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Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day - a day to talk and raise awareness about a global issue that is happening in the shadows, a billion dollar black market industry.
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Ive tagged some of my favorite organizations and brands working to help end slavery. Below I’ve also shared questions by Homeland Security to ask yourself if you feel you meet someone who is being trafficked. All of us hold within us the power to create change - it only takes a few small acts by people who care.
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• “Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations or houses of worship?
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• Has a child stopped attending school?
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• Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
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• Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
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• Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
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• Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
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• Is the person fearful, timid or submissive?
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• Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep or medical care?
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• Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
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• Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
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• Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
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• Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
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• Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?”
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#HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay
Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day - a day to talk and raise awareness about a global issue that is happening in the shadows, a billion dollar black market industry. . . . Ive tagged some of my favorite organizations and brands working to help end slavery. Below I’ve also shared questions by Homeland Security to ask yourself if you feel you meet someone who is being trafficked. All of us hold within us the power to create change - it only takes a few small acts by people who care. . . . • “Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations or houses of worship? . • Has a child stopped attending school? . • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior? . • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts? . • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse? . • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing? . • Is the person fearful, timid or submissive? . • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep or medical care? . • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to? . • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say? . • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions? . • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation? . • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?” . #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay 
“Think about what you love to do. I guarantee there is a way to incorporate charitable efforts within your passion project…and it will make it so much more rewarding.” – Alyssa Parella, Brighter Future NYE
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As this week’s WCW Spotlight feature, Alyssa is sharing about combing her passion for event planning with giving back. .
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Learn more about Alyssa,  Brighter Future NYE, and how she making a difference for the @myfriendsplace group by clicking the link in my bio! .
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#WCWSpotlight #BrighterFutureNYE
“Think about what you love to do. I guarantee there is a way to incorporate charitable efforts within your passion project…and it will make it so much more rewarding.” – Alyssa Parella, Brighter Future NYE . . . As this week’s WCW Spotlight feature, Alyssa is sharing about combing her passion for event planning with giving back. . . . Learn more about Alyssa, Brighter Future NYE, and how she making a difference for the @myfriendsplace group by clicking the link in my bio! . . . #WCWSpotlight  #BrighterFutureNYE 
Merry Christmas to all - and to all a good night!
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#MakeMealtimeMatter
So excited to see my friends @scenerybags featured on @newyorklivetv today!
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If you’re looking for gifts that give back for your favorite theatre lovers, Scenery Bags are the perfect gift as they are made from retired theatre back drops. Plus each bag is a limited edition, making them extra special.
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You can learn more about Scenery Bags and find more gifts that give by clicking that little link in my profile.
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#GivingIsMyStyle
So excited to see my friends @scenerybags featured on @newyorklivetv today! . . . If you’re looking for gifts that give back for your favorite theatre lovers, Scenery Bags are the perfect gift as they are made from retired theatre back drops. Plus each bag is a limited edition, making them extra special. . . . You can learn more about Scenery Bags and find more gifts that give by clicking that little link in my profile. . . . #GivingIsMyStyle 
"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." .
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If you haven't seen it already, I've shared a few of my favorite gifts that also give.
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You can check them out by clicking the link in my profile. .
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What are some of your favorite gifts to give that also give back? .
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#GivingIsMyStyle
"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." . . . If you haven't seen it already, I've shared a few of my favorite gifts that also give. . . . You can check them out by clicking the link in my profile. . . . What are some of your favorite gifts to give that also give back? . . . #GivingIsMyStyle 
It’s a time of year where magic happens everywhere. Where strangers are kinder. Everyone is more generous. And we allow ourselves to look at the world as we remember it as a kid.
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One of the ways you can help make wishes come true this year is by sharing Y O U R ears. They can be Mickey ears like mine, or ones you create yourself.
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And for every Share Your Ears photo shared (using the official hashtag below), Disney Parks Will donate $5 to @makeawishamerica - up to $1 million.
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So be a kid again, if only just for a moment, and help grant a wish for a kid that could use some extra magic.
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#ShareYourEars
It’s a time of year where magic happens everywhere. Where strangers are kinder. Everyone is more generous. And we allow ourselves to look at the world as we remember it as a kid. . . . One of the ways you can help make wishes come true this year is by sharing Y O U R ears. They can be Mickey ears like mine, or ones you create yourself. . . . And for every Share Your Ears photo shared (using the official hashtag below), Disney Parks Will donate $5 to @makeawishamerica - up to $1 million. . . . So be a kid again, if only just for a moment, and help grant a wish for a kid that could use some extra magic. . . . #ShareYourEars 
One ofy favorite holiday traditions is playing Card Fairy and sending holiday cards to those in the hospital this holiday season. .
