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Stories that Empower

Release Date: 05/06/2019

116 Leah Reinhart show art 116 Leah Reinhart

Stories that Empower

Leah had traumatic experiences, including the loss of her mother. She was seeking acceptance, love and validation. Initially, Leah joined communities, which led her to drugs, alcohol and violence. Then, she started to understand the energies associated with fear and love. Leah surrounded herself with supportive people and realized that she had been empowered all along. This enabled her to become an entrepreneur at a very young age. Leah is now enjoying your new journey as an author.

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115 Donna ODonnell Figurski show art 115 Donna ODonnell Figurski

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When Donna's husband experienced a brain injury, everything stopped on a dime. She became his full time caregiver. Whereas, she used to prefer to 'let things ride', she realized that as his advocate it was up to her to save his life. Donna didn't her she had it in her. She challenged the doctors and nurses. In the process, she became empowered.

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114 Naomi McDougall Jones show art 114 Naomi McDougall Jones

Stories that Empower

Naomi's first film didn't give her the validation and acceptance that she sought. Naomi felt crushed. So for her second film, she set out to be accepted by the "System" and chose to play by their rules. Naomi encountered very powerful 'gatekeepers' that feel they define the success and happiness of film makers, such as herself. Once she realized that she had been empowered all along, she took a refreshingly different approach.

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113 Melissa Agnes show art 113 Melissa Agnes

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Melissa experienced a big pivotal moment twelve years into her marriage, when she realized that she was no longer in love with her husband. She knew there was something off, but did not have clarity initially. Melissa used her skills as a crisis readiness strategist to assess her own relationship. She chose to follow her truth and divorced her husband.

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112 Sally Clark show art 112 Sally Clark

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Sally experienced sexual trauma as a teenager. She repressed it, absorbed it and was ashamed of it. Sally felt as if it was her fault. She started on a journey of healing and began to acknowledge what happened. Initially, Sally felt uncomfortable to tell her story publicly. Then she realized ... if she couldn't tell her story, then what message was that sending to others, such as her daughters. Through supportive communities, Sally published her book.

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111 Joe Bernstein show art 111 Joe Bernstein

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Joe was diagnosed, as a young child, with learning disabilities and was overweight. He decided to transform his life. Joe changed his beliefs, thoughts, actions and feelings. He also unwired his anxious nervous system. He lost 160 lbs and walked away from a toxic marriage. Joe heard a calling to share his knowledge of transformation with others. He empowers and coaches others to look at mindset/emotions and partners with them, as they enter journeys of transformation.

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110 Matt Ward show art 110 Matt Ward

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Matt grew up in a single parent household and attended a school for disadvantaged kids, where they taught him about effort. He realized that, if he wanted to live a different life, he'd have to figure things out on his own. Matt grew a business and with perseverance, he maneuvered it through the 2018 economic crisis. He successfully sold the business. Today, Matt speaks and helps business to grow.

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109 Tina Gordon show art 109 Tina Gordon

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Tina was born into a poor family and became a foster child. There was no structure nor stability in her life and she found she needed to adapt constantly to survive. These experiences enabled her to question who she wanted to be. She wanted to have more control of her life. She chose to have a more positive impact on her life, her family and her community. The tools that got her through the dark moments are God, community and family.

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108 Christa Mastrangelo Joyce show art 108 Christa Mastrangelo Joyce

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When Christa lost her dad as a teenager, she felt a loss of control and battled with with an eating disorder. Her body, mind and spirit felt disconnected. Christa discovered yoga, which made her feel alive and taught her to be comfortable with what is. Today, she creates a safe and trusted space through yoga, where she teaches and empower others to feel whole and united, through unconditional love and acceptance.

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107 Jane Wyker show art 107 Jane Wyker

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Jane was always there for her spouse and her mom. Her external life was so rich, but internal life was aching and empty. Jane wasn't content. She knew it was time to look inside herself, to clear up conditions, thoughts and beliefs that were limiting her. Also, Jane began to honor her own desires and giving them priority. She learned to let go and began to focus on what she really wanted. 

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Naomi (writer, actress and producer) shares powerful life experiences. Her first film didn't give her the validation and acceptance that she sought. Naomi felt crushed. So for her second film, she set out to be accepted by the "System" and chose to play by their rules. Naomi encountered very powerful 'gatekeepers' that feel they define the success and happiness of film makers, such as herself. Once she realized that she had been empowered all along, she took a refreshingly different approach. Naomi recentered with her own value system and courageously decided to distribute her film herself. She rented an RV and embarked on her "Joyful Vampire Tour of America", which provides screenings, Q&A with the film makers and ends with a fun ball. Naomi looks forward to connect with her end consumers and independent cinema owners. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- your acceptance, validation and happiness is measured by your values, not those of others
- do not chase external recognitions that are, in reality, meaningless
- get centered with your values, what is truly important to you and go after it
- sometimes you just need to challenge the norm
- learn by doing
- listen to your gut

Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and women in film activist.  She grew up in Aspen, Colorado and attended Cornell University before graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA).  Naomi wrote, produced, and starred in the 2014 indie feature film, Imagine I'm Beautiful, which took home 12 awards on the film festival circuit including 4 Best Pictures and, for Naomi, 3 Best Actress Awards and The Don Award for Best Independently Produced Screenplay of 2014. The film was named as #8 of OscarWorld's Top 10 Films of 2014 and was distributed theatrically and digitally by Candy Factory Films.  Naomi’s second feature film, Bite Me, is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Following their 2019 Cinequest premiere, the team is pioneering an innovative distribution model in the form of a 40+ city, 3-month, RV-fueled, Joyful Vampire Tour of America, May 6-August 4, 2019. To catch a screening (and Vampire Ball), watch the film, and/or find out more about their distribution model visit www.bitemethefilm.com.  A pilot she wrote, The Dark Pieces, was named on the 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter and is now in development for Canadian TV.  She was a writer for season 1 of Amazon's original series, The New Yorker Presents, based on the world's most award-winning magazine, which premiered at Sundance 2016, for which she wrote the teleplay adaptation of Miranda July's short story Roy Spivey.  Naomi has been a vocal advocate for bringing gender parity to film, both on and off screen. She has spoken at film festivals and conferences around the world and written extensively on this subject. In November 2016, Naomi gave a TEDTalk, The Women in Film Revolution Begins With You.  She has teamed up with former CFO of the City of Chicago, Lois Scott, to found The 51 Fund, a VC investment fund that will finance films written, directed, and produced by women.  She is currently at work on a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the God of Hollywood, which is to be published by Beacon Press in February 2020.  She hosts the podcast Fear(ful)less: Filmmaking From the Edge, a monthly window into the successes, failures, and conversations of an independent filmmaker, which is available on iTunes and GooglePlay.  Naomi lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Stephen.

TEDTalk: go.ted.com/naomimcdougalljones
Podcast: Fear(ful)less: Filmmaking From the Edge

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