2018 Fall Schedule–Our 15th Semester (Click Here for Downloadable Copy To Print)

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Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire / Mike Gibbons Event

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Republican Senate Candidate Mike Gibbons added to EmpowerU Event.  Cleveland native Mike Gibbons will address EmpowerU from 7:00-7:20 PM and give you information on his candidacy.  Gibbons will run in the May 8 primary against candidate Jim Renacci.  Come meet Mike before the Beverly Hills Supper Club program and ask him questions.

On May 28, 1977, the Beverly Hills Supper Club with its fabled chandeliers, gold flocked white wallpaper, acres of plush red carpets, a sweeping spiral staircase with ornate golden railings and the opulent Cabaret Room that was featuring John Davidson that evening, was the “Showplace of the Nation.”  Forty one years ago a fire swept through this beautiful building on the hill like an unstoppable freight train.  There were 2500 people in the club that evening, 165 and two unborn babies would lose their lives that night.  The once famous club was now in smoldering ruins with the dead and dying lying on the hillside, some not to be found until the fourth day, inside not able to escape.  Tragedy had struck Northern Kentucky and was felt throughout the Tri State.  What caused this beautiful place once billed as “Las Vegas on the Ohio River” to suddenly go up in flames and leave the area devastated.  Was it faulty wiring?  Was it arson?  Was the mob involved?  You’ll hear firsthand from a survivor the nightmare of that evening, and the theories surrounding the cause.  Some call it a conspiracy to cover up the most deadly crime in Kentucky history, but is it a conspiracy?  Many in the Tri-State today remember the fire as if it were yesterday, many knew people that were there and survived, and many survivors are stuck in the past.  Wayne Dammert has a compelling story and evidence of the happenings leading up to that eventful tragic evening when the final curtain fell on the Beverly Hills Supper Club.

Speaker Bio:

Seventeen year old Wayne Dammert entered the Navy in 1954, returning home in 1957.  Unable to find work he became a dealer at the Southgate, Ky. Club when it was an illegal mob casino.  He worked there until 1961, when reformers cleaned up Northern Kentucky and shut it down.  In 1965, he went to work with AM Harris as a Design Draftsman where he was working when the club re-opened in 1971 as Cincinnati’s classiest nightspot.  Wayne returned to the club to work part-time while still working at AM Harris.  He met his former Rockette wife, Betty, there.  As captain (maître d’), he collected autographs and pictures from many Hollywood comedians, singers, dancers, etc.  He was at the Beverly Hills Supper Club the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend, 1977, when he saw a fire “roar through like a freight train” killing 165 guests.  He led more than 100 to safety through cave-dark, smoke-clotted hallways on the second floor, and he prayed over dozens of the dead and dying.  Before finding his way out Wayne was trapped on the second floor, he still remembers a vision that flashed before him in that dark hallway choked with smoke and frantic people, a sudden bright picture of his wife and children in a meadow.  It only lasted a second, but he felt it was God telling him to get out of there.

Wayne retired at the age of 48 giving him time to spend with his wife and family.  He and his wife Betty have done extensive traveling, babysit for their grandchildren and live life as fully as possible.  Today there is a monument on the site erected by Wayne.  He still goes back to the site of the fire often to ensure the grounds are being taken care of, and remember those who lost their lives and being thankful that he survived and was able to help others.


Wayne Dammert

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In the Garden with Ron Wilson

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, April 26, 2018

“In the Garden”…with Ron Wilson Your Personal Yardboy

Join ‘yardening expert Ron Wilson (your Personal Yardboy) for this informal open formatted session as he takes a look at new  plants and products, shares timely ‘yardening tips, works thru what’s hot and what’s not in the ‘yarden, addresses your personal ‘yardening issues, and who knows what else?  Bring your ‘yardening questions as we try to cover as much ‘yardening as time will allow! 

You can feel it – you know It’s Time to get your hands back in the dirt and bask in the smells and beauty of the glory of Mother Nature in Bloom!  Come join us to be Empowered to Yarden away!!

Speaker Bio:

Ron Wilson is Natorp’s Nursery Outlet Marketeam Mgr., wearing many Natorp hats!

He attended the University of Kentucky / Graduate of The Ohio State University / Landscape Horticulture

Past ONLA President / Awarded the ONLA Distinguished Contribution Award

Radio Host: “In the Garden with Ron Wilson” -Sat. 6-9am on 55KRC (550AM) – nationally syndicated ‘Yardening’  -Sat. 10-12pm on 610WTVN (Columbus) – Central Ohio ‘Yardening’

Ron Wilson

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Season Ending Event --Bring the Kids to This One!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Rocky Boiman to Headline Event!

