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October 2012

Profile in Resilience: Suzanne Heather Graham President, Downtown Akron Partnership

10/29/12

Profile in Resilience: Suzanne Heather Graham President, Downtown Akron Partnership

Resilience is an important resource that Suzanne (Suzie) Heather Graham has come to depend on, drawing upon it in every aspect of her life. She says that resilience has taught her to be flexible, so that she can meet the many demands she faces on a daily basis.  ". . . With resilience I am able to escape the confines of worry, blame, doubt and fear and focus myself on connecting with the ‘best self’ within myself and others.” Suzanne is profiled in the premiere Northeast Ohio area edition of The Women's Book. Our theme is Resilience: Stories of Innovation & Inspiration. Graham has worked for the city of Akron throughout her career, starting with her tenure with the city’s Recreation Bureau. Since that time she has...

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Profile in Resilience:  DeAnna R. Hoskins, Director of Reentry, Hamilton County

10/29/12

Profile in Resilience: DeAnna R. Hoskins, Director of Reentry, Hamilton County

DeAnna Hoskins’ resilience helped her to change her life in a significant way. At the age of 30, she was a single mother of three children, she was addicted to drugs, in an abusive relationship, and was a convicted felon. After serving time in a local community-based correctional facility, she re-examined her options and the road she was traveling. Thanks to her resilience and determination, she obtained three degrees (a master’s degree in criminal justice,  bachelor’s degree in social work, associate of liberal arts), and became an expert in the field of re-entry.  She is also a licensed clinical addiction counselor, a certified offender workforce development specialist/trainer and a certified recovery/peer-to-peer coach.  “With resilience,...

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Women and “Wives”

10/24/12

Women and “Wives”

  What is this obsession with “wives?”  First came the Stepford Wives, a bestseller made not once but twice into a popular movie; "Desperate Housewives," which ran for eight successful seasons; and “The Real Housewives of [fill in name of major city here]” franchise courtesy of Bravo TV.  Even my own novel, Country Club Wives, addresses this phenomenon.  “I think it’s terrible and demeaning to women,” observes my friend Lisa, a highly intelligent and successful computer software engineer.  “Think about it – it sets us back almost 50 years.  What the heck was women’s lib for?”  Yeah, but…it’s so much fun to get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and...

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Profile in Resilience:  Patty Brisben, Founder and Chairwoman of the Board, Pure Romance, LLC

10/21/12

Profile in Resilience: Patty Brisben, Founder and Chairwoman of the Board, Pure Romance, LLC

Starting a business is difficult for anyone, and Patty Brisben encountered even more than the usual obstacles because of her business concept. However, she relied on her resilience to help her to succeed and she overcame a lot of skepticism from well-meaning friends and family members who were afraid her concept was too taboo.   “Resilience was essential for me to keep going in the face of all that doubt, to focus on my vision, and to continue to help women find answers to questions they may have been to afraid to ask before.”  Join us for The Women's Book's third Cincinnati Release Party in collaboration with 85 Broads Cincinnati on November 13th to get your copy of the new book, and connect with our profiled women leaders and local...

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Profile in Resilience: Senator Grace Drake

10/21/12

Profile in Resilience: Senator Grace Drake

  Senator Grace Drake served in the Ohio Senate from 1984 through 2000, representing the eastern/southern portion of Cuyahoga County and all of Medina and Wayne Counties. She served as a member of the Agriculture, Economic Development, Education, Finance and Financial Institutions, Highways and Transportation, Judiciary and Civil Justice, References, Rules, State and Local Governments, and Ways and Means Committees.  She has been recognized for her hard work with several key appointments, including serving as the first Chair of the Ohio Women’s Policy and Research Commission.    In her current position as Executive-in-Residence at Cleveland State University’s ‘Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs,’ Senator Drake is...

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Domestic Violence – An “Equal Opportunity” Threat to Victims

10/21/12

Domestic Violence – An “Equal Opportunity” Threat to Victims

On Friday, October 12, 2012, ‘Gotta Dance Ohio’ dance studio in Mentor held its second benefit dance for the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center. Aparna Malhotra, three-year volunteer for the DVCAC said the purpose of the dance was to create awareness of domestic violence. As one who was born in India and came to the United States in 1991, Malhotra brings her own perspective to domestic violence awareness, both in her native land of India, but also transcends her appreciation of the efforts of the DVCAC and how domestic violence is dealt with here in the United States of America.    “I think that women, whether in India, or in the United States, are ashamed to talk about it. They don’t think that [domestic violence] happens to the...

