Newsletter No. 29 - June 2022

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Health and Wellness
Office of Research
Division of Amenities and Transportation

Did you know the National Institute of Health (NIH) strives to promote health and wellness by providing a wealth of free publications: printable via PDF and copies by mail?

NIH Wellness Toolkits highlight evidence-based tips for living well and improving your health. It's published by the Office of Communications and Public Liaison in the NIH Office of the Director. Your Healthiest Self Wellness Toolkit is an excellent resource to read and share with your friends and family. Learn more about the Wellness Toolkits.

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Upcoming Virtual Events
"We are making a difference
one life at a time".


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 (Indiana Eastern)
Where: Zoom

You are cordially invited to participate in our
monthly Knowledge Sharing Events via Zoom.            

"Turning Tragedy Into Triumph - Overcoming Obstacles in Your Life"

Everyone has a success story they can tell related to trials, tribulations, and triumphs. It is one’s ability and how one handles the situations in the stories
that make them so appealing and interesting. 
Guest Speaker Andrea Carlile, Community Engagement Coordinator, HVAF. She also presents the survivorship through it all.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: link here:: Zoom        

"Boundaries, Values, and Networking"
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

"Myths & Realities of Business Ownership”
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

WIN Registration Contacts:

Lolita Hyche, 317-212-6866, and Jay Fitzsimonds, 317-212-1731

Mary Aurtrey
Network Director
Indianapolis, IN
Suited for Change
Suited to Celebrate

Thirty and Thriving: Celebrate 30 Years of Empowering Women

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Arts Club of Washington
2017 I (EYE) St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Johns Hopkins Medicine
A Woman's Journey

Cancer Interception: Lessons learned from HPV

Dr. Cornelia Liu Trimble will talk about the basics of Human papillomavirus infections,
then move to a discussion of new, emerging strategies to
treat early signs that may signal HPV cancers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

7:00 p.m.

for additional information.

Community Engagement and Support
Sharing our Stories, Saving our Lives
A leading community health and human service agency that provides direct services and advocates for the health and human rights of girls and women.
The Next Generation of Innovators
Youth/Teens and Young Adults

STEM Programs
Scistarter and Leap into Science
"Signing" Young Author

Khyiana Tate, a high school senior who is deaf, created sign language books to increase representation for Black people..

Her book is for all people to be informed, learned and educated about the importance of "signing".

Support this young author, learn the language, and purchase a copy of her book, available on Amazon here
Businesses and Resources
Plan, Launch, Manage and Grow

Level Up: Powerful Beyond Measures

Houzz Pro
Learning to Overcome Challenges Shared by Women
Net Health


Phillips Professional Self-Improvement

"How to Rise Up and Achieve
a Woman Leader's Manual for Life"

This is an excellent leadership guide all business women and men must read and maintain as a library resource. Robbie Motter, author and CEO, in 2017 founded the Global Society for Female Entrepreneurs (GSFE) nonprofit organization, Elsinore, CA.
In this book, Robbie shares common sense leadership techniques for greatness. Her personal experience is amazing and links to how to triumph through challenges and adversities. She advocates as you rise help others. She is 86 years old and helping women to break barriers in their lives to achieve greatness. This book is available on Amazon.
A Memorial Tribute
Madeleine Korbel Albright
May 15, 1937 – March 23, 2022
Madeleine Korbel Albright, the nation's first female Secretary of State, was a trailblazer, diplomat, and national icon. She arrived in the U.S. as a young girl from war-torn Czechoslovakia. As the 64th "Secretary of State" she was highly respected on the national and international levels.

Albright leaves a legacy as defender of democracy, human rights and peace. She died at age 84 after a fight with cancer. This pioneer’s life made a phenomenal impact on the lives of men as well as women. Visit these websites to learn more about the renowned Albright.
Women Inspiring Women
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. well-qualified, graceful, family-oriented, and a trailblazer has made history as the first Black woman to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Jackson will also be the first justice to have experience as a public defender.

