These women are brazen They are tough, independent and smart. They waited for no one. Someone needed to compile a list of POWERFUL MOTHERS. The time has come. There are many more mothers to be added. The list keeps getting longer, so it will be divided into parts.

Jenny McCarthy

American model, comedian, actress, author, and activist. Mother of one child and step children and married to actor Jim Carey.

She first appeared in Playboy magazine in October 1993 and was named Playmate of the Year in its June 1994 issue. She later began a career in television and film and has recently started writing books. In 1995, MTV chose McCarthy to be the host of a new dating show called Singled Out, for which she left Hot Rocks. In 2003, McCarthy appeared in Scary Movie 3 along with model and actress Pamela Anderson. In 2005, McCarthy produced, wrote, and starred in Dirty Love along with Carmen Electra. The same year, McCarthy hosted a new show on E! called Party at the Palms. The reality show, which is filmed at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, features

hotel guests, party goers, and celebrities. McCarthy currently stars in an online five episode series, called In The Motherhood, along with Chelsea Handler and Leah Remini. The show is on MSN and is based on being a mother where users could submit their stories to have it made into real webisodes. The comic has written a memoir about her quest to help her 4-year-old son, Evan, called Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey In Healing Autism. In June 2007, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) named McCarthy as its spokesperson. Her stated goal is to educate the public that autism is treatable. She will be participating in fundraisers, online chats, and other activities for the non-profit organization to help families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Her first fundraiser for TACA, Ante Up for Autism, was held on October 20, 2007, in Irvine, California.

Natalie Cole American singer-songwriter. Mother of one child and single. has won eight Grammy Awards throughout her career. She achieved success in her early career as an R&B star, but smoothly changed her repertoire towards a more jazz orientated musical style in the early 90's. Cole may be best remembered for her 1991 album, Unforgettable... with Love, featuring her own arrangements of her father's greatest hits. Her decision to record the songs was a chart success; the album sold over 7 million copies in the United States alone, and won Cole several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. The album featured a duet, the title track, with her father, created by splicing a recording of his vocals into the track. As a single, it reached #14 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart, and went gold. Natalie's latest album Still Unforgettable was released September 9, 2008. The first single and video is another virtual duet with her father, a cover of his 1951 hit "Walkin' My Baby Back Home". "I've been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experiences. I am embraced by the love and support of my family and friends; I am committed to my belief in myself and in my abiding faith to meet this challenge with a heartfelt optimism and determination. This is how I intend to deal with this current challenge in my life."

Victoria Beckham

English pop singer, songwriter, dancer, turned fashion designer, author, businesswoman, and occasional actress and model. Mother of three children and married to super star soccer player (footballer) David Beckham. During her rise to fame with 1990s pop group the Spice Girls, she was dubbed Posh Spice, a nickname first coined by the British tabloid press. Since the Spice Girls followed separate careers, Beckham has dabbled in pop music, scoring four UK Top 10 singles as a solo artist. Her first single to be released, "Out of Your Mind", reached number two in the UK Singles Chart and is her highest chart entry to date. During her solo music career she has been signed to Virgin Records and Telstar Records. Beckham has found more success as an internationally recognized and photographed style icon. She has had a significant career in fashion, designing a line of jeans for Rock & Republic and later designing her own denim brand, dVb Style. Beckham has brought out her own range of sunglasses and fragrance, entitled Intimately Beckham which has been released in the UK and America. In association with the Japanese store, Samantha Thavasa, she has produced a range of handbags and jewelry. In addition, she has released two bestselling books; one her autobiography, the other a fashion guide. In her television ventures, she has had five official documentaries and reality shows made about her, some of which include Being Victoria Beckham and The Real Beckhams. Her last documentary to date was Victoria Beckham: Coming to America which documented her move to the United States with her family in 2007, but it was poorly received by American critics. She since made a cameo appearance in an episode of American TV series, Ugly Betty and been a guest judge on Project Runway. Beckham's marriage, and career as a singer have made her the 52nd richest woman in Britain and the 619th richest person in Britain with husband David, with an estimated joint wealth of £112 million.

