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The launch of the Ohio Women’s Alliance

Erin Scott

We are celebrating International Women’s Day with some exciting news to share from our founder, Erin Scott. “I started the Bad Bish Network in 2015 to create a community for badass female leaders in Columbus and what blossomed was an incredible network of women building their own businesses, navigating new job opportunities, and seeking inspiration from fellow Bad Bishes. We as women have always been leaders at the helm of our communities, and with divisive rhetoric spewing from our nation’s highest pulpit, we have been further charged to knit our communities back together and continue the fight against sexism, racism, and bigotry with our collective power. In 2019, women are convening more than EVER, hosting community discussions in their homes, feminist book clubs in libraries, and building their own activist networks. This all happens simply through the will of women to lead despite limited funding opportunities to support smaller grassroots efforts coupled with equally limited opportunities to invest in the leaders of these groups.

That’s why I’m starting a statewide network of women leading groups like the Bad Bish Network across Ohio. The Ohio Women’s Alliance is a new community for female community builders that will lift up, connect, and invest in Ohio’s emerging local female leaders. The Alliance provides tailored leadership and community management training, access to resources to support the work of each Alliance member’s community, and a members-only platform to connect with women across Ohio who are fellow community builders. Although this means the Bad Bish Network will dissolve into the Alliance, I am eager to start this new chapter expanding our reach across Ohio and connecting you to every more badass women.

In this time of transition (raising startup funds and finalizing programming), I’m asking you for one thing, fellow female community builders: reach out and tell me what you need. How can the Alliance support you and your work? What do you need to grow your community? How do you think we can use our collective voice to lift up women in Ohio? Sign up on the mailing list and let me know.

I’m sharing this on International Women’s Day because I’m so grateful to all of you for being a part of the Bad Bish Network, and now the Ohio Women’s Alliance. My personal and professional successes have only materialized because of the women who have supported me through some of the new ideas and risks I’ve taken, and that includes you. Simply showing up or following our social media pages or telling me you liked an event has helped me be a better leader and pushed me to iterate more quickly. You are the reason the Ohio Women’s Alliance exists, and I’m honored to build a better Ohio for women alongside you. Thank you.”

For those who are raging

Erin Scott

Thank you to Elaina Ramsey of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice for sharing this message to those of us who are still raging over the results of Cavanaugh’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court. Regardless of your religious affiliation or no affiliation, may you find peace in this mantra.

blessed are you who are raging.

blessed are you who are mourning.

blessed are you who feel numb.

blessed are you who feel sick. and tired. and sick and tired.

blessed are you who refuse to turn away.

blessed are you who need to turn away.

blessed are you who keep breathing deep.

blessed are you who are tending to your own needs.

blessed are you who are tending to the needs of another.

blessed are you who have been calling.

blessed are you who have been organizing.

blessed are you who have been testifying.

blessed are you who have been hearing.

blessed are you who have been resisting.

blessed are you who feel broken open beyond repair.

blessed are you who are raw beyond words.

blessed are you who are working hotlines and crisis care centers and bearing witness to the forces of violence and trauma unleashed and unloosed.

blessed are you who are marching.

blessed are you who are weeping.

blessed are you who preach and know that divinity resides in despised, abused, violated flesh.

blessed are you who know deep in your bones that you are good. and beautiful. and beloved. and sacred. and worthy. and believed. and held. and capable of healing beyond your wildest imagination.

blessed are you who remind others they are good. and beautiful. and beloved. and sacred. and worthy. and believed. and held. and capable of healing beyond their wildest imagination.

blessed are we when we dare to dream of a world without sexual violence, without white supremacy, without misogyny, without police brutality, without anti-trans and anti-queer violence.

blessed are we when we stay tender.

blessed are we when we stay fierce.

blessed are we when we dare to imagine repair, and transformation.

blessed are we when we labor together to make it so.

— Rev. Anna Blaedel, University of Iowa


Erin Scott

**This page contains information about sexual assault and/or violence, which may be triggering to survivors.**

Christine Blasey Ford, a survivor of sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, "I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified." Terrified to re-live her assault, terrified to be torn down by officials that we elected to office, terrified to live because her life and the lives of her family have been threatened by people who do not believe her.

I believe her.

And I believe you.

And I'm sorry you had to go through it.

If you are one of the 1 in 3 women who has been sexually assaulted in her lifetime, I am sorry. I am sorry it happened and I am sorry that you have endured a barrage of triggering headlines and notifications and Tweets about sexual assault over the past few weeks, and especially today. I see you and I hear you.

I felt powerless when I heard Christine Blasey Ford say, "I am terrified." But then I remembered you. You are powerful, Bish. You are strong and capable and full of powers ready to be unleashed at a moment's notice (but seriously if you haven't read The Power, you should).

If you need a day or a week to recharge your power, take it. Rest and heal and mourn and sit with whatever you need to sit with. If you want to speak with someone, you can call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider. You can also connect with SARNCO, the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio, which provides advocacy and emotional support services.

If you're compelled to take action and stand with women right now, especially survivors, here are some of your most powerful tools in action.

