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Neelie Kroes
Speaking Up

An assertive leader refuses to compromise her beliefs, and in return, receives respect.

Neelie Kroes European Commission
Nicole Sandifer
Member Stories

Even though she is encouraged to do otherwise, a psychologist takes a risk and starts her own private practice.

Nicole Sandifer Psychotherapist
Karen Harris
Taking Risks

A resource executive transforms a side project into a game-changing initiative.

Karen Harris Director, Macro Trends Group
Nicole Bleidistel
Starting Out

A step into the ancient unknown teaches one students lessons of a lifetime.

Nicole Bleidistel Student
Carlisha Williams
Partner Stories

An ambitious teacher develops an innovative new way to teach leadership.

Carlisha Williams Founder, Women Empowering Nations
Casey Mullins
Overcoming Adversity

After a near-death experience, a brave mother speaks out about a taboo subject.

Casey Mullins Blogger
Brenda Berkman
Member Stories

A first-generation woman firefighter battles discrimination in the FDNY.

Brenda Berkman Firefighter
Janet Gardner
Taking Risks

A resourceful writer learns the universal language of leadership.

Janet Gardner Head of Editorial
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Speaking Up

After experiencing injustice, one woman takes her cause all the way to Capitol Hill.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Senator
Arianna Huffington
Taking Risks

After 37 rejections, an intrepid writer takes a gamble in an effort to get published.

Arianna Huffington President & Editor-in-Chief
Melinda Gates
Taking Risks

A dedicated philanthropist must balance her personal beliefs with her global awareness.

Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Starting Out

A young politician refuses to ‘wait her turn,’ and goes for the big seat.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Congresswoman

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