The Vault…Kerri Strug ~ 1996 Atlanta Olympics

The Vault ~ Kerri Strug ~ 1996 Atlanta Olympics

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Julia Shepherd Tang has been teaching health and wellness practices for over 15 years to college students, at-risk youth, recovering addicts, the general public and now veterans. In 2016, she joined Project Welcome Home Troops to help improve the quality of life for returning veterans and their families.

Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day in the U.S.

When soldiers return home from war, they can face a disequilibrium upon entering day to day life. They can miss the sense of purpose and camaraderie from their mission, and have a difficult time turning off the hyper-vigilance that was necessary for combat situations. While hyper-vigilance can save a life on the battlefield, the same continued adrenal gland activity can put damaging chronic stress on the system.  Soldiers are trained for months how to behave once deployed, but they are not given the same education on how to reintegrate back into daily life- how to turn off their hyper-alertness, how to feel calm in a crowd, how to turn off their anxiety.

Veterans may suffer terribly from moral injuries, different from post traumatic syndrome. Moral injuries are unseen psychological wounds which can arise from participating in acts of war. Serious inner conflict can arise when military personnel commits or see acts of combat that go against their moral beliefs. Veterans can return home and experience a profound sense of shame, guilt, and remorse that can leave them in continued mental anguish, depressed, or suicidal.

The cornerstone of Project Welcome Home Troops course is the SKY Practice, a set of empirically validated breathing techniques that bring deep mental and physical relaxation which research suggests can reduce symptoms of anxiety, anger, insomnia and depression.  Medically, the breathing stimulates the vagus nerve and lowers cortisol and increases serotonin.  Socially, participants regain a sense of belonging, mission and purpose. Workshops are free for veterans and their families.

Travis Leanna a Marine in Operation Iraqi Freedom said, “This workshop has done more than I ever could have imagined…I have opened the door to my emotions. I am happy to say that I can feel happiness as well as sadness, and both are great. I have been given a new life, and I feel empowered to share my new self with everyone.Thank you for giving me a life worth living.”

Julia also teaches the SKY technique at Stanford University and to the general public.  She lives in Burlingame with her husband, two girls and a well-fed beagle named Suki.

If you know a veteran or active service member who would like participate in Project Welcome Home Troops, email  or go to Julia Shepherd Tang and Project Welcome Home Troops ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Julia Shepherd Tang, Using Meditation to Help Veterans

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Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize laureate, is 19 years old today. Check out the USA TODAY story showcasing her most inspirational quotes.

Great Women INSPIRE says…Malala has a keen focus on education in her speeches. Here’s our favorite quote from Malala: “Let us become the first generation that decides to be the last that sees empty classrooms, lost childhoods, and wasted potentials.” We hope her quote will become the world’s reality.

Happy Birthday, Malala. You INSPIRE Us!

Read the USA Today story honoring Malala Yousafzai on her 19th birthday featuring her inspired words.

For more information visit Direct from the Malala Fund website ~ WHAT WE DO
Inspired by co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala Fund’s goal is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. We work with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; we invest in local education leaders and programs, and we advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child.

Happy Birthday, Malala Yousafzai

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Meet Marta Becket. Since 1966, this ex-Broadway dancer has created art, ballet, and wonderment at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley, CA. This video tells HerStory of following dreams, creating beauty and sharing this treasure with others. For example, when she didn’t have an audience she went about painting one. Her six-year endeavor transformed this magical theater. Today, the performances are done by Jenna McClintock of Oakland, CA. Jenna was drawn to preserve Marta’s work.

Great Women INSPIRE’s favorite quote in the video from Marta, “Empty spaces are places to paint what is possible.”

This video was created by Visit California to honor Marta Becket on the 38th anniversary of Marta’s first performance.

Marta ~ Thank you for sharing your dreams, your talent and for creating wonderment.

Marta Becket and Jenna McClintock ~ You INSPIRE Us!

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Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres, for sharing this performance by Sia. AND for creating happiness as we dance, laugh, and enjoy time with you and the people that visit your show.

Thank you, Sia, for a brilliant performance of the theme song for “Finding Dory.” ~ ‘UNFORGETTABLE’

About Finding Dory ~ With help from Nemo and Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) the forgetful fish embarks on a quest to reunite with her mother (Diane Keaton) and father (Eugene Levy). Release date: June 17, 2016 (USA)

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Ellen DeGeneres and Sia ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Ellen and Sia are ‘Unforgettable’

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Dr. Shida Tan is a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation with expertise in novel charged particle beam technologies, optical spectroscopy, microscopy techniques, and nano-materials. Shida currently leads pathfinding projects in gas field ionization source technology and its applications in circuit edit, low yield analysis, failure analysis, and fault isolation. Shida’s responsibilities also include overseeing collaborative initiatives with academic and industry partners in the field. Shida has been with Intel for 14 years, she has previously led projects on optical probing techniques, carbon nanotubes, and silicon photonics.

