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INTERVIEW: Entrepreneur Nely Galán On Her Inspiring Self Made Mission and Movement

Nely Galán, Entrepreneur, on Her Inspiring Self Made Mission and Movement

Nely Galán

Nely Galán and her book, Self Made

By Catherine Anaya/February 21, 2017
Editor: Haley Christopher

Nely Galán, is a women’s empowerment advocate, an Emmy Award-winning television producer and the founder of the Adelante Movement whose goal is to unite and empower Latinas. Her new book Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way inspired me and I want to share it with you. Her message is her mission and it’s becoming a movement.

“When you take a risk, when you dip your toe in the water, when you just take a small action, the repercussions of that action in your life and your family’s life are immense.” Nely Galán

Nely arrived in America from Cuba when she was a young child and worked her way up from her first job as an unpaid intern to the first Latina President of a U. S. television network, Telemundo. I couldn’t wait to chat with her on The Women’s Eye Radio Show. Here is an excerpt…    [Read more…]

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TWE Interview: One Fit Widow Founder Michelle Steinke-Baumgard Transforms Grief Through Fitness

Michelle Steinke-Baumgard, founder 1FitWidow, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon/Photo Courtesy Michelle Steinke-Baumgard

Michelle Steinke-Baumgard at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

By Catherine Anaya/January 15, 2017

I met Michelle Steinke-Baumgard a couple of years ago in the Phoenix area when I did a story on her for the news here. Her husband Mitch passed away in 2009 and to cope with that overwhelming grief that she was feeling, she decided to lose weight.

“My overarching goal is to change the conversation on grief and to have people be more real and honest about it. It’s a healing mechanism for me as well.”  Michelle Steinke-Baumgard

She ended up losing 70 pounds plus she gained the strength to tackle the world again, creating One Fit Widow Virtual Training and Nutrition Company …and so much more! I wanted you to meet this intrepid changemaker so here’s an excerpt of our TWE Radio interview as she joined me from Bozeman, Montana…   [Read more…]

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Interview: Lawyer Jessica Wright Runs to Empower Afghanistan’s Women and Girls

Jessica Wright/lawyer-Born to Run/Photo: from Jessica

Jessica Wright at Medal Monday, New York City Marathon, 2016

Jessica Wright

By Patricia Caso/January 2, 2017

It seems to me that every marathoner has a unique story to tell. This past year’s 2016 New York City Marathon was no exception. A dear friend told me about Jessica Wright (@jessywright), a 32-year-old American commercial-corporate lawyer who is working in Kabul, Afghanistan and trained to run the Marathon 6,730 miles away, in very challenging circumstances. To add to her intriguing story, as Jessica trained she found an outstanding cause to run for as well.

“I wanted to use my personal challenge to raise money for Free To Run, a group that uses the power of sports to help women and girls overcome the harmful effects of conflict and discrimination.”  Jessica Wright

Through email, Jessica agreed to take time out of her busy schedule to give TWE a look into her demanding life. I still cannot fully understand what it took to undertake the marathon training, much less how, as a practicing lawyer, to maneuver the time. Bottom line: Jessica loves her job and loves to run!   [Read more…]

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TWE Interview–Designer Coleen Christian Burke On Decorating the White House for Christmas

 

Coleen christian Burke/author Christmas with the First Ladies/Photo: Coleen Christian Burke

Coleen Christian Burke at the Winter Wonderland themed tree,
East Room, White House, 2014

By Patricia Caso/December 11,2016
Photos Provided by Coleen Christian Burke (@ByColeen)

‘Tis the season for wishes to come true. One entrepreneur, blogger, designer and author, Coleen Christian Burke lobbied for four years to get the chance of a lifetime to help decorate the White House for Christmas.

“I could never have planned this life out. If I were a little girl saying I am going to be a designer and design the White House for Christmas and then I’m going to install it and then I’m going to talk about it, it just would have been so far fetched.” Coleen Christian Burke

She got that first opportunity in 2008, and other years have followed since. These experiences inspired her to write a fascinating book, Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama (@SimonBooks).

