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Contents Volume 4, Issue 28

W OMEN & MONEY Eight tax tips that will save you

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When all the holiday dust settles, tax time begins for millions of Americans.

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CEO S ON THE C OVER 46 President Dilma Rousseff 47

Rousseff had a very interesting journey of life, she was a member of a militant group, was captured, arrested, and tortured, and was elected President of Brazil in 2010.

Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas 52 Not a day goes by that you are not bombarded by news of the recession and high unemployment figures.

Former Senior Foreign Service Officer retired in September 2005 with the rank of Career Minister, after four decades of service.

Breaking down barriers 12 Millions of jobs will become available in science, technology, engineering and math-related (STEM) fields by 2018.

Where the jobs are and how to land one 13 Bleak unemployment statistics and an evolving career landscape make it difficult for job-seekers to identify.

A W OMEN ’S HEALTH 17 LPGA hopeful Carling Coffing, 24, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as the age of five wanted to become a professional golfer.

S UCCESS BY DESIGN 24 Silke Endress 2010 Most Influential Woman Women who have pave the way, blazed the trail, and laid the foundation for the next wave of women entrepreneurs.

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he power of influence and connectivity. 2011 is already showing promises of being the Year of Influence and Power, women are connecting with each other to share valuable resources globally. Inside this issue of Silke Endress, are women who have changed the world around them and beyond with their drive, determination, and proven formula for success.

From First Lady Michelle Obama to the likes of Dr. Reverend Elaine Flake, Lady Tafi Dollar, Real Estate Mogul Barbara Corcoran, Svetlana Kim, and BeyoncĂŠ Knowles, these women are trail blazers. As we approach the near end of a bad economic challenge, women all across the globe are taking control of their finances. Let this be the year you take the opportunity to r illions of jobs will become available in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields. Go after government contracting. On The Cover with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil who went from a harsh and interesting journey of life, she was a member of a militant group, was captured, arrested, and tortured. Also featuring on the Cover is Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas former Senior Foreign Service Officer retired in September 2005 with the rank of Career Minister, after four decades of service. Read their stories, began to create and live your own. Feel the influence, connect to powerful women, live your dream, live out loud, and discover your own personal power.

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Fixing your credit is doable

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f you find yourself with less-than-good credit, you are not alone. Business Insider, an online business news website, reports that one in 50 households owes more than $20,000 in credit card debt. Coinciding with this alarming figure, the site further states that more than 2 million Americans look to credit counselors each year to avoid bankruptcy.

Before your finances fall into the bankruptcy category, you can take steps to help turn your bad credit around. Just ask James Cheslek, dean of academic affairs at Brown Mackie College - Albuquerque. Cheslek is a retired corporate and trial law attorney who helps college students with bad credit get back on track. "If you want to be successful, it is important to not let credit card debt get out of control," Cheslek says. "Many people get frustrated because their credit is not up to par. They don't realize how easy it is to fix. It may take some time, but it is doable." Step one: Request a free copy of your credit report. Every American is entitled to a free copy of their credit report under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Each of the three reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion - is required to provide it once every 12 months, if you ask for it. Order your copy, visit annualcreditreport.com, or call (877) 322-8228. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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Step two: Read your credit report carefully for inaccuracies. "Spend some time figuring out what all the symbols mean. Learn what's good and what's bad," Cheslek says. "Reporting companies get information from creditors. They simply take the information and add it to your report." Step three: Dispute inaccuracies. The FCRA further states that a reporting agency must correct any inaccuracies on your report. To dispute an item, notify the reporting agency of the inaccurate information. "They must investigate by forwarding your information to the company that provided the disputed item," says Cheslek. "When any information proves incorrect, the FCRA calls for all three reporting agencies to remove it from your credit report." Step four: Request verification of debt. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) gives consumers rights against debt collectors. "Here's the deal," Cheslek continues. "Debt collectors buy old debt for pennies on the dollar. They call and tell you they are collecting on behalf of another company. However, the company that originated the debt has written it off and retired the file." This may be the best kept secret in America. The FDCPA entitles you to write to the original company and ask for verification of the debt. They have 30 days to complete the process. Usually, they can't find the file or verify the amount," says Cheslek . "You may need to send follow-up letter to the credit reporting agencies to say, 'Take this off.'" Step five: Once your credit is fixed, keep it fixed. Cheslek offers the following rules of thumb to follow in the interest of keeping a good credit score:       

Pay bills on time. Late payments add fees to the balance owed. Change the payment due date if the current one is inconvenient. Pay more than the minimum due, even if just a little. Do not skip any payments. Skipped payments lead to bad credit. Do not close old accounts. Creditors look at how long you've had credit. Keep one account with no balance. Do not apply for loans you don't need

EDITOR'S NOTE: With 27 school locations in 15 states, the Brown Mackie College system of schools (www.brownmackie.edu) is dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students for entry-level positions in a competitive, rapidly changing workplace. Brown Mackie College schools offer bachelor's degree, associate degree, certificate, and diploma programs in health sciences, business, information technology, legal studies and design technologies. See bmcprograms.info for tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success and other important info.

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EIGHT TAX TIPS THAT WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY When all the holiday dust settles, tax time begins for millions of Americans. Regardless of when you file, follow these tips to make preparing your 2011 taxes easier. 1. Good record keeping cuts down time spent doing your taxes and may be required if you receive an Internal Revenue Service notice or are audited. 2. Don't procrastinate. Rushing encourages errors that can result in lost time and money, and ultimately a rejected return. 3. Hundreds of changes are made to federal tax law every year. Do-it-yourself tax preparation solutions also offer helpful information; the "Tax Information" tab at www.taxact.com summarizes key changes for 2011 returns. 4. File and pay on time, or pay late fees and interest. While state deadlines vary, 2011 federal returns are due April 15, 2012. Can't file by then? File Form 4868 for a six-month filing extension and pay as much as of your taxes as possible by April 15 to minimize interest and penalties. If you can't pay all of your tax bill totaling $25,000 or less, apply for a monthly payment agreement via Form 9465. 5. Do your taxes online or download tax preparation software, "Tax law can be complicated, but doing your own taxes doesn't have to be," says TaxACT spokesperson Jessi Dolmage. 6. Do comparison shopping before choosing a tax preparation solution. 7. Electronically file. Nearly 70 percent of all federal returns were e-filed last year. Unlike paper filers, you'll receive e-mail confirmation when the IRS receives and accepts or rejects your return, usually within 48 hours of e-filing. 8. Want your federal refund in as few as eight days? E-file and select direct deposit. You can track your refund status and receive your refund at least one week earlier than those requesting checks. More tax tips and information can be found at www.irs.gov. TaxACT Free Federal Edition allows all taxpayers to prepare, print and e-file an IRS return free and offers free tax help via e-mail at www.taxact.com.