Heidi Klum German supermodel, actress, TV presenter, fashion designer, television producer and occasional singer. Mother of three children and married to singer Seal. Klum has also the been the Emmy Award-nominated hostess of Project Runway and Germany's Next Topmodel, and is known for her modeling work with Victoria's Secret. Klum has designed her own clothing lines (including one for infants) that were featured in the famous German mail-order catalog "Otto." She also has designed shoes for Birkenstock, jewellery for Mouawad, a clothing line for Jordache, and swimsuits – featured in the 2002 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – that, for a limited time, were available for sale through her personal website. She was one of the designers of the Victoria's Secret lingerie line "The Body", which was named after the nickname she received following her first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show appearance. Germany's Next Topmodel is a German reality television show which pits contestants against each other in a variety of competitions to determine who will win a modeling contract with IMG. Klum is also an artist and has had several of her paintings appear in various art magazines in the U.S. On September 27, 2002 she dedicated a sculpture she painted called "Dog with Butterflies" to commemorate the role of rescue dogs in the aftermath of September 11. In 2004, Klum co-authored Heidi Klum's Body of knowledge with Elle magazine editor Alexandra Postman. The book gives Klum's biography as well as her advice on becoming successful. Prior to that, Klum had been an occasional guest columnist for the German television network RTL's website. She has also written an essay for the German newspaper Die Zeit. Her other projects have included music and video games. She is featured in the 2004 James Bond video game Everything or Nothing, where she plays the villain Dr. Katya Nadanova. She has appeared in several music videos, including Jamiroquai's video "Love Foolosophy" from their album A Funk Odyssey, and Kelis's "Young, Fresh n' New," off her second album Wanderland.

Lorraine Bracco Award-winning, American actress. Mother of two children and is single. Bracco is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-nominated, as well as Screen Actors Guild Award-winning, American actress. She is best known for her roles as Karen Hill in Goodfellas and Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the hit HBO TV series, The Sopranos. Bracco received her big career break when offered the role as the mobsterwife Karen Hill in Goodfellas, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. During the audition process for The Sopranos, Bracco had originally vied for the lead female role of Carmela Soprano, but turned it down fearing the part was too similar to her role as the mob-wife in Goodfellas and that the role of mobpsychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi would be a new and bigger challenge for her. The role has netted her several award nominations, including three consecutive nominations for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" at the Emmy Awards in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and at the Golden Globe awards for Best TV Actress in a Drama in 2000, 2001 and 2002. She is the owner of Bracco Wines, with association of straight up brands LLC Her line of wines was featured on the Season 1 finale of Bravo's show Top Chef in 2006. She appeared as a guest judge for the two-episode finale. On Thursday, May 24, 2007, Bracco appeared on Oprah to discuss how she conquered clinical depression and to promote her book on the subject, On the Couch.

Dr Catherine Foley Australian Senior Principal Research Scientist, volunteer and speaker. Mother of three children, marital status unknown.. Dr Cathy Foley heads a research unit at the CSIRO in Sydney, she’s also the first woman to be elected as President of the Australian Institute of Physics in its 44 year history. At age 18, she had wanted to devote her life to helping people in some way. She was inspired by the example of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, so she wrote to the Sisters of Charity working with Bourke's indigenous community then went to Bourke for three months after her HSC. "And that's where I also realized that the world is divided into two sorts of people - those who help the individuals and those that are interested in changing the system. And I realized I was a change-the-system person.” Through the CSIRO's Women in Science program, which ran through the 80s and 90s, Catherine spoke to girls at hundreds of schools about keeping their options open by not automatically shunning the sciences. She received a Public Service Medal in this year's Australia Day honors for her research in physics, promotion of science through a weekly ABC radio show, TV and speaking engagements and for being a role model for women in science. But she always believed - first as a student at St Anthony's primary school, Marsfield, and then at Santa Sabina College, Strathfield - that she would be a high school science teacher. Catherine studied physics, chemistry and maths for her HSC, as did her older brother, Bernard, who had nurtured her interest in science as a younger girl. She is involved in the Women In Science Inquiry Network, which was established to increase women's participation in the sciences. Catherine has volunteered for many committees and community initiatives apart from Women in Science. And she is a former national president of Scientists Against Nuclear Arms. "The work that I am related to has actually contributed to telecommunications or to technology, which means the world is different, possibly better," she says. Catherine is now conducting a research project using superconductivity to make magnetic field sensors. Dr Cathy Foley holds a Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID).