On February 25, 2022, in a tweet from the POTUS account, President Biden proudly announced his nomination for Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court.

Biden said in the tweet, “I’m proud to announce that I am nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court,” She is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and will be an exceptional Justice.” Her records speak for her. Judge Jackson is a DC native.

On the White House Lawn, April 8, 2022, remarks were made by President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on the Senate’s Historic, Bipartisan Confirmation of Judge Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Judge Jackson's closing remarks were “And it is an honor — the honor of a lifetime — for me to have this chance to join the Court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level, and to do my part to carry our shared project of democracy and equal justice under law forward, into the future.” "Thank you, again, Mr. President and members of the Senate for this incredible honor."

Read the account on the White House website, also see Judge Jackson's biography on the White House website here.
Maya Lin
American Architect and Sculptor
Born October 5, 1959, in Athens, Ohio

Maya Lin an undergraduate at Yale entered a competition that changed her life.

She won the competition to design her most famous work the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Her uncommon skills and talents are nontraditional for men in her professional. She has been a trailblazer to raise the bar and boundary on a higher scale.

The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, designed by Maya Lin.

Visit these websites to learn more about Maya Lin accomplishments.
Congratulations, Erica Riddick

Erica is a straight "A" student in medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. There are approximately 260 medical students in her group.

The administration is in awe over her straight "A" status. She is transitioning from the classroom to start hospital clinical rotations, shadowing doctors, and practicing what she has learned as a 3rd year medical student.

Erica is the recipient of an Award for Basic Science Knowledge. Students who received this award scored in the top 10% of their class in Basic Science Courses.

Erica is on track to graduate in 2024. She is one of GWWN's mentees.
Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling
One Woman’s Rise to Top Leadership
in the Maryland National Guard

The phrase “Breaking through the glass ceiling” was coined at a women’s exposition in 1978. The glass ceiling is a colloquial term for the social barrier preventing women from being promoted to top jobs in management. Today, more women are taking positions in male- dominated occupations such as CEOs, firefighters, construction workers, truck drivers, and military occupational specialties.

On April 10, 2022, GWWN interviewed retired Major General (MG) Linda Singh. MG Singh was the top female leader in the Maryland National Guard. She shared her challenges along the journey, and lessons learned regarding leadership.

GWWN: How did your journey in the military begin?

MG Singh: It wasn’t the most traditional path people take; I didn’t know anything about the military. I was living in the Frederick City, Maryland area after leaving home at aged 15. One day while I was working at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, I ran across an Army recruiter. He asked me to take a look at the National Guard. I agreed and decided to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, which tests you on several skills. I did exceptionally well on the exam. At age 17, my parents signed for me to go into the Guard. I headed off to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The military was the best thing I could have done!

GWWN: What obstacles or resistance did you face along the way?

MG Singh: As a female entering the military, being away from friends and family, living with 40 females, and having to follow regimented rules day in and day out was pretty challenging. I found my place and what I did well, what I enjoyed and what excited me. Also continuing to work in a very male-dominated field, trying to build relationships was difficult. When I worked in consulting, relationships were surface levels, females were more excluded than included.

One of the major challenges I had was getting over myself, my younger self and the attitude I carried with me. I had to get away from thinking that not everyone had an agenda, and that I was not good enough. I had to get over the attitude and learn to be professional in a world which was fairly new to me.

GWWN: How did you rise to level of Major General?

MG Singh: While going to school to get my undergraduate degree, and having several mentors and coaches, someone said I needed to become an officer. I made a decision to go to Officer Candidate School while working tons of job and being a single mom. Once I got my commission, I moved from enlisted to officer rank. I graduated from Officer Candidate School as a distinguished graduate. This got the attention of a lot of senior leaders. I continued to do well all of my career, while continuing to get the right assignments in the right places and working my way up.

GWWN: Was it easy at that point to rise in the ranks because you were a distinguished graduate? Were there people who supported you?

