Abby Vice is a Cincinnati-based pianist and live-electronic artist. Here at TEDxCincinnati, she shares her song "Lumos", inspired by an original classical piece.
Performance/Fusion Dance/Belly Dancers
Anaya Belly Dance is a fusion dance company from Cincinnati, Ohio, directed by Katy Moeggenberg. They blend many dance, theater and music styles with old world belly dance to create fun and eclectic performances that are both innovative and traditional. anayabellydance.com
Restaurateur/Foster Care Advocate
Britney Ruby Miller is President of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, Cincinnati’s preeminent restaurant group which manages a portfolio of high end steakhouses widely regarded as among the best in the nation. She heads an organization of 7 steakhouses in three states and leads a team of more than 700 employees. Leading a successful organization is important to her, but one of her most unique gifts is helping people become better versions of themselves through the generosity of her spirit & time.This is most obvious in the development & launch of one of her family’s top endeavors,The Jeff Ruby Foundation. The Foundation’s goal: to remove Cincinnati from the Top 5 Childhood Poverty lists by lowering the amount of kids in the Hamilton County Foster System. Britney is a frequent motivational speaker to various audiences and also serves as a founder & board member of The Jeff Ruby Foundation, board member of Cincinnati State Foundation & is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Radio Personality/Autism Mom
Jenn Jordan has spent her entire adult life on the radio. For the last 17 years, she’s co-hosted the Jeff and Jenn Morning Show on Cincinnati’s Q102. She has had her hands extra full since 2001, attempting to balance crazy morning work hours, and being a single mom to her son, Jakob. Jakob was diagnosed with autism at 3 and a half and Jenn has made it her mission in life to understand and help him find his voice so he can live his best life. And somewhere in this mission, Jenn started to understand herself and find her own voice too. JennJordanSpeaks.com Www.facebook.com/JeffandJenn@Q102 Www.instagram.com/JeffandJenn@Q102 Www.twitter.com/JeffandJenn@Q102 Www.facebook.com/jennjordanradio Www.instagram.com/jennjordanradio Www.twitter.com/jennjordanradio
Kara Ayers, PhD, is the Associate Director and an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD). She is Director of the newly formed Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities and also a co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project. Dr. Ayers’ interests include disability identity/culture, bioethics, community inclusion, and the use of media to teach, empower, and reduce stigma. She serves on multiple task forces and national and state coalitions related to improving outcomes for people with disabilities and infuses the mantra, “Nothing about us without us,” into all of her scholarly and community-based pursuits. While often surrounded by incredible educators, Dr. Ayers cites her children: Eli, Hannah, and Riley as her greatest teachers. Follow and share with Kara Ayers on Facebook @ucucedd and @disabledparentingproject, Twitter@drkaraayers, LinkedIn @Kara Ayers! https://www.disabledparenting.com/
Kirsten Moorefield believes that work can actually be a good thing. She’s spent countless hours with hundreds of teams from startups to Fortune 100s, observing a clear pattern behind the happiest and most effective people. Now with her team, Kirsten is building technology that coaches teams how to do their best work. Her company, Cloverleaf, is used by some of the world’s most valuable organizations to engage their teams and improve performance. While building this new venture, Kirsten has also been building her family in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and two young kids. Twitter @TheKirstenM Linkedin: /kirstenmoorefield Instagram: @TheKirstenM https://cloverleaf.me/
Lauren Gibson is a 17 year old. Lauren is a member of the Sisters of SCPA, Student Council, and is a Varsity Cheerleader. She has been on the Honor Roll her entire school career and has received numerous academic awards. Lauren’s movie debut was as a co-star in the movie “The Fits” as Maia which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. “The Fits” was given rave reviews by Peoples Magazine and The New York Times. She is also Co-Captain of the Q-Kidz Dance Team and has been featured in music videos and documentaries. She participates in community service projects and is a self-proclaimed youth advocate, promoting peace in the community with her peers. Lauren plans on going to college to major in broadcasting. The Q-KIDZ Dance Team began 38 years ago in the West End of Cincinnati. The violence in the surrounding housing projects led Marquicia Jones-Woods to look for something the neighborhood kids could do after school to keep them safe and productive.
Megs Gelfgot is the founder of Keep Her WILD a Cincinnati based skate collective empowering women through skateboarding and community. Megs is a fitness entrepreneur and trainer focused on making fitness accessible for everyone. You can find her surfing concrete, towing her ginger 5 year old around and chasing stoke in everyday life. http://www.keepherwildhq.com
Hailing from Lorain, Ohio, Dr. Nicole Ausmer currently works in Higher Education. She is a 3-time graduate of the University of Cincinnati with degrees in Psychology and Education. An aspiring author and co-owner of Alex and Aus Apparel Company, Nicole considers herself a creative. In the fall of 2018 she launched her stage show Mommin' Ain't Easy Cincy that allowed women to share stories of love, laughter, trials, and tribulations when it comes to motherhood. The success of her stage show inspired Nicole to pursue her current project. Nicole is working on a book about the effects of parental incarceration on children and a non-profit called Kupona Kids. Kupona means to recover in Swahili. Nicole wants to provide a space of healing for children who experienced childhood trauma from the stigma associated with a parent in prison. Nicole is the wife of Lionell Ausmer Jr. and the mom of Avery and Jackson. To learn more about Nicole visit: https://nicoleausmer.wixsite.com/nicoleausmer
Sara Clark is a philomath and a storyteller, who believes wholeheartedly in curiosity, empathy, and the power of words. She is a resident actor, director, producer, teaching artist, and grants administrator with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, currently serving as its Associate Artistic Director. As a fourteen-year member of the CSC Resident Ensemble, she has racked up over 75 productions with CSC, tackling such roles as Rosalind, Juliet, Marc Antony, Elizabeth Bennet, Lady Macbeth, and in the spring of 2020, Hamlet. Sara is a Shakespeare mythbuster and loves teaching with CSC’s Shakespeare Summer Camp and Groundlings Program, a year-long Shakespeare intensive for high school students. She genuinely believes that one person talking to one person is the only thing that will ever change the world.
Business Leader/Health Care/Leadership
Sarah Armstrong currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for a rapidly growing healthcare revenue cycle company. Upon becoming a widow at the age of 31, Sarah used the life-altering experience to help shape and craft the way she looks at life, love, people and leadership. For the last ten years, she has studied and explored all aspects of leadership through personal development and formal leadership education. She now uses her passion for leadership and love of learning to lead change, mentor others and help each person reach their fullest potential.
Shakila T Ahmad is an enthusiastic community leader who has dedicated herself to numerous civic and community causes, building peace and understanding for 25 years. She most recently served 5 years as Chair and President of the Board at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC), being the first woman to serve in this capacity at such an institution across the country. Additionally, Ahmad has or currently serves on numerous executive board of directors including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Ohio Humanities Council, Islamic Networks Group, YWCA Greater Cincinnati, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the President's Advisory Council at Xavier University and University of Cincinnati Foundation where she has been instrumental in helping set up the Malik Islamic Studies Professorship at the College of Arts and Sciences, setting the stage for educating generations to come.
Suzy DeYoung is a third generation chef. Her first company, La Petite Pierre was a high end boutique catering and restaurant. Caterer to the likes of Julia Child,Bill and Hilary Clinton, George Bush, and Bruce Springsteen. 5 years ago she sold her interest to focus on the 40% of the food insecure in Cincinnati, Ohio. Suzy now operates a non profit that rescues perishable food, transforms this food into delicious and nutritious meals for the food insecure in Cincinnati. lasoupecincinnati.com #lasoupecincinnati @soupe_la