Storytellers

The contributors to WOWsdom!: A Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible come from every walk of life. We have police officers, poets, mothers, money experts, activists, environmentalists, fathers, and girls beginning their journey to adulthood. Take a peek at the folks who brought the WOW and the wisdom to WOWsdom!

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Alyse Nelson

Pages 105, 133

Alyse is co-founder, president, and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. Alyse has worked with woman leaders to develop training programs and international forums in over 140 countries and is the author of the best-selling book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World, which shares the stories of remarkable, world-changing women. She provides the three lessons you need to lead.

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Amy Ruth

Pages 31-32

Amy Ruth is the Chief Human Resource Officer for a $14 billion, not-for-profit health solutions organization, Guidewell Mutual Holdings, and leads the Senior HR Leadership Team with a passion for honesty, teamwork, happiness, and excellence. As we all are, Amy is the sum of her choices. Her choices led her to one of the top spots in the growing healthcare industry. Where will your choices lead you?

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Annika Sorenstam

Pages 22-24

Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation and is often regarded as the best of all time. During her fifteen year, Hall of Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards, and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed, and covered. An entrepreneur and industry leader, Annika is taking all of the lessons she learned along the way and teaching them to her daughter, Ava. Her letter below is excerpted from a longer version available at annikasorenstam.com.

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Imani Hope

Pages 18-20

Imani has learned a great deal about herself and other young people throughout her career in public education, teaching in the Philadelphia school system and now in New York City. Raised in Miami and Orlando, her studies and work experience have taken her across the country in pursuit of improving education outcomes in urban areas. A passionate believer in creating positive networks, experiencing life to its fullest, and commitment to self, Imani embodies a life of the positive and the possible.

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Jamie Olken

Pages 40, 55-56

Jamie is an esteemed authority on the areas of women’s health. She is a psychotherapist in New York City who specializes in treating adolescents with issues ranging from eating disorders, to bullying, to substance abuse.

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Akila Raman-Vaseghi

Pages 194-195

Akila learned early about being a big fish in a little pond. She struggled to accept herself and ultimately learned that her failures were stepping stones to success. Successes like serving on the Board of Trustees for the Cap & Gown Club of Princeton University (her alma mater), becoming a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and as an alumna of W.O.M.E.N. in America, a mentoring group based in New York City.

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Allison Keller

Pages 115-116

Allison, as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Development at PGA TOUR and an attorney, is responsible for ensuring that the PGA TOUR recruits, retains, and motivates its highly-talented workforce. She is also responsible for motivating herself over the years and has learned a lot of lessons along the way that she shares with her daughters.

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Amanda Mickelson

Pages 124-126

Amanda stands in the shadow of no one. Her independence, social engagement, and absolute sense of self inspires teens and adults who have the pleasure of knowing her. Deeply interested in Egyptology and women’s issues, she is committed to changing the world and being the change—no questions asked.

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Atiya Abdelmalik

Page 137

Atiya is passionate about helping women and girls live their best lives and as Executive Director—and Main Magician—for Generation WOW she is doing just that. For more than twenty years, Atiya has enjoyed a diverse career as a nurse, health promotion director, and community engagement leader. Atiya believes each one of us has WOW magic, the kind that can transform lives and transform communities. Atiya enjoys fulfilling roles as a wife, mother, and dogmommy to Nemo and Dory.

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Audrey Moran

Page 73

Audrey is the archetype for civic engagement. A top prosecutor, former Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Jacksonville, a passionate leader for a major not-for-profit for the homeless, and now the Senior Vice President for Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy at Baptist Health, Audrey carried the support of her friends every step of the way. As the mother of four, Audrey has been a textbook example of a true servant leader.

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Blakely Stein

Pages 188-191

Blakely is the definition of the happy bohemian. She is a passionate foodie, yogini, surfer, and dancer and is living la pura vida, or the simple life, with her husband and children in Costa Rica. Below, Blakely gives you some seriously good advice to live YOUR best life.

