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Women Who Inspire Change: Laura’s Interview

This is my first conversation in a series of interviews with*...“Women Who Inspire Change“*  

My first guest is Laura Ponticello, inspirational speaker, columnist who pens real life stories about women, national book reviewer and publisher of Laura’s List: Books for Women.

Judith: Laura, thank you for stopping by and letting all of us get to know you a little better.  

Laura: Judith, I am honored to speak with you today and share more about Laura’s List: Books for Women.

Judith: The first thing I am curious about is what inspired you to start your business?  

Laura: The desire to help empower women in their everyday life. I surveyed 150 women about what inspires them each day and their reading trends, and overwhelmingly there was a validation that women could use a forum to nourish their mind, body and spirit-hence, the birth of Laura’s List: Books for Women.  

Judith: It sounds like empowering women is something you hold very dear. Is this something you have always been interested in?

Laura: Yes. My leadership background in running human resources prepared me well, where executive coaching was my niche. However, it was my grandmother, Rose, a breast cancer survivor, who taught me the power of spitting out pain as a new beginning for other women. She would talk in the night, to newly diagnosed women and tell them “they can do it.” She serves as my inspiration for the mission of Laura’s List.

Judith: How wonderful to have a remarkable grandmother like Rose. I'm sure her inspiration was a touchstone for many women. It is clear to see that your mission and your grandmother's are interwoven. Outside of health issues, what are some of the biggest challenges you see women facing today?  

Laura: The lack of giving one’s self permission, to take time for self. Women juggle it all, and as a result, usually put themselves last. It’s so important for a woman to carve out time to “be still“, to nourish her mind, body and spirit. Even 15 minutes a day has proven health benefits.

Judith: Your message is so inspiring; even 15-minutes can change an old pattern leading into a lifetime of self care. When our cup is full we have more to give others. What a powerful gift your message is!
Laura, on your website I saw where you want to inspire 1,000,000 women. How I can assist you in doing this?  

Laura: Each and every woman has the ability to help me Sow Seeds of Hope by spreading the message of Laura’s List- to inspire one million women. Laura’s List events and product sales help support local nonprofit organizations that directly help women, like Vera House, www.verahouse.org
This month, Laura’s List “Life is so Sweet Event” raised $450 for Vera House. Every time a woman attends an event or buys a Laura’s List product (which encourages a woman to throw away her worries and Indulge in nourishing her mind, body and Spirit), 10% goes to a local charity. Products include heavenly hand creme, lavender handmade soap, lavender room spray, bath whip, lavender and vanilla bath fizzes and soon to be released an inspirational candle. Products can be purchased at Bijou Salon and Stella Maris gift shop in Skaneateles, NY or if out of town, email me at [Link Removed] and I will ship to you!  

Judith: Laura thank you so much for all you do for women and for giving all of us an opportunity to help you on your mission. Please come back to my blog and visit soon!  

* Women empowering women has the power to change the world!*  

Interview by Judith Geiger
Personal Success Coach
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