This event will be held outside, weather permitting at the Frame USA building, 225 Northland Blvd..  If Weather is bad we will move inside the studio.

–Dinner is from 6:00 PM-6:45 PM
–Program Starts at 6:45 PM
–Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  
–EmpowerU will provide burgers, and hot dogs

Bring your lawn chair and experience the meaning of our motto, “Educate, Enjoy, Engage.” 55KRC radio personality Brian Thomas will serve as master of ceremonies and gang leader of the “Rat Pack” including Christ Monzel and Christopher Smitherman.   Christopher will be discussing the City and Commissioner Chris Monzel will discuss the County. On this very special evening we will celebrate the end of EmpowerU’s 15th semester. Empowered Citizen awards will be handed out. Will you receive one?

EmpowerU will be grilling the burgers and hot dogs as well as providing water and soft drinks. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share at the potluck table. Adult attendees are welcome to BYOB.

There is no charge for this event, but your donation is gratefully accepted. We look forward to seeing all our friends at this great annual event.

Keynote speaker for the evening will be the great Rocky Boiman who will discuss Leadership.   Dinner is from 6:00-6:45 PM.   The event will be from 6:45-8:00 PM.    Also joining the event will be “The Rat Pack”, Brian Thomas, Christopher Smitherman and Chris Monzel will attend.

Rocky Boiman

LEADERSHIP “My experience from the NFL”

Who better to discuss Leadership and Teamwork than one time pro football player who played in a SUPERBOWL – the amazing ROCKY BOIMAN????

Rocky will share his 2 Theme winning approach

Habits of Great Players, Habits of Great Teams. Rocky will walk us through each aspect of his winning theory formulated from many years of varied experiences on and off the field!

Can you stand up to the “No excuse, No Explanations mentality? Can you focus on building a CULTURE?

Rocky will explain these and many other of his winning habits and how you they can be applied to our everyday life. Are you ready? Are you prepared to be challenged and Empowered to win the Super Bowl in your life? Don’t miss this opportunity to have ROCKY ROCK your world!!

Speaker Bio:

Rocky Boiman is the co-host of the “Eddie and Rocky Show” 3-6pm on 700WLW as well as a College Football analyst for ESPN. Prior to this, Rocky was eight year veteran linebacker of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI. Rocky played college football for the University of Notre Dame and served as team captain his senior year. Boiman graduated in 1998 from St. Xavier High School in his hometown of Cincinnati, OH. Boiman also served as Green Township Trustee from 2011-2014.

Rocky Boiman

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Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist
6196 Tylersville Road
Mason, Ohio 45040
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bring out the artist in you! Join EmpowerU at Painting with a Twist!

Maybe you thought about giving this a try! Here is your chance to do just that, and best of all you will be part of an awesome group of people from EmpowerU.

A professional artist will instruct our guest step by step through the 16×20 painting pictured  (Cincinnati), all materials need for the project are included with the fee.

This event is located on Tylersville road in Mason.

Doors will open @6:30 for Happy ½ hour.

Class instruction begins promptly: 7:00 – 9:00

This is a fun and unique way to socialize! Empower U will provide the munchies!

BYOB- Wine & Beer and soft drinks ONLY! No hard liquor.

Must be 21!

There is a cost of $35.00 per person for materials.

Class is limited to 25

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Morgan's Great Raid Around Cincinnati: America's Longest Cavalry Ride

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, April 12, 2018

To view a complete recording of this class click here

This Class is being sponsored by Diane Landi

From July 2-26, 1863, while the great battles at Gettysburg and Vicksburg captured the attention of the American people, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan led nearly 2,500 cavalrymen on a daring raid into the North. Morgan’s objective was to distract the Union forces under Major General William Rosecrans and Major General Ambrose Burnside from building up enough momentum to wrestle the mostly pro-Union East Tennessee region from its Confederate occupants, and push General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee beyond its supply base at Chattanooga. Morgan’s incursion into Indiana and Ohio would produce the effect he desired, but it would end with disastrous results for his famous division. Mowery’s presentation will discuss Morgan’s Great Raid as it passed through three Union-held states and circumvented Cincinnati, which at the time was the seventh largest city in the United States and which served as the headquarters for Burnside’s department. Morgan’s special-forces operation represented the pinnacle of Morgan’s strategic and tactical skills and the best of his division’s raiding capabilities. No other American mounted infantry division on horseback would ever achieve what Morgan’s raiders accomplished on the Great Raid of 1863.

