Double Your Impact! Spring for ROX 2019

ROX takes a unique approach to our Annual Giving campaign through a combination of grassroots philanthropy, signature ROX events and corporate engagement. During “Spring for ROX” we create the best opportunity to engage the community, share our work with new potential supporters and raise the friends and funds needed to help support and empower thousands of girls.

Between now and June 15, your gift to ROX goes even farther as Medical Mutual of Ohio will match contributions dollar-for-dollar — up to $20,000, for money raised during the campaign! GIVE HERE.

There are so many ways to get involved in our Spring for ROX campaign — Check out the events & happenings coming up!



Join us at COSI for a gala-style event where men and women engage in the mission of ROX while enjoying local cuisine and libations. $100 ticket


ROX is the Change for Charity partner at Easton during May & June. Proceeds from the all-day festival will benefit ROX!


These are mission-forward, community-wide safety workshops specially designed for women and girls over 10, held outdoors at these 2 locations this spring:

JUNE 3, 4:30 PM - ROX ON THE GREEN McFerson Commons across from Nationwide Arena. $25 ticket

JUNE 6, 4:30 PM - ROX ON THE SQUARE Town Square at Easton Town Center. $25 ticket



Eat, drink and tour the City with door-to-door transportation and plenty of refreshments provided on this VIP ladies crawl. $100 ticket

APRIL 27, 8:30 PM - THE NAVIGATORS CONCERT Enjoy live music and dancing at The Lazy Chameleon in Powell. $10 cover benefits ROX!

Get your Saturday morning workout in with this fun class to benefit ROX! Led by MNHHF instructor, Isi Green


Hold a pose, drink a beer and raise money for ROX! $30 ticket includes yoga class, a Platform beer & raffle tickets

JUNE 23, 1:00 PM - YOGA @ GIVE YOGA CLINTONVILLE Namaste for ROX at this philanthropic local studio!  $25 ticket

Interested in hosting a friend-raiser or fundraiser for ROX during our annual giving campaign? Let us know!

April 27th: 2 fun ways to show your support!

We have two great events coming up on Saturday, April 27 to benefit ROX!

Ladies, grab a friend or two and join us for ‘ROX and the City’ — an evening on the town with chartered, door-to-door transportation! Learn more and reserve your seat on the bus here. Only 10 seats remaining!

Later in the evening, join us at The Lazy Chameleon in Powell for a night of music by The Navigators. This Columbus-based band plays exclusively to raise money for local charities and together have raised over $250,000 for our community! Expect lots of horns, multilayered vocals and covers of classic hits from the likes of The Beatles, Chicago, Eagles and The Commodores.

Tickets are available at the door for a minimum donation of $10. RSVP here.

We are Hiring an Executive Assistant!

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Are you detail-oriented, attentive and focused? ROX is looking for a task-master who can create organization from chaos and can streamline multiple moving projects. The ROX Executive Assistant will be a self- starter who is independently productive, but who also functions well as a team player on a small, but mighty team.

Please see the full job description here and details about how to apply! If you, or someone you know is a great fit for this position, please contact us at

ROX Selected as 2019 Change for Charity Recipient


Diverse organizations that improve the quality of life for families in Central Ohio to receive funds from Easton Community Foundation 

[Columbus, OH] January 23, 2019– Celebrating Easton’s 20th year of giving, the Easton Community Foundation will partner with six community organizations for its 2019 Change for Charity program. With nearly 100 applications submitted for consideration, the following six non-profits have been selected and will be featured throughout Easton over a two-month period:

The Center for Family Safety and Healing (January/February)

Harmony Project (March/April)

ROX – Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (May/June)

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio (July/August)

Homeport (September/October)

KIPP Columbus (November/December) 

The Easton Community Foundation selects six area nonprofits to highlight throughout the property so that Easton’s 28 million annual visitors are aware of each organization’s mission, community impact, and also how to access their services. In addition, the nonprofits receive a portion of the parking meter and ticket revenue to support their community efforts. Visitors are also able to utilize QR codes located on the second level of the Easton Station Building, making it easier than ever to donate and learn more about Easton’s Change for Charity partners.  