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Beyond October

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She’s a Survivor Robin Roberts is anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America." Under her leadership the broadcast has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning program. When not traveling around the country or the world covering breaking news events, Roberts is at "GMA's" studio in Times Square conducting interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers. Her headline-making interview include President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; actor Sidney Poitier; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his battle with leukemia; and Lisa Niemi on the loss of her beloved husband, Patrick Swayze. Roberts was named co-anchor of "Good Moring America" in May 2005. She began contributing to the morning program in June 1995 and has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years. In August 2005, Roberts found her personal and professional lives collide when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast – a part of the country Roberts called home for most of her life. In the days following, Roberts traveled to the hurricane zone and reported live amid the devastation of the storm. She also launched "GMA" Gets It Done," a year-long effort to rebuild Roberts' hometown of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Roberts has returned to the Gulf Coast numerous times in the ensuing years to update viewers on how residents and businesses in the region are recovering post-Katrina. In February 2009, Roberts made her red carpet debut as co-host of the ABC Television Network's Oscar pre-show, reporting live from the 81st annual Academy Awards with fashion expert Tim Gunn. November of the same year, Roberts hosted her first primetime special, "In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Bright Lights. Big Stars. All Access Nashville.” The special took Roberts to Nashville, where she interviewed some of country music's biggest stars. She followed that with another primetime hour featuring an exclusive interview with Janet Jackson, the performer's first since the death of her brother, Michael.

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oberts was diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer in June 2007. She recalls, it all started when she learned that her colleague and friend Joel Siegel had passed away from cancer she was reporting on the way he lived his life.

That very night when she went to bed, she did a self-breast exam and found something that women everywhere fear: she found a lump At first Robin thought, "This can't be. I am a young, healthy woman." Still, she had to face her fears head on. Like any other woman with this discovery, you’d hope your doctor would say it was nothing. Robin recalls the surreal moment, hearing the doctor say those words out loud. "I gotta tell you - when you're told you have cancer, you think life is over," Robin confesses "my friends, it is not." "Somebody loved me through this and I'm going to love someone else through it," Robin declares. "That's what we have to do for one another." Robin has always been frank about her fight with breast cancer. Whether revealing her shaved head on television or motivating survivors around the country, she seized every opportunity to use her struggle to educate women about the value of self-exams and breast cancer awareness. On her 49th birthday she was grateful she did not follow the new mammogram rules and waited till she was 50. A few realities: As an African American woman and your told that you're less likely to get breast cancer but more likely to die from it; what are you supposed to do with that frighten statistic?

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”I can't tell you how many people come up to me and they say they're a survivor. We hug and we cry and I'm thankful. But there aren't a lot of black women coming up to me and saying that,” she stated in an earlier

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Robin Roberts

Roberts grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where she played basketball and tennis, among other sports. She attended Pass Christian High School and graduated as the class of 1979 salutatorian. Her parents are Lawrence and Lucimarian Roberts. In a 2006 presentation to the assembled student body at Abilene Christian University, Roberts credited her parents as cultivating the "three Ds: Discipline, Determination, and "De Lord." She is the youngest of four children with siblings Sally-Ann, Lawrence "Butch,” and Dorothy. Her father was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen. Roberts began her career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 1984, she moved to WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 1986, she was sports anchor and reporter for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. She was also a sports anchor and reporter at WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1988 to 1990. She was also a radio host for radio station V-103 while in Atlanta. In 2001, Roberts was named a "Louisiana Legend" by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. She was also named to the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Advisory Board in January 1998, a board that includes Henry Kissinger, William Simon, Christine Whitman, and Lamar Hunt. In 1994, she was inducted in the Women's Institute on Sport and the Education Foundation's Hall of Fame. She is also active as a speaker for charity and civic functions. Roberts was named co-anchor of "Good Moring America" in May 2005, and we can’t get enough of her.

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Understanding risks is half the battle against breast cancer With one in eight women projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, understanding what affects your risk and how to catch any warning signs early - not only for your own sake, but for the sakes of your loved ones- is more important than ever. There may not be a cure for breast cancer yet, but there is so much you can do to raise awareness and lower your risk.

1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle You can reduce your risk for breast cancer by leading a healthier lifestyle - start with simple changes, such as swapping one sugar-sweetened beverage a day for water, adding fruit and vegetables to your diet, or taking the dog for an extra-long walk. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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2. Know your history and how to detect the symptoms Despite a healthy lifestyle, if you have a family history of breast cancer, that adds to your risk. So, it's crucial to know if any of your close relatives have had the disease. In addition, there are factors you can be on the lookout for as warning signs at almost any age. The American Cancer Society recommends starting routine self-examinations in your 20's, so you can report any changes or concerns to your health care provider. You can also visit MayoClinic.com for more information. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40.

3. Support research and the mission to find a cure Great work has been done to improve the treatment of breast cancer and researchers are working tirelessly towards a cure. In order to continue their intensive and innovative research, they need the support of organizations, such as The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), to help fund their work. BCRF, for example, directs more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to breast cancer research and awareness programs. There are simple ways for you to get involved - from buying products that support these types of organizations to hosting a fundraiser with friends. Nestle Pure Life brand bottled water is a great example, spotlighting breast cancer awareness on its packaging nationwide and in Canada during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). For every specially marked "pink ribbon" package produced, the company will donate 10 cents to BCRF (minimum donation of $350,000). The funding will support a BCRF grant directed to researchers who are working on innovative ways to prevent, treat, and cure all aspects of breast cancer. For more information on how to get involved in raising awareness and on the latest research and breakthroughs, visit BCRFCure.org. There are even more tips on precautions you and your loved ones can take to reduce your risk and get involved.

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"I was very surprised that within a year of my treatment, I was able to qualify for more insurance"

LIFE INSURANCE OPTIONS AFTER A BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS More women are surviving breast cancer and living healthy and fulfilled lives thanks to early detection, advanced medical treatments and new options that may not have been available before. But because of their sometimes complicated medical histories, many of these survivors may have erroneously assumed they could not secure life insurance to protect their families after a diagnosis. In some cases a breast cancer diagnosis may have meant a significant increase in the cost of coverage even years after successfully completing treatments. Some women also may have had to wait many years to qualify for life insurance coverage after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. But thanks to science and improved medical outcomes for women, that story is changing

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One of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the country, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), recently changed its underwriting guidelines, to give breast-cancer survivors of both noninvasive and invasive cancers more favorable ratings for life insurance and disability income insurance coverage. Visit www.massmutual.bca. Vlasta Duffy of Scottsdale, Ariz., was diagnosed with noninvasive breast cancer in 2009. She didn't have any family history, was only 41 at the time, and didn't fit the "at risk" category. But a routine mammogram and following biopsy resulted in two lumpectomies. After two forms of radiation, Duffy is now cancer free. Like many women in the workforce, her family's future came to mind when she first received her breast cancer diagnosis. Duffy is a Vlasta Duffy general agent with MassMutual and a managing partner with Integrated Financial Strategies LLC. Because of her involvement in the insurance industry, she felt she had adequate life insurance prior to her diagnosis. That quickly changed. "One of the first thoughts that went through my head when I got diagnosed was if I had enough," she says. "And if I didn't, then what? Would my husband and daughter be OK either if something happened to me now or if I got cancer again a few years from now? "I was very surprised that within a year of my treatment, I was able to qualify for more insurance," Duffy adds. She recommends people plan for their family's financial future now, because she knows firsthand how the future can change with a simple trip to the doctor for a mammogram. "I've seen too many people face various circumstances and not have enough life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, or money saved for college or retirement," Duffy says. "It's never an easy time to plan, but it's the most important thing we can do for ourselves and our families."

