When alumnae thrive, UC prospers.

Women of UC is a network of Bearcats united to empower our female graduates. Together, we inspire each other to advance our personal and professional lives.

We plan experiences ranging from cocktails and conversation to taking deep dives on professional issues - A mix of work and play - All with the aim of bringing women together. We hope to see you very soon!

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Women of UC in action

Patty Kautz, BUS ’88

Patty Kautz, Bus ’88, recently became executive vice president for Washington, D.C.-based GRF CPAs & Advisors, a leading national accounting firm. Patty is the first volunteer leader of the Women of UC network of alumnae.

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Frinwi Gwenelyne Achu, LAW ’16

One of Africa’s top young attorneys, Frinwi Achu, Law ’16, considers her UC experience the ideal launchpad for her career advising companies, startups and foreign investors about doing business on the continent.

Christin Godale, Med ’22

CincyTech makes the smartest possible investments in next-gen digital and healthcare businesses. That work was supercharged when UC Neuroscience Graduate program alumna Christin Godale, Med ’22, became the organization’s director of life sciences.

Ruthie Keefe, CECH '81

Ruthie Keefe, CECH ’81, says she owes her business success to UC. She credits her education, her ongoing experiences as a deeply engaged alumni volunteer leader, and opportunities found through her vast Bearcat network.

Brande Victorian, A&S ’07

As senior editor of entertainment for "Essence," a leading magazine for Black women, Brande Victorian, A&S ’07, sees her journalism career providing opportunities to make an impact in ways she considers personally and culturally meaningful.

Amy Lukas, DAAP '95

Ever marvel at the look and feel of big-time events like the Olympic Games or the Super Bowl? Brilliant designers such as Amy Lukas, DAAP ’95, are behind the curtain creating those brand experiences.

Veronica Stern, CCM '21

Named “one to watch in 2022” by "Broadway World," Veronica Stern, CCM ’21, treasures the opportunity to play the storied role of Anya in the revival of Broadway musical "Anastasia."

Cynthia Johnson

Cynthia Johnson, Pharm ’18, owns Cindy J Cosmetic Labs, LLC, an innovation company that offers research and development services for cosmetic business owners.

Tokyo Olympic Medals

Annette Echikunwoke, A&S ’18, Bus ’19; Vanessa Gilles, CECH ’18; and Jordan Thompson, CECH ’18, ’20; competed in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, with Gilles and Thompson earning gold medals. Read more about women of UC in the 2021 Summer Olympics.

Lisa Mahle-Grisez

The University of Cincinnati Clermont College recently welcomed Lisa Mahle-Grisez as associate dean of academic affairs.

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Kristen Tomlan, BSID ’11, turns favorite childhood treat into a dream business.

UC Alumna and Olympic athlete Mary Wineburg smiles for the camera

Mary Wineberg, BSED ’02, claimed the gold in the 4 x 400 meters race in 2008 Beijing Olympics.

DAAP graduate and Project Runway contestant, Tessa Clark

Tessa Clark, BSDES ’16, does Bravo’s Project Runway.

Alumna Nicole Wiesmann sits on a couch smiling

Nicole Wiesmann, BSDE '93, talks about creating a purpose-driven design culture at Banana Republic.

Headshot of alumna Karen Olivo

Tony-winning UC alumna, Karen Olivo, CCM' 97, recognized during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Alumna Rashida Mauel looks onward while deep in discussion

Rashida Manuel A&S '12, '16 is on a mission to build a more equitable, sustainable Cincinnati.

Alumna Nicole Wiesmann sits on a couch smiling

Heather Farrington, PhD, A&S ’11 puts DNA to work for wildlife.

Headshot of alumna Mary K. Brown

Career is a testament to volunteerism’s mutual benefits for Mary Kay Brown, MEd, CAHS ’71, ’02.

Alumna Rashida Mauel looks onward while deep in discussion

Paula Lampley, JD, Law ’92 serves as director of College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Women in Engineering.

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Past Event Resources

  • A Conversation with Maliha Zulfacar 
    We celebrated Women’s History Month with a keynote presentation by Maliha Zulfacar, PhD, DAAP ’72, the first Afghan woman permitted to study alone in the U.S. who later fled her homeland as a young mother when the Soviets attacked in the 1970s. Watch Maliha Zulfacar’s Women’s History Month presentation.
  • Holiday Mixology
    We learned all about creating the perfect home bar, mixing tips and tricks, and more with Homemakers Bar. Download the recipes from the hands-on workshop: The Bearcat and The UC Spritz.
  • The Myth of Perfectionism
    UC Young Professionals and Women of UC partnered for a conversation about perfectionism, our fear of failure, resiliency, and more. Watch now!
  • Bearcats in Bloom
    Ashley Hack, DAAP '07 | Mokara Floral
    Find your floral personality by taking our quiz!
    Get inspired for your next event.
  • Simplify
    Danielle Boerger CECH '10 | Simplify in Style
    What does simplifying mean to you? How can it benefit you in your everyday life? Learn more


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Contact Cynthia Miller, Executive Director
Alumni & Donor Experience, Outreach & Engagement

or call 513-556-2078.