The Medina County Women’s Journal E-Series Event

You are invited to join us on Thursday March 8, 2018 at Root Candles in Medina from 10:30am- 2pm for The Medina County Women’s Journal E-Series Luncheon Event.

Meet over ten local health conscious businesses at the 14th Annual Women’s Journal E-Series Luncheon where you will learn about the most common diseases and health concerns affecting you and your family.

Discuss innovative breakthroughs for your family’s needs in orthopedic care, addiction, options for labor and delivery to how to feel your best during menopause and how to keeping your family healthy while taking care of multiple generations.

  • Ask The Experts the questions you always wanted to know…
  • How to prioritize and balance work and taking care of family members of multiple generations?
  • What are all the options for staying healthy and feeling your best during menopause?
  • Are you or a family member suffering needless joint pain or a sport’s injury?
  • What vitamins and supplements are recommended to keep my family healthy?
  • Expecting a baby in 2018? What are my options for labor and delivery?
  • Considering higher education for you or your family?

Learn the answers from our panelists and SO MUCH MORE!

Meet the Ask the Expert Panelist:

Diulus
Dowell Fearon

MarleneHradek

Register by 3/2/18 – $20 ea. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE | Includes lunch from Corkscrew Saloon, Panel Presentation, Sample teas and dessert from Miss Molly’s Tea Room | PLUS Visit Health Conscious Vendors, Door Prizes & Discover Root Candles.

REGISTER & DETAILS AT WWW.WOMENS-JOURNAL.COM/ESERIES2018 or CALL 330-722-5788 and press option 1 or email medina@womens-journal.com

Calling All Women Tired of Choosing Between Femininity and Success: It’s Time to #FlexYourFemale

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Brains over Blonde, the feminist lifestyle platform set to break out in 2018, is on a mission to get all women to dive deep within their identities and break open the biases they hold against themselves. The #FlexYourFemale movement is all about embracing what it means to be a driven and powerful woman and celebrating the timeless qualities of femininity for what they are: strong, beautiful, and proud.

The #FlexYourFemale movement was coined by Brains over Blonde founder, Anna Wood, a California-based content creator, entrepreneur, and coach. After grappling with her own personal body shame and issues with her weight and shape as a young girl and teen, Wood taught herself how to take control over her body and do whatever made the most important person in her life truly feel good — herself. It didn’t take long before she went on to graduate with an MBA from Stanford and get a coveted job as a sales lead at Google working with major brands like Netflix, J. Crew, and Airbnb.

Having written her undergrad honors thesis on diversity in the workplace and facilitated the Unconscious Bias course at Google, Wood realized her penchant for coaching, entrepreneurship, and embodying what it means to be an independent and powerful woman. Still, in the male-centric business world, she felt challenged to choose between femininity and success. Thus, Brains over Blonde was born, as was Wood’s mission to empower other women to embrace their female qualities rather than suppress them, and to celebrate and proudly broadcast their successes and achievements in the wake of adversity.

#FlexYourFemale is meant to call upon women from all walks of life to challenge preconceived gender roles, celebrate womanhood, and create emboldened change in the workplace and society. As Wood puts it, “Women are powerful, and our strengths aren’t seen or celebrated as often. But that doesn’t mean we should suppress those parts of ourselves.” So, in the wake of the #ImWithHer, #MeToo, and #TimesUp movements and their political and celebrity endorsements, Wood sees #FlexYourFemale as a more personal way for women to praise their own strengths, embrace femininity, and fall in love with womanhood, as she has.

After a successful business career in Silicon Valley, Wood is now a self-described “Female Empoweress” helping other women carve out amazing careers and cultivate fearless lives. As her platform grows and her message spreads, she’s now on a one-woman mission to become a leading resource for as many young women as possible. She wants all women to believe in the direct correlation between femininity and success and to shout it from the rooftops in order to create change by flexing their female. In the coming year, Wood plans on launching the Brains over Blonde podcast and creating a hands-on course to reach and interact with more women from around the world.