Shawnna She is the first African American female artist signed to Def Jam through Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace Records. Mother of two children. Shawnna is known for her rapid fire delivery and her sexual tones. She is one of only two female rappers to ever have a #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100with 2003's "Stand Up" with Ludacris. Shawnna's father is prominent blues and rock and roll guitarist Buddy Guy. She is managed through Hustle Period and has started her own label M.O.E., which stands for Money Over Everything. She was featured on the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack on the tracks "Block Reincarnated" (Shawnna feat. Kardinal Offishall) and "Slum" (I-20 feat. Shawnna). In the October 2008 Issue for XXL Magazine, in the article featuring Ludacris, it is confirmed that Shawnna never left DTP.

Elle Macpherson Australian supermodel, actress, and businesswoman. Mother of two children and single. Macpherson became an international star through her appearances in Elle magazine. She appeared in every issue for six straight years. Eventually she gained even more exposure through Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual swimsuit issue. She appeared on the cover a record five times, (1986, 1987, 1988, 1994 and 2006). By 1986, her popularity had increased sufficiently for Time magazine to run a cover entitled “The Big Elle”. The Australian government offered her a post on the tourist commission as an unofficial ambassador. In 2008, Macpherson has signed up as a global brand spokesperson for cosmetics manufacturer Revlon and has been featured in print and TV advertising campaigns. Macpherson launched her own lingerie line called "Intimates" in 1990. Since then, it became very successful in the United Kingdom and in her native Australia. The lingerie was also modeled by the top twelve in America's Next Top Model Cycle 10.

Pat Simpson American Marketing Communications Director. Mother of two children. Marital status unknown. Communications Director for Parents as Teachers National Center, an international parent education organization based in St. Louis, Missouri, where she works to increase awareness for and spread the word about the benefits of parent education. Her goal is to expand the reach of early childhood messages to effectively communicate with today’s parents, specifically by integrating conventional media with new technology like MomboTV. In her marketing role, she also bridges the gap between parents and early childhood professionals who tap Parents as Teachers National Center for continuing education. In addition to her professional background, Pat draws upon her own experiences as a communications professional and mother of two grown children to create compelling and engaging messages about child development, parenting and the issues that impact families all over the world. With her conversational style, she engages parents in the discussion of what it means to be their child’s first teacher and how all parents can use a parenting guide and community to support them on their journey. She holds a degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Florence Henderson American actress and singer. Mother of four children and widow to Dr. John Kappas. best known for playing the role of Carol Brady in the television program The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974. Her most widely seen role was as "Carol Brady" in The Brady Bunch which was produced from 1968 until 1974. A worldwide success, it continues to be screened in many countries through syndication. Primarily owing to her role in the Brady Bunch, Henderson was ranked by TV Land and Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the 100 Greatest TV Icons. Henderson was also the spokeswoman for Wesson cooking oil, from 1976 to 1996. During that time, she hosted a cooking show on TNN called Country Kitchen, and also did ads for Prange's, a former Wisconsin department store chain. Henderson co-hosted the talk show Later Today on NBC (19992000) with co-hosts Jodi Applegate and Asha Blake. In 2003, Henderson seemed to poke fun at her wholesome image by appearing in a Pepsi Twist television commercial with Ozzy Osbourne. An uncharacteristically naughty Florence can be seen on You Tube, on stage performing a ribald version of "When You're Good to Mama" from the Broadway musical "Chicago." In the mid-1950s, Henderson was diagnosed with a bone deformation of the inner ear, and she had to have surgery to prevent deafness. Henderson studied hypnotherapy and is a licensed therapist. In recent years she has been a supporter of the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana; one of the Sisters was her teacher when she was young. She has appeared in a number of their promotional videos and has helped in fund-raising efforts. She has won money for the Sisters on the game show Weakest Link and on a classic-television-themed episode of Millionaire in 2001, winning $32,000 in their name. She will be seen in the upcoming comedy Venus and Vegas is a fun naughty character.

LaShanda Henry Founder and creator of online blogs, and resources such as ‘Multiple Shades of You’ sub-site for Black moms called ‘Mahogany Momma’. Mother of one child and married to Mr. Henry. Henry has been developing black websites for years now, but after her son my area of interest shifted to content for Black Moms. Even though she’s a new mom, as an educational counselor for four years / Black Internet Researcher for almost 8 years, I have a WEALTH of Black Parenting Information to share. Her multitude of online wealth for the Black community also includes, ‘Afrocentric Learning Tools’. Highlighting products and services that aim to educate Black Students and promote the development of Multicultural educational tools. The site includes lesson plan ideas, product reviews, news and resources for Black parents, Educators of Black Students, and African American Homeschoolers. Also creator of SistaSense eBussines Blog, a series of Web Business Howto Guides, BBWO (Black Business Women Online) Network for Professional Black Women and the Web Newbie Know How Coaching Program, Black Social Network

