I’m proud to announce this month’s group of Women Worth Following – inspiring women you’ll want to get to know! Every month I feature nine awesome women who are changing the world. I can’t wait for you to check out these amazing women, and don’t forget to follow them too!
Vanesa Alcantara is a speaker, actress, and soon to be author. She continually uses her life and ministry to be a bridge for other women who desire to walk from their brokenness into freedom in Christ. Vanesa is a wife, a mother of three beautiful kids; Sarai, Zoelle & Samuel.
Vanesa grew up in a Christian home surrounded by her Dominican family in New Jersey. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Nyack College in N.Y. Vanesa has served in ministry alongside her husband Ernesto since 2012. She is passionate about empowering other women to walk more closely with God through her content and leading a yearly women’s conference called Soul Scan. Keep an eye out. God has so much in store for Vanesa and the women God will continue to reach through her ministry.
Leah Boden is wife to Dave, mother to four children, long-time mentor to mothers, and educator. Leah writes, speaks, podcasts, hosts coaching sessions, and runs workshops sharing the beauty of a 21st century Charlotte Mason approach to childhood, motherhood, and education. Leah is the author of the upcoming book Modern Miss Mason, launching January 2023 with Tyndale Momentum. Leah lives with her family and pets, in Coventry, England.
Through the relevant application of God’s word, usually with some humour thrown in, Jo loves to encourage people as they discover what it really means to live like Jesus is real. As well as preaching and writing, she loves to read, and her love of books has led her to start the #ReadFor30Together program which encourages people across the world to pick up a book and read it together at the same pace. Day-to-day Jo works as a management consultant near Birmingham, England, and she is passionate about facilitating knowledge-sharing between the Church and the business world.
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a board certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and award-winning author. She is an international well-being thought-leader featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, INC, CNN Health, and TED.com.
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is the author of numerous books including her bestseller Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 250,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at RestQuiz.com.
Karen Harmon is a wife, homeschool mom, business owner, physical therapist, speaker, and writer who also serves her local church on the worship team, as a leader over several small groups, and in the media department doing on-camera work and voice overs. She owns Function360 which provides specialized physical rehabilitation and wellness consultations for a variety of patients.
Karen has spoken at conferences and seminars and has sat on several live event and curriculum panels discussing anything from leadership to motherhood to ministry. She has also contributed several articles for various publications and websites. With transparency and humor, Karen loves to encourage and empower women to passionately pursue Jesus and their God-given dreams and callings through all their many roles.
Lexie is the creator and writer behind the blog Hope & Honesty, where she brings her passion for following Jesus and advocating for mental health into one space. Through her writing and teaching, Lexie is committed to encouraging others in their journey towards healing while shining a light on the subject of mental health in the church.
Lexie is also an intern and member of Called Creatives, where she gratefully serves other women who have stepped into their calling to write and speak. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Jacob and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Milo.
Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, business executive, author, and entrepreneur. She is the bestselling author of two books: Success from the Inside Out, chronicling her unlikely story of success after a childhood filled with physical and sexual abuse, and From Social Media to Social Ministry, the globally acclaimed guide to digital discipleship for churches.
Since being licensed into the gospel ministry at the age of 17, Nona has preached around the world. As a business executive and entrepreneur, she has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch” and Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars.”
Bailey works with women who struggle with the confidence and clarity necessary to pursue their God-given calling. Through her coaching practice she helps women discern God’s voice, get in touch with their dreams, and identify their God given gifts so they can pursue their calling and make an impact. Bailey loves calling Montana home, reading books on the porch with her husband (when it’s not freezing), and finding new spaces for an ever growing army of houseplants.
Shawna Sullivan is a mother and home educator to four children. After 13 years, she traded the hustle and bustle of New York City for the suburbs of north Texas. She will never take a backyard, time with family, air conditioning, or her own laundry room for granted. She writes, speaks, and creates practical resources to help women embrace their long-term purpose over short-term performance. Her articles have been featured on www.christianparenting.org and in the The Joyful Life Magazine.
Shawna and David, her husband of 18 years, recently launched a curriculum encouraging and equipping others to view their life through the lens of investing. Her passion about living faithfully, not perfectly, informs her words and ministry both publicly and within the walls of her home. Shawna connects with her readers through a bi-weekly newsletter, First Things First, where she shares practical applications and wisdom for navigating this one life well in light of eternity.