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#72: Woman on a Mission: Laura Gisborne

In this podcast, I interview the amazing Laura Gisborne - a serial entrepreneur who has started nine different businesses in the past 30 years. Her current passion is Limitless Women, a community of business professionals who are also raising funds to heal poverty around the world. Last year...

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#63: Woman On A Mission: Martha Mertz, Founder of ATHENA International

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In 1981, Martha Mertz joined the Board of Directors of Lansing Regional Chamber only to discover that she was the only woman on the board, which wasn’t too surprising for that time. What was surprising was that a year later, when she brought forward the names of two women she...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Ronnie Walker

Earlier this year, Ronnie Susan Walker was honored at a Catholic Charities luncheon in Chicago for her  “extraordinary service to suicide loss survivors” as the founder of Alliance of Hope. Since 2008, the nonprofit has been working to decrease stigma, increase understanding of...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Karen Morrison

Water can transform.

In the water, you can be almost 90 percent lighter. Water provides a natural resistance that allows you to stretch your muscles and get a workout without straining your joints. The buoyancy lets you practice your balance without fearing a fall. Floating feels like freedom....

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: April Krowel

April Krowel says that February 13, 2016 was the worst night of their lives.

It’s not that she or her husband, Justin, had lived sheltered lives before then. They both served in the military in Iraq in the years following 9/11. They had seen friends die of suicide after they returned home...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Lisa Blacknoll

Lisa Blacknoll is a woman who, once she identifies a problem, does something about it.

After her third child was born, she worried about the transition from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding when she returned to work as a proposal manager for Boeing. She had tested a bunch of bottles, but none of...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Linda Keys

Sometimes a higher power puts you exactly where you need to be to make a difference.

That’s what happened to Linda Keys back in 2015 in Marks, Mississippi. Linda left her home state right after high school, moving north to Chicago. She had a successful 30-year career and was looking forward...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Gemma Sisia

Gemma Sisia’s parents, Sue and Basil, fervently believed in the power of education to change the future.

The couple, who raised eight children on a sheep wool farm in New South Wales, Australia, made significant sacrifices to ensure that their seven sons and one daughter had excellent...

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An Inspiring Year: Women on a Mission

In the past 12 months, I’ve had the honor of featuring more than 30 of your fellow nonprofit leaders as “Women on a Mission.” Every time I get a chance to research and write about these amazing women, my heart takes flight - and it makes me more determined than ever to offer...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Beth Franklin

When Beth Franklin first thought about a nonprofit that would use Animal-Assisted Therapy, having a therapy dog or cat was not a common thing and pretty much unheard of in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.

It was the 1990s, and Beth was heading the Birmingham Humane Society. She was working...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Carol Head

It was just the flu. It would be over in a couple of days. Nothing to worry about.

That’s what Carol Head thought when she became ill about 30 years ago, after finishing graduate school at Stanford University. She was looking forward to a full life with a career, family and sports (she...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Beth Ostdiek Smith

When Beth Ostdiek Smith was visiting her sister in Phoenix several years ago, she learned about a nonprofit that had an original take on the fight against hunger. It wasn’t a food bank or center collecting nonperishables; it was seeking out foods like meats, dairy, grains and more and...

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