This month we are celebrating women, and I am very fortunate to have so many wonderful women in my life who have left their mark on me. However, sometimes people come into our lives who inspire us so greatly that it changes who we are and who we strive to be. For me, that person is my sister, Julie.

Julie is a woman who consistently looks for ways to build people up and discover their value. She has a heart for the hurting, the lost and the outcast. She sees beauty in every person she meets, regardless of who they are. Her impact on others is enormous, and I can’t fathom the number of people she has influenced.

Julie has spent so much of her life volunteering in the inner city with urban youth and working with the homeless community. She has such a heart for kids in the juvenile system and has mentored so many teens who have lost their way or experienced  trauma.  She sees people for their best not their worst and has a gift for knowing a person’s potential and making them feel valued.

Besides loving people without judgment or hesitation, she works hard to make purposeful connections with those who encounter her. I am constantly inspired by how she lives her life.

In this month’s issue, we are sharing stories of women in our community who have made a mark in one way or another. We also are recognizing a few local female entrepreneurs and women who are finding ways to help others to give back to the community. They have inspired me, and I hope you enjoy learning about them and feel inspired, too!  I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the inspirational women in your own life and reach out to them to thank them for the impact they have made. You won’t regret it.