Irena Holiat, you are an inspiration to me! I met Irena at an event just weeks after my crowning and could not have been more impressed with her enthusiasm for taking on others’ causes. Though she is in New Jersey, we’ve kept in touch and she frequently sends me information about important events to attend in the District.

Yesterday she and others took the train down, and graciously invited me to join them, for the SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Businesses – luncheon honoring good friend, Melanie Sabelhaus.

SCORE provides professional guidance and information to maximize America’s existing and emerging small businesses and bring them success. SCORE serves over 300,000 clients each year, and it’s growing!

I’ve never seen anyone as vibrant, energetic, and passionate as Melanie. Just listening to her accept her Lou Campanelli Award brought tears to my eyes and made me want to run out and give 100% more to my own causes!

Thank you to Irena, my tablemates, and Melanie Sabelhaus for an afternoon of inspiration.