Written by: Pete Scalia
They work hard, play hard and look good doing it. They’re entrepreneurs, lawyers, marketing gurus, fashion designers and more. This month, Cincinnati Profile introduces you to eight “Single & Successful” women who make Cincinnati a beautiful place to be.
Be sure to check out the accompanying photo gallery for each of our nominees. You’re welcome.
Occupation: Couture Bridal, Evening Wear and Cocktail Fashion Designer
An incredibly talented fashion designer who recently launched her own label, Lindsey loves living in Cincinnati. “It is a city with a small town feel. I love that I know my neighbors, am close to my family, yet still get some of the perks of being in a big city.” She also believes that “Cincinnati has such a rich culture, from the historic buildings to the arts scene…I feel like I’m exploring a new place every day.”
Lindsey is actively involved with Crossroads Community Church, where she volunteers with Kids Club, and serves on the India Justice planning team – a group planning social enterprise initiatives for women who have been freed from sex slavery in India. She also participates in local non-profit construction projects “because sometimes, I just want to get my hands dirty.”
She says her mother taught her that “life is like a roller coaster.” Through self-discipline, goal-setting and service to others, Lindsey manages to turn obstacles in life into opportunities, so she’s “not the passenger on the ride, but the joyful driver.”
Lindsey says she loves being “Single & Successful” in Cincinnati because it’s “such a great town to start a company and live it up at the same time. There is so much to go out and do with friends. I love being downtown and taking in all it has to offer.”
Click here to view Lindsey’s Single and Successful photo slideshow.
Occupation: Owner, Black and White Exchange; Event Coordinator and Director of Sales and Marketing for The Elements Conference and Event Centre
Nidhi is on the event planning committee for Women Helping Women, and is also launching another philanthropy called ONE! One Mission – One Goal. Her mission is to help people find solutions to life’s problems “when they need it most.”
Nidhi is always smiling. She believes that life is all about having the right attitude: “The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I respond to it.”
What’s great about being “Single & Successful” in Cincinnati? For Nidhi, “it is fun, it’s challenging, it’s motivating, and it keeps me wanting to do more!”
Click here to view Nidhi’s Single and Successful photo slideshow.
Occupation: PR and social media strategies for a major non-profit in Cincinnati
Known by her blogger name “Kate the Great” in social media circles, Katy serves on the board of directors of the Junior League of Cincinnati and CincyPAC – a non-partisan, city-focused political action committee. She’s also a member of the United Way of Cincinnati’s Emerging Leaders Society, and regularly volunteers for the Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Ballet and other local organizations.
Katy is a proud resident of Over-the-Rhine, and believes Cincinnati is “in the middle of a renaissance.” She loves the fact that so many people are effecting positive change in the city. “I love that the city’s skyline is the last thing I see before I go to bed, and the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning.”
Katy recently decided to give up her ride and live car-free for at least one full year. “Metro is a great resource for our city, and walking and biking are two healthy (and fun!) alternatives to sitting behind the wheel of a car.”
As for being “Single & Successful” in Cincinnati, Katy believes “life is an adventure, and I’d love to have someone with whom I could share this experience. Got a valid passport?”
Click here to view Katy’s Single and Successful photo slideshow.
Occupation: Senior Vice-President, Kroger Prepaid Banking Services, U.S. Bank
Rebecca believes that “courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.” Active and athletic, Rebecca once broke her ankle making an audition tape for the hit TV show “Survivor.” “Several years ago, I took a video camera out on the mountain bike trails to finish off the last portion of the tape. It was January, so no one else was on the trails. I came out hopping on one foot, using my bike as a crutch.” Rebecca says it wasn’t until she made it back to her car that she could call for help. The story ends with “an emergency room visit, surgery, titanium pins and a short stint in the ICU.”
Rebecca has since healed from her injuries, and thinks Cincinnati is the perfect place for people living active lifestyles. She regularly takes part in the Flying Pig Marathon and Heart Mini-Marathon, and enjoys visiting area parks. Rebecca also appreciates Cincinnati’s “strong sense of family and family values.” She says she finds that people here “tend to be more in tune with the things around them.”