Speaker Bio:

David Mowery has been studying the Civil War for over 35 years, and during the course of this time, he has researched, visited, and site-documented over 500 Civil War battlefields across the United States.   David has been a member of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table since 1995, joining the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission in 2001 to represent Hamilton County’s Civil War sites to the state of Ohio. As a member of this volunteer group, he designed and historically validated the 557-mile John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio. David has published two books on the subject of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid through Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, including its first campaign study, titled Morgan’s Great Raid: The Remarkable Expedition from Kentucky to Ohio, as well as the official guidebook of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, titled Morgan’s Raid Across Ohio.  David currently serves as the Chairman of the non-profit Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation, the all-volunteer group working to save Ohio’s only major Civil War battlefield.

David Mowery

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Sexual Harassment: What you Need to Know!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

To view a complete recording of this class click here What Can Businesses and Employees Learn From Hollywood’s Sexual Harassment Problem?

 Harvey Weinstein . . . Al Franken . . . .Kevin Spacey . . . Aziz Ansari . . . .Louis CK . . . . Garrison Keillor . . . the #MeToo Movement . . . These stories and countless others like them have caused an enormous change in how sexual harassment is viewed in America, and how it is addressed by employers and employees. What can the rest of us learn from Hollywood’s Harassment Problem?

 This course is literally as timely as today’s headlines! We will be discussing in detail the implications of the recent explosion in sexual harassment allegations against prominent celebrities, businessmen, politicians, and judges – yes, Judges. Attendees will learn what each of us can do to make sure that we and our companies are not in the news ourselves – six weeks, six months, or six years from now.

Among the specific topics we will analyze and discuss are:

  • How can an employer best protect itself from sexual harassment claims in the Harvey Weinstein era?
  • What are the implications of the #MeToo movement for the modern workplace?
  • What is “sexual harassment”? What does that term actually mean in the law, as opposed to what it means in ordinary conversation?
  • When is a company or employer legally responsible or liable for sexual harassment committed by one of its employees?
  • How does the term “hostile work environment” relate to sexual harassment?
  • What differences exist between sexual harassment committed by a supervisor or manager, and harassment committed by a lower-level employee?
  • Can an employer be held legally responsible or liable for sexual harassment committed against one of its employees by an individual who is NOT an employee of the Company?
  • What written policies should an employer have in place regarding sexual harassment, and how should those policies be communicated to its employees?
  • What does a proper internal investigation of a sexual harassment complaint look like?
  • How is sexual harassment analyzed when the alleged harassment involves people of the same sex?

Speaker Bio:

Steve is a native of Cincinnati, and earned his law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He has been in private practice since 1987, beginning his career with the Cincinnati firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister.  Before joining the Finney Law Firm in 2016, Steve was a Partner at Katz, Greenberger & Norton in Cincinnati, where he was in charge of the firm’s labor and employment law practice.

Steve is an experienced trial lawyer who has conducted more than 60 jury trials in numerous State and Federal Courts, involving discrimination, harassment, and other employment issues.  He has also won several cases at the highest appellate levels that have helped to shape the current state of employment law.

Steve lives in the Mt. Washington section of Cincinnati, and has three children.

Stephen E. Imm

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The History of Fake News

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, April 5, 2018

To view a complete recording of this class click here Peter Bronson, who has worked his entire career in the news business, at The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincy Magazine, and on TV and radio, is here to tell you that “fake news” is real—and has never been worse. He will offer examples and describe the Decline and Fall of the Daily Newspaper, caused by many factors—not least among them, dishonest fake news.

Speaker Bio:

Peter Bronson was editorial page editor and columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer for nearly 20 years. Under his leadership the Enquirer was judged Best Editorial Page in Ohio four years in a row.

Before coming to Cincinnati in 1992, he was editorial page editor and columnist at The Tucson Citizen in Tucson, Ariz. He started his career in Michigan after graduating from Michigan State University in his hometown of East Lansing, Mich.

He has served on several non-profits, including Casa de los Niños home for abused children in Tucson; Northern Kentucky Children’s Home; Leadership Cincinnati; and Cincinnati Right to Life.

He was a regular panelist/producer on the Channel 9 WCPO TV show Hotseat, and also on the weekly Tucson news show Arizona Illustrated.

