100+ Extraordinary California Women
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Monday November 20, 2017

The Stories

Be willing to reinvent yourself

Be willing to reinvent yourself

Judi Sheppard Missett

When she opened her mind to the endless possibilities of a “little idea,” Judi realized that by embracing change, taking a risk ─ and following her passion ─ she could empower thousands of other women to become happier, healthier and successful in business. 

Communicate effectively and honestly with people at all levels

Communicate effectively and honestly with people at all levels

Fay Feeney

As a young business consultant hired to help companies improve the safety of their workplaces, Faye found herself in a challenging situation where she had to muster up all her courage to speak with conviction about something she knew was the absolute truth. 

Discover the joy of serving others

Discover the joy of serving others

Catherine Lamberti

 

Suddenly realizing that she was about to be murdered in a horrific apartheid riot, Catherine, a young white teacher in South Africa, felt “her spirit fall back inside herself” and tapped into a source of divine inspiration that saved her life.

Don't allow yourself to become consumed with fear

Don't allow yourself to become consumed with fear

Darlene Gartrell

Overwhelmed by insecurity and feeling locked into a legal career that she didn’t enjoy, Darlene’s self-confidence plunged ─ until her mother stepped in and empowered her with a new appreciation for the many career opportunities available to women today.

Don't be afraid to shift the direction of your life

Don't be afraid to shift the direction of your life

Donna Deutchman

Choosing between her natural calling as a change agent and risking proven success for the unknown, Donna forged a rewarding new career in nonprofit leadership where she makes a difference for some of California’s most impoverished families.

Love yourself and find your passion

Love yourself and find your passion

Connie Rice

Connie had always believed her destiny was to become a litigator for the District Court, but her life-path suddenly changed when a law professor refused to write a letter of recommendation saying that she was not good enough for the Court of Appeals. 

Never Feel Inferior

Never Feel Inferior

Gisselle Acevedo

When her Costa Rican immigrant mother was humiliated because she sat a table on the “wrong” side of a racially segregated café, five-year old Gisselle made a life-changing decision: to never feel inferior and to always stand on her own two feet. 

Stay calm and focused in the dark hours of life

Stay calm and focused in the dark hours of life

Ellen Lapham

During the lowest point in her life, Ellen spent a night alone in an ice cave on the highest mountain in the world. Heading down the slope the next morning in a raging blizzard, she had an epiphany: true success isn’t always about how high you can go.

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