Leah Remini American actress. Mother of one child and married to actor Angelo Pagan. Best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. She had several guest appearances on shows such as Evening Shade, Diagnosis: Murder, NYPD Blue and Friends (in the Season 1 episode "The One With The Birth" ). She originally auditioned for the part of "Monica Geller" but did not get the role and instead was considered for the role of Rachel Green. Remini has starred in an online nine-episode MSN web series, In The Motherhood, along with Chelsea Handler and Jenny McCarthy. The show was based on being a mother, and users could submit their stories to have it made into real webisodes. On July 19, 2003 she married actor Angelo Pagan. This was aired on the VH1 series Inside Out. On June 16, 2004, she gave birth to a daughter, Sofia Bella a day after her 34th birthday. This was chronicled on the VH1 documentary Inside Out: Leah Remini the Baby Special. Remini was also showcased on The Rachael Ray Show during a period of time she was trying to wean her child off pacifiers and drinking from a bottle.

Donna Maria Coles Johnson, Esq Founder & CEO of Indie Business Media, LLC. Mother of two children and married to Mr. Johnson. Donna publishes a blog, books, magazines and host a Indie Business Radio show to help women and families successfully manage home and business, without compromising either. I am the founder and president of the Indie Beauty Network, a membership based trade organization providing business services to 700+ cosmetics manufacturers nationwide. I am also the Work at Home Network Director for Mocha

Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting women of color who have exited the traditional work force to be more available to their families while their children are young.

Faith Hill American country singer. Mother of three children and married to country super star singer Tim McGraw. known both for her commercial success and her marriage to fellow country star Tim McGraw. Hill has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards and the People's Choice Awards. Her Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 with husband McGraw became the highestgrossing country tour of all time. In 2001 she was named one of the "30 Most Powerful Women in America" by Ladies Home Journal. The title track, "Breathe", reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "The Way You Love Me" hit the top ten as well, topping out at number six on the charts, and became one of the longest running singles in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 (57 weeks). The album won Hill three Grammy Awards including Best Country Album, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for Let's Make Love featuring Tim McGraw and Best Country Female Vocal Performance for "Breathe". It also marked a step away from her girl-next-door image, as the videos and promotional pictures all portrayed a much sexier image. Breathe has sold almost 10 million copies worldwide. Hill used her 1999 tour to support a national children's book drive. Fans who donated books at one of her concerts were entered into a drawing to meet her personally after the show. The effort resulted in the donation of 35,000 children's books, which were distributed to hospitals, schools, libraries, and daycare centers in 40 cities across the United States. In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Hill and her husband, who was raised in Louisiana, joined groups taking supplies to Gulfport, Mississippi. The two also hosted several charity concerts to benefit those who were displaced by the storm. In 2006 Hill and husband Tim McGraw embarked on their Soul2Soul II Tour 2006. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million. It was named "Major Tour of the Year" by the prestigious Pollstar Magazine, beating out such heavyweights as Madonna

and the Rolling Stones. In a special gesture, the couple donated all of the profits from their performance in New Orleans to Hurricane Katrina relief. Annie Lennox is working with Faith Hill and twenty-two other female artists to raise the awareness of the transmission of HIV to unborn children in Africa. "Sing", which Hill collaborated on, was released on World Aids Day on December 1, 2007, when Lennox appeared at the next Nelson Mandela 46664 concert in South Africa.

Kathy Miller-Kramer American columnist, Beauty Director for National Magazines, Designer of Invisibelt. Mother of one child and married to Mr. Jeff Kramer. A former beauty director ar Rosie and Lifetime Magazine and regularly contributes to Shape Magazine. Developed the Invisibelt out of personal need, due to pants that are always too big and need a belt with no buckle.