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Empowered Style: Meet Quintessa Ezell, CMH Fashion Week Featured Designer

10/18/12

Empowered Style: Meet Quintessa Ezell, CMH Fashion Week Featured Designer

We are excited about the lineup of designers for CMH Fashion Week Columbus 2012 that runs from October 14 - 20th. As a non-profit organization, CMH Fashion Week provides a platform to promote local designers, talent, and businesses while providing scholarship for emerging designers and creating educational programs that will benefit the community. One of the young women designers featured this year includes Quintessa Ezell.         Quintessa has always had a passion for Design. Starting out from a young age she always had a eye for styling and mix and matching colors and prints.She attended Cypress Lake High Center for Arts, located in Ft. Myers. FL where she studied Fine Arts. Mastering her skills in painting, sculpture, and...

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Are We There Yet?  Tips on Planning a Memorable Vacation

10/17/12

Are We There Yet? Tips on Planning a Memorable Vacation

When you feel like your life is consumed with soccer practices, PTA meetings, homework, rushed weeknight dinners and piles of laundry, a vacation can help your clan regroup, reconnect and remember what’s important. Some of our favorite childhood memories are of our family vacations. Whether we were having breakfast with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, cruising to the Caribbean or hanging at the beach, vacations gave us uninterrupted time to relax and have fun together as a family. In this article, we provide our top tips to help you plan the perfect family getaway. Plan Ahead:  Start planning six months to a year in advance. This will allow you to work the trip into your budget and you will also have access to the best airline seats, hotels and available room categories....

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Profiles in Resilience:  Crystal German Vice President, Minority Business Accelerator and Economic Inclusion, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

10/15/12

Profiles in Resilience: Crystal German Vice President, Minority Business Accelerator and Economic Inclusion, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Crystal German says it is the city of Cincinnati’s resilience that has inspired her to make a difference in the community. “With what I do for a living and my personal experiences, it makes sense that I choose to work in a city that in itself has shown great resilience and has worked hard to overcome its obstacles,” says German “With resilience, I dedicate myself every day to working to make the world a more equitable place where everyone has the opportunity to live up to his or her potential. At the end of my life, I want to be known not for my job title or occupation but how I impacted people.” Join us for The Women's Book's third Cincinnati Release Party in collaboration with 85 Broads Cincinnati on November 13th to get your copy of...

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Profile in Resilience: Maria Coyne, Executive Vice President, Consumer and Business Banking Segment and Member of the Executive Council of KeyCorp

10/15/12

Profile in Resilience: Maria Coyne, Executive Vice President, Consumer and Business Banking Segment and Member of the Executive Council of KeyCorp

  Advocating for women is part of Maria Coyne’s job, and she also carries over this task into her personal life. As the head of Key4Women®, the bank’s program for women in business (to date, Keybank has loaned more than $6 billion to women-owned businesses and has committed to lend another $5 billion to small businesses by 2014), Coyne says she’s come to realize how important resilience can be. “I work with talented and tenacious women business and community leaders across the country,” says Coyne. “I am inspired by the resilience of these leaders as they continue to weather the financial downturn and find ways to thrive in a challenging economy.”   When asked what she loves most about the Northeast...

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Empowered Style: Meet Genoveva Christoff, CMH Fashion Week Featured Designer

10/15/12

Empowered Style: Meet Genoveva Christoff, CMH Fashion Week Featured Designer

Fashion Designer Geneveva Christoff lives in and loves the fashion world. Born in Macedonia, she immigrated to the United States and studied design at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Columbus, Ohio graduating in 2009 with a BA in Fashion Design.

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Do you have a FINANCIAL SAFETY NET protecting your future?

10/13/12

Do you have a FINANCIAL SAFETY NET protecting your future?

  It is not surprising that statistics indicate women outlive their husbands, that they receive lower social security payments, lower pensions and earn less money. But what is surprising is the large number of single women (either widowed or divorced) living in poverty.   When a man experiences the loss of his wife, typically there is minimal financial impact to his lifestyle. He keeps the same pension payments and his income continues as before. When a wife loses a husband, her pension payments, social security payments and income can be reduced significantly. In addition, her mortgage payment, car payments and living expenses continue as before. This situation becomes more extreme when this life-changing event happens early in life to a young family,...

