After being contacted regarding a #MeToo article, a former fashion model revisits her own story and finds inspiration to shift the bigger picture narrative ______ I don’t talk a lot (if ever) about my former modeling career. It feels as if it’s a distant and closed chapter, … [Read more...] about From #MeToo to #WhatNow: A Former Fashion Model Puts The ‘Self’ Back In Self-Empowerment
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Inspired by those locked away and too often forgotten, one woman shines light on incarcerated men through education, poetry and hope — I remember the first time I shut the classroom door behind me in a maximum-security men’s prison. I don’t remember it because it was … [Read more...] about Writing From The Inside Out: Incarceration Through The Lens Of Humanity
Living with a genetic disability inspires a lifetime of service — and overcoming biases — On a flight to Los Angeles, I cannot concentrate on the important UNICEF speech on the global refugee crisis that I should be writing to be presented at the Annenberg Space for … [Read more...] about Wake Up, Smarten Up, Rise Up | How a Genetic Disability Inspired a Life of Service
A Conversation with Nancy Pelosi about what it will really take to make a woman president — Four years ago, when I first began writing my book, What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power, there were no female candidates … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi: What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?
Nadia Lopez transforms her life — and that of a struggling neighborhood — through the school she founded — Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn was born from the journey of my self-discovery and desire to create a learning institution that would honor … [Read more...] about When One Door Closes | The Lopez Effect: Transforming Self & Community
Got hug? Could you imagine waiting 11 hours to receive one? Until you have experienced being in the presence of Amma’s energy, it is difficult to describe. Amma is not about religion. As she says, “my religion is love.” In whatever we practice, she simply asks that we go deeper … [Read more...] about Amma | The Hugging Saint
Have spray paint, will make the world a more magical place. In Pursuit of Magic: two female street artists on a crusade to elevate consciousness and amplify meaning in the world. Have you ever randomly come across a message on a sidewalk or park bench spoke directly to you and … [Read more...] about In Pursuit Of Magic
Steven Culbertson, president and CEO of Youth Service America, explains why youth leadership is essential social change and global transformation — The world has to offer today's youth something better. –President Barack Obama Whether you are considering the recent … [Read more...] about Youth Leadership | 4 Reasons We Need Youth as the Leaders of Today
Surviving the Hillsborough tragedy at the FA Cup in England as a boy of 16, Chris Arnold founded World Merit to develop and empower young global leaders — April 15th 1989 ended the lives of 96 people at a stadium in the UK; it also irreversibly influenced the lives of … [Read more...] about Breathing Room | The Hillsborough Tragedy
Reflecting on the joys of inspiring youth, schoolteacher Rebekah Stoll realizes that her students have equally inspired her — Twenty students gathered around five working kitchens, aprons in place, recipes set before them with excitement in the air and the warmth from … [Read more...] about Inspiring Youth | Who’s Teaching Whom?
The WWII ambulance drivers who went on to found the AFS, paving the way for foreign exchange programs everywhere — It all begins somewhere. Some spark of divinity arrives even if you didn’t realize you were searching for it. I have always been a seeker — always a … [Read more...] about The Drivers
Actress Maggie Wheeler finds a deeper calling in leading communal singing — "I used to say, 'I act for my supper and I sing for my soul.'" Maggie Wheeler is describing her bifurcated career as a successful actor (most notably in long-running roles in the sitcoms … [Read more...] about Maggie Wheeler | The Yoga of Song