Life and executive coach Debbie Phillips - who spent more than 20 years in central Ohio - seeks to inspire women around the country to be successful with her Women on Fire organization. Some of her success stories can be found in a new book, Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!).
Life and executive coach Debbie Phillips - who spent more than 20years in central Ohio - seeks to inspire women around the country to be successful with her Women on Fire organization. Since its beginning in 2003, Women on Fire has hosted tea parties where women can gather and become empowered. Now, 20 success stories can be found in one book - on shelves tomorrow - entitled Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!).
"Women go through so many transitions in their lifetime, and I feel the best way to learn is from other women, real women, everyday women who have gone through that transition," said Phillips, 53, who now lives on Martha's Vineyard.
Each chapter is written by a different author, and features four Columbus contributors. Here, Phillips describes why she picked each of the Columbus women featured in the book.
Ginny Barney, Upper Arlington's city manager: "I chose Ginny for her unwavering dedication to public service. Ginny writes how her career was launched after she had a horrible fire in her house, and from it learned so much that she ended up becoming a public servant."
Kacy Cook , editor and author: "She was a colleague of mine in newspapers. I chose Kacy for her exquisite writing skills and the depth of her compassion. I worked with another editor, but I knew in my heart that Kacy needed to be the editor of the book."
Andrea Dowding, fellow life and executive coach: "I chose her for her authenticity. She is used to leading a lot of women, so in addition to the book, I selected her to work with Women on Fire members in Columbus. Divorce is a big transition for a lot of women, and I knew how well she worked through her divorce. I thought she was such a role model."
Patricia Wynn Brown, founder of Hair Theater: "She is a performance artist and a philanthropist. She and I have been friends for 30 years, and I chose her because she is so inspiring with her Hair Theater. Her programs are so funny and she is so talented."