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The Power of an Open Mind

on Friday, 21 September 2012.

"Paris is always a good idea." -Audrey Hepburn

 

 

The path to my current city of residence was neither direct nor lacking in obstacles. When I arrived at UC Santa Barbara as a freshman, I hadn’t even considered the idea of studying abroad. But there was one city I was dying to visit ever since I was a little girl ─ Paris!

 

During my first year at college, I met many students who were set on studying abroad, and I began to consider doing the same. In just a few months, I went from being fairly opposed to completely enamored with the idea. My peers, university courses, and   academic environment inspired me to open my mind to new possibilities. I began to understand how I could benefit from living in another country.

 

The following year my best friend and I were accepted into Sciences Po, one of the most prestigious schools in France. There are no words to describe how excited we were! My parents were very proud of me, yet hesitant about our ability to afford the cost. I was working part-time and making a significant contribution to my education, something I would be unable to do as an international student. The day before the first deposit was due, my dad broke the devastating news…I would not be going.

 

I was overcome with disappointment knowing the experience I had been dreaming of for three months would not be realized, and I was angry with my parents. After hearing about the steps my friend, Maddie, had taken to get financial aid, I started to rethink what had happened. I could have figured out a way to go to Paris, but I never tried! That realization pushed me to set my aspirations high and work diligently to achieve my goal.

 

Although I did not go to Paris that year, I didn’t give up on my dream to live in this magical city. In January, I began to search and apply for jobs. My focus was on the Public Relations field, and I even made it to the final stage for a competitive internship in San Francisco. But as graduation approached, I began to feel unsure about the direction I was headed.

 

Then a friend told me about an au pair program she was considering. It was a completely different path than I had planned, but I decided to give it a try. Within one week I found a family I loved, and by the end of the month, I had signed a contract to work for them in Paris for a year!

 

This month’s Life Moments contributors have also tapped into the power of keeping an open mind. Darlene Gartrell explains the importance of freeing one’s mind in order to succeed in the face of fear. When faced with a challenge, Connie Rice broke down mental barriers and elevated her aspirations in the legal profession.

 

Judi Sheppard Missett also embraced her passion and the change that led to great professional success. An open mind enabled Catherine Lamberti to avert a dangerous apartheid riot that was about to claim her life.

 

These women inspire me with their ability to break down mental barriers and expand their world perspective. For me, living in Paris is an opportunity to open myself up to unknown possibilities and discover my own unique path. I could not be more excited about the year ahead and the many things I am sure to learn along the way.

 

If you are interested in seeing Paris through the eyes of a recent UCSB graduate, check out my blog at http://leseizieme.blogspot.fr/

 

Hilary Kay

Live Moments for Women (international) Intern

Graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, 2012

 

 

Sisterhood, Even in the Most Unlikely of Places

on Wednesday, 15 August 2012.

I spent my junior year of college studying in Paris where, during the first few months, I experienced a multitude of emotions. I loved all the fun and adventure of my first visit to Europe, but there were adjustments to make and obstacles to overcome ─ like struggling with the language barrier in a new school system, making friends, and adapting to life in a foreign country.

 

My younger sister and I have always been extremely close. She is my best friend, and we have a deep understanding and compassion for one another. I look to her for unconditional support, honest advice,   laughter, and guidance. Not having her around was one of the toughest aspects of leaving home.

 

On a particularly difficult day at my French university, the metro had stopped working due to a public transportation strike making me late for class. Embarrassed by a dirty look and snide remark from my professor, I made my way to the only seat left crushed behind several students in the center of the room. “Pardon,” I said in my American accent to a French girl beside me. I expected to be ignored, but she looked at me and said, “Don't worry, I understand. It happens to everyone.”

 

I felt an instant connection with Alix. During the break we started to talk, and despite our different backgrounds, we bonded right away. After class we went to a local café where Alix shared that her own sister had been in China for six months and would not return until the end of the year. Just like me, she     was missing a huge component of her life.

 

From that moment on, our friendship flourished. I learned so much about the French educational system, the language, history and culture through our explorations and adventures. Whether it was spending the day in the library together or enjoying a Saturday night out with friends, we always had the best time and quickly became each other's biggest cheerleaders.

