Kelly Backscheider receiving Rising Leader award, pictured with John Goering and Larry Grypp.

Kelly Backscheider, BGR, 2018 Rising Leader winner, pictured with Eric Arling, Integrity Express Logistics, 2019 Rising Leader winner and Larry Grypp, Goering Center president emeritus. Photo/Jay Yocis/UC Creative Services.

Rising Leader Award

Cultivating bench strength is critical to long-term success.

By investing in a rising generation of leaders, we lay a foundation for succession, and by acknowledging the accomplishments of these rising leaders, we create highly engaged and motivated teams. These new leaders shape the future of our companies and collectively grow our regional economy.

To demonstrate its commitment to this region’s future generation of leaders, the Goering Center honors one “Rising Leader” at its annual Family and Private Business Awards event.

Nominations submitted by the last business day of every month will be considered for selection the following month and thereafter through the close of the nomination period.


October 2019

Headshot of Nichole Ramsey

Nichole Ramsey

COO, Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Practice: Leadership Development

"Nichole has created a truly amazing mentoring and leadership development program," says Chris Mann, owner of Woodhouse Day Spa. "She identifies internal talent and then works with them weekly on leadership skills, mentorship, emotional intelligence and a host of other skills." The company has grown from one store with $1 million in sales to three stores with over $7 million in sales in 2019, under Nichole's leadership.

Nomination process and awards criteria for 2019-2020

The fourth annual Rising Leader nomination process is from August 1, 2019 until June 30, 2020. Over these months, an independent panel of judges selected nine semi-finalists from a pool of nominees, one each month from November through July. Semi-finalists are chosen for their demonstrated success advancing one of the 10 Best Practices of Family and Private Business.

A nominee must be on a leadership or succession track of a family or private business. The Goering Center will showcase semi-finalists in our publications and live events. By publicly acknowledging their accomplishments we will help establish them – and the companies they work for – as Rising Leaders in Greater Cincinnati’s business community.