Today’s Sunday Spotlight couldn’t be more delightful for me personally – in honor of Mother’s Day today, we are putting the spotlight on some very very important people who have contributed directly to Prosperity Candle’s growth and development – our mothers!! As you can see in the tributes below, the Prosperity Candle team is so thankful for the many ways our mothers have impacted and influenced our lives. And don’t miss our sister non-profit Prosperity Catalyst’s lovely Mother’s Day portrait (where you may spot some familiar faces!!).
Prosperity Candle founder and president
My mom Louise has influenced me in so many ways it’s hard to imagine who I’d be without her strength in tough times, her intelligence and clear thinking, her groundedness and practicality, her patience and faith in all her children, her progressive ideas balanced by fiscal prudence, and the strength of her convictions – especially when it comes to helping others and doing right by the world. When I have a challenge before me, my mom has always been there with not only attentive listening, but also thought-provoking questions and smart advice. From my mom I’ve learned how to be a good friend, parent and citizen, as well as how to create a business that contributes to your community.
Director of Online Marketing and Sales
My mom Debbie instilled in me a real sense of opportunity. When she was in high school, she wanted to be a journalist, but her guidance counselor told her she should pursue a more ‘feminine’ profession, and that her dream was unrealistic. Perhaps remembering this rejection, she was always open to my childhood fantasies — even the most unrealistic ones! I think about that now, working at Prosperity Candle. I want the children of the women we work with to feel that same boundless optimism, that feeling that opportunity is all around them. It’s something I still carry with me today.
Director of Partnerships & Business Development
Gracious and tenacious – two words that encompass all that my mother Susan has been and is to me. She is a beautiful example of the complexities of the human spirit, and has been a guiding force all throughout my life. She is a powerful leader, who has taught me, and shown me through her example, how to lean in and embrace my voice and my passions. I am deeply thankful for all the ways she has instilled in me a respect for others, a desire to make a difference in all I do, a heart for travel and exploration, how to be an advocate and an ally, how to listen more fully, how to put my faith into action, and how to believe in myself at all times. The woman I am today is directly a result of my mother’s influence, and I am so grateful for her! I look forward to many more adventures together (hopefully including some more on different continents!) in this crazy journey of life.
Sales & Marketing Intern
From the homemade bread fresh out of the oven to raising three children, I praise my mother for her immense care. My mother’s thoughtful gestures towards neighbors and nurturing ways as a parent has demonstrated the importance and beauty in showing compassion for others. With my love for traveling mixed with my mother’s influence in doing good for others, I excitedly plan to learn all I can regarding international development. I have seen the incredible social impact a business can have in working with Prosperity Candle and seeing the revived lives of the Burmese refugee women. In the years to come, I hope to channel my mother’s compassion and make a difference in the lives of others.
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