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Real Men Wear Pink Campaign Kicks Off in Jacksonville

Generation W 2015 speaker Eric Mann, president and CEO of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, is just one of 35 candidates looking to be the top Real Man of the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign kicked-off in Jacksonville earlier this month. Click here to see the entire list of candidates. According to the Times-Union, Real Men candidates volunteered or were nominated by friends. In addition to raising money between now and the Making Strides walk and wearing pink in October,... more...

Meet the 2017 Women of Influence

Congratulations to 2017 Women of Influence     The Jacksonville Business Journal recently announced the 17 women who will be honored as Women of Influence during an event on August 22nd. This award recognizes the women who have helped shape the Jacksonville community and the region overall by their involvement in businesses, non-profits, and the public sector. This year’s winners: Teri Sowder, Cathy Chambers, Charu Raheja, Heather Quick, Ellen Sullivan, Lynne Elliott, Tracey Westbrook,... more...

Maccabi USA Women’s Basketball Brings Home GOLD

Congratulations to Coach Sherry Levin and the Maccabi USA Women’s Basketball team on bringing home the GOLD during the 20th World Maccabiah Games. As Coach Sherry said in a recent Facebook post: “Time to pack our gold medals, memories and head home. ‘Two weeks to experience. A lifetime to remember.’ Shalom Israel.” See the post-game celebration below.      

Inspiration for Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, July 18, 2009, via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly. “It is in your hands to make the world a better place,” he said a year earlier. Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place as we celebrate his life and legacy in sustainable ways that will bring about enduring change.  Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s... more...

For the LOVE of the Game

Sports has been a language of love and opportunity for me for most of my life. My passion still burns hot when it comes to the values and benefits that sports deliver, and how important it is for young girls to have every opportunity to participate. It’s been a few weeks of pure delight as I am still relishing from the wonderful gathering at the #BlogHer17 event and the great conversation I had with amazing women such as Laurie Hernandez, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Dani Rylan and Gabby Reece. One of... more...

Help Raise Funds for Homeless Duval County Students

A startling statistic: 2,700 students enrolled in Duval County Public Schools are homeless.   The I’m A Star Foundation is hosting a charity basketball event on July 22nd to help raise funds that will help provide assistance for homeless students in Duval County Public Schools. The Jacksonville HELPS event will include a basketball tournament for high school players followed by a celebrity basketball game that will include many members of our Generation W community including Donna Orender,... more...

The Importance of Educating Girls

On this day in 2014, Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations on her 16th birthday. “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world.” Her words were powerful and her message continues to resonate today as we work to ensure that girls throughout the world have access to education. “Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school,” states The World Bank. “It is also about ensuring that girls learn... more...

Help Taylor Richardson Pay It Forward

You may remember Taylor Richardson (aka Astronaut StarBright) from Generation WOW and Generation W.  She was the powerhouse teen whose Hidden Figures campaign not only raised almost $20,000 to send over a 1000 youth to see the film, but it also inspired people to do campaigns in over 28 states in 72 cities raising over $120,000! She’s a girl on a mission to bring more girls to the table where they are not represented.  Representation matters–and now you can help Taylor and other girls... more...

Chocolate Has Its Benefits

It’s World Chocolate Day and just so you don’t feel bad about eating a few more pieces of sweetness, we are sharing this great infographic from Renegade Wellbeing about the real health benefits you receive from chocolate.  Enjoy!  

Creating Content for the Greater Good

Last week, I had the honor of being part of the Main Stage at #BlogHer17, the largest gathering in the country for women content creators, entrepreneurs, and industry luminaries. During a time when fake news and cyber bullying are a part of our everyday discussions and news feeds, it was nice to spend a weekend surrounded by thought leaders who were using social media to create a positive impact in this world. We can all contribute to the positive voices that elevate. I could not have been more proud to... more...