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This year I'm teaming up with @mirellanazarian and sending cards to the patients of @cityofhope in Los Angeles, who are too sick to join their families for the holidays. .
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You can too if you'd like (DM or comment below for the address) or send them to a hospital in your area.
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How are you giving back this holiday season? .
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#OperationCardFairy
One ofy favorite holiday traditions is playing Card Fairy and sending holiday cards to those in the hospital this holiday season. . . . This year I'm teaming up with @mirellanazarian and sending cards to the patients of @cityofhope in Los Angeles, who are too sick to join their families for the holidays. . . . You can too if you'd like (DM or comment below for the address) or send them to a hospital in your area. . . . How are you giving back this holiday season? . . . #OperationCardFairy 
While I didn't actually get to spend the day volunteering with these two lovely ladies, I did spend Giving Tuesday supporting several organizations whose missions align with my passions and heart. .
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How did you give back today? Why is it important for you to give back, not only today, but any day of the year? I would love to learn a bit more about what drives you!
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#GivingTuesdays
While I didn't actually get to spend the day volunteering with these two lovely ladies, I did spend Giving Tuesday supporting several organizations whose missions align with my passions and heart. . . . How did you give back today? Why is it important for you to give back, not only today, but any day of the year? I would love to learn a bit more about what drives you! . . . #GivingTuesdays 
Savoring the last few hours of the holiday weekend by Shopping For Good today. .
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Today, I choose to shop and support brands that are in it for good. Not only do they make beautiful things that are ethically made and sourced, they use their profits to give back in some way. .
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I love this movement - prioritizing Shopping For Good over shopping for a deal. I hope you'll join me in Shopping For Good today as well. .
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I've tagged some of my favorite For Good brands in case you need a little inspiration. Most are not pictured.
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The bag you do see in this photo is by @scenerybags and my new "never leave home without out it" bag. Not only is it made by one of my most favorite people in the world, she transforms old theatre back drops into beautiful, limited edition bags, saving them from a slow death in a landfill. Additionally, proceeds go to providing a way for at risk you to attend a Broadway show. .
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What are some of your favorite For Good brands? I always love to about new people doing good in the world. .
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#ShopForGoodSunday
Savoring the last few hours of the holiday weekend by Shopping For Good today. . . . Today, I choose to shop and support brands that are in it for good. Not only do they make beautiful things that are ethically made and sourced, they use their profits to give back in some way. . . . I love this movement - prioritizing Shopping For Good over shopping for a deal. I hope you'll join me in Shopping For Good today as well. . . . I've tagged some of my favorite For Good brands in case you need a little inspiration. Most are not pictured. . . . The bag you do see in this photo is by @scenerybags and my new "never leave home without out it" bag. Not only is it made by one of my most favorite people in the world, she transforms old theatre back drops into beautiful, limited edition bags, saving them from a slow death in a landfill. Additionally, proceeds go to providing a way for at risk you to attend a Broadway show. . . . What are some of your favorite For Good brands? I always love to about new people doing good in the world. . . . #ShopForGoodSunday 
Happy Thanksgiving from me, Andrea, and the rest of the @pathpartners team!!!
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Hope yours has been has been as fun as mine thus far. Spent the morning with PATH serving Thanksgiving Dinner to fun group of clients at @pinktaco. Saw a few friendly faces from our Mother's Day event, which was a great surprise.
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Check out Instastories if you want to see how the day went.
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What is everyone doing to celebrate today? .
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#MakingItHome
Happy Thanksgiving from me, Andrea, and the rest of the @pathpartners team!!! . . . Hope yours has been has been as fun as mine thus far. Spent the morning with PATH serving Thanksgiving Dinner to fun group of clients at @pinktaco. Saw a few friendly faces from our Mother's Day event, which was a great surprise. . . . Check out Instastories if you want to see how the day went. . . . What is everyone doing to celebrate today? . . . #MakingItHome 
I love this time of year because people consistently surprise you with their generosity.
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I find that throughout the year people are more generous than you'd imagine. But this time of year, the most unsuspecting people shoot up and give above what is imagined.