He’s now a contributing editor and columnist at Cincy Magazine, and owner of Chilidog Press LLC, which offers publishing, writing, editing and consulting. He has authored two books: Cincinnati For Pete’s Sake, and Behind the Lines: The Untold Stories of the Cincinnati Riots. He is co-author of Legacy of Courage: True Stories of Honor Flight Veterans, and Legacy of Courage II. In addition to those, Chilidog Press has published a dozen books, including Judge Z: Irretrievably Broken, Dance When You Can and From Salesperson to Superhero.

He is active as a Bible study participant and leader at Horizon Community Church. He enjoys working on his vintage British roadster, playing golf and travel.

He is the father of two, and lives with his wife, Kathy, in Loveland.


Peter Bronson

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A Honey of a Bee

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

To view a complete recording of this class click here The familiar honey bee Apis mellifera is a vitally important agricultural pollinator threatened by many human activities.  It is also a behaviorally fascinating insect.  This talk celebrates honey bees’ sophisticated social organization, intimate association with flowers, and past and present relationships with humans.  We will also explore the wonderful ways honey bees sense their world and communicate with nest mates including their astonishing waggle dance language. 

Speaker Bio:

Speaker – Randy C. Morgan, Emeritus Curator-Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Randy holds an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin.  He worked at the Cincinnati Zoo Insectarium for 32 years and is now retired from his position as Curator of Invertebrates, Reptiles & Amphibians.  At the Zoo he managed a diverse collection of live insects and other small animals for public educational display and developed world-class exhibits.  Randy has been a beekeeper for nearly 40 years, is active in the South Western Ohio Beekeepers Association and loves to share his passion for honey bees and the other little animals that propel and shape our living world.

Randy Morgan

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Empower U partners with the Ohio Attorney General to present Sunshine Laws State Certification Training

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 29, 2018

**THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT** Sorry!  We are trying to arrange a 2nd Session for this Class, but this is left up to the Attorney General.   Please check back on this website.

Empower U partners with the Ohio Attorney General to present Sunshine Laws Certification Training

If you are interested in obtaining this certification Empower U is providing an opportunity for you to do so locally.   

The Sunshine Laws Certification Training, provided by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, is a three-hour certification training session provided to all elected officials, and/or their appropriate designees, as well as members of the general public.

Ohio Revised Code Section 109.43(B) states:

The attorney general shall develop, provide, and certify training programs and seminars for all elected officials or their appropriate designees in order to enhance the officials’ knowledge of the duty to provide access to public records as required by section 149.43 of the Revised Code.  The training shall be three hours for every term of office for which the elected official was appointed or elected to the public office involved.

Each session includes an in-depth analysis of Ohio’s Public Records Act, with a brief discussion of Ohio’s Open Meetings Act.

You can also find more information about the class by going to:


Speaker Bio:

Renata Y. Staff joined the Attorney General’s Office in September 2010 and represents state agencies and statewide officeholders in both state and federal court.  Renata has orally argued in front of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Renata’s current clients include the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Judicial Conference, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the Treasurer of State of Ohio.
Renata is also a member of the office’s Public Records Unit.  As a member of the Unit, she counsels state agencies and state employees on compliance with Ohio’s Public Records Act and travels throughout the State presenting CLEs on Ohio’s Public Records and Open Meetings Acts. Renata is also a member of the office’s Diversity Committee and volunteers with the Office’s Pro Bono Seniors Program.

**Renata Y. Staff works in the office of Mike DeWine(pictured)**

Mike DeWine

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Net Neutrality + The Library School Levy

