September Newsletter

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Dear Friends, I always loved Back to School rituals — buying new pencils, notebooks and new shoes! And, this fall, I am actually returning to school at the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program with 36 students from around the world. Penn is my alma-mater so it’s especially exciting to return to campus. During the next ten months, I’ll be spending one weekend each month in Philadelphia learning from the leaders of Positive Psychology and applying this knowledge to strengthen all of Soaringwords’ healing interventions in hospitals, schools and community centers. Wishing you much love, Lisa

Soaringwords + Zumba® Fitness = Love
Soaringwords was onsite at the Zumba® Fitness Instructor Convention in Orlando, 720 certified Zumba® Fitness Instructors signed up to teach monthly Zumba® Fitness classes to pediatric patients, Moms, Dads and nurses at children’s hospitals around the world.  MORE PHOTOS Mara, a fan of the Zumba® Fitness program and performer at ZUMBA® Fitness Concerts™, paid a visit to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx where she serenaded patients, parents, nurses and doctors while four dazzling Zumba® Fitness Instructors led a class and danced along. MORE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Soaringwords Ferries to Martha’s Vineyard
On August 3, children and teens at the Chilmark Community Center paired up with students attending the Beacon Academy to share a hands-on community service initiative to benefit hospitalized children on Martha’s Vineyard and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Everyone came together and enjoyed a Soaringwords service-learning program where volunteers decorated 100 SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® with inspirational messages and artwork to donate to ill children. MORE PHOTOS

Sharing Their Love

JPMorgan Chase employees in 43 branches in Louisville, KY participated in a community service project to embrace children at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Some employees got into the Olympic spirit and decorated sports themed quilts and pillows.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Health Getaway Lisa gave an inspirational talk at Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s annual Health Getaway at the beautiful Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, off the coast of Florida. 300 participants came together to improve their health and embrace the Nutritarian lifestyle. On the last day of the conference, attendees mentored 30 children from the Miller Boys & Girls Club. Together everyone enjoyed the hands-on service project decorating quilts and pillows, followed by a high-energy Zumba® Fitness class to celebrate health, fitness and joy. MORE PHOTOS
Congratulations to Carol Evans, CEO & Publisher and her incredible team at Working Mother Media on the 10th Anniversary of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women Conference. I’ve been to the conference each year and I am proud to be part of this community of leading professionals committed to celebrating diverse talent and perspectives in all facets of business. It was so inspiring to spend two days with so many wonderful people. (Left photo: Erin Jensen, Director, Labor Relations and Founder of Women’s Group Sam’s Club and Donald Fan, Senior Director Global Office of Diversity, Wal-Mart. Right photo: Michele Sample, Director, Oncology Operations, and Ronny L. Osi-Efa, Project Leader, Promotions, GlaxoSmithKline Global)

SoaringStar – Tobias

The best part of running Soaringwords is meeting amazing people like Tobias. I traveled to Baltimore to interview him and his 7 siblings for my upcoming book, Soaringwords the Power to Heal, inspiring stories of magnificent individuals who are overcoming life’s pain and obstacles. Tobias had a brain-tumor at age six which resulted in sight and hearing losses. Today he does calculations without flinching, remembers entire books by heart, and loves to tell corny jokes radiating light + love. He is currently a college student and one of the most positive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
SoaringHealth & Wellness Caregivers have multiple stressors in their lives balancing the needs of loved ones with illness, other family members, work demands and figuring out a way to spend some precious time on their own. Join us on Monday, November 5 for a Caring for the Caregiver of Children with Disabilities presentation with world-renown expert Dr. Catherine Lord. Lisa and Dr. Lord will be presenting live at the 92nd Street Y and the event will be shared via Telepresence with audiences in JCCs throughout North America. This program is made possible by a generous donation from the CVS Caremark Foundation.

Touch Points

Join Soaringwords on Make A Difference Day, the largest day of volunteering in the U.S. Soaringwords proud to be a national non-profit partner with USA Weekend and the Hands On Network.  We are hosting events around the country on Friday, Oct. 26 – Oct. 28. Let us know if you’d like to create your own event with friends, family and co-workers or join an existing event. Contact Soaringwords