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Vote: Power of the Purse Speaker 2018

Power of the Purse is a community fundraising event with a silent purse auction and luncheon to improve the lives of children and youth in our community. Women's Leadership Council members are invited to vote for the 2018 speaker below. Voting will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.


Elizabeth SmartSue Klebold

Author: A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy 
Mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School. Passionate and effective agent working tirelessly to advance mental health awareness and intervention.
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School--a tragedy that saddened and galvanized the nation. She has spent the last 15 years excavating every detail of her family life, and trying to understand the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence. Instead of becoming paralyzed by her grief and remorse, she has become a passionate and effective agent working tirelessly to advance mental health awareness and intervention.

Shannon Huffman Polson

Jeannette Walls

Author: The Grit Project

One of the First U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots pushing barriers both personally and physically is just a normal day in the office when you are one of the first women commissioned to fly Apache combat helicopters in the United States Armed Forces. Shannon Huffman Polson served on three continents and led two flight platoons and A-Line company.

In the midst of her breakthrough role as a
female helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army,
Polson learned lessons on leadership,
courage, teamwork, and above all the importance of GRIT - that personal dedication and strength which exists at the intersection of purpose and passion. Polson's blog, "The Grit Project," is a compilation of empowering narratives about women and leadership. 



Dr. Natalie Stavas

Inspirational Boston Marathon Hero, Humanitarian & Award-Winning Physician  
Dr. Natalie Stavas was approaching the finish line of her 5th Boston marathon when explosions shook the city. Instinctively running towards the chaos, she raced to save as many lives as possible-administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded-resulting in her emerging as a national hero. 

 With a distinctive "Running Towards Chaos" philosophy, Dr. Stavas uses medical expertise and personal experiences-from her upbringing on a Nebraska farm to the Boston terrorist attacks-to provide fascinating and constructive insight on the importa
nce of altruism and strategies for conquering fear and finding meaning in a chaotic world.

Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls

New York Times Best-Selling Author and the subject of the major motion picture, The Glass Castle, released in August 2017.

Jeannette Walls is the author of the best- selling memoir, The Glass Castle, a New York Times best-seller, which was named a "Top 10 Book of the Decade" by Amazon. It offers a look into her life and that of her dysfunctional family.

In her delightful, heartfelt speeches, she
reveals poignant anecdotes from her complex childhood, ultimately inspiring audiences to confront the past and face up to our deepest fears.

The Glass Castle was well received by critics and the public. It has sold over 2.7 million copies.