5 WYSKy Moms Inspired By Their Children & Making An Impact

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we are taking a look back and celebrating some of the WYSKy moms we have had the privilege to profile over the past year. While many of the women we feature are mothers, these inspiring women have shown a love for their children that is just extraordinary. In a quest to make their children’s lives better, safer and filled with opportunity, these moms have also made an indelible impact on the lives of many others.


Felisa Ihly

Felisa_LGBYTwenty years ago, Felisa Ihly, former Lead Attorney with the Orange County Superior Court, launched a determined crusade to keep her child, and other under-represented and LGBT youth, safe and not the subject of abuse. Since then, this WYSKy mom has advocated and saved the lives of countless other young people. Read more…


Michele Yulo

Michele_PFZIt was this mom’s daughter who made her see that there are many ways to be a girl and that the paths to girlhood could and should be different, despite what society and advertisers lead us to believe. That’s when Michele set out to create a whole new world for girls… a Princess Free Zone. Read more…


Melissa Banigan

Melissa_momdayMelissa, a fiction writer, editor and marketer, is also a single mom to her almost thirteen-year-old daughter. She started the Advice to My Thirteen-Year-Old Self project, an anthology of advice letters by inspirational women to their thirteen-year-old selves, to give her daughter, and other young women like her, access to a book that serves as a contemporary, relevant “guidebook” that doesn’t skirt around important issues. Read more…


Jaime Moore

Jamie_PhotographerWhen this photographer’s daughter turned five, she wanted to do something different for her birthday portraits and started looking around for creative inspiration beyond the typical Disney princess theme. She considered all of the REAL women who her daughter should know and look up to. What resulted is a series of portraits that have inspired everyone and anyone who has seen them. Read more…


Dr. Barbara Kroner

kroner_drThis WYSKy mom is an epidemiologist at one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development organizations, but it’s her recent innovation, inspired by her daughter’s challenges coping with uncontrollable and frequent seizures, that has the potential to make the greatest impact, not only in her daughter’s life, but in the lives of many others too. Read more…

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