So, what’s it like being “Single & Successful” in Cincinnati? Rebecca says it’s “definitely fun! Cincinnati has so many social activities.” She loves meeting new people, “whether it’s a wine tasting, an organized road or mountain bike ride, a local concert, a charity event, the art museum or just a new restaurant.” Rebecca says although it can sometimes be challenging to juggle work and play, the key is to lead a “balanced” life.
Click here to view Rebecca’s Single and Successful photo slideshow.
Comec’ko R. Webber
Occupation: Part of the “Intervention Team” within the Cincinnati Public School District; full-time grad student at the College of Mount Saint Joseph
Ask Comec’ko what makes her unique and the first thing she’ll tell you is her name (it’s pronounced co-ME-koh, by the way). With her bright smile and even brighter personality, Comec’ko believes that real beauty lies within – not just on the outside. She thinks all women should “wake up and tell yourself that you are beautiful and that you are the controller of your happiness!”
Actively involved with Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Comec’ko seeks to “cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women and to be of service to all mankind.” Comec’ko also works to help women and girls overcome obstacles to improve their social stature and maintain an interest in school.
Comec’ko thinks one of the greatest things about Cincinnati is the food, LaRosa’s in particular. She also enjoys local shopping and entertainment. As for being “Single & Successful,” Comec’ko says “I believe in patience and having fun in the process! Timing is everything!”
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Occupation: Owner of Omm…At Home – practitioner of alternative medicine, meditation and Feng Shui for individuals and small groups
Jennifer (or Jenny, to friends and family) loves helping others achieve peace and harmony in their lives. She encourages her clients to try new experiences, and is trying a few new things herself, like archery, salsa dancing and Native American field tracking.
Jenny thinks comedian George Carlin got it right when he said “People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.” Despite the “cold winters and seasonal allergies,” Jenny thinks Cincinnati is “just an easy place to call home,” and loves how easy it is to find great art, entertainment and food around town.
Borrowing from Hunter S. Thompson, Jenny believes that “life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved, attractive body; but rather to skid in sideways, Sauvignon Blanc in one hand, burrito in the other (with chips and guacamole, of course), body thoroughly used up, worn out and screaming ‘Woo hoo! What a ride!’”
Jenny thinks Cincinnati “is an easy place to be and enjoy being single and successful!” She also says “it truly boils down to your attitude, because there are opportunities around every corner, if you actually look.”
Click here to view Jennifer’s Single and Successful photo slideshow.
Occupation: Senior Attorney, IRS Office of Chief Counsel
Linda is actively involved in the community as a board member of the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and committee member at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. She’s also involved with a few local organizations in the fight against human trafficking. Linda’s involvement with the zoo helped her check the first item off of her “bucket list” – to pet a cheetah!
Linda loves spending time with her friends and family, visiting Cincinnati’s many summer festivals and exploring the city’s rich history. She also loves the fact that “there are so many opportunities to get involved and give back to the community.” Linda thinks the people of Cincinnati are “great! So friendly and so generous.”
Linda thinks being “Single & Successful” in Cincinnati can be a blessing because “I find that my friends who are married and have kids don’t have the time to do all the things they want to. Single ladies can do everything. And we do!”
Click here to view Linda’s Single and Successful photo slideshow.
Occupation: CEO and Founder of Boot Camp Digital, a company specializing in social media and Internet marketing training and consulting
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Krista is also a best-selling author and international speaker, and serves as Managing Director of Institute of Social Media at Cincinnati State. A resident of Over-the-Rhine, Krista says she loves living in downtown Cincinnati. “People really care about the neighborhood and there is a lot of passion and energy.”
Krista tries to read “about a book every other week,” loves spending time outdoors (hiking, camping, cycling and running), and is into “extreme activities” like skydiving, bungee jumping and para-gliding.
Krista believes Cincinnati has “a great entrepreneurship community” and that “there is no shortage of interesting ad passionate people to meet and connect with.” So what’s it like being “Single & Successful” here? “Cincinnati is a fabulous city full of interesting and inspiring people. Sometimes you just have to make an effort to meet them!”
Click here to view Krista’s Single and Successful photo slideshow.