Be There for One Another: Samira Harnish

An Iraqi teenager, Samira Harnish came to the U.S. because of an arranged marriage. Struggling against bigotry and poverty, she earned a degree in Civil Engineering. After settling in Boise, Idaho, Samira got a job as a semiconductor manufacturing engineer; as a research and development engineer, she was integral to the development some of the most advanced memory products ever assembled. When she retired, Samira was in charge of storage node development at the largest domestic manufacturer of semiconductor memory. For Samira, serving her adopted homeland and her community has always been important. As a member of Women in Engineering, she educated young women in the sciences, assisted the elderly in Meals on Wheels, and interpreted in Arabic within both the courts and healthcare sectors. Lifelong Dream In 2010, Samira fulfilled her lifelong dream by founding a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting women refugees who have suffered mental and physical trauma in war and camps: Women of the World. Located in Utah, WoW's mission is to help women achieve self-sufficiency, and their dreams, in the U.S. Samira calls WoW "my heart on my sleeve." WoW's introductory documentary … [Read more...]

Quit Waiting for Approval: Cindy Hooker

Please tell Cindy Hooker she can't do something. She'll dig deep, learn more, and find the inner strength to push herself. Once a high school drop-out with an uncertain future, Hooker joined the U.S. Navy and became the first in her family to graduate from college. While she says she's struggled with self-confidence--even into adulthood--one thing that almost always boosts her courage: When people have told me not to do something or that I could not do something, I generally do it, and most of the time, I am successful." Today, the Navy veteran holds a master's degree and multiple coaching certifications. Cindy uses her coach training and 20+ years of experience in Human Resources at Gold Dog Consulting. Gold Dog specializes in bringing human-focused solutions to leaders who want truly thriving workplaces. No stranger to difficult situations--Hooker has survived layoffs, leadership ethical breaches, and workplace mayhem--she welcomes the chance to bring her unique empathy to people and companies struggling to overcome tough challenges. In particular, Cindy says she deeply understands it when her clients struggle with self-confidence since she's been there too. "My … [Read more...]

Trust Your Instincts: Christina Lattimer

One of the coolest—most fearless—things about Christina Lattimer is that she lives her own advice: trust your instincts. Start a consultancy business based your own leadership model during the worst economic downturn of a century? Check. Build a global social community of like-minded "people development" souls? Check. Interview one of the most prominent business leaders (Sir Richard Branson) in the world? Check. Own up to making "every mistake in the book" as a leader, and devote yourself to giving others the benefit of what you learned. Check. Fear of failure, making mistakes, doesn't stop Christina. Today, she helps leaders develop confidence in their own inner guidance too. Her e.Mile People Development Magazine is a Top 100 Socially Shared Leadership Blog, and her e.MILE global community of people development experts grows daily. (e.MILE is an acronym for MOTIVATE: INSPIRE: LEAD: ENGAGE.) Christina is also recognized as a "Top 101 Leadership Speaker" in the United Kingdom. Fearless Females Forum:  5Cs with Christina Lattimer "Realize that everything you need is inside is there, trust me." What’s the most courageous decision you've made? My … [Read more...]

I’m a Fearless Female and You Can Be Too: Sharon Ann Magnus

Sharon Ann Magnus, " I AM a Fearless Female and you can be too." Sharon Ann Magnus shares herstory of losing a legal battle but winning the war for herself, her truth, and her future as a Fearless Female.  It takes courage to challenge a misogynistic, culturally dysfunctional and destructive working environment. Sharon writes that the battle left her isolated and bullied out of a position that she was passionate about: serving as a Specialist Crime Trainer. Sharon's Herstory I was a decorated and long-standing passionate detective. I taught Serious Sexual Offences and safeguarding issues to many officers and police staff. I relished teaching but when I disclosed my own childhood abuse, (I had decided to enter into a legal process against my childhood abuser in another Force), the treatment I experienced at the hands of my male supervisors and others in my organization left me and my family devastated. Ridiculed with pictures of witches, references to broom sticks and innuendo not fitting or professional by two male police supervisors (they also discussed their wives, girlfriends in demeaning fashions and other woman were discussed as mere pieces of sexual meat for … [Read more...]

The Power to Build: Elena Balasa

At age 10, Elena Balasa’s father asked her what she’d do if their home in Romania burned down and she had nothing left. “I will be desperate and I will cry so hard,” Elena replied. “No,” her father said, “You will think of what you need to do so you can build a better house than before.” Starting over, metaphorically building a better house, is how Elena lives her life. Engineers, Elena and her "college sweetheart" husband began trying to immigrate legally to the U.S. in 1990—with no success. After becoming Canadian residents, in 2003 her husband was offered a job as an engineer manager in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together, they had to decide whether to start over in a new country. “When we decided to emigrate we knew our challenges: different culture, no close family around us, starting our life again when we were 38 years old and most families are settling down at this age. However, we didn’t realize then how challenging the transition would be!” Elena says. Today, Elena says she’s reached her “biggest dream.” She and her husband are U.S. citizens. They have a cherished daughter, good careers, and opportunities to learn and grow. Elena is working on her MBA, volunteers … [Read more...]

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