Dr. Katy Rodan M.D., co-developer of Proactiv Solution, is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Mother of two children and married to MBA (who is Rodan and Fields's manager) Amnon Rodan. Dr. Rodan's professional goal is to educate the public about skin diseases and cosmetic issues, and create products that effectively and aesthetically treat common dermatologic

conditions. A well-recognized expert in her field, Dr. Rodan has been interviewed and quoted in many national magazines, Including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Self,McCall's, Allure, Teen, Cosmogirl, Oprah, Redbo ok, Mirabella, Elle andReader's Digest. She was featured in First Magazine for Women, "Secrets of the Beauty Docs" (July 1996) and in Harper's Bazaar, "Five Hot Derms" (April 1998). She is a guest medical correspondent for KRON-TV News, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, and has appeared on national television shows, such as The Montel Williams Show, Barbara Walters' The View, and Later Today. In addition, Dr. Rodan has been included in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Rodan received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. She completed her internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and her residency in dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she was appointed Chief Resident. She is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the California Medical Association. She also holds a hospital appointment at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Rodan has authored or co-authored articles about dermatologic conditions and treatments for the conditions in journals such as the Archives in Dermatology and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. In addition, she has given numerous presentations and lectures with an emphasis on skin and hair care. Before she was on TV simultaneously curing your acne and insomnia with Proactiv, Dr. Katie Rodan was a highly respected dermatologist -- clinically, academically, and in research. A perfect blend of intelligence, experience, and bedside manner, Dr. Rodan listens and cares. If you need a dermatologist, she is my #1 recommendation.

Monica Calavitta Monica is a mother of 9 children. Her oldest child starts at 17, trickling down to 15, 13, 11, 10, 7, 4, 3, all the way to one on the way in 2007. So, now 10 kids? Monica is a homemaker and has been married to husband Sam, a schoolteacher, for 18 years. Along with family, sports activities a big part of the Calavitta clan. Monica loves to run,

and every year, the family puts on a full-fledged wrestling camp in Montana. She finished Long Beach Marathon (26.2 miles) in 5 hours, 36 minutes.

Sarah Jessica Parker American actress and producer, with a portfolio of television, film, and theater performances. Mother of one child and married to actor Matthew Broderick. She is best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw, a columnist, on the HBO television series Sex and the City, for which she won four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Emmy Awards. She played the same role in the feature film version of the show, which was released on May 30, 2008. A sequel is also in early talks for 2009. She also has three fragrances out, Lovely, Covet and Covet Full Bloom. She has also become the face of many of the world's biggest fashion brands through her work in a variety of advertising campaigns. In August 2003, Parker signed a highly lucrative deal with Garnier to appear in television and print advertising promoting their Nutrisse hair products. After her multi-million dollar contract with the Gap was terminated, she rebounded by joining the ranks of J-Lo, Paris Hilton and Joan Collins by marketing herself and coming out with her own perfume, for which she is being paid in the seven figure range. Manolo Blahnik named a shoe in her honor, the SJP. Has received eight consecutive Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press; the first seven were for Actress in a TV Comedy for her work on "Sex and the City" (1998) and her eighth was for Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy for The Family Stone (2005). Has a clothing line, Bitten. A member of the Hollywood Women's Political Committee. campaign spokesperson and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

Erin Henderson American writer, Advocate for Adoption, blogger. Mother of 11 children (3 biological), and married to Josh Henderson. In this Aug. 11, 2008 file photo Erin Henderson, left, poses with adopted Ethiopian children Solomon, second from left, and Belane, third from left, along with her husband Joshua at top, and the rest of their 11 children, two of whom are HIV-positive adoptees from Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac).

Vannessa L. Williams

American singer-songwriter and actress. Mother of four children and ex wife of former NBA Player and actor Nick Fox. Williams made history on September 17, 1983 when she became the first woman of African American descent to be crowned Miss America. Williams' reign as Miss America came to an abrupt end when scandal led to her subsequent resignation of the title. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award nominations. She is also well-known for her outspoken support of gay rights, having won the Human Rights Campaign "Ally for Equality" award in 2008. In Williams' career, she was initially known simply as "Vanessa Williams". However, there is occasionally confusion or conflicts with similarly-named actress Vanessa A. Williams, who first came to national notice when she appeared in the first season of Melrose Place. Williams has appeared in advertisements for Radio Shack. She is a spokes model for Proactiv Solution, and was the first black spokesmodel for L’Oréal cosmetics in the late 1990's. Her other media appearances include endorsing Crest Rejuvenating Effects Toothpaste, appearing on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2000 as a contestant, endorsing Disneyland and Universal Studios in a VisitCalifornia advert for the UK and Ireland 2008, and hosting the 6th Annual 2008 TV Land Awards show.