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Carla Johnson

Pages 197-199

Carla has channeled her love for the environment, geology, and engineering as the CEO and co-founder of EarthVisionz. After traveling across the U.S. to pursue her education, in 1994, she founded Waterstone, Inc., an environmental consulting firm that created and deployed the first 3D virtual earth (before Google Earth)! She believes a deeper connection with the earth can impact social and environmental issues.

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Dr Christyl Johnson

Pages 140-141

Dr. Christyl Johnson joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland as Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments in December 2010. She came to NASA Goddard from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and she formerly served under the President’s Science Advisor as the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Johnson is a well-respected speaker and supporter of girls and women in STEM.

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Cindy Edelman

Pages 156-157

An active community volunteer, Cindy’s life has been rooted in service to others. Whether as a high school AP Art History instructor or a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Cindy’s passion for learning and education has made a her a difference-maker and permeates every conversation and every endeavor. A founder of the Jacksonville Public Education Foundation, her commitment to community has lead to many awards and board positions focused on youth and education.

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Dr Cynthia Bioteau

Pages 14-15

Dr. Cynthia Bioteau is the fifth president and first female CEO of Florida State College at Jacksonville, one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education. Dr. Bioteau is widely recognized as a national leader in advocacy for public higher education and believes deeply that access to high-quality postsecondary education is key to healthy, literate communities, which are critical for the progress of us all.

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Danielle Bennett

Pages 112-113

Thirteen-year-old Danielle has so many questions for her future self—questions you probably do, too. As a rising freshman and middle child, just coming of age and moving around the country for her parents’ work, Danielle is tackling some of the same feelings of uncertainty, fear, and insecurity that creep up on us all. Now settled in Washington, D.C., she continues to explore opportunities in the arts and to find her place in the world surrounded by friends, family, and a great sense of humor and courage.

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David Emmanuel

Pages 92-93

Though David studied history and pre-law at Wittenberg University in Ohio, he has been focused on global human resources for the past thirty years, currently sharing his talents and experience at APR Energy, a global energy provider. He is also the Principal at Root to Route, LLC., and the Director of the Florida Human Resources Executive Council. Even with such great roles, David believes his most important leadership role is as the father of his incredible daughter.

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Donna Orender

Pages 10-11, 98-99, 200-201

A nationally-recognized business leader, Donna Orender is the founder of Generation W, Generation WOW, and CEO of Orender Unlimited. She is a women’s pro basketball pioneer and former WNBA president and is deeply passionate about elevating the voices of girls and women. You can learn more about what drives Donna by watching her TEDx Talk: Fear Not the Ask. Watch now at wowsdom.com.

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Gabrielle Reece

Pages 138-139

A champion on and off the court, Gabby is not only a volleyball legend but an inspirational leader who demonstrates wit, candor, and sheer motivation. Her intense passion and dedication to health and fitness has led her to become a dominant influencer in this highly sought after space. Together with her husband, surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Gabby is an avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and has become a role model to women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family.

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Geraldine Laybourne

Pages 8-9, 102-103

Gerry is a serial entrepreneur who has had her finger on the pulse of the American media landscape for nearly forty years. With an impressive resume—including the first president of Nickelodeon and co-founding Oxygen Media with Oprah—Gerry’s story seems like a fairy tale. In fact, it was the hard lessons she learned early on that helped keep her on a path to ever greater success and happiness.

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Giselle Carson

Pages 146-150

Giselle is the walking definition of a powerhouse—a highly respected immigration attorney and, as an immigrant herself, she is paying it forward. She is a four-time Ironman Finisher, including the Big One in Kona, Hawaii; a member of the Seven Continent Marathon Club; and she recently completed all six world major marathons (Boston, Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, and Tokyo). She is trilingual and married to Jeff, a physical therapist, marathon runner, and triathlete.

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Grace Freedman

Pages 160-161

Grace is a girl on a mission! Even as a rising junior, she wants to save the world and improve people’s lives. As a founding member of the Generation WOW after-school club at Ponte Vedra High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida, Grace’s determination, never-ending energy, and purposeful optimism leave no doubt she will impact the world for the better.

