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Renee Israel Has Chispa

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Renee Israel: Co-Founder & Mama Pop, Doc Popcorn What have you overcome? In my mid-30s, I had a rather traumatic and unexpected break-up with my live-in “thought-I-would-marry” boyfriend. I almost can’t remember the six months that followed because I just went through the bare minimum motions necessary to get through a workday and merely exist. During…

Laura Posada Has Chispa

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Laura Posada: Mom, Attorney, Certified Master Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Family Health + Fitness Activist, TV Personality, and a Philanthropic Icon. What have you overcome? The toughest challenge I have ever overcome was getting the news when my son was 10 days old that he was born with the condition called Craniosynostosis. I was holding…

Liza Talusan Has Chispa

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Liza Talusan: Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Cousin, Friend, Doctoral Student, Facilitator + Warrior What have you overcome? “Over the past few years, I have whispered to God, “Isn’t that enough? Haven’t you tested me enough, God?” My family story has been filled with cancer. Just a year after I married my husband, my mother-in-law was…

Dr. Sandra Bishnoi Has Chispa

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Dr. Sandra Bishnoi: Lecturer and Research Scientist at Rice University, plus Mother of Two Children and Hero in Pink What have you overcomed? “I say my ‘new reality’ instead of ‘new normal’ because there’s nothing normal about chronic illness. Knowing that you’re going to die from a disease you have no control over—there’s nothing normal about that.…

Ginalisa Monterroso Has Chispa

Ginalisa Monterroso: Mother, Fighter, and Founder and President of Medicaid Advisory Group What have you overcome? “Twenty years ago, my daughter Tara was born with Down syndrome. The happiness I felt after giving birth was quickly taken away by doctors who encouraged me to give Tara up for adoption. They promised if I kept her, we would…

Allison Diaz Has Chispa

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Allison Diaz, grown from a mix of Georgia Red Clay and Canadian dust, a southern girl with a heart for God, her family, and big dreams, is a warrior for Jesus, her husband, and her family. What have you overcome? “We live on the northwest corner on the ninth floor of a high-rise condo building.…

Jennifer Heegaard Has Chispa

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Jennifer Heegaard: Happy Wife, Proud Aunt, Loving Sister, Loyal Friend, Humble Board President of Dress for Success Miami, and Driven President of JEJE Consulting, A Public Relations, Branding and Events Firm. What have you overcome? When I was younger, I was overweight. I grew up in a society where being beautiful meant being stick thin and to…

Karen Shayne Has Chispa

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Karen Shayne: Daughter, Entrepreneur, Leader, Business Partner, Philanthropist, Best Friend, Fighter and a Sister Survivor, and most importantly and what I am most proud of, I am a WOMAN. What have you overcome?
 I am an overcomer of cancer in so many ways. Cancer became a part of my life by no choice of my own,…

Alison Feliciano Has Chispa

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Alison Feliciano: Mother, Widow, CEO, Speaker, Author, Credit + Debt Coach, Sister, Friend, Worship Leader, Prayer Warrior. What have you overcome? Since the age of eight, death has been a part of my life. I lost my mother at eight in April of 1978 and every year or two after that someone in my life passed…

Sonia M. Puopolo Has Chispa

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Sonia M Puopolo: Author, Entrepreneur, Lecturer, Inspirational Speaker, Publisher, Multilingual and Multicultural Brand, Image and Communications Specialist, Mom to her Lhasa Apsos, GodMother to Becca and Bella, and last but most important, Daughter to her best friend and most precious DAD in the world. What have you overcome? “Life is all about possibilities. There is nothing in life…