Lauren Klym, Creator of the Safety Lockdown Plan for Stamford, Connecticut’s School System Currently a Freshman at Syracuse University

Lauren Klym, Creator of the Safety Lockdown Plan for Stamford, Connecticut’s School System Currently a Freshman at Syracuse University

Lauren Klym, Creator of the Safety Lockdown Plan for Stamford, Connecticut’s School System Currently a Freshman at Syracuse University

 
 
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Bet you didn’t think that a young girl of 17 could make a huge change? Lauren proved that you don’t have to be an adult to make change. Hearing about all of the school shootings, she took it upon herself to do something. And so a Safety Lockdown Plan for Lauren’s high school was devised. A plan that has been adapted by the whole Stamford, Connecticut school system. To be clear, Lauren designed it.

Mary Barneby, CEO Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Mary Barneby, CEO Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Mary Barneby, CEO Girl Scouts of Connecticut

 
 
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The Girl Scouts have been around for over 100 years. Yes, 100 Years and they are still going strong. Who better to talk about our young girls and women empowerment as they celebrate this milestone than Mary Barneby, CEO Girl Scouts Connecticut? Mary has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Connecticut since 2012. She oversees the delivery of programs and services to nearly 20,000 girl and 16,000 adult members throughout the state of Connecticut. Mary was a Girl Scout in Brooklyn, NY and attributes the challenge of earning badges to her drive for achievement of tangible results in her personal and professional lives as an adult. Mary takes us through the journey that prepares young girls to be strong, independent women.

Hope Hollinsworth Coaxum, Author, Producer, Advocate and Gold Star Mom

Hope Hollinsworth Coaxum, Author, Producer, Advocate and Gold Star Mom

Hope Hollinsworth Coaxum, Author, Producer, Advocate and Gold Star Mom

 
 
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Two children and a great career in the beverage industry. Nice family life until the day things changed. Hope’s son was killed in action while serving his country. What did Hope do? She turned to writing. Hope, author of many novels and producer of several theatrical works, takes topics that surround us daily. Everyday life changing events, emotions, trauma and community are incorporated in all that Hope creates. And she is using her experience to empower other women.

Kristen Jensen, Life Style Photographer and Videographer, Philanthropist, Model and Actress

Kristen Jensen, Life Style Photographer and Videographer, Philanthropist, Model and Actress

Kristen Jensen, Life Style Photographer and Videographer, Philanthropist, Model and Actress

 
 
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So you don’t think you’re photographic material? Kristen takes that inner you and brings it out what you never realized you had. It’s not just a photograph. It’s so much more. Through tough times, through great times how Kristen has reinvented herself, and keeps on going. A single mom from the time her son was an infant, Kristen persevered. Now Kristen uses that empowerment and empowers others to see their own beauty, lens by lens.

Gina Vasco Cowher, Legacy stylist for over 35 years, Co-Owner of the award winning Stamford, CT noble Salon and Philanthropist

Gina Vasco Cowher, Legacy stylist for over 35 years, Co-Owner of the award winning Stamford, CT noble Salon and Philanthropist

Gina Vasco Cowher, Legacy stylist for over 35 years, Co-Owner of the award winning Stamford, CT noble Salon and Philanthropist

 
 
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Are you really vain or are you just taking care of yourself? Gina’s greatest passion is helping women become their most beautiful self. Focused on showcasing what first her clients’ individual styles while keeping them feeling relevant and modern, “As a leader in the beauty and fashion industry I feel blessed to be working with women every day which allows me to have an interchange of life so that we can both grow and evolve from our time together.” How does Gina manage in this haven for women? Gina has heard the stories. She listens. She empowers and she gives back. She’s been there and she knows.