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Soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes before gently smoothing away unwanted skin‌Leave polish off for a day or two between pedicures, to allow air to get to the nail surface.

Perfectly polished and protected: pedicure tips

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astel pink, pretty pink or hot pink? Yes pedicure decisions change with seasons others including tools and methods used to perform a pedicure should remain constant. A safely performed pedicure, either at home or in the salon, is essential for feet that look and feel great.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) offers several pedicure pointers that will keep your feet, and your pink, polished toenails healthy this summer. Do-it-yourself pedicures: * Use a pumice stone, foot file, or exfoliating scrub to remove dry, rough skin. This tends to build up on the heels, balls, and sides of the feet. Soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes before gently smoothing away unwanted skin. * Use toenail clippers with a straight edge to cut nails straight across. Other cutting tools, such as manicure scissors, can increase the risk of ingrown nails, particularly if using them to cut out the edges of nails. * Clean under nails gently with a wooden or rubber manicure stick. Never use metal or sharp objects to clean beneath nails. * Use a rubber cuticle pusher or liquid remover to gently push back cuticles, but don't overdo it. Cuticles serve as a protective barrier against bacteria, so don't cut them. *Do not leave nail polish on for extended periods of time, as this may encourage the growth of fungus. Leave polish off for a day or two between pedicures, to allow air to get to the nail surface. * Keep feet soft and moisture in balance by applying an emollient-enriched moisturizer. * Dry feet completely. Moisture left between the toes can promote the development of fungal infections. * Look for foot-friendly products that have been given the APMA's Seal of Acceptance or Approval. These have been evaluated by podiatrists and found to be beneficial to foot health. Salon pedicures: * Be safe and bring your own pedicure tools. Shared pedicure instruments can spread bacteria and fungus if they have not been properly cleaned. * Forgo shaving your legs right before your pedicure. Freshly shaved legs may have small cuts that can allow bacteria to enter your skin. Shave a couple of days prior to your pedicure and don't sweat the stubble. * Don't allow technicians to remove dead skin with a foot razor - it can result in permanent damage if used incorrectly and can easily cause infection if the technician removes too much skin. *Avoid leaving the salon in the flimsy slip-ons. They don't provide adequate support or protection once you've exited the salon. *Pain lasting longer than several days or any signs of infection should be seen and treated immediately by a podiatrist-the foot and ankle expert. Keep these podiatrist-approved pedicure safety tips in mind and you'll step out in style and good health this summer. As for deciding which shade of pink polish to apply ‌ you're on your own.

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A new perspective on thinning hair and how to treat it As many as three out of four people in the U.S. experience thinning hair.

There is a common misconception that thinning hair refers to balding, but not to hair shedding, breakage and limp-looking strands, regardless of gender. Leading dermatologist Dr. Valerie Callender and Nioxin Stylist Design Team member Danielle Caputo share their expert tips to keep your crowning glory in full effect.

 Gain awareness: It's perfectly normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. But if you feel like you're losing more, it's important to acknowledge the issue.  Whether it's an unhealthy scalp environment, or a skin disorder, diagnosis is the first step toward treatment. "The solution may be as simple as changing your diet or hair routine," Callender says.  Stylists are around hair all day and can help advise on products to use. "If hair is thinning it's best to treat it from the source," Caputo notes. "Nioxin Hair and Scalp Systems provide a customized three-part approach to hair thinning that is designed to deliver thicker, fuller-looking hair." Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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Introduction

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(An Excerpt from “It Had to Happen”)

isters, we are living in a society where so many of us are searching and probing for the answers to this thing we call life. We are in a society where many of us are seeking to understand our purpose. We are changing our degree plans. We are changing our careers. We are changing our hairstyles. We are changing our dress to the latest trends. We have become serial daters: one month we’re with this guy and the next month with another man. Some of us are even changing to an alternative lifestyle. And you know why?

As women, we seek affirmation and praise. We want someone to approve of us. We hunger for protection and assurance. We strive for love and security. God has designed for us to grow from babies to little girls, then from little girls to young ladies, and now, God wants you to blossom into a woman who is whole. Many of us do not realize that it is the trick of the devil to keep our purpose veiled, because the devil knows that true purpose is engendered in God, and that a woman who finds her true purpose will become Satan’s enemy. We have heard and quoted many scriptures: “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning,” “What the devil meant for evil, God meant it for good,” and “All things work together for the good of them who love God and are called according to His purpose.” The list is endless. While these scriptures bring us comfort and peace at times, it is a daily struggle to accept them as truth in the daily reality of our lives. Yes, we really want to believe our pain is passing and that one day our joy will be permanent. But wherever we are today, we are still asking God – Why? Why am I having sleepless nights? Why am I still dealing with this hurt, rather than escaping from it? Why am I missing the mark of being a submissive wife and loving my husband? Why does my child continually disrespect me? Why do I keep going in and out of so many dysfunctional relationships? Why are you feeling continually disappointed? Why it is everyone is coming to you for the answers to their issue and you can’t even figure out your own? Why it is that every night when we lie in our beds, dark thoughts come against our minds?

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We’re told, “You are nothing… If you would not have done this, that would not have happened… If you would have been a better this, they would not have done that…” and so on. Things are so tough right now you can’t even share with your girlfriends because you are the one who is “supposed to” have it together. The truth of the matter is that we have been walking around, masking our feelings, and closing the door to our own thoughts about what we are really feeling. We avoid embracing the reality that everything we dream for has been shattered into pieces. We don’t have the will or desire to stoop down, pick up the pieces, and put them together again. We are emotionally drained, physically tired and just going through the motions of life in a near comatose state. Now that we have painted a picture of where you are in your struggles, what comes next? While a picture is worth a thousand words, it is merely a snapshot of where you are in time. It does not show how you are viewed at that particular moment in time. Now we will embark on a journey of self-discovery, not only to retrace our past steps, but to clearly see the direction of our future. For the next several chapters, we will take this journey together and discover the answer to these questions. It is my prayer that you will be open to experiencing a life-changing paradigm that you have desperately tried to find. Together, we will explore the issues that have positively and negatively influenced our emotional behavior. This is a book for healing, restoring and focusing on our relationship with God. We will explore the life of a woman in the Bible, whose story is told in the book of Mark chapter five. She intensely suffered for twelve years, but through determination and perseverance, obtained the help she desperately needed. This book was birthed out of a personal desire to offer practical insight into God’s healing power. Just like the woman in the fifth chapter of Mark, God does not discriminate in providing healing for those who are suffering. He will do the same for you, if you allow Him. Please note my sisters, this book is meant for those who are ready to read it. It’s a voluntary, personal choice for women who say, “I’m feeling you,” “I know someone who needs this,” and “How can I help?” Now if this is handed to you by someone, continue reading it; they are sowing a seed into your life. Afterward, pass it on to someone else and sow a seed into their lives. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “My work was to plant seed in your hearts, and another to water it, but it was God, not we, who made the garden grow in your hearts” (KJV). Remember, it had to happen. Cynthia A. Patterson, Author, & Inspirational Speaker CEO & Founder, DOVE Ministries Inc. P.O. Box 722338 * Houston, TX 77272 (832) 323-DOVE (3683) www.dove-ministries.org www.facebook.com/doveministryinc www.dove-ministries.blogspot.com/ www.preparingwomenforpurpose.blogspot.com/

