For this year’s “Single and Successful” issue, we’re featuring four fantastic women who are chasing down dreams, making a difference in our community, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re also easy on the eyes. So, without further ado, we proudly present Cincinnati Profile’s Single and Successful class of 2017!

Shanequa Johnson – Barcode Glam

Shanequa Johnson, Owner of Barcode Glam

Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”
Shanequa Johnson, Owner of Barcode Glam: The meaning of being successful is not about how much money you have accumulated in your field of work or as a business owner. Successful is a feeling I receive as an accomplished business owner. I feel very successful every day I wake up and work on improvement or daily activities for Barcode Glam.

Cincinnati Profile: What do you do professionally?
Johnson: I am the owner of Barcode Glam; Barcode Glam is an online women’s shoe and accessory boutique. I also work as a contracted EPIC (EMR) Support Specialist.

Cincinnati Profile: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Johnson: Since I travel a lot for my contract work, I really enjoying coming home to my red sofa and relaxing. But if it’s a Sunday I like to go to brunch and enjoy the many flavors of mimosas.

Cincinnati Profile: What inspires you?
Johnson: Culture, fashion, and seeing other successful small business owners.

Cincinnati Profile: What your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
Johnson: My biggest turn-ons are great communication, consistency, organization, and convenience. My biggest turn-offs are being ignored, insecurities, rude people, and negative people.

Cincinnati Profile: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
Johnson: I want to be able to walk away from my contracting work and focus all of my energy on Barcode Glam.

Cincinnati Profile: What’s a long-term goal or dream?
Johnson: My dream is to open a very profitable retail location for Barcode Glam.

Eleni Kaniaris – Owner, President, and CEO of Adora Event Rental

Eleni Kaniaris, Owner, CEO, and President of Adora Event Rentals

Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”
Eleni Kaniaris, Owner, President, & CEO of Adora Event Rental: Success looks different to everyone. For me, success is not measured by the size of my bank account. It’s the ability to do what I love every day. I get to pursue my true passions knowing I do it with integrity. I think success is measured through the positive impact I hope to have on the world around me. Every day I get to pursue my dreams and keep myself moving in the right direction without compromising any of my values and beliefs – what a gift!

Cincinnati Profile: What do you do professionally?
Kaniaris: I’ve always had an entrepreneurial heart. I’m the owner, President, and CEO of Adora Event Rental, a local business offering affordable and elegant event rental. I started this company when I was 22 years old and 16 years later we are still going strong, servicing rentals for weddings, graduations, fundraisers, and other various events. I also recently became an independent Senegence/Lipsense distributor. I love the beauty industry and it gives me great enjoyment to empower women through beauty and leadership!

Cincinnati Profile: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Kaniaris: Cooking is a passion of mine and when I have a few free hours to myself, you can usually find me in the kitchen preparing a new complicated recipe while listening to my favorite playlist! My friends and family love reaping all the benefits with this one!

Cincinnati Profile: What inspires you?
Kaniaris: My son is such an inspiration to me. Just seeing the world through his eyes allows me to see all the possibilities that lay before us. Now that I’m a mother, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My son makes me want to be a better person and I strive every day to be a mom he can look up to, a mom he is proud of and a mom who always does what’s best for her child. Knowing he’s watching my actions and will look to me for guidance makes me want to be the best I can be!

Cincinnati Profile: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
Kaniaris: My biggest turn-ons are honesty, a kind heart, and integrity. Integrity means doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. And that’s what makes success. I am also a sucker for someone that has a great relationship with their children and family. Top that with a good laugh and a football game and I’m in heaven! My biggest turn-offs are arrogance and dishonesty. I have a forgiving heart, but these trains are a sure way to rub me the wrong way!

Cincinnati Profile: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
Kaniaris: I’m excited about building my new Senegence business, increasing my team, reaching new revenue milestones, and helping women feel empowered and beautiful! I love the beauty business. I’m dedicated to making the world a better, happier, more beautiful place for everyone!

Cincinnati Profile: What’s a long-term goal or dream?
Kaniaris: I’ve learned that long-term goals are better achieved when I break them up into shorter goals. I’m a dream so, the sky’s the limit and that excites me! I’d like to continue embarking on my many passions, spending time with my son, and seeing the world! I’m not sure what the future holds, but as always, my life never disappoints. I love surprises and welcome any new venture!

Lori Colwell – Public Relations Manager at Pink Tulip Club/Girls World

Lori Colwell, PR Manager at Pink Tulip Club/Girls World

Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be “successful?”
Lori Colwell, Public Relations Manager at Pink Tulip Club/Girls World: To me, to be successful is to be content with your life personally and professionally, knowing your worth, and not settling for anything less. It’s about continually striving to be the best version of yourself without compromising your values and happiness, following your bliss.

