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Rising Stars of America luncheon aims to unite and empower local women

'Women are the greatest problem solvers'
Rising Stars of America luncheon aims to unite and empower local women
Posted at 10:45 AM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 10:45:12-04

CINCINNATI -- There are all kinds of problems in this world. Nicole Chambers-Cunningham figures women could solve a lot of them.

That’s why she planned an upcoming luncheon to bring women together to explore their strengths and encourage them to collaborate.

“I figure women are the greatest problem solvers, and if we can learn to come together we can attack a lot of these issues,” said Chambers-Cunningham, founder and president of Rising Stars of America. “We’ll have powerful women that have been through some things in life that can share some life lessons to help the rest of us along.”

Nicole Chambers-Cunningham

Rising Stars of America aims to celebrate “the power of women and sisterhood” during the “I’m Every Woman” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon.

The event is scheduled to go from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday July 21 at The Wyoming Civic Center. If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry: there are still spots available.

Littisha Bates, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati, will be the luncheon’s keynote speaker, and 9 On Your Side anchor Tanya O’Rourke will be the mistress of ceremonies.

In addition to the keynote speech, the event will feature a panel discussion where the participating women will talk about how they have tackled the challenges they have faced in life. The panel will include:

• Clarissa Peterson of DePauw University

• Tamaya Dennard of Cincinnati City Council

• Ashley Townes, author of Entangled

• Tomica Chitterson of A Sound Mind Counseling Services LLC

• Beth Underhill of FitLife LLC

• Rayna Moore of RNM Consulting

• Geneva Miller of the University of Cincinnati

• And Elyse Jarard of My Ripple Effect LLC

There also will be live music by 2nd Wind Band | The Ultimate Jazz & R&B Experience along with giveaways and vendors selling various products.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Rising Stars of America’s youth programs. Those include the organization’s “Dare to Dream Leadership Program,” which encourages youth to go to college, efforts and other programs that work to reduce bullying and suicide.

More information about the luncheon, including how to register, is available online. The cost is $40 per ticket.

Lucy May writes about the people, places and issues that define our region – to celebrate what makes the Tri-State great and shine a spotlight on issues we need to address. To read more stories by Lucy, go to To reach her, email Follow her on Twitter @LucyMayCincy.