 

Alix supported me through the tragic loss of a friend, and I supported her during a difficult heartbreak. Her family took me in for the holidays and helped with all the things that my parents would have done. I never imagined that I could become so close with someone so different! Our bond of friendship made me feel lucky for every day we spent together. Alix will always be my Parisian sister.

 

Many women featured in Life Moments for Women share similar experiences, and some are featured on our website this month. For example, Mary Ann Halpin discovered a deep connection with a severely disabled adoptive sister she hadn’t met until her mid-forties. Kay Buck, who lost her older sister in a drunk driving accident, later found an international community of sisters through her work with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.

 

Eileen Padberg bonded with women business leaders in war-torn Iraq, while Jane Wurwand had an awakening upon learning about the brutal oppression of women in developing countries. For Helen Torres, sisterhood means helping immigrant women achieve political equality in America.

 

True sisterhood is much more than a biological connection. It can be a special bond with someone you “adopt” as your sister, or it can be realized by connecting with the camaraderie of the larger population of women worldwide.

 

Madeline Wirthman

Life Moments for Women Intern

Graduate of the University of Santa Barbara, 2012

A Nun Who Didn’t Wear a Habit

on Wednesday, 08 August 2012.

By Donna Myrow, winner of the Girlfriends and Sisters Life Moments Contest

      "Did you get a quote from the boys who steal hubcaps?" demanded Sister Ann Christine Heintz from a flustered teen in a downtown Chicago newsroom that could pass for the nerve center of any urban daily.  Ann was a dynamic activist, a nun who didn't wear a habit and seldom was called "Sister." In 1976 Ann began publishing New Expression, the first teen-written newspaper in the country.  She inspired inner-city teens to tell their compelling stories growing up in gritty housing projects, neglected public schools and easy access to guns and drugs.

      A mutual friend introduced us via long distance calls.  In 1979 I made a trip to Chicago to meet this amazing woman.  She was unrelenting, "Start a newspaper in Los Angeles."

      "L.A. is sprawling, poor transportation, I don't know funders. How will I distribute the paper?"   Ann had no patience for my excuses, but we continued to talk about teen journalism over the next several years.

      On January 13, 1988 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school administrators had the right to censor articles in the student newspaper.  I called Ann.  "I'm going to start a citywide teen-written newspaper, I need your help."

      My life changed the moment I hung up the phone. Ann convinced me that letters and calls from teenagers, parents and teachers – either praising us or condemning us – would let me know I was having an impact on the community.

      For the next six weeks I called for advice (no Internet at that time) re the teens' hard-hitting stories, about fundraising and my major hurdle, distributing the paper to high schools.  She never wavered. She shared every ounce of her energy, intelligence and expertise to make sure I created a forum for young voices.  In early March we published L.A. Youth and I distributed the papers out of the trunk of my car.  Ann joined me and the teen writers in celebration of our first publication.  She wasn’t warm and fuzzy though I did get a big hug after I gave a tearful toast to her and the teens.

      L.A. Youth will celebrate our 25th anniversary January 2013.  We publish six issues a year, with a readership reaching more than 400,000.  Stories are posted on our website and mainstream media frequently post them-- PBS NewsHour, NPR, Huffington Post and others.  Teens need their own media more than ever.  Crumbling schools, gang violence, unemployment, etc.  The same problems since 1976.  Ann would be pushing me to keep the presses rolling but she passed away in 1989 at age 58.  

I've honored Ann's legacy.  I’ll toast her in January 2013.

donna.layCrpThe winner of the Life Moments Girlfriends and Sisters Contest is Donna Myrow, the Founder & Executive Director of LA Youth, the newspaper by and about teens. Its mission is: L.A. Youth is a leading advocacy voice for teens through journalism.  We use media as a tool for young people to examine themselves, their communities and the world at large. To learn more go to www.layouth.org. You can follow Donna on her blog at www.dontprintthat.blogspot.com

A Salute to My Girlfriends

on Wednesday, 01 August 2012.

By Patty DeDominic, Co-Author, Life Moments for Women

Oh thank you Girlfriends…..for you have helped me grow and you have kept me real!

