by Judy Giovangelo, founder and executive director, Ben Speaks Louder Than Words
The following is a featured entry in our Share Your Story contest, which celebrates our 10-year anniversary with stories from past attendees.
The Massachusetts Conference for Women changed my life forever. I was tremendously blessed to be the recipient of the Be the Change award last year and the result was a reflection of two incredible organizations mirroring the desire to support social change and be extraordinary in the world. The magnitude of positivity that came from receiving the award has been accumulative beginning with the opportunity to affect the lives of 10,000 women and beyond. In June, I was honored with a check from Alex & Ani as a direct result of this award with a growing conversation to further our scope with them.
On a deeply personal level, I spent a beautiful weekend of growth & healing at Canyon Ranch with my beautiful and recently sober daughter Jenna after five years of being riddled with addiction following the suicide loss of her brother who she found at sixteen. I can’t begin to express the depth of gratitude I have for this incredible platform for women and girls to achieve greater success in life both personally and professionally. I am indebted to you for your generosity, recognition and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!