We recently wrapped up the 2018 Eco-Chic Fashion Show in partnership with Amy Scalia, editor in chief and publisher of two online magazines, Cincy Chic and Cbus Chic, she founded. Both publications focus on topics on health, beauty, fashion, social and career topics for women in the Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio markets. Amy is an amazing wife, mother (expecting a third any minute now), entrepreneur, philanthropist and marathon runner, empowering women and men around her. She is an inspiration to all.
We got to experience first-hand what it’s like to work with Amy as she threw another successful fashion show event for over 300 guests featuring our latest collection of eco-friendly Buri and Beach bags, benefitting Dress for Success Cincy. It was such a pleasure collaborating with Amy and talking to her about her family, her online publications, and what it means to empower others. This woman can do it all!
Where are you from and where do you reside now?
I’m from Harrison Ohio, a small cornfield town (my first job was even picking corn) to the west of Cincinnati. My husband and I, along with soon to be three kids, now live in Pickerington Ohio which is southeast of Columbus.
What inspired you to launch an online magazine and what is your mission with these publications?
I launched Cincy Chic 11 years ago because, being from the area, I knew there was a huge need for a lifestyle resource targeting the “posh professional” women in Greater Cincinnati. This particular niche is hungry for information, has the disposable income to spend, but is too busy to find it on her own. I studied electronic journalism in college, and all my post-college career experience involved digital media, so I launched an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati as a digital resource featuring only female-focused, locally-based people, products and services in the categories of health, beauty, fashion, social and career with a weekly publication and monthly events. Six years ago, my husband was offered a promotion as morning anchor in Columbus, and I had always wanted to duplicate the “Chic” concept in another market, so we moved to Columbus for him to take the promotion and for me to launch Cbus Chic, which has since grown into a thriving publication with event production as well. Today, between the two markets, we reach over 30,000 email subscribers and social media followers and donate more than $40,000 to local charities annually through our monthly events.
Who inspires you?
One of my greatest inspirations was my grandma, one of the first female newspaper reporters in Ohio. With her fascinating stories and inspiring drive, she truly sparked my interest in media and writing. Today, I’d have to say my father-in-law is my biggest inspiration personally and professionally. He runs a successful trucking and logistics company while balancing also being the most dependable and involved family man I’ve ever met.
What’s it like being an entrepreneur and how do you balance personal/professional life?
Being an entrepreneur is one of the greatest joys and risks of my life. When I had the idea to start the business more than 11 years ago, I worried that I was too young and inexperienced, but then I realized THAT is the time to start building. When you have the passion, focus, energy and time. Life only gets more complicated as time goes on. I’m so glad that I did because now I’ve built my business and team up to allow me the freedom to work remotely several days a week, which really helps to balance family life — especially since my husband’s bedtime is 6 pm and morning alarm goes off at 1 am for work! 🙂
What’s the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” This quote was one of my mom’s favorite sayings and I think of it often when things get overwhelming as a business owner or as a working mom. Sometimes, you can feel paralyzed with anxiety with a big project, decision, or just your huge to-do list. But I think of my mom’s saying and it helps me to keep my nose to the grindstone and keep chipping away at what needs to be done.
What advice would you give women who want to start their own blog/business??
Just start. Don’t wait for you to have more experience, time, ideas, connections, or whatever. Just start and build from there.
What does the word empower mean to you?
When I think of empowerment, I think of “A rising tide lifts all the boats” … lifting others up around you, which lifts us all up in the end.
How would you describe your style?
Classic with a little trendy and boho sprinkled in.
Who is your greatest style influencer?
Anna Wintour. I love how you can look at a photo of her from 10 years ago and not know if it’s a decade old or taken yesterday. She’s so classy and timeless. I guess growing up in the 80s, I’m overly aware that you can follow trends too closely and forever have to hide years of embarrassing pictures (laughs).
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I’m a three-time marathon runner, and after I have baby #3 in a few weeks, I’ll begin training for my fourth this October! Running, especially training for a race helps me to have non-negotiable time on my schedule for me and my health. Plus, I find some of the most beautiful and peaceful settings on my runs, so I love the adventure aspect too.