August is a terrific month for women! It begins with National Girlfriends Day, and a few days later, on August 5, both National Sisters Day and National Friendship Day are celebrated. Take your girlfriend to lunch, coffee or someplace really special this week. We all need to celebrate being a girl every now and then. No matter how old or young we are, there’s probably still a girl inside. Just got off the phone with Gloria who made a business of taking people on tours to India and took me to India and Nepal when I was in my 30’s. She told me about her new younger boyfriend and confided that she turned 90 this year! God bless girlfriends!

Life Moments for Women came into being through the friendship between me and Maureen Ford. For years, we worked to bring the amazing women in our book to life for you. Many stories revolve around their sisters and friendship, just as many of our lives revolve around our sisters and friends. It’s time to celebrate them! So pick up the phone right now and text or call your girlfriend and make a play date! You’ll be happy you invested that time wisely in your mental health and hers!

I want to acknowledge that every woman featured in Life Moments is incredibly accomplished. Each one has come from a special place that enabled her to become the gem she is today. Although all our women are powerhouses, some quite famous, I am fortunate to be able to call many of them my girlfriends for many years.   Take Nancy Davison, whose father-in-law, a victim of dementia, was put into a nursing home. Making the decision to bring him home and surround him with family, Nancy made his last summer a good one doing the things he loved ─ like painting the flowers in her garden.

Nancy was my first land lord! When I leased my first high rise office space, she trusted me as a tenant, and we   quickly became friends. I have been there for her when she met her husband, and she was there when I met mine. We each signed off on the other’s man! Now, her two baby boys have grown and graduated college. Sadly, I attended the memorial service for her younger brother who passed away far too young.

Gisselle Acevedo taught me the power of public endorsement. She was head of the Foundation for the Times Mirror Corporation and encouraged me to endorse those non-profits that I admired and supported. I will always remember her wise counsel and her inspiring story as an immigrant child coming to America from Costa Rica.

Some of my other “girlfriends” in Life Moments for Women are Karen Caplan, daughter of famed importer Frieda Caplan who introduced Kiwi fruit into the United States. I have a photo of Karen and me with the governor when she was pregnant with her daughter who is now in college. Frieda helped to welcome me into the Committee of 200, an elite organization created in 1982 to connect the top 200 women entrepreneurs in America. Sylvia Fogelman started her foster family agency after building a construction business and then became chapter president of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Those exciting days of early business accomplishment were filled with wonderful girlfriends who helped me along the way.  

Take a stroll through the 324 pages in our book. “Meet” a wise and accomplished new role model for yourself. They are all someone’s daughter; they might be a wife, a mother, or an aunt, but one thing is for sure ─ all of them are great girlfriends!

 

Maureen and Patty

A Winning Attitude

on Wednesday, 01 August 2012.

   The 2012 Summer Olympics are right around the corner! This year they are scheduled to

take place in London, United Kingdom, from July 27 to August 12. The Olympics bring countries all over the world together to participate in the greatest sporting competition on the planet. Although each country speaks a different language and has different ideologies, for 2 weeks, every 4 years, the nations of the world unite under one flag ─ the Olympic

Flag.

     The Olympics would not be the extraordinary global event that it is, if it not for the hard-working, dedicated athletes who play in the Olympic Games. Since the foundation of modern Olympiad, generations of athletes, both men and women, have dedicated their lives to out-running, out-swimming, and out-performing those they compete against and all the generations before them.

    These amazing athletes, like California-born, twelve-time Olympic medalist, Dara Torres (the first and only U.S. swimmer to compete in five Summer Olympic Games) are an inspiration to me. Training for years to prepare, physically and mentally for the opportunity to represent our country, Dara symbolizes what a woman with a dream can accomplish when her heart, mind, body and spirit are focused on a goal.

    Still, not every athlete will go home with a coveted Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal. And this year, Olympic star, Dara Torres, at the age of forty-five, didn’t make the 2012 U.S. swimming team. “Missing it by less than one-tenth of a second is tough,” she said “but I’m really happy with how I did.”

    I grew up a competitive swimmer with a dream to one day make the Olympic team. In high school I was the only freshmen girl to make the varsity team. Surrounded by girls who were bigger, stronger, and faster, most of my swim meets that first year ended with me in last place. When finals came around, I was one of the few girls without a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal. That is what fueled a fire inside me!

