When I think of a Heroine, no one springs to mind more easily than Dafna Michaelson.
In 2009, immediately following the economic collapse of the banks, Dafna left her job, started a non profit company, with the sole purpose of travelling to every state in America in the 52 weeks of 2009 to ‘find ordinary people doing extraordinary things’.
Using her 401 as funding (everyone else was too busy after the banks collapsing to be able to help) she met, interviewed, videotaped and documented over 500 people.
Her mission was to ‘Change the mirror we use to reflect who we are as a nation’.
Following her “Journey” she was faced with double-mastectomy surgery in 2010, followed immediately by a labrum tear in her hip.
Despite multiple surgeries, she continued her work to empower women and girls of all ages through creating kindness curriculum for educators, hosting on online radio show to continue to elevate ordinary people making a difference in the world, and curating TEDx events specifically for women to help get ‘ideas worth spreading’ from females into the TEDx culture.
Today, she continues her work of her “50 in 52 Journey” through The Journey Institute whose mission is to ‘Empower a Future Built by Community’.
There is so much more to tell about Dafna and her work. She does not come from money and much of this work was self funded with very little support.
She connects women through a Social Women as Entrepreneurs group that meets monthly and devotes a great deal of time volunteering and helping throughout her community.
Submitted by Michael Jenet