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 29, 2018

1) From 7:00-7:40 PM We will be having a discussion about the Hamilton County Library’s Levy request which will be on the ballot on May 8.  Elaine Fay and Libby Stock from the Hamilton County-Cincinnati Library will be talking about the proposed Library Levy on the ballot.  Cincinnati’s library board is asking Hamilton County taxpayers May to double what they contribute each year on this upcoming tax levy. 
At 7:15 PM Matt Wahlert, a City Councilman from North College Hill will discuss why he does not think the levy request should be voted for.    We will make sure to leave some time for your questions about this important levy.   An interesting discussion will come up about how an unelected board (Library board) has the ability to add a levy to the ballot with going through the County Commissioner’s normal levy process.
Elaine Fay * Libby Stock * Matt Wahlert
 2) Around 7:40 PM Net neutrality will be discussed.   Net Neutrality is the principle that governments should mandate Internet service providers to treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, or website. It has become one of the hot topics of 2018 with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC voting 3-2 on a party-line vote to repeal Net Neutrality oversight regulations for internet service providers (ISP). This decision allows ISP to open up different speed and buffering options to large internet content companies like Netflix which could impact consumer’s service speed and cost. The repercussion of this decision by the FCC (overturning a previous Democratic FCC decision in favor of Net Neutrality) is important and has caused a groundswell of criticism among millennials and others. The decision has led many States to propose legislation to keep Net Neutrality in place event though the FCC has ruled that States have no authority in this area.
Is Net Neutrality one more area where competition will lead to a better internet? Is this a libertarian, free-market issue? With the importance of the internet do we risk ISP’s controlling content and changing the way the internet works? Will certain websites be blocked from your use if those websites don’t pay ISP’s to show their web pages?
As we move forward, what will provide the best user experience for the internet? EmpowerU Managing Board Member Dan Regenold will simplify this topic and take us through this important issue as we examine the pros and cons of Net Neutrality. This session will include plenty of time for your thoughts, discussion, and questions.
Speaker Bios:

Elaine Fay is the Community and Government Relations Coordinator at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County acting as a liaison between the Library and federal, state and local government agencies.    Libby Scott is the Internal Communications Coordinator at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.     Matt Wahlert currently serves as a member of North College Hill Council and is President Pro Tem. He also is a member of teh Board of Directors of Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, Life Skills High School, and Riverside Academy.

Dan Regenold, is the Managing Board Member and Founder of EmpowerUOhio.org. He runs www.frameusa.com a American-Made picture frame manufacturing company that relies on selling their products on the internet.

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Self Defense with LOVE. Let no one confuse your KINDNESS… as WEAKNESS

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Self Defense with LOVE. Let no one confuse your KINDNESS… as WEAKNESS

Courage Coaches Debbie and Mike Gardner are motivation speakers/authors who teach LOVE-based crime survival skills, drawing upon their personal mistakes and successes during their law enforcement careers. Their absolutely new approach to the timely subject of self-defense dares to emphasize “LESS is more, when less is RIGHT!” The Gardner’s instill Courage, Rights and a proven effective “ONE Word Safety Plan” you’ll easily understand.

In this class learn how to:  1) Control your Fear, 2) Prevent crime set-ups, 3) Understand when you have a legal right to fight back and 4) Learn Your Best Chance to survive.  This is a class for your entire family!

We are requiring a $10 contribution to this session to defer expenses of the speakers travelling from Texas. You may pay this fee online when registering or you can pay at the door.

Speaker Bios:

Debbie and Mike met at the Cincinnati Police Academy in 1973.  Mike is a 28 year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department serving as the legal liaison expert witness for use of force issues and academy instructor.  Debbie retired from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department after 8 years as Deputy Sheriff.  She was one of the first women in the US to be assigned patrol duty alone in the mid 70’s.  She is also certified by various national and international self-defense training programs. Debbie founded the Survive Institute on February 4, 1981 as a result of letters she and Mike received after a regional TV appearance.
Debbie and Mike conduct their realistic crime survival workshops for corporations, conventions, and colleges in almost every state in the US and in Canada, Central and South America, New Zealand, Australia and Central Europe.
This Class is Not Being Presented Virtually!  (Be Here!)

Mike and Debbie

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Rules Just For Radicals?

Holiday Inn
7905 Freedom Way
Florence, Kentucky 41042
Thursday, March 22, 2018

To Download Dan’s Powerpoint Presentation Click Here

To view a complete recording of this class click here. “Alinsky is this country’s leading Hell-Raiser.   No one has more experience or has been more successful than Saul Alinsky.”—The Nation    

Join EmpowerU Managing Board Member Dan Regenold who will be speaking at the Northern Kentucky Tea Party Meeting starting about 7:15 PM–all are welcome.  You will be immersed in a lively discussion as he repeats his Fall 2017 class on the much talked about Saul Alinsky in Kentucky.  Alinsky is generally considered the founder of modern community organizing and is often cited for the success of the Democratic Party under President Barack Obama. In the course of his lifetime Alinsky has received much praise and criticism for improving the living conditions of poor communities across America. William F. Buckley, Jr. said in 1966 that Alinsky was “very close to being an organizational genius.”

