YWCA Women Who Make a Difference

Most of the time, we just go about our business, doing what we do. We rarely think it remarkable, at least not of ourselves. Yet, ask us about our girlfriends, and we can wax prolifically about how amazing they are.

There are fantastic women all around us, and blessed are those of us who can call them friends.

I’m a lucky lady, because I have incredible friends. Yet, I still find this a difficult post to write, because one of those fantastic friends did something that became about me.

Unbeknownst to me, my dear friend, Jennifer Gardella, nominated me for the YWCA Women Who Make a Difference Award. And astoundingly, I became on of the honorees and recipients.

I’m not sure how I make a difference, but I suspect that if I do, it’s in no small part because I’m inspired by the women around me to always try and be better, do better, and take care of my part of the world. And if it does make a difference, then I’m glad, if for no other reason than I’m at least reciprocating in part to the friends who keep me sane, love me, and accept me even with all of my crazy.

So, I’m not going to say anything more; I’ll just share some of the photos from an amazing night that I got to share with my friends, my mother and my long-suffering and supportive husband.

Thank you, to Jennifer Gardella, Denice Whitely, Robyn Graham, Kristin Smedley, Kathy Marcino, Debbie Goetz and Laura Templeton for celebrating with me and being my posse. Love you all!

2018-10-30T09:39:33+00:00May 16th, 2017|1 Comment

About the Author:

MARY FRAN BONTEMPO is a speaker, author and humorist who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties, Mary Fran proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to redefine their lives both professionally and personally in a rapidly changing world. A Huffington Post and Thrive Global contributor, and regular columnist for Women’s Voices Magazine and Best Kept Self, Mary Fran inspires and motivates readers and listeners to tame the self-talk beast, leading them to personal and professional renewal and success. After thirty years’ experience as owner of a full-service recruiting firm, and finding herself in the middle of a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with serious addiction issues—Mary Fran created the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, authoring two books in the series and developing a life-affirming brand full of practical wisdom and wit. A frequent media guest and speaker, audiences delight in her empowering and entertaining message.

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  1. Anna Servati May 18, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Congratulations again Mary Fran. You are very humble but you definitely make a difference each and every day. You lift up and support women of all ages all the time. You always inspire me with your writings and your speeches. I’m so happy that you were acknowledged and rewarded with this reward and recognition. Wish I could have been there to help you celebrate. Next time…..and I’m sure there will be a next time. Sending you a big hug and thank you for being you.

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