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Dr Heidi Hanna

Pages 129-130

Dr. Hanna is founder and Chief Energy Officer of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs for organizations; the Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress; and a frequent lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Hanna’s publications include the NY Times Best-Seller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014), and Recharge: 5 Shifts to Energize Your Life (Synergy, 2015). Her next book, What’s So Funny About Stress, is expected to be released in 2017.

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Ita Ekpoudom

Pages 152-154

Ita grew up the child of Nigerian immigrants—no easy feat in the American South. With an intense focus on education and achievement, Ita went on to receive her MBA from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. That drive continues today as Ita works through her company, Tigress Ventures, to engage, educate, and elevate the next generation of successful female business leaders and investors.

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Jacquelyn Pariseau

Pages 28-29

Jacquelyn works hard on and off the basketball court. Having recently graduated from Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA, Jackie is excited to continue on to college. She’s always enjoyed participating in community service, clubs, and sports—especially basketball. Jackie hopes her story helps others to learn how to truly love themselves.

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Dr Jeffrianne Wilder

Pages 180-181

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder has learned to combine her innate sense of leadership with her impressive education to become the Founding Director for the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations. She writes, researches, and lectures on the experience of black Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities as a sociologist and scholar at the University of North Florida. JeffriAnne is very passionate about connecting sociology to the every day issues occurring within our society, particularly around women and girls.

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Jenna Levine

Pages 84-85

As a teenager, we sometimes think we can do it all by ourselves. Jenna understands that having a person by your side as a coach, cheerleader, pusher, and mentor can make all the difference. She wrote a letter to her mentor—someone who helped her succeed during her last year at Stanton College Preparatory in Jacksonville, Florida, and then continued supporting her while at Syracuse University. With an interest in comedy and all things funny, Saturday Night Live may be in her future!

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Jill Schlesinger

Page 117

Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Emmy-nominated Business Analyst for CBS News. Jill appears on CBS radio and television stations nationwide covering the economy, markets, investing, and anything else with a dollar sign.

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John Palmer

Pages 106-108

Dads have a unique perspective on their children. Just ask John. John loves sports, traveling, great food, and exercising. He always seems to adopt his current hometown sports teams but can’t shake his Philadelphia roots, so those teams are always closest to his heart! Even closer than the Phillies or the Eagles is his daughter, Lisa Palmer.

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Dr Julie Morton

Pages 25-26

As President of Conscious Legacy Coaching, based in Toronto, Ontario, Julie’s mission is to help people live the life they want so that they will leave the legacy they choose. Asking the big question—WHY?—leads you down a path of curiosity, one that has led Julie from teenager to Ph.D.

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Dr Kathryn Pearson Peyton

Pages 122-123, 185-187

Dr. Peyton is a firm believer in Winston Churchill’s famous line, “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” With an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, followed by medical school, Radiology residency, and Breast Imaging fellowship training at the University of California San Francisco; as founder of a non-profit technology company, Mammosphere; a mother; and breast cancer advocate, Dr. Payton knows how to keep going. And sometimes that means going from an A to an A minus.

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Katie Holman

Pages 43-44

Katie is the new Supply Chain Director in India at General Mills and just left Minneapolis, MN, for the job of a lifetime. Katie’s job is all about leading change, developing successful teams, and driving process improvements. She moved across the world with her husband, David, and daughters, Virginia and Louise. Her life has been underscored by change, and it’s pretty likely yours will be, too.

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Kelly Wallace

Pages 134-135

Talk about having a dream job! Kelly is a digital correspondent and editor-at-large for CNN, focusing on family, career, and work/life balance. Getting to her dream job meant taking a lot of knocks along the way—and separating herself from the pack with dogged determination and trust in herself. Kelly is also a great mom to two energetic and wonderful daughters.

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Lt Lakesha Burton

Pages 50-51

Lt. Burton is an inspiration to so many, serving as the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Police Athletic League. Kesha is only the second African American woman to earn the rank of Lieutenant in the 190-year history of Jacksonville law enforcement. Even though she had to take a tough road to her success, she earned it, to our collective betterment.

