Welcome to Cincinnati Profile’s annual “Single and Successful” issue! Each year we highlight  remarkable women here in Greater Cincinnati – nominated by you, our loyal readers  – who are real go-getters; making a difference in our community, pursuing their dreams, and looking really, really good while doing it! And did I mention that – for the time being, anyway – they also happen to be single?

This year, with your help, we have selected four extraordinary women who are each successful in her own right. I proudly present Cincinnati Profile’s Single and Successful class of 2014! (And make sure to check out additional photos of this year’s ladies here! )

Shadia Haddad

Shadia Haddad

Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”

Shadia Haddad: In my opinion, measuring success isn’t only dependent on monetary factors or the number of awards and accolades you have hanging on your wall. It’s about your level of happiness and confidence that you are doing what you want to be doing in life. Setting goals, following your dreams, and being able to achieve them is the true measure of success.

CP: What do you still want to accomplish?

SH: There are so many adventures, opportunities, and ways to live your life that it’s exciting, but also makes you realize how short of a time we really have. I have a bucket list filled with skills I want to learn (such as snowboarding, which I just took my first lesson this winter – check!), places I want to visit, and personal experiences I want to have. Having this list and looking at it often helps me to focus on what is important to me and the things I want to accomplish-but I’m not afraid to edit this list either!

CP: What charitable/philanthropic organizations are you involved with?

SH: Having been in the financial industry for a number of years it is easy to see the need for financial literacy programs in schools. Through my job, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several local schools and teach kids the basics and importance of being able to manage your money – from simple skills such as using a debit card and how that affects your checking account to talking about college and retirement planning. It’s pretty amusing to talk to kids about their retirement before they have even started working, but it is very important that they learn these skills at an early age. Just imagine if all of us started saving for our retirement in high school!

CP: Why is it important to you to give back?

SH: Life is about choices, but it is also about opportunities that are not equally given. I am thankful for what I have, and the experiences in life that have helped develop my talents and knowledge, so I feel that it is my moral duty to be able to share that with others. I’ve had a lot of support in my life with a loving family and great friends, and if I can in any way be a positive influence in someone’s life I welcome the opportunity to do so.

CP: What do you love about Cincinnati?

SH: I moved back to Cincinnati about seven years ago after living in a couple larger cities, so Cincinnati had a lot to prove. The transformation I have seen over those years has been astounding! I live downtown so I am able to see firsthand the amount of development, new restaurants, and entertainment venues that are popping up, and it is so exciting! I like to say that Cincinnati is a very accessible city – it’s a large city filled with opportunity, but it’s also a place where a young professional can really make a difference and have an impact on the city’s future development. For example, our city council has young professionals that are passionate about our growth, you can be a board member of an organization before the age of 30 (that would rarely happen in other larger cities), and due to the smaller size you can easily develop a great network of influential people that can help further your career.

CP: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?

SH: I’m very attracted to confidence and someone who knows what they want out of life and isn’t afraid to follow the path that will make them happy. I love having adventures in life and being spontaneous, so a turn-off would be someone who isn’t open-minded or willing to try new things.

Tracy Green

Tracy Green

CP: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”

Tracy Green: I define success as accomplishing multiple objectives simultaneously and in proper balance.

CP: What do you still want to accomplish?

TG: WOW – there is not enough room here to list everything! Broadly speaking, I would like to make a difference. As corny as it sounds, I understand the wisdom of spending time on activities that are larger and longer lasting than self. While I have a list of fun adventures for me (such as staying at an ice hotel and go on a safari) I also want to help people fund schools, churches, food banks and a myriad of terrific organizations that give ongoing help to others. As a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) on a wealth planning team in a Private Bank, I am in an ideal place to do so. There really are a lot of good and generous people in the world and I love meeting them!

CP: What charitable/philanthropic organizations are you involved with?

TG: Playhouse in the Park, St Ursula Academy, various places helping women faced with crisis pregnancies, and pro bono tax planning and financial guidance for immigrants.

CP: Why is it important to you to give back?

