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Years! p.4


Ode to 25 Years


She is Working to Stop Alzheimer’s p.8

Host an Easy Cocktail Party p.38


Things She Said





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Perfect Endings Supplement after page 16

BEAUTIFUL POTTERY p.10 The Today’s Woman Timeline p.36

Gift Ideas for Your Man p.46



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DECEMBER 2016 • VOL. 27 / NO. 1



STYLIST Alissa Hicks


n our 25th Birthday, this quote from one of our former cover girls says it best — may we keep changing and growing to give the best voice to women in this community.

“Life seems simpler to stay in the status quo because it is comfortable and easy. But too often what is comfortable and easy is also boring and routine. I made a big job change last year and while it was still in my field, it involved a longer commute, giving up a job that I like and where I was excelling, as well as navigating a new environment. It involved a whole lot of work in the beginning, and I wasn’t sure it was worth it. But the challenges made me grow, develop different problem-solving skills, and be more creative. So I will always advocate making changes because it continues to diversify who you are. Be limitless.” — Theresa Bautista, Adjunct Faculty, University of Louisville School of Music

ON THE COVER: It didn’t take much for us to get cover model Katie Kraft into a celebratory mood. Here the 25-year-old mother and choir director models a festive party hat to celebrate Today’s Woman’s birthday. Read more about her on page 22. Photo: Melissa Donald Makeup: Denise Cardwell at Image Works Studio Hat: Tami Patterson

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Amanda Peyton ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Susan Allen ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Kaitlyn English Teri Hickerson Suzy Hillebrand Joyce Inman CIRCULATION MANAGER W. Earl Zion Today’s Woman is published monthly by: Zion Publications, LLC 9750 Ormsby Station Road, Suite 307 Louisville, KY 40223 Phone: 502.327.8855 The opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the position of the publisher. Today’s Woman magazine does not endorse or guarantee any advertiser’s product or service. Copyright 2016 by Zion Publications LLC, all rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited without permission from Zion Publications LLC.

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very day, Dr. Donna Wilcock and her team of researchers at the University of Kentucky (UK) move by milliliters toward the fundamental understanding of and treatment for one of the world’s most debilitating conditions — Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). It’s a progressive condition that destroys brain cells and eventually will wipe out the cognitive function of millions of people, leaving them unable to even dress or feed themselves. Donna is not daunted by trials and studies that have not worked. She is on a mission. She hopes her work and that of others will find a cure before her twin 6-year-old daughters are grown. “I would like for my research to contribute in some way to eliminating this disease for my kids’ generation,” Donna says. In the UK Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) at the SandersBrown Center on Aging in Lexington, Kentucky, Donna is looking for any silver lining in the plethora of research on Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases that affect 44 million people

Congratulations on 25 years! Today’s Woman has a special place in my heart for allowing me the pleasure of writing articles for the magazines for 10 years. I met so many amazing women and had so many great experiences through the process and learned so much along the way. — Cheryl Stuck, writer (2000-2010)



worldwide. The Alzheimer’s Disease Center is one of only 29 ADC’s in the country, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1985. At UK, Donna heads up a lab that works primarily on Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI), the second most common cause of dementia behind Alzheimer’s Disease. VCI can occur due to such medical problems as strokes, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The elderly commonly have both pathologies — AD and VCI, which greatly complicates treatment and research.

Also, Donna has found that immunotherapy for Alzheimer’s does not work in models where AD and VCI are present at the same time. She is working on other potential therapeutic avenues.

“We are looking at biomarkers trying to identify signatures in the blood that predict how someone’s course of disease is going to go, and what changes the person has in her brain,” Donna says. “We need to be able to have these markers (to see) what is going on in the brain.”

“What we are looking at is not that the drug didn’t work, but why? We have done a study with our mouse model and vascular pathology together, and drugs don’t work in mouse models with mixed disease,” she says. “It may suggest that this finding could be the same for people with mixed pathologies.”

Donna has achieved two major accomplishments: She has found a relatively easy and inexpensive way to mimic VCI in mice, which will help scientists worldwide study the origins of and test for treatments for this disease.

I am honoured to have taught Donna, during her time at Netherthorpe School, UK. Donna was a model student and worked so hard to achieve her goals. She is an inspiration to female scientists and, indeed to all aspiring scientists of both sexes!

You can be very proud of the enormous contribution and growth you have achieved in these years. Again, congratulations on this remarkable achievement! — Barbara Bryant, writer (2004-2008)

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I have been honored and privileged to offer my articles on positive living as the longest male contributor to the magazine. Today’s Woman is always to be commended for its hopeful and motivational messages that inspire us to be better persons and to achieve our ultimate reality. — Bob Mueller, writer (1993-present)



By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Patti Hartog

SEARCH: Jane Termini

What’s Jane’s secret to accomplishing what she sets out to do? “I’m not a perfectionist. I couldn’t move forward or take the next step if I were. I’m more of a 90 percenter. As problems or challenges come up, I just figure I’ll work them out somehow. I don’t have to know how to do everything ahead of time or have the whole plan laid out perfectly for me.”

Jane’s shop is a real treat to explore. She is always willing to share her love and knowledge of Polish pottery. So glad she is being featured. — Carrie via

Impossible to go into her shop and not find something lovely to buy. And its always a pleasure to have a great conversation with Jane when I see her. Highly recommend stopping by when you can. — Hockey mom via


hen Jane Termini and her husband Paul were living in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2002, for his job with GE, she went on a weekend getaway to visit several pottery factories with other members of the American Women's Club. That ladies-only shopping trip became her Turning Point.

“There is a section of Poland called Bolesławiec, and I was told the pottery factories there were something I just had to see. The first time I went it was a jaw-dropping experience. I was attracted to all the color and shapes of the pottery. The quality is amazing. The clay used in making the stoneware is a natural resource of the area.

“Before we even left Germany, I had it in my mind that I wanted to bring this lovely handmade stoneware back to America and share it with people.” The family returned home to Louisville in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2014 that she started selling the Polish pottery online only. Then in November 2015 she opened the bricks and mortar store, Color Palette Polish Pottery, on Main Street in Middletown. To say that Jane is enthusiastic about the pottery is an understatement. “The pottery is so easy for me to sell because I love it so much. When the skids that hold my order are delivered it's like Christmas. I love opening up the boxes and unwrapping all the pieces.

The first piece I wrote for Today’s Woman was for the October 2004 issue. I met and interviewed “Miss Kitty” who dressed as a witch for Halloween and greeted the multitudes of children who visited on field trips or with family to Kitty Roederer’s family farm off of Brownsboro Road. She was the first of many wonderful women I would meet and write about through the years. I was in awe of the magazine and the women who produced it. I still am. I consider it a privilege to still be writing. — Connie Meyer, writer (2004-present)



I love going into Jane’s shop. I easily spend hours in there. Her store is packed to the brim with hundreds of beautiful, functional Polish pottery pieces that are hard to come by and hard to resist. So I don’t resist. And you won’t want to, either. Most of her pieces are one of a kind, so if you see something you love, don’t wait to get it. These gorgeous pieces go fast. Oh, and while you’re there say “Hi” to Jane. She’s fun and infectious, just like her pottery! — Unknown via

Hey! I LOVE those pottery cats behind you in the picture — DoveNative via

Congrats, Jane! So colorful and pretty. Hope I can visit sometime soon. — Lori via

Congratulations, Jane! Well done! I’m ready to jump on a plane and get some pottery — Don Conner via

I began writing practical stories on how to talk to doctors and how to say no. Later I wrote an entertainment column that allowed me to take readers along on fun adventures like a glass blowing class and behind the scenes at a horse farm. What I remember most is how hard everyone worked to make the magazine a useful resource for women in Kentucky. My editor Anita Oldham was raising children at the time and told me the story of having to escape into a closet to take a phone call. Congratulations, Today’s Woman! I am proud to have been a part of your team!

— Ellen Birkett Morris, writer (1995-2006)

1. Come and Celebrate with us on February 13 (see page 5)

25 THINGS (Why 25? Because we are 25 years old!)

Happenings, news, and tidbits that caught Today’s Woman’s eye this month By Anita Oldham

Wow…25 years! There are so many memories — of things we did well, things we could have done better, and ventures that were groundbreaking steps for our magazine. What started as a small publication has grown into a large voice for local women. We have had many impressive contributors from our community, and we appreciate all they have done. In the future, there is so much more we hope to do as we continue to inform, inspire, and encourage all women — a mission to which we strive.

Six Favorite Regular Features From the Past We love the effort and passion our writers bring to this magazine. Here are some of the most popular: 13 Things I Can’t Live Without in which

Makeover Every month for years we performed a makeover with a local salon that was guaranteed to please — and refresh attitudes.

Holly Gregor asked people to consider what was important to them beyond their relationships.

Try This Writer Cheryl Stuck attempted something different every month and invited Today’s Woman readers to experience it with her. She tried out and wrote about a dance class, a day at the farm, designing a potted plant, journaling, and many other things. Women in History Personal Peek A question/ answer column with successful local women written and illustrated by Ashley Cecil, an artist who now lives in Pittsburgh — making beautiful art (



cartoons: Marie Davis researched and illustrated local women in our history for several years.

Barbara Tyler’s Mommy Moments with illustrations by Cindy Muncie


Six Memorable Photo Shoots

We have so many photo shoots we could talk about, but we headed to the archives to find a few that were outstanding.

Pets and People: We dressed women and their pets to look alike. Photographed by James Moses. (October 2008)

Derby at Bluegrass Country Estate bed and breakfast in LaGrange. We held the photo shoot in the barn which didn’t keep us warm as it was 17 degrees that day. Such lovely hospitality but so cold. Photographs by Ewa Wojtkowska (April 2009).

A Derby shoot at the iconic Galt House Hotel — Aimee Webb was one of seven women photographed by James Moses (April 2005) Puppies with Sharon Mayes, Shamrock Foundation. I had to keep holding this sleeping puppy up — he would warm up and fall asleep. Photo by Lloyd Wainscott (October 1997)

What Lady Gaga would wear to Derby. Photo by James Moses (April 2013)



Fashion Ghouls. Photos of Aimee Rhea and Olivia Henken by James Moses (October 2012)




Five Outside-the-Box Ideas We’ve Tried One of our goals is to surprise our audience while still communicating a message. These concepts started off as bright (even brilliant) ideas — see if you remember them.

Christmas Cards with Heather and Steve Henry family (left), and Lenore Hemming, her mom, Eleanor Allen and their dog, Happy. (December 2008)

All about the Men We did an annual Man Issue for six years. It was refreshing to meet the men in our community through these issues and their connections with women. (August 2013)

Shopping map of our downtown retail BEFORE Nulu really got started: we hunted out places to shop before it was a hotspot. Artist Marie Davis (December 2002) Our People magazine issue: July 2009 cover. The whole issue was our version of a weekly popstar magazine.



Little Red Riding Hood vs the Big Bad Wolf of Heart Disease. Photos by Melissa Donald, Illustrations by Silvia Cabib.


I Am Today’s Woman Because

How would you fill in that sentence? Lucy M. Pritchett asked and our women answered. Here are seven of the responses we especially liked from the past. …“For too long, I let others define me. The day I started to define myself was the day I found my power.” ­ Charla Young, — former WAVE TV Troubleshooter; president and CEO of Power to Change Communications. (Today’s Woman, July 2010)

…“I have a vision of my future and am working in pursuit of that vision every day.” — Clondia Ray, who in 2010, was a senior in equine studies with a concentration in equine instruction at Midway College, Midway, Ky. (Today’s Woman, April 2010)

“I try to build a passionate life in terms of noticing the natural world, caring about people, and claiming space each day to know myself.” — Tavia Cathcart, executive director, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. (Today’s Woman, September 2011)

…“I am active, I am interested in what goes on around me, I enjoy my profession, and I have a wonderful personal life to balance it out.” — Linda Y. Atkins. By day: Civil litigation attorney, Atkins & Atkins. By night: Mystery writer. On her bookshelf: Her mysteries — Absence of Reason, 2000; Names Will Never Hurt Me, 2004; Politics Can Be Murder, 2008; Deadline for Murder, 2014. (Today’s Woman, July 2010)

…“I would love to fill the calendar with sunny days, but I am not afraid of getting caught in the rain. Life is filled with pain and pleasure, and I’ll take both, thank you.” — Christie Dutton, meteorologist for WAVE3 TV. (Today’s Woman, March 2012)

…“I am a Girl of the South. I like writing thank-you notes by hand, hosting parties, and having a well-styled home. I serve mint juleps at my parties. I have a collection of mint julep cups — pewter and silver — handed down two generations.” — Jennifer Gorman, president and co-owner of Palazzina Interiors. (Today’s Woman, October 2011)

…“I am an emotionally vulnerable, courageous, trusted, committed, successful young woman. I am willing to be the best woman that I was created to be. I am on a mission everyday. My work is my mission.” — Abigail Mueller, founder in 2006 of Abigail Academy for adolescent women seeking direction and confidence through private coaching. (Today’s Woman, October 2010) TODAY’S WOMAN / DEC 2016


Ode to By Tiffany White and Anita Oldham Makeup Denise Cardwell, Image Works Studio


Human Resources Assistant Store Manager, Kroger HER INSPIRATION: “People who live freely and do exactly what they want, regardless of the norm.” BIGGEST REALIZATION: “I love the growth I have experienced. I love continuing to find out who I am.” IN FIVE YEARS: “Advancing my career with Kroger as a store manager but at a larger store.” HER 90s MEMORIES: “Rugrats was my favorite cartoon.” CHALLENGING MOMENT: “I always wanted to dance for a professional athletic team. I never made one, but it taught me resilience and to never give up. HER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN: “Being a strong woman, a leader with her own ideas and thoughts is so important. As women, we wear so many hats and possess so many traits that make us a force to be reckoned with.” ELLE IS WEARING: Dress, $75; boots, $99;

earrings, $15. All items available at Apricot Lane Boutique, 1301 Herr Lane, 502.708.2823.



When Today’s Woman started, these women were babies in the 1990s. These 25-year-olds remind us to celebrate how far we have come, embrace the present, and step boldly into the future.

25 Years! Photos Melissa Donald Styling Assistant Annie Seibert Hats by Tami Patterson


3rd Year MD/MBA Student, University of Louisville HER INSPIRATION: “People who break the mold and shock the world.” BIGGEST REALIZATION: “I can truly be whatever I want as long as I don’t let a few setbacks stop me.” IN FIVE YEARS: “Saving lives in the emergency department.” HER 90s MEMORIES: “I refused to go anywhere without at least five butterfly clips in my hair.” CHALLENGING MOMENT: “In my freshman year of college, my advisor told me I wasn’t cut out for something as difficult as medicine. I’m one year away from my MD.” HER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN: “I was inspired by Toni Ganzel MD, the first female Dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, to run for Vice President of my class. It is the boldest and most rewarding role I’ve ever held.” NATALIE IS WEARING: Top, $72.99, skirt, $75.99;

shoes, $51.99; necklace, $42.99. All items available at Colokial, 219 Pearl Street, New Albany, 812.725.1321.




Choir Director at Scribner Middle School, married and mother of a 4-month old. HER INSPIRATION: “People who live simply and joyfully without cluttered distractions.” BIGGEST REALIZATION: “I am realizing that balancing new motherhood and teaching is tough and that’s okay. I can’t expect myself to be perfect in every aspect all the time.” IN FIVE YEARS: “I see myself with a loving family, working to build a successful choral program at my school.” HER 90s MEMORIES: “I don’t like the choker necklaces! They didn’t look good on me then, and they don’t now!” CHALLENGING MOMENT: “The first few years of teaching are always tough. I tried to remember that it can’t all happen in one day.” HER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN: “I am so inspired by the women in my life — lucky to have many models of strength and grace.” KATIE IS WEARING: Dress, $365; shoes,

$185; earrings, $98, available at Monkee’s of Louisville, 3624 Brownsboro Road, 502.897.1497.




Corporate Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP; Just moved to Los Angeles after photo shoot to start her new job after graduating from Duke Law School. HER INSPIRATION: “Anyone brave and creative enough to be their own boss inspires me.” BIGGEST REALIZATION: “It surprised me that my parents are suddenly my best friends.” IN FIVE YEARS: “Hopefully working as counsel for a movie studio.” HER 90s MEMORIES: “Overalls! I always wore terrible jean overalls when I was a kid, but now different kinds of overalls can be really stylish!” CHALLENGING MOMENT: “Law school was tough at times — suddenly being surrounded by people way smarter than me. I found success when I stopped comparing and focused on doing my best.” HER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN: “I think (it will be) an exciting day when men can empathize with women’s issues not because they have a daughter or sister but because they hurt as a fellow human.” BRITTANY IS WEARING: Dress, $52, shoes, $38.98; necklace, $36; bracelets, $32 each. All items available at Dress and Dwell, 138 East Spring Street, 812.725.7566.






Marketing & Program Analyst at Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions HER INSPIRATION: “My family always inspires, especially my nieces and nephews. It’s so fun to watch them grow and develop into their own people, each with such different personalities. I love looking at the world through their eyes.” BIGGEST REALIZATION: “I’m surprised how young I still feel at 25. When I was a kid, 25 sounded so old! I thought I would have had it all figured out by now, but I definitely don’t!” IN FIVE YEARS: “I definitely see myself still in Louisville. I love it here! As far as other plans, I don’t have a set agenda or outline for the next five years. I hope to continue to advance my career and to constantly try to better myself and the people around me. HER 90s MEMORIES: “The 90s were the best! Nano pets, Lisa Frank school supplies, Dunkaroos, and glitter everything — what more could you ask for?! It’s so fun to see a lot of the 90s fashion trends coming back now. I’m not sure if I can still pull them off, though— especially overalls!” CHALLENGING MOMENT: “Growing up, I was super shy and bashful. I’m so proud of myself for being able to come out of my shell as I’ve gotten older and really become my own person. If feels so great to be comfortable with who I am and my uniqueness.” HER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN: “I have so many remarkable and diverse women in my life. I love that each woman I know is uniquely their own distinct person. We can forge our own path and be anything we want to be, which is a truly awesome feeling!” LINDSAY IS WEARING: Dress, $74.50, available at Chartreuse, 1301 Herr Lane, 502.409.7082; earrings, $18.50; shoes, $105, available at Apricot Lane Boutique.



Photos Melissa Donald


e asked a few of our favorites around town to help us celebrate. Here’s what they created for us. Signature Today’s Woman Silver Belle Cocktail by Joy Perinne, Bartender at Equus & Jack’s Lounge





25th Birthday Celebratory Creations

Florals + Future Success “The roses are feminine; their fragrance subtle yet strong,” says Carolyn. Floral arrangement from Carolyn Minutillo, owner of Lavender Hill Florals, 359 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana (812) 288.2388.

25 Tulips Artwork from Karen Boone Designs, 1404 Falcon Drive, 502.634.5857, (Some of these will be sold at our February 13 event for charity.)



25 Women



25th Birthday Celebratory Creations Cake: Today’s Woman Coffee Table

Cake by Diane Christopher, owner of Sweet Stuff Bakery, 323 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana, 812.948.2507

Silver Belle Cocktail (pictured on p. 28) (created by Joy Perrine for Today’s Woman)

This cocktail will be available during the month of December at Equus & Jack’s Lounge. 1 oz Cooper’s Craft Kentucky Bourbon (or a low proof* bourbon of your choice — around 82 proof) 1 /2 oz Simple Syrup 2 oz Dekuyper Pomegranate Schnapps (Joy prefers this brand, or you can use POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice instead of schnapps) Combine these first three ingredients over ice in a shaker, then squeeze and drop in: 1 lime wedge 1 lemon wedge 1 orange wedge

Instead of opting for the traditional silver which represents 25 years, Summer Eliason used turquoise ­— the birthstone for December. Necklace from Summer Eliason Jewelry, 3702 Lexington Road, 502.387.9901



Shake and strain into a large rock glass filled with ice and then add: 2 oz Korbel Champagne Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds, a sprig of rosemary, and sprinkle with silver colored turbinado sugar *Joy recommends a low proof bourbon so it doesn’t overpower the rest of the flavors in the drink.



25 Covers for 25 Years We love our covers — and here are some of our favorites — one from each of the last 25 years! Which is your favorite? We put all 300 covers on our Facebook page (tag yourself if you are one of our cover girls!).

December 1991

July 1992

December 1993

September 1998

February 1997



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July 1994

March 2002

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October 2007


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Lynda Lambert

S t y l e

W e l l n e s s

August 2000

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women & their pets




not to miss


your way to your dreams

Pink Power fight against breast cancer

October 2008

November 2012

September 2013

Simpleeauty B

P o w e r

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W e l l n e s s

C o n n e c t i o n s

I am a super woman

What to Wear


April 2006

August 2005

February 2004


MAY 2009


November 1996

March 1999

September 2003

1:24 PM


November 1995

STOP Worrying!

May 2009

March 2014


Goodbye, Breast Cancer!

Derby Issue

October 2010

April 2011

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THE TODAY’S WOMAN TIMELINE As Today’s Woman celebrates her 25th birthday, it’s fun to look back and see how she’s changed over the years.


Cathy Zion featured on the cover with other banking women.

1991 - BIRTH! SIZE: tabloid size, newsprint publication, weighed in at 24 pages SPECIAL FEATURES: Black and white with a touch of color on the cover PARENTS: Kit Hartmann Abel and the late Gayle Uhls

Proud Parents Kit Hartmann Abel and the late Gayle Uhls

1995 Changed name from Louisville Woman to Today’s Woman. Anita Oldham started editing part-time.

We used to paste down columns physically onto large sheets of paper and send to the printer. Now, of course, we upload digital documents.


Cathy Zion bought the magazine and added a slick cover and more extensive coverage of women in the area.


Started HER Awards: Awards for everyday women who did extraordinary things.



Unveiled newer, slicker version of the magazine that averaged more than 80 pages. In the next few years, added more color, more pages, and perfect binding.



Started Most Admired Woman Recognition.

2016 - NOW!

While much has changed over the past 25 years, our mission has not. Today’s Woman has steadfastly remained true to her principals of informing, inspiring, and encouraging, women. The focus has always been on you…real women who have experienced real success and overcome real obstacles. This celebration is about YOU and the stories you’ve allowed us to share over the years. We look forward to sharing many more stories in the years to come.

Cathy Zion, publisher of Today’s Woman



Host an Easy Cocktail Party

Story and Photos by Lindsey McClave

It is the season of spice — the craving for dishes and drinks laced with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Here’s a cocktail party menu highlighted by savory crostini topped with a cinnamon-tinged butternut squash purée, bacon, and Brussels sprouts, and a hummus dip with a twist — roasted cauliflower, which is a tasty substitution for the traditional chickpeas. Paired with an apple-scented cocktail mixed with Louisville’s own Copper & Kings apple brandy and crafted by my husband, Zach McClave, this spread embraces the flavors of the season without being too “holiday.”

Butternut Squash, Bacon, & Brussels Sprouts Crostini Makes 15-20 1 baguette, cut into ½-inch slices 2 cups cubed butternut squash, seeds and skin removed ½ lb Brussels sprouts quartered, woody end and outer leaves removed 4 slices bacon 4 ounces goat cheese 1 tsp honey ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes olive oil kosher salt black pepper Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the quartered Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and toss with one tsp olive oil, ¼ tsp kosher salt, and ⅛ tsp black pepper. Place in the preheated oven along with a rimmed baking sheet holding the bacon. Roast the bacon and Brussels sprouts for 15-20 minutes — tossing the Brussels sprouts half way — until the bacon is crisp and the Brussels sprouts are browned. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel. Place the Brussels sprouts in a bowl and set aside. Once the bacon has cooled, slice into bitesized pieces and set aside.

SEARCH: Cocktail Party

The ABC (Apple Brandy Cocktail) 2 ounces Copper & Kings apple brandy 1 ounce lillet blanc wine 1 half ounce green chartreuse liqueur 1 slice of local apple 3 dashes bitters



While the Brussels sprouts and bacon are cooking, place the butternut squash in a rimmed sauté pan with a lid. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan along with ¼ tsp kosher salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper. Bring the pan to a simmer and cover, allowing the squash to steam for 10 minutes, until fork tender. Drain any remaining water from the pan and transfer the squash to a food processor. Add the honey, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, ¼ tsp kosher salt, and ⅛ tsp black pepper. Blend until smooth. Taste and add additional salt and pepper to season to your preference. Layer the slices of baguette on a large baking sheet. Spread a layer of the butternut squash purée on each piece of bread and then top with the Brussels sprouts, bacon, and goat cheese. Cook the crostini in the 400 degree oven for 6-8 minutes, until the goat cheese begins to melt. Remove to a platter and serve.

Makes One Drink Add the apple slice, bitters, lillet blanc, and green chartreuse to a cocktail shaker (do not add ice). Dry shake the mixture for 15 seconds. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the contents of the cocktail shaker. Add the apple brandy and stir vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled lowball glass and add one large ice cube. Serve immediately.

Just found your blog and really loved this recipe, very well explained, and the pictures were helpful to make me better understand the whole cooking process. Thanks for sharing! — via






ome people break out in a cold sweat at the mere thought of having to plan and throw a party, but for Nachand “Nay” Trabue, it’s all in a day’s work. As special events director of Manhattan on Broadway, a full-service event venue in downtown Louisville that she owns with her husband Carlos, Nay tackles every project with boundless enthusiasm and a vibrant personality that comes through in the ever-changing color of her hair. Her shoes are often colorful as well. How does she manage to keep a spring in her step while running a demanding business?

She Nurtures Her Spirit Nay begins her day around 5:30am with prayer and meditation. “It helps me keep my balance. In my industry I deal with many people and many different personalities, and I have to be grounded. I can’t take care of my clients if I don’t take care of myself first. For me that means feeding myself spiritually.”

She Nurtures Her Mind Like many entrepreneurs, Nay finds herself thinking about business most of her waking hours. To wind down after a busy day, she gets creative. “I like piecing out new design plans. I have color palettes at home, and I just take them out and play with them. I put them together on a board and plan my next project. My husband says it’s work, but it’s fun for me.”

By Yelena Sapin Photo Sunni Wigginton

Always on the lookout for new decorating ideas, Nay loves popping into local boutiques and consignment shops. On Sunday afternoons she stops by open houses. “I love real estate and houses. I love interior staging. The furniture, the decor — I love everything about putting things together and making it pretty.” Nay also works on growing both her personal and professional skills. “I like to read books that help with my personal development, and currently I’m taking a small business administration class.” Everything she’s taken on can sap Nay’s mental energy, but she has a creative solution for that as well: “I put a bed upstairs [at the venue] so I can take a nap. I need the rest, because my whole focal point is taking care of clients and making sure they have a special day. When people come through the door, I want them to see me smiling, vibrant, and full of life.” Way to go, Nachand. Beautiful. — Marsha Weobong via

May God continue to bless you and your business, Nachand! — Angela Thompson via

I’m so happy for you AND proud of you for stepping out on faith and I have enjoyed watching your seed grow. Keep on stepping, Soror! — Scarlet1913 via

Congratulations Nachand...keep making it happen, Sis! Impressive !!! — Bryan Green via

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I loved writing for Today’s Woman. The assignments were wonderful and most made me stretch my ability as a researcher and writer. The people I interviewed were fascinating and taking a peek into their lives showed me anything was possible if you follow your dreams. When I became the makeup stylist and artist, I quickly learned it took a village to get each issue to press. The photo shoots were always fun and full of adventure. Especially the Derby photo shoots. These photo shoots were always planned for January or February. Think ice, snow, and freezing temperatures. Somehow, we always made it look like spring.

— Holly Ralston Oyler, writer, stylist







Photo Sunni Wigginton

Maggie Kapp sets herself apart with fashion.


aggie Kapp’s work environment used to be tiny desks, white boards, and crayons. Even as a former first grade teacher, Maggie’s style often drew attention. Now, as a pharmaceutical rep selling prenatal vitamins, Maggie still uses her flair for fashion to make interactions with doctors memorable.

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“Every morning when I put on my clothes, I ask myself if I’m calm and comfortable so I can best present my materials,” says Maggie. “I want to look chic and sophisticated for work.”

She wears a skirt suit or dress to work and isn’t loyal to any one brand or store. You can find her shopping at Target or Von Maur with a little J.C. Penney in between. She finds necklaces at local boutiques such as Work the Metal and Chartreuse. Maggie also shops for scarves at

I really enjoyed this article. I appreciate that Maggie addressed entire package of looking professional. Makeup, base layer clothing and accessories... — jo jo on the Go Fitness via

Today’s Woman hosted the HER Awards for unrecognized “heroes” in the community. “My mother, Georgia Todd, was the 2003 winner of Maximum Mom HER award. I will be proud to see her featured in the 25th birthday celebration, because she passed away on May 19, 2012. She was so proud and happy at the event because I didn’t tell her what it was about. She thought I was just taking her out to a nice event at the Kentucky Center for the Arts as I had done so often in the past. A few months later we found out she had Alzheimer’s. This will always be special to me that she was able to know and accept the award that she so much deserved. I have not missed an issue since 2002 when I entered my mother in the contest. Thanks again, and continued success.

I was featured on the November Holiday cover about 12 years ago. I remember I was coming up on 40 and had no idea how to age gracefully! I was desperate, wearing the mom yoga pants, a ponytail, and stealing my then 2nd grader’s play makeup to try and fight the foreboding 40s! Luckily for me, you wonderful people helped me out with a makeover from Z Salon. I was both overjoyed and humbled for the opportunity to get a mom make-ever and NEVER expected to be invited to grace the cover — much less see myself time and time again roll down the road on the side of the Today’s Woman delivery van.

I still grab each new issue of Today’s Woman and toss it in my grocery basket and look forward to reading about local women and happenings in the Ville. That experience will always be foremost in my mind as one of the most terrific of my life.

— Valeria Todd Williams, eldest daughter My husband (Dale) and I are honored to have been recognized in Today’s Woman on three occasions, both individually and as a couple over the years. To be recognized by a magazine that I love and can’t wait to read each month was very special each time! Happy 25th Birthday! — Dale & Gwenevere Josey



Today’s Woman has been very much a part of my life over the past 25 years. A valuable resource, fun read, and always an important part of my marketing plan. — Jill Joseph Bell, Vice President Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Passport Health Plan

— Pamela D. Schneider (now Denny) I started a Cookie and Ornament Exchange many years ago and at the time of our article (in the 2009 issue), we were on our 23rd year. This year is our 30th! Back in 2009, we were all working women, and now many of us are happily retired. Our number of friends has shrunk a little due to illnesses, etc. (after all, we’re not spring chickens anymore!). But we feel so blessed to have continued our tradition and friendships for such a long time. — Jane Sibler




GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR MAN “Luxury shouldn’t cost a fortune.”


By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Patti Hartog

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lthough many entrepreneurs start a business from their basement or garage, Matt Multerer took his idea to another level. He founded Finespun Clothing from a bedroom on the second floor of his house in Louisville. After working for years in the financial industry with its de rigueur conservative Navy Blue Jackets, Matt felt it was time to develop his own fashion business for the discerning man. In April 2016, he founded Finespun Clothing, an online shop featuring men’s business casual wear. “When I worked in New York, I saw very highend bespoke men’s fashions at shops on 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue all the way to the off-the-rack clothing from the big box stores,” Matt says. “There seemed to be a big gap in price and quality for men, and I wanted to explore the direct-to-consumer concept. “I’m the type of guy who embraced pocket squares; I wanted to stand out just a little more. I was always on the lookout for something versatile and bold in fabrics. I decided to bring my ideas of cool colors, quality, construction, and fabrics together and start a small line of sport coats. Since I don’t have a brickand-mortar store, I don’t have those additional costs.

I work directly with the factory and deliver a better product at a lower price. It’s really more of taking a custom approach to ready-to-wear.” It’s not surprising that fashion items are What Works for Matt.

Finespun Clothing’s The Gillespie blazer

This is my do-everything blazer. It is a fresh take on the navy blazer in a summer shade of blue with texture you can both see and touch. It’s very versatile, and I can wear it with jeans or pair it with a tie and dress pants. It’s made of 100 percent wool from the Guabello fabric mill in Italy.

NATO Watch Straps

I must have six of these watch straps. They come in all sorts of colors. They make it easy to add personality to an everyday outfit. I wear it on my basic Timex from Target, but you can also pair one with the Omega James Bond Spectre watch, which runs $5,900 and comes with its own gray NATO band.

Colorful Socks

Colorful socks are another way to show a bit of personality. I usually buy them from Happy Socks or The Tie Bar. I have socks in navy with yellow polka dots, a green and grey argyle plaid, and navy with light blue and orange chevron stripes. For me, the more stripes, the better.

Matt’s gift ideas for the man in your life: • The Carry-On bag by Away: Lightweight and durable, this comes with its own removable laundry bag, built in combination lock, and USB charging station. ($225) •L  umi customized stamp ($20) or paper embosser ($75): Design your own stamp or embosser using your monogram or company logo. The wooden stamp comes with its own ink pad. • Joey Roth ceramic speakers: Great sound paired with great design. These bookcase or desk speakers come with amplifier ($550). Rock on.




Maybe it is something you need to hear Find the motivation, courage and confidence to do more than you thought possible. These inspirational pieces of advice from women we’ve featured in past issues, will push you forward. “My approach to anything must be direct and have clearly defined expectations, otherwise you end up getting taken advantage of and not getting the results you want and need.”

— Betty Fox

Do not let fear or other people’s opinions stop you from doing anything you dream of doing. — Sarah Lyon, Artist

— Alli Truttmann, President, CEO of Wicked Sheets, LLC

“Now I love what I do. I just kept going. I didn’t know where it would lead me. But it worked out, and I’m glad it did.” — Gabriela Lyvers, Structural Engineer US Army Corp of Engineers, Risk Management Center

“If you step out there, it will be there, whatever there is for you to do.”

“I’ve always felt that something isn’t worth doing if it’s not difficult. That’s part of the appeal with chocolate for me.” — Erika Chavez-Graziano, owner, Cellar Door Chocolates

— Cheryl Skinner, Composer, Recording Artist and Producer

“There are no limits too high for us to reach, and all goals are obtainable through hard work and perseverance.” — LaShay Cooper-Edison, Junior League of Louisville

“Just stay focused and don’t let negativity hold you back. Smile and push through it.” — Karen Wheeler, New Car Sales consultant at Byerly Ford

“A lot of people would fault me for living a day-to-day existence, but it’s not — I have big goals, too, and those goals are always out there — but to me, it’s getting the most out of every day you can live. Forget about the awards and plaques and that kind of stuff — that’s history.” — Dee Maynard, Independent Management Consulting Professional

“Life is not fair. Get over it.” — Sueanna Masterson, owner, Masterson’s Catering

“Spend more time alone getting to know your inner self.”

“I simply adapt, improvise, and overcome. I reshape my thinking to keep moving forward and am constantly learning from my mistakes.” — Barbara Sexton Smith, Metro Council, District 4

“If we listened to people the same way we listen to animals, we would probably communicate with each other a lot better.” — Donna Barton Brothers, retired jockey

“Live with compassion and respect for every individual. You don’t know what they have going on in their world, so I always find the gleaming star in anyone. My goal is to turn that into a total shining light.” — Charlotte Ipsan, Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Women’s & Norton Children’s Hospital –St Matthew’s

“I have realized you can’t have it all at once. There are some goals I will have to wait to accomplish.” — Shirley Willihnganz, retired Provost, University of Louisville

“I think, when you’re full of gratitude and thankful for who you are, it’s easier to eat well, it’s easier to love well, it’s easier to be happy.”

“Keep a balance in your life between home, work, and religion.” — Kathy C. Thompson, Senior Executive Vice President of Stock Yards Bancorp, Inc., and Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company

“I used to be very passive, and now, when I run into a wall, if it’s something I really believe in, I’m not going to let anything get in my way. I’m going to tunnel under it, climb over it, or knock it down.” — Jan Ulrich, Suicide Prevention Consortium

“All people are creative, resourceful, and whole — they just have to acknowledge and work toward the change they need in their life to make it through the tough experiences we are all thrown into from time to time.” — Kerri Cokeley, Executive Director of Mission Advancement at Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana.

— Kim Carpenter, Owner, Awaken to Wellness Center

“Do what is right. You will amaze some and astonish others.”

“You chart your own course in life… you take what is given you and make the most out of it.”

— Bobbie Holsclaw, Jefferson County Clerk

— Jean West, Executive Director of Communications for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

“One of my greatest accomplishments developed when I decided to adopt a new mantra: ‘My Mission: to be so busy loving my life that I have no time for hate, regret, worry, fret, or fear.’” — Angie L. Banet

“You don’t have to stay in the life that you are living. You can be better, achieve more, become happier.”

“Do whatever you set your mind to and you can achieve anything. It’s great to have support behind you but 99 percent of success is mental. It comes down to what you want to do, an individual mindset.” — Rachel Komisarz-Baugh, Ohio University Swimming and Diving Head Coach

— Mollie Noe, Pinot’s Palette St. Matthews, Noe Management, Younger Group Real Estate

“We each have our unique song to sing, and it’s our mission to know it and sing it with gusto.” — Cynthia Torp, president and owner of Solid Light, Inc.

”I think we all have some type of talent, and sometimes you recognize it, you see it, you know it, and it’s not for us to stop. It’s for a reason, and you have to keep going and going.” — C.J. Fletcher, Artist

Today's Woman December 2016  

On our 25th Birthday, this quote from one of our former cover girls says it best — may we keep changing and growing to give the best voice t...

Today's Woman December 2016  

On our 25th Birthday, this quote from one of our former cover girls says it best — may we keep changing and growing to give the best voice t...