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Sophie Stach Virgilio

From Occupied Poland to Asbury Park, NJ – An Author is Born at 80

  I begin my book, Goat in the Attic, with a note about my Mamusia, Aunt Katherine. . . As a child, I always thought Aunt Katherine was my Mother. ...

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Rehmah Kasule 2019

Born a Village Girl — Became a Global Social Entrepreneur

Who could have imagined that after growing up in a village in Uganda, I would have met President Obama or that I would now be participating in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, the...

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Finding Joy and Purpose in Laos

I was born in Switzerland in 1980, a very sporty and temperamental little girl. During my teenage years, I first studied languages, then sociology and political science and eventually earned a degree in marketing. Later,...

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Donna Ongsiako

On a Mission to Help Survivors of Violent Crimes.

I’ve lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey, my entire life.  My daughter, Kiersten, was born the day after I turned 20.  I was young, single and unprepared but I had a lot of support from...

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Menopause Meets Its Match.

Growing up in the northeast of England in a working class neighbourhood meant that there was lots of opportunity for me to be led astray.  As I started high school and, in a concerted effort...

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Denise Woodard Partake Foods

My Child’s Frightening Food Allergies Sparked a Passion Within Me

My entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to education, were nurtured by my parents.  I grew up in a small town in Fayetteville, North Carolina to an African American father and a Korean mother.  While my father...

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Everyone has a Story — I wrote mine at 60.

I believe that everyone has a story.  Storytelling is an art form as old as mankind, and as an editor and teacher, I’ve been privileged to spend most of my adult life coaxing stories out...

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Patti Pao Grit and Soul

Twenty-Five Years to an Overnight Success!

Full disclosure, I grew up hearing I was ugly, dumb, fat, lazy and wouldn’t amount to much.  I heard this from my parents.  My father, in particular, would tell me I should be further along...

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Unexpected Path for a Champion of First Generation College Students

From Actress to Entrepreneur I’ve always followed my own zig zagged path through life. I went to Wellesley College wanting to be a Supreme Court Justice but ended up going to acting school. Ah, remember...

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Digging Up Your Buried Dream at Any Age

I’ve known I was a writer since I was three. I was one of eight kids, and when you grow up in those great big families, you desperately want something that’s just yours to make...

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An Accidental Tour Guide to the Arctic

I’ve taken the scenic route through, well, just about everything in my life! I was married for about 5 minutes in my 20’s (his folks lived in a castle in Portugal, what was a girl...

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