We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World

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We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World

Harvey Mudd College Has More Women than Men in Computer Science

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Harvey Mudd College improves the number of women in computer science.

Great article from Quartz on how a few basic changes improved the number of women in computer science. Now, Harvey Mudd has more women than men in computer science.

The school’s efforts are being recognized and modeled by colleges and universities around the USA.  From the article ~ “Mudd’s success with women has gotten attention from other colleges and universities, and in 2014, Klawe and Mudd helped launch the BRAID (Building, Recruiting, and Inclusion for Diversity) Initiative to promote women and minorities in computer science at other institutions.” 

Thanks, Harvey Mudd College ~ You INSPIRE Us. Keep promoting women in STEM at the college and beyond!

Photo credit: Harvey Mudd’s President Maria Klawe (Harvey Mudd College)

Harvey Mudd College Has More Women than Men in Computer Science

Julia Shepherd Tang, Using Meditation to Help Veterans

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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 jtang73@gmail.com  or go to www.projectwelcomehometroops.org. Julia Shepherd Tang and Project Welcome Home Troops ~ You INSPIRE Us!

Julia Shepherd Tang, Using Meditation to Help Veterans

Happy Birthday, Malala Yousafzai

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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. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/07/12/malala-yousafzai-birthday-19-july-12/86805528/

For more information visit https://www.malala.org/ 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

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

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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

Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year

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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

Frances Booth, LICSW, Mind Body Matters Founder

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 Frances Booth LICSW, founder of Mind Body Matters, is a social worker, trainer, consultant, speaker, therapist. With over 40 years experience with individuals and organizations, she currently serves on the staff of The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, a holistic cancer care center in Harvard, MA and she maintains an independent practice in Andover, MA. She presents seminars for corporations and mental health professionals on the topics of wellness, stress management, eating disorders, cancer and leading edge clinical treatments for PTSD. A partial client list includes The US Post Office, Mellon Company, YMCA, Massachusetts Chapter NASW, North Shore Hospital, Merrimack College, Lahey Hospital, University of New Hampshire, and Beth Israel Hospital. She currently is a national trainer for the Center for Self Leadership where she teaches mental health professionals new interventions for the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety.

Fran received her academic training at Cornell University (with distinction) and Simmons College. She received basic and advanced Mind Body certificates at the Harvard University Mind/Body Clinic (staff member), Boston. MA, Insight Meditation Center, Barre, MA, and the Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA. She has held adjunct faculty positions at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Smith College School for Social Work.

As a presenter, Fran’s warmth and clarity always receive rave reviews. Fran is known for her passionate belief in the life force as a resource for healing and for her profound capacity to “see” the heart of the matter.

Frances Booth ~ You INSPIRE Us!

For more information visit www.francesbooth.com

Frances Booth, LICSW, Mind Body Matters Founder

Education Blast

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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

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!

Great Women INSPIRE ~ Who INSPIRES You? – Education Category

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