Emily and Betsy Núñez, sisters and founders of Sword & Plough

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Sword & Plough recycles thousands of pounds of military surplus that would otherwise be thrown away. S&P combines these durable materials with other military grade fabrics and incorporate them into fashionable designs. They work with U.S. manufacturers that are owned or partially staffed by veterans, and donate 10% of their profits to veteran initiatives, thereby amplifying a core aspect of their mission. S&P embodies a revolution in made in USA sustainable and social impact fashion.

Founders Emily and Betsy Núñez grew up in a military family at West Point. At Airborne School, Emily heard about many challenges that veterans face and as the only ROTC cadet at Middlebury College, she became keenly aware of the civil-military divide that exists in the U.S. She was also conscious of the incredible amount of military surplus gear that goes to waste. Emily was inspired to create positive change, and she and her sister Betsy saw bags (accessories used by almost every person in their day-to-day life) as a tool to implement that change.

Visit Sword & Plough to find out more about their products.

Emily and Betsy Núñez ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Great Women INSPIRE note: The Núñez sisters were recently featured in a Holiday Inn commercial story focused on their business and how Holiday Inn supports the needs of travelling entrepreneurs. Watch their inspiring story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGbLAC5LXyU Go Holiday Inn!

Emily and Betsy Núñez, sisters and founders of Sword & Plough

Lorraine Czuhanich Dutkowsky, Business Woman, and Philanthropist

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Lorraine Czuhanich Dutkowsky is a business woman and philanthropist. Lorraine is a trustee of a charitable Trust, manages a diverse portfolio of rental properties, serves on various local volunteer boards, and is a director of several family owned businesses.

Growing up in Upstate New York, Lorraine’s parents instilled in her the need to give back. Her main focus has been on children, education, health, youth sports programs, and community sports facilities.

Lorraine is currently actively serving on the boards of Florida’s West Coast Region of The American Red Cross and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is also the co-chair of the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle. Lorraine and her husband Bob co-chaired the Moffitt Magnolia Ball in 2014 and co-chaired the American Heart Association Heart Ball April 2015.

Lorraine and her family have lived in 13 areas of the United States and Internationally. Many of these communities have greatly benefited from her energy, stellar organizing talents and strong dedication to others.

Lorraine Czuhanich Dutkowsky ~ You INSPIRE US!

Lorraine Czuhanich Dutkowsky, Business Woman, and Philanthropist

Christine Tsai, Founding Partner at 500 Startups

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Christine Tsai is a Founding Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund, and startup accelerator. Since its inception in 2010, she helped grow 500 to ~$200M under management, 1400+ portfolio investments (including companies like Credit Karma, Twilio, MakerBot, Wildfire, Viki, Udemy, TheRealReal, ipsy), 100 team members, 20 accelerator batches, and a vibrant community of founders spanning more than 50 countries.

Prior to 500, Christine spent many years at Google and YouTube launching and marketing B2B and developer products such as Google AdSense, Google Analytics, YouTube syndication, and Developer Tools (App Engine, GWT, APIs, etc). She was also the lead for Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference.

Before Google, Christine held roles in international sales at OSIsoft and ChevronTexaco. Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is also a ballet dancer of 25+ years.

Born in Guam and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Christine is proud to have witnessed the growth and innovation of Silicon Valley firsthand for more than three decades. Follow her on Twitter.com/christine_tsai 

Christine Tsai ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Christine Tsai, Founding Partner at 500 Startups

Eleanore Berman, Interior Designer, Business Woman

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Eleanore Berman, ASID, has been designing interiors for over 30 years, 26 of these have been in the Bay Area. An active member of the American Society of Interior Designers, she is a Certified Interior Designer and also holds the Green AP Certification in Sustainable Design. Eleanore has received numerous awards for her Work including ASID Peninsula Chapter 2001 Design Awards Competition. Her company, Design 2 Interiors, is located in San Jose, CA in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Eleanore Berman ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Eleanore Berman, Interior Designer, Business Woman

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Great Women INSPIRE™ is an online community of business women; built by women for women. We are women helping women build our businesses and ourselves. Great Women INSPIRE launched on May 8, 2016, on Mother’s Day.

Great Women INSPIRE highlights extraordinary women that have made significant contributions in their communities and beyond. The website features inspiring stories, images, and videos of Great Women who see an exciting world filled with possibilities. Our goal is to INSPIRE, encourage and support all who visit to find their individual path to greatness.

We’re asking women across the country to tell us Who INSPIRES You? The Great Women INSPIRE categories are Art, Business, Education, Entertainment, Music, Philanthropy, Public Service, Science, Sports, and Technology. Share the story of the Great Woman who inspired you at http://77.104.139.84/~greatwom/who-inspires-you/

Our belief is that everyone has a path to greatness. Become a Founding Great Woman and help build the Great Women INSPIRE community. Together, we can inspire all who visit to continue to build their individual path to greatness and support one another along the way. Great Women ~ Be Them, Know Them, Raise Them. For more information or to start a group in your area visit GreatWomenINSPIRE.com or call 650-954-0364. Join the adventure!

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