Sporadic part-time teaching couldn’t support Gwendolyn Alley’s family when the economy threatened husband Marshall’s job of 25 years. A Women’s Conference scholarship allowed the mid-40s blogger to undergo Women's Economic Ventures Self-Employment Training. When Marshall broke his C2 vertebrae, Gwendolyn nursed him to recovery while drafting a business plan for The Write Alley to coach women in writing and social media. Elected class speaker, she graduated with honors. Although Gwendolyn recently lost her most important coach, her mother, she’s persevering.