Intrigued with her almost-magical story, I caught up with this former television producer just as another busy holiday season kicks in to find out just how Coleen’s hunches turned into  successes…   [Read more…]

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Producer Stacey Reiss On THE EAGLE HUNTRESS: A Stunning Film About Family, Dreams and Girl Power

Stacey Reiss, producer The Eagle Huntress/Photo: Stacey Reiss

Stacey Reiss

By Patricia Caso/October 28, 2016
Photos: Courtesy Stacey Reiss

As an award-winning producer, writer and director, documentarian Stacey Reiss has probably seen and done enough to make a movie about herself. Her most recent effort as a producer is THE EAGLE HUNTRESS, which takes Stacey to “the ends of the earth” to follow a thirteen-year-old Mongolian girl, Aisholpan, through her challenges to realize her dream to be the best eagle hunter.

“Her story is universal. It’s a story of a father supporting and teaching his daughter, which I can certainly appreciate as the mother of two children.”  Stacey Reiss

I was intrigued to find out more about the producer behind this stunning film that harkens back to traditions and culture from the days of Genghis Khan…  [Read more…]

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INTERVIEW: CNN Hero Umra Omar Delivers Healthcare and Hope to Coastal Kenya

Umra Omar, Safari Doctors/Photo: Safari Doctors

Umra Omar

By Pamela Burke/October 11, 2016
Photos provided by Safari Doctors

What do you do when you have a successful career but find out that people living in an archipelago thousands of miles away in your native Kenya have serious healthcare issues that need attention? Umra Omar (@UmraOmar) faced that situation head-on and made the decision to return to the land of her birth.

In 2014 she founded Safari Doctors, a program operating out of Lamu, Kenya, offering free basic medical services where there were almost none.

“We say every journey starts with a single step…The goal is to have monthly clinics targeting a minimum of 10 villages which is service to approximately 10,000 villagers treating an average of 1,000 patients a month.”  Umra Omar

CNN recently recognized her efforts by naming her a CNN Hero. We were so impressed with Umra and her team that we want to introduce her to our TWE readers. Her small group travels by air, road and boat to bring much needed healthcare to the coastal islands in the Lamu Archipelago.  The trips can be dangerous as the Somalia border and terrorists are not far away.

Meet Umra who is eight months pregnant with her second child and as committed as ever…  [Read more…]

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ENCORE: Alice Greenwald, 9/11 Museum Director, On The Challenge Of Creating The Memorial

Alice Greenwald, Director of the 9-11 Memorial Museum/Photo: Jin Lee

Alice Greenwald at Opening Day Flag Ceremony 5/21/14/Photo: Jin Lee

UPDATE 7/17/16: 9/11 Museum to Open Its First Art Exhibit in September

UPDATE 9/24/15: Pope Francis to Visit 9/11 Memorial and Museum

By Patricia Caso/September 8, 2014

Imagine the challenge of taking one of the world’s most shocking, horrendous events—the tragedy of September 11, 2001—and memorializing it with a compassionate, historical and creative vision. Alice Greenwald was chosen director of this daunting project, to lead the formation of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

“After imagining the living museum in my head, planning every word of text and every design elevation for eight years, seeing it in 3-dimensional reality is still extraordinarily powerful.”   Alice Greenwald

On May 21, 2014, the Museum opened to the public. On a perfect, cloudless day recently, much like September 11, 2001, I passed by two thirty-foot waterfalls cascading into pools and descending into a center void, set in the footprints of the original twin towers.

Pavillion View North Pool at Night/Photo: Amy Dreher

North Pool with 9/11 Museum in Background/Photo: Amy Dreher

The names of the nearly 3,000 victims are etched in bronze around the pools; some have flowers in them. Once inside the exhibits, I was immersed in a stunning and heartbreaking interactive experience.

Each step along the way put me in that moment of history, hearing the confused voices of loved ones and soon-to-be victims; seeing flashing text messages, a photo taken from outer space and artifacts like the burned out Ladder Company 3 truck.

Ladder 3 truck at 9/11 Museum/Photo: Jin Lee

Ladder Company 3 firetruck representing New York Fire Department casualties at 9/11 Museum/Photo: Jin Lee

But it was the wall of faces, the quilts made in memoriam, the conversations of people around me talking about the heroic acts they were also seeing from first responders, doctors and just regular people, that made this place much more than a multimedia history lesson.

After an emotional three hours there, it seemed to me that this museum carefully guides the visitor to conclude that it is in community that the human spirit is at its best and will triumph.

So it was with great interest that got to speak with Alice about her vision for the museum, an artifact itself, and how she produced such an engrossing space…   [Read more…]

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