The spirit behind #FlexYourFemale is to keep femininity in line with success, and women can encourage each other in this effort by using the hashtag whenever they embody this message. Wood invites all women to join her on this mission to make #FlexYourFemale a worldwide movement. Women everywhere can participate by standing tall and proud and always encouraging and challenging each other.

Whether at the gym, in the workplace, on social media, or in the world of politics, women should no longer have to work harder to justify their gender. The time for femininity is now, and women need to realize that there is a place for them, wherever their passions lie. In doing so, they forge a path for young, aspiring women around them. Wood encourages all women to step into their roles as coaches and mentors by being part of #FlexYourFemale.

Wood can be reached via hello@brainsoverblonde.com, @brainsoverblonde on social media, or at brainsoverblonde.com, where there are free resources, tools, content, and inspiration to empower you to do it all with sassy, bad-assy career and life advice.

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About Brains over Blonde
Brains over Blonde (brainsoverblonde.com) is a lifestyle platform for women who refuse to choose between femininity and success.
Anna Wood
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Women’s March- Cleveland 2018

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Thousands of people rallied at Cleveland Public Square Saturday to promote women’s rights and a host of political and social causes. Many also demonstrated against President Donald Trump, who was the target of many signs and effigies.
Dubbed the Women’s March Northeast Ohio, the event featured speeches by activists and politicians, including Democrat Betty Sutton, who is gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray’s running mate. The rally was followed by a march from Public Square to Cleveland City Hall and back. The march temporarily tied up traffic near the Cleveland Convention Center, which was hosting Tribe Fest and the Cleveland Tattoo Arts Expo.
Millions of women marched in cities across the country one year ago to protest President Trump’s inauguration. An estimated 15,000 people participated in last year’s march at Public Square. This year, millions of people again turned out around the country but fewer people participated in Cleveland’s event than they did last year, according to an early estimate by Cleveland police.
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 Source: Mark Naymik, Cleveland.com

To learn more about The Women’s March visit www.womensmarch.com.

Sexual Harassment Expert Susan Goudy Offers 10 Steps for Healing from Sexual Harassment or Assault

In a society where sexual harassment and assault have become expected and almost accepted, empowerment coach Susan Goudy offers tips to enable people to heal from the trauma associated with sexual harassment and assault.
A recent survey reports that one in three women aged 18-34 has been sexually harassed at work. Sexual harassment in the workplace is defined by the American Association of University Women as any, “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”
“With such an ambiguous definition, you may have been sexually harassed or even assaulted and you didn’t recognize it because sexual harassment has become ‘part of doing business’,” said Goudy, author of “The Journey from Fear to Love is Shorter than You Think.” She earned a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.
If you are that one in three and you are having trouble moving forward, these 10 steps can help.

  1. Acknowledge the Harassment or Assault Happened – Sit with it for a bit. Feel how you feel about it, let yourself cry, scream or whatever it is you need to do.
  2. Let It All Out – Tell someone. Find someone you trust to tell what happened to you… a friend, a family member or counselor.
  3. Take a Closer Look – Look at the situation and see how It has affected your life, both in bad and good ways. Has it made you stronger? Has it held you back?
  4. Throw Out Your Baggage – Seek help. Find a counselor or healing professional who can assist you in throwing out the baggage once and for all.
  5. Change Your Perception – You can choose how this situation affects you going forward. Perhaps you will create a new career path because of this, one that is more fulfilling.
  6. Step into Your Power – Take your control back by saying no to things you that aren’t in alignment with your wants.
  7. Embrace Your Value – Match your thoughts and feelings to your expectations and life goals. You will realize you are worthy and deserving of the best in your life.
  8. Accept Change – Stay in the moment and move forward; don’t look back.
  9. Love Yourself – Take care of yourself first. Exercise and then go to work or pick up the kids.
  10. Serve Others – Helping others can be very positive as it increases your feelings of self-worth. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or help clean up your local park.
“While progressing through the 10 steps for healing from sexual harassment or assault you may find the reactions of those who know about your situation are more harmful than helpful,” she said. “The intention behind these responses may be goodhearted however, you may feel as if chaos has crept into your life in an already sensitive time.”
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About Susan Goudy
Two months shy of her third birthday Susan was sexually abused by a teenage neighbor so she knows firsthand that living in the shadow of your past can cause you to forget that you have the power to take charge of your life. Susan enables others to get present and focused and to take an honest look at what they are or are not doing to create the lives they currently live. “No matter what may or may not lie in your own past, you can become more awake, aware, clear and empowered. It’s time to stop being a victim and to leave excuses behind,” she says. With a strong background in psychology, counseling, and social work, as well as certifications in neuro-physical reprogramming, bio-energetic synchronization technique, and psychological kinesiology (Psych-K), Susan works to heal physical as well as deep-rooted emotional issues. To learn more, please visit www.susangoudy.com/ You can also follow her on Twitter (@SusanGoudy1) and Facebook at Author Susan Goudy.
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A look into the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Labs: Washington University/St. Louis

