, envision what those goals look like, understand why you want those goals, and to help you put steps into place for success.

You can RSVP for this webinar at

Each of Kirkpatrick’s webinars are free to watch and includes access to the live workshop as well as a free copy of her Find Your Own D.R.I.V.E. ebook and a complimentary one-on-one activation call.

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Wanting to find her own spark while helping others, a local woman launched this amazing initiative. Read on for more.

Karen Harshaw isn’t new to the fundraising industry. In fact, when she launched SPARK Philanthropy in 2018, she had already been in fundraising for more than 20 years. 

“Stepping out on my own had been something I wanted to do for a number of years, more than anything; to be independent and successful,” she says. “I wanted to help nonprofits that were struggling; how to shift and turn things around and make a greater impact at their entire philanthropic landscape.”

But this new start wasn’t easy for Harshaw. 

“I was afraid,” she says. “I had an admiration for other professional consultants that I didn’t have for myself. I didn’t believe I was on their level.”

With a nudge from her husband, Harshaw became the first black fundraising consultant in the city. “I knew it would be something bold, new, and scary all at the same time,” she says. “I didn’t think I would be accepted or given the opportunities or benefit of the doubt that other consultants would. But I had to stop making excuse after excuse. I was connected. People did know me, and I had a proven track record. And, I was good!”

That’s when she found her own spark and decided to take one giant leap for womankind. 

Today Harshaw is the founder of SPARK Philanthropy, a consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits deliver high-quality, mission-driven fundraising strategies and training.

“Our goal is to develop the resources, skills, and know-how to build a more effective organization, successful donor relationships, and maximize revenue” she says. “It’s our mission to transform leaders and board members into fundraising powerhouses equipped with the resources they need to be effective and have greater mission impact.” 

SPARK Philanthropy also works with organization leaders to teach them how to be more effective and create and build a culture of fundraising.

Harshaw says that SPARK Philanthropy helps to turn ideas into reality by focusing on four key areas to meet an organization’s growth goals:

  1. Fundraising Strategies (annual campaigns, capital campaigns, major gift development, donor cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, and special events)

  2.  Strategic Planning (conduct feasibility studies, design and develop fund development and communication plans, and action plans)

  3. Capacity Building (conduct needs assessments, assess nonprofit effectiveness, and organizational growth)

  4. Board Development and Governance (board recruitment, board facilitation, trainings and retreats, and succession planning.)

In addition to these areas, SPARK Philanthropy also provides leadership coaching to motivate and inspire new leaders and existing leaders within organizations around Cincinnati. 

When Harshaw works with an organization, she says that she focuses on the entire philanthropic landscape, including philanthropic culture. “We want to make sure, internally, that their foundation is strong so that they can thrive for years to come,” she adds.

Harshaw says that while the goal for 2021 was to expand her services beyond Ohio, that goal was met a little early. 

“We have accomplished that goal during the pandemic,” she says. “We had an incredible number of nonprofit leaders reach out at the beginning of the pandemic asking for our support; desperate to keep their nonprofits afloat and teams intact. We took everyone on. It has been amazing getting to know so many different organizations doing amazing, impactful work in the community. They are making a difference.” 

Harshaw says that SPARK Philanthropy is also now in North Carolina, Florida, and Las Vegas.

To learn more, visit or like them on Facebook<>. 

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Learn about local entrepreneurs who launched a new podcast to help entrepreneurs find the way to financial freedom.

Two local entrepreneurs wanted to create a community among other driven individuals seeking to enter entrepreneurship. To help guide other determined business owners living in uncertain economic times, they launched Side Hustle City.

“Side Hustle City is a community of like-minded, driven people at various stages of entrepreneurship,” Co-Founder Adam Koehler. “Ideally it will become an ecosystem that birts vibrant start-ups and ideas that create economic inclusion and financial stability for all people willing to bust it.”

Koehler, who is also the founder of Revered Out as well as other numerous ventures, launched Side Hustle City alongside Kyle Stevie, the self-proclaimed Forrest Gump of the Cincinnati start-up scene. 

The inspiration for Side Hustle City came from the desire to help entrepreneurs take care of themselves.

“Generations of Americans have relied on subsidies from the government and it’s created a death cycle for families and communities,” says Koehler. “Side Hustle City was established on the principle that the only person, or entity, that can take care of you is you. We want to give access to tools and education that allow people to provide for their own needs. We believe that it is going to take more than one stream of income and we want to provide examples of people who have successfully navigated that course.”

Koehler says that he hopes those who connect with Side Hustle City will give people the opportunity to walk away as the captain of their own voyage. “Economic independence is accessible to everyone,” he says. “The more wealth in each community, the better each community becomes.” 

