Salon 9: “I had to be the best, because I came from the worst”
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

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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Salon 10: Jason and His Unique Thinking Cap: Reimagining the Role of Higher Education
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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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Light Up The Night – ZooDo @ Cincinnati Zoo
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please join us for a very special evening of excellent food, drink, dancing, a silent auction and surprises that only the Cincinnati Zoo can deliver!

With the generous support of our ZooDo sponsors — and you — this annual Spring Gala helps strengthen the resources at WHW so that we can amplify our mission to prevent gender-based violence & empower ALL survivors!

You are cordially invitated to our Gala!

Quick Links:  Tickets | Directions & Map | Sponsors


  • Complimentary parking will be provided to all guests.
  • Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Drowsy.
  • Cocktail attire is recommened.
  • Be sure to try ZooDo’s special Peacock Punch, a unique cocktail created just for us!

General Admission

$115 per ticket - Includes two beverage tickets for soft drinks, beer or wine

Young Professional (under 30)

$55 per ticket - Includes two beverage tickets for soft drinks, beer or wine

Super Supporter

Each Super Supporter and their guest will receive two beverage tickets for soft drinks, beer or wine, and two liquor tickets.

Kangaroo - one ticket / $150

Alligator - two tickets / $275

Cougar - four tickets / $550

Black Leopard - ten tickets, reserved table / $1400

Maps and Directions

Click to view larger image of map!

From I-74

Go East to I-75 North
Take I-75 North to Mitchell Avenue exit #6
Turn right onto Mitchell Avenue
Turn right onto Vine Street
Turn left onto Forest Avenue
Turn right onto Dury Avenue
The Dury entrance is on the Right

From I-75 Northbound (From Kentucky, Downtown Cincinnati, etc)

Take Mitchell Avenue exit #6
Turn right onto Mitchell Avenue
Turn right onto Vine Street
Turn left onto Forest Avenue
Turn right onto Dury Avenue
The Dury entrance is on the Right

From I-75 Southbound (From Dayton, Fairfield, Norwood, etc)

Take Mitchell Avenue exit#6
Turn left onto Mitchell Avenue
Turn right onto Vine Street
Turn left onto Forest Avenue
Turn right onto Dury Avenue
The Dury entrance is on the Right

From I-71 Northbound (From Kentucky, Downtown Cincinnati, etc)

Take the Dana Avenue exit
At exit ramp light, turn left onto Duck Creek
At 2nd light, turn left onto Dana Avenue
Turn left onto Victory Parkway
At 2nd street on right, turn right onto Rockdale Avenue
Follow Rockdale as it changes names to Forest Avenue
Turn left onto Dury Avenue
The Dury entrance is on the Right

From I-71 Southbound (From Columbus, Mason, etc)

Take the Dana Avenue exit
Turn right onto Dana Avenue
Turn left onto Victory Parkway
At 2nd street on right, turn right onto Rockdale Avenue
Follow Rockdale as it changes names to Forest Avenue
Turn left onto Dury Avenue
The Dury entrance is on the Right

We are grateful to these generous sponsors for making ZooDo 2019 possible.


Presenting Sponsor, Fiona



Parking Partner

Sweets and Confections


Cincinnati OBGYN

3rd Annual Corporate Breakfast @ Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Oct 24 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Women Helping Women’s mission is to prevent gender-based violence and to empower all survivors. WHW serves the most survivors of gender-based violence in a 4 county region—but we can’t do it alone.

Join Us and 300 other Corporate and Civic Leaders as we host our 3rd Annual Corporate Breakfast. Come network, eat, and be inspired as we showcase how bold innovation and collaboration can result in replicable regional, state & national impact. Women Helping Women’s mission it so prevent gender-based violence and to empower all survivors. WHW serves the most survivors of gender-based violence in a 4 county region – but we can’t do it alone.

Keynote Speakers

Mary Stagaman

Come hear Keynote Speaker Mary Stagaman, Vice President of Inclusion at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and how it’s on all of us to workstrong together to prevent and end gender-based violence –especially its impact in the workplace.

D. Michael Sheline

D. Michael Sheline, Section Chief- Crime Victims, at Ohio Attorney General’s Office, will be speaking on Women Helping Women’s groundbreaking program DVERT™ (Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team) and how this collaborative program with law enforcement is having remarkable regional impact. He will also set the stage for how our innovative Cincinnati program can serve as a model to be replicated throughout Ohio.

WHW’s 2019 Corporate
Engagement Champion Award

Come celebrate 84.51 as we honor them with WHW’s 2019 Corporate Engagement Champion Award. Plus stay tuned to hear the recipient of our 2019 Janet S. Klaine Philanthropy Award!

