Stephanie Vance

Stephanie Vance

by Sharon Bially on January 21, 2021

Stephanie Vance wears two hats: romantic comedy writer, and D.C. advocacy guru with a 30+ year career. The boutique firm she heads, Advocacy Associates, helps associations drive citizen-based approaches to achieving policy change and Stephanie’s career has inspired her fiction. Her debut novel, Across the Aisle, stars two young lobbyists with opposing views involved in a racy, high-stakes legislative battle. An extensive traveler and avid scuba diver, Stephanie has visited six continents and dived everywhere … Continue reading Stephanie Vance

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Lorena Junco Margain

by Sharon Bially on January 17, 2021

Born and raised in Mexico (Monterrey and Mexico City), author, art collector and philanthropist Lorena Junco Margain studied Visual Arts at Universidad de Monterrey before co-founding the Distrito14 gallery as a platform to amplify emerging Mexican artists. Soon afterward, she co-founded and curated the Margain-Junco Collection with her husband Eduardo Margain to support emerging artists, foster the art scene in Mexico and promote awareness of Mexican art internationally. She also played an instrumental role in … Continue reading Lorena Junco Margain

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Patty Bear

by Sharon Bially on November 8, 2020

Patty Bear rose out of the insular and male dominated world of the Reformed Mennonite “Plain People” to become an Air Force pilot during the first decade women graduated from pilot training, which she writes about in her memoir From Plain to Plane: My Mennonite Childhood, a National Scandal and an Unconventional Soar to Freedom. A retired international airline captain, she has spent over thirty years dedicated to the study of defying gravity: escaping conditioning, … Continue reading Patty Bear

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