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Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc.: How You Can Help Girls Look Good on the Outside & Feel Good on the Inside

10/10/12

Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc.: How You Can Help Girls Look Good on the Outside & Feel Good on the Inside

For many girls and women, looking good, dressing well, and feeling confident go hand-in-hand. When we feel confident and put together, we feel like we can take on the world! Unfortunately, for many young ladies, the connection between external beauty and internal self- worth can be convoluted and girls’ self-esteem can be tremendously influenced by whether or not they believe that they are pretty, skinny, sexy, or desired by others. Here are some suggestions for how we can help girls feel good about who they are and how they look:   1. Help girls develop a healthy and realistic body image by providing them with opportunities to critically analyze the media and discern between real images of women and photos that have been airbrushed, enhanced, and edited....

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Profiles in Resilience:  Barbara Rinto, Director, University of Cincinnati Women's Center

10/09/12

Profiles in Resilience: Barbara Rinto, Director, University of Cincinnati Women's Center

To Barbara Rinto, resilience is about understanding your values and through trial and error figuring out how to stay true to those values over a lifetime. She says when she was a child her parents served as a very good example of resilience and taught her to pursue her goals even in a male-dominated society. “At a young age, I realized that as a girl your well-being was often secondary to that of boys. If the two were seen in conflict, the girl often resilience lost out,” says Rinto. “Luckily, I had parents who did not agree with this and I benefited from their wisdom and values by being encouraged to play sports, to excel in school, to find a career, and to defer marriage until I was truly ready. Their support provided me an example that I could call on when I was...

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Profiles in Resilience:  Faye Bass, President, National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section

10/09/12

Profiles in Resilience: Faye Bass, President, National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section

  Faye Bass didn’t realize the depth of her resilience until she realized she had strayed far from her comfort zone, launching an all-new career. It took resilience and courage to begin work in a brand new field, but she has never regretted her decision. “Resilience helped me when I needed to explore interests outside of our business, and it helped me take the steps I needed in order to turn those interests into a livelihood,” Bass says. For 20 years she served as vice president of administration at a manufacturing company.  But her interest was in being a more integral part of the Cleveland Jewish community. Bass was first able to act on this interest by becoming a member of the board of trustees of the National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland...

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Too Sick to Work?

10/08/12

Too Sick to Work?

  Sneezing, wheezing, coughing – you’re spreading germs, so stay home. The air has turned cooler, the leaves are turning vibrant colors I love this time of year!  I enjoy the beautiful changes that signal a gentle shift in the seasons.  We get to change ourwardrobes – deeper, richer textures, exciting new patterns and colors.  We get to change our make-up (who doesn’t want a new lipcolor?), we get to pull out those sharp new boots we’ve been dying to wear.  The one thing that I don’t welcome is the cold and flu season that also seem to hit this time of year.   As I write this letter,  my husband is home sick, numerous clients, friends are suffering from cold,...

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Wedding Gowns 101 Finding Your Perfect Fit

10/05/12

Wedding Gowns 101 Finding Your Perfect Fit

                         It’s here! It’s time to shop for what could possibly be the most expensive and most beautiful gown you will ever purchase. Yes, it’s your wedding dress! No pressure, right? So you’ve dreamed of the perfect day with the perfect guy and the perfect dress. You’ve looked at all the latest bridal gown magazines and websites. You’ve even taken a peek inside a local bridal salon. But, do you really know the type of dress that’s best for your body shape?  One of the saddest things to witness is a bride in an ill-fitting gown. On her perfectly planned special day, she spends most of her time tugging and pulling at her dress instead of enjoying...

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How to Build an Exceptional Personal Brand as an Expert

10/02/12

How to Build an Exceptional Personal Brand as an Expert

  Having a strong personal brand that you can cash in on as an expert is not just for people like Oprah, Madonna or Martha Stewart. It's for everyone. It's for you. Just like these three powerful women, you too can build a strong personal brand and cash in on it. Branding yourself is an internal journey that leads you to toward taking specific and intentional action to become the biggest and brightest "you" that you want to be. And as an expert in your field, your personal brand is what will attract the kind of clients, partners and opportunities that fire you up.  To help you on this journey, here is a list of 24 things you can do take control of your personal brand and increase your profile as...

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