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Remarkable Women Powerful Stories

Be Zonta's guest to hear the remarkable, personal story of one great woman and learn from her reflections on leadership, success and the path she has forged. Gain insights on what it takes to meet the challenges of a profession while breaking down barriers, managing family life, and advocating for a cause. Explore the keys to growing resilience, self-belief, courage and leadership skills to achieve that breakthrough you may need in your own career and life.

Remarkable Women