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Published on December 10, 2013

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The members of Connect: Professional Women's Network share their biggest success of the past year. To learn more and join the group for free, visit

BROUGHT TO YOU BY What Was Your Biggest Accomplishment of 2013? The members of Connect: Professional Women’s Network share their proudest moments of the past year. Prepare to be inspired!

We‟re constantly in awe of the women of Connect, so when a discussion about your biggest accomplishments of the year blossomed, we were, of course, completely wowed. From beating cancer to publishing books to getting your motorcycle license, this group never ceases to amaze. Consider this round-up a collective round of applause. We can‟t wait to see what next year holds!

“Despite my 13-year struggle with Parkinson‟s, I rode more than 2,500 miles and climbed more than 185,000 feet on my bike, including the seven-day 545-mile Ride the Rockies event. I beat even my own expectations!” Margaret Rae Tennant, former human resources professional

“Opening my winery on Red Mountain. It was a moment I‟d dreamed of for years, and for it finally to come to fruition was priceless.” Shae Frichette, Proprietor at Frichette Winery

“I got a law passed in Michigan. No one thought it could be done because of the special interests involved. It is amusing how few people take a lady seriously until it gets right up to the wire and becomes clear, „Yes, she is going to make this happen.‟ The old boys‟ network trick of „ignore her‟ didn‟t work.” Constance Brigman, Attorney

“My most accomplished moment in 2013 was walking across the stage to receive my college degree. It took 34 years, but I did it. It was truly the most amazing moment of my life, next to giving birth to two beautiful daughters.” Laurie Ross, Corporate and Foundations Gift Officer

“I finally took the plunge to follow my dream. I quit my job and started a business roasting and selling coffee, a project I had been studying for more than 20 years. It feels awesome to finally do what I love.” Paula Jones, Coffee Roaster at Pirate‟s Brew Coffee

“I turned 90 in October, and my biggest accomplishment was the publication of my bio of Louis Armstrong, as well as a book of poetry. My bio of Louis has won three national awards and the Paterson prize. In years past, I‟ve gone through divorce, cancer surgery, etc., but now at 90, I can say I‟m feeling satisfied, hopeful and pleased with myself.” Muriel Harris Weinstein Writer

I obtained a patent for BRCA1 function-based assays to identify targeted drugs for triple negative breast cancers. Getting close to my passion to find a cure for these aggressive breast cancers. Veena N. Rao, Professor and Co-Director Cancer Biology Program

“This year I adopted my youngest child. I have been a parent to 6, and managed to go to university (as a single parent of 2), work as a lawyer in private practice and as inhouse counsel, and married my soul mate in my 40s. To really reward myself and stop putting everyone else's needs ahead of my own, I allowed myself to take a three-month parental leave. I'm loving it, and will be invigorated when I return to work in January.” Helen T.

“I was able to pay off $31k in credit card debt that has been weighing on me for five years!” Nikki Kuban Minton, Beachbody Coach

For 20 years, I have been breeding for the perfect pack llamas: friendly, largest of the breed, minimal fiber coat for ease of maintenance, maximum strength with strong legs. A new registry designation has been developed by a group of llama packers/breeders. Two weeks ago, 25 of my llamas passed the screening! This will mean their offspring will also be eligible for this special designation. My most enjoyable days are spent above 8,000 feet elevation, walking with my beautiful llamas. Lorene Grassick, Owner, Highland Llama Trekkers

“I published two books, launched a speaking career, and changed my marital situation. Of all that, my greatest accomplishment in 2013 was learning to accept and esteem myself.” Nancy Virden, Author, Biographer

“I became a sponsored athlete and get to be paid for something I love to do!” Jessica Kuepfer, Advertising, Marketing, Outreach

Join the conversation! Connect: Professional Women’s Network, Powered by Citi, is an online community on LinkedIn that helps women achieve the careers they want and discuss the issues relevant to their success For more great insights from Connect members, check out the discussion: What Was Your Biggest Accomplishment in 2013? Visit for more information and to join the group for free! PHOTO CREDITS: 1: Anthony Cramp/Flickr 2: Nina_Susik/Shutterstock 3: Lukas Eklund/Flickr 4: Vina Caliterra/Flickr 5: DanMacMan/Flickr 6: Earlham College/Flickr 7: Elephotoniric/Flickr 8: Karen McCown/Flickr 9: Vanier College/Flickr 10: Nina Buday/Shutterstock 11: sixninepixels/Shuttertsock 12: GrahamPics1/Flickr 13: razihusin/Shutterstock 14: Ren Norman/Flickr ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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