Inspiration and advice from
20 trailblazing Cleveland women




Boss Ladies of CLE

Boss Ladies of CLE features the stories and photos of twenty leading women—from a James Beard Award–nominated chef to hip-hop artists to the CEO of a global brand. Some are well known figures, and others are rising stars. Some have formal training, but many are self-taught. 


Through their stories, we gain an authentic, attainable portrait of success and learn what it means to be a Boss Lady. As the only book that focuses exclusively on the careers of women in Cleveland, it’s an essential read for women and girls that debunks the mentality that you have to move away to make it.

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In the Press

"Her selection of Cleveland women is diverse and well-chosen. Most will be familiar to those who are plugged into the local entrepreneurial scene and are excellent choices to be packaged and showcased in a volume like this."


Cool Cleveland


Gain inspiration and advice from celebrated

Cleveland entrepreneurs, artists, activists,

STEM workers, elected officials, and more: 

  • Valerie Mayen - Owner and founder of Yellowcake 

  • Margaret Bernstein - Journalist, author, and literacy advocate 

  • Mary Verdi-Fletcher - Founder and artistic director of Dancing Wheels 

  • Justice Melody J. Stewart - Ohio Supreme Court 

  • Jill Vedaa - Chef and co-owner of Salt+

  • Jessica Parkison - General manager and co-owner of Salt+ 

  • Malaz Elgemiabby - Interdisciplinary Designer and founding principal of ELMALAZ

  • Julia Kuo - Illustrator 

  • Jodi Berg - President and CEO of Vitamix 

  • Heidi Cressman - Engineer and director of diversity and inclusion at The University of Akron  

  • Jackie Wachter - Cofounder and creative director of FOUNT 

  • Ahlam Abbas - CEO and founder of Dirty Lamb

  • Sam Flowers - Musician, entrepreneur, educator, and cultural advocate 

  • Brittany Benton - Musician, entrepreneur, educator, and cultural advocate 

  • Kathy Blackman - Founder and owner of Grog Shop and B-Side Lounge 

  • Stephanie Sheldon - Founder and creative CEO of Cleveland Flea, life and business coach

  • Jasmyn Carter - Entertainer 

  • Anjua Maximo - Co-owner of GrooveRyde 

  • Erin Huber Rosen - Founder and executive director of Drink Local, Drink Tap 

  • Jasmin Santana - Cleveland City Councilwoman, Ward 14

Julia Kuo - illustrator
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Jasmin Santana
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Sam Flowers
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Kathy Blackman
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Valerie Mayen
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Jodi Berg
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Jill Vedaa and Jessica Parkison
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Get Your Copy

6" x 9"

210 pages 

Full color 

First edition 

ISBN: 978-0-578-62322-1