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Lotus Ladies

It's Never Too Late to Share Your Story

Meet the women who embody our mission​​! The women in our community continually impress and inspire us. The Lotus Lady initiative puts a spotlight on the incredible life journey of one of these women each month. 

A Lotus Lady…

  • Is authentic and vulnerable
  • Has a life story that’s never been shared publicly before
  • Provides our readers with inspiration, tools, creative ideas, entertainment, and/or education

Our Current Lotus Lady is...

Irma Velazquez

Irma Velazquez did not grow up with love, and her scars are a visible reminder of all that she was forced to endure, but what she has chosen to keep from that time is what she refers to as the reward for all her pain, the love that was born inside her with each of her children.

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Previous Lotus Ladies

Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Throughout her years of advocacy and leadership, Dafna has had to navigate a complicated landscape of divorce and remarriage, more than one round of cancer, the loss of a desperately wanted baby through miscarriage, and the trials that come with raising a struggling child. She stayed true to the vow she made as a 14-year-old girl, never to complain if she wasn’t going to work for a solution.

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Susan Brody

Through the help of meditation and her work producing life history documentary films through her company Family Legacies Inc., as well as her civil rights activism through the Anti-Defamation League, Susan Brody learned to heal from grief and find purpose. She believes that having a strong purpose in life, which includes her love for her husband and sons, her meaningful work and her activism, is the key to healing and continuing to live a fulfilling, productive life.

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Elizabeth Suarez

After close to two decades in the corporate world and tired of finding herself the only Latino in a leadership role, Elizabeth decided it was time to do as her mother had taught her and put her education and experience to use doing something to help others. Along the way, she learned that it’s never too late to strive.

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Sarah Metsch

Sarah Metsch’s life so far has been much like that of the mythical Phoenix, taking what might look like destruction and turning it into something beautiful. She has proven, time and again, that it’s never too late to rise from the ashes.

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Elsa Holguin

Elsa Holguin knows that the early years of a child’s life are the building blocks for educational success. A first-generation immigrant and college student, Elsa founded the Denver Preschool Program to give underserved kids the social and emotional skills they need to learn, thrive, and stay on pace with their peers while providing parents a safe place to leave their children while they work.

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Theresa Peña

In Theresa Peña’s family, education—specifically, Denver Public Schools education—is something of a family business. Raising her family anywhere else was never even a question, and giving back to the community she loves was always a given.

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Lynn Dolven

Lynn Dolven has become something of a poster child for this mindset: Don’t wait. A whole life can change in a minute. Hers certainly has more than once. Read her story to learn that it’s never too late to try something new.

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Verónica Figoli

Verónica Figoli’s story is, in part, a story of immigration, but like all immigrant stories, the geographical relocation is only the beginning. Hers is a story of creating, recognizing, and seizing opportunities. It is a story of carving a new path.

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Judith Alexander

Linda Pilcher has learned through hardship that life is fragile, but that is what makes it beautiful. Read her inspiring life story about finding your unique passions to learn that it’s never too late to live your next dream.

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Linda Pilcher

Linda Pilcher

Linda Pilcher has learned through hardship that life is fragile, but that is what makes it beautiful. Read her inspiring life story about finding your unique passions to learn that it’s never too late to live your next dream.

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Amanda Moriuchi

When a baby is born, it is often described as perfect. This is not because the baby meets some empirical standard of perfection, but simply because the baby is. Somewhere along the way, however, expectations shift; we seem to lose our intrinsic value, focusing less on what makes us valuable and more on the ways in which we fail to measure up. This month’s Lotus Lady wants us to change the way we think about that. It is never too late, she believes, to know our worth.

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Becky Haddad

“A woman is like a teabag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt said that. Becky Haddad lived it. Through her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, divorce, and the loss of her adult daughter to breast cancer years later, Becky found out the hard way just how strong she is. 

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Fiona Mechem

There is a quote that Fiona Mechem has always loved. It comes from Elsie de Wolfe, known as America’s first lady decorator, who said, “I will make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.” For Fiona, a business owner, interior decorator, wife, and mother of three children, creating that beauty – both in the careful curation of her clients’ homes as well as in the special moments she fosters within her own family – has become a way of life.

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Linda Yip

When Linda Yip lost her beloved only son, Nathan, in a tragic car accident twenty years ago, she could easily have become mired in grief. Instead, she and her husband Jimmy channeled their pain into a thriving educational philanthropy. She now says that, while she lost her son, she also gained thousands of other children who depend on the important work she and her husband do to honor their son.

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Pam Hatcher

Pam Hatcher has learned from experience that there is no such thing as growth in the absence of setbacks. Those lessons have come in the form of a strained relationship with a free-spirited, largely absent mother and the collapse of a long-term friendship and business partnership. While both created stress and hardship, they also helped shape Pam into the businesswoman, partner and mother she is proud to be today.

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Louanne Saraga-Walters

Louanne Saraga Walters, who bravely volunteered to share her story as our fourth Lotus Ladies Personal Profile, is the embodiment of one of the core values of Lotus Network: It is never too late to become the person you always wanted to be. We hope that her story will inspire you to share your own story or nominate someone else whose story deserves to be heard…we believe they all do!

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Benny Samuels

Benny Samuels, who bravely volunteered to share her story as our third Lotus Ladies Personal Profile, is the embodiment of one of the core values of Lotus Network: It is never too late to become the person you always wanted to be. We hope that her story will inspire you to share your own story or nominate someone else whose story deserves to be heard…we believe they all do!

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Lori Frisher

Lori Frisher, who bravely volunteered to share her story as our second Lotus Ladies Personal Profile, is the embodiment of one of the core values of Lotus Network: It is never too late to become the person you always wanted to be. We hope that her story will inspire you to share your own story or nominate someone else whose story deserves to be heard…we believe they all do!

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Nancy Alterman

Nancy Alterman, who bravely volunteered to share her story as our first Lotus Ladies Personal Profile, is the embodiment of one of the core values of Lotus Network: It is never too late to become the person you always wanted to be. We hope that her story will inspire you to share your own story or nominate someone else whose story deserves to be heard…we believe they all do!

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