Within Side Hustle City is a community offering up real life examples of people who have achieved economic freedom through multiple streams of income. “We also provide access to organizations and people who can help advise entrepreneurs on meeting important check points in their growth from an idea into a company with employees,” says Koehler.

The concept behind Side Hustle City is as unique as the individuals in the group. “We aren’t reinventing the wheel,” he says. “We are only centralizing information for people to have access to. The success of the group isn’t driven by the organization, it’s driven by the desire of the individual members of the community.”

As Side Hustle City continues to expand its reach to the region’s entrepreneurs, they plan to host meet-ups and social networking events. For now, Side Hustle City connects with others on social media and through their podcast. 

“We are going to continue to bring interesting and inspiring success stories and informational interviews that will benefit business owners,” he says. 

To learn more about Side Hustle City, check out their Facebook page.

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This local financial services company helps your money work for you. Learn about their upcoming star-studded event!

For 30 years Truepoint Wealth Counsel has maintained its focus on creating peace of mind and possibility.
“We are fee-only fiduciaries and one of the few employee-owned and independent wealth management firms in our region,” explains Truepoint Wealth Advisor Deanna Sicking. “Despite how our industry typically operates, there simply is not a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to personal finance because money has a way of affecting every aspect of our lives.”
With a focus on meaning, Truepoint’s guidance is rooted in their clients’ values and goals, and every client team includes a wealth advisor and four subject-matter experts: investment, financial planning, tax, and estate planning. Truepoint was built to bring these parts together in a way that actually creates greater value.
This approach is in stark contrast to the experience many individuals have where they rely on a cadre of varied professionals to try to stitch things together. Unfortunately, much is often lost in the process.
“But it’s not just about the integrated technical expertise; it’s also about discovering your ‘why’ – the key to bringing clarity to your financial decision-making,” says Sicking. “And we believe that the sum of money is secondary to the greater meaning your financial results are there to support.”
The team at Truepoint is led by Founder & CEO Michael J. Chasnoff and President & Principal Steve Condon. Now with a growing team of 66, more than half of the employees are women, something Sicking says is a rarity in the wealth management industry where only 25 percent of Certified Financial Planners are women. For the past 10 years, Truepoint has made a dedicated effort to better engage female clients through the Truepoint Women’s Wealth Counsel, a community of the firm’s female clients, team members, and professional partners. 
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Wealth Counsel, they’re hosting an upcoming webinar.
“We are very excited to welcome Jean Chatzky to our Truepoint Talks webinar series,” says Sicking. “Jean is a celebrated personal finance columnist who many may know as the financial editor of NBC’s TODAY show. As a firm committed to engaging women in their financial lives, Truepoint is especially proud to have this special conversation with Jean in honor of Truepoint’s 30th anniversary.
The webinar will take place on October 20 at 4:15pm. You can learn more about the upcoming webinar and register here.
To learn more about Truepoint Wealth Counsel and its plethora of services, visit There, Sicking says, you’ll find more information about the team and their approach. You can stay in touch with Truepoint by joining the email list on the website.

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A university professor is releasing a new collection of short stories to show how the power of storytelling brings people together.

Stories bring us together. Whether they’re stories that intertwine or stories that bring together different groups of people, stories are uniting in what they can do.

Sarah Strickley is launching her own short story collection, Fall Together

“Each story is a re-telling of some kind,” she says. “Some stories re-tell other stories, some re-tell other forms of storytelling: a country song, a newspaper headline, etc.”

Strickley’s experience in storytelling comes from her professional and educational careers. Currently she teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville. “I earned my PhD at the University of Cincinnati and my MFA at the University of Iowa,” she explains.”I joined the creative writing department at UofL about 5 years ago and I am faculty editor of our online literary journal, Miracle Monocle.”

When it comes to her short story collection Fall Together, Strickley says that she feels the book offers a unique level of variety on the formal and thematic levels. “No two stories are the same,” she says. 

The classes that Strickley teaches at the University of Louisville work through several genres of literature, writing, and discussing published work in addition to the students’ own pieces. “The idea is to learn by doing and to learn from each other,” she adds.

While the students in her courses are typically enrolled at the University of Louisville, Strickley does offer the public an opportunity to learn with her via the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

“It’s a great chance to choose a course that matches your needs and sensibilities and anyone is welcome to enroll,” says Strickley.

In addition to Fall Together and the courses she offers as a university professor, Strickley says that she has a new novella coming out this winter called Sister.

To learn more about Strickley, visit

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The founder of this new group helps you live your life and dreams on your own terms. See how she’s helping you do it all, without doing it all on your own.