Inquiries requesting Cynthia Patterson for church, educational, or corporate speaking engagements, retreats, conferences or consultations send an email to info@dove-ministries.org.

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Make A Sound Decision to Change (An Excerpt from “It Had to Happen”)

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t is easy to become paralyzed with fear and do nothing. We are also paralyzed by our constant failures, or just not knowing what to do. Sitting, waiting, existing, and doing nothing allows disputes in our minds to escalate. But you know what? Today, right now you can win this dispute. And you know how? Win by choosing to make the decision, by choosing to make the focus of your life knowing God and by making God your purpose in life. If you were to make that decision, I guarantee that it would be completely life changing. You will never be the same. Sisters, in order for us to receive full deliverance we have to be connected spiritually to God. I truly believe when you are in a desperate state it will cause you to seek the Lord wholeheartedly. It is when your backs are against the wall and when you are in a place where you don’t know what to do, that is when we are forced to make a decision to lean on God or turn further away from Him. This is what I believe happened in the case of our woman with the issue of blood. Based upon what she heard about Jesus, she was motivated to make a decision. The decision changed her life forever. I believe positioning yourself for purpose is predicated on your next decision. In the book of Ruth, we can see an example of this type of determination through two devoted friends Ruth and Naomi. I am encouraged through Ruth because here we have a young woman who was a princess. She is the great grand-daughter of King Eglon of Moab. She was married to Mahlon who later died and now she is a young widow. She is faced with a situation that is hopeless. She has no husband, no money, and no means to take care of herself. I don’t know if you are aware of this, but in those days widows had no standing in the community and were totally dependent upon the good will of their families and friends for survival. It was the duty of the Priests to look after widows and orphans, but there was no such provision in Moab because there was famine in the land. But something happens to change her destiny through the wisdom of her mother-in-law Naomi. Chapter 1 verses 6-7 says, “One day she got herself together, she and her two daughters-in-law, to leave the country of Moab and set out for home; she had heard that God had been pleased to visit his people and give them food. And so she started out from the place she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law with her, on the road back to the land of Judah” (Message Bible). Sisters, feeling sorry for yourselves or continue to wallow in your pity parties is not going to help you. Naomi’s action is what I call decisive faith – faith that says, “I have to make the decision and get myself together.” She received a word God was blessing the people and decided it is time to take a step of faith towards her destiny.

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This is one of the problems we face as women. When we have things that block our perspective on what is going on, we can be so close to God, but yet so far away. We can avoid the consequences of poor decisions by taking God’s word seriously. You may think you have been rejected, excluded, cutoff and shutout but I want to encourage you that God wants to put a word down in your spirit that will enable you to get up and make a decision to begin moving toward your deliverance. After examining her situation, Ruth refuses to take “no” as her final answer and decides to leave her current state and go. She decided to go with Naomi to Bethlehem. Ruth did not allow herself to be paralyzed by her lack of a husband. She understood God’s promised provision and was willing to position herself for purpose. She understood it would take acts of obedience and diligence and was able to receive the blessings of God. Ruth was able to discern when her season was up. In Ruth 1:16 the scripture says, “But Ruth replied, ‘Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.’ ” She realized she was in a difficult place because there was a famine. You have to shift your focus. Quit looking at your situation and start anticipating your blessings. Don’t be so preoccupied with your current situation that you don’t see beyond it. For example, if you’re having problems with your job, look beyond it. If you are having difficulties in a relationship, get past it. Or are you like Orpah? Who was so preoccupied with her situation she could not discern the blessings ahead. Orpah made a decision to turn and go back. Orpah was a woman full of unbelief and empty of wisdom. She made a mistake on making a now decision on a then experience. She was limiting her future to her past. She had more faith in her lack than she had in the promise. Sisters when you do that, you are limiting what you could be based upon what you have been. Just like our sister Orpah, you become preoccupied with problems and situations, when you should be looking at opportunities. Instead of focusing on negative, develop an attitude of expectancy. To say you were born this way and you will never change ~ negative. To say this is how I am and it is what it is ~ negative. Your current situation isn’t the destination, but a chance to alter the course to get there. You have to take a stand and be bold enough to say like Ruth, “No is not an option,” and declare, “I’m going all the way. I am moving forward!” Cynthia A. Patterson, Author, & Inspirational Speaker CEO & Founder, DOVE Ministries Inc. P.O. Box 722338 * Houston, TX 77272 (832) 323-DOVE (3683) www.dove-ministries.org www.facebook.com/doveministryinc www.dove-ministries.blogspot.com www.preparingwomenforpurpose.blogspot.com Inquiries requesting Cynthia Patterson for church, educational, or corporate speaking engagements, retreats, conferences or consultations send an email to info@dove-ministries.org.

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Success by Design S ILKE E NDRESS 2011 M OST I NFLUENTIAL W OMAN #1 First Lady of United States

Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States, an international fashion icon, whose careful choice of style has contributed over $2.7 billion to the economy. A product of Chicago

public schools, Mrs. Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, Photo Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

where she later met the man who became the love of her life, President Barack Obama. First Lady, Mrs. Obama recently launched the Let’s Move! Campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity.

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Success by Design S ILKE E NDRESS 2011 M OST I NFLUENTIAL W OMAN #2 First Lady of Kenya

Ida Odinga

The wife of Kenya's Prime Minster, has for more than two decades become known as the face of defiance to injustices and the intolerance that was witnessed during the one party state regime. Her untold suffering during that time influenced her to found The League of Kenya Women Voters in 1991 where she served as National Chairperson.

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Ida wanted to see women end decades of poverty, humiliation, human rights abuses, violence and economic blackmail through participating in the ballot. She still is very influential in pushing women to plunge into political activism. In May 2009, she was nominated as the Ambassador for Freedom from Fistula and has recently launched a program that mentors girls to stay and complete their education in schools. She also supports various initiatives including Breast cancer.