Dr. Kathy A. Fields American M.D., co-developer of Proactiv Solution, is a Stanford-trained, board-certified dermatologist. Mother of two children and married to a Periodontist, Garry Ryant. Dr. Fields’ practice of medical and surgical dermatology encompasses the treatment of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails, including the excision of benign and malignant skin

growth. Well-recognized in her specialty, Dr. Fields is a consultant for numerous publications and has been quoted in many magazines including Glamour, Self, McCall’s, Allure, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. She is a consultant for KRON-TV, Channel 4 News in San Francisco and a Beauty & Skin Consultant for Nordstrom stores. She has also appeared on The View with Barbara Walters and other national affiliates. As an authority on skin disease and aging, a significant portion of Dr. Fields’ practice is devoted to cosmetic dermatology and helping patients who wish to minimize the appearance of the adverse effects of sun exposure. She performs collagen and botox treatments, skin peels, and sclerotherapy of leg veins, as well as laser surgery and liposuction. As an expert in her profession, Dr. Fields has been written up in Who’s Who in American Women and American Business in addition to making personal appearances on The Discovery Channel. Dr. Fields is a national lecturer to her peers on the subject of acne, botox injections, liposuction, aging skin, as well as cancer and breakthrough dermatology. Dr. Fields attended the University of Miami School of Medicine and did her residency at Stanford University. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UCSF and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Julie Hehn American Educator, Mother of 27 children (3 biological), and married to Librarian Rich Hehn. Hehn, a 53-year-old 3rd grade elementary school teacher, has 27 children, 19 of them adopted from Ethiopia and five adopted from the U.S. As someone who once dreamed of running an orphanage, this busy mom says children are the best gift of all. The three oldest are Julie’s biological children. Julie’s first husband, Dennis Erickson died from heart problems, leaving her widowed with 11 children. Rich married her with all of the children – and they’ve since adopted 11 more.

Nadia McCaffrey American Activist, Speaker and Founder of Journey to Peace and Patrick McCaffrey Foundation. Mother of one child and married to Bob McCaffrey. Since her son’s (Patrick McCaffrey) June death in an ambush outside the big American military base at Balad, Nadia McCaffrey has appeared at dozens of peace rallies, antiwar vigils and ceremonies for other soldiers killed in action. Along with a handful of other parents whose sons and daughters have died in Iraq, McCaffrey dedicated herself to the anti-war movement. His death received national attention after Nadia invited the press to Sacramento International Airport to record images of this flag-draped coffin returning home, contravening U.S. Military policy and president Bush’s ban on the filming of U.S. Soldiers’ coffins returning home from Iraq. A military investigation has found that Iraqi troops being trained by American forces killed two California National Guard soldiers two years ago during a patrol north of Baghdad, an Army spokesman said Tuesday. (National Guard Spc. Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr., 34, of Tracy (A father of two children, McCaffrey was a manager with a Silicon Valley collision repair company ) and 1st Lt. Andre D. Tyson, 33, of Riverside were killed in June 2004 by the Iraqis as they walked in the farmland outside of the town of Balad, about 50 miles from the capital.) McCaffrey is a co-founder with Mother Sheehan of the Gold Star Families For Peace. Nadia is a Coordinator for Gold Stars Speak, Speakers Bureau, a Peaceful Pro-People Organization that works with Gold Stars Mothers (Mothers who have lost a Son in the Iraq War) They are working actively to bring our troops home and to stop the war. In late December, she went to the Middle East, traveling to Jordan with a humanitarian aid delegation sponsored by the San Francisco organization, Global Exchange. The group distributed $600,000 in humanitarian aid for victims of American military actions in Fallouja. Building on her own history of near-death experience, Nadia has worked for years as a hospice caregiver, comforting the dying. Ten years ago she set up a nonprofit organization called Angel Staff ( to provide caregiver assistance and emotional support for people who were dying. She communicates by email with an international network of people who are involved in hospice care. Now this group calls and e-mails to give her emotional support. She has had herself, two near death experiences. ‘Journey to Peace’ features the personal outreach of Nadia McCaffrey. Nadia will share that healing with all who see it and allow us to follow her on this journey to peace. She has since traveled through Europe conducting interviews in Paris with FRANCE3 TV and radio, and ARTE CHANNELS TV (EU). In the US, she interviewed with Good Morning America, The Today’s Show, The Paula Zanh Show, The Aaron Brown Show, MSNBC, CNBC, Democracy Now TV, Morning on 2, and CNN. Her story has been told through documentaries, radio shows, and in magazines (such as Vanity Fair) and newspapers. She has appeared on the front page of USA TODAY (twice), and the Washington Post, Newsweek. Nadia spent 23 days in Belgium and 10 days in Jordan, meeting with magazine, newspaper, radio, and TV media outlets. Her message is sympathy, compassion and peace as the means to ending the immorality of the U.S. Invasion and occupation of Iraq”. In 2006 she started a nonprofit 501c3 Patrick McCaffrey Foundation or Veterans Village as a National not for profit corporation: The