Daniyiel Walker knows it takes a village. To help her find that village and do all the things she knew she was capable of, she launched The Alpha Female Association. 

“The Alpha Female Association’s mission is to motivate and provide female entrepreneurs with services and resources that create effective social media strategies and lifestyle designs that elevate a powerhouse for both personal and business growth,” she explains. “Along with creating related events, content, and a community of like-minded women.”

Walker says that she was inspired to launch The Alpha Female Association after she found it difficult to run a business from home, be a mother, and be a wife all at the sametime. “I knew I couldn’t be alone in this constant struggle to stay afloat,” she says. “After years of educating myself, advising other women of how to brand and market their online presence, and thriving in healthcare administration, I decided to tell my story on a daily basis and met some amazing women along the way.”

Then, what would become The Alpha Female Association began creating events that harvested moments and relationships with the City of Cincinnati, by helping women who are established or just starting to design the lives of their dreams. 

Walker and The Alpha Female Association provides the tools and services clients need to help them scale and brand their online business with their creative brand development and social media management services. 

Through The Alpha Female Association, Walker hopes to create a community of female entrepreneurs that not only run powerhouse businesses, but also get to live their lives while doing so. 

The Alpha Female Association isn’t the only way that Walker is creating her community, however. 

“I’ve also worked to create and produce a podcast called Alpha Female Motivation,” says Walker. “It’s a podcast that provides experiences, advice, and stories to help women live their dream life. Cliche, maybe, but we all want to live life on our own terms.” 

Season 2 of The Alpha Female Association airs on October 6. The Alpha Female Energy book and planner will be available in December. 

To learn more about The Alpha Female Association, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, and find the podcast by searching “Alpha Female Motivation” on Spotify and iTunes. 

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Learn about a local law firm‘s initiative to lead the way in diversity and women's advancement within their organization and community.

Taft’s Gender Advancement Committee is led by Cincinnati partner Sonya Jindal Tork and Indianapolis partner Tracy Betz.

Back in 2017, Taft Law formed its Gender Advancement Committee to help develop, promote, and advance women attorneys within the firm itself, the legal profession, and the community. 

“The committee works with Taft leadership to identify potential barriers to women’s successes, and then creates plans to eliminate those barriers,” says Taft’s Senior Manager on Business Development Megan Riley.

Before 2017, there was a lot of formal and informal feedback from Taft’s female lawyers. Much of that feedback involved raising questions and making comments as to the long-term viability of the private practice of law as a career. Then, those questions and comments were directed at the profession as a whole, while others were addressed to Taft specifically.

From there Taft’s Managing Partner Robert Hicks realized that if Taft wanted to become the highly regarded “employer of choice” in each of its markets, then it needed to adopt a mindset and approach that helps to attract, retain, and develop female lawyers in a way Riley says was more effective than what the firm had achieve before. “Forming the Gender Advancement Committee seemed like a good way to start working on these issues,” says Riley.  

Today, the Gender Advancement Committee is led by Cincinnati partner Sonya Jindal Tork and Indianapolis partner Tracy Betz. 

Together the two head up the committee that hopes to break down barriers for women attorneys. “We have more women now in leadership positions thanks to a host of initiatives, such as bringing in national experts to disrupt implicit biases and industry leaders who help us benchmark key metrics,” says Riley. “At the same time, especially important given the current environment, we want to focus on creating a modern workplace culture – one that is flexible, inclusive, and supportive of a strong work/life balance.”

In the community, Taft is involved with their “Women of Taft” affinity group, which is made up of female lawyers from the Cincinnati office. “The group celebrates women leaders, strengthens relationships with women clients who own or manage organizations in the Cincinnati area, and helps our lawyers forge relationships with professional and executive women in Cincinnati,” says Riley. “Every year we host a SHE (Support Her Endeavors) event, where we recognize women who are trailblazers or leaders in the community.”

In early 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Taft hosted a successful clothing drive in the Cincinnati office benefitting Dress for Success Cincinnati, in honor of International Women’s Day.

Most recently, Taft was selected as one of Working Mother magazine’s 2020 “Best Law Firms for Women.” It was one of only 60 law firms in the country to earn this honor. “This shows the initiatives our Gender Advancement Committee has worked on – from moving to a one-class partnership structure; to offering a 16-week paid parental leave (regardless of gender); to partnering with companies such as CorporateCARE Solutions and MilkStork to offer family-centered benefits – is paying off for our firm,” adds Riley.

To learn more about Taft’s gender advancement and diversity initiatives, click here. You can also keep up with the firm on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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In search of new talent for your business in this flooded job market? See how one local lady launched a service to leverage her decades of experience to bring you the best candidates.