    I dedicated myself to getting stronger and faster in hopes of getting a medal and helping my swim team get first place in league. With a lot of hard work and dedication I did just that. By the end of my junior year, I had won a silver medal in every race I swam, but my sights were set on gold. My senior year season started strong, and there was no doubt in my mind that I was fast enough to reach my goal. Three weeks into the season, I was in a car accident that put me in the hospital for a week and out of the pool for the remainder of the year.

      Devastated to not be able to swim that final season, I knew the opportunity to win my desired Gold medal had passed me by. But I did discover a new appreciation for life and for all the moments that we often take for granted. Tracy Austin, a former World Number One female professional tennis player, had a similar realization after she too was injured in a bad car accident. You can read her inspiring story, “Seeing the Big Picture” in Life Moments for Women or on our website this month.

     Setting goals and working towards them is important, but winning a Gold Medal does not define a person. Hard work, dedication, determination, passion and grace under pressure determine who we really are. Only three Olympic athletes in each event will go home with a medal, but all of them are winners just by making it there.

 

Vanja Primoric

UCSB Graduate, 2012

Life Moments for Women Intern 

Girlfriends & Sisters Contest!

on Monday, 16 July 2012.

Girlfriends & Sisters Contest!

Life Moments for Women Celebrates Girlfriends and Sisters with an Exciting Contest

July 15 – 31, 2012

 

Share a story about a turning point in your life with your girlfriend and/or sister and your story will be posted on the Life Moments for Women blog. Plus you’ll win a $100 Amazon gift certificate or have $100 donated to the non-profit of your choice that serves women.


August is a terrific month for women. It begins with National Girlfriends Day and a few days later, on August 5, both National Sisters Day and National Friendship Day are celebrated. Life Moments for Women came into being through the friendship between the authors, Patty De Dominic and Maureen Ford. Many of the stories of the remarkable 100+ women in the book revolve around girlfriends, sisters and friendship, just as many of our lives revolve around are our girlfriends and our sisters, who are often one and the same. It’s time to celebrate them!

Here’s your chance to tell the world about that special moment you shared with your girlfriend and/or sister. Write the story in 350 words or less in a Word file or in an email and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include your contact information and make sure it is sent no later than July 31.

Our independent judges will pick the best story, and it will be announced on our website on August 3, 2012 as well as in a press release that goes out on the Internet. It will be posted on the www.lifemomentsforwomen blog* and promoted all over the Internet. Naturally you will receive a copy of Life Moments for Women signed by the authors and be interviewed by Patty De Dominic for the radio feature on our site.

In addition to all this great exposure, you will receive your choice of a $100 Amazon gift certificate or have a donation made in your name to your favorite non-profit that serves women.

Send in your shared Life Moment today: Contest ends on July 31 at midnight! For more information go to www.lifemomentsforwomen.com

Contest rules:

  1. Entries must be 350 words or less
  2. Entries may be in a Word file sent as attachment or included in your email
  3. Entries must be RECEIVED no later than midnight, July 31
  4. Entries must include a short bio of the author

 

* By submitting your story to the Life Moments for Women Girlfriends & Sister Life Moment Contest, you agree that the publishers, Patty DeDominic, Maureen Ford, and Blue Point books may use your story on the Life Moments for Women website and other such articles and/or publications. You give permission and release from liability, on behalf of yourself and your heirs, for your story to publish in a book, post on the web, blog, video or CD form as well as any other media. It is understood that DeDominic & Ford and their agents and publishers, if any, retain for themselves and others acting on their behalf a non-exclusive, irrevocable world-wide license in said story to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies to the public and perform publicly and display publicly, by or on behalf of DeDominic & Ford and their publishers, agents and publicists. You warrant that this story does not include any copyrighted material by others, or libelous or unlawful statements that infringe on the right of others.

 

 

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Independence Day

on Wednesday, 04 July 2012.

By Hilary Kay

Happy Fourth of July Life Moments fans! The Fourth of July is often one of the most memorable events of summer. The sense of community that characterizes this holiday is both refreshing and inspiring. In addition to the BBQ’s, lemonade, and fireworks, it is a time when family and friends come together to celebrate the freedom of our country and the wonderful opportunities this freedom bestows upon us.

