I lifted this from the White Ribbon Alliance website-
As part of the effort to unite and empower rising female leaders across various spheres of influence and develop new advocates for maternal and child health, WIE has partnered with the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood to identify 20 inspired, enthusiastic, and powerful young women to be a part of this monumental conversation and represent America’s ‘Generation: Inspiration’.
Generation: Inspiration. This is a good phrase. A good thing to be part of. As one of the 20 women invited the WIE Symposium, April Ricchuito can consider herself part of Generation: Inspiration. She’s a social worker and authors a blog called Mental Makeup. Here’s an excerpt from her blog and contest entry:
In what ways are you inspired to create positive social change for women?
I am inspired to create positive social change for women in every way possible. I am inspired by life, by beauty, by stillness- I believe every women…every person should be able to experience those things. There are so many areas and needs for change- education, healthcare, the media’s relationship with women, our culture’s relationship with women. Thankfully, there are many strengths to work with too! One thing we have working for us is the butterfly effect- when we make a change in one area, it carries across to other systems. Our well being is dependent upon the well being of others- “I am, because you are.”
April is just one of hundreds of women gearing up for the WIE Symposium—waiting to listen, participate and be inspired. So tell us, what brings you to WIE this year?
News! The Symposium kicks off this year with an event at Saks on Thursday, September 15th.
The 2nd annual WIE Symposium (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) kick-off event hosted by Steve Sadove, Saks Fifth Avenue Chairman and CEO, Glenda Bailey, Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief, and Melissa Beste, Akris CEO, on Thursday, September 15th from 7 -9 pm. The event will feature a panel discussion, "Empowering through Fashion: Can we dress our way to Success?", by Diana Taylor, Candace Bushnell, and Padma Lakshmi, and will be moderated by MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski. Following the panel discussion Akris will present a runway presentation of it’s Fall/Winter 2011 Collection.
Click here for more details. http://guestofaguest.com/calendar/2011/9/wie-symposium-kick-off-event/
Deborah Stambler is freelance writer and poet living in Los Angeles. She’s a contributing writer to MomsLA.com. You can find her blog at www.betweenparents.org.
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