Your voice.

Today, tell your friends and family that you #StandWithWomen. Your voice is oh so powerful, Bish. We made it easy for you to ignite your network. Download the #StandWithWomen social media toolkit here.

Your vote.

More women in office means more of our voices being heard. Make sure you are registered to vote in Ohio, and when you vote, support strong female candidates like Louise Valentine, a fiercely passionate voice for families and children in Ohio.

Your money.

Your money, no matter the amount, is part of your power. Use it to lift up one of these causes championing women and girls in Ohio:

  • ROX, a 20-week empowerment program for girls in grades 5-12 to create stronger girls, safer schools and successful students

  • ROOTT, a reproductive justice organization dedicated to supporting the maternal and infant health of women of color through doula services, training, research, education, and consultation

  • The Women's Public Policy Network, made up of more than 25 organizations uses a collective voice representing women of Ohio, ensuring that our public policies lifts up the true needs of women and families

You are powerful, Bish. I hope you find comfort in the power of this sisterhood of this network and the power of your own assets beyond those listed above: your kindness, your tenacity, your bravery, and your strength. But if this letter leaves you feeling one thing, I hope you feel seen. I see you. We see you. Let's stand together.

With love,

Erin Scott

Founder of the Bad Bish Network


Weekly Member Feature: Jennifer Kon

Erin Scott


We are excited to feature Bad Bish, Jennifer Kon this week. Jennifer is the owner of Compass Travel and she shares the highs and lows of owning a business as well as a peak into her daily routine. Enjoy!

1. What's your AM routine?  Hitting snooze for at least an hour.  I'm not kidding; I'm not a morning person.

2. What's your PM routine?  I'm a night owl and am at my best in the evening/middle of the night.  So I do a lot of work at night; on weekends I usually stay up until 4am working.

3. Explain your company and what you do?  I started my own travel agency called Compass Travel a few years ago.  I saw the need for a modern travel agency that helps people plan affordable trips (not just luxury ones), and understands the needs and lifestyle of younger travelers.  I'm proud to say that I don't think there's any other travel agency like it in Columbus!

4. What's the hardest obstacle you've faced as an entrepreneur? Finding a good way to lower the costs of getting new clients.  

5. How do you juggle a full-time job and this side hustle?  I'm still working on that transition.  I'm at the really tough point where I'm super busy working 80+ hours a week, so it's hard for me to try to grow my company more because I'm not at the point where I can quit my day job yet.  Luckily I don't get stressed out or burned out easily, and I love what I do!

6. What's your favorite aspect of your company?  Travel is a very important part of my life, and this profession both allows me to travel and help others travel as well.

7. Anything else we should know about you??  I'm totally obsessed with dogs (my own two dogs and also social media famous dogs), and I'm a dual citizen of the US and Hungary.

Weekly Member Feature: Amanda Crichton

Erin Scott

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We love our Bad Bishes..and for good reason!

Get to know more about Bad Bish, Amanda Crichton, below.

1. What's your AM routine?

Let's be real, my mornings start with my phone. I usually scroll through the Skimm (an online news source), my social media accounts, and emails. Depending on the week, I'll have work meetings at cafes around Columbus or I'll just work from home. The most consistent part of my morning is my breakfast. Each day I make a smoothie bowl and attempt to eat it mindfully, without distractions from my phone or laptop. 

2. What's your PM routine?

Do new business owners have a consistent pm routine? Maybe it's just me, but my evenings are always changing. Some nights I'll go to networking events, others I'll be working, and recently I've been trying to semi-regularly attend group fitness classes. Learning to ride the wave of inconsistency has been a challenge, but it forces my structure-loving personality to go with the flow.

*I typically have one day a week (Sunday afternoon or Monday morning) where I'll sit down and look through all of my upcoming events, tasks, and emails. It's a way for me to debrief, plan, and feel more prepared for the upcoming week.

3. Explain your company and what you do?

My company is called Fulcio (full-see-oh), which is Latin for support or strengthen. I'm an anti-diet dietitian and created Fulcio to help people love who they are through nutrition and emotional support. I incorporate a concept called Health At Every Size, meaning that we're all uniquely made with different bodies and nutrition-related needs. I love helping clients dismantle the beliefs they have about their bodies, which are primarily caused from our society and media outlets. 

While I offer one-on-one coaching, lately I've been focusing on group programs and challenges, which I can share more about below. 

4. What's the hardest obstacle you've faced as an entrepreneur so far? 

The biggest frustration is the lack of understanding from those "on the outside". Many don't understand the lengths that I go through to market, network, and connect myself with supporters or potential clients. I try to use my personal instagram account to share my struggle, but I feel like many assume money isn't an issue for me. 

I have a few student interns working with me and it's comforting to have their sympathy, but the struggle is REAL, bishes, especially with Fulcio being less than a year old. Part of it is my confident, outgoing personality, but the other part is people judging me for said personality. 