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Today we invited @thepeopleconcern to join us at @owntv to share about the work they are doing for the homeless community in Los Angeles. And we were able to send them "home" with all the bags and boxes you see behind us.
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The biggest lesson I've learned in life is that it doesn't take much to touch the life of another. And what may seem small and insignificant to you, may mean a world of difference to a stranger.
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So never stop doing the small things. They add up to big things.
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#Homeless
I love this time of year because people consistently surprise you with their generosity. . . . I find that throughout the year people are more generous than you'd imagine. But this time of year, the most unsuspecting people shoot up and give above what is imagined. . . . Today we invited @thepeopleconcern to join us at @owntv to share about the work they are doing for the homeless community in Los Angeles. And we were able to send them "home" with all the bags and boxes you see behind us. . . . The biggest lesson I've learned in life is that it doesn't take much to touch the life of another. And what may seem small and insignificant to you, may mean a world of difference to a stranger. . . . So never stop doing the small things. They add up to big things. . . . #Homeless 
This week is Homeless Awareness Week. And for those who have been here awhile, you know the homeless community holds a special place in my heart.
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Not too long ago, when I was laid off after work for a company that didn't pay me for six months, I wrote my last check to cover my housing. It was all I had left. If I didn't find a job or pick up temp work, I was going to be in BIG trouble.
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And that changed me. It helped me understand how easy it is to become homeless. It's that job that lays you off. Or that critical illness sneaking in, incapacitating you. .
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I was lucky to have a safety net. But most don't. You don't end up homeless because you're lazy, or because you don't want to work. You end up there because life happens. And sometimes the rug gets pulled out from under you.
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There are many great agencies working to resolve the homeless crisis our nation is facing - over half a million people are homeless in the US, with children making up 25% of that community.
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But homelessness is a complex issue that takes a lot of time and energy to address. I've tagged a few great organizations and people working to address this issue. Would love to learn about some of your favorite organizations you work with as well. Tag them below and share their great work.
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#HomelessnessAwarenessWeek
This week is Homeless Awareness Week. And for those who have been here awhile, you know the homeless community holds a special place in my heart. . . . Not too long ago, when I was laid off after work for a company that didn't pay me for six months, I wrote my last check to cover my housing. It was all I had left. If I didn't find a job or pick up temp work, I was going to be in BIG trouble. . . . And that changed me. It helped me understand how easy it is to become homeless. It's that job that lays you off. Or that critical illness sneaking in, incapacitating you. . . . I was lucky to have a safety net. But most don't. You don't end up homeless because you're lazy, or because you don't want to work. You end up there because life happens. And sometimes the rug gets pulled out from under you. . . . There are many great agencies working to resolve the homeless crisis our nation is facing - over half a million people are homeless in the US, with children making up 25% of that community. . . . But homelessness is a complex issue that takes a lot of time and energy to address. I've tagged a few great organizations and people working to address this issue. Would love to learn about some of your favorite organizations you work with as well. Tag them below and share their great work. . . . #HomelessnessAwarenessWeek 
Im sad to be sharing yet another post of ways to help victims and survivors of a horrible act of hatred. .
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On of the best things you can do to help, not just Sutherland Springs, but any future emergencies is to give blood.
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Hospitals can only keep blood for 42 days, so make it a monthly habit. Not only is it something easy and (realtively) painless, you can help save lives.
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I've shared other ways to give - check them out by clicking the link in my profile.
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And please share your favorite ways to give when situations like this occur in the comments below.
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#PrayForSutherlandSprings
Im sad to be sharing yet another post of ways to help victims and survivors of a horrible act of hatred. . . . On of the best things you can do to help, not just Sutherland Springs, but any future emergencies is to give blood. . . . Hospitals can only keep blood for 42 days, so make it a monthly habit. Not only is it something easy and (realtively) painless, you can help save lives. . . . I've shared other ways to give - check them out by clicking the link in my profile. . . . And please share your favorite ways to give when situations like this occur in the comments below. . . . #PrayForSutherlandSprings 
Every year, over 3.2 million students are bullied and every day approximately 160,000 teens skip school to avoid their bullies.
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We have the power to change these facts. But only if we choose to shine a light and Stick It To Bullying.
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So join me and @paulmitchellus in spreading love and words of positive encouragement to those 3.2 million students.
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We promise it gets better and that Y O U matter. There are thousands of us waiting with excitement to see your gifts unfold to the world.
