I enjoy how much my everyday life sends me wonderful topics to write about almost every week. Of course, this week is no exception! I attended a Saturday night gala a few weeks ago in Pittsburgh for the Global Sisterhood of Empowering Women - Common Threads. The group is both founded and headed by international best-selling author Dr. Shellie Hipsky, who urges all women to stand together, to help each other, indeed; to empower each other. Although I was unable to attend the Saturday workshops, (I heard they were amazing) the flavor and feeling of the day - the sharing, the sisterhood, and the caring - was still thick in the air as the evening gala began! And what an impressive group- women came from as far away as South Africa to Singapore to be a part of this wonderful celebration.
Dr. Shellie seems to have combed the earth to find remarkable women to include in her COMMON THREADS TRILOGY and each book is as impressive as the other two. Meeting these women and hearing their stories made for an inspiring evening. (You must take a look at this link! http://www.inspiringlivesinternational.com/common-threads-trilogy/ )
The part I like the best in all of Dr. Shellie's work is this: Life is all about Balance, Inspiration, and Empowerment- and helping others to achieve all of those precious commodities- through sharing, support, and love. You will find no negatives in this group of women or in these books; advice and support are given as freely as smiles. Many of the featured women have heart-wrenching stories and pasts, but all of them have emerged as victors rather than victims. They have endured and flourished, and these fine human beings are helping other women to do the same. The beautiful shared lesson throughout the trilogy is this: these women are completing each other, rather than competing with each other.
I applaud Dr. Shellie's global work and positive influence, but I am not surprised by her success. You see, Dr. Shellie is a teacher- a professor, who knows the value of hard work, as well as the impact of positive feedback, support, and interactions, and the importance urging all students, friends, and colleagues to be the best they can be. I spoke with one of Dr. Shellie's former students who told me: "She was wonderful! She made us feel like we could be anything and anyone we wanted to be!"
I often write in my posts that teachers never know how much of an influence they have on others, and to my way of thinking, that influence is like the butterfly effect- as it ripples on to infinity. So it is with Dr. Shellie's work and the work of all of the women in the COMMON THREADS TRILOGY - they are making a positive difference for others around the world. Definitely worth the read!
This post is published with the approval of Dr. Shellie Hipsky.
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