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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

Sophia Nelson, author, "Black Women Redefined"

Who she is: Sophia Nelson is an attorney and a social and political contributor for MSNBC, who has also been a guest analyst for CNN, NPR, and BET. For the last decade, has been a strong voice in the discussion about the conditions of women in the U.S.

What she does: Spreads the word about the realities of black women today in her new book, Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama.

Why she does it: “My hope is that the book will gently urge all college-educated black women, especially the generation of young aspiring professionals in their 20s and 30s, to reject stereotypes and predictable outcomes by redefining themselves,” she says. For this group of black women (which numbers in the millions) to find lasting satisfaction, she believes they must begin to understand their unique experiences, family patterns, social contexts, and spiritual strengths—rather than focusing on weaknesses and limitations. “Only then can we rid ourselves of that hard exterior and reveal our innate beauty, brilliance, compassion, sensuality, and soul. Then we can be free not only to thrive in our careers, but in our personal lives as well.”

Kristina Bouweiri, CEO, Reston Limo

Who she is: Owner, Reston Limousine

What she does: Runs a $15 million transportation company that has a fleet of buses, limos, and cars. Her company services some of Washington D.C.‘s largest corporations such as Fannie Mae, The George Mason University, the MCI Center, and dozens of others.

Why she does it: “I learned years ago that having fun was truly the key to success,” says the CEO who now plays on the company softball team and sponsors Survivor parties for her staff. “If you invest in making your employees and customers happy, it comes back 100 times.”

Artist Whitney Sherman

Who she is: Trained as a photographer, self-taught in illustration and design, Whitney Sherman’s work has been represented in American Illustration, Communication Arts, AIGA, Society of Publication Design, Society of Illustrators of NY and Los Angeles, Print Regional and Print casebooks, as well as the Art Director’s Club of New York, San Francisco, DC, and Baltimore.

What she does: She has served as a lecturer, panelist, and moderator on numerous occasions, and her work is regularly commissioned by the NY Times, Business Week, Forbes and other national magazines as well as by design firms such as Tolleson Design/SF, national institutions such as the Ad Council and the American Red Cross, and publishers such as Clarkson Potter, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press. She has served on the ICON Board twice [ICON4 & ICON5] as Events co-chair and as president, respectively.

Why she does it: “My grandmother was an amateur painter, weaver, baker, and seamstress, so she inspired me at a very early age, and my parents were very supportive.”