Circadian rhythms have a profound effect on metabolism, the immune system – and in the latest reserach from Drs. Herzog and Jungheim, maybe even preterm birth.

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.49.03 AMWe’ve long known that our circadian rhythms have profound effects on how — and especially when — we go about our daily lives. These cycles are influenced by the various intervals of light and darkness we experience over a 24-hour period, but also can be triggered by biological factors, our genetics and even our environment. The range of circadian impacts runs from relatively unnoticed, like our moods and ability to cope with stressors, to the most obvious, like when we are hungry or sleepy.

Circadian rhythms also have a profound effect on the onset of labor, with approximately 80% of women going into spontaneous labor between late night and early morning. And some studies have even shown that altering a pregnant woman’s circadian rhythms can disrupt the fetus’ growth and development. But could these rhythms also be a key factor in preterm birth? That’s exactly what a team of researchers at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis are working on.

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that circadian rhythms in the mother, the fetus, or both, regulate birth timing, and when disrupted, may lead to preterm birth,” Dr. Herzog explained. “This chronodisruption, as it’s called, can be brought on by a number of factors, including shift work, exposure to artificial light, even irregular meals and sleep times. Our goal is to see how these disruptions influence preterm birth.”

The study has two parts. The first is to determine whether genetic or environmental disruptions of circadian rhythms lead to increased preterm birth risk in mice. The second part of the study is a pilot that will monitor and test 100 women pre- and post-conception to determine when disruption of the circadian rhythms of women with certain chronotypes, (e.g., larks vs. owls) increases their risk for preterm birth. The study will then be extended to 1000 women.

Also working on Theme Three at Washington University at St. Louis are Dr. Justin Fay, Ph.D., an associate professor of genetics, and Dr. Sarah K. England, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Jeff Gill, a professor of Political Science.

“By correlating the data we receive with genetic variations, we’ll also be able to trace any outcomes back to a woman’s specific biology,” said Dr. Fay, “to determine what role genetics plays in affecting circadian rhythm.”

Another leader working on this theme is Dr. Emily Jungheim. She sees the potential for the results of this research to positively affect the women in her practice.

“When I talk to young reproductive age women who are trying to have a child, the things that really speak to them are those they can do themselves to improve their outcomes,” she said. “They’re so motivated to do whatever they can to ensure they’re going to have a healthy start for their baby.”

And modifying those outcomes could be as simple as having a regularly scheduled bedtime.

For more information on prematurity research breakthroughs, we invite you to sign up for the Campaign to End Premature Birth newsletter.

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For more information on how you can be part of this effort, contact
philanthropy@marchofdimes.org

Source: March of Dimes 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605

Kathumbi elected first African-American president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.35.14 AMCOLUMBUS, OHIO – Lisa Kathumbi, a partner in Bricker & Eckler’s Employment and Healthcare practice group, has been named president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA). Kathumbi is the first African-American president in the 25-year history of the association.

“We are incredibly proud of the work Lisa is doing with the OWBA,” said Kurt Tunnell, Bricker’s managing partner. “Our firm is known for its long history and commitment to bar service and leadership, and for groundbreaking diversity.  Lisa is continuing the tradition.”

