Plush Size Owner Courtney Harris is Today’s Honoree

Courtney Harris is the owner of Plush Size located in Columbus Ga. Plush Size is an organization for plus size women. We participate in various photo shoots and events throughout the year. Plush Size was formed in October 2016 when women came together to support Breast Cancer Awareness month by doing a photo shoot. We invite all plus size women to come out to join us monthly. Plush Size gives women a boost of self confidence and a push to start their modeling journey. PS wants every woman to know that she is beautiful and loved just the way she is.

Plush Size envisioned building and empowering plus size women everywhere. In an industry that revolves around an image of a size 2, plush knows the struggles the average woman faces daily. Self-acceptance & Self-confidence have been each woman’s hurdle at a moment in life.

With a passion and drive for not only building yet as well representing amazing, beautiful, curvy women, Plush Size is making an imprint on the industry with no sight of stopping. In addition, Plush Size offers model portfolio building, booking as well as many other opportunities.

PSM prides itself on development and self-confidence while scouting newly undiscovered talent and creating a support team that persistently pushing each woman to their full potential while continuous expanding opportunities for all talent.

Are you a aspiring model ? Or simply are looking for more information on how to branch out in the fashion industry? We here at plush have many opportunities for you contact Plush Size today.

Courtney is also a Director with Rubies 2 Diamonds which is an outreach program for young girls ages 6-16. Visit us at www.rubies2diamonds.org

In order for our females to blossom into successful young women, they must be given the opportunity to learn different trades. At Rubies 2 Diamonds we specialize in presenting training programs with a fun twist. We offer a variety of different training programs including:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basic Sewing
  • Basic Car Maintenance
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning and more

In addition, Rubies 2 Diamonds offer a mentoring program where topic ranging from sexual health, social relations and employment opportunities can be discussed. Our educator and mentors will help youth who feel lost and alone. By pairing young women with established female mentors. We hope to encourage rubies to develop into diamonds.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/PlushSizeColumbusGa/ for more information.

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Musical Prodigy Biana Pinchuk is Today’s Honoree

Biana Pinchuk is a thirteen year old world-renowned musical prodigy. A composer, a performer and violinist, Biana sings in six languages and composed her first professional piece at the tenderfoot age of six. She has performed with the Florida Grand Opera, toured the world and discovered a passion for philanthropy – Last year, she raised over $150,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation and The Children’s Trust charitable organizations. 

In March of 2010 Biana Pinchuk had her first theater performance to a crowd of more than 1200 people at age 6. She was planning to sing “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, but when she arrived she was told that some other singer was performing that song. One would expect her to break down at 6 years old. Instead she approached the promoter and asked if she can sing “Mamma” an Italian song she had just learned the day before. Having no choice the promoter agreed. Biana went out on stage with a piano accompaniment and mesmerized the audience. Her violin teacher happened to be at the event and he heard her sing, so he started taking her with him on different concerts.

For the next several years Biana started improving her violin and vocal skills and performing at many different venues around South Florida such as country clubs, weddings, and other private events. By age nine Biana’s repertoire had grown to almost eighty songs that she had mastered. Having some stage experience she had started to do small solo performances initially at charity events. Lots of booking agents were hesitant towards booking Biana because they had never before seen a nine year old do a solo show. After some time of convincing some bookers had given her a shot and had received amazing feedback from audiences and had called to bring her back.

Biana has entered many vocal competitions and organized shows. When she was 8 won her first vocal competition “Young Talent Big Dreams” beating out more them 400 kids ranging from 8 to 17. She has won or come in second at many others like “Talent Quest”. She also was a finalist for “Annie” on Broadway being one of the last eleven kids out of more than 23,000. She was selected to perform in Tosca with the Florida Grand Opera beating out a large group of teenagers and many other shows. She has been seen on NBC 6 -Miami 4 times and written up in the Miami Herald and many other publications.

 In April of 2014 Biana performed in Tosca with the Florida Grand Opera. Those performances had taken place at the Adrienne Arsht Center and the Broward Performing Arts Theatre. Later that month Biana was sent to Italy to perform in Sorrento, Italy in a private event for National Cash Register.