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Lara Lombardo

Pages 80-81, 83

Lara is one special young woman. At seventeen, she was a published illustrator for several children’s books and easily could have chosen illustration as her path. Lara had the dream to become a baker. Now the Head Pastry Chef at Seagull Bakery, Lara is redefining just what is possible for those with autism.

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Larraine Segil

Pages 132-133

Originally from South Africa, Larraine sits on the boards of public and private companies; is CEO of The Little Farm Company, a Los Angeles-based family holding company; an Adjunct Professor at two universities; and writes songs for her grandchildren, published on rockingrandmamusic.com. She has always had an eye for moving forward, despite whatever adversity may present itself. Her selfless pursuit of paying it forward has lead to Larraine Segil Scholars—endowed scholarships with an emphasis on mentorship.

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Laticia Rolle

Pages 127-128

Laticia has opted for a less direct path to success, oftentimes shunning the advice of family and friends to pursue her own goals. Learning that corporate jobs weren’t the path for her, she pursued her dream of modeling and is now the successful owner of BluHazl.com, a fashion and lifestyle blog. She is living the life she imagined and is willing to work hard to make it all happen.

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Laura Hoffman

Page 64

Laura is a United States Marine Corps veteran currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in English and a proud mom. Hoffman’s most recent work appears in: Bop Dead City, Twisted Sister Lit Mag, Clear Poetry, Pouch, and The Bangalore Review.

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Lawanda Ravoira

Pages 192-193

Dr. Lawanda Ravoira is a national expert, advocate, author, researcher, and trainer about girls and young women. As the founding President & CEO of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, she works daily to improve the lives of girls who are justice-involved. Her story lets us know that injustices and bias happen too often and in unexpected ways and that keeping a clear sense of self will help us get through them.

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Lisa Palmer

Pages 77-78

Listening to the advice of others, particularly our families, isn’t always easy. With the support and encouragement of her family, Lisa pursued an excellent education, earning an MBA at the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. With an illustrious career, including as CFO and President of a public corporate real estate company, she also serves on the boards of several companies and has learned much from her friends and family, including her dad, John Palmer (see pg. 106).

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Lisa Shalett

Pages 46-48, 86

Lisa is passionate about mentorship and committed to initiatives that emphasize leadership development, diversity, and innovation. Using her business background, most recently as the Global Head of Brand Marketing & Digital Strategy at Goldman Sachs, Lisa helps entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations succeed. Featured at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, Lisa is a different kind of superhero.

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Lizzy Buller

Pages 74-75

Lizzy is a lover of dance and music and art. Just hearing a random song will get her moving as she pursues her passion in dance and spending time with her friends. She lives in NYC, is a big sister to two brothers, and always looks on the bright side of things.

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Lonnie Ali

Pages 142-143

After her marriage to boxing and civil rights legend Muhammad Ali in November 1986, Lonnie and her husband opened the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville in November 2005, where she serves as a Lifetime Director and as Vice Chair of the Center’s Board. Lonnie has been active in various charitable causes including advocating for children’s rights and Parkinson’s disease research. From 2010 to 2013, Lonnie served on President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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Dr Lucy Schaffer Croft

Pages 65-67

Dr. Croft, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of North Florida, knows about leadership. She emphasizes a wellness approach to effective leadership, incorporating the whole mind and body into leadership, and she enjoys inspiring students, writing for professional journals, volunteering for non-profit organizations, and participating in marathons and triathlons. She has come to realize that what set her apart is now what gives her strength and a deeper purpose.

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Marsha Evans

Pages 182-184

Marty is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. She didn’t have too many female role models while in the service, but that didn’t stop her from pressing on. Since her retirement from the Navy, she has served as Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of the USA, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross, and was the Interim Commissioner of the LPGA.

