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27,000,000 Slaves, and Counting

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela Slavery is the second largest global organized crime, generating $150.2 billion per year. As noted by END IT Movement, that’s more than the combined revenues of Amazon, Google, and Ebay every year. The average cost of a slave…

King Solomon Said What?

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You have to give it to King Solomon. I mean, really. He writes enough proverbs, aphorisms, and proverbs for wise living to fill 30 chapters. And then he pens an Epilogue that would alternately confound and infuriate women for the next 2500 years. Who is this woman? And how did she do it all without…

Her Name Is Mahtob

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The story that began 30 years ago in the global phenomenon Not Without My Daughter (1991 MGM Home Entertainment, starring Sally Field), continues in the international bestseller by Mahtob Mahmoody, My Name Is Mahtob. As I spoke with Mahtob on January 29, the 30 year anniversary of her ‘freedom day’ from Iran, words from Genesis 50:20…

Sarah Meece Has Chispa

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Sarah Meece: Wife, Mother, Former Educator, Award Recipient of the Milken National Educator of the Year, Author, Speaker, and Motivator. What have you overcome? Death of my mother when I was only 13: Thankfully I had a family who taught me about Jesus. Divorce: Horrific divorce leaving me as the mother of a three year old son. Attempted Murder:…

Felicia Mahone Has Chispa

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Felicia Mahone: First Breast Cancer Survivor in Her Family in Twenty Years + Hero in Pink “Don’t settle or believe you have to be treated badly for having breast cancer. Stand up for yourself. Once you get diagnosed with cancer, you’re never the same. You value your life in a new way, and so you have…

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…