It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and the deadline to create my book is coming up in October. We are having quite the “Fearless Adventure” gallivanting around the country. Last week, we visited The Twin Cities and had the most welcoming and exhilarating Fearless Women Awards event hosted by the Fearless Mary Jo Sherwood. It took place at the historic Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, built in 1907.
We gave the Fearless Women of the Year Award to Julie Gilbert, founder and CEO of Wolf Means Business. The Fearless Women Visionary Award went to Connie Goldman, an award-winning radio producer and reporter for National Public Radio. Both these women were presented a sword with their names engraved on it. When I pulled the sword out of its sheath to present to Connie Goldman, a petite woman in her late 70’s, she looked up at me and said, “Is that for me?!” The sword was almost as big as she was. What a beautiful moment!
Our Fearless Women Panel was filled with the most impressive women. It was moderated by Nancy Stephan, Honoring Women Worldwide, with panelists, Ann Bankcroft, Polar Explorer, Deborah Yungner, ERBUS Inc. and Judge Pamela Alexander, the first African-American judge of Minnesota.
The next day we photographed seven fearless women from Minnesota. I was fortunate to photograph Judge Pamela Alexander. She has served in the courts of Minneapolis for 25 years. Judge Alexander was led early to a career in justice after being called at age 12, to testify in the rape case of a childhood friend. She was struck by the constant complaints about the lawyer assigned to the case. She made up her mind to become a lawyer who truly advocated for her clients. Now retired, she wants to find some of the families that were in her courtroom to help them.
Here’s a little teaser…we are planning to end our Fearless Women Vision Tour at the end of 2012, gathering with the Fearless Women in Uganda! Please go to Facebook and “like” Fearless Women Uganda. More later…
Next stop…Fearless Women Tampa Bay, October 7-8, 2011!