Who We Are

 
 
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Nicole Armstrong
Founder, Queen City Certified

Design and social justice were never separate career paths for Nicole. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, she began her career at Franciscans International, an NGO in Geneva, Switzerland that advocates for the protection of vulnerable communities at the United Nations. Inspired by the work of Franciscans around the world, she realized that design’s role in social change doesn’t have to be limited to print campaigns and PSAs. She moved back stateside to pursue a Master of Arts degree at Suffolk University, focusing her work on the power of human-centered design to create more appropriate and inclusive methods of communication. 

She continued to explore global development at Partners In Health, where she saw firsthand how working in partnership with community leads to better health outcomes and more sustainable solutions. She returned to her hometown of Cincinnati and joined Design Impact as a Social Innovation Specialist, leading mission-driven organizations through the human-centered design process and leveraging rich insights to develop innovative ideas alongside marginalized communities. 

As a current Haile Fellow at People's Liberty, she is working to make Cincinnati a leader in gender equity in the workplace through the development of a certification model aimed at closing the gender gap. 

 
 

OUR MENTOR BOARD

 
 
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Meghan Cummings
Executive Director, Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Meghan seeks to understand the complexities of poverty and works with diverse stakeholders to develop systemic changes that will help make our whole community more prosperous. She's held positions with OneSight, Center for Chemical Addictions Treatments, and Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. 


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Tamaya Dennard
Councilwoman, City of Cincinnati

Tamaya has a passion for people, inclusion, and social justice. She is an advocate for women’s empowerment and women in government. In addition to serving as Councilwoman, Tamaya works as an Innovation Specialist with Design Impact. She previously served as PG Sittenfeld's Political Director and Chief of Staff. Tamaya graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in International Business.


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Vickie Buyniski Gluckman
Retired CEO/Founder and Community Leader

Vickie created Southwest Indiana Medical Review Organization at the age of 25. She was recruited to join Medco Peer Review as Executive Director and later founded and served as CEO of United Medical Resources, making her one of the only female business owners in the region. She's on the board of The Christ Hospital, Success by 6, Strive, Elizabeth Gamble Deaconess Home Association, and the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation.


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Priya Dhingra Klocek
President / CEO, Consultant On The Go

Priya Dhingra Klocek is a business consultant, executive coach, mentor and facilitator. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the areas of Talent Management, Leadership Development, Change Management and Diversity & Inclusion. Priya holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from the College of Mount St Joseph and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University.


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Katherine Daughtrey Neff
Partner, Freking Myers & Reul

Kati is a practicing member of both the Ohio Bar and the Southern District of Ohio Bar. She has successfully represented employees in jury trials in both state and federal court in Ohio. She serves as an advocate for current and former employees in all aspects of employment law. Kati received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Business Administration and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati.


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Christopher Nicak
Director of Research, UC Economics Center

Chris is responsible for the development of new projects and products to help business, community, and civic leaders make effective economic and financial decisions. Before joining UC, he worked in Washington D.C. as a consultant with a focus on demography and survey research. Chris graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Master's Degree in Community Planning.


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Karl Preissner
Global Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Procter and Gamble

Karl leads Procter and Gamble's efforts to enlist men as allies for gender equality and develops the company's relationships with Diversity and Inclusion efforts in Cincinnati and other global headquarters. Karl holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University and Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.