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Stumble and fall. Get back up.

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 08:01
February 7, 2014, is National Wear Red Day, created to raise awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women. Many women don’t know their risks for or facts on heart disease, or that stroke is a cardiovascular condition. Madelyn Mazzone-Wong, a forty-six-year-old mother of two and former nurse, is a stroke survivor who’s still learning and doing—with her humor and both feet firmly in reality.  Read more...

Lifetime Achievement

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 02:27
Lisa Brown-Miller constantly breaks the mold. The first time she played hockey at a local rink, she was the only girl on the ice. And in 1998, she was a member of the first U.S.A. women’s Olympic hockey team—not to mention a key player in clinching the gold medal. Lisa is a powerhouse career woman and always working to be the best mom she can be. From Nagano, Japan, to Holland, Michigan, she’s got her eye on the prize.  Read more...

Going All In

Thursday, 16 January 2014 05:48
Is Grand Rapids Public Schools district is a place to learn, to dream, and to feel safe and accomplished? Is it a place where employees love to come to work, and where students want to go to school? Is it a place where parents and students can celebrate agents of change? With Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, it will be. A once frail school district will be mighty again because of the lifelong passion and indestructible determination of Teresa and her purpose-driven dream. Read more...

Second Chances

Monday, 16 December 2013 14:06
Sara Sherry wasn't content settling for an administrative position. She wanted to climb to the top. But Sara's ambitions deterred potential employers, and several interviews and no job later, Sara had enough. She and a college friend launched Mixed Staffing and Recruiting and went about educating employees about the importance of job preparedness in an effort to place women and minorities in the jobs of their dreams.  Sara grew up in a middle-class family and admits she never really had to struggle. But now that her work has put her on the front lines of helping underserved populations obtain work,… Read more...

Cool, Calm, Collected

Monday, 16 December 2013 13:38
  For career woman and mom Monica Verplank, life wasn't always so serene. The former assistant superintendent of instructional services at Grand Haven Public Schools traveled much for her job and spent long hours of educational leadership training. She loved her work, but knew as she started her family that the rigorous course was not conducive to the life she imagined. Several months after her first child was born, Monica left the district and started consulting part time. It was the best of both worlds; she could raise her family and still work with clients, developing curriculum and tapping into… Read more...

Local Learning

Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:09
Expanded learning is a family affair in West Michigan, thanks to the legacy of the Malone's. Cultivating educational opportunities at Sylvan Learning centers across the west side of the state since 1985, the company works to help more students every year by employing top-notch teachers and trending tools. Sylvan Learning of West Michigan Executive Director Hillary Malone Tilton was one of the first students at Sylvan Learning, when she was five years old. After her parents broke ground on the first center, she "literally grew up with the business." The family now owns seven centers in West Michigan including those… Read more...

Beauty from Within

Thursday, 05 December 2013 05:29
Dr. Natalie Goran, founder of Celsia MediSpa in Muskegon, has treated the uneven, the wrinkled, and the rosacea. But while she knows most women (and even men) have something about their skin they'd like to change, her understanding of common aging conditions goes more than skin deep. "My motto," she said, "is beauty comes from inside." The top three things treated by licensed therapists in Natalie's office are wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and darkened sun spots. They also work with clients dealing with acne, rosacea, and unwanted facial hair. "When women come in, I ask them, if you looked in… Read more...

What Happened to Your Imagination?

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 06:09
Peering up from their grandfather's knee, Denna Arnold's children grew up with storytelling, which enhanced their ability to dream. Now, other children will develop creative minds thanks to Denna's children's book, Grandpa, What Happened to Your Hair? The book, "fifteen years in the making" she said, is Denna's tribute to her dad and his vivid imagination.  Denna's forte is watercolor art. As a degree from Syracuse University in illustration and experience working with Kendall College of Art and Design would attest, her background is more in the visual arts. Needless to say, this book is unlike anything she has done.… Read more...
Strong in body, mind, and spirit, Dany Lyn Redwine-Bucks beat the odds and her breast cancer. Now, she's standing up against another debilitating force. As an African-American, it is not in Dany's nature to share her own struggles with others—including her family—but she knows in order to save lives, she must tell her story.  Dany said African-Americans, especially the older generations, are reluctant to share health concerns with others: What happens in the home stays in the home, so as not to burden others with personal problems.  "It's a cultural thing, and it's one of the things I'm trying to… Read more...
Before she was an award-winning writer, editor, and strategist, Dawn Pick Benson wrestled with the concept of leadership and her role as a leader. Now having had career experience in corporate, non-profit, and higher education sectors, Dawn has reconciled her beliefs about leadership and has decided to make an impact on her world. While still in grade school, Dawn started thinking about the truth that leaders have the power to change society through their actions. She was inspired when she read biographies of people such as explorer and missionary David Livingston, and abolitionist and Union war spy Harriet Tubman. Her… Read more...

 

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