WAGwit wonders: When have you felt most powerful?

“When I feel confident I feel most powerful.” – Christine Bedder, chief of staff, 42 The Restaurant, Bethel resident

“Crossing the finish line at the New York City Marathon, November 2005, my first of nine marathons to follow. At that very moment crossing the finish line, I knew  unequivocally, having just run 26.2 miles, I could do anything. I was strong. I was powerful of mind and body.” – Nancy Campagna, director of Community Relations at The Bristal, Bronxville resident

“When I gave birth to my children. With my youngest child, I looked down and saw him. That’s pretty powerful.” – Maria Colaco, blogger, The New York Mom, Long Island resident

“Taking the concepts of my events and watching them come to fruition. Being that I have planned thousands of events – including fashion shows and charitable and corporate programs – I realize those make a difference and help others, which in turn makes me feel good.  To know that what I am doing has raised funds to benefit a nonprofit organization or others in need is amazing.” – Denise Daly, manager, public relations, Bloomingdale’s in White Plains, Armonk  resident

“At the end of the evening when the kids are in bed, my job is accomplished and I’m relaxing with a glass of wine, I feel pretty powerful.” – Lenore Eggleston, director of marketing and development, Westchester Philharmonic, Norwalk resident

“I have felt powerful when I was naive enough to think I had control over that which none of us really do. I felt good, really great if I caught an early melanoma or made people feel better about themselves with a little bit of cosmetic work. I have felt amazing when I did something of benefit for my children or husband. But feelings of power come in time-limited bursts.” – Wendy A. Epstein, MD, Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Grand View-on-Hudson resident 

“For me, it was after the whole breast cancer thing. Once I was past treatment and surgery and really starting to feel better and get back to work, I realized my whole outlook changed in such a positive way. Everything I do, I do with joy, because I’m so thankful to be alive.” – Lisa Fleming, marketing director, The Look, New Rochelle resident 

“I feel most powerful when I use my boutique to give back. We do charitable events like our Holiday Benefit Fashion Show. A portion of the proceeds went to My Sister’s Place. To be able to cut a check to that organization made me feel at my best. I still get chills thinking about it.” – Louisa McTurner, owner of WeezieD., Yonkers resident

“When I was a New York Post reporter and my presence made powerful bullies nervous.” – Peter Moses, president, Moses Communications, White Plains resident 

“I feel most powerful when I’m able to assist someone getting into school or securing viable employment.” – Miguel Ramos, director of Graduate Admissions, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle resident

“I work with college students for The College Media Advisors’ Convention….When we offer information about the different industries they can go into, that’s when I feel most powerful. I feel I made an impact on their lives.” – Katie L. Schlientz, founder of the food blog Intoxikate.com, Tarrytown resident

“I feel most powerful when I provide information and connections to our nonprofit members so that they can efficiently and effectively fulfill their missions and make Westchester a great place to live, work and do business. For example, our recent Resource Forum gave nonprofits access to many free and inexpensive resources that they didn’t know about – free legal services, training opportunities, volunteer connections, and more.” – Joanna Straub, executive director of Nonprofit Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson resident

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