Whether it is freedom of equality, freedom through education, or basic freedom of rights, freedom is one of the core values of America’s foundation. Life Moments contributors Holly Mitchell, Jackie Speier and Mahvash Yazdi remind us to appreciate this freedom and not to take it for granted, as many around the world are not as fortunate.

Freedom is what allows us to discover our passions, strive to succeed, and achieve our dreams. We can also seize opportunity in freedom to help others do the same, an accomplishment that Jane Choi and Martha Daniel’s stories exemplify. By finding the power of freedom within you, and guiding others to find their own empowerment, we can fully reap the benefits that America has to offer.

Although the Fourth of July is just one day a year, let us not forget the values that this holiday celebrates. Why not continue our appreciation of community, opportunity, and freedom throughout the whole year? Read a story from Life Moments for Women as a daily reminder of the power of freedom. Click here to purchase and enjoy on your summer vacation!

Inspirational summer reading ideas from our publisher, Blue Point Books!

on Friday, 29 June 2012.

 

 

Of course we recommend Life Moments for Women for an inspirational summer read! And we are delighted to have published the full stories from some of the featured women entrepreneurs this month on our website to tie in with Professional Wellness Month and Effective Communications Month.

 

Be inspired by Sarah Miller McCune’s story, and see how she grabbed a fortuitous moment to create her own professional wellness and success with SAGE Publications.

 

And, as we round out our June theme on inspirational summer reading theme, check out these books from our publisher, Blue Point Books:

 

The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story

 

In The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story, Rosalind Perlman tells the fascinating story of a remarkable man who was born blind to poor parents in Chicago in 1888. Rejecting the conventional wisdom of his time, he was determined to “be of use” in the world. He learned Braille and developed an uncanny sense of touch and hearing that would later make him one of the top heart and lung specialists in the city. To pay for his education, Jacob sold brushes, then typewriters, door-to-door. He fought his way into and through the Chicago College of Medicine, graduated with honors at twenty-four, and became the world's first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine.

The voice of Dr. Jacob Bolotin was one of the first to raise the awareness of the world to the plight of the blind. His speeches about his own life and the need for treating people with disabilities as capable and productive citizens were in such demand he often gave four talks a day while working full time as a doctor and teaching at three medical colleges. He also started one of the first blind Boy Scout troops in the United States. When Dr. Bolotin died in 1924 at the age of thirty-six, five thousand people attended his funeral.

This inspiring biography is based on the memories of the author's husband, Alfred Perlman, who was the nephew of Dr. Bolotin's wife and lived with the Bolotins for several years when he was a boy.

 

 

The Caring Heart

 

The Caring Heart is a beautifully illustrated gift book with a simple message: inside each of us is a Caring Heart and if we will listen to it, we can make the world a better place. Author Arlene Stepputat created the book as a way of encouraging others to have a Caring Heart.

 

Original watercolors by Meganne Forbes throughout this lovely hardback book complete its powerful message of love and service to others. The Caring Heart is the perfect gift for anyone you care about.

 

As Jack Canfield, co-author of the “Chicken Soup” books says: “The words are few, but the message is profound. The paintings illumine our hearts and minds. The Caring Heart is the clarion call we need more than ever to heal and serve each other in a troubled world.”

 

RUFF: A Lost Dog Tale

 

RUFF: A Lost Dog Tale is a humor and wisdom packed story of three dogs who find themselves shipwrecked together on a tropical island in the middle of nowhere where everything is PURPLE!

 

Each chapter of this delightfully told 106-page book is short and mesmerizing, packed with snappy and witty delight and insight. Tense verbal confrontations and adventurous situational challenges move the story along briskly, as the dogs learn to work together in a totally unfamiliar and sometimes hostile environment. Lessons learned are shared by way of both hilarious dialog and touching revelations as the dogs encounter a wildly unpredictable terrain and learn to collaborate to achieve their goal of getting home.

The story is told in the first 61 pages. The second part of the book contains a Get Going Guide that identifies the 5 Great Strategies utilized by the charming canines in the fable:

 

  1. Sniff Out the Situation – take some time to think through the complexities of the problem and consider different strategies before jumping to a solution.
  2. Perk Up Your Ears –listen to people with very different backgrounds to get unstuck in your thinking.
  3. Take a Bite – even one little chew can open up a whole new world of possibility.
  4. Bark Smart – look at the situation through your audiences’ perspective and frame your pitch to support their priorities.

 

  1. Focus on Mutual Success – focus on a positive outcome and use each other’s unique strengths to contribute to making that happen.

 

Ruff: A Lost Dog Tale is a contagiously optimistic, fun, inspiring and thought-provoking story that will linger in the mind and heart of anyone feeling overwhelmed by change in their personal life or at work.

These amazing books are available for purchase at Blue Point Books – click here to go to the site.

What is Professional Wellness Month?

on Wednesday, 27 June 2012.

 

 

Take advantage of Professional Wellness Month and these quick tips to increase your worth in the marketplace and add value to your company and your customers.

 

  • Be accessible, reliable and fair
  • Update your resume
  • Increase your skills
  • Learn your business completely
  • Become a source of reference in your industry
  • Be visible and attend meetings and company or community socials

(Source: Chase’s Calendar of Events).

 

Read Irene Kinoshita’s story featured in full this month on our website, and be inspired by how she asserted professional wellness to lead her Company, Ascolta Training, to success!

June is Effective Communications Month – What Can We Learn?

on Wednesday, 27 June 2012.

The most important cog in the wheel of interpersonal relationships is communication. Active listening, verbal language, paralanguage, body language and written communication skills are the essence of how humans relate to each other personally and professionally. This month is dedicated to learning how to communicate more effectively. (Source: Chase’s Calendar of Events)

Read Teri Bialosky’s story today at lifemomentsforwomen.com and learn how she used effective communication to maximize customer service that ultimately spring-boarded her new business, Print Technologies.

To read over 100 inspirational stories from women in all walks of life, get your own copy of Life Moments for Women.  Click here to purchase and enjoy on your summer vacation!

Kick-start summer and your career with great stories featured in Life Moments for Women and celebrate Professional Wellness Month and Effective Communications Month!

on Wednesday, 20 June 2012.

By UCSB interns Hilary Kay, Maya Keane, Madeline Worthman and Vanja Primorac.

Today marks for the first day of Summer and we can all use some good summer reading recommendations! June also happens to be Professional Wellness Month and Effective Communications Month, and a great time to enjoy some inspirational stories from a few of the amazing women entrepreneurs featured in Life Moments for Women. It is fascinating to learn how they focused on professional wellness and communications to build their businesses. 

Teri Bialosky, founder of Print Technologies, tells about setting up her own successful company after being deserted by her co-workers when they formed a rival organization. Teri’s former clients flocked to her because her excellent communication skills resulted in providing exceptional customer service. Teri’s success as an entrepreneur led her to actively take part in organizations that support women in the workplace, becoming the president of both the Los Angeles National Association of Women Business Owners and the Organization of Women Executives. 

Irene Kinoshita, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Ascolta Training Company, courageously cast aside her fears of failure and asserted professional wellness by utilizing her leadership skills to take over her Company, after one of her partners siphoned off profits to start his own venture. Her courage also resulted in receiving many awards including The American Red Cross Clara Barton Award for Outstanding Women and the Elizabeth Dole Glass Ceiling Award.

For Sara Miller McCune, professional wellness came when she seized a fortuitous moment to jump-start the fortunes of her publishing business in 1965, after a meeting with a former professor led her to sign a contract to publish the professor’s journal. Sarah is now the Founder and Executive Chairman of SAGE Publications, one of the leading publishing houses in the world. She is also the President of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy.

Caroline MacDougall, founder and creator of Teeccino herbal coffee, was able to utilize her experience in the herbal beverage industry to support her passion to preserve the rainforests, providing economic value at the local level by utilizing rainforest products such as the ramon nuts from Central America, to develop her Teeccino products.

There are over 100 inspirational stories from women across California in our new book, Life Moments for Women. Click here to purchase and enjoy on your summer vacation!

Act Like a Host

on Thursday, 14 June 2012.

by Hilary Kay, intern and UCSB graduate.