Dan Talks About Saul Alinsky–Click Here

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Specifically we will look at Alinsky’s 1971 book Rules for RadicalsRules for Radicals was written as a primer for how the “Have-Nots” could take away power from the Haves. What are the 13 rules Alinsky outlined? How can Alinsky’s rules be used to accomplish goals that you or your organization have? Are they just rules for Radicals and the European Socialists or do Alinsky’s rules apply to Conservaties and others? Join us for our great discussion and video on what Alinsky refers to as “A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals”.   Be ready…you are going to have to work hard at this class!

Dan Regenold, first became active in Government in 2003 when he became involved fighting Eminent Domain and helping stop it in  Evendale and in Norwood, Ohio. In 2006, he was one of the founders of WeDemandAVote.com which successfully fought and stopped, by ballot initiative, a sales tax increase in Hamilton County, Ohio. Later WeDemand stopped Red Light Cameras in Hamilton County. Regenold spoke at the CPAC Convention in 2008 to discuss major Grassroots initiative actions across the United States.   In 2010 Regenold was of three leaders of the initiative to End Ohio’s Estate Tax which happened in 2011. The Tax Foundation called the repeal of Ohio Estate Tax one of the most important Tax accomplishments of 2011. In 2011 Regenold founded EmpowerUOhio.org (now in it’s 14th semester), a Free University offered in the Greater Cincinnati area with the goal of “empowering” citizens.   Regenold is CEO of Frame USA, Inc. in Springdale.

Dan Regenold

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**Class Cancelled**Early Warning Signs of Drug Addiction and what we can do to stop the tide of drug trafficking

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This Class Has Been Cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Early Warning Signs of Drug Addiction and what we can do to stop the tide of drug trafficking…. What are the early signs of addiction? How should you respond to them? How can you be instrumental in help stemming the tide of this drug epidemicDo not miss this opportunity to learn from Chief Synan, Police Chief of Newtown, as he shares his experience and expertise with us.

In 2014, after watching the last of an entire family die from drugs, the last two from heroin, Mr. Synan met with other members in Hamilton County and helped form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition where he sits on the Steering Committee and Chair Interdiction. Mr. Synan coordinates law enforcement efforts to reduce supply and works with other members to help reduce demand.

Chief Synan will address many issues including:

What does addictive behavior look like, and what are the early signs of addiction in teenagers? 

What can parents do to stop the behavior before it becomes a full blown addiction?

What does the drug dealer gain from synthetic drugs, how strong is addiction, is incarceration the answer for the addicted abuser? 

Why Chief Synan believes there should be no limit on the number of times Narcan is administered, understanding the drug abuser is not the villain in drug addiction. 

You’ll leave this class with a better understanding of addiction, why this epidemic is out of control, and just what our law enforcement and first responders are dealing with.   What can you, the average person, do to assist reducing the damage this epidemic is causing in our society?

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Synan’s wide experience has allowed him to have a unique look into the heroin crisis. Mr. Synan is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a 24-year police veteran with the Newtown Police Department. For the last 10 years he has served as Police Chief and as a SWAT Team Leader veteran.

Mr. Synan was asked to testify in Washington D.C. at a U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee giving testimony on synthetic opiates and the impact Fentanyl and Carefentinal have had on the country. Mr. Synan was a speaker with President Clinton and other distinguished panelist for the Clinton Foundation discussing the opioid crisis. His work with the Coalition has been used in national and international publications and media outlets. Mr. Synan has spoken internationally on the heroin issue. Mr. Synan has been able to see all the ways that heroin touches lives and all the efforts it takes to help individuals, families struggling with addiction and the impact on communities; and has an in-depth understanding of the complexity of this issue.


Chief Thomas Synan Jr.

Appalachain Dawn, the Movie

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Join EmpowerU for a night at the Movies as we watch the 2010 riveting documentary “Appalachian Dawn”. The town is Manchester, in Clay County Kentucky. It is nestled in the mountains of Central Appalachia where Clay County has long been at the nexus of history. Daniel Boone left plenty of footprints here. For over 200 years, the people who followed him generated headlines of heroism and infamy.

Unfortunately, by the early 2000’s, the situation in Clay County was so bleak with vicious feuds, crushing poverty, massive pervasive government corruption and epic drug abuse (many people calling it the most drug infected County in the United States) that any family that could was trying to flee to greener pastures. Those who stayed behind fought a running battle with hopelessness as illicit drugs threatened to consume an entire generation.

