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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

Art and Soul Artist J. Ruth Gendler

Who she is: J. Ruth Gendler is a best-selling author, nationally exhibiting artist, and educator who has worked as an artist in the schools and led writing workshops for adults and children for 25 years.

What she does: Writes books, which include “The Book of Qualities,” “Changing Light,” and “Notes on the Need for Beauty.”

Why she does it: “I am interested in living in a world where people are encouraged to be more creative, compassionate, curious, courteous, soulful, and lively,” she says.

Isis Dallis Keigwin's Camellia Network

Who she is: “Two years ago, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, one of my dearest friends (and now best-selling author of The Language of Flowers), approached me with a question: What can we do to help the nearly 30,000 young people in this country who are forced to leave the foster care system on their 18th birthday?” explains Isis Dallis Keigwin, co-founder of the Camellia Network

What the does: “Like most people, however, I never thought about what happened when those kids reached a certain age without being adopted. The thought that they ‘aged out’ of foster care and were sent out into the world—often with no more than a garbage bag of belongings, expected to navigate the journey to adulthood alone with no family or support networks—never entered my mind.”

Why she does it: “In June of 2011 I left my career in search of an answer to Vanessa’s question. I figured that if I could get ordinary people to care deeply about what kind of jeans they buy, what kind of soda they drink, or believe in the magic of a theme park, I could most certainly get them to care about kids who have been abused, neglected, removed from their homes and neighborhoods to live with strangers, shuffled from house to house, school to school, and then dumped out on the world’s doorstep without a plan. It would be easy to get people to care about that, right? Little did I know, it would become the most difficult and rewarding work of my life.”

Karen Salmansohn, author, "How to Be Happy, Dammit"

Who she is: Karen Salmansohn is an author whose first blockbuster “How to Make Your Man Behave in 21 Days or Less Using the Secrets of Professional Dog Trainers,” sold more than 450,000 copies.

What she does: The ex-senior VP award-winning ad writer/creative director (at age 27) who left her successful advertising career to pursue her passion of writing. Salmansohn is now a best-selling author and book packager (with more than 1 million books sold) known for creating a new breed of books — “Self-help for people who would never be caught dead reading self-help.” Or: “Self-help books you can give as a gift — and not get slapped, because they look kinda cool.” Some titles: “How to Be Happy Dammit,” “Enough Dammit,” “The Bounce Back Book,” and many more. Journalists call Salmansohn, “Deepak Chopra Meets Carrie Bradshaw,” because of how she merges empowering psychology/philosophy tips with edgy humor and stylish graphics.

Why she does it: “My mission is to perk up even the most cynical spirit,” says the author, who accomplishes it with How to Be Happy, Dammit. “This self-help book that merges psychology, biology, Eastern and Western philosophies, quantum physics, and the Zen of Bazooka Joe. Think love and happiness have passed you by? Think again.”