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#StickItToBullying
Every year, over 3.2 million students are bullied and every day approximately 160,000 teens skip school to avoid their bullies. . . . We have the power to change these facts. But only if we choose to shine a light and Stick It To Bullying. . . . So join me and @paulmitchellus in spreading love and words of positive encouragement to those 3.2 million students. . . . We promise it gets better and that Y O U matter. There are thousands of us waiting with excitement to see your gifts unfold to the world. . . . #StickItToBullying 
Today I joined millions of others in wearing purple for  @glaad Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying.
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October is Bullying Awareness Month, so I'm joining @paulmitchellus and @neonhair to Sitck It To Bullying - all forms of bullying.
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Remember, you are enough. You matter. You bring something unique to the world that all of us are the better for.
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#StickItToBullying
Today I joined millions of others in wearing purple for @glaad Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying. . . . October is Bullying Awareness Month, so I'm joining @paulmitchellus and @neonhair to Sitck It To Bullying - all forms of bullying. . . . Remember, you are enough. You matter. You bring something unique to the world that all of us are the better for. . . . #StickItToBullying 
Today I celebrated my birthday walking and raising awareness for the millions who live their lives unseen. It's a tradition started three years ago with my loves, @linenlaceandlove.
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I walked in solidarity with thousands of people around the globe, organized by @a21. Personally, I was lucky to have dear friends who chose to spend their morning being uncomfortable for a few hours to help those who spend their lives uncomfortable and forgotten.
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It's my favorite birthday tradition and I hope to one day live to see this tradition come to an end. Because all deserve to live freely in a free world.
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But until that day, I'll keep walking and I'll keep writing. Because none of us are free unless all of us are free.
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#WalkForFreedom
Today I celebrated my birthday walking and raising awareness for the millions who live their lives unseen. It's a tradition started three years ago with my loves, @linenlaceandlove. . . . I walked in solidarity with thousands of people around the globe, organized by @a21. Personally, I was lucky to have dear friends who chose to spend their morning being uncomfortable for a few hours to help those who spend their lives uncomfortable and forgotten. . . . It's my favorite birthday tradition and I hope to one day live to see this tradition come to an end. Because all deserve to live freely in a free world. . . . But until that day, I'll keep walking and I'll keep writing. Because none of us are free unless all of us are free. . . . #WalkForFreedom 
"Do not go gentle into that good night, but rage, rage against the dying of the light" - Dylan Thomas
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There are no words I can offer that could comfort the grieving families and loved ones of those we lost today.
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My heart is heavy tonight. Heavy from the events of last night. Heavy from the many, many other mass shootings that have come before this.
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In addition to sending love and prayers to those grieving, we can do something to honor the legacy of those we've lost. I've shared ways you can take action ("rage" against the dying light) and contribute - just click the link in my profile if you need some inspiration.
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#PrayForVegas
"Do not go gentle into that good night, but rage, rage against the dying of the light" - Dylan Thomas . . . There are no words I can offer that could comfort the grieving families and loved ones of those we lost today. . . . My heart is heavy tonight. Heavy from the events of last night. Heavy from the many, many other mass shootings that have come before this. . . . In addition to sending love and prayers to those grieving, we can do something to honor the legacy of those we've lost. I've shared ways you can take action ("rage" against the dying light) and contribute - just click the link in my profile if you need some inspiration. . . . #PrayForVegas 
Women who support women are my favorite types of people. .
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An early WCW spotlight on the lovely @saren.dipity tonight. Not only does she dedicate her time to empowering women by creating leadership opportunities in Uganda through mentorship programs with @thegloweffect, she hosts EmpowHer conferences here to train the next generation of female leaders. .
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Super excited to learn from Saren and the many other women who will be at the EmpowHer conference this Thursday. If you want to join me in attending, click that link my profile. .
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Can't wait to see you there! .
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#EmpowHer
Women who support women are my favorite types of people. . . . An early WCW spotlight on the lovely @saren.dipity tonight. Not only does she dedicate her time to empowering women by creating leadership opportunities in Uganda through mentorship programs with @thegloweffect, she hosts EmpowHer conferences here to train the next generation of female leaders. . . . Super excited to learn from Saren and the many other women who will be at the EmpowHer conference this Thursday. If you want to join me in attending, click that link my profile. . . . Can't wait to see you there! . . . #EmpowHer