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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


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

Tara Sheahan's Conscious Global Leadership

Who she is: The wildest thing happened to Tara Sheahan when she was 35. Trained as an elite athlete in cross-country skiing, she found her dream job as a VP in sports marketing and television. She left the corporate world to become “Super Mom,” and raised two young boys with husband Casey, a former CEO and president of the outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia who is now with Backbone Media. Then she contracted Lyme disease.

What she does: Losing the ability to walk, think, or function without pain, she searched for that “magic pill” to cure herself, and discovered true healing through an understanding of the body-mind connection. She spent the next 15 years becoming an expert in the “art of inner listening,” using meditation and mindfulness practices to understand how thoughts influence health, well-being, and success. Sheahan recovered from chronic illness to nearly qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, at the age of 45. Through immersions, workshops, private coaching, and mentoring, Sheahan has introduced and taught mindfulness at eBay, The Aspen Institute, the World Caring Conference, New York’s “Peaceweek,” and with corporate clients and impact leaders across the world. Today, Sheahan is rocking the world — one soul at a time.

Why she does it: As the founder of Conscious Global Leadership, she has created an organization whose mission is to support leadership development through mindfulness training and emotional intelligence. “CGL’s curriculum is results-oriented, and designed for personal and business growth,” says Sheahan, whom we met at the 2013 Conscious Capitalism Conference. “It won’t take long before everyone is a little more conscious,” insists this dynamo, who is doing everything she can to ignite global social harmony by strengthening the character and consciousness of leaders across all fields. “We aim to share best ‘inner’ practices and how to mentor others for heart-centered living and leadership.”

Author Jessica Hagy

Who she is: Why is it important to be interesting? That’s the question author Jessica Hagy answers in her ingenious primer that offers 10 ways to live at the intersection of wonder, awe, and curiosity.

What she does: Creates. “Life moves fast, and interesting people get remembered,” explains Hagy, known for her Webby Award–winning blog, Indexed, and her cartoons that regularly appear in The New York Times. “If you’re looking for a job, or a date, or even to make a friend, standing out has never been more important. And there’s standing out in a good way (being interesting), and there’s standing out in a bad way (being nightmare fodder).”

Why she does it: “You want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. (Who doesn’t?) But sometimes it takes a nudge, a wake-up call, an intervention!—and a little help. This is where Jessica Hagy comes in. A writer and illustrator of great economy, charm, and insight, she’s created How to Be Interesting, a uniquely inspirational how-to that combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts.”

Shoe Fashion Designer Xiomara Arroyo, founder of Xiomara Lisette

Who she is: Xiomara Arroyo is the founder and chief designer at Xiomara Lisette, a Miami-based fashion firm that designs and manufactures high-end shoes.

What she does: “We create chic shoes that appeal to the glamorous side of every woman,” Arroyo explains, noting that her role models have always been the strong, passionate, and colorful women in her family—women who embrace fun fashion and live life to the fullest.

Why she does it: “I design my shoes for them, because I know they want to feel sexy and stylish, but they also want to be comfortable. That’s the formula for every shoe that I design.”