One of her recent accomplishments was that Biana was selected out of thousands of auditioners over a nationwide search and was chosen in the group of six that got to sing with Phil Collins, Richard Marx, and SO many more famous artists. Biana was thrilled to be able to have this experience.

Biana was also honored with having the opportunity at an event for BritWeek where she met the artist Romero Britto and he listened to her perform.

In early 2015 Biana decided introduce classical music to underprivileged kids. She had contacted local schools and decided to do a school tour. Which had turned out to be a great success with  amazingly positive response from  kids that were never exposed to the classics before. As well as written up in the Miami Herald and shown on CH 7 news and CH10 news.

Biana’s passion for music shows in everything which she touches and does. Her love for the art is translates to her audiences and makes them feel as part of her show. It is that experience which makes her want to pursue a career in music and the arts.

Biana Pinchuk was a natural fit into the Palm Beach International Film Festival ( www.PBIFilmFest.org ) where she’ll be doing a special performance on Sunday, April 2nd at Cinemark before the film ROBERT SHAW – MAN OF MANY FACES, the life story of the greatest choral conductor in the world, where she’s certain to receive a standing ovation as she’s completely humbled to perform before a documentary on such an iconic figure.

Visit http://www.bianapinchuk.com/about-us for more information.

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Author Phoebe Maltz Bovy is Today’s Honoree

phoebePhoebe Maltz Bovy is the Author of The Perils of “Privilege”: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage by Phoebe Maltz Bovy (St. Martin’s Press; on-sale March 14, 2017)

Systematic injustice is real and is undoubtedly a problem in our culture. Racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry are alive and well. “Privilege” hasn’t helped. In her debut book, Phoebe Maltz Bovy offers “an exploration of how the idea of ‘privilege’ has morphed over the years” (Kirkus Reviews). Since 2010, she has been following instances of “your privilege is showing” or YPIS on her blog and has long found the phenomenon of privilege-accusation fascinating. The Perils of “Privilege” is an investigation of and argument against the ubiquitous idea of privilege and covers the use of the word in everything from politicians’ rhetoric to online activism and literary criticism.

Phoebe can speak to many of interesting facets of the term “privilege,” including:

* Online, no one really knows who’s who, so it’s easy to win a point by citing the one area where another person is (or seems as if they might be) privileged. Privilege conversations of course occur offline as well, but are a social-media-age phenomenon.

* Individuals and demographics falling somewhere ambiguous on the privilege hierarchy – neither obvious haves nor obvious have-nots – wind up the scapegoats of a “privilege” framework.

* Privilege confessions, which are everywhere, are a form of evasion or self-promotion. Rather, they take away the possibility of others calling them out, or just venting.

* Privilege-accusations force sharing. If you’re not willing to share your story of suffering (in a college application, in a personal essay, on social media), you’ve as good as admitted to having had it easy.

About The Book:

Privilege-the word, the idea, the j’accuse that cannot be answered with equanimity-is the new rhetorical power play. From social media to academia, public speech to casual conversation, “Check your privilege” or “Your privilege is showing” are utilized to brand people of all kinds with a term once reserved for wealthy, old-money denizens of exclusive communities.

Today, “privileged” applies to anyone who enjoys an unearned advantage in life, about which they are likely oblivious. White privilege, male privilege, straight privilege-those conditions make everyday life easier, less stressful, more lucrative, and generally better for those who hold one, two, or all three designations. But what about white female privilege in the context of feminism? Or fixed gender privilege in the context of transgender? Or weight and height privilege in the context of hiring practices and salary levels? Or food privilege in the context of public health? Or two parent, working class privilege in the context of widening inequality for single parent families?

In The Perils of Privilege, Phoebe Maltz Bovy examines the rise of this word into extraordinary potency. Does calling out privilege help to change or soften it? Or simply reinforce it by dividing people against themselves? And is privilege a concept that, in fact, only privileged people are debating?

About The Author

Phoebe Maltz Bovy is a writer born and raised in New York City, now living in Toronto. Her essays on privilege have appeared in The New Republic and The Atlantic, among other publications. She has a doctorate in French and French Studies from New York University.

Visit http://phoebemaltzbovy.weebly.com/ for more information.