TG: I want to give because I believe we are all stewards of each of our gifts, and, therefore, have been entrusted by God to use them for ourselves and others.

CP: What do you love about Cincinnati?

TG: Cincinnati offers big city amenities with hardworking people who give it a gracious, midwestern hometown feel.

CP: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?

TG: Turn-ons: Respect for God and fellow man, sense of humor, passionate pursuit of excellence, active and adventurous lifestyle, intelligence and well- educated. Turn-offs: lack of chivalry, manners or grooming, couch potato, apathy.

Maggie Brennan

Maggie Brennan

CP: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”

Maggie Brennan: I am blessed to have a community of friends and family that encourage me to follow my passions. When I wrap up a day, I love to feel a sense of accomplishment.  It makes me want to high-five and hug people. And, I am excited to get up the next day and do it all over again.

CP: What do you still want to accomplish?

MB: A lot, and I think I exhaust myself thinking about it. Continued good health would be a strong first, followed by something artistic and creative for kids. If they ever bring back helicopter traffic reporters, I would be all over it.  And, I am definitely excited go get married, have some children and write a memoir.

CP: What charitable/philanthropic organizations are you involved with?

MB: Give Back Cincinnati, Random Snacks of Kindness and Camp Joy.  I have also been organizing a small event (small for now) called Pedaling 4 Patty. This is a fun bike ride, welcome to all riders-non riders, to celebrate St. Patty’s, bicycling and support the Wasson Way project.

CP: Why is it important to you to give back?

MB: I’m a lover of helping others. I have been fortunate to have many things in my life and I feel that paying it forward is the least I can do. It has helped me in gaining a new perspective on life and the needs in the community. It has also helped me in meeting my best friends.

CP: What do you love about Cincinnati?

MB: I love the people in this city. The creative and entrepreneurial movement is contagious. The neighborhoods are unique and inviting. I can’t get enough of the parks including GABC and the Cincinnati Reds. I like that you can live here, afford to own a home, attend sporting events, the arts and music festivals. Plus, I have a pretty fantastic job and colleagues.

CP: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?

MB: I am most attracted to someone who is confident, funny and has a passion for life. I swoon for great smiles, too.

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”

Rachel Jones: Being successful, to me, is being happy with where you are in life or finding ways to change for the better. It isn’t regretting past decisions but learning from them to become a stronger person.

CP: What do you still want to accomplish?

RJ: From a career standpoint, I started my company last March and it has gotten a tremendous response. Moving forward, I am trying to expand the current business with the end goal of franchising. In my personal life, I would love to travel and see more of the world. Ireland and Italy are at the top of my bucket list.

CP: What charitable/philanthropic organizations are you involved with?

RJ: When I started my company, giving back to the community was something I wanted to focus on. I have partnered with the Pregnancy Center East to provide an after-birth parenting class for teen moms; we will also be walking for March of Dimes and in a few other walkathons supporting NICUs and Infant research. Personally I have grown up riding horses and have two horses that are being used by Milestones Therapeutic riding center. They focus on helping children with physical and mental handicaps get riding lessons and it is such a blessing to see some of these children opening up through the horses.

CP: Why is it important to you to give back?

RJ: Growing up, my parents taught me to give back to the community. I feel like being kind to others makes us happier in life. If I can help someone by any knowledge or experience I have had, my hope is that they would help others in the future.

CP: What do you love about Cincinnati?

RJ: Where to start? As an entrepreneur, there are an amazing amount of resources, networking groups, and mentors that bend over backwards to help startup businesses. It has been amazing the amount of new friends I have met on this journey. I love that Cincinnati has such a diverse culture and fun options to explore. OTR and The Banks are great places to hang out with friends. There is a great sports,music, art and theater scene as well. I love exploring and am always ready to trying new places

CP: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?

RJ: A man that has goals and ambition in life, loves all music, a sense of humor is always appreciated, and someone who is willing to compromise are all turn-ons. Turn-offs would be people who are unhappy with their life but doing nothing to change it, someone who is unkind to others, and leaves the toilet seat up.