Amber Barnes: Provocateur, Facilitator and Champion of Growth. CEO of StartHuman.

Amber Barnes, CEO of StartHuman, guides people and the organizations they create “towards outstanding business results in a way that works for and celebrates humanity.” Speaking to Amber made me think of this quote from Robert Browning: “Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character.”

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Lynzie Hazan: World Traveler, Light Worker, and Bonphotage Photographer

It is always a blessing when a photographer is able to capture the glimmer of light, allowing us into a moment through our imagination and the artist’s vision. I had the pleasure of meeting such a soul in Lynzie Hazan. Lynzie’s gift is her ability to capture the soft, velvety plushness of a flower petal, the magic mischievousness in a puppy’s eye, and the vivid sparkle of love between two people.

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Casey Cassandra Scherrer, Lover of Life and Chief Curator at VEIL Event Design

Ask Casey Cassandra to describe herself and the first thing she will tell you is, “I am a fan of life.” The power of flowers and plants to heal and comfort is universal. And, so, I not only introduce you to Casey but make a request: fill your social media feed with flowers.

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Nic Strack, Adventurer of Soulful Journeys and Host of Perspective Perspoctive

Nic is a woman of many passions and a facilitator of conversations. She throws it down so we can pick it all up with her and learn more about ourselves and each other. Nic has recently launched a new show on YouTube called Perspective Perspoctive where she tackles this big issue of how we use our words - for ourselves, for each other, for our community. 

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Brittany Campbell: Pixel Pusher, Children's Book Writer, Maker of Good Things.

Brittany Campbell, a designer at Groupon, children’s book writer, and budding Etsy merchant, has the spark, heard the whisper, and is responding to the call. Women who embrace #ClimbYourOwnLadder start by finding and following their own compass. Brittany’s story is about this compass as well as about pursuing the good. As she says, it’s not enough to just make things and pursue goodness - we must make good things with purpose.

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Alex Ellison: Mover, Shaker, Queen of Little Earthquakes. Founder of Dunce Labs.

I bet you have an Inner Mover and Shaker. I bet the earth trembles with little earthquakes when you step into your truth, especially when everyone else thinks you’re crazy. The very embodiment of an entrepreneur inspiring positive change is Alex Ellison, the Queen of Little Earthquakes. Alex created Dunce Labs for the sole purpose of creating meaning in the lives of those she serves: high school students. 

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Jazmin Williams: Visionary for Positive Change. Advocate for Mothers. Founder of Rouge Lioness.

Jazmin is a social entrepreneur and founder of Rouge Lioness, an online hub for young, urban mothers that provides awareness, assistance, and advocacy to encourage better outcomes for young women and their children. She bore her business from her own experience as a brilliant, strong young woman who has experienced marriage, pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, divorce, and domestic violence. Jazmin’s story is a tale in which she is the savior, the heroine, and the fairy all rolled into one. Forget the Princess, meet the Lioness.

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Melissa Levi: Trainer. Guru. Songwriter. Founder of You Fit Now.

"Meditation helps center my energy so that I can be more productive and present with my clients throughout the day." Melissa Levi, Founder of You Fit Now, an online personal training and fitness application, is a sensitive and thoughtful leader in the health-conscious community. She is a singer and songwriter and meditator and fighter of fears. Melissa tells us how she stays ahead of the game so she can be on your team, in your corner, and helping you become your best self. She believes you have everything you need in your heart to #ClimbYourOwnLadder. 

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Why Climb Your Own Ladder Should Be Every Introvert's Mantra

#ClimbYourOwnLadder challenges and supports the gifts of introversion and should be every introvert's mantra. As introverts navigate a world of extrovert-privilege and choose alternative and more meaningful paths for advancement, the framework of #ClimbYourOwnLadder will guide introverts with awareness and authenticity.

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Lauren Klein: Community Builder. Mango Ninja. CEO of Girlmade.

"I’m comfortable with many doors getting slammed in my face. Resilience skill practice." Lauren Klein, CEO of Girlmade - an organization dedicated to building up a community of young women in science and entrepreneurship - tells us how she connects ideas and people in the name of making our world a more diverse and creative place. (Hint: being awesome and never giving up is part of the equation.)

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Introducing Climb Your Own Ladder

This week I’m introducing #ClimbYourOwnLadder - an initiative on my blog to highlight and promote women who are the CEO of their lives, believe in the power of community, and shine in a big, big way. Forget the Fortune 500. We are the Fortune 3 Billion, ladies. We are 3 billions stories. We are 3 billion choices. We are 3 billion strong.

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