Cincinnati Profile: What do you do professionally?
Colwell: I am a brand specialist for Pink Tulip Club LLC, which includes Pink Tulip Club and Girls World boutique. My role is multifaceted. I’m a buyer, a publication relations manager, a marketing coordinator, and a social media guru, plus I have the opportunity to work with customers of all ages. Our buying team travels the country finding unique, on-trend and fashionable designers and brands to bring to Cincinnati. As soon as we have those fabulous pieces in our store, I organize, manage, and produce photo shoots to showcase the new arrivals on our social media channels. Philanthropy is also very important to us. I am responsible for planning a multitude of events, including fashion shows that benefit local charities such as the Animal Friends Humane Society, The Cancer Support Community, and Smith’s Pit Stop.

Cincinnati Profile: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Colwell: I enjoy taking my dogs to the park, going to Reds game, wine, popcorn, and Netflix. I enjoy spending time volunteering with an organization that is very close to my heart, The Pancreatic Cancer Network. I have been volunteering with the Cincinnati Affiliate since my aunt was diagnosed in 2010. We continue to build a network of families and friends, survivors, and those recently diagnosed to support, educate, and uplift each other.

Cincinnati Profile: What inspires you?
Colwell: Anything and everything serves as an inspiration to me every day!

Cincinnati Profile: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
Colwell: My biggest turn ons are a confident man who is motivated in his career and personal life. He has to have a sense of humor, love baseball and dogs, and understand that Gold Star > Skyline. My biggest turn-offs are taking yourself too seriously/too many selfies, insecurities, narrow-mindedness, and not having equal respect for everyone.

Cincinnati Profile: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
Colwell: This September will be the seventh year my team, Purple Hooters, will be participating in PurpleStride Cincinnati. Our goal is to have our largest team yet and beat our record of raising $7,000 to fight pancreatic cancer. Check it out at purplestride.org/cincinnati.

Cincinnati Profile: What’s a long-term goal or dream?
Colwell: I’d like to possibly stop being single, but never stop being successful. Also, I’d like to have a house on the beach with a big yard for lots of rescue dogs.

Kate Messer – Kate Messer Photography

Kate Messer of Kate Messer Photography

Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be “successful?
Kate Messer, Kate Messer Photography: To me, success is measured as a day-to-day feeling of joy and gratitude. It’s all in one’s attitude and awareness of what is critically important to an individual. As for me, that sort of joy resides in the degree of love and freedom. I am free to have an occupation that I love and am passionate about. What I do brings joy to others and I am enveloped in a mass of love from family and friends that fills my heart with gratitude. Therefore, I feel very successful.

Cincinnati Profile: What do you do professionally?
Messer: I am a photographer and educator. I specialize in photographing people in way of promotional photography, portraiture, events, and many other areas of professional imagery. I also am a photography teacher at the Art Academy of Cincinnati as well as provide personal instruction and coaching to those who are looking to refine and develop their photography skills in working with people and processing and enhancing of images but, more importantly, inspiring aspiring photographers.

Cincinnati Profile: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Messer: I enjoy spending time and connecting with loved ones, connecting with nature, and just taking care of business. I also work with people to help inspire and guide them into a more fulfilling, joyous, and well-rounded life.

Cincinnati Profile: What inspires you?
Messer: I am inspired by my son, art, music, brilliance, beauty, love, laughter, compassion, connection, family, friends, nature, seasons, the highs and lows of emotion, gratitude, and every day blessings.

Cincinnati Profile: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
Messer: Turn-offs would be anyone mean and judgmental, an overactive ego and arrogance, fake people, and a victim mentality of an individual. How someone responds to a homeless person asking for help is a measurement of someone’s character. So, that can be a turn on or complete turn off. Turn-ons are anything or anyone rooted in love and the betterment of the community and world in a peaceful fashion. Someone who is surefooted in who they are but is open to continuous betterment.

Cincinnati Profile: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
Messer: I want to continue contributing to making Cincinnati known as a city of love. I hope to continue expanding my business and cultivating more meaningful relationships.

Cincinnati Profile: What’s a long-term goal or dream?
Messer: Experiencing the world! One reason why I decided to pursue photography as an occupation is for it to take me (and my son) around the world. Exposing my son to as many different cultures and experiences is a wonderful way to help him become a more well-rounded individual. Cincinnati will always be my home but there is a whole world to see and capture and then share with others. Ultimately, I hope to provide inspiration to the world and the images that I create and capture.

See these super fab ladies at our 2017 Single & Successful event at Igby’s! Visit www.june29ss.eventbrite.com to RSVP today!