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2013 Celebration of Women Mentoring Women

On March 15, 2013 MIHOW will honor three women from the Greater Nashville area at the sixth annual Celebration of Women Mentoring Women Luncheon.  This year's Mentoring Luncheon will be held on March 15, 2013 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

Cost of the luncheon is $60/ticket.  You can register online by clicking here.  You may also register by sending in this form to the Steering Committee Chair, Robin Baskin by March 1.

Robin Baskin
Women Mentoring Women Luncheon
1015 Acklen Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

2013 Honorees


Ina May GaskinIna May Gaskin
Founder and Director of The Farm Midwifery Center, Author
"Ina May helps birthing moms and midwifery students feel confident through mentoring."
Ina May Gaskin is a legend in midwifery.  She is the Founder and Director of The Farm Midwifery Center located in Summertown, Tennessee.  As a birth coach, she has mentored and encouraged moms through approximately 3000 births, from 1971-2011.  Pamela Hunt, her colleague of 40 years said, "She is an amazing person and midwife.  She is patient and encouraging with each mom."  As a teacher, Ina May has lectured all over the world at midwifery conferences and at medical schools, both to students and faculty.  She is the author of Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding and Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta. Ina May mirrors the  MIHOW style of mentoring by using her positive energy and wealth of information to make both students and moms feel that they can succeed.  As her colleague said, "Students may be intimidated at first but go away very inspired.  Ina May is inclusive and helps others feel relaxed.  She encourages others to go for their dreams."

Jennifer KimballJennifer Kimball
Executive Director, Girls on the Run (GOTR) Nashville
"Through Jennifer's mentoring, young girls learn that inner beauty is what's most important."

Jennifer Kimball has dedicated the past five years to the positive development of over 800 girls through GOTR Nashville.  She uses the power of running to foster self-respect and healthy living in girls grades 3 - 8. Jennifer recruits and mentors both the girls and adult volunteers who serve as the girls' running buddies.  Through running drills, games, and interactive discussions, participants learn how to celebrate being girls.  Self-reflection and mentoring help the girls gain greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, confident, well-balanced young women.  Like our MIHOW outreach workers, Jennifer helps the girls identify their individual strengths and develop respect for themselves and others.  As one co-worker said, "Jen's belief in the abilities of each girl to succeed fuels their success--she always shines the spotlight on the girls."
Julie RussellJulie Russell
Yoga Teacher, Artist
"Julie's mentoring comes from the heart."
For nearly 30 years, Julie Russell has been a mentor to hundreds of women and men in the Middle Tennessee area helping them identify and draw from their own strengths.  Julie has shared her gift of mentoring through yoga, t'ai chi, Breema, and her The Painting JournalTM classes.  One mentee shared, "She radiates strong compassion, acceptance, and understanding."  In her quiet and nurturing way, Julie guides students, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances - the young, the elderly, celebrities, prisoners, disadvantaged women - to connect body to mind and spirit.  Julie embodies the mentoring spirit of our MIHOW workers by offering her full and gentle intuitive attention to both the strengths and challenges of those she interacts with.  Through varied teaching methods, Julie encourages others to deepen their self-understanding and growth.  Julie is a multi-talented woman who has honed her mentoring skills to inspire hope in those around her.

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