Meet the Founder


Nicole Armstrong
Founder, CEO

Design and social justice were never separate career paths for Nicole. Before receiving the 2018 People’s Liberty Haile Fellowship, she developed and implemented design and brand strategy for mission-driven organizations around the globe, including Franciscans International and Partners In Health. In 2015, Nicole joined Design Impact as a Social Innovation Specialist, leading changemakers through the human-centered design process. She now leverages her experience as a problem solver to facilitate systems change within the workplace.

Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Arts from Suffolk University. Nicole’s other titles include Court Appointed Special Advocate, Photographer, and Proud Mama. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and daughter.  


Advisory Board


Meghan Cummings
Executive Director, Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Meghan seeks to understand the complexities of poverty and works with diverse stakeholders to develop systemic changes that will help make our whole community more prosperous. She's held positions with OneSight, Center for Chemical Addictions Treatments, and Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. 


Tamaya Dennard
Councilwoman, City of Cincinnati

Tamaya has a passion for people, inclusion, and social justice. She is an advocate for women’s empowerment and women in government. In addition to serving as Councilwoman, Tamaya works as an Innovation Specialist with Design Impact. She previously served as PG Sittenfeld's Political Director and Chief of Staff. Tamaya graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in International Business.


Priya Dhingra Klocek
President / CEO, Consultant On The Go

Priya Dhingra Klocek is a business consultant, executive coach, mentor and facilitator. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the areas of Talent Management, Leadership Development, Change Management and Diversity & Inclusion. Priya holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from the College of Mount St Joseph and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University.


Katherine Daughtrey Neff
Partner, Freking Myers & Reul

Kati is a practicing member of both the Ohio Bar and the Southern District of Ohio Bar. She has successfully represented employees in jury trials in both state and federal court in Ohio. She serves as an advocate for current and former employees in all aspects of employment law. Kati received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Business Administration and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati.


Christopher Nicak
Director of Research, UC Economics Center

Chris is responsible for the development of new projects and products to help business, community, and civic leaders make effective economic and financial decisions. Before joining UC, he worked in Washington D.C. as a consultant with a focus on demography and survey research. Chris graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Master's Degree in Community Planning.


Karl Preissner
Global Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Procter and Gamble

Karl leads Procter and Gamble's efforts to enlist men as allies for gender equality and develops the company's relationships with Diversity and Inclusion efforts in Cincinnati and other global headquarters. Karl holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University and Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.

I believe gender equity creates high-performing teams. Queen City Certified is a road map for organizations who want to create a competitive advantage by becoming intentional about gender equity.
— Meghan Cummings, Executive Director, The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation