Tracy Brumfield, Executive Director, Rise Up News
Hosted by Christy Backley and Phil Crabtree, East Walnut Hills
Tracy Brumfield knows about hitting bottom. She suffered through addiction, incarceration, and homelessness before a support network helped her recover, secure a job, and find a place to live. Remembering her own struggles, she began to provide peer support to women in the recovery housing unit but found she was able to affect just a few of the 1,400 people who are incarcerated in the Hamilton County jail on any given day. To reach that larger population, Tracy envisioned a newspaper that would provide information on re-entry and social service resources, plus articles about hope and second chances. In 2017, a People’s Liberty Haile Fellowship gave her and her “big idea” a one-year fellowship grant of $100,000. In her first year, she published six issues of RISE, Re-enter into Society Empowered, a four-page newspaper piloted inside the Hamilton County Justice Center. Having demonstrated that this important need, linking people to resources, was not being met, she was funded to continue as a nonprofit organization, Rise Up News.
Sample savory and sweet treats, sip some wine, and enjoy panoramic views of Downtown, Mt. Adams, the Northern Kentucky hills, and the beautiful Ohio River from Christy and Phil’s East Walnut Hills condo. The contemporary white building, one of the neighborhood’s first river view condos, is nestled into a tree-covered hillside that belies its urban surroundings. Maybe you’ve seen it as you’ve traveled Columbia Parkway and wondered how to get there. Now you can find out.
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Debbie D. Bowman, Chief Financial Officer, Revitalize Group
Hosted by Patty Reilly, Lytle Park, Downtown
Debbie Bowman had a childhood marked by abuse, neglect, and scorn. On her own since adolescence, she was resourceful and resilient. A paper route in fi fth grade meant that she didn’t have to say “free lunch” at the end of the lunch line. At 15, she lied about her age to rent an apartment, worked to pay the rent and continued to go to school. A job in the maintenance department at the Cincinnati Art Museum at age 17 would change her life. She took night classes in accounting at Cincinnati State and, just fi ve years out of high school, was named the museum’s chief financial officer. Ten years later, she added chief operating officer to her business card. After 34 years, she left the museum, taking a pay cut to lead the local chapter of Girls Hope Boys Hope, which was facing a six-figure deficit that Bowman eliminated within eight months. During her five years there, she put the organization on solid financial ground. Currently the chief financial officer at Revitalized Capital Portfolio Company, she is active in numerous community organizations and remains committed to helping children in need.
Enjoy a mimosa brunch and great views in the Polk Room of Park Place at Lytle. The former R.L. Polk building once housed the Pugh Printing Company, publisher of the abolitionist journal The Philanthropist. Angry anti-abolitionist mobs once stormed the building and wrecked the press. In 2004, the building was converted into condominiums
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Jason Heikenfeld, Ph.D., Professor and Assistant Vice President for Commercialization, University of Cincinnati.
Hosted by Mike and Maggie Vagle, Glendale
We all sweat. Most of us are eager to hop in the shower and wash it away. Not Jason Heikenfeld. This internationally known director of UC’s Novel Devices Lab oversaw the development of a BandAid-sized device that can make people sweat. Why? Because sweat can provide information about a person’s health – more easily and more quickly than blood does. A device that monitors sweat can tell wearers and physicians about heart rate, blood pressure, hydration levels, and core body temperature, and can provide health alerts in real time. The monitor is just one of Dr. Heikenfeld’s projects. In his first decade at UC, he accumulated the most patents and licenses of any faculty member in the university’s history. He teaches his students to apply their lab studies to the international scientific community. Hear this “serial entrepreneur” talk about the many devices he has patented, startups he has founded, and what’s in the pipeline under his direction at the University of Cincinnati.
The beautiful neoclassical-style home of Mike and Maggie Vagle sits serenely on 2.9 acres, its columned entrance recalling an earlier day while its interior boasts the best of present day convenience and luxury. Enjoy a selection of sweet and savory finger foods with wine and other beverages.
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