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About Living Brave… Finishing Strong

Living Brave... Finishing Strong is the fourth book of the Living Brave series. Dr. Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern share the life journeys of 45 women, ages 7 – 95. They present these women’s lives as a progression through four quarters of life, asking those in each stage to share their evolution as they have grown, changed and progressed, not despite their challenges and successes, but because of.

Each story reflects that persistence and resilience are the secrets to finishing strong. You will experience that each contributor not only observes life, but is a willing participant. I assure you that with each story, each quarter, you will be eager to go on to the next as you will most likely be reflecting on your own experiences.

At the end of the book you will be glad you came.

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Living Brave – Women in Business: Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference

The latest book in the Living Brave series by Dr. Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern: Living Brave… Women in Business: Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference. It is filled with life-altering input from nearly fifty Arizona women thriving in business.

The book launch date is October 28th, 2018.

If you would like to hear some of these women’s stories first-hand, please join authors Hilda and Mary Beth for the  “Voices of Success” conference: Sat. Oct. 27, 2018 8 a.m.– 5p.m. Scottsdale Hilton Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

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Living Brave Co-Authors Dr Hilda Villaverde & Mary Beth Stern with Angela Johnson & Silver Rose

Co-authors and business owners Dr. Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern have spent their life-long careers hearing the voices of other business owners, entrepreneurs and working women. In their most recent book, Living Brave… Women in Business, Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference, they have included the voices of nearly 50 local Phoenix female entrepreneurs and business owners. Through a series of twelve questions, the women answer and address the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship and business ownership and offer their candid stories of struggle, success, fear, and bravery. Each woman presents a call to action, inviting the reader to explore, embrace and eventually transform her life to her
own version of what success means to her.

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See below for more info and several snippets from the  recent Living Brave interview on Business RadioX ...

What Was It Like For You to Be Interviewed in this Project?
Silver Rose of Silver Speaks - My Business
Angela Johnson of FABRIC - My Business
Conference – Have Fun!

Dr. Hilda Villaverde’s career in the beauty industry as a highly respected stylist and accomplished business owner spans four decades. As the owner of Pluma Designs, a hair studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, she is a recognized public speaker and educator incorporating her business sense and use of humor to motivate and lead women to reach their highest potential in both their personal and professional lives. Hilda earned her Doctorate in Religious Studies with a minor in Pastoral Counseling from Emerson Institute and is the author of seven published books, including her newest book in the Living Brave series, Living Brave…Women In Business, Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference.

Mary Beth Stern’s acumen in marketing, advertising, public relations, and special events consulting has touched countless customers over the past twenty-plus years. She has given a voice to numerous businesses and organizations to increase their visibility, awareness and profitability. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in creating unique fundraising events and has moderated and brought her distinctive touch to fashion shows, presentations and events. Mary Beth earned a B.A. from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and recently co-authored her third Living Brave book in the series, Living Brave. . . Women in Business, Compelling Stories of How ONE Can Make a Difference with Dr. Hilda Villaverde.

Angela Johnson is an award winning, eco-friendly clothing designer with nearly 25 years of experience in the fashion industry as a Designer, Production Manager, Educator, Consultant, Illustrator, and industry insider.  She is best known for creating Arizona’s fashion industry directory LabelHorde, co-founding the non-profit AZ Apparel Foundation, and opening F.A.B.R.I.C., the AZ fashion industry incubator building in downtown Tempe.  She also creates award-winning, elaborately constructed ball gowns and other garments from “thrifted” and recycled T-shirts at Angela Johnson Design, LLC.

Silver Rose is an Employee Engagement Thought Leader and was born and grew up in Boston. She went to San Diego City College, majoring in Journalism. When her family moved to Nevada she joined them and began her meteoric career. She was Administrative Assistant to the Governor of Nevada at 23. At age 25, she owned an insurance agency and was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America. She was recruited by a British Media Tycoon to be his second in command including serving as Creative Director and Head of Sales.

For the next 20 years she was in the Computer industry where her three specialties were Human Resources, Sales and Marketing. Three of her management positions included Manager of Sales Database, Manager of Marketing Intelligence and Vice President of Sales & Marketing where she grew sales by 250%. For the last decade, Silver has been devoted to the study and implementation of employee engagement strategies, heading her own Management Consulting and Executive Coaching Practice.

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Living Brave in Love… Stories of Intimacy – Lost and Found

Living Brave In Love – Stories of Intimacy Lost and Found is a collection of stories of how others love…bravely.

When the opportunity arose to collect and publish stories of how others love came to us, we decided to take a chance on love once again and discover for ourselves how others love.

With love and hope in your heart, enjoy the voices of the women and men we present who share their stories in an effort to encourage you to be brave in loving again, in loving more deeply, and in sharing your love unconditionally.

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Living Brave In Love – Book Signing Celebration

Book Reviews ...

For those who seek to understand themselves and others better, this book is a precious gift! 



It turns out that defining love is much more elusive than it might initially appear.

The word itself conjures up a vast array of feelings unique to each one of us. Until now, I’d considered myself to be pretty astute when it came to this topic. Not anymore. Like many people in their sixties, I’ve had my share of "love experiences." Some good and some not so good. But, after reading this incredible compilation of stories from those who have experienced love from a variety of angles and perspectives, I have a deeper respect for the complexity of this topic. To some, the experience was euphoric and joyful. Yet to others it seemed as if a mystical hex had been cast upon them that trapped their soul.

I am grateful for the journey the authors have taken me on. I’ve gained an immense sense of empathy and compassion for those whose experiences with love were different than my own. And I’m left with a greater awareness of how significantly each emotional encounter shapes us into the person we will become.

Janine Finney
Co-author of The Flip-Flop CEO and Does the Shoe Fit?

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