Inspiring Women’s Global Network (IWGN) is the premier business and social network for women living with chronic illness. We are a community of vibrant entrepreneurs, authors, bloggers and achievers, both accomplished and aspiring, who are impacted by a chronic illness, “disability” or other health concern. It is our conviction to live with purpose, take optimum care of ourselves and remain financially independent. We gather here to connect with like-minded women, share information and resources, give and garner support, inspire and be inspired and to have a little fun!
OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE OUR TRIBE USNG OUR E3 FORMULA: ENGAGE, EXCITE & EMPOWER
whether you find you are on the giving or receiving end of this formula.
To read the story on how IWGN came to be click here.
A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Welcome to the Inspiring Women’s Global Network website!
When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness I felt confused and emotional. Chronic illness can leave you feeling isolated and lonely, even though you may have people around you. It can make you question your purpose and usefulness, sometimes leaving you sad and depressed and wanting to disconnect from your former life and the outside world. I’ve been there and I don’t wish it on anyone.
Being or staying in this headspace is not healthy, and in fact could actually be harmful to your health. It is so important that you stay engaged in life. What I want for you is to continue pursuing your goals and dreams, as well as explore new possibilities. I want you to continue to do good work. You still have a lot to give and the world needs what you have to offer.
Could you use some support or a little inspiration?
That’s why I created Inspiring Women’s Global Network (IWGN). At IWGN you will find a community of entrepreneurs and other women who are going places and doing things while also living with chronic illness. We’re not like patient communities where the primary focus is on illness and treatment. But we do support you in staying well, engaging in life to the fullest and living your best life possible. It’s a place where you can connect with others, find resources, learn about business and wellness and strengthen your spiritual life.
We invite you to be a part of our community whether you need a little inspiration or you can be an inspiration to others. Please join us today!
If you are an Inspiring Woman who’d like to share your talents, skills, expertise and experience with others Ask us about opportunities to participate with IWGN. We look forward to hearing from you!
INSPIRING WOMEN GIVE BACK!
Nothing is more inspiring than when someone who has their own set of pressing needs reaches out to help another. Whether you give the gift of sharing, encouragement, support, random acts of kindness, time, talent, material goods, money or something else we encourage you to let your light shine and inspire others to do the same.
When you invest in yourself with a purchase of any IWGN membership, product or service you are also investing in others. IWGN donates a portion of all its proceeds to support the following organizations:
- Starlight Children’s Foundation Starlight Children’s Foundation helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation by providing programs to improve their life and health. Some of our favorite programs are Starbright World, the premier online social network where teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions (and siblings of seriously ill teens) can connect and Great Escapes which provides relaxing, fun-filled events for Starlight families.
- A Cinderella Ball An annual gala for students with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. It features dinner, a concert, presentation of the “No Excuses Award” (highlighting the inspiring life of one student) and the after-party Ball.
- Wigs for Kids Did you know that more than 2 million children are affected by hair loss? Wigs for Kids helps children look themselves and live their lives by providing custom-made hair replacement. As the Founder said “Children should not have to worry about how they look, especially when they’re in the middle of a health crisis.” Read the story of what inspired the Founder and meet some of the children helped by Wigs for Kids.
- Sail To Prevail Sail To Prevail offers various programs that create opportunities for disabled children and adults to overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing in specially-adapted sailboats. One of our two favorites, Sail Away From Cancer, is a specialized program established for pediatric cancer patients to sail with their resident doctors and family members, creating a unique “out of hospital” experience. The other is Confidence is Cool day camp, where the overall goal is to build confidence and self-esteem of physically disabled children. IWGN donations are designated to participant scholarships.
- Fab-U-Wish A new program for young women fighting breast or ovarian cancer. In partnership with Bright Pink, E!News host Giuliana Rancic plays fairy godmother by granting women in need of a little refuge with their most fabulous wish!
- Wish Upon a Wedding This magical organization provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances. It was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. The hope is that recipients can inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. Read about the Founder’s inspiration for starting this organization.
- IWGN’s Inspiration Foundation Fund This fund is raising money to establish the Inspiration Foundation, a non-profit organization in its infancy. The Foundation will support chronically-ill and disabled women through various projects.
You can also donate to these organizations directly on their websites.