Since its debut, the Easton Community Foundation has provided nearly $7 million in financial support to hundreds of organizations that strengthen the central Ohio community through services and programming in the areas of education, health and social services. Its primary community-focused initiatives – in addition to the Change for Charity program – include Cornerstone Event fundraisers for some of central Ohio’s most respected charities, the Easton Community Foundation Scholarships for area high school students at schools including Mifflin High School, Northland High School, Fort Hayes High School, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Linden-McKinley High School and Columbus Africentric and events and partnerships benefiting the community, and local organizations.  

In 2018, Easton hosted events for the Linden Community P.R.I.D.E Wellness Expo, the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research, the Center for Healthy Families, the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Star House, Move to Prosper and many more.

Easton has also served as a site for Canine Companion service dog training, a Pelotonia pop-up store, Salvation Army bell-ringing, and job and volunteer fairs. While Change for Charity provides a unique opportunity for six select organizations, Easton is dedicated to working with the community and creating accessible opportunities to benefit the many incredible organizations Columbus has to offer all year round.

“It is our goal at Easton to support and recognize organizations that are making a significant impact in our community, and central Ohio as a whole,” said Jennifer Peterson, Chief Executive of Easton.  “We are fortunate enough to be able to do so not only through providing financial support but also by helping to raise awareness through unique opportunities here at Easton to educate community members on what important work these organizations do. Our guests truly appreciate learning about these partners. Whether it’s through learning about empowering girls with ROX, or being inspired to raise their voice with Harmony Project, we are truly honored to be able to connect our guests with these incredible organizations.”

Each partner receives a substantial donation through Easton’s parking meter proceeds along with in-kind marketing and publicity opportunities that reach more than 28 million visitors annually.

More on the 2019 recipients:

The Center for Family Safety and Healing (January/February):

The Center for Family Safety and Healing fully addresses all aspects of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse, thanks to an impressive combination of public and private resources. The Center for Family Safety and Healing aspires to break the cycle of violence through the advocacy, prevention, intervention, treatment and research of family violence by integrating comprehensive services through community interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based practices.

Harmony Project (March/April):

Harmony Project connects people across social, cultural, and geographic divides through the arts, education, and volunteer community service. Working together, we are building a united community and connecting through the shared vision of a world where indifference is replaced with empathy, intolerance is replaced with kindness, and discord is replaced with harmony. Since 2009, thousands of people representing every dimension of diversity have participated in a Harmony Project program or performance, or by giving back to the community through volunteer service. Learn more at

ROX – Ruling our eXperiences, Inc. (May/June):

ROX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the emerging national leader in programming, research and education focused on girls. Their mission is to create generations of confident girls who control their own relationships, experiences, decisions and futures. ROX utilizes research and evidence-based programming to simultaneously impact girls, educate and support the adult influencers in girls' lives and improve the societal conditions that have the potential to negatively impact girls.

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio (July/August):

The mission of Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is to reduce the impact of poverty by providing furniture and other household essentials to central Ohio individuals and families struggling with severe life challenges such as homelessness, domestic violence, unemployment, disabilities and health issues. They work closely with 75 agency partners who identify, screen and refer individuals and families in need of beds, kitchen tables, sofas, and other household goods that turn their empty house into a home of hope.

Homeport (September/October):   

Homeport, named a Columbus Foundation “Five Nonprofits to Watch” in 2017, is the largest local provider of affordable housing in Central Ohio, with a mission to create strong communities by developing quality, affordable homes on a cornerstone of dignity, security and opportunity. They develop affordable housing and comprehensive support for over 6,200 residents who live in Homeport’s communities.

KIPP Columbus (November/December):

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment college preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. Founded in 2008 with 50 students in 5th grade, KIPP Columbus currently serves over 1,100 students in grades K-3 and 5-9 at a new campus built on the grounds of a former golf course in Northeast Columbus. By 2020, KIPP Columbus will serve nearly 2,000 students in grades K-12. With a mission to create and sustain the highest quality school system for the children most underserved in Columbus, KIPP has maintained excellence in its growth and will improve upon that standard – proving what is possible in public education.