5. How did you make the transition into leaving your main job to do this? 

I'm the exception to the rule here. Most entrepreneurs slowly transition from their stable job to their full time business but I didn't have a stable job before Fulcio. I worked in Boston as a Nutrition Manager at a YMCA but left my job to join the Peace Corps. While volunteering abroad in Nicaragua (not with the PeaceCorps), I learned that my acceptance into the Peace Corps was no longer valid because of the fact that I had seen a counselor for general anxiety while living in Boston. Feel free to reread that last sentence and let it sink it. I was livid then but each time I retell this story I'm reminded of irrational of a stigma we, as a country, have on mental health. 

The PeaceCorps feared I couldn't be provided with adequate talk therapy, but encouraged me to reapply should I be able to go a year without therapy. Again, this says a LOT about mental health and the stigma, which is ridiculous. Because I had received the acceptance letter two months prior, my things had already been moved from Boston to Ohio, which is the true story behind why I'm back in Ohio. Fulcio happened because I saw a lack of support for health, especially mental and emotional health, and decided to pursue this passion with my own compassion. I don't know a single person these days who doesn't have stress or anxiety, at least none of my clients seem to be stress-free, and I'm confident that what I'm doing is needed, especially given my own background story. 

6. What's your favorite aspect of your company? 

My favorite part about Fulcio is that it's MINE and that it is capable of doing the world GOOD. I've worked for companies that don't support mental health or for bosses who I don't admire, but with Fulcio I create the atmosphere I crave. Watching program participants learn about themselves and witness them heal from the emotional wounds they've held onto for years is magical. It gives me so much joy to know that I can help others heal their relationship with food and their body. The results I see inspire me to continue pursuing this route.

7. Anything else we should know about you?

*If you want to learn more about what I do, or just want to grab coffee/tea, hit me up! I'm happy to learn more about other Bishes and want to get to know more of you better!

I have a number of upcoming events this and next month:

I'm co-hosting a mindset webinar this Wednesday, March 7th on Facebook Live (this is free). Here's the link

I'll be speaking at an event Thursday, March 22nd, about the power of story! Time and location TBD but I'll share in the group when I know more!

I'm co-teaching a mindset course, Master Your Mindset, which starts March 28th. 

I'm leading an exercise focused program, Exercise At Every Size, that starts April 1st! 

I'll be talking more about the above events throughout the month, but I would love to have some Bishes join in! 

Link to my website:

Fulcio's Instagram:

The New Wave of Event Planning

Erin Scott

We are so excited to host Lisa Wein's "New Wave of Event Planning" at Haven Collective on March 13 and the best part? You're invited!

Learn more about Lisa and the background of events in this short interview below: 

Q: How did you get into event planning? Tell us your story.

I completely fell into event planning. I went to school for Art History and had an amazing job at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. I was one of over 100 people laid-off, post-9/11, and had to start over at 23. I ended-up getting a job as a special events coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and that started me off on a career I never knew existed. After a year and a half there, I became the Director of Special Events at the YMCA of Greater NY, and I was responsible for 2 huge fundraising events, and about 10-15 smaller events throughout the year. I did not have nearly enough experience for that position, but they hired me, and I excelled, raising over $3 million during my time there.

I left the Y for a corporate event planning job, and that was when I got to plan different kinds of events (like product launches and award shows), and then that company was bought by a Spanish firm 9 months into my time there. I left and started my own company, LW Events, and ran that by myself for 2 1/2 years until I moved back to Columbus in 2012.

After being gone from Columbus for so long, I had to wait until I reestablished my connections here to re-launch LW Events. I had a fantastic job at the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), planning 7 galas a year. I was responsible for both the event planning and fundraising, and after 2 1/2 years, I left to work at the Jewish Federation of Columbus. I've been there for about the same amount of time, and I've successfully re-launched Women's Philanthropy, which is a fundraising/engagement division of Federation. It had been dormant for over 10 years, and we've had multiple successful events and brought so many people back into Federation. We just returned from a 5-day trip to Israel, with 9 women, and considering we're still so new in the community, we had one of the largest contingents of women there (it's a national trip). 

Last year, I decided I had been back in Columbus long enough that I was ready to think about LW Events again, but in a different way than before. Columbus is obviously much different than NYC with regards to staffing at non-profits, budgets, etc., but most non-profits still plan events every year, and without professional help. Anyone can plan a party, but planning an event is a different story. With LW Events I offer the event planning expertise, that most people are looking for, but what sets me apart is my years of non-profit/fundraising work. It's more important for organizations to look at their year as a whole, how they can best serve their constituents, and work backwards from that. People don't want to go to events and see their donations go to the bar or the band, they want to see that their gifts are going to the cause. I'm working with non-profits on the strategy around using their events more effectively so they can save money, time, and energy and focus on building relationships with their donors.

Q: What's your favorite type of event to plan?

I love planning any event that is art-related. Since I've been back in Columbus, I've planned several events focused on exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art. If I can combine philanthropy with exposing people to incredible art, then I've killed 2 birds with 1 stone. I also like to incorporate live performances if I'm doing an event for an arts organization. I think it's best to showcase what an organization does in the most tangible way possible. So, if I'm doing the gala for Opera Columbus, you can bet there will be some stunning singers performing that night.

Q: What's your morning and evening routine?

My home-life revolves around my 3 1/2 year old daughter, Harper. Every morning starts with "MOMMY!!!!" coming from her room, and every night ends with my husband and I vegging on the couch watching Netflix. I'm lucky that I love what I do because time away from Harper needs to be worth it to me, and I'm so proud that she'll be able to look up to me and see a successful woman who has worked hard to provide for her but who also loves what I do. 

As you can imagine, I'm an extremely organized person, so routines are very important to me. I've realized though that the way I operate is an anomaly to most people, so I do my best to keep my house/family in-line but try not to drive them too crazy. My husband is the complete opposite, never planned a thing in his life, so it's a balance. I knew I was getting engaged just because he made 3 different dinner reservations, LIGHT BULB!  Harper likes to plan everything that's happening in her life each day when she wakes up: Mommy's little mini-me!


Hope you enjoyed this post and see you at the event!



Weekly Member Feature: Lisa Wein, event planner extraordinaire!

Erin Scott

Lisa Wein

Take a moment to get to know this week's Bad Bish Network member feature, Lisa Wein!


About 6 months ago, I was itching for a new side hustle. I had 3 years as a Stella & Dot Stylist, but I wanted to do something that would be more lucrative, not take me away from my family in the evenings, and something that I was an expert at.

I had a meeting with some colleagues (at my full-time job), and they were seeking my advice on creating a timeline template for their upcoming events. We met a few times to help create this, and I realized I had skills that other people could use and in a much more time-saving way than I had thought about in the past.

I decided to re-launch LW Events as an event consulting business, instead of an event planning business. I didn't want to add more events to my calendar, but I knew I could provide services, to companies and non-profits, by meeting with them a few times and discussing how to get organized, how to set goals for an event, or how to reinvent an event that has gotten stale.

We've all been to events that were great and many that were not so great. The difference is working with someone who has experience and can help to ensure an event is successful. As an event planning/fundraising professional, I've had to wear many hats. Ultimately, I can break my profession down into three main categories: planning events, communications, and fundraising. Becoming fluent in each of these areas has transformed me into a strong relationship manager and problem solver.

My passion lies in empowering others to set goals and use their events successfully, and my new consulting model allows more accessibility to having an event planning professional help you with your events. With LW Events I specialize in the production side of planning events (writing the run of show and script, working with all types of vendors, creating timelines and budgets) and have worked in the nonprofit world long enough to be able to provide expertise on fundraising strategies for events.

I'm so excited to see what happens with LW Events in the next year! I have two clients so far (one came through my connections with the Bad Bish Network!), and I'm meeting with a business coach to see what I can do to move it forward even more. In the meantime, I'm offering my fellow Bishes a consultation session with me if they need someone to bounce some event ideas off of. I want to give back to the group who has supported me along the way!

Learn more about LW Events here: 
Follow me on IG: @lweventscbus
Check-out my website: 
Like me on FB:

Weekly Member Feature: Rikki Klun

Erin Scott

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Aloha, Bishes! My name is Rikki Klun, and I have a total lust for life. I am one of those people that wants to learn everything about everything, and that is only made possible by surrounding yourself with people that you can learn from. I joined the Bad Bish Network because I wanted to surround myself with successful and goal-oriented women who can challenge me to become a better version of myself both personally and professionally. In a world where many of our professions are male-dominated, I believe it is important to create a space where women are empowering each other, because together we are forces of nature! When I discovered Bad Bish Network on Instagram, I knew I had found my tribe. I am a leisure travel agent for an amazing women- and minority-owned company called UNIGLOBE Travel Designers. I am extremely passionate about what I do, because travel not only enhances your life, but it can completely change it!

Re-blog: Bad Bish Erika Gable Leads the Way for Women-Owned Micro Businesses in Ohio

Erin Scott


We love seeing our Bad Bishes lifted up as rising community leaders, and Erika Gable is definitely a rising leader! She's the executive director of the Women's Small Business Accelerator and discusses her take on work-life balance in this new CityPulse blog post: "I don’t think there’s a thing called work-life balance. I believe it’s just a question of priorities and how to fit everything together in any given day, week, month, or year. We have a six-month-old daughter and my husband and I remain very active in the community, while still both working. Sometimes it is stressful, but when it comes down to it, I want my daughter to see that serving others and being active is important in life, while also spending as much time as possible with your family." Full blog post here!

Weekly Member Feature: Meet Tonnisha English

Erin Scott

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Hi Bishes! My name is Tonnisha J. English or “Nish” for short. I am bad ass hustlin’ momma of a future #girlboss! I am a member of BBN because I truly value building relationships with like minded women. It is so inspiring! That is why I started TJE Communications. The purpose of my marketing consulting agency is to level the playing field for small, women-owned businesses through digital marketing solutions such as social media and email marketing. I even do some brand consultation to help guide your vision for your business! I am happy to be featured this week and hope you will follow along as I continue to share a little bit about me and my business :) 

Re-blog: "I am in Bad Bish mode." by Kelsea Gunner

Erin Scott

You'll find Kelsea (far left) sparking conversation around town at any given event about digital, social, or equality. If you're lucky enough, you might even hear her beautiful voice singing!

You'll find Kelsea (far left) sparking conversation around town at any given event about digital, social, or equality. If you're lucky enough, you might even hear her beautiful voice singing!

Kelsea Gunner was one of the first women to take a leap and join the Bad Bish Network in 2015. She ran up to me (Erin Scott, Head Bish in Charge) after a Women's Fund event and said, "I think what you're doing is so cool and I'm in and how do I help this network grow?" Since then, she's catapulted her own role from emerging as a leader in the social and digital space to building her own brand of vulnerable no-nonsense self-exploration on her blog. Not to mention she's got budding modeling career and is rocking the heck out of Buckeye branded gear any given day of the week.

Kelsea is a Bad Bish force on the rise and she put her poetic voice to work with her own description of our membership kickoff event on her blog. Check it out :) And thank you, Kelsea! We're in Bad Bish mode too.

WEEKLY MEMBER FEATURE: Meet Jennifer Sconyers

Erin Scott

Hi, Bishes! My name is Jennifer Sconyers, and I am a lifelong learner, enjoyer of things exciting and new, and I love connecting with new and exciting people! In the nearly 8 years I’ve been in Columbus, OH, I’ve been a part of a number of “networking” groups. Some groups were specifically meant for networking, but were more like socializing, while others would occasionally have powerful programming. I’ve become a member of the Bad Bish Network because it’s doing something that no one else is doing: it’s creating an opportunity for fiercely talented women to connect through a shared experience that includes learning, leadership development and fun, while developing a powerfully supportive community! When I’m not out connecting with others I do something that is near and dear to my heart, I work with organizations and teams who are struggling to deal with the issues of race, gender, class and identity, who are consequently bleeding diverse and inclusive talent. It truly is a labor of love, and I absolutely love what I do! I am so passionate about it, that I started my own company, Abundance Leadership Consulting, doing just that! You can learn more about me and what I do tomorrow at 2p.m. for my Facebook Live post! You don’t want to miss it!

Jennifer Sconyers

Our Membership Curriculum: Making Connections

Erin Scott

WE'RE BACK! After months of developing a rich new curriculum, we're thrilled to share our love, hard work, and ideas with the Bad Bish Network family. This year is all about Making Connections. We know--we’re a networking group, so that’s quite literally what we’re trying to accomplish. But it’s not just about expanding your network and meeting the fantastic women in this group. You’re going to make intentional connections each month through our Connected Topics designed to help you have your most connected year yet.

You’ll receive worksheets corresponding to each topic to help you build your very own Making Connections workbook throughout the 10-month curriculum. This isn’t homework--it’s not required whatsoever, but it will help track the ways you expand your connectedness throughout the year. Our members-only Facebook group will feature a new member each week who will share their own story and lead discussions around the monthly Connected Topic. Events will further explore the topic, continuing to build on the member discussions in the Facebook group and diving deeper into each theme.

Each Connected Topic below was selected with care and intention for you, bish!

September: Connecting your goals with your values
How do you align the values that guide you with the goals you set in your professional and personal life?

October: Making connections with like-minded women: your fellow Bishes!
You’re in this group for a reason: take the time to intentionally connect with the women in this group

November: How to authentically connect with people through networking
What is authentic connection anyway? We’ll discuss the ways to make networking less painful and how to make networking truly valuable

December: Connecting with organizations lifting up women & girls in
There are SO many nonprofits doing important work in Columbus to benefit women and girls! Let’s learn about them--and support them!

January: Reflecting and reconnecting with your values and goals
You’ve heard this before: “New year, new me!” Before you throw out your “Being me” playbook, let’s reconnect with the goals you wrote in September to see which ones still apply and which ones need cut

February: Connecting with your inner Bad Bish! 
Go off the wagon-- there’s a path back!

March: Connecting our fears to our path to success
Your fears influence your ability to reach your goals just as much as your values. We’ll tackle them head on--and find ways to help each other through the toughest roadblocks

April: Exploring the other organizations that connect women in Columbus
Why are there so many organizations dedicated solely to connecting women to each other? Why do we crave this important interaction? We’ll join forces with other women-only peer groups in Columbus to unpack this topic--and connect with the fantastic women in the groups!

May: Why you need to connect to a mentor and how to do it
If you don’t know, now you know: having a mentor invested in your future is CRITICAL to your success. We’ll discuss qualities to look for in a mentor, how to ask a mentor, and what to expect from your mentor

June: Time to CELEBRATE! One last time to connect with your fellow Bishes :)
Celebration is a key part of your progress!! We’ll reflect on the past year and connect your progress to the steps you took to get there :)

Are you in?

Membership is currently OPEN! Fill out the form on our membership page and we'll send you the full membership packet for you to review. See you soon, Bish!

Presenter Preview: Jillian Baer

Erin Scott

Get to know another one of our presenters at The Exchange, Jillian Baer!


Jillian is the Director of Graduate Recruitment for the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University, where she also serves as the co-President for the Association of Graduate and Professional Administrators (AGPA) and co-advisor to TEDxOhioStateUniversity.  She works enthusiastically to provide access and opportunities for students seeking graduate education and is dedicated to supporting staff seeking community within the large Ohio State environment. The National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals recently awarded Jillian with the “Future Leader Award” for 2017 for her leadership on Ohio State’s campus and dedication to building and creating community among the staff on her campus. As Jillian progresses in her career, she hopes to continue connecting individuals and expanding the collaborative mentality within large and often disconnected environments. A fan of Broadway, baseball, and baking, this young educator is ready to share with the women of Columbus how to find and lead their own professional tribe.


We had the chance to ask Jillian a few questions, and here's our conversation!




So you said YES to sharing your expertise with the Bad Bish Network! Why did you accept this invitation to participate as a presenter?


"I am so encouraged by everything that Bad Bish stands for and to be invited to participate in an event in this way is completely humbling. I want to continue to advocate for professionals in my Ohio State community and am excited about the opportunity to step outside of my immediate network to feel inspired by women from all around Columbus. The talent and ambition is apparent in this group and I am just grateful to be a part of it."


Tell us a little bit about the topic you plan to share.


"I'm speaking about finding your own community. I work in a large and often overwhelming environment so I can personally speak to the importance of finding the right people to surround yourself with when you're looking to create your own community."


Why are you uniquely suited to talk about this topic?


"With the help of some colleagues, I actually spearheaded my own community within Ohio State to connect people doing the same work as me across colleges and departments. I am so excited to share the process in hopes that other people can do the same thing I did!"


Do you present frequently? Do you like getting up in front of people and speaking, or does it make you nervous?


"I love being able to share ideas and lessons learned with anyone who will listen. We all do our best work when we are supporting one another, practicing open communication and transparency, and helping each other along the way. By presenting things I've learned, and encouraging others to do the same, our community grows in knowledge and strength (whether that be at The Ohio State University or Columbus at large). I have been fortunate enough to present at more than a dozen national conferences and many more local and state events. These opportunities have come because of the collaborative work to which I've been able to contribute. The teams I've joined and the partnerships I've formed have provided me more opportunities to learn and grow as a public speaker than I could have ever imagined."


Why is networking important to you? What groups do you belong to or participate in?


"Networking is at the crux of my strategic approach to my personal and professional life. Without those around me, I would not be able to pursue my passions for higher education, graduate education and access, or the betterment of the communities and those individuals within them. I truly believe in collaboration over competition and that by working together, we can improve practices and efficiency for all of those involved. Particularly with women, the support network and the desire to help one another succeed makes a huge difference in in the lives of those most impacted. By providing my support and voice to a community, I can also help speak on behalf of those that feel they have no voice. Empowering others to use their knowledge and experience to speak on a topic of expertise is one of my greatest joys. There are so many brilliant people out there! I continue to strive to use my voice and my network to help people realize it.  


Something special happens when women get together, collaborate, and lift each other up. Why do you think that is?


"YES! When women come together, magic is possible. The collaborative spirit of the women in Columbus with whom I am lucky enough to call friends and colleagues is truly infectious and helps all members of the community thrive. I am an advocate for transformational and distributed leadership tactics. That includes engaging the full person, redistributing power within a community, and inspiring others for the good of the group. We can achieve this by building one another up, regardless of position or stature. The results brought on by this approach, when women come together to share their brilliance, is very inspiring!"


Name some of the female role models whom you look up to and why?

"Most of my female role models are current mentors, supervisors, and collaborators. I have been extremely lucky to work for and with incredible women in my time as a professional. These are women I still turn to for professional and personal guidance, reference support in job interviews, and overall encouragement in my profession. These role models are a mix of faculty and administrators in my field of higher education. And I also very much look up to colleagues that have challenged me and supported me along the way. We hear a lot about older mentors and higher level professionals that are critical to our journey as we move forward as young professionals, and I think that's important. But I can't talk enough about those at my own level who have supported my ambitions, challenged me, nominated me for things, partnered with me, collaborated, created alongside me - all making me a better person and educator. These women come in all forms from professional to personal circles and continue to inspire me every single day.


If someone was interested in doing the work that you do for a living, what advice would you give them?


"Don't get discouraged by bureaucracy, but rather find a way to use it to your advantage and leverage the system to meet your needs! There are ways to create your own "side hustle" within your organization - and it doesn't always have to be for money, for advancement, or completely separate from your role. Look for ways to build community within your place of work. For me, that meant building a space for those doing similar roles around campus to come together once a month to share and learn. This has exploded into a supportive and collaborative community that simultaneously feeds my passion and helps me with my day-to-day work. I am able to leverage the mission and goals of the University to help further the cause of our collaboration. By understanding our larger community at Ohio State and the goals created by university leadership, we've been able to secure funding and support for our initiatives by building bridges to the larger mission. These large, rigid organizational structures do not have to be a hindrance, but rather they can provide a system of support to help feed passion and progress."


You'll hear more from Jillian at The Exchange on April 27!

Presenter Preview: Nellie Corriveau

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Nellie Corriveau

If you haven't already signed up to attend The Exchange, now's your chance! Learn more about one of our Bad Bish presenters, Nellie Corriveau, and get inspired to meet with our incredible women at The Exchange.


Nellie Corriveau began fundraising for families of children with cancer her sophomore year at Reynoldsburg High School in 2007 and has built the million dollar organization now known as Nellie’s Champions for Kids (NC4K), a 501(c)(3) for children with cancer and their families. Nellie Corriveau is the youngest 40 under 40 Award recipient, featured in GLAMOUR Magazine as Ohio’s most inspiring, the 2012 AFP Young Philanthropist of the Year, Jefferson Award Nominee 2011, and NC4K received the Key Bank Achievement Award in 2011. Nellie speaks to over 50 schools a year on how important it is to be a young leader!


Nellie’s most recent venture is a social enterprise that is an online positivity t-shirt company. Not only can you buy one for you, you can also send one to a friend to pass positivity on to them. A portion of every shirt benefits pediatric cancer and women’s issues. 


While not in the community, Nellie enjoys running, shopping, watching movies and being with her husband Jared and 4-pound furbaby, Tini!


Here's what Nellie had to share with us!




So you said YES to sharing your expertise with the Bad Bish Network! Why did you accept this invitation to participate as a presenter?


"Women are changing the world! and anything I can do to support them I love to do!"


Tell us a little bit about the topic you plan to share at The Exchange.


"I love sharing how to have a happy and healthy life because I once was working 80 hours a week, 30 pounds heavier and missing out on life."


Do you present frequently? Do you like getting up in front of people and speaking, or does it make you nervous?


"Yes as much as I can! I always get nervous but know if I can help one person it is worth it!"


Why is networking important to you? What groups do you belong to or participate in?


"Networking is really about connection and building relationships and that is what life is all about! I really enjoy networking one on one with women to have true authentic and meaningful conversations."


Something special happens when women get together, collaborate, and lift each other up. Why do you think that is?


"The energy is contagious! We are designed to want to support each other so when you get that much energy in one room it is magical! It is also becoming rare with social media and our fast-paced lives so it makes it even more special."


Name some of the female role models whom you look up to and why?


"I honestly look up to every woman out there hustling and making a difference!"


If someone was interested in doing the work that you do for a living, what advice would you give them?


"To never give up! You are going to have good days and not so good days and that is totally normal. When you don't give up that is when the magic happens. Good things take time, more than you may think too!"


Hear more from Nellie next Thursday, April 27 at The Exchange!

Presenter Preview: Autumn Theodore

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Autumn Theodore, bad bish business owner and imposter syndrome conquerer

Autumn Theodore, bad bish business owner and imposter syndrome conquerer

Get to know YOUR presenters for the 4/27 event, The Exchange! These bad bishes will be sharing their ideas, philosophies, or expertise on a topic they passionately champion. Each micro-presentation will be less than 6 minutes, and following the presentations, we will facilitate an exchange between audience members and the presenters to inspire curiosity, collaboration, and constructive feedback!


This week, we interviewed Autumn Theodore, a Columbus-based portrait and commercial photographer who helps businesses bring their brands to life with creative photography. While she loves to travel, Autumn considers Columbus home base - for good! She lives in Italian Village and loves supporting small businesses in our lovely city. You'll most likely see her getting work done at coffee shops, taking walks through the Short North, and attending fun events around town.


Check out our quick exchange with Autumn below!




So you said YES to sharing your expertise with the Bad Bish Network! Why did you accept this invitation to participate as a presenter? 


"I accepted your very kind invitation for a few reasons: 1) I love supporting you and the things you're doing, 2) I think it sounds like a unique presenting opportunity to 3) practice presenting, and 4) all sorts of exposure helps small businesses!"


Tell us a little bit about the topic you plan to share. 


"I plan to talk about Impostor Syndrome, which is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud." Some studies suggest that impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women. (source: Wikipedia) I plan to talk about this because I've had conversations with so many women recently about impostor syndrome!"


Why are you uniquely suited to talk about this topic? 


"I have had so many conversations with women over the past few years about their feelings of impostor syndrome and how that affects their work, their life, and their confidence. (Spoiler alert: it affects those things a lot.) Helping people (especially women) realize that this is an issue may bring them some additional confidence to realize their worth, which is incredibly helpful to their success."


Do you present frequently? Do you like getting up in front of people and speaking, or does it make you nervous? 


"It doesn't make me nervous. I do it 4-6 times per year."


Why is networking important to you? What groups do you belong to or participate in? 


"Networking is important to me because 99.99% of my business comes to me through referrals. Relationships are almost as important as me producing high-quality photos for clients. I try to attend as many women's group meetings/events as I can - Bad Bish, Creative Babes, and a few other more private groups."


Something special happens when women get together, collaborate, and lift each other up. Why do you think that is? 


"Because we understand each other. The women I connect with have similar goals, struggles, ideas, frustrations, and inspiration. Those things make it easy to lift each other up!"


Name some of the female role models whom you look up to and why? 


"Literally, every woman in this town who is creating her own path, helping others, and always being kind. I can't even name them because there are so many who fall into those three categories. I'm obsessed with all of them. <3"


If someone was interested in doing the work that you do for a living, what advice would you give them? 


"I'd tell them to hire a business coach (this made all the difference for me), take their time in leaving their "day job" (if they have one) to be sure going full-time isn't too stressful, and to be sure they understand that the business side of their hustle will probably take more time than the passion side - and to be ok with that."

A brand new Bad Bish Network event: The Exchange

Erin Scott

This event is an experiment in idea exchange between young emerging female business leaders and their peers, hence the name of the event, The Exchange! The Exchange is a platform for women to stand up and share their ideas, philosophies, or expertise on a topic they passionately champion. Each micro-presentation will be less than 6 minutes, and following the presentations, we will facilitate an exchange between audience members and the presenters to inspire curiosity, collaboration, and constructive feedback!


**Please note this event is for women only**


Purchase your ticket on the Eventbrite page



Shukri Addo - entrepreneur and human rights advocate
Jillian Baer - student recruitment ambassador
Miriam Coleman - pragmatic dietician
Nellie Corriveau - nonprofit leader and positivity coach
Jennifer Sconyers - critical conversations expert
Autumn Theodore - photographer and business owner



5:30 - Doors open! Mingling, light appetizers and wine all provided :)
6:00 - Program begins! Welcoming remarks from sponsors and Bad Bish leadership
6:05 - Micro-presentations from six different women
6:50 - Presentations conclude; setup for panel begins
7:00 - Panel opens up for discussion and Q&A
7:30-40 - Program concludes; remainder of the event is networking
8:00 doors close



Thank you to our venue partner, Dawson!


For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please email Erin Scott at


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
If you identify as a woman and a young professional, you are welcome to attend! Typically this ranges from ages 22-40.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Dawson has ample parking available in their adjacent lot.


What can I bring into the event?
We know you'll want to remember the awesome ideas and conversations from the event, so bring your favorite journal, tablet, or other devices to take notes and snap pics! Don't forget your charger :)


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Reach out to Erin Scott at anytime!

Funding opportunity for YOUR ideas!

Erin Scott

If you are a young professional in Columbus with a project or idea that needs funding, this opportunity is for YOU! The Create Columbus Commission has awarded over $250,000 for young professional focused projects in Columbus and it's that time of year again. Letters of intent are due by April 7 so don’t waste any time! Find out more information at or by contacting the Commission at!


Bad Bish Member Spotlight: Sarah J. Thompson

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NAME: Sarah Thompson

HOW SHE SPENDS HER DAYS: Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery


FIRST JOB: Sales Assistant at Forever 21


BEST PIECE OF ADVICE SHE EVER RECEIVED: “When you are young, never say no. Always say yes to any opportunity because you never know what will come.” – Doug Kridler, President and CEO of The Columbus Foundation



The Bad Bish Network was just an idea when Sarah Thompson joined the team. She’d met Erin Scott (our Head Bish in Charge) at Ohio State and the two quickly bonded. When Sarah heard about Erin’s plan to start an organization that would allow young professional women to meet and promote each other in a safe space, she knew she wanted to be a part of the project.


“I didn’t have any expectations of what it would be like but I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.” During the development stages, she helped Scott curate her ideas and put them into action. You could say Sarah was our first real member of the Bad Bish Network!


Sarah is passionate about nonprofit organizations, community development, and enhancing the experiences of all people in an effort to better society. Currently, she’s the Executive Director of Ohio Citizen Advocates For Addiction Recovery, a statewide advocacy organization for individuals in recovery and organizations that are providing services to those in recovery. This is her first time in a leadership role, and it’s an opportunity she learned about from an amazing woman she met at the Bad Bish launch party in August.


Sarah shared: “Had I not been involved with Bad Bish, I never would have met Sarah Nerad and I never would have gotten this opportunity.”


The two Sarahs (ha!) met at the August event and quickly realized they had a lot in common, professionally and personally. “You not only are going to develop professional connections. I have--from personal experiences--developed a best friend. We connected on a professional level first then became close friends.”


At Nerad’s suggestion, Thompson applied for the opening at Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery in the fall of 2015. She admits it was a big step. “It was a reach for me. I’ve never been in a leadership role before and they took a chance on me and they’ve given me the opportunity of a lifetime and I’m so thrilled!” She started with the organization in November.


For Sarah, Bad Bish is more than a way to network. She’s been onboard since the beginning and has seen the organization grow into a reliable resource for young women in Columbus. “Having a platform to listen to strong women in our community and how they’ve given back and built their careers, the empowerment you feel is fantastic. It’s been so beneficial to listen to these women.”


The LEAP professional develop series has been Thompson’s favorite part, especially now that she’s in a leadership role. “You can hire a leadership coach or join Bad Bish and every other month have real conversations about leadership and empowerment. That right there is worth it times ten fold.” She’s looking forward to 2016 and the new programming opportunities that will be available to members. “A lot of times you think an individual can only get out of it what they put into it, but Bad Bish is so much more than that.”