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Inspiring Lives Magazine Announces Winners of 2018 Empowering Women in Philanthropy Awards

Pittsburgh, Pa.Inspiring Lives Magazine has announced the winners of their annual Empowering Women in Philanthropy Awards. These women exemplify giving through their focus on charity. An extraordinary evening honoring the winners will take place on Friday December 7 from 6–9 at Foxtail in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The winners are as follows:

Shevelle McPherson is an accomplished attorney, an award-winning international speaker, and a business and legal strategist. She is also the number one bestselling author of Soar! Beyond the Heels of Adversity

Dr. Michele Langbein is a tenured professor at Point Park University (Pittsburgh, Pa.), as well as a model, writer, mom, advocate for autism and special needs, and small business owner. 

Stacy Klein is the executive director for the Women’s Business Enterprise and Building Hope at 84 Lumber Company where she drives business development activity and sales. 

Lynn Doehring launched Bridge Insurance Group, Inc. in 2013 to help her clients cross over to a better insurance experience, elevating the insurance experience to a relationship, not a transaction. 

Sara Makin is a two time best-selling author, the owner of Makin Wellness premier therapy & coaching centers, and is the host of the TV show Road to Ruin: Journey of the Poppy

Lifetime Achievement Award

Gloria Steinem, a writer, speaker, activist and feminist organizer, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Steinem is a leader in the women’s rights movement and has been a role model for many women who support charities. Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem graciously accepted her Inspiring Lives Magazine 2018 Empowering Women in Philanthropy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Robert Morris University Speaker Series from Editor-in-Chief Dr. Shellie Hipsky. 

The Empowering Women in Philanthropy Awards is sponsored by Akron Wealth Advisors ( and Empire Investigations ( “We take every opportunity that we can to support women and their charities. In our line of work, we see women going through some of the most difficult moments in their lives and we love seeing them become more empowered and independent after we get them the proof they need” says Bob Kresson, owner of Empire Investigations. “Both locally and internationally, women are making huge strides in their communities, and we are proud to help them succeed at every level.”

Additional sponsors include Makin Wellness, Bridge Insurance, 84 Lumber, PNC Bank, and Mock & Co.

Inspiring Lives Magazine, the hosting organization, is an empowering magazine for women. With an emphasis on entrepreneurship and personal growth, the magazine inspires, encourages, and instructs, addressing every facet of a woman’s life, the spiritual, the intellectual, and the emotional. Visit for subscriptions or information.

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