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Author Margaret Combs is Today’s Honoree

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About The Book:

Hazard is a poignant, unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling. Margaret Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with lived reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame, the 1950s through the 1970s, and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life. Like many siblings of disabled children, young Margaret drives herself to excel in order to make up for her family’s sorrow and ultimately flees her family for what she hopes is a “normal” life.

Hazard is also a story of indelible bonds between siblings: the one between Combs and her sister, and the deep and rueful one she has with her disabled brother; how he and she were buddies; and how fervently she wanted to make him whole. Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born, the author eventually arrives in a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother, whom she loves and who loves her in return.

About The Author:

Margaret Combs began her writing life as a National Public Radio reporter in New England and education correspondent for the Boston Globe. Her early work as a journalist and syndicated feature writer heightened awareness about student learning styles, social equity in schools and also child health. Her documentary work on children of incest was awarded the Tom Phillips New England Broadcasting Award for Best Documentary, as well as the Sigma Delta Chi Meritorious Public Service Citation.

While writing for Parenting Publications of America, Margaret garnered first-place awards for excellence in journalism four years in a row. Her award-winning articles included the health risks of guns in the home and the environmental impacts of disposable diapers on solid waste landfill.

In recent years, Margaret’s story-telling skills have extended to literary memoir. Her book, Hazard: A Sister’s Flight from Family and a Broken Boy chronicles the emotional intricacies of growing up with a brother who has severe autism. Excerpts from her book have appeared in literary magazines, including the North American Review and Lost magazine.

Now living on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, Margaret is Director of Communications for The Northwest School in Seattle. Prior to moving to the west coast she worked as Director of Communications for The Cambridge School of Weston, near Boston, and as Senior Writer and Manager of Public Relations for Tufts University. For both institutions she increased visibility in major media outlets, including, among others, NBC’s World News Tonight, CNN, and the Boston Globe.

Margaret is the proud mother of two sons, Jesse and Alex Aronson, both artists, who live and work in Los Angeles.

Visit www.margaretcombs.com for more information.

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Suite HOPE Founder Jeanna Doyle is Today’s Honoree

jennadoyleSuite HOPE Founder Jeanna Doyle began her career in the beauty industry more than 20 years ago. She earned her Master of Cosmetology licenses in Kentucky and Texas before pursuing multiple certifications in advanced skincare. Jeanna also trained in camouflage makeup through The Barbara Salomone Conservatory of Esthetics and received makeup and airbrush training through Creative Artistry & FX.

Most impressively, Jeanna possesses certifications in medical aesthetics as a Medical Aesthetics Provider (M.A.P.) through Dallas Center for Advanced Medical Aesthetics and in clinical oncology as a Clinical Oncology Esthetician (C.O.E.) through Touch for Cancer Care. Jeanna’s expertise in medical aesthetics and clinical oncology exemplifies her uniqueness in the field of makeup artistry.

Trained in corrective makeup, Jeanna has worked closely with plastic and reconstructive surgeons and oncologists. She earned additional certification with the American Cancer Society through its “Look Good, Feel Better” program, a free program helping women with cancer improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

A Dallas resident more than 15 years, Jeanna has worked as a hair and makeup artist on a variety of print, television and film projects. Represented by The Campbell Agency, her work has appeared on many magazine covers and in magazines including PaperCity, D Magazine, Cigar Aficionado, Lucky Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Modern Luxury, BaylorHealth, Sally Beauty and Fort Worth Hotel Magazine. She has contributed to advertising campaigns for Buick, Nokia, Neiman Marcus, Toyota, Tostitos, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Gatorade, Samsung, Mary Kay Cosmetics and American Airlines.

Additionally, Jeanna has worked with a wide-range of actors, sports figures, musicians and politicians including Ben Affleck, Peter O’Toole, Danny DeVito, Liev Shriver, Rose McGowen, Jon Voight, Lee Lee Sobieski, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Jones, Miles Austin, Nastia Liukin, Kelly Clarkson, Dick Clark, Phil Collins, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Kevin Richardson, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Congressman Newt Gingrich and President George W. Bush.

Giving back to her community, Jeanna serves as a motivational speaker and mentor. She successfully participated in a three-level coaching program focused on leadership development, which inspired her to motivate and empower others. In addition to mentoring a high school student enrolled in Frisco Independent School District’s Independent Study and Mentorship program, Jeanna has worked with and given talks to college students majoring in fashion and advertising photography at Collin College and the Art Institute of Dallas. Jeanna enjoys public speaking and has appeared as a motivational guest speaker at Tyler Cancer Center’s Life Beyond Cancer Retreat and the Ovarian Cancer Education Forum at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque.

Visit www.jeannadoyle.com for more information.

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hipS-sister Founder Sonia Kanner is Today’s Honoree

soniakannerSonia Kanner created the company hipS-sister based upon the concept of the dreaded fanny pack. Sonia strived to create an alternative option that is fashionable, functional, and flattering.

“While on a hike with my friends, frustrated because we were all holding our precious iPhones and car keys, I said outloud, ” there has to be something out there to hold all this stuff, that is cute and flattering. ” I spent hours on the computer and I found nothing that I would buy. A simple piece of fabric with pockets! A-ha, I knew I was on to something. What started as one basic “left coast” design has now turned into a fashion frenzy. hipS-sister now comes in a variety of fabrics, styles and colors to accompany you wherever you go, and if you are anything like me, you are ALWAYS on the go. Now you’ve got that perfect accessory to hold your small personal items and I have no doubt you will love it as much as I do”

A little bit about our culture…

“I get up every morning and cannot wait to log on to facebook and read all the messages that have been posted since I last logged on. Inspiration and support breed inspiration and support. It’s almost addictive. It’s overwhelming at times. But I’ll take that over anything!

I wake up at 5am to start my day. That’s unlike the old me who enjoyed sleeping in. Now I enjoy working. In fact, I love it.

A group of wonderful women and a few brave men have come together to join me on this journey. They have been fundamental in creating the culture that is behind the hipS-sister brand.

This culture that we carry with us while at work has spread into our daily lives as well. The lines of business and everyday life have been blurred and we try to carry the positivity with us everywhere we go. Does that mean every day is perfect and works out as planned? Of course not! But on those days where it’s tough, we try to live by Mumford and Son’s words “hold on to what you believed in the light, when the darkness has robbed you of all of your sight”.

We’ve started a blog with hopes that you will get a bit more insight into our lives and who we are as the individuals behind the brand. If you follow us on the blog, you will see some recurring themes of creativity, passion, motivation, and good will.

Visit https://hipssister.com/about-us/ for more information.

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Lifehouse President and CEO Nancy Dow Moody is Today’s Honoree

nancydowAbout Nancy:

Nancy has been the President and CEO of Lifehouse since 2008 and also serves on its board. She has been with Lifehouse since 1992 and joined as the Director of Services/Associate Director. From 2005-2008, she served as the Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, and in 2008 became the President and CEO. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in Non-Profit Administration from the University of San Francisco, where she was a Merit Scholar and wrote her thesis, and graduated cum laude. She has over 35 years of experience of advancement in the management of programs for people with developmental disabilities.

During her tenure at Lifehouse, she has developed numerous new programs. Some of these include the development of new affordable housing for our clients, the coalition for social and recreation programs for young teens and adults, a senior program, supported living programs and currently is the Chair of the Marin Autism Collaborative, a county-wide effort to develop new programs for individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Nancy currently serves on the Marin Autism Steering Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for Golden Gate Regional Center and Marin Waldorf School.

About Ligthouse:

Lifehouse was incorporated in Marin County in 1954 by a group of parents who wanted an educational program for their children with developmental disabilities. At that time there were no special education programs and children with special needs were at a loss for receiving educational services that met their unique requirements. With the help of visionary leaders at Dominican University and collaboration with Marin County Office of Education, the parents created a preschool, and later a kindergarten that eventually grew into an excellent special education program managed by the Marin County Office of Education. As long-time Lifehouse clients began to reach adulthood, our programs evolved to serve the needs of adults with developmental disabilities. Some of our clients have been with us since pre-school!

Read more about one of Lifehouse’s founders, Dr. Daniel Collins, who also played a pivotal role in advancing civil rights and establishing the Lanterman’s Act.

Visit http://www.lifehouseagency.org/about/staff/ for more information.

 

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