Free Event (Columbus): I Matter 2019

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 3 in Columbus where Dr. Lisa will be sharing ROX expertise in a keynote presentation at "I MATTER 2019", a full day of empowerment presented by Love Without Hurt that is open to all teen girls, moms and mentors.

Love Without Hurt is a non-profit organization that fights against teen dating violence by empowering teens with the skills and information they need to build healthy relationships in their lives.

In addition to Dr. Lisa's keynote, ROX will also host a breakout session where girls will explore the competitive culture that sometimes exists among girls and the value in changing this to one of support and encouragement.

Follow the link and plan to join us on February 3rd!

Press Release: Research Released Today Shows Girls' Underrepresentation In STEM Careers Is Driven By A Lack Of Confidence

New report by Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) shares findings on girls' career aspirations and pursuit of STEM careers from survey of 10,000+ U.S. girls

COLUMBUS (October 11, 2018) – On the International Day of the Girl, Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX) reveals new findings related to adolescent girls and careers from a national survey of more than 10,000 girls. The largest study of its kind,  The Girls' Index™: New Insights into the Complex World of Today's Girls, provides a deeper understanding of the factors related to girls’ abilities, perceptions and aspirations for their futures.

 The findings from this new report entitled, Girls, STEM and Careers: Decoding Girls’ Futures in an Age of Social Media, were released today at Intuit Headquarters in Mountain View, CA as part of this year’s International Day of the Girl celebration.

 “The revelations contained in this research study effectively reframe the conversation and highlight the opportunities ahead as we empower the next generation of women leaders to take their seat at the table,” said Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit. “In a world where an understanding of STEM is quickly becoming table stakes, building confidence and capability in girls that their contributions measure up and matter is critical to their individual and our collective success. At Intuit, we have benefited greatly from talented women leading our company at every level, from the board room to our front lines, and we are champions of the important work that Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) is driving to increase the pipeline of interested and capable girls in pursuit of their dreams.”

 Made possible with support from Battelle, the Girls, STEM and Careers Impact Report provides a deeper understanding of behaviors, thoughts and perceptions of a national sample of fifth through twelfth grade girls.

 "Reaching today's girls means hearing their voices," said Dr. Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice President of Education and Philanthropy at Battelle. "Those voices come through loud and clear in this report, and anyone who supports young women, as a parent, educator or mentor, should read it."

 Research findings include: 

●      Girls’ interest in pursuing a career in math and/or science increases 16 percent from fifth to ninth grade, however, during these years there is also a 15 percent decline in girls’ perceived abilities in math and science. Additionally, overall confidence declines as girls get older.

●      While 73 percent of girls believe they are good at math and/or science, this number declines to less than half for Hispanic girls, and only 56 percent of Asian girls. This is in contrast to 77 percent of white/Caucasian girls and 72 percent of black/African American girls.

●      More than 42 percent of girls believe that there are certain jobs that are better for men than women. Additionally, one in three girls believe that boys are encouraged more than girls in the areas of math and science.

“When fifty percent of high school girls report that they are considering a career in a math and/or science field, we celebrate this as a sign that the national efforts to increase girls’ interest in the STEM fields is having a positive impact. However, when nearly the same percentage of girls do not believe they are smart enough for their dream job, we recognize that we need to augment our efforts to support girls personally and academically,” said Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, ROX Founder and Executive Director and principal researcher of The Girls’ Index.

Read the full release here.


Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX) announces initiative to connect innovative research to practice in accessible, timely and impactful ways

COLUMBUS (September 28, 2018) - Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX), announces the development of The ROX Research and Training Institute thanks to a lead gift from Alliance Data, a marketing and loyalty company that delivers value through branded credit programs for many of the world’s most recognizable brands. The Institute will be the first multidisciplinary institute designed to address the complex needs of today’s girls by creating targeted and relevant trainings and educational content to enable adults to make data-informed decisions when teaching, mentoring, parenting and caring for girls.

The ROX Research and Training Institute will serve parents, educators, practitioners and business and community members with tools to create empowering, supportive and effective environments and experiences for girls.

