Hope Katz Gibbs, author, Truly Amazing Women
Author Alice Hoffman
Karen Hanrahan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Human Rights and Democracy, Obama Administration
Photographer Maggie Winters
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Author Adriana Trigiani
Marga Fripp, founder, Empowered Women International
Cancer survivor Debbie Gee
Photographer Anna Paige Gibbs
Carolina Garcia, LeoNora Gourmet Bakery
Trudi Lacey, head coach and general manager, The Washington Mystics
Screwtop Wine Bar owner, Wendy Buckley
Soprano Monica Yunus, co-founder "Sing for Hope"
Dr. Helen Fisher, author "Why Him? Why Her?"
Faux artist Adrienne van Doreen, author "The House That Faux Built"
Danielle Goldstone, Ashoka
Life Coach Martha Beck, Oprah magazine columnist, author, "Finding Your Own North Star, "Steering By Starlight," and her latest, "Finding Your Way in A Wild New World."
Julie Otsuka, author, "When the Emperor Was Divine" and "The Buddha in the Attic"
Philanthropist Edie Fraser
Jennifer Niven, author and screenwriter of the series, "Velva Jean Learns to Drive"
Pam Godwin, President of Change Partners, Inc.
Yoga teacher Annie Moyer, director, Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, Arlington VA
Andrea Keating, CEO and founder, Crews Control
Gina Schaefer, owner, ACE Hardware stores
International AIDS Activist Sabine Durier
Stephanie Bhonsay, founder, Garden U
Mary Seton Corboy
Molly Barker, founder, Girls on the Run
Kathi Kamen Goldmark
Entrepreneur Lisa Mecurio, founder, The Bedtime Network and SmashArts
Episcopal Bishop Katharine Schori
Fine artist and writer, J. Ruth Gendler; author of "The Book of Qualities,” “Changing Light,” and “Notes on the Need for Beauty.”
Futurist Kristin Nauth Partner, Foresight Alliance
Journalist and author Kati Marton
Author Margie Warrell, "Find Your Courage"
Shoe Designer Xiomara Arroyo, owner and founder, Xiomara Lisette
Intuitive Guide Eliel Fionn
Principal Nardos King
Laurie Strongin and baby Henry
Wendy Smith, author, "Give a Little"
Children's book author Beverly Cleary
Stephanie Bunt and her family
Artist Sally Wern Comport, Art At Large
Kathleen Jo Ryan
Analena Valdes Graham, MASH PIT
Barbara Lee Shaw
Immigration Attorney Linda Rahal
Activist Jane Barker is working to build the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial
Bestselling Author Caroline Leavitt, "Pictures of You."
Dr. Salma Haque, Simplicity Urgent Care
Rachel Machacek, author of "The Science of Single"
Lee Woodruff, author, "Perfectly Imperfect"
Miami photographer Cindy Seip
Joanna Barsh, author, "How Remarkable Women Lead"
Travel Writer Carla King
Travel Writer Lisa Alpine
Truly Amazing Women, LLC, is an organization that honors, connects, and promotes the women who are making strides and changing lives.
What makes a woman truly amazing? That’s the question I have been excited to answer since April 18, 2008—the day this big idea was born. Having been a journalist since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, I have written hundreds of articles about the fabulous work women do every day as they juggle careers and finances, family and responsibility to their community—and try to hold onto a little something for themselves.
Inspiration to create this project came on the warm spring day when I had the privilege of being surrounded by dozens of dynamic, invincible women determined to create change. I first attended a luncheon hosted by Nechama Shemtov, the leader of the influential Jewish DC organization, Aura, at the Dupont Circle residence of the Ambassador to Colombia. Speakers included actress and Cancer Schmancer founder Fran Drescher, Hadassah Lieberman, and Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin. I then scooted across town to attend a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at the home of philanthropist Edie Fraser, where hundreds of women gathered to help elect the first female president.
As I sat sipping my coffee the next morning with my husband, illustrator Michael Gibbs, I told him that I felt compelled to do something to honor all of the women who work so hard, yet often go unnoticed. He smiled a knowing grin and lifted his eyes to mine. “You know,” he said, “you are going to have to write a book about this.” We clinked our mugs together, and got to work. Within weeks, Mike designed this website, and our Inkandescent PR web guru Max Kukoy programmed it. The book—and a TV series—is in development. Click here to learn about our plans.
I invite you to join us on this journey. Start by perusing the website, beginning with profiles of three amazing women posted below. These rotate, so refresh the homepage to meet three more ladies. To view all of the profiles, click on The Women. The profiles are also sorted by The Industries that these amazing women work in. Then click over to the Submit a Proposal page, and tell me how you are amazing!