Salon 1: The Power of One
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Speakers: Ceair Baggett, Ethel M. Taylor Academy; Ria Davidson, The Dragonfly Foundation; Tamie Sullivan, Girls with Pearls.

Moderator: Meghan Cummings, The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Hosts: Tony and Cathy Ramstetter, Wyoming

What happens when one person sees a need, has an idea, and makes it happen? Something spectacular that has the power to change lives.  Come meet four individuals who did just that.  Ciera Baggett will share how he marshalled an army of supporters to change the academic outcomes for students living in one of Cincinnati’s most impoverished neighborhoods.  All Ria Davidson wanted to do was make cancer treatment and hospital stays easier and more comfortable for the son of her best friend.  Five years later, The Dragonfly Foundation has changed the paradigm of patient care  for thousands of cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families at Cincinnati Children’s and Dayton Children’s Hospitals  and Lurie Children’s and Loyola Children’s Hospitals  in Chicago. Knowing that the experiences of boys and girls are different, Tami Sullivan saw the need for safe places where girls in fourth through sixth grade could talk about issues they face – self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, and other girl-specific issues. That is exactly what her Girls with Pearls does at several area schools.

Twin Oaks, the Ramstetter’s home, was built in 1854 by Col. Robert Reily and played host to the meeting where neighbors gathered in 1861 to choose  a name for  their village, Wyoming.  Originally a mid-century stone home in the Gothic style, it was updated in 1885 to add Victorian accents such as gabling under the eaves, window bump-outs, and a large turret on the third floor.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and pastries in the parlor where history was made.

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Salon 2: Investing in Innovation: A New Model
Jan 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Eric Avner, CEO, People’s Liberty

Hosted by Christopher Bolling and Stephen Peterson

The Haile/U.S.Bank Foundation launched People’s Liberty as a philanthropic lab in 2015. What is People’s Liberty and what the heck is a philanthropic lab? How is this bold $15m, five-year endeavor poised to redefine how foundations invest in place? More importantly, what opportunities are now available for people in Cincinnati to make change in neighborhoods?  Eric Avner, People’s Liberty CEO, says “We’re convinced philanthropy is more than just cutting a check; it’s surrounding people with mentors and skills they need to be successful.”  He’ll answer all your questions about this exciting new venture.

The hosts describe their 1923 North Avondale Tudor as “just a cool old Cincinnati house.” Perched atop a rise, this beautifully kept Tudor home is a charming vista, complete with a tower. Enjoy heavy appetizers, desserts, wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee.

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Salon 4: Where Are My Glasses? Or Keeping Your Boomer Brain Young
Feb 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Patricia Faust

Hosted by Michael Miller and Tommy Lawson

Everything changes as we age, both our bodies and our brains.  While genetics can play a role in this process, the dominant factor in aging is our lifestyle.  Learn about the normal changes related to aging and, more importantly,  how to slow down and even reverse some of these changes.  A review of the six tips to keep your brain sharp will give you the tools you need to live a vibrant life throughout your older years.  Patricia Faust is a gerontologist specializing in the issues of brain aging, brain health, brain fitness and dementia.  She serves as the Corporate Wellness Director for Dr. Paul Nussbaum’s Brain Health Center.  Her blogsite,,  has gained international followers, and she has shared her expertise on local radio and television stations on topics ranging from Brain Aging and Health to Recognizing and Dealing with Diminished Capacity.

Designed by William Martin Aiken and built in 1910, the eclectic Italianate home of Michael Miller and Tommy Lawson is a wonderful example of an historic home with modern conveniences.  Built on the banks of the Ohio River, the home offers breathtaking views from all three floors.  It features intricate detailing in its leaded and stained- glass windows and doors as well as the owners’ unique and rare glass collections.  The splendid oval dining room overlooking the pool and the charming library are not to be missed.  Enjoy brunch, with coffee, tea, and assorted juices.

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