What Are You Thankful For?
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11/23/10 | The Women's Conference Team | 11 Comments

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This time of year gives us the opportunity to gather together as friends and family to appreciate our blessings. We on The Women’s Conference team wanted to share with you what we’re thankful for this year. We hope you’ll share with us what you’re thankful for, too.

I am so thankful I had the incredible opportunity to be First Lady of California – thankful I had the chance to work with such an amazing group of people and to have such amazing children.  I am thankful for my family and friends.  I’m thankful to be alive and living in the USA.

Maria Shriver

I am thankful for the new love in my life, my dog, Noodle (even though she is eating one of my plants as I type this). I am beyond thankful to the shelter that rescued her from the pound and put up the cutest photo of her online, which I became obsessed with, and eventually led to her adoption.

Ande Dagan, Website Producer

I am thankful for the good health of my family and friends, especially those who are battling cancer successfully as I write this. I am thankful for the physical strength that allowed me to survive another year of helping to produce the greatest Women’s Conference ever. I am thankful for the fortitude to make it through the toughest challenge I’ve had as a parent of a high school student —helping my son Ethan go through the nightmare of applying for colleges.  And I am really thankful for the sense of humor that helps me think these aren’t just challenges to overcome, but moments in which I can still see something touching and funny.

Alexandra Gleysteen, Executive Producer

I am thankful that as an escape from my desk job, I teach yoga on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m., affording my devoted students and myself a weekly experience in breath work and exultation.

Liberty B. Conboy, Senior Aide

I’m thankful that there’s a holiday that asks us all to step away from the myriad challenges, frustrations and demands of our intensely busy lives to reflect on our long list of blessings.  If only we could remember to make this a daily, not a yearly, ritual – to show gratitude for the people who turn our lives into a series of adventures.

Cherie Simon, Website Editor-in-Chief

I'm thankful for the love of my life. I'm thankful for family and friends who make me a better person. I'm thankful for being able to work with a strong sense of purpose. And I'm thankful for living near ocean sunsets. It's hard to take life for granted when you can witness the day die each day.

Matthew DiGirolamo, Marketing Director


I am thankful for my children Dana, Seth and Adam.  I am thankful for my health.  I am thankful for my incredible six years of working with Maria Shriver and for being part of an extraordinary team of extraordinary people.  I am thankful that I will soon meet my first grandchild.

Kathy Hersh, Director of Business & Legal Affairs


I am thankful for the air I breathe, the food I eat, the family who loves me for who I am, and the wonderful friends I have made through Maria's amazing organization. I am also thankful for whirlwind trips to Miami to raise money for Best Buddies.
Sean C. Molloy, Conference Assistant

I am thankful for my health. After spending two weeks tied up – and useless – with the flu, I have a sense of just how powerful good health is. With it, you can do virtually anything; without it, I, anyway, am very, very hindered. Wishing good health (wealth and happiness – but mostly health) to all.

Emma Brownell, Website Editorial Manager

What are you most thankful for? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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  • I'm thankful for having god in my life.

    Posted by netlens, 12 December 2010.

  • On a recent return from a college tour for our daughter we pulled off the freeway to stop at the Starbucks for a cup of tea. As we pulled into the parking lot I noticed a nice looking woman with a sign asking for help. Something about her hit me. It is odd how some people just speak to that inner voice in us, and she did for me. I told my husband Sully I wanted to make a donation. So with our two teenage daughters we parked and walked back to her. As we approached I could see her clothes were worn and dirty. Her sign was asking for money for a room in the roadside motel next door. I told her we wanted to make a donation and as Sully started to pull the $20 bills from his wallet she let out an audible gasp. He folded the 5 $20’s in half and as we turned back to hand them to her she started to sob. I put my arms around her crying myself and wished her a Happy Holiday.
    I am not sure if it was the money or that she was no longer invisible to somebody. We walked back to the car in silence. And I was grateful that my daughters got to witness such a tender moment about a world outside of their own that I hope will last a lot longer than any other gifts they may receive this year.
    Lorrie Sullenberger

    Posted by Lorrie, 7 December 2010.

  • I am thankful that God gave me a healthy body so I could be an altruistic kidney donor on Nov. 3. I met the recipient, Lata Kothari, the next day right before I was discharged from UCLA. Through the tears, we both agreed we are thankful for each other!

    Posted by Basia, 27 November 2010.

  • I am so thankful for the mother that I had and the gift she gave me in showing me how to live.

    Posted by JanisPL, 26 November 2010.

  • I am thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way this year. I am fortunate to have family and friends. Some are ne, some, far, but they are in my heart forever. Thank you Maria for showing me St. Theresa!

    Posted by Cynthia Harty, 25 November 2010.

  • I am thankful that we still live in a free country, and give thanks to every man and woman who is protecting that freedom, no matter where they are in the world.
    I am thankful for every new day God gives me, thankful that I can achieve many things every day, thankful for my health, and the health of my husband, children, and their families, and thankful for many friends around the world. And I am thankful that I can provide help for others who are needy in this world.
    -- Kay Presto, Presto Productions

    Posted by Kay Presto, 24 November 2010.

  • I'm thankful for my husband who warms me up in bed at night, makes me my favorite food, pizza, and 'gets me' even when I'm not sure I get myself!

    Wishing everyone a happy, healthy holiday season!

    Posted by Robin A, 24 November 2010.

  • I am thankful for my sons, family, and all the special friends, old & new, and business associates who have touched my life this past year and I look forward to 2011 ...

    Posted by dgwave, 23 November 2010.

  • Grateful for my children,and their spouses.Most of all I am thankful for my seven amazing Grandchildren!

    Posted by elizabeth14, 23 November 2010.

  • I'm thankful for the blessings in my life and the perspective to appreciate them on a daily basis. I have daily gratitude for family and friends, love and laughter, good health and good fortune, and the beauty of God's earth. I am grateful for this sweet spot in my life and believe life's challenges teach us appreciation for what really matters.

    I'm grateful for being a mother because I can't imagine how I lived before the joy of my children.

    A Lesson in "Preeshful": www.momservations.com

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted by Kellimwheeler, 23 November 2010.