Anne Voller, founder of AV Hire Power

Anne Voller’s friends often asked her about her talent acquisition network and her own guidance on hiring strategies. Along with this help came a fascination for diving into the challenges companies were facing and helping them find talent solutions to their problems. 

That’s when she established AV Hire Power, a talent acquisition consulting practice that specializes in helping small- to mid-sized companies hire their incoming talent. 

“Talent acquisition, while in partnership with Human Resources, is different from human resources and focuses at the beginning of the recruitment funnel,” explains Voller. “This includes employment brand marketing,outsourcing and finding applicants, creating job descriptions, fine-tuning the interview process, and overseeing the actual hiring of candidates. The true area of focus for my business takes place well before candidates become employees.”

The main goal at AV Hire Power is to help businesses work on designing the strategy for a company to appeal to the “best fit” applicants, while also treating them with dignity and respect. 

Voller found that in her mission of helping companies find the best fit for them, she enjoyed listening to their stories, helping them to dig deep and weed out their exact trouble spots. 

“I found that creating a unique strategy customized to their specific recruiting operation was exciting and rewarding,” she says. 

Voller has more than 20 years of experience in Talent Acquisition and her prior career was in retail as the Vice President of recruiting at Macy’s.

“One of the great things about that experience is that retail hires all types of jobs from sales to warehouses, call centers to college recruits,” she says. “No two days were ever the same.”

The main focuses at AV Hire Power are entry level, hourly hiring and college recruiting. 

In terms of hourly recruiting, Voller says that it doesn’t matter what type of industry because the processes are similar, whether working with retail or restaurants, property management and warehouses. “The job descriptions and interview questions are different, but the sourcing and hiring processes are very similar across industries,” she adds.

The other area of Voller’s expertise comes in recruiting college students. “The vast majority of collect recruiting today is being done virtually and that can be a disadvantage to a company with a lesser known brand,” says Voller. “However, if you learn how to truly customize your messaging to cater to these unique times, you will find outstanding candidates.”

When it comes to recruiting at AV Hire Power, Voller says that one of the most unique things about her business is that she is able to understand the recruitment needs of every business she works with simply by listening to their story.

“Let’s face it, we all benefit from an approachable, unbiased third party opinion,” she says. “This initial analysis helps reveal the gaps while paving the path to a winning strategy.”

As for the future of AV Hire Power, Voller says that she hopes to build an aspect of team coaching into her business to help everyone she works with leverage their strengths so they can work together more collaboratively. 

“For instance, if someone on the team is naturally organized, that person can help others understand those best practices,” she says. “The process I’m launching will helps teams better understand their inherent strengths as a team and where they might need additional resources.” 

AV Hire Power will be launching its website at the end of the month. For now, however, you can keep in touch on LinkedIn and by emailing

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How do you stay connected and grow professionally in a socially distanced world? Learn about this organization’s virtual conferences for women leadership all over the country.

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 Southern Ohio/Cincinnati chapter of WELD launched in April 2018 before being officially recognized as a chapter in September 2019.

At a time when it’s exceptionally important for businesses to remain afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, WELD is helping its members to stay connected during this crucial time. 

“It’s easy to neglect short and long-term goals during times of uncertainty, but staying focused is extremely important in your leadership development,” says Keller. “WELD is grateful for the outstanding leaders who will be delivering excellent sessions for our members and supporters in the upcoming weeks.”

There are a couple of WELD events just around the corner: 

On Wednesday, September 2, is the 2020 WELD Pittsburgh National Webinar. This virtual event from 12-1pm is on “Negotiating the Undone: How to Take the Fear Out of Saying ‘No’ to More Work.” The speaker for the event is Suzanna Malausky and you can register here.

The 2020 WELD National Special Webinar will be held on Thursday, September 10, from 12-1pm. Christy Walsh and Regan Walsh will serve as the speakers on “Power Play: How to Lead with Confidence and Style in a Virtual World.” You can register for that event here

There is another 2020 WELD National Special Webinar with Meghan Day on September 15 from 10am-11am. This webinar will teach you how you can be part of a new network of diverse directors and rising directors, including access to view and apply for board opportunities at leading organizations worldwide.

On September 16 is the 2020 WELD September Leadership Series Webinar from 11:45am-1pm with Sandy Harbrech Ratchford, CEO and President of Paul Werth Associates for the fifth of a six-part leadership series for the year. 

“In this discussion, Sandy will focus on defining power and how to use power and persuasion together to effectively and constructively achieve results and what pitfalls to avoid,” says Keller. “It’s about defining your own power and using it to back your ideas while persuading others to believe in them, helping to set you up for success.” 

To learn more, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can find a list of other upcoming WELD events by clicking here