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Success by Design S ILKE E NDRESS 2011 M OST I NFLUENTIAL W OMAN #3 Ambassador Susan Rice Ambassador Rice serves as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, since January 22, 2009. Rice believes that the United Nations has a vital role in advancing international peace and security and is committed to working to make the United Nations a more perfect forum to address the most pressing global challenges: to promote peace, to support development and democracy, and to strengthen respect for human rights.

She has outlined four primary areas of focus: strengthening the capacity of the UN to undertake complex peace operations effectively; addressing climate change; preventing the spread or use of nuclear weapons and working to meet the goals of the Nonproliferation Treaty; and combating poverty, disease, violence and genocide. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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Sonia Ghandi President of INC

Sonia Gandhi is an Italian-born Indian politician and the President of the Indian National Congress, one of the major political parties of India. She is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi and belongs to Nehru– Gandhi family. In 1991, she was invited by the Indian National Congress to take over the Congress but refused and publicly stayed away from politics amidst constant prodding by the Congress, until 1998, where she was elected as the leader of the Congress.

Since then, Sonia Gandhi has been the President of the Indian National Congress Party. She has served as the Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha since 2004. In September 2010, on being reelected for the fourth time, she became the longest serving president in the 125-year history of the Congress party. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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Francine Farkas Sears Fabrique, CEO

Francine Sears is the President and Owner of Fabrique and Women in Business (WIB). Francine boasts 40 years of experience in the business world.

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Women in Business (WIB), like Fabrique provides today’s professional woman with cases and accessories that balance style and function for a complete package of fashion-driven business solutions. WIB is truly the culmination of many years’ experience in the worlds of fashion and portable computing, two worlds brought together in an attractive, durable, and comfortable line developed by women, for women. WIB cases are currently designed and manufactured for Dell, Hewlett Packard, and offered on this website in additional exclusive styles. Fabrique also offers a complete line of fashion accessories, Every Day Style. These handbags and luggage bring value and durability to the latest trends from the hippest streets of New York, Paris and Milan. The top of Fabrique’s unique line is available here at womeninbusiness.com

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Irene Natividad

Global Summit of Women

Irene Natividad, a recognized leader for women in the United States, wears many hats. Ms. Natividad is President of the Global Summit of Women, an annual international gathering of women leaders from around the world, and co-chairs Corporate Women Directors International, which promotes the increased participation of women on corporate boards globally. Most important, she runs her own public affairs firm, GlobeWomen, based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Natividad’s commitment to promoting women, nationally and internationally, stems from her decade-long involvement with the National Women's Political Caucus, a 30-year-old bipartisan organization dedicated to electing and appointing more women to public office. Widely recognized for her outstanding leadership of the Caucus, she was elected President in 1985 and reelected in 1987, the first Asian American ever to head a national political organization.

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Irene Natividad

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Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former chair of the DNCs Voting Rights Institute. Last, but never least, she is a native of New Orleans. Ms. Brazile began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing sets was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Four decades later, Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first AfricanAmerican woman to manage a presidential campaign.

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Success by Design S ILKE E NDRESS 2011 M OST I NFLUENTIAL W OMAN #8 Soledad O’Brien CNN Anchor

Soledad O’Brien is the anchor for CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. She also covers political news as part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.” In 2010, she wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities, which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. The NAACP honored her with its President’s Award in 2007 for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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Anita Hill Professor

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Anita F. Hill Author, educator, attorney, and professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies, at Brandeis University, became a national figure in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during her tenure at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Opportunity Commission. Hill's accusation resulted in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. By the beginning of the twenty-first century Hill had become a highly sought after lecturer, traveling internationally and speaking on racial and gender issues in the workplace. She had appeared on national programs, including 60 Minutes and Face the Nation. Her publications have included articles regarding civil rights issues in Newsweek and the New York Times. Moreover, she had authored Speaking Truth to Power and served as the co-editor of Race, Gender, and Power in America: The Legacy of the Hill-Thomas Hearings.

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Selma Aliye Kavaf Turkey Minister of State

Selma Aliye Kavaf is a Minister of State of Turkey, responsible for Women and Family Affairs, and a member of parliament for Denizli of the ruling Justice and Development Party. Kavaf has joined the politics in 2002 after the foundation of Justice and Development Party. After the elections, Kavaf was promoted as the Founder General Presidency of Women's Branch of the Justice and Development Party. It is first women organization of a Turkish political party in institutional sense. In the elections of 2007 Kavaf was elected as a member of parliament. She is the first female MP from Denizli. On May 1, 2009 she was appointed as State Minister Responsible for Women and Family in the second cabinet of ErdoÄ&#x;an.

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Rania Al-Abdullah Queen of Jordan

Queen Rania spearheads efforts in Jordan to adopt a holistic approach to national education, community investment, and health awareness. Through initiatives, like Madrasati and the Teachers Academy, Queen Rania is helping Jordan’s children get the best start in life by repairing and revamping local schools. She believes that the power of partnerships between the public, private, and non-profit sectors is a source of great potential for change in Jordan’s education system.

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Abroad, Queen Rania works for greater global action on access to quality education, and in her capacity as Eminent Advocate for UNICEF and Honorary Chairperson for UNGEI, she campaigns on behalf of children in need. She also participates in international gatherings, such as the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum, of which she is a Board Member. As an Arab, Muslim woman, Queen Rania is committed to reconciling people of different faiths and cultures by encouraging crosscultural dialogue, particularly amongst young people.

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Eve Wright GM Miami Heat

Eve Wright VP & Associate General Counsel, Miami Heat & American Airlines Arena has never been the kind of woman to wait for opportunities—in business or in her personal life. It’s a philosophy that’s navigated Wright’s successful career in one of the most male-dominated industries in the world— professional sports.

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And she did it without compromising her personal style or femininity. Playing, and Winning, with the Big Boys, Wright hadn’t even reached 35 when she earned a top spot as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Miami HEAT—arguably the hottest professional sports franchise in the world. She is a relatively young executive who’s enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of Corporate America and the professional sports world.

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Debra Martin Chase Media Producer

Debra is a two-time Emmy nominated motion picture and television producer, carved out a unique niche in the entertainment business. She is the first African American woman to have her own producing deal at a major studio. Her company, Martin Chase Productions, has been affiliated with the Walt Disney Company for over ten years. 2011 was a very busy year for Chase. She recently wrapped production on Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 classic musical for Sony Pictures. It stars Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks in her movie debut, and Derek Luke, was adapted by Mara Brock Akil and was directed by Salim Akil. Photo Credit: blackenterprise

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She is in postproduction on Elixir, the first musical for ABC Family, which stars Jane Seymour, Chelsea Kane and Sara Paxton, was written by Terry Rossio (Pirates Of The Carribean) and Jaylynn Bailey and was directed by Sanaa Hamri. She is also in postproduction on a new movie for the American Girl company.

