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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Bess Wilfong

In September of this year, the St. Louis-based Angels’ Arms and its founder, Bess Wilfong, were honored by the prestigious the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. This bi-partisan caucus is dedicated to raising awareness about adoption and to eliminating barriers that hinder children from...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Debbie DiCarlo

Debbie DiCarlo had already been involved in nonprofit leadership for more than 15 years in the Phoenix area when the cancer diagnosis of a dear friend led her to discover a fantastic nonprofit in her backyard - the Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ).

Her experience in the leadership of...

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Inspiring Women on a Mission: Sharon Henifin & Becky Olson

Cancer will touch the lives of all women in America at some point. About 12 percent of the population will be diagnosed with the disease and the rest will know at least one woman – and probably more than one – who is battling cancer.

Breast Friends tries to help all of those women...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Katie Hughes

Imagine a summer camp where instead of making lanyards or arts and craft projects, girls construct a playhouse or take apart a water meter. Where instead of swimsuits, shorts and sandals, they put on safety goggles, hardhats and toolbelts.

Every summer in Portland, Oregon, girls ages 8 to 14...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Jill Vialet

For more than 20 years, Jill Vialet and her team at Playworks have been building a better recess for kids.

That might sound a little frivolous, but at a time when recess is getting squeezed out because schools are trying to maximize instruction time, it’s actually a big deal.

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Inspiring Women on a Mission: Renee Blue and Jennifer Kainz

Over the years, Mindful Waste co-founders Renee Blue and Jennifer Kainz have become, as Renee puts it, “cafeteria groupies.” They started out as volunteers working in the lunchrooms of their children’s schools.

But now, they are there for the garbage.

As volunteers, they were...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Lori Butterworth

One day several years ago, Lori Butterworth came home from work to an answering machine full of anxious, heartbreaking messages about Jacob, the young son of a friend. He had been diagnosed with cancer. He and his mom, Angel, were at the hospital.

Lori rushed to the hospital to comfort her...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Sheila Caldwell

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in women in the United States and is more deadly than all types of cancer combined? Most people don’t.

Certainly Sheila Caldwell, founder of The Heart2Heart Foundation, didn’t when she was 50 years old and suffered a heart...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Adrian Jay

Getting flowers helps to immediately improve a person’s mood, but did you know they also aid in the recovery process?

As humans, receiving flowers lets us know that we are cared for and loved by the people in our lives. But, scientifically speaking, they also help improve memory,...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Doniece Sandoval

San Francisco has 107 millionaires per square mile. They also have 160 homeless people per square mile. This statistic is not only heart-breaking, it’s demoralizing. What in the world can help a disparity like that?

That’s why I think the work of a transplanted Texas native will make...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Susan Kanoff and Uncommon Threads

By combining her passion for style, and her love for empowering women, Susan Kanoff created Uncommon Threads, a nonprofit out of Lawrence, MA, that helps women build their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth through the power of clothes.

Susan Kanoff began her journey running the...

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Inspiring Woman on a Mission: Lauren Barnes

No one is alone.

That is the mantra of The Motherhood Collective, a nonprofit out of Lynchburg, VA, that is empowering mothers and moms-to-be by providing free, evidence-based education and social support programming to women from preconception through postpartum.

The group comes out of the...

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