Shida received her Ph.D. in Material Science with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 2002 and B.S. degree from Tsinghua University in 1997. She has 9 issued and 3 pending US patents, 3 Intel Trade Secrets, 1 invited book chapter, and over 60 peer-reviewed publications. Shida has active leadership roles in several academia-industry conferences in her field, including steering committee member, technical program chair, session chair, abstract reviewer, and speaker.

Shida is also active in industry and academia research oversight bodies and women in technology initiatives. Shida is a founding organizer of the Women in Nanotechnology event at the EIPBN conference and served as a panelist in the Professional Business Women of California STEM Career panel. She is a proposal review board member for the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs Molecular Foundry.

Shida enjoys spending time with her family and reading whenever time permits.

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Dr. Shida Tan ~ You INSPIRE Us~

Shida Tan, Principal Engineer at Intel

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Renee Liang, born under the Year of Tiger, elegantly reached the age of 90 in the spring of 2016. For such a milestone birthday, she chose to spend it quietly with her immediate family, no gathering of relatives and friends for a birthday celebration. No spotlights, Thank you.
She was a linguistic teacher for nearly 30 years before retiring at the age of 80 and moved to the San Francisco area. With her passion for sharing knowledge and caring disposition for people around her, her students and colleagues continue to be an integral part of her retirement life – keeping her busy via phone calls, emails, social media or Skype. Many make San Francisco a special stop in their travels as they love to be near her and respect her dearly.
She is a modern day Joy Luck Club hostess – When one of her daughters wanted to improve her Mah-Jong skill, she and her friends would meet at Renee’s home once a month. There were always table-full of Asian delicacy from Dim Sim to dry persimmons to ginger candies or unnamed dried fruits, plus many choices of Teas – some for their fragrance, some for health, in buds, in leaves, in bags or in powder. She takes great pride planning the afternoon and the presentation is like her, elegant but never over the top. The highlight of the event was not how well the players apply the complex rules in their plays or who can outsmart the next player’s strategy but the tidbits of culture and history or stories of her life-lesson she shared that made the afternoons complete.
We applaud Renee teaching from her heart and continuing her lifetime accomplishments. She is a rare person in our society.

Renee Liang ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Renee T.C. Lin Liang, Spirit of Teaching and Elegance

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In addition to Hayes, the finalists for the 2016 National Teacher of the Year are:

  • Nathan Gibbs-Bowing, a social studies teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, WA
  • Daniel Jocz, a social studies teacher at Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, CA
  • Shawn Sheehan, a specialized education algebra teacher at Norman High School in Norman, OK

Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year

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Allyson Kapin has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Tech by Fast Company, one of the top Tech Titans by the Washingtonian, and one of the Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. She is the co-founder of Rad Campaign, a web agency that works with nonprofits to fight the world’s toughest problems, ranging from climate change to health care reform. She is also a philanthropic adviser to Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist and craigconnects. In 2012, Allyson wrote the nonprofit best-selling book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere, with Amy Sample Ward. In 2007, Allyson founded Women Who Tech: A Telesummit for Women in Technology featuring Arianna Huffington of and Joan Blades of She sits on the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Institute and the Planning Committee for NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference. Allyson blogged for Fast Company, focusing on trends in technology and Web 2.0 and currently serves as the Blogger-In-Chief for Care2’s nonprofit communications blog, Frogloop.

Exciting upcoming event ~ Women Startup Challenge, June 14th at LinkedIn. Read Craig Newmark’s (craigslist founder) blog post for a great recap of the event ~ 10 Women Tech Leaders Vie for $50K and Funding at Women Startup Challenge at LinkedIn (Side note: Eileen Chen, founder of Great Women INSPIRE, looks forward to attending and writing about this powerful event.)

Allyson Kapin and Craig Newman ~ You INSPIRE US!  

For more information visit Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign.

Allyson Kapin, Founder, Women Who Tech

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Carli Anne Lloyd (born July 16, 1982) is an American professional soccer midfielder who currently plays for Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team. The USA’s attacking midfielder possesses some rare qualities in her ability to beat players on the dribble and to strike on goal from distance. As fit as she’s ever been, Lloyd is an integral player in the USA’s attack. She scored the winning goal in the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal in overtime to beat Brazil and scored the only two goals in the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Game vs Japan. Carli scored a spectacular hat-trick in the final game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 leading the USA team to the gold. With over eighty goals, Lloyd is the highest scoring midfielder in history for the US Women’s National Team. Carli amazes us with her accomplishments:

  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion 2015
  • FIFA Women’s Player of the Year 2015

Carli is a great athlete, great role model, and great woman. During an interview, Carli was asked to describe herself using five words. She answered: I’m dedicated, relentless, motivated, hardworking, and committed. These qualities are Carli’s keys to success.

Carli Lloyd ~ You INSPIRE US! 

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Carli Lloyd, USA Soccer Legend

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