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Robin Roberts Good Morning America

Robin Roberts is anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America." Under her leadership the broadcast has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning program. Her headline-making interview include President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; actor Sidney Poitier; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his battle with leukemia; and Lisa Niemi on the loss of her beloved husband, Patrick Swayze. She began contributing to the morning program in June 1995 and has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years. Roberts was diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer in June 2007. She recalls it all started when she learned that her colleague and friend Joel Siegel had passed away from cancer she was reporting on the way he lived his life.

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Success by Design S ILKE E NDRESS 2011 M OST I NFLUENTIAL W OMAN #15 Carolyn Wright

Save the Children, CEO

Carolyn S. Miles is President & CEO for Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of more than 70 million children in need in the United States and 120 countries around the world. Carolyn became the first woman to head Save the Children in September 2011, after joining the organization in 1998 and serving as its COO for seven years.

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She traveled to Save the Children’s field operations in nearly 50 countries, and during her tenure as COO Save the Children doubled the number of children it reaches with food, educational, and other programs, and helped grow the organization’s budget – 90 percent of which goes directly to programs serving children – from $140 million to more than $550 million. She is committed to employing social media to extend Save the Children’s reach, via a Twitter campaign that reached nearly 900 million people to raise awareness of the child hunger crisis in East Africa.

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Zainab Salbi Women for Women

Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International and served as the organization's CEO from 1993 to 2011. Women for Women International is a grassroots humanitarian and development organization helping women survivors of wars rebuild their lives.

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Since 1993, the organization has helped 316,000 women survivors of wars access social and economic opportunities through a program of rights awareness training, vocational skills education and access to income generating opportunities, thereby ultimately contributing to the political and economic health of their communities. In its 18-year history, the organization has distributed more than $103 million in direct aid, micro credit loans, and has impacted more than 1.7 million family members. For its work “alleviating human suffering”, Women for Women International was awarded the 2006 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, becoming the first women’s organization to receive this honor."

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Harriett Lake Philanthropist

Philanthropist and arts donor Harriett Lake, 89, started her life as a young wife and mother in an 18by-13-foot, one-room apartment in Miami. She got married at age 29 to Hymen Lake, a “penniless” lawyer who, like Harriett, recently had come back from serving in the military in World War II. “We had so little,” she said. “We lived in one room with a baby.” One day, Hymen and Harriett got in the car with their two kids in tow: one was 5 years old, the other in diapers. They drove up State 441 from Miami to Orlando.

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She and her husband bought two square miles of land with no money down and turned them into what was considered a new concept in post-World War II America: Residential neighborhoods. They built the housing for Martin Marietta Corp. — now Lockheed Martin Corp. — when the defense firm came to Orlando for Cape Canaveral’s space program.

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Teresa Jacobs

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Mayor Teresa Jacobs served as an Orange County Commissioner for District 1 from 2000 to 2008. On November 2, 2010 the citizens of Orange County elected her to serve as their new County Mayor. She was sworn into office January 4, 2011. Prior to holding public office, she served as President of Orange County Homeowner’s Association Alliance (an organization that represented approximately 100 neighborhoods). Mayor Jacobs is known as a champion of ethics, school and road concurrency reform and is a strong advocate of public participation in the governmental process. She will continue to push for these initiatives while also leading many others throughout her term in office. Mayor Jacobs had a successful nineyear career in banking. She managed the bank’s short-term investments as well as evaluated and approved the bank’s investment strategies and earning profits while minimizing overall risk. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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Felicia C. Guity Microsoft GM

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Felicia C. Guity joined Microsoft in September of 2003 and is responsible for Microsoft’s Worldwide Channel Marketing & Incentive. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Guity was employed at Lawson for 3 years where she served as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions and Vice President of Strategic Alliances. Ms. Guity was employed by Lotus, an IBM company, from 1991 to 1998, where she served in various positions including sales, operations, marketing, strategic planning, customer support and process reengineering. She is also one of Microsoft’s media spokespeople on topics concerning “IT in a Down Economy”. She has a Doctorate in Business Administration with a discipline in Marketing. Felicia has a number of leadership and industry awards. Felicia received the 2001 “Minneapolis Most Innovative Women Award” honored with high profile women including Michelle Obama, and Donna Brazile.

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Val Demings Fmr. Police Chief

Val Demings is a candidate for U.S. Congress District 8. She was raised to believe she could achieve anything if she put her mind to it. In 2007, Demings was selected to serve as Chief for the Orlando Police Department – the first woman to ever hold that position.

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Demings was President of her class at the police academy, and then earned a reputation as a tenacious, no-nonsense cop. After serving in the Criminal Investigations Division, Internal Affairs and other departments, she was tapped to serve as the Commander of the Special Operations. There, she was responsible for some of Orlando’s highest profile tasks, including special events, dignitary protection, and K-9 units. After twenty-seven years at the Orlando Police Department, including three and a half years as the department’s top cop, Demings decided to retire from the force and continue her commitment to public service in another way.

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Amanda Wilkerson Author, Political Activist

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Sophia A. Nelson Author

Sophia A. Nelson clearly “redefining” the rules for 21st Century living and success, is leading the way as an entrepreneur, freelance journalist, highly sought after speaker, thought leader, media/political commentator, national columnist and newly published author. Prior to establishing SAN Enterprises, a full service communications & consulting firm, Sophia served in several senior and executive positions in the government and corporate sector.

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She worked with Counsel in the House of Representatives, as a Director of Congressional & Public Affairs for the US Chamber of Commerce. Sophia can be found discussing her highly anticipated debut book Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama.

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Gabrielle Union Gabrielle Monique Union actress, former model, and girlfriend of Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. Gabrielle is an advocate for women health issues and speaks out against domestic violence. She has played many notable roles in films such as Bring it On, Bad Boys II, City of Angels, Deliver Us from Eva in 2003. It’s not often that Gabrielle discusses her personal relationship with boyfriend, Miami Heat Dwayne Wade, but she recently talked about their future: marriage, kids, and a possibly doing a reality show. She proclaimed that her and Dwayne are just happy with each other, “so whatever comes down the road is down the road. And it’ll be in order. There would be a wedding before there would be a bambino, so all these reports of mystery babies that they like to keep giving me – there’ll be no baby until you’ve heard about a wedding.”

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NeNe Leakes RICH Entrepreneur

NeNe Leakes is one of the housewives on Bravo TV’s docudrama series The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The series, which earned her a Bravo A-List Award for "Guiltiest Reality Pleasure" in 2009, follows five women from Atlanta’s social elite as they cope with their busy home lives and promising careers. The glamorous southern belles will show that life in their turf is no easy feat, since they have to prove that they are not just housewives, but ambitious and classy entrepreneurs as well. Active in the Atlanta society scene, Nene Leakes resides in Duluth.

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Aiming to motivate women around the globe, NeNe has donated her time working for various foundations. She has also founded The Twisted Hearts Foundation, an advocacy project to make people aware about the issue of domestic violence against women. This social butterfly is never one to sit still, and she has planned ahead to ensure a successful future for herself and her family.

