We’re chatting with this year’s Single & Successful ladies to learn more about them, what they do professionally, and the goals they’re setting for themselves!

Leah Zipperstein, Managing Editor of Cincinnati Refined

Leah Zipperstein, Managing Editor of Cincinnati Refined

Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be successful?
Zipperstein: Checking everything off the to-do list in a given day and still having time to hang out with family and friends. That’s the short answer. The slightly more fleshed-out answer would be creating new goals to accomplish and then fabricating the world I need to shape in order to achieve them. 

Cincinnati Profile: What do you do professionally? 
Zipperstein: I’m the managing editor of Cincinnati Refined. We are a digital lifestyle website affiliated with Local 12. 
 
Cincinnati Profile: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing? 
Zipperstein: Not working… ha, good one. In the moments when I unplug, I enjoy photo walks around the city. I often end up around Eden Park, Mt. Adams, or Sawyer Point. In the warmer months, I play ultimate frisbee and golf. And if I’m ever lucky enough, blocking out a solid 30 minutes for a nap is a precious commodity I’d like to invest more time in.  
 
Cincinnati Profile: What inspires you? 
Zipperstein: Seeing other people follow their dreams — often in really creative pursuits — is the fuel that feeds my fire. My title might be “managing editor,” but really, I’m a storyteller. And that’s a pretty fun profession to be in because there are compelling stories all around us. You just have to ask the right questions to bring them to light. When I come across a new business owner/artist/athlete/what-have-you who has a compelling story to tell, and I get to be the one to package and amplify the message in this community (perhaps even beyond) that is what inspires me. And I’m fortunate that it happens, pretty much, on a daily basis. 
 
Cincinnati Profile: What are your biggest turns-ons/turn-offs? 
Zipperstein: Turns-ons: Wit, communication skills, respect, a shirtless Rafa Nadal, and an appreciation for the “athleisure” lifestyle wardrobe 
 
Turn-offs: Overabundance of throw pillows, unreliability, repetitive word use, chain restaurants, cold weather, lack of empathy, horror flicks
 
Cincinnati Profile: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year? 
Zipperstein: I’ve been itching for a new challenge for a while now—what it is and the form that it will take shape is yet to be determined. But I finally hope to pin down the basic outline and start climbing a new proverbial mountain. If you want a more concrete answer, I hope to play more golf this year. And in general, I want to put a higher priority on actively exploring the surrounding area. I’ve never been to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Let’s add that to the to-do list. A dog is the mayor in Rabbit Hash. (Enough said.) 
 
Cincinnati Profile: What’s a long-term goal or dream? 
Zipperstein: For the family dogs, Penny & Charlie, to become famous enough that they are featured on the Ellen show and are chosen as brand ambassadors for West Elm furniture. Also, I’d love to bowl over 160.
 
Colleen Herman, Co-Owner of CoCo Creative Wellness
 

Colleen is the co-owner of CoCo Creative Wellness

Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be successful?
Herman: Success means living life according to your highest potential. It means being fulfilled in your personal and professional life, and maintaining a balance between the two that allows us to show up our Best no matter what.
 
Cincinnati Profile: What do you do professionally?
Herman: I co-own (with my mom… how lucky am I?) a full service salon and spa focusing on overall wellness in Columbia Tusculum. I also travel to salons teach for an international hair color and care company. I really love educating and mentoring!
 
Cincinnati Profile: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Herman: I’m a “growth” junkie 😉 I enjoy yoga and meditation to seek balance, I love taking new classes on anything that interests me at the time, and I love catching up with friends over a good meal. And travel. My favorite place is somewhere I haven’t yet visited.
 
Cincinnati Profile: What inspires you?
Herman: Wow! So many answers here, but I’m most inspired by people who have gone before me who are transparent about what led them towards success/ enlightenment/ and living their best life! I so enjoy “interviewing” happy people.
 
Cincinnati Profile: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
Herman: Turn ons: Confidence New ideas Open mindedness Ambition and follow through Turn offs: Pessimism/ Cynicism Complacency Pretentiousness
 
Cincinnati Profile: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
Herman: I’m a first time home buyer, so I want to create a beautiful space in my back yard. I want to welcome spring energy in by hosting a garden party (with fresh mojitos) with my favorite people!
 
Cincinnati Profile: What’s a long-term goal or dream?
Herman: I dream of combining my love of travel with a ‘big picture’ service project one day. I’m being patient to uncover how I might be of the most service. It’s a question I’ve begun to ask myself each day.
 
Tawnia Duermit-Justice, Owner of Camargo Personal Fitness

Tawnia Duermit-Justice, Owner of Camargo Personal Fitness

 
 
Cincinnati Profile: What does it mean to you to be successful?
Duermit-Justice: Being successful in my business, is helping people see the potential they have within, to get them to their Personal BEST, all while realizing that the Journey it self is, and can be more important than the results. Being successful in my personal life is being at the place where I am completely comfortable with who I am, where I am and being clear on what I want.
 
Cincinnati Profile: What do you do professionally?
Duermit-Justice: My partner and I recently purchased a small gym in Maderia, Camargo Personal Fitness, where we specialize in Glute and Hamstring training, personal training and small groups classes.  I have been doing this for 35 years and I have the privilege of doing what I love to do.  
 
Cincinnati Profile: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Duermit-Justice: I love spending time enjoying friends and family, experiencing new restaurants and traveling, Enjoying life and all that comes with that!
 
Cincinnati Profile: What inspires you?
Duermit-Justice: People’s stories inspire me, everyone has a story and if you listen to people I have found there is always something to take from your time with them. Positivity is a powerful thing, and to see and hear people that have moved forward in life despite much difficulty and adversity doesn’t just inspires me but brings me joy!
 
Cincinnati Profile: What are your biggest turn-ons/turn-offs?
Duermit-Justice:
Turn-ons, thats easy: confidence that doesn’t have to be shown, but is felt. Being able to own your weaknesses, being comfortable in your own skin, and to love freely meaning loving someone for who they are just the way they are and even if you don’t agree with them at times you appreciate their beliefs, and someone that is aware, aware of others needs and wants. Turn-offs: arrogance, closed -mined, rude, self absorbed, unaware
 
Cincinnati Profile: What’s something you hope to accomplish this year?
Duermit-Justice:
I plan on getting my fitness internet business up and going. Expand the gym in what we offer, and travel to some exciting places.
 
Cincinnati Profile: What’s a long-term goal or dream?
Duermit-Justice: 
I wish to make my own brand in the fitness industry, in the way I work and train the glutes as well as change the mind set of so many women that believe just because they aren’t 25 anymore they can’t be fit and sexy.  I have had 7 kids, my youngest is 28 years old, my oldest is or would be 37 years old, and I feel fit and sexy still. It’s not easy but it is doable and just having the knowledge of what is effective for you to get to your goals is the key! I’m living my dream everyday!