To kick off her year as OWBA president, Kathumbi developed the programming for the 2017 OWBA Annual Meeting and Conference this month, which featured keynote speakers Lucy Helm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Starbucks, and Carrie Hightman, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of NiSource Inc. “We were excited to have the opportunity to welcome two Fortune 500 General Counsel who have shattered glass ceilings”, said Kathumbi. The conference theme, Critical Conversations and Courageous Leadership, tackled  some of the most significant issues facing the legal profession, including the persistent gender gap at the highest levels of leadership. In addition to Helm and Hightman, the conference included perspectives from not only local lawyers and judges, but from business and community leaders. “Our goal was to share diverse ideas, develop strategies, and continue to build capacity through collaboration,” noted Kathumbi.

A steadfast advocate for the OWBA since joining the board in 2011, Kathumbi was named the recipient of the association’s President’s Choice Award in 2014 for contributing ongoing support, energy, talent, time and vision, and for promoting diversity and inclusion within the organization and profession.

At Bricker, Kathumbi represents and counsels employers, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies across jurisdictions in a broad range of labor and employment and ERISA litigation matters. Kathumbi also works with clients to navigate the legal risks of day-to-day employment decisions, and conducts litigation avoidance training and seminars. Her strong reputation has earned industry accolades, including 2014 and 2015 recognition as a Rising Star in Ohio Super Lawyers®. In addition to her work with the OWBA, Kathumbi is a 2017 fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and was recently selected as a 2017 Women WELDing the Way honoree by the Ohio Chapter of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD).

“I look forward to continuing to work with an incredibly talented board of highly accomplished attorneys and judges and I am honored and humbled to join a long list of women leaders who I admire and who have served as president of the association,” said Kathumbi.

Kathumbi earned her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and her M.A. from the University of Chicago.

About the Ohio Women’s Bar Association: The mission of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association is to promote the leadership, advancement and interests of women attorneys through professional education, networking and the exchange of ideas between our members, local bar associations, business and the community.

About Bricker & Eckler: With offices throughout the state, Bricker & Eckler is one of Ohio’s leading law firms. Bricker represents a wide variety of clients, with particular strength in representing health care, public sector, financial services and energy clients in Ohio and beyond. The firm has a long history of promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in an ongoing effort to reflect the communities and clients it serves.

Source: Bricker & Eckler LLP, 100 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, United States

Applications Now Being Accepted for Fall 2017 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic

Hospitals Encouraged to Nominate Patients for Nationally-Renowned Training Program for Women Living with Heart Disease

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 WomenHeart Science & Leadership SymposiumThe Symposium is taking place October 6-October 9, 2017 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The application deadline is July 31, 2017.

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The four-day Symposium brings together dedicated female heart patients and provides a rigorous training for them to be WomenHeart Champions — patient volunteers who work in their local communities to lead support network meetings with heart disease survivors and/or participate in other WomenHeart education and advocacy activities.

“Education, advocacy and support are at the core of the fight against heart disease in women. WomenHeart Champions trained at this prestigious program are equipped to improve awareness, increase action and lead peer support efforts in their local communities,” said Mary McGowan, CEO of WomenHeart.

McGowan referenced research that underscores the impact of peer support in helping women improve their heart disease outcomes.

“So many women experience feelings of fear, anxiety and isolation following a heart disease diagnosis. However, women who regularly attend a support group led by a trained peer leader are more engaged in their health care and experience lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression,” she said. “This is just one example of the real impact made by participating in the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium, and we’re so proud to see the difference it makes in each WomenHeart Champion‘s local community.”

Members of WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance are encouraged to nominate patients that they believe would be would be best suited for this leadership opportunity. The organization is also seeking nominations from hospitals not currently affiliated with the National Hospital Alliance, as well as directly from women living with heart disease. Patients are asked to complete a short survey to begin the application process.

WomenHeart was founded in 1999 and the Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic was founded as an integral part of WomenHeart in 2002. WomenHeart currently boasts more than 800 WomenHeart Champions and 97 WomenHeart Support Networks that reach more than 10,000 women heart patients nationwide every year.

WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance
The WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance is currently comprised of 40 member hospitals. It is a unique partnership between WomenHeart and member hospitals throughout the country who are dedicated to advancing women’s heart health in their community. The National Hospital Alliance was developed by WomenHeart to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to information, education and patient support services.

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient centered organization serving the almost 48 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease – the leading cause of death for women. WomenHeart is devoted to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and the nation’s only patient support network solely for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, healthcare professionals, and health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. To join or donate, visit www.womenheart.org.

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Rejuvenation Time: An Overlooked Key to Unlimited Energy & Productivity

438 million:  at is the number of vacation days Americans failed to take last year according to Harris Interactive Research Group, which is more than any other industrialized nation. Here’s the result: America ranks #1 in depression, #1 in mental health problems; Americans are experiencing burnout, reduced productivity and diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress or stress related ailments that lead to depression, heart disease or stomach ulcers at record levels. A study of 12,000 men found that infrequent vacationers were 50% more likely to die of a heart attack than frequent vacationers. A study of 1,500 women found that those who took vacations twice a year were half as likely to be depressed as those who took a vacation every 2-5 years. Our entrenched conditioning on being judged on how much we work or the fear of being replaced or left behind, and our addiction to always being busy are not only destroying our mental and physical health, but also destroying our creative productivity.  is is especially true in our new global economy where our advantage and our future is as knowledge workers rather than laborers. Your future lies between your ears—your mind and your ability to think: creatively, innovatively and productively.

Rest and recovery are vital to looking and feeling your best. Sadly, the need for recovery is viewed as a weakness rather than as an integral aspect of growth and sustained performance in our society. The reality is that we become  at liners mentally, emotionally and physically by endlessly spending sufficient energy without recovery. We slowly wear down and become ineffective regardless of seeming massive movements.

During the 1960s, Russian scientists resurrected a concept that was written in training manuals for Greek athletes in 200 AD.  is concept was applied to their Olympic athletes with stunning results. The formulas involve work vs. rest ratios. Theses studies concluded that following a period of activity, the body must replenish fundamental, biomechanical sources of energy. It is called compensation, which states, “The more activity the more rest is needed.” If you don’t get the rest and recovery you need, long-term toxins build up inside of us. With overtraining and overworking, we burn out and eventually collapse or get very sick. Recovery is a vital component to the MaxStrength Fitness program and a primary reason for getting results in a fraction of the time most people spend in the gym.

I know it is ridiculous that I may have to tell you how to actually do it, but for a lot of people they need some help!

1. Reframe it. Instead of calling it time off and thinking we are slackers, reframe it as Rejuvenation Time. This sounds more purposeful and meaningful doesn’t it. I know this is self-mental manipulation, but we’ll take whatever works!

2. Schedule it. What gets schedule gets done! It’s just like any other critical appointment; you have to plant your time off flag on your calendar. Then you have to defend it like you would a meeting with the Queen or the President! It becomes an unmovable appointment. Then also, like a meeting with the Queen or the President, get completely off the grid. Turn off your email; turn off your “crackberry” and your iPhones, iPads, etc…

3. Declare it. Don’t feel guilty or try to keep it a secret. It will be far more productive if you lead by example and show others how to make rejuvenation part of your overall health plan. Then set expectations and communicate your schedule. You’ll be amazed at how the world will reorganize itself around your time off spaces, whether it’s for two hours or for two weeks.

Begin your Rejuventation Time – Call us at 440.835.9090 or go to www.maxstrengthfitness.com to request your free initial consultation and demo workout today!

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Why are you so tired?

You are not alone! Worn out and weary, women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns. (webmd.com)

Dr. Sharma shares several possible causes of fatigue and suggestions to put the spring back into your step.