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Antoinette Sykes Lifestyle Coach Infectious. Witty. Centered. Creative & Forward thinking– those are just a few words that describe Antoinette Sykes. Also known for her passionate approach to business and life, her business savvy now brings you the very best in business growth coaching, understanding human behavior and how that truly unlocks the human potential to Stand Tall in business, fitness and in life. With a deeply rooted awareness, that ‘change is not what happens to you, but rather what happens through you’; consciously she seeks to build upon this foundation that will surely shine light on your next steps to deliberate success.

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Standing Tall Revolution is a movement in business and life. It grew out of a need to continue moving forward as “life happens”; finding the strength to dig deep, find a new resolve, and to StandTall to CREATE a new sunny day through the rain. She has developed and uses her authentic M.O.N.E.Y. System™ for results driven business growth enabling clients to ‘get more clients with ease’.

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orn on December 9, 1946 in Orbassano, near Turin in Italy. Her mother's name is Paola Maino her father Stefano Maino was a building contractor, died in 1983. As a Roman Catholic, her childhood days, were spent in a school ran by the Salesian Order. In 1965 Sonia met Rajiv Gandhi in England, where she was studying for a Diploma in English. The two fell in love and were married in December 1968. The marriage took place in Delhi. By all accounts, it was a happy marriage both were studying. Rajiv, son of late prime minister Indira Gandhi and grandson of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was studying engineering. The Indian politician and President of the Indian National Congress, is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. After his assassination in 1991, she was invited by the Indian National Congress to take over the Congress but refused and publicly stayed away from politics amidst constant prodding by the Congress. She finally agreed to join politics in 1997; in 1998, she was elected as the leader of the Congress Party in India. Although Sonia could have become the first foreign-born Indian Prime Minister, she declined the opportunity. In the May 2005 Parliamentary Elections to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament, Sonia led the Congress Party to victory over the ruling BJP.

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Sonia's victory was aided by antiincumbency sentiments as well as the large-scale disenchantment of millions of people belonging to the lower classes, who have been mostly left behind in the economic reforms exercise of the BJP. Since then, Sonia Gandhi has been the President of the Indian National Congress Party. In September 2010, on being re-elected for the fourth time, she became the longest serving president in the 125-year history of the Congress party.

Sonia's rapid rise in the political arena highlights two interesting aspects of Indian politics - In a country, where Hindus account for a majority of the population Indian voters have not hesitated to embrace a Roman Catholic Videshi (Hindi word for foreigner). Sonia's quick rise to the top of the Congress party illustrates the weakness of the Congress party and indeed the Indian political system. As political scientists like Samuel Huntington have written, in mature political systems the path to the top often takes decades during which time the leader gains experience in lesser positions and learns the art of governance in the process. Sonia has so far had very limited experience in the rough and tumble of politics and almost no experience in the art of governance. This raises questions of how effective Sonia can be as head of the ruling party of a complex nation like India with its myriad castes and religions and multitude of problems. If Sonia had become Prime Minister, she would have been the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to become Prime Minister of India following in the footsteps of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

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On the Cover Ambassador

Harriet Elam-Thomas A former Senior Foreign Service Officer retired in September 2005 with the rank of Career Minister, after four decades of service. In July 1994, she completed a four year tour as Director of the American Press and Cultural center at the American Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. She participated in the Department of State's 37th Senior Seminar, the premier global affairs leadership program in the U.S. Government. In September 1995, Mrs. Elam-Thomas began a four-year tour as Counselor for Public Affairs, at the American Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. In September 1997, she was called back to Washington to become the Counselor of USIA, the most senior career Foreign Service position in the U.S. Information Agency and on February 1, 1999, she gained the additional duties of Acting Deputy Director of USIA. Five months later, on July 1, 1999, President Clinton nominated her to be the next U.S. Ambassador to The Republic of Senegal. The Senate confirmed that appointment on November 10, 1999. During her four decade Foreign Service career, she demonstrated a life-long practice of bridging cultures. Her performance abroad brought unprecedented recognition from the Prime Minister of Turkey, cultural leaders in Greece as well as meritorious and superior honor awards from the Department of State. Her varied overseas assignments have taken her to Greece Turkey, France, Belgium, Senegal, Mali, and Cote d’Ivoire. Ambassador Elam-Thomas fulfilled her commitment to serve the national interest through public diplomacy during her overseas tours, which included France, Senegal, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Greece, Turkey, Belgium, and she returned to Africa to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from January 2000 to December 2002.

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ith unique vision and insight, Ambassador Elam-Thomas placed a human face on diplomacy.

Ambassador Thomas currently directs the Diplomacy Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida. In that capacity, she is shaping a global initiative with education and training for both students and professionals. From 2003-2005, she served as Diplomat-in-Residence at UCF under the auspices of a national U.S. Department of State program. She was the U.S. Department of State’s official liaison in Central Florida, conducting workshops, providing information on careers, connecting students to internship and scholarship opportunities, and speaking on policy matters. Domestic assignments include Counselor (the most senior career position) and Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Information Agency (now a part of the Department of State), Foreign Service Personnel in Washington, The United Nations in New York and The White House in Washington, DC.

Photo Credit: ucfglobalperspectives.org

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With unique vision and insight, Ambassador Elam-Thomas placed a human face on diplomacy She was a member of the Senior Advisory Group of the European Command and served three years on the Board of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a member of The American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on the board of The Institute for International Education, The Cultural Academy for Excellence and the Board of Cooperators at Simmons College. She was the 2007 recipient of the Director General’s Cup for the Foreign Service. That award is presented to retired career diplomats who have made significant contributions to the advancement of U.S. foreign policy during their service to the nation. Formerly the Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Central Florida, Ambassador Elam-Thomas directs a new Diplomacy Program at the University. Ambassador ElamThomas was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She and her husband Wilfred J. Thomas reside in Central Florida. Ambassador Harriet speaks French, Greek, and Turkish.