MG Singh: I would say, No. I still had to deal with a male-dominated environment, and even fewer females in the higher ranks. The females were more competitive and not collegial. Today females are more collegial but back then not so much.

GWWN: What skills are needed in a high-level position such as Major General?

Mg Singh: I would say no matter what position you are in, you need communication and interpersonal skills, and basic fundamentals of leadership. I think the mistake people make is leaving leadership skills with those in leadership positions. I believe we all have a role and responsibilities in being leaders from where we are.

“Leadership is not about a role or position, but behavior and a way of living”. It’s crucial. Also you have to have a core set of values and principles that you live by. Be clear on what those are and how they are going to influence the way you live and work.

GWWN: Any other advice to give or lessons learned?

MG Singh: Reaching the general officer level, most people think everything is given to you, they think people gave you this and that, and that the road was easy. What they don’t understand is, that is not everyone’s journey. People make assumptions that things have to be accomplished in a very straight line journey. That is not the case. Life is about a series of choices. I wrote, “Moments of Choice: My Path to Leadership”, to focus on the various choices you make, that cause you to go in a direction.

GWWN asked retired MG Singh what she does now that she is retired.

Dr. Linda Singh is the CEO and Founder of Kaleidoscope Affect LLC, a Maryland-based certified Minority-Owned, Woman-Owned, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned consulting company that provides custom professional services and solutions for leaders and organizations. Bringing more than 38 years of experience working with leaders at all government levels, we strive to bring collaboration, innovation, and agility into the process, using uncertainty as a key driver. We focus on four primary areas: Management Consulting, Strategy and Innovation, International Affairs, and Community Enablement.. 
See What's Inside
Looking at beautifully wrapped gift boxes arouses our curiosity. We want to know what's inside those boxes! Are these gifts we can use or something special that we've always wanted? Are there surprises that satisfies and bring pleasure?

We are sure you've opened beautiful gifts boxes that were pleasing and disappointing. What about the gift boxes that were unattractive on the outside; however, when you opened them, inside was more than what you expected.

Now, let's apply the same perspective to a beautiful person or another person viewed as unattractive from the physical eyes.

Since we draw attention based on our personality and behavior unnoticed, it is best to display our true beauty. It lies within us and shines on the outside. Our values, morals, and character traits are what empower our light. Its beauty transcends or overshadows darkness.

As an illustration, our "trailblazers " in this issue: Madeleine Korbel Albright, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Maya Lin, Erica Riddick, and Major General Linda Singh are role models. They were courageous to be the light! These women's lives inspire! What beauty lies within you?
How Do You Rate?
Now, it's your turn to "See What's Inside". Look at the "Values, Morals, and Beliefs Character Traits" identified below; honestly rate yourself. Add what you possess to the list. Be proud of your positive rating.

CALL TO ACTION: Identify what you want to improve and develop a plan..
"See What's Inside" this Newsletter - Another Viewpoint
There is a wealth of educational information wrapped as a gift inside this newsletter to empower you and others including youth. As you view this issue, look for something to share. This is a phenomenal opportunity to brighten your light. Sometimes the smallest actions have the greatest impact.
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Encourage and Reassure
On this special day,
as you start a brand new journey
We wish that your dreams come true.
We comfort you with our warmest thoughts and prayers.
As the season changes, and the flower begins to blossom, so will healing
mend your heart. Remember, the love for your love one will last forever.
Pearl of Wisdom
"The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows."
- Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929- January 20, 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian.

“There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.”
~ Maria Mitchell (1818-1889). first female astronomer in the United States
“I think beauty comes from within. If you’re happy and look at life in the best way you can, even when there are problems, it can make you beautiful on the outside.”
~ Faith Hill, an American singer and record producer
Courage is like a muscle; We strengthen it with use.”
~ Ruth Gordon
(October 30, 1896-August 28, 1985), was an American actress, screenwriter, and playwright.

"Practice creates confidence. Confidence empowers you.”
~ Simone Biles, an American artistic gymnast

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