Mindy Silverman and Talya Knable, IWP Co-Chairs are eager to help women in the community discover what inspires them to lead, give and take action. We asked them to tell us all about The Associated’s Inspired Women’s Project and what makes it the perfect way for women to find their place in the community and The Associated.

Mindy is married to Matt. They have two sons, Ben (13) and Sam (9). Together they rescued a one-year-old Labradane named Bruno who is currently the center of their household. Mindy is a Human Resources Consultant at T. Rowe Price.

Talya is married to Stephen. They are parents to Jack (6) and Leigh (4). She is a psychotherapist (licensed clinical professional counselor) working in private practice, and also the assistant clinical director of the non-profit Shalom Tikvah.

Q: What is special/unique about IWP? 

Mindy: It is a group of dynamic, inspiring, empowering like-minded moms who experience a unique spiritual yet personal, journey together.  The outcome of this experience and the impact this collective group then has on the broader community is immeasurable.
Talya: It encourages women to learn about themselves not only as women in the community, but as leaders with so much to offer. Women are asking for support in becoming leaders, and I am so glad that we have created a space to allow them to do this and become even more inspired!

Q: What makes traveling with only women different/meaningful?

Mindy: The energy that comes from the connections made between women is so empowering and sets the foundation for long lasting friendships and support.  There is nothing more powerful than the support and “lift” that women can provide to each other as they go through life’s ups and downs.
Talya: There is something powerful about traveling with only women and especially other mothers. We have a shared life experience that allows us to bond on a deeper level, despite our individual differences.  In my experience, women also tend to be themselves to be more vulnerable when they are with only women, and that vulnerability allows each of us to get so much more about of the trip and experience overall.

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The Associated Contributors are writers from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.