“Through The Girls’ Index, our national survey of 10,678 girls, we learned that girls’ lives are tremendously complicated and they need support and understanding from the adults in their lives. We also learned that adults are looking for tools and resources to help them more effectively teach, parent, mentor and support the girls in their lives. The ROX Research and Training Institute will put research into practice in accessible, timely and impactful ways to make the world better for girls. We are thrilled that Alliance Data shares our commitment to using data for good and are honored for their support and partnership on this exciting initiative,” said Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, ROX founder and executive director.

Alliance Data, a significant ROX partner for the past four years, announced their $400,000 gift to support the initiative last night at ROX’s annual fundraiser, Girls Without Limits. Alliance Data’s contribution is the lead philanthropic gift for the development and launch of the Institute in 2019.

“At Alliance Data, giving back to our communities is fundamental to who we are, and we are so pleased that our partnership with ROX allows us to combine our passion for data with our passion for making a difference. We are excited to partner with ROX to help transform our community and nation to drive positive change for girls,” said Jami Dewolf, chief marketing officer, Alliance Data’s card services business.

The ROX Research and Training Institute will be both a physical location and a virtual hub of activity. Catering to the needs of adults who prefer in-person instruction, an onsite classroom will host regularly scheduled workshops, programs and courses at the ROX Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. In order to expand the reach and expertise, ROX will also build out a virtual learning platform for The ROX Research and Training Institute that will provide access to content for individuals throughout the country, and even the world. These accessible learning modules will provide convenient access to webinars, videos, live-stream events and workshops that individuals, groups, organizations or entire corporations can utilize in their work with girls and women.



COLUMBUS, OH– On August 14, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) held a Community Conversation at St. Stephen’s Community House to discuss developments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. More than 100 constituents attended the event, receiving an update about the positive impact of STEM in Central Ohio and talking with Beatty about related-issues and legislation, as well as other challenges facing Ohio’s Third Congressional District and the nation.   

The first segment of the Community Conversation featured a panel discussion of leading educators and practitioners working at the forefront of STEM education. Panelists included Congresswoman Beatty; Maxwell Slater, St. Stephen’s Community House Farm and Operations Manager; Toni Cunningham, Per Scholas Columbus Managing Director; Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, Ruling Our Experiences (ROX) Executive Director; and Mary Jane Pettigrew, Hamilton STEM Academy Vice-Principal.     

A lifelong champion of STEM education, Beatty spoke to the standing room only crowd of parents, stakeholders, advocates, and elected officials about its life-changing effects and her ongoing work to guarantee every student is well-versed in STEM.

“We need a highly trained workforce—hardworking individuals from all walks of life—ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” Beatty said at the Community Conversation. “This is essential to ensuring U.S. competitiveness and leadership in a rapidly changing global economy.” Beatty continued, “Unfortunately, our country is facing a massive shortage of workers skilled in these areas. To help fill the void, St. Stephen’s Community House, many other local nonprofits, and stakeholders are working overtime to equip more Central Ohioans with the much-needed tools, expertise, and education to succeed in the 21st Century, and I am working in Congress to make it a reality.” 

Beatty introduced the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act,H.R. 3119, to expose more students to the STEM fields. If enacted into law, H.R. 3119would provide funding for local school districts to create the necessary infrastructure for enhanced STEM learning early in a student’s academic career. Federal funding would be used to improve professional development for teachers, strengthen outreach to parents, provide mentoring and tutoring programs, expand access to afterschool and summer programs that provide additional enrichment opportunities in STEM, and promote academic advice and assistance in high school course selection that encourages girls and minority-Americans to take advanced STEM classes and become STEM professionals. 

Dr. Lisa Hinkelman delivers keynote presentations

ROX Founder and Executive Director was the invited keynote speaker at the UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency grand rounds culmination showcase. Graduating residents gathered to learn the findings of The Girls’ Index and strategies for educating the patients and families they work with and care for at their practices. 

Additionally, Lisa was invited to share leadership strategies with Huntington’s Women in Leadership inaugural cohort. These rising female associates have been invited to participate in a year-long leadership development experience. 

Lastly, Alliance Data hosted a breakfast and learn for their Easton associates and Lisa shared tips and strategies for helping girls navigate social media at the Battelle for Kids Educators Connect for Success Conference. 