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HOW TO WIN AS A ROAD WARRIOR Business travelers know that jetting across the country for their jobs is no vacation it's work. Business travelers frequently must cope with weather an d flight delays, are so crunched for time they take conference calls from moving walkways, and often eat sub-par meals on the go. But business travel can be something more than settling for what's quick and close at hand - and it doesn't have to affect the success of your trip. From the food you eat to how you spend time between meetings, there are ways to make working on the road more comfortable, satisfying and even more efficient. * Start the day right. When you're traveling for business, eating righ t is important. Meetings can go long, new engagements can pop up, and you never quite know when you'll be able to get your next meal. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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Look for hotels that provide a variety of breakfast choices, like Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. These hotels offer rotating hot breakfast options, fresh whole fruit, and warm waffles, all included in the price of your room. You'll always have a good morning with the breakfast options featured in their new Be Our Guest Breakfast, available at Country Inn & Suites hotels in the U.S. and Canada. * "You" time. Your schedule is usually hectic during business trips, so find some down time whenever you can to relax and unwind. Keep Sudoku puzzles, crosswords or a good book at hand for those unexpected travel delays. Keep your luggage light by adding a few books to an e-reader or downloading puzzle apps to your smart phone. Carving out a few minutes of your day to do something you like - between meetings, while waiting for your plane to board or in the cab ride en route to your hotel - can help give you a more positive outlook. * Stay connected. It's always a good idea - whether you're having a good day or a difficult one - to stay in touch with someone outside of your colleagues and clients. A quick phone call from an airport, taxi or hotel to check in at home or an e -mail exchange with a good friend are welcome distractions from work and help balance your day and lift your mood. * Work smart. Let's face it - during business travel, office hours rarely apply. When planning your trip, it's important to consider hotel amenities that can make working easier, so you feel more at home. Look for hotels like Country Inns & Suites that do both; with free high-speed Internet access and use of their business center for printing and faxing, working smarter is easy. * Get moving. When you've arrived at your destination, the last thing you want to do is hurry up and wait. Always consider ground transportation options beyond local taxis or rental cars. Research local public tr ansportation ahead of time, or check with your hotel about shuttles and transfer services; also, some cities have train service. If you're planning an upcoming business trip, finding the best deals ahead of time that can save your company money is part of smart business travel. For those travelling now through Nov. 21, 2011, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson gives you the opportunity to receive 15,000 bonus Gold Points that can be saved or redeemed for a free night at select locations.. You can find out m ore at www.countryinns.com. Business travel can be grueling, but it doesn't need to be. Making a few small adjustments in your travel planning can make it easier for you to enjoy where you are and what you're doing, which can help make your trip an even greater success.

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INGREDIENTS INGREDIENTS : :

Yield: Makes eight to 12 servings

 1/3  1/3 cupcup butter butter  1pound 1 pound cremini cremini sliced sliced mushrooms mushrooms  1large 1 large sweet sweet mild mild onion, onion, finely finely chopped chopped  3cups 3 cups cooked cooked Texmati Texmati Brown Brown Rice, Rice, divided divided  1(61 1/2-oz.) (6 1/2-oz.) container container Garlic Garlic and and Herbs Herbs Spreadable Spreadable Cheese Cheese  2(14-oz.) 2 (14-oz.) cans cans roasted roasted garlic garlic seasoned seasoned chicken chicken broth, broth, divided divided  2cups 2 cups water, water, additional additional if if desired desired  8slices 8 slices pre-cooked pre-cooked readyreadyto-serve to-serve smoked smoked bacon bacon  Salt  Salt and and pepper pepper to to taste taste

DIRECTIONS DIRECTIONS : : Melt Melt butter butter in ainlarge a large nonnonstick stick stockpot stockpot over over mediummediumhigh high heat. heat. Add Add mushrooms mushrooms and and onion; onion; cook cook about about 10 10 minutes, minutes, stirring stirring periodically. periodically. LetLet thethe mixture mixture cool cool slightly. slightly. In aIn a food food processor processor or or blender, blender, combine combine mushroom mushroom mixture, mixture, 1-1/2 1-1/2 cups cups rice, rice, cheese, cheese, and and 1 cup 1 cup broth. broth. Pulse Pulse mixture mixture until until mushrooms mushrooms areare finely finely chopped chopped butbut notnot pureed pureed and and mixture mixture is thoroughly is thoroughly combined. combined. Return Return mixture mixture to to stockpot; stockpot; stirstir in in remaining remaining rice, rice, broth, broth, and and water. water. Bring Bring to to a boil; a boil; cook cook uncovered uncovered over over medium medium heat heat 5 minutes. 5 minutes. Heat Heat bacon bacon slices slices between between paper paper towels towels in microwave in microwave according according to to package package directions. directions. Chop Chop bacon bacon and and setset aside. aside. Add Add saltsalt and and pepper pepper to to soup soup to to taste. taste. ToTo serve, serve, ladle ladle soup soup into into bowls; bowls; sprinkle sprinkle with with bacon. bacon. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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Brown Rice Black Bean Burrito Yield: Makes six servings

Photo courtesy of USA Rice Federation, www.usarice.com

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1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. cumin 3 cups cooked Texmati Brown Rice 1 15- or 16-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 11-oz. can corn, drained 6 8-inch flour tortillas 3/4 cup or 6 oz. shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt 1/4 cup prepared salsa

DIRECTIONS: Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Sauté 3 to 5 minutes until onion is tender. Add rice, beans, and corn. Cook, stirring 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is thoroughly heated. Remove from the heat. Spoon 1/2 cup of the rice mixture down the center of each tortilla. Top each with 2 Tbsp. cheese, 1 Tbsp. green onion, and 1 Tbsp. yogurt. Roll the tortilla up and top with 1 Tbsp. salsa. To save time, when cooking the rice for the burritos, double the recipe on the label and use the leftover rice in another dish, like Cremini Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Rice Soup, later in the week.

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W hile the beauty routine of some women consists of little more than a hairbrush and moisturizer, others spend hours in front of the mirror mastering the latest beauty trends. But no matter how high- or lowmaintenance you may be, the right beauty tricks will have you looking your best in no time. Celebrity makeup artist BJ Gillian and hairstylist to the stars Brett Freedman beauty

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women with little time for beauty, to those prepping for a night out on the town. Low -- In a time crunch: * Tinted moisturizers with SPF and gradual self-tanners not only protect you from the sun, but also add color to the skin.

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Gillian. * For wash-and-wear hairstyles, get a good haircut with layers to keep hair from being weighed down, says Freedman. Medium-- Easy beauty tricks with maximum impact: * Use your eye color to determine what shades of shadow to use. Blue eyes work best with brown and sea green colors, while green eyes pop with plum and violet shadow colors. Brown-eyed gals can wear any color.

"Try Pantene Pro-V Volume Root Lifter Spray to wake up your roots and Pantene Pro-V Volume Mousse all over to give hair a gorgeous amp up," he says. "My tip: Less is more. Don't bog hair down with product."

* To easily fake a chic look, try combining sleek, pulled back hair or a tousled bun with a vivid or smoky eye. Silke Endress Lifestyle of the Lady CEO International Professional Women’s Magazine

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hen making style changes, many women make the mistake of thinking that they have to change everything. Keeping your innate style in mind, you can change up your wardrobe by simply adding small new elements. Here are some tips that can help you update your look:

* Face forward: With increased attention being paid to living a more natural lifestyle, mineral makeup is becoming increasingly popular. The M*Vie line from online retailer Midnight Velvet (www.midnightvelvet.com) is a full range of mineral makeup that suits a wide variety of complexions. The site also has instructional videos from style and beauty expert Maureen Burke. * A beautiful foundation: Having the right intimates, from bras to camisoles and body shapers, can help your clothes fit better and lay more elegantly on your figure. * Be yourself: Even when your closet needs updating, you should be true to yourself. Women's accessories often say a lot about who they are, from the nostalgia of a hat to the sophistication of adding a draped scarf, and they are one of the simplest ways to breathe new life into your wardrobe. When your personal style and inner beauty show through, you'll stand out no matter what you're wearing.

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