Pearls of Wisdom from seven inspiring local women

Our favorite event is back (Shh, don’t tell the other events!) The Pearl Society’s Women of Intention Awards is our annual laid-back, women-celebrating-women soiree. Each year we ask you to nominate some of the most inspiring women in your lives and wow, do you deliver.

This year we’re honoring seven women (not including our 2019 Woman of Intention Irin Carmon, co-author of Notorious RBG, who will be speaking at the event). We like to ask our honorees to share a pearl of wisdom—this is a Pearl Society event, after all.

Allow us to introduce you to our 2019 Women of Intention:


Watch for Opportunity. It might be right in front of you.

Barbara Parks | Community Champion

Never underestimate the power of a good sense of humor. Being able to laugh at yourself goes a long way!

Janice Schachtman | Community Champion


Instead of complaining & being part of the problem, stand up for what’s right & be part of the solution.

Kris MacDonald | Flame-Keeper


“some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.” —R.H. Sin

Leora Maccabee | Woman of Promise


We can all make a difference within our own small sphere if we just take initiative

Sally Abrams | Voice of Inspiration


Sometimes life throws you a curve ball—it’s how you handle it and move forward that is important.

Sari Lederman | Trailblazer


I believe that you do not fail; you either succeed or learn.

Valeria Sinelnikov Chazin | World-Saver