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Here's to the women who are making strides and changing lives! How are you Truly Amazing?

Hope Katz Gibbs, author / creator, Truly Amazing Women, LLC Host, Truly Amazing Women TV

Fran Drescher

Author Alice Hoffman

Karen Hanrahan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Human Rights and Democracy, Obama Administration

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Dr. Helen Fisher, author "Why Him? Why Her?"

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Photographer Maggie Winters

Lindsey Kittredge, co-founder, The Shooting Touch

Lindsey Kittredge, co-founder, The Shooting Touch

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"

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

Alece Birnbach

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

Golden Books Publisher Cathy Goldsmith Photo by Mike Meskin

Author Margie Warrell, "Find Your Courage"

Shoe Designer Xiomara Arroyo, owner and founder, Xiomara Lisette

Intuitive Guide Eliel Fionn

Principal Nardos King

Roz Schanzer

Laurie Strongin and baby Henry

Shoshana Grove

Wendy Smith, author, "Give a Little"

Children's book author Beverly Cleary

Stephanie Bunt and her family

Lisa McLeod

Artist Sally Wern Comport, Art At Large

Kathleen Jo Ryan

Nell Merlino

Analena Valdes Graham, MASH PIT

Barbara Lee Shaw

Paulette Brown

Kate Ludeman

Meg Carnes

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"

Roxanne Ladd

Travel Writer Carla King

Travel Writer Lisa Alpine

Welcome

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!

I look forward to meeting you!Hope hope@hopegibbs.comInkandescent PR

Meet more of our Truly Amazing Women

Bestselling Author Caroline Leavitt

Who she is: Author of nine books, including her latest, “Pictures of You.”

What she does: “In my books, I delve into difficult situations and work them out,” she says. “It’s where I put all the things I’m afraid of and obsess about. This makes me a much happier person in regular life.”

Why she does it: “I’m always obsessed with what pulls people together, and what tugs them apart, particularly families,” the award-winning novelist explains. “I love to try to figure out how people are their best, or their worst, in difficult situations.”

Smile Network International Founder Kim Valentini

Who she is: Kim founded Smile Network International in May 2003 after 25 years in public relations and marketing.

What she does: Her travels with Smile Network have taken her to the far corners of the earth and off the beaten path. She has met with dignitaries of foreign countries, traveled to remote, poverty-stricken villages, and met hundreds of families and children along the way whose lives have been changed as a result of the free reconstructive surgeries.

Why she does it: “Every year thousands of children are born in developing countries with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates and suffer the humiliation and embarrassment of disfigurement,” explains Kim. “The mission of Smile Network International is straightforward: to reconstruct lives one bright, smiling face at a time.”

School Communications Matters, Say Meg Carnes, Kitty Porterfield

Who they are: For years, Meg Carnes (pictured here) and Kitty Porterfield (pictured inside, click to read more) worked as the leaders of the communications department of Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern VA.

What they do: Soon after retiring in 2007, this dynamic duo opened a communications consulting firm and published their first book, “Why School Communications Matters.”

Why they do it: “Good communication increases parent involvement in the school,” the long-time school communications insist. “Many school and family collaborations have demonstrated that parent involvement is a key ingredient in higher student achievement. Good communication between the school and parents—and between the school district and the community—creates a climate of trust and respect in which teachers can teach and students can learn. Good communication builds a team—that team we are always talking about—that team that surrounds and supports a student so that he or she can succeed.”