And then it happened–when a desperate band of believers cried, “Enough!” Could a Community make the decision that it was going to work together for the common good and change?  Would it work? What happened when the Community asked God to descent into the town of Manchester to help? Was the result God’s work, the people’s work or a combination? Learn about the incredible story of hope and transformation on the town of Manchester, the City of Hope. Could such a transformation happen in your community? Others? Join us for an important lesson to be learned by all—with time to discuss after the movie*.

EmpowerU Will Provide the Popcorn!

*We will be watching a little over half of the movie.

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The Robot Next Door

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 8, 2018

To view a complete recording of this class click here Human activity is, or soon will be, assisted, monitored or replaced by evolving technology.  Both fear and wonder accompany the rapid development of artificial intelligence. Greg Lawson, Senior Policy Analyst at the Buckeye Institute and Joe Platt examines the vast changes we can expect in jobs, society and public policy as America transitions to an automated economy where the labor of humans has an ever decreasing role. The needs of American workers and millions hoping to become Americans through amnesty are merging as we experience the greatest economic and societal transformation in our history? RSVP today and look ahead with EmpowerU. The future is now! 

Speaker Bios:

Greg R. Lawson is the Senior Policy Analyst at The Buckeye Institute.

In this role, Lawson works with all members of the Buckeye research team with a particular focus on local government and education issues. He is also Buckeye’s main liaison to the statehouse where he educates policymakers in both the legislative and executive branches on free-market solutions to Ohio’s challenges.

Prior to his position at Buckeye, Lawson served in the Ohio General Assembly as a Legislative Service Commission Fellow. He then went on to several government affairs roles focusing on numerous public policy topics, including Medicaid, school choice, transportation funding, and Ohio’s Building Code. He also has a background in PAC fundraising, grassroots organizing, and communications and served for five years on the boards of two Columbus-based charter schools.

Greg Lawson

Joe Platt, a self-employed attorney, is a father of four and husband to one. He is keenly interested in societal change and its impact on liberty and freedom of citizens of  America, the greatest nation on Earth.

Joseph Platt

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An Airman’s Perspective of a Desert Deployment

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

To view a complete recording of this class click here. This class shows and discusses the culture of the people who are located near bases where our military are serving in Kuwait.  Not all locals are terrorists and many are quite willing to show off and share their pets – particularly the Camel.

This is a class you won’t want to miss, hear from the speaker’s firsthand experience what it’s like to live in the desert.  You’ll learn about the land, climate, business customs, economy, government, voting, health plans, education, language, dress, customs, courtesies, recreation, hobbies, why Camels are in Kuwait, and much more.

Speaker Bio:

Major Timothy A. Anglin deployed as the Director of Operations, 387th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait.  He provided administrative and operational control to over 350 Joint Expeditionary Tasked (JET) Airmen and Individual Augmentees (IA) serving at numerous locations throughout the Levant and other Gulf Coast Countries (GCC) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

As an Ohio Air National Guardsman, Major Timothy A. Anglin is the FSS Director of Operations in Columbus, Ohio.  As the Director of Operations, he administers and supervises the FSS staff in their support of the 121 ARW to ensure mission readiness of over 1,200 personnel that serve our communities, state and nation for both homeland defense and federal missions.

Major Anglin entered service in 1985 and has served in various operations and command positions in the United States Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard and was acting commander of the 123rd Air Control Squadron and served as the J-1 for the State Headquarters Ohio Air National Guard.

Major Timothy A. Anglin

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Breaking Chains and Sterotypes - The Life of Frederick Douglass

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 1, 2018

To view a complete recording of this class click here. Join Americans for Prosperity and Empower U as we partner to dive into the life of Fredrick Douglass. Participants will learn the story of Fredrick Douglass, how education led to his freedom, and how he became one of the wealthiest Americans during his time. We will break down the life-empowering values of Fredrick Douglass that helped him not only break the literal chains binding his freedom, but also break the stereotypes of his day and ours.

Speaker Bio:

Grassroots Leadership Academy Strategic Director, Midwest

A native Hoosier and Indiana University alumni, Ryan joined the Grassroots Leadership Academy from the Indiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity Foundation. In 2015, Ryan was recognized for his tremendous efforts, earning AFP’s Liberty Guardian Award. With over a decade of experience in grassroots organizing, Ryan has served in previous roles as Regional Field Director for Educational Choice School Choice Indiana where he worked organizing support for educational school choice and education reform. Ryan has also worked as Field Director for the Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee, as well as Club for Growth President, David McIntosh. Most importantly, Ryan is an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

6:30 – 7:00    Social meet and greet with food and drinks.