      As a graduating college intern for Life Moments for Women, I was excited to attend the Women’s Funding Network Conference and Momentum Awards, despite not knowing what to expect. My knowledge consisted only of the appropriate dress code and Patty’s words of wisdom, “Act like a host, not like a guest.” By the end of these two events, I had put Patty’s words into practice, broken in my new business attire, and learned more than I could have ever imagined!

       I also gained a deeper appreciation of the power of our project to change lives. Surrounded by women of the same high caliber as those featured in the book, I realized Life Moments for Women’s potential for empowerment and took full advantage of the opportunity to seek guidance from so many remarkable women.

When I was introduced to Valerie Sobel, a Life Moments contributor, I asked what advice she had for upcoming graduates. Valerie said to not stress over picking a career path and to not be afraid of putting your foot in the door, even if you don’t know if it’s the right door. Any movement forward, I realized, will bring me one step closer to discovering what I truly love.

      I also had the pleasure of meeting another Life Moments contributor, Anna Ouroumian. Anna explained the importance of networking and showing up for everything. Anna clarified this “showing up” to mean not just your presence, but preparedness in all aspects. You have to be ready to actively take opportunities, impress those around you, and show you’re a hard worker. In doing these things you will take full advantage of any resources available and will discover options you might not have known possible.

     I learned how important it is to “Act like a host” and to master the skills of professional networking. There is so much to be learned just by mustering up the confidence to introduce yourself to people you don’t know. In representing Life Moments for Women at these two special events, I can honestly say that I had some of my own life-moments of realization and inspiration, moments I’ll always be grateful for.

A Father's Dream for his Daughter

on Wednesday, 13 June 2012.

-BY Steven Kay, father of Life Moments for Women intern Hilary Kay

     It’s important to me that my daughter know that I love her in the most profound way and that she has a permanent place in my heart, a place that has grown larger with every year of her life. It’s also important that she understand the joy I’ve shared in her accomplishments, from rolling over for the first time, to her first steps on an airplane climbing to cruising altitude, to her dancing awards, and finally, to her eloquence with her written words at the university where she has excelled… it has been a joy.
 
     I also want her to know I have excitement and happy anticipation for the life that is ahead of her, one filled with professional accomplishments, challenges that she will overcome, a career that will blossom, meaningful lessons from life, and the joy of love and companionship with a special person. I hope she will heal from the struggles that come from a family that, while imperfect and having changed form, is there for her, is in her court, and is very proud of her. My heart is full when I reflect on the amazing person my daughter has become. I will love her always and will forever cheer her on. These are the dreams for my daughter; for this girl has become a woman… a smart, sweet, kind, worldly and compassionate human being. Indeed, my dreams for what it means to be a dad are already coming true.
 

Fraser's Father

on Tuesday, 12 June 2012.

      In a world historically dominated by men, the advertising industry has not been excluded from this trend. Renee Fraser wanted to make her mark in the advertising industry, and she has been extremely successful in doing so. Although Renee’s father was initially unsure about her potential to succeed in this traditionally male dominated industry, he soon realized her passion and perseverance would lead her to success. Renee’s father played a huge part in her life and she credits him for teaching her the value of sharing and the importance of family. Renee’s story reminds us of how much we learn from our fathers and grow from the support they give us. In addition to starting her own advertising agency, Renee is an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg school of Communication and co-hosts the radio show Unfinished Business on Los Angeles CBS Radio. 

Gutsy Gal Deborah Hutchison

on Wednesday, 06 June 2012.

    Deborah Hutchison is an Author, Filmmaker, Product Creator and Speaker. All of these experiences and her position as the President/CEO of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me did not come knocking at her door. She went after them. As a young girl, Deborah did not have the strongest support system growing up with a controlling alcoholic father who had his mind set on one thing. Deborah was to go off to college, get her degree, and become a teacher. Like the obedient daughter that she was, Deborah listened to her father even though becoming a teacher was not her dream, it was his.

Eventually she realized that she had the ability to drive her own destiny, and that’s exactly what she did. Volunteering where she could and displaying her hard work ethic to all those around her, Deborah went from an extra in a film to starting her own casting company in Chicago. Even though Deborah did not have the support of her father, she found her way to success.

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