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Star’s Corner: Join Me for a View from the President’s Circle

 

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Destiny… A belief in a higher power that controls our success. Purpose… The goal to achieve something, to become something. Circle… A surface with only one side and only one boundary component.

Today is special! Today I invite you to step into my circle. A shape that knows no boundaries, ever expanding, ever widening… because you have the power to take control of your destiny… to reach your higher purpose… to become what you choose to be… to be a force for change, enlightenment and triumph. Today, I’ve come full circle.

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A 2012 appearance on The View

I’m living proof that when we face adversity and deal with it in a professional manner, taking responsibility for our actions, we conquer negativity to shape the positive energy constantly surrounding us. As a guest co-host of The View today, I felt the energy, the enthusiasm, the full potential of what it means to come full circle. It was an honor and privilege to return to a show, of which, I am so proud to say that I was an original co-host for nine years. Barbara Walters, my mentor and friend, will always hold a special place in my heart for believing in my abilities. Thank you to Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy who made me feel right at home at the table I know so well. As one of the original panel asked back to co-host after Barbara’s “retirement,” I still whole-heartedly support the original premise and hold “the view” that women can have meaningful discussions while respecting each other’s viewpoints…even though we might not agree with them. This theme is a deep belief, ingrained in my psyche for all that I pursue in life.

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My appearance on “The Reunion” episode of The View

My views hold true that when we are supported, mentored and guided, specifically by other professional women, we have the power to unite and forever change the landscape of the world; thereby making a positive impact on the lives of young women as they step into their futures and young girls just beginning to dream of theirs. Today I want you to step inside this circle of power, influence and connection as I become the President of the National Association of Professional Women – the largest professional women’s networking organization in the country.

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Just a few of my favorite recent moments at NAPW.

Team NAPW, of which you are all a part, is my pride and joy. It is an honor and privilege to have you on my team and to be on yours. As Chief Development Officer and National Spokesperson, I have dedicated myself to helping to create a professional women’s networking organization worthy of your membership. Through expanding benefits; increased networking opportunities; new Local Chapters, including our new Regions and our five new Regional Managers; an eclectic array of new products, services and discounts, including new Career Services educational opportunities; our annual National Networking Conference and Regional Networking Summits to come, my team and I are constantly striving to raise the bar for you… our highly valued, extraordinarily talented, successful NAPW members. In my new role as President, I will continue accomplishing and achieving for you! There are so many more exciting new initiatives on the way… but, I cannot tell you about them… yet! Okay, I’ll tell you about just one right now… the NAPW Foundation.

In my circle of altruism and humanitarianism, I would be happy to invite you in. But, I cannot… because all of you are already inside! – expanding the boundaries of philanthropy every single day. Witnessing the power of positive giving – freely, openly and without concern for yourself – Team NAPW, you are amazing, outstanding, and I am constantly, constantly inspired by your charitable spirits. All of our Local Chapters are rallying around the NAPW Foundation philanthropic partners, the American Heart Association, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Dress For Success and Girls Inc. with your monthly initiatives. Even more inspiring is that you continue to work for other charities in your local areas, furthering the positive impact on the lives of women and girls while creating awareness of issues affecting everyone. Yes, our purpose is clear…to achieve something… to become something…something of value, something of greatness, something so grand it can change a life.

Success is about taking your destiny – all that a higher power places in your path. Then having the wherewithal and fortitude to take a realistic, un-idealized view of yourself and where you want to be, what you want to do, to do something that effects change, motivates others and inspires greatness. Completing a circle, which in a surreal manner, is never really complete… because we are forever expanding, growing, working toward a common goal to better ourselves as we strive to better the lives of others.

Over the past 25 years, I have been able to grow professionally through many opportunities. I started my career as a public prosecutor, became a television commentator, correspondent and host, wrote three books, produced several shows, launched multiple commercial ventures and became a political surrogate and committed philanthropist. However I, like many of you, wondered if I were fulfilling my purpose. This topic became an urgent issue for me when I found out I needed Open-Heart Surgery four years ago. After all, we all want to try and contribute something valuable during the time we are privileged to be on this earth.

During my recovery, I remember asking my pastor, friend and mentor, Dr. A. R. Bernard this question, and I clearly remember his response. Dr. Bernard said, “We all have the same purpose, to serve God. Our task, however, is to discover how we can best serve.” I knew right then that my life had changed forever because my goals had changed. I started only doing things, working in areas and participating in projects that gave me joy and improved the lives of others. I still love adding my voice to the public discourse as a television commentator and host. However, when I became National Volunteer for the American Heart Association and the National Spokesperson for NAPW, I vowed to use every public platform available to me to advance the causes of women. In doing so, I discovered that advocating for women was the space that gave me purpose. My long-time friends and colleagues saw it first. Barbara Walters told me how proud she was; Robin Roberts said, “…this is what you should be doing;” and Joi Gordon of Dress For Success said, “…you’ve found your purpose.” You see, often, you don’t know your purpose until you’re walking in it. I’m walking in mine right now.

Yes, today was special for lots of reasons. I returned to the place that ignited the spark that has turned into a roaring flame. As a woman, I can state emphatically that this is our time; and as President of NAPW, I am proud to lead our “Year of Action.” I’ve come full circle. And, I invite you to step into the circle that will shape futures – our own, NAPW’s and the futures of women and girls everywhere… reaching our higher purpose…

Welcome to my circle!

How have you come full circle in your own life? Share your comments below.

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  1. Gayle Bass
    June 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Star, I have watched you since you were a legal commentator on TV and have always respected your work. One day, I eventually got to interview you for a TV show I used to work on in Phoenix and you were so kind and wonderful. I continue to be a fan and wish you many blessings as you pursue you purpose.

  2. Julie Beacock
    June 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Congratulations on your new role as President of NAPW! You inspire me! I am especially fond of your philanthropic work, which is so near and dear to me. I hope to have the opportunity to meet you at the next conference. Cheers, Star!

  3. Tammy Payne
    June 10, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Welcome, Star! I look forward to the positive ripples of change we will make together. Have a great day!

  4. Linda Shinogle
    July 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Star,
    Wish you continued SUCCESS!

    Linda Shinogle, New Wichita, KS Chapter President

  5. Alicia Anderson-Brown
    July 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Star,

    I am thrilled to welcome you into your new role as the President of NAPW! I wish you much success and above all the continued ability to touch the lives of all women. Thank you for the leadership you have already provided and I hope to meet you one day face to face. In your life journey, you have truly been Touched By People, Places and Things and impacted the lives of women all over the world. I am honored to serve in this national organization.

    Alicia Anderson-Brown, Columbia, SC Chapter President