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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

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

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


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”:”:http://trulyamazingwomen.com/submit-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

Kathleen Tullie, director, BOKS Kids

epidemic proportions,” says Kathleen Tullie, director of Reebok’s nonprofit organization, BOKS Kids. “Experts agree that inactivity and poor eating habits not only contribute to obesity but also have a negative impact on academic performance.”

What she does: Tullie is determined to get kids moving. Her fun, inclusive, BOKS before-school program is designed to provide elementary-aged children with the tools they need to jump-start their day and their lives.

Why she does it: “Reebok’s top leaders are truly interested in getting kids moving,” she says, noting the company has invested “a few million” in the nonprofit organization. “What is so critical to the success of this program is to keep things growing virally. I call it ‘mom and dad equity,’ and if we can get parents involved in hundreds of schools across the country, I think the impact on our kids—their health, well-being, and brain development—will be profound.”

Alice Lloyd, owner, Bartlett Pear Inn

*Who she is: Jordan and Alice Lloyd were boyfriend and girlfriend in the 4th grade. That was back in 1987 at Easton Elementary School. Although they both went off to have adventures on their own, today the couple is back on the Eastern Shore—and owners of the two-year-old Bartlett Pear Inn and Restaurant, which has become one of the hottest spots for romantic getaways in Talbot County.

*What she does: The restaurant has received the #1 rating out of 18 restaurants in Easton by TripAdvisor.com, and Zagat, which gave it the highest ratings in all of the restaurants it surveyed in DC and Baltimore.

Why she does it: The seven rooms of the Bartlett Pear Inn (including the Starkrimson Pear room, pictured right), are all named after pears, and each is uniquely decorated by Alice, who takes pride in giving each suite a special, personal touch. “We really have fun playing with the pear theme,” she admits, noting that it was Jordan who chose the moniker. “Bartlett is my middle name, and he thought we make a great pair. He also uses pears in many of his dishes. That’s the story, and he loves to tell it. It is pretty sweet.”

McKinsey & Co's Joanna Barsh

Who she is: Researcher and author of the 2009 groundbreaking book, “How Remarkable Women Lead.”

What she does: With fellow McKinsey consultant Susie Cranston, she says they began hunting down the academic and scientific knowledge needed to underpin what they were observing about women in the workplace.

Why she does it: “Many had overcome serious obstacles and painful setbacks, but they didn’t spiral down when things went wrong. They swung into action and kept moving ahead. They were doers and fixers.” Meaning undergirded everything in their lives, she notes, for it established the right motivation and helped women identify their direction.”