Is your company looking to book a speaker for an upcoming event or training? Let’s chat about working together!


Creating Confident Girls, Cultivating Women Who Lead

On Wednesday, May 30, Columbus women and men will come together for a community-engagement event designed to empower the next generation of women leaders.

The event, Creating Confident Girls, Cultivating Women Who Lead, will be a day of roundtable discussions across the city to discuss the findings from The Girls’ Index—a groundbreaking study conducted by local nonprofit Ruling Our Experiences (ROX)—and how we can cultivate pathways to success and leadership for women.  

The Girls’ Index is the first-ever, large-scale national survey designed to develop a deeper understanding of the thoughts, experiences, perceptions, beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes of teen girls throughout the United States. The Girls’ Index reported findings on topics ranging from confidence and leadership to social media use and technology, and as part of this event, we will be discussing some key data points to try and tackle a problem that every organization is looking to solve—how to get more women into leadership. 

More than 50 Central Ohio companies  have signed on to host and facilitate conversations at their offices, ranging from fortune 500 companies like Cardinal Health and AEP to the six-person creative studio, WonderJam.

If you’re interested in organizing and hosting your own roundtable discussion about this critical topic, please contact Lauren Hancock at

ESPN features New ROX Research Release on Girls & Sports

In announcing the findings of The Girls and Sports Impact Report, the first in a series of deep analysis into the robust data set from The Girls' Index, ROX secured an national media exclusive with ESPN W. Read the feature by Kavitha Davidson.



2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four Legacy Project Brings to Light New Findings for Girls Who Participate in Sports from Groundbreaking Survey of 10,000+ U.S. Girls

COLUMBUS (April 1, 2018) - Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX) announced new findings related to participation in sports from the largest study of its kind, The Girls' Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today's Girls, which surveyed 10,678 girls across the nation. Seeking to understand how findings vary for girls who participate in sports, ROX executed additional analysis into the robust data set to examine the relationship between sports participation and key personal, social, academic and relationship outcomes.

The Girls and Sports Impact Report was made possible by the Columbus Local Organizing Committee, as part of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four Legacy Project. Complete report findings were released today by report author and ROX Founder/Executive Director Dr. Lisa Hinkelman at a special NCAA Women’s Final Four Beyond the Baseline event at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The Girls and Sports Impact Report provides a deep examination of the insights from fifth- through 12tth-grade girls shared in The Girls' Index™ to unveil the differences between girls who report being involved in sports and their non-sports-playing peers. Research findings include:

  • Girls who play sports report higher levels of confidence at all ages. Initial findings from The Girls’ Index found that girls experience a significant drop in confidence throughout middle school, however girls who play sports report confidence at consistently higher rates from 5th-12th grade. Specifically, in the 12h grade, female athletes experience a substantial increase (72 percent report being a confident person) not observed in their peer group (57 percent report being a confident person).
  • Girls who play sports have higher GPAs and have higher opinions of their abilities and competencies. Sixty-one percent of high school girls who have a grade point average above 4.0 play on a sports team. Additionally, girls who are involved in sports are 14 percent more likely to believe they are smart enough for their dream career and 13 percent more likely to be considering a career in math and/or science.
  • The Girls' Index™ found that girls who spend the most time using technology (8+ hours/day) are five times more likely to be sad or depressed nearly every day compared to the girls who spend four or fewer hours. Overall, female athletes use social media at lower rates than their peers and also experience less sadness and depression.

To watch a video on the findings of “The Girls Index” visit this link.

“Girls experience tremendous challenges with confidence, relationships and aspirations during their adolescent years. However, girls who participate on a sports team are more likely to have learned healthy ways to handle stressful situations, have more effective and supportive friendships with other girls and have increased career and leadership aspirations,” said Dr. Hinkelman.  “Participating in athletics can be an important tool to help girls navigate adolescence.”

“We have always known that hosting the Women’s Final Four would create wonderful opportunities for Columbus to shine in the national spotlight, said Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Logan. “But, this marquee event has also provided us the inspiration to learn more about how participation in sports positively affects the well-being of girls. Through the meaningful work of ROX and the Girls index we have learned just how impactful this relationship can be.”