mission of Patrick McCaffrey’s Foundation is to promote mental and holistic wellness and palliative care among veterans returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), by providing a live-in retreat village, wherein with the help of trained professional staff and volunteers, veterans will find inner healing and an eventual re-entry into society. One on One attention and Home-Like Care, a second Home. She has engaged in public speaking for over 10 years and film documentary on the Near-Death Experience, made by a German film company was released in 2003 in English and German language, for European television viewing, the film is based on Dr PMH Atwater’s research.

Helen Hunt American Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Academy Award-winning actress & director. Mother of one child and single. Best known for her role in the television sitcom Mad About You and her Academy Awardwinning role in As Good As It Gets. She has starred in several Hollywood films, including Twister, Cast Away, What Women Want, and Pay It Forward. In 1998 Hunt won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Carol Connelly, a waitress and single mother who finds herself falling in love with Melvin Udall, an obsessivecompulsive romance novelist played by Jack Nicholson in the movie Hunt is a director, having helmed several episodes of Mad About You, including the series finale. Her bigscreen directorial debut came with the film Then She Found Me, in which she also starred. She currently owns a production company with Connie Tavel, Hunt/Tavel Productions under Sony Pictures Entertainment. Hunt has been recognized extensively in her career. In 1998 she joined Liza Minnelli and Helen Mirren as the three actresses to win a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and an Emmy Award in the same year. Hunt was nominated for an Emmy Award for lead actress in a comedy seven years in a row, from 1993 through 1999, winning in the last four years. She is the only actress to have won four consecutive Emmys and four Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

Meow Yee Project Executive, Business Development, in IBM’s Systems & Technology Group, Volunteer, President and co-founder of the Asian Women Leadership Network. Mother of two children and married to She has responsibility for growing IBM’s mainframe business in the emerging countries, Brazil, Russia, India and China. In her prior position, she has responsibility for developing and executing the Global Engineering unit’s inorganic growth strategy, which included assessing candidate companies for acquisitions and alliances, developing and managing partner relationships. She had lead responsibility for the Asia Pacific region, with a focus on China. In her previous position, Ms. Yee was the Project Executive for Asian Initiatives, in Corporate Communications. She led and managed a ground breaking project to drive new levels of collaboration across multiple global companies to share best practices around business in the Asian marketplace and leveraging Asian talent, which included a benchmarking study. In her prior position, Ms. Yee led efforts across multiple business units to deliver IBM’s On Demand Business Strategy in 2003 and 2004. While in the IBM Software Group, Ms. Yee was the Program Director, Business Intelligence Product Marketing, with worldwide marketing and strategy responsibilities for the entire portfolio of BI products, which included delivering several new product releases as well as the launch of a brand new software product into the marketplace worldwide. She has managed IBM’s relationships with several key business partners. While in the Corporate CIO office, Ms. Yee was responsible for establishing a corporate wide strategy and architecture for information management and data warehousing, developed and delivered information delivery tools for worldwide use at IBM. Ms. Yee has been recognized within IBM with numerous excellence awards for delivering millions of dollars of savings and benefits to the corporation. Ms. Yee is an IBM Certified Executive Project Manager and a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional. She received the National Women of Color Technology All Star award in October 2004, in recognition of her many technical achievements. In June 2007, she was awarded the Salute to Women and Racial Justice Technology Award from the YWCA White Plains and Central Westchester. Recently, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Ms. Yee is actively involved in programs to encourage girls' interest in science and engineering. She is the President and co-founder of the Asian Women Leadership Network, a nation wide network, with members from multiple corporations. Ms. Yee graduated from Imperial College, University of London, England, with a Master of Science degree, in Computer Science, and a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in math (Second Upper Honors) and a

Diploma of Education from University Malaya, Malaysia. She speaks English, Malay and the Chinese dialects of Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka, and some German.