2019 Event Co-Chairs

Tom Hankinson

Sr. Counsel, GE Aviation

Takeitha Lawson

Sr. Director, Investor Relations, Cincinnati Bell

Presenting Sponsor

Anonymous Donor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Thank you to all of our champions who attended last year! Here is just an example of a few partners:

For any information or questions regarding the corporate breakfast please contact [email protected]

Journey to Joy
May 6 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Journey to Joy
This is an unprecedented and scary time for our community and our world. As COVID-19 has affected every part of our routines, we have been struggling to understand the far-reaching ramifications of this pandemic.

And yet, while the world seems uncertain and unsure, so many in our community know exactly what this feels like. They know what it is like to navigate a crisis, doing what is necessary to keep a family safe, what it takes to ask for help, what it means to plan ahead, and what it looks like to truly be resilient.

We at Women Helping Women have learned everything we need to know to navigate this crisis from the brave survivors we serve every day. So, we are taking their lead, adapting, and changing our previously scheduled gala at the Zoo to a virtual event!

Please join us on May 6th as we celebrate the journey that so many in our community have been on and many more continue to journey through–a journey to find joy, purpose and meaning through crisis.

While we cannot physically come together as a community, we hope that you will join us virtually for a short program to celebrate these learnings and support our mission of empowering all survivors in our community.

Women Helping Women’s Fall Corporate Event
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Women Helping Women's Fall Corporate Event
Our mission is at the epicenter of three public health epidemics: COVID-19, racism, and gender-based violence. There is no one solution for any of them–and only by recognizing the commonalities and intersections of these huge problems can we start to truly make progress toward any of them. Our mission to end gender-based violence means that we must work toward ending all forms of oppression–and we want you to join with us to make it happen.

Join the event to hear from our wonderful panelists, see a video update on Women Helping Women’s DVERT program, and learn more about how these pandemics impact each other and our communities.


Stephanie Smith

Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer @Fifth Third Bank

Eddie Koen

President and Chief Executive Officer @Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Karl Preissner

HR Director – Global Diversity & Inclusion @Procter & Gamble



Francie and John Pepper


Community Champions

Adam Gelter


Kendra Gives Back: Women Helping Women
Jul 17 – Jul 18 all-day
Kendra Gives Back: Women Helping Women

We’re partnering with Kendra Scott on July 17th and 18th for a special giveback event. 20% of all purchases on using code GIVEBACK-ACZNB will benefit Women Helping Women. This includes all jewelry – not just the Women Helping Women pieces (click on the page below to see the collection)

Please click the link below to RSVP and share this post!

*The giveback code GIVEBACK-ACZNB must be entered into the coupon code box at checkout for your order to count towards our fundraising total. Cannot be combined with any other coupon codes. Please call the Kenwood location at 513-206-8127 with any questions or if you need help placing your order*

ZooDo 2021 @ Cincinnati Zoo
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ZooDo 2021 @ Cincinnati Zoo | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Please join us for ZooDo 2021, the 15th Annual Gala benefitting Women Helping Women, with the return of an in-person event at the Cincinnati Zoo! Since the first annual gala in 2007, over $900,000 has been raised through this event! This year, as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the event, we’re making it our goal to break the $1 million mark!

This year we are celebrating with a “Roaring 20s” theme, and it’s sure to be the cat’s meow! Put on your flapper dresses and fedoras, and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, music, a great silent auction, bourbon raffle and wine pull, and more! VIP ticketholders will enjoy early entry for our pre-reception and a special experience on the Giraffe Deck with WHW leadership, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks.

You are cordially invitated to our Gala!


Type Number of Tickets Price
General Admission 1 $125
VIP Ticket 1 $250
Young Professional
(Under 35)
1 $50

Other Details:

  • 1 drink ticket each
  • Complimentary parking will be provided to all guests.
  • Cocktail attire OR “Roaring 20s” attire
  • Come prepared for a fun night of hors d’ouevres, drinks, mission moments, animals and dancing!
Get Your Tickets!
Ticket sales for ZooDo 2021 have ended. For questions, please reach out to Sara Kahmann at [email protected]

Bourbon & Wine Collection Raffle!

30 bottles of bourbon, wine, and more to stock your bar, a collection valued at over $1,000!

1 winner will be drawn Friday, August 13 at 9:00 PM

Need not be present to win, must be able to pick up in Cincinnati.
Must be 21+ to enter.

* Image is not all-inclusive, please see the complete list and enter the raffle at

A Big Thank You to our Sponsors!

Journey to Joy @ Anderson Pavillion
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dinner, drinks, complimentary parking, special VIP access to Carol Ann’s Carousel, and more!

More information and registration coming soon.

Table sponsorship opportunities available. If interested, please contact Sara Kahmann at [email protected].

soHza Sister Circle: Women Helping Women Open House @ soHza Sister Fairtrade Boutique
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Women Helping Women and soHza Sister Fairtrade Boutique for a shopping day on September 18th! 20% of all purchases go towards Women Helping Women. Support women locally by supporting women globally.

Join us in-store on Sunday, September 18th from 12-5pm or shop online at: