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Sunday, 25 December 2011 21:47

2011 Woman of the Year


We asked you, our readers, for your nominations, our staff scoured through the hundreds of applicants, and we found the local lady deserving of the chicest title in town: The 2011 Cincy Chic Woman of the Year. Keep reading to learn more about this wowing woman!




Carla Walker is the epitome of what Cincy Chic looked for as Woman of the Year. Through think BIG strategies, LLC, she is helping Cincinnatians focus on thinking big with their projects and services. Walker has spearheaded large-scale civic engagement and public service initiatives at the local, state, national and international levels for 15 years. Most notable is her work creating the U.S. community engagement and advocacy operation for, the non-profit co-founded by global advocate and entertainer Bono.


She also served as chief of staff for the mayor of Cincinnati and serves on several city-wide initiatives. And as the cherry on top, she supports a bevy of local fashion designers, such as Tracey Vest. Tres Chic! Read on for a Q&A with the 2011 Cincy Chic Woman of the Year!


Cincy Chic: Thus far in your career, what are you personally most proud of accomplishing?
Carla Walker, president and CEO of think BIG strategies, LLC: I am most proud of the fact that a year and a half ago I started my own business to work on innovative, game-changing initiatives. Encouraged by my family and supported by an incredible network of friends, I have been able to work on some really great projects and look forward to doing even more.


Cincy Chic: What's something most people don't know about you?
Walker: I am a Public Broadcast Station (PBS) junkie - if it's not the "Masterpiece" series, then I'm watching one of the global news programs to get my fix on what is happening in other parts of the world. I am usually tuned into the DW-TV news programs, like Journal, Euromaxx, Arts.21 or NHK (Japanese/Asia) or watching a BBC segment.


Cincy Chic: What's the next step in your career?
Walker: In terms of 2012, I am looking forward to creating collaborations with other small businesses to work on some larger scale projects.


Cincy Chic: What does this WOTY award mean to you?
Walker: I admire the work that Amy [Scalia] and the staff of Cincy Chic are doing to showcase the lifestyle of the amazing women we have in this region. I'm deeply honored to be recognized and celebrated by their publication and to be included among the other honorees is the icing on the cake.These women and those before them are shining examples of the amazing pool of talent we have in this region, and I am glad to see that Cincy Chic is providing this kind of exposure to the lifestyles of women in our area.


Click here to see a photo album with Walker!


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Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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