  1. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck and produces the hormones that regulate how your body burns fuel for energy. It can be overactive or under active, but either way you’ll feel sleepy. An under active thyroid can make feel like you can’t get your engine going. With an overactive thyroid your engine’s on overdrive and you start to burn out. A simple test can determine if there is an issue.
  2. When your heart isn’t pumping efficiently, it can’t get enough blood out to your body, and that can make you tired. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints of women with heart disease.If you have heart risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and a family history of heart conditions, have your heart checked out. Measuring your blood pressure and other simple tests such as an electrocardiogram or an echo cardiogram can pinpoint whether your heart is the source of your weariness.
  3. There’s been an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency over the last few decades because we’ve been avoiding the sun. Too little of this essential vitamin can sap your bone strength, and some research links a deficiency of vitamin D to chronic fatigue syndrome.A blood test can determine whether you’re getting enough of your daily D. If not, a supplement can get you to the amount you need each day. The Institute of Medicine, which published new guidelines in 2010, recommends that most adults get 600 international units a day.Dr. Priyanka Sharma specializes in really listening to her patients and she is trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Dr. Sharma is trained and equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings, no matter how common or rare or how simple or complex. She is specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.

Dr. Priyanka Sharma is accepting new patients! DR. PRIYANKA SHARMA, MD, FACP, FHM has been at the Cleveland Clinic for almost 10 years. Her interests are in acute and chronic disease management, women’s health, long term care, and functional medicine. Call her office to schedule your appointment.

Call (330) 725-7277
970 East Washington, Suite 202 • Medina, OH

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Local Florists Across the United States Celebrate Women’s Day March 8th and Raise Awareness for Non-Profit Organizations

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 2.05.56 PMCAPITOLA, Calif., March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the 3rd year in a row, local florists across the United States in conjunction with CalFlowers (California Association of Flower Growers and Shippers) and ASOCOLFLORES (The Association of Colombian Flower Exporters) have joined together in support of a national campaign called Love, Honor, Respect, in celebration of Women’s Day, March 8th. The date March 8th is a time to recognize and celebrate the influence and achievements of women throughout history and today. From business to politics, athletics to philanthropy, to celebrity, and even the mom next door. More than 100 nations recognize Women’s Day and 35 have declared it a national holiday with thousands of events held by civic organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media. “The mission of Women’s Day Holiday campaign is to provide a platform for the community to show respect, appreciation and love for all the amazing women that make a difference in our lives on a daily basis,” said Michael LoBue, CEO of CalFlowers.

The promotion includes the launch of a national website www.womensdayholiday.com as well as a social media campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/womensdayholiday. The campaign encourages the community to nominate the special women in their life to receive free flowers by sharing stories of love, honor and respect. “Every woman deserves Love, Honor and Respect. Whether mother or daughter, young or old, amazing women deserve to be honored on Women’s Day March 8th. “In addition to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women, our goal is to raise awareness for the non-profit organization Where Hope Lives,” said Cheryl Denham, CEO of Arizona Family Florist, located in Phoenix Arizona. The purpose of Where Hope Lives is to rescue trafficking victims, offering them love, hope and a way off the streets. Established in 2009, the hope livesnon-profit Where Hope Lives formerly The Rescue Project, is a national leader in the rescue, recovery and prevention of human trafficking and relies on donations and support from both the public and private sector. In addition to helping raise awareness, the floral community donates flowers year round that are used in their heroic outreach efforts. To learn more or donate directly to Where Hope Live go to www.wherehopelives.org

About CalFlowers
The California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers, formerly known as NORCAL) was founded in 1941 by a small group of flower shipping companies to foster the success of the California floral industry within the United States.  Today CalFlowers is the leading floral trade association in California, serving growers and the entire supply chain in 45 states across the nation. For more information about CalFlowers, please visit www.cafgs.org

About ASOCOLFLORES
ASOCOLFLORES was established in 1973 as a non-profit trade organization, to represent and promote the Colombian flower industry in international markets and seek comprehensive development of floriculture, mainly in areas of market access, research, transport, Florverde (socio-environmental label certification) and social responsibility programs to improve the quality of life of workers and their families. ASOCOLFLORES membership represents growers who handle about 80% of total Colombian flower exports. For more information about ASOCOLFLORES, please visit www.asocolflores.org.

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