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Erin Jones-Wesley: Meet the Renaissance SuperWoman Who is Inspiring LA’s Youth Through Sport

Remember the name Erin Jones-Wesley. You may see it soon on the Silver Screen or in the news as Miss California or Miss America. You may have already heard her name if you follow NCAA softball, watch ESPN, or you’re interested in the people behind noteworthy charities.

Only 27 years old, Erin is multi-talented and ready to take on the world. I recently caught up with her to discuss her past accomplishments, present projects, and future goals including her impending path to royalty.READ MORE

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Harlym Pike: My First Year With Ulcerative Colitis

Harlym Pike is a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and Brown Sugar which is Northwestern’s Premiere South Asian A Capella Group. Harlym writes of her first year with Ulcerative Colitis…

After dealing with symptoms for over two years, in June of 2018 I was finally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of the colon. It can be painful, frustrating, and extremely tiring to deal with, and has become a large part of my life now.READ MORE

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A Class Act: Annie Coulson on the Arts, Anxiety, Ambition and more

Many great things start with the letter A: Artistic, Authentic, Ambitious, and Actress, among others. All those terms also have another thing in common. They can all be used to describe Annie Coulson, a freshman from the DC suburbs who is now attending NYU’s heralded Tisch School of the Arts.

Recently, I had the pleasure to speak with Annie about college, her newfound social media popularity, her relationship with a Broadway star, and mental health.

Glancing at her Instagram reveals she could easily pass off as Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Coupling that with her adorable relationship with Andrew Barth Feldman, the youngest person to play the titular role in Dear Evan Hansen, and adding in her acceptance into a coveted theatre program that Meryl Streep and Lady Gaga were once a part of makes it easy to believe Annie has the perfect life.

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Emily Robinson: YouTube Today, Broadway Tomorrow

We live in a world where it seems like everyone is trying to make a name for themselves as an online personality, or influencer, if you will. In that regard, the two main questions people ask Google are, “How Can I Become Instagram famous?” and, “How Can I Make Popular YouTube Videos?” To learn the answer, you can either scroll through and read the eleven billion results or you can take the lead from a savvy teenager.

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The Horrific Tipping Point

TRAGEDY AND TEEN ACTIVISM LEADS TO LEGISLATIVE ACTION

The 5th of June, 2013, in Hartford, Connecticut had dawned bright and sunny. Later that afternoon Inside the Capitol building, the mood was significantly more somber as Governor Dannel Malloy and other invited guests paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

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The “Slap Heard Round the World”

YOUTH BRIDGING THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN DIVIDE

Palestinian-Israeli Flag Mural

The typical connotation when one hears “Israel and Palestine” is conflict, and thoughts of peace seem unrelated. Having a deep interest in International Relations and being an avid reader of Foreign Affairs, I thought I was well versed on the conflict as well as the typical attitudes of the citizens of these nations. I had never been more wrong.READ MORE

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Niceville High School’s Ally Woodard Can Add “Published Author” to Her List of Accomplishments

By Heather Osbourne | 315-4440 | @heatheronwfdn | hosbourne@nwfdailynews.com
Original article can be found here: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20171207/inspired-by-mama-lupita

SANDESTIN — One Niceville High School student can add “published author” to her list of accomplishments, along with gaining 135 siblings along the way.

The 17-year-old’s journey began in 2012 with a woman called Mama Lupita and a pair of painted shoes.

Ally Woodard sat in her home in Sandestin late last month flipping through the pages of her self-published children’s book, “Mama Lupita’s Happy Orphanage.”READ MORE

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The Future of Girls

An Interview with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury

 

“If women are marginalized in any human endeavor, I can tell you that endeavor will not succeed.”

 

With Joanne Tawfilis and Ambassador Chowdhury, New York, 2013

As Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury spoke those words to me recently during a private interview at the United Nations in New York City, I felt a sense of relief. Having served as President of the UN Security Council, Senior Special Advisor to the UN General Assembly President, UN Under-Secretary General, President of UNICEF Board, recipient of UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, and as one of the world’s most respected advocates for gender equality, he proved resolute and forthright about his convictions.

My relief arose from the realization that the Ambassador will indeed always be there as a champion for the 50% of humanity that needs male leaders to step up and help us females ford the stream. “By marginalizing women we are using only 50% of the capacity the world has to improve itself,” he laments.  “It is high time that we should act to proactively, consciously and resolutely assert the inherent equality that women have. Recognize that, give them a place and benefit from that.”

So, what is the Future of Girls? Brighter, thanks to Ambassador Chowdhury. Let me explain. I had served on a panel with Ambassador Chowdhury at a UN conference in 2013, and heard him give a presentation in California last year.
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Sherry Miller Sabatino Lost A Furniture Store (She Wants It Back) Part 2

Recently, after Part 1 of Sherry’s story was posted on my website, she made contact, excited about finally having someone listen to her story, and write about it.

“Ally, I want you to write my book.”
“Sherry, I’m only 16 and I have to go to school.”
“No one else can tell my story like you can!”
“And after school I have track practice, and homework…”
“Ally, you can do it! You have to!”

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Lessons for Living – With A View To The Future

An Interview with Joanne Tawfilis

Joanne Tawfilis on left, receiving 2011 Human Rights Hero Award Geneva, Switzerland

Joanne Tawfilis on left, receiving 2011 Human Rights Hero Award Geneva, Switzerland

I recently had the privilege to participate in a wide ranging Skype interview with Joanne Tawfilis. Mrs. Tawfilis is a former United Nations Diplomatic level executive. In addition she is Founder/Chair of Board of Directors at The United Nations Association of the United States of America. As a result of her accomplishments as a humanitarian and promoter of worldwide peace, Mrs. Tawfilis has been honored and recognized around the world. Just a few of her national and international awards include:READ MORE

The Donald Trump Post-Election Reality Show

What happens next, now that, “He’s Hired!”

 

“It feels unfair,” Chrissy Horansky told me, as she tried to allay the fears of a 16 year old girl regarding the consequences of an impending Donald Trump White House. As a best-selling author and decorated writer for The Huffington Post, and as an eminent spokeswoman for gender equality, Chrissy’s words were to provide an antidote to the feelings of helplessness I and certainly many other girls and women feel these days.READ MORE

Sherry Miller Sabatino Lost a Furniture Store (She Wants it Back)

“I’m broke. I can barely pay my bills. How would you feel?” I am sitting in a well-kept home off of Airport Road in the resort town of Destin, Florida. At the end of a long evening’s interview with Sherry Miller Sabatino, I think she is asking me a rhetorical question. But actually, Sherry is sincere, and she really wants to know how a 16 year old girl would feel about being 70ish years old and broke. How would anyone feel if they had heard her story?READ MORE