Ryan Black

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Live Life to the Fullest: Bring Balance to Your Life

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

To view a complete recording of this class click here. Are you living a full life today? Do you feel alive and passionate about what you are doing? Do you know what you want more of in your life? In this presentation, Life Coach Jennifer Blair talks to you about life, balance, fun and happiness— and how you can make choices to have the life you want.

Using an interactive life balance exercise, Jennifer examines what a full life is and provides practical perspectives, guidelines, and examples to help attendees think about their lives— what is working, or not working, and ultimately, what matters most.

By examining where people are in eight different areas of their lives, participants will explore how to add more balance, focus and joy, as well as gain practical tools to make empowered choices, create inspired actions, and get their lives moving forward.

Speaker Bio:

Jennifer’s passionate commitment to her work focuses on personal and professional life coaching, creative and entrepreneurial consulting, inspirational speaking, writing, and occasionally, teaching salsa dancing. Extensive coaching skills and personal experiences allow Jennifer to create compassion and trust with her clients to move them forward to envision and embrace their definition of success. She assists them in creating life balance, unearthing their strengths and values, overcoming fears and limiting beliefs, setting goals and integrating sustainable change not only in what they do, but in who they are becoming. Her lifelong leadership experiences, extensive coaches training through the Coaches Training Institute and public speaking are making a difference in the lives of clients, audiences and readers all over the country. As a native Texan, Jennifer graduated from Southern Methodist University and served in various communications roles for EDS, Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s office and the Louisville Bar Association. Her numerous volunteer activities have allowed her to mentor women, especially her roles as President of The Junior League of Louisville, co-chair of the Race for the Cure, Co-Director of Greater Louisville Outstanding Women (GLOW) and President of the International Coaches Federation (ICF) Ohio Valley Chapter. From 2007-2012, she wrote a monthly column focusing on in-depth life coaching issues for Underwired Magazine. A compilation of this work, The True You: Tools to Excavate, Explore & Evolve was published and released in January 2012.

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Jennifer Blair

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Networking 101

Mount St. Joseph University, The Recital Hall (easy parking in the West Lot)
5701 Delhi Pike
Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This class has been cancelled due to a problem with the Venue.   We hope to reschedule at another time.

Most think networking is the casual conversations we have at social or professional gatherings.  True networking is much more than this and crucial to building your career network and business.

Networking is working.  When you are networking your goals should include teaching people who you are, what you do and what kind of opportunities to send your way.  It is building relationships on the foundation of trust and involves give and take with others in your network.

In this class, we will discuss the need and planning that must be done to effectively network to achieve your goals and build your professional identity.  Strategies and tips for maximizing your networking time will be shared.

The class will include a panel conversation and sharing by those who know and use networking to accomplish their business goals.  The group will include a member of the MSJ Career Center, the Founder of H7, the fastest growing business networking group in the U.S. and Joe Saylor, an area insurance agency owner who has built his agency on the power of networking to locate quality clients. The time will also include question and answer time with the class attendees.

6:30 – 7:00    Social meet and networking opportunity.

Open Mic Night at EmpowerU Studio

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, April 13, 2017

This Class Has been Cancelled!   We did not receive enough band submissions to allow us to have the competition we were hoping for.   We love this idea and will keep trying.  Sorry!  

Calling Cincinnati Musicians! EmpowerU will present its first ever Open Mic night on Friday, April 13, 2018. Come and hear from some of Cincinnati’s top local musicians for what is sure to be a fun night as we choose 10 great musicians to play 2 songs each. We’ll make sure to have some great Cincinnati Craft Beer on hand to double the pleasure—making it a GREAT Cincinnati event. At stakes for the winner is a $100 prize with the 2nd place musician receiving $50

To be considered for our initial Open Mic Night challenge artists must submit an audition video of your performance—preferably on YouTube (other arrangements can be worked out via a dropbox).  We prefer at least one of the two songs be an original composition from the musician.  (If you don’t have any original songs please still apply).    An AMP-PA System and Microphone will be provided for musicians to plug into. Email us your audition video to info@empoweruohio.org by April 9. You will be notified of your acceptance into the Open Mic night by April 11.

We look forward to a great night of live music and fun. You are welcome to BYOB and drinks and some snacks will be available at the venue. Seating for this event is limited to 120 people so make sure to sign up for this FREE event early.