Friday, July 20, 2012

Life Moments for Women celebrates National Girlfriends Day and National Sisters Day with a new Girlfriends and Sisters Life Moment Contest!


August is a terrific month for women! It begins with National Girlfriends Day and a few days later, on August 5, both National Sisters Day and National Friendship Day are celebrated. In honor of sisters and girlfriends everywhere, the authors of the recently published Life Moments for Women book, a sweeping collection of personal turnings points of 108 extraordinary women from all over the State of California, want to celebrate by sharing a fun contest with you!

Life Moments for Women came into being through the friendship between authors, Patty DeDominic and Maureen Ford. Many of the stories of the remarkable 100+ women in the book revolve around girlfriends, sisters and friendship, just as many of our lives revolve around our girlfriends and our sisters, who are often one and the same. It’s time to celebrate them!
Life Moments for Women wants to celebrate girlfriends and sisters by reading one of your “life-moments.”
Share a story about a turning point in your life with your girlfriend and/or sister and your story will be posted on the Life Moments for Women blog. Plus you’ll win a $100 Amazon gift certificate or have $100 donated to the non-profit of your choice that serves women.
Here’s your chance to tell the world about that special moment you shared with your girlfriend and/or sister. Write the story in 350 words or less in a Word file or in an email and send it to Include your contact information and make sure it is sent no later than July 31.
Our independent judges will pick the best story, and it will be announced on our website on August 3, 2012 as well as in a press release distributed over the Internet, and posted on the www.lifemomentsforwomen blog*. The winner will receive a copy of Life Moments for Women signed by the authors and be interviewed by Patty De Dominic for a radio feature on the Life Moments for Women website. The winner will also receive her choice of a $100 Amazon gift certificate or have a donation made in your name to your favorite non-profit that serves women.
Send in your Life Moment story today: Contest ends on July 31 at midnight! For more information go to
Contest rules:
1.             Entries must be 350 words or less
2.             Entries may be in a Word file sent as attachment or included in your email
3.             Entries must be RECEIVED no later than midnight, July 31
4.             Entries must include a short bio of the author

About Life Moments for Women:

Life Moments for Women is a sweeping collection of personal turnings points of 108 extraordinary women from all over the State of California. The common thread is to share the idea that women can change the world, one moment at a time.

The idea for Life Moments for Women came from authors Patty DeDominic, award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, and women’s advocate and Maureen Ford, an entrepreneur-educator and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award recipient. They embarked on this incredible collaborative effort to achieve three goals: to instill greater awareness of the critical roles that women play in building a better world, to awaken more interest in becoming a leader as well as an unstoppable force for change and to raise one million dollars through the sales of the book for the Women’s Foundation of California.

Contributors were asked to identify the most crucial moment in their lives, describe what happened and how it changed their life. Each vignette is a story of that powerful life defining moment. The stories cover the entire spectrum of human endeavor and are short, vividly told and incredibly personal. The frank sincerity of the insights will often take your breath away.

Patty DeDominic, author of the New World of Work and 2006 CEO of the Year, is a well-known and admired entrepreneur who has reached the pinnacle of professional success--a respected philanthropist and an international advocate for women. She is president emeritus of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and has served on numerous boards, including the California Chamber of Commerce and the prestigious Jane Goodall Institute. A sought after speaker on women’s issues around the world, Ms. DeDominic has created and continues to build and promote Women’s Festivals in celebration of International Women’s Day. She is a role model for others and has received numerous awards and honors for her support of girls and women of all ages.

Maureen Ford, a former educator, has a long history of service in volunteer organizations devoted to girls and women such as Sandpipers, the Palos Verdes Junior League, and the South Bay Crisis Intervention Center, where she counseled victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. She went on to become a national training director for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and received many honors around the country for writing educational materials and speaking on behalf of “Healthy Mother, Healthy Babies.” Ms. Ford later founded a nonprofit organization to assist aspiring entrepreneurs and received the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for developing innovative education programs in small business and entrepreneurship.

About The Women’s Foundation of California
The Women’s Foundation of California is a publicly supported grant making foundation that invests in women as a key strategy for creating a California where all communities are economically secure and can thrive. Since 1979, the Foundation has awarded $30 million to over 1,200 community-based organizations in each region of the state.

About the contest:

* By submitting your story to the Life Moments for Women Girlfriends & Sister Life Moment Contest, you agree that the publishers, Patty DeDominic, Maureen Ford, and Blue Point books may use your story on the Life Moments for Women website and other such articles and/or publications. You give permission and release from liability, on behalf of yourself and your heirs, for your story to publish in a book, post on the web, blog, video or CD form as well as any other media. It is understood that DeDominic & Ford and their agents and publishers, if any, retain for themselves and others acting on their behalf a non-exclusive, irrevocable world-wide license in said story to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies to the public and perform publicly and display publicly, by or on behalf of DeDominic & Ford and their publishers, agents and publicists. You warrant that this story does not include any copyrighted material by others, or libelous or unlawful statements that infringe on the right of others.

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