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Melinda Wolfe

Page 169

In addition to her corporate career, Melinda exhibits her leadership at a range of non-profits that focus on social justice, reproductive rights, and education. She is a board member of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Auburn Seminary, and Parenthood of New Diversity. Inclusion and the advancement of women are key passions and she has held leadership roles in organizations that support these issues including The Center for Talent Innovation, The National Council for Research on Women, the Women’s Forum of NY, and former Mayor Bloomberg’s Commission on Women’s issues.

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Mikhaela Jennings

Page 171

Mikhaela, a seventeen-year old from PACE Center for Girls in Jacksonville, FL, was featured onstage at Generation WOW in 2015 to read her letter to her future self. PACE Center for Girls provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, and advocacy. Having suffered immense loss as a young woman, her dreams for herself are as legendary as her confidence.

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Nina Waters

Pages 158-159

Nina Waters has led Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation since 2005. During her tenure, the Foundation’s assets and annual grant-making have quadrupled, with total assets of $343 million and annual grants to the community of $43 million at the end of 2016. Nina’s accomplishments include the launch of a ten-year Quality Education for All Initiative and the development of the Foundation’s first giving circle, the Women’s Giving Alliance.

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Patti Minglin

Pages 94-95

With a degree in English and Communications, Patti graduated from Ball State University doing two things really well: writing and talking. Those two skills fed into Patti’s passion for storytelling, helped her move up in the newspaper industry, and led her to launch her own content marketing company, Go Girl Communications. It’s no surprise that Patti contributes regularly to publications and blogs including sharing her voice from the stage of as part of the Listen to Your Mother Chicago cast in 2015. Patti resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three children.

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Piper Cush

Pages 90-91

Piper is a rising Junior in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Her epic move from Connecticut to Florida taught her to open herself up to many different “friend groups.” She is the co-founder of the Generation WOW club at Ponte Vedra High School, dreams of playing volleyball in college, and wants to make her impact on the world.

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Priscilla Mejia

Pages 120-121

Priscilla is another high school girl who WOWed us onstage at Generation WOW. Even at seventeen, and a junior at Darnell Cookman School of the Medical Arts in Jacksonville, FL, she had an exceptionally clear vision of her goals, who she wants to be when she grows up, and the values which drive her young life.

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Rasheika Fulton

Pages 69-70

At fifteen, and from the Generation WOW stage in 2014, Rasheika reminded us all that honesty is really the best policy—for others and, more importantly, for ourselves. Self-deception will keep you from success and happiness and writing your story can help you make sense of the toughest times. Now eighteen, she is off to college and continues practicing the honesty that has gotten her this far.

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Rick Singer

Pages 166-168

As a father and coach, Rick has seen the stress that the college admissions process can put on a family. As founder of GettingIntoCollege.com, he has spent the past twenty-five years helping students discover their life passion and guiding them along with their families through the complex college admissions maze to set them on a course to excel in life.

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Rylander Handford

Pages 41-42

Rylander just graduated from one of the nation’s most prestigious public high schools, Stanton College Preparatory. Between a rigorous curriculum and a mom who serves as one of the highest ranking women in the U.S. Navy, Rylander, like many of us, is working hard on “figuring everything out.”

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Sabeen Perwaiz

Pages 176-177

Sabeen, a Pakistani immigrant, is a Community Advocate, the Executive Director of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, and the Executive Producer of TedXJacksonville. If you met her in person, her poise, confidence, and expertise may make you think Sabeen has a “perfect” life. Sabeen teaches us that travel can heal a lot of wounds—physical and psychic—on your journey to becoming a woman of influence.

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Samantha Alves Orender

Pages 163-165

An admitted Type A personality, Sam loves a good plan. She went to a great high school, Stanton College Preparatory in Jacksonville, Florida, got her law degree from the top school in Florida, and thought she had it all figured out. Sam learned that you make a plan, work a plan, and adjust as necessary because you can’t predict the future.

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Shanan Hoy

Page 68

Shanan grew up in California where she received her degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology at CSU Sacramento. Shanan has actively pursued being an Aerobic, Kickboxing, and Strength Training instructor, a two-time Ms. Fitness Competitor, and Group and Personal Trainer in her sixteen years in fitness. As a mother to two children, she continues to pursue her passion of health and fitness as a personal trainer and is now the owner of Focus Fitness, a gym that inspires people to be healthy every day.

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Shavone Steele

Pages 38-39

After some tough childhood circumstances, Shavone retreated inside her own head and stayed there for too long. Getting out of her shell in her 30’s allowed her to embrace the outspokenness, confidence, and passion created through her experiences and personal history. With a daughter off to college and a new career on the horizon, she removed fear and said YES to more than she could have imagined.

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Sherry Levin

Pages 174-175

Currently the head basketball coach at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA, Sherry coached the USA Women’s Basketball team to a Gold Medal at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in Israel. A Hall of Fame athlete in her own right, Sherry is the consummate team player, whether on the court or off.

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Shira Kitay

Pages 71-72

It is never as easy as it looks. A three sport athlete, an outstanding student at a top prep school, Shira found the challenges she would face in high school would become the strengths she would rely on at the University of Michigan.

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Simone Edwards

Pages 109-111

Simone, known as The Jamaican Hurricane, is a basketball player who played for the New York Liberty and the Seattle Storm and was the first Caribbean and first Jamaican player in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Her new book, Unstoppable (Diverse Writers Room), published in 2017, offers a captivating portrait of Simone’s relentless and passionate pursuit of a dream and her unwavering determination not to allow her circumstances to dictate her future.

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Stacy Pendarvis

Pages 53-54

Stacy is the Program Director for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. A social worker and educator with two Master’s degrees from East Carolina University, and twenty years experience in the child welfare and prevention field, Stacy has educated thousands of adults and children on various child protection issues and has managed multiple community and agency projects related to child protection.

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Dr Susan Ryzewic

Page 87

Susan is a dynamic and recognized leader and an analytical, intuitive, and compassionate problem solver who is respected in her family, her community, and in business and philanthropic communities. She leads the Remmer Family Foundation, creating a level playing field for girls through innovative programs in education, training, and support. Her journey led her down a road that could have ended much differently—her quest for perfection keeping success at bay.

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Susan Michal

Pages 172-173

Susan Michal is an internationally published, award winning portrait artist. The first female President of the Professional Photographers of America, Susan specializes in documenting her clients’ lives and photographing all of the special moments they want to remember forever.

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Taylor Richardson

Page 131

Taylor, also known as Astronaut StarBright, is fourteen years old and has aspirations of becoming a scientist, engineer, and an astronaut one day. She is an advocate, activist, speaker, and philanthropist, most recently raising over $20,000 to send girls to screenings of Hidden Figures, a film about the women who helped launch our space program. After speaking to over 100,000 people at the March for Science in Washington, D.C., she was featured in the 2017 list of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21.

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Tina Lifford

Pages 60-63

Tina currently stars as Aunt Vi in the highly acclaimed television series Queen Sugar on OWN–from executive producers Oprah Winfrey and award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay. She is also known for her role as the CIA Director on Scandal and the mother-in-law on NBC’s Parenthood. Tina is also the founder of The Inner Fitness Project. Through straight-talk workshops, Tina teaches women to thrive by accessing their innate creativity, resilience, and strength. Learn more at www.tinalifford.com.

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Thomas Caron

Pages 35-36

Tom is passionate about ensuring that students have the resources they need to be successful in school and in life and currently serves on the leadership team at City Year Jacksonville. City Year is a national organization of young adults who partner with teachers in the classroom to support the academic success of students in high-risk areas. Tom is married to his best friend, Alexa, and is the father of two daughters.

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Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams

Pages 12, 96-97

Yvette Angelique is a writer, teaching-artist, and narrative practitioner in applied behavioral science. She runs Narratives for Change and is a highly sought-after leadership coach and facilitator for writing workshops, developer of women’s and girl’s programs, social action writer, and cultural activist. When Yvette Angelique has something to say or share, you know she is going to bring honesty and the capital-t Truth to every conversation.