Teach Your Daughter About Powerful Female Role Models: Oprah Winfrey

Oprah headshot

Oprah headshotIs Oprah Winfrey a good role model?  

Some say no; she doesn’t produce value, she doesn’t have good morals, she’s a TV celebrity which, in itself, doesn’t really do anything good for society, she’s just after the money, she sells snake oil.

Others say yes; she grew up in poverty, she overcame severe personal struggles and abuse to make something of herself and her life, she tries to unite people and move us forward as a society, she is inspirational, a generous philanthropist, and positively benefits society.

For each of us to come to our own conclusion, it helps to know what it really means to be a role model.

Mirriam-Webster defines a role model as “a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others”.

Dictionary.com provides a fuller definition:  a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.”

Has Oprah Winfrey done anything in her life that fits these definitions?


Forbes magazine reached out to ForbesWoman communities on Twitter and Facebook to determine the most inspiring woman in the world.

After “mom”, Oprah Winfrey was at the top of the list and was named the Most Powerful Celebrity by Forbes in 2010.

Oprah is a successful businesswoman, owner of Harpo Productions, and a TV network.

She is a multi-millionaire and has launched the careers of several now successful people.

Oprah launched her broadcasting career at the age of 19, being the youngest person and first African-American to at Nashville’s WTF-TV.

Oprah Winfrey values education as a way to lift yourself out of poverty and create a future.

Through her private charity, Oprah has offered hundreds of grants to organizations that help educate and empower women.

Through the “Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program”, she provides scholarships to those who want to give back to their communities.  Her leadership and philanthropy is not limited to the United States.  She even created a leadership academy for girls in South Africa.

Oprah was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth…she worked hard for her achievements even in the face of severe personal struggles with childhood abuse. As a result, she initiated the National Child Protection Act in 1991 to establish a database of convicted child abusers.  In 1993, former President Bill Clinton signed the “Oprah Bill” into law.

The list of things that Oprah Winfrey has accomplished covers ten pages on her official biography website.  The list of awards she received takes up one whole page alone!  I encourage you to check it out to learn more about why many think that Oprah Winfrey is a good role model for our daughters.

Click here for more:  http://www.oprah.com/pressroom/Oprah-Winfreys-Official-Biography

Prosperity’s Kitchen Mission 1: My Ideal Client

Market Research Badge

Market Research Badge

I announced over in this post that I’d be taking part in Prosperity’s Kitchen, a crazy, fresh, new little online show designed to help us on our journey to being awesome.

Business awesome.  Well heck, personal awesome too.

You can’t really do things like collaborate with others if you’re a totally selfish a-hole.

Anyway, I’m going to be blogging about my experiences a week behind, mainly because I just don’t have enough time to do it the week of.

And there’s a really good reason you should care about the sharing:  all this freaking awesome info is yours, free.  Sure, you can’t compete for the prizes, but you get to view the videos, PDFs, and more, FREE.

Episode 1: Market Research & Your Ideal Client

I’m going to be honest: I was loathing this episode.  I like research, and I like to learn, but this just seemed so stale.

Oh em gee, I was wrong.  This ended up being a fantastic start to the competition.

You can view the episode below.

Ideal Client

Who is my ideal client? Who is your ideal client?

Everyone’s ideal client will be different, and that’s what makes our world go ’round.

Have you ever stopped to identify your ideal client?

It’s heavy.  There is a ton of research and thought that goes into it, but let me tell you, when you do it, you get that clarity everyone’s always talking about.

I got so totally excited after completing the mission, which was to put together a Pinterest board illustrating your ideal client.

I chose to focus on the domestic violence resources I’d like to put together, since it definitely carries a specific group of people.

You can take a look at all the Pinterest boards submitted by visiting this page.

Initial Thoughts

I was excited to be chosen to a part of Prosperity’s Kitchen, more for the education I’m receiving, and less for the winning.

I love to win.  But everyone can’t win the prize; that’s life.

Know what we all CAN win though? The fabulous access to the mentors and the education we’re receiving.

I thank my lucky stars each day that I’m part of this program.  I already know it’s going to be pivotal in pushing me forward.

Oh, and I’m more excited about getting my badge each week than anything.  I want every. single. one.

Who knew that would be one of the most fun parts?