Women Worth Following – Inspiring Women You’ll Want to Get to Know
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!
Alina Chau 周曉芬 is an acclaimed author and illustrator. She had over a decade of production experience in the animation and gaming industries with credits, including the Emmy Award-winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and numerous best-selling games.
Alina’s unique cultural heritage strongly influences her artistic and storytelling voice. Having grown up in Hong Kong in an Indonesian-Chinese family during the British colonial era, her creative vision is a fusion of diverse cultures. She finds inspiration in her grandmother’s stories, colorful sarongs, and delicate wooden sculptures from Southeast Asia, as well as in the aroma of stinky tofu and the sound of Hong Kong tram bells chiming.
Her debut graphic novel, Marshmallow and Jordan received the Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Award. It was selected for National Education Association 2022 Books Recommendation and Texas Library Association 2023 Maverick and Little Maverick Reading Lists. She illustrated numerous acclaimed children’s picture books, such as The Rise (And Falls) of Jackie Chan, In the Spirit Of a Deam, Bonnie’s Rocket, and The Nian Monster, which received the 2018 APALA Picture Book Honor. Her whimsical illustration style is highly sought after for art exhibitions worldwide.
Dr. Monica Devanand
Dr. Monica is an award winning Growth and Business Coach and Mentor at Dr Monica D R Coaching and Consulting and the founder of Grow Through Planner, a planner for Christian women. After more than ten years of working as a medical practitioner, she transitioned into coaching and consulting and has since built two successful businesses. Changing careers with uncertainty was a big and scary move; however, she has seen God take her through the ups and downs, which has given her the ability to speak life and encourage other women who have a God given vision for a business.
Monica supports Christian female entrepreneurs to grow and scale their business with structure and ease, through her coaching programs, courses and workshops. Monica has co-authored multiple books, spoken at women’s events and conferences as well as shared on podcasts.
After years of coaching, a God given vision in 2020 led her to create the Grow Through Planner and since bringing it to life, it has been used by more than a thousand women all over the world, won multiple awards for Best Product/Book of the year and brought a community of women together. Using this as a tool, she has been able to help women of God cultivate daily habits and practices, partnering with God for growth.
Rachael Gilbert, MMFT, is an author, EMDR trained therapist, owner of BBC Health, and host of the popular podcast Real Talk with Rachael. She combines her clinical expertise and personal experience to help women overcome fear and insecurity to walk confidently in their God-given dreams. Her first book, Image Restored, releases on March 7, 2023.
Amanda is a writer, editor, and artist who loves bringing fun and faith into the everyday. As a mom of three kids six and under, she’s quite familiar with the joys as well as the challenges of motherhood. This is why she’s passionate about helping busy moms connect with their kids and their Creator without adding to the overwhelm.
Amanda, her husband, Brian, and their girls live in the often chilly-but-beautiful state of Minnesota. She has a Masters in Education and worked as a kids’ ministry content developer for several years. Amanda now enjoys being home with her kids while also taking on freelance projects with various publishing houses. In her free time, Amanda loves listening to podcasts, going on long walks, drawing pictures of cute animals, and family dance parties.
You can sign up to get free family resources she’s created here.
Oneka McClellan’s dynamic personality, creative vision, prophetic gift and compassion for the One has propelled countless lives, marriages, teams and churches into their God-given destiny. Onek ais eager to see individuals realize the love, value and purpose founded in Christ through the local church. She, alongside her husband Earl, launched and has led Shoreline City Church with campuses in Dallas and Antigua, Guatemala. With passion for Sisterhood, she has challenged the way women think about themselves by pioneering a ‘Value Revolution’ that has now spanned the globe through a variety of creative initiatives. Behind the scenes, she can be found loving her three kids and cheering on her husband of over twenty years.
From Hollywood to a small island in Florida, Jenny Randle’s creative ventures over the last twenty years have reached millions. She is the co-host of a top-ranked podcast, the author of numerous books, a wife, mom, Emmy-award-winning editor, speaker, and ministry leader. Jenny is currently working toward a master’s in theology at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Before launching her time-management and productivity coaching practice, Cristina sharpened her skills as a high-capacity volunteer in her church, parachurch ministries, and kids’ schools. As a former engineer, homemaker, and entrepreneur, she creates processes and systems to manage all aspects of life. Cristina brings this breadth of experience to her coaching and speaking.
Cristina asserts that true productivity is performing work that is meaningful and a result of reconciled relationships with God, with ourselves, and with others. She helps women create faith-centered rhythms that allow them to be whole and healthy and make an impact through the work of their hands.
Susan is a speaker, life coach, five-time author, and pastor who has filled various roles within her church and community, including the federal and state prison settings. She is also the creator and founder of She Rises MN and hosts an annual women’s conference. Susan’s story of redemption has helped many find hope, healing, freedom, and the unfailing love of Jesus. Susan is also the host of the She Connects Podcast, where she connects with women in the online space. When Susan isn’t speaking, writing, or recording, you can find her chasing her three adorable grandchildren, working in her flower garden, or floating across the lake in her kayak. She and her husband live in Central Minnesota.
Anna is a mom navigating this thing called life through journaling, planning, and intentional living. What started as a crafting hobby that stemmed from her love of stationery and need to dwell in the Lord to fight anxiety and depression through journaling, has grown into their humble small business.
Now run by Anna and her husband Mathew, they are passionate about keeping their home business running by using quality American made materials and putting intentionality first; so because of this, she encourages you to contact her to help determine if a product is right for you during this season of life. Above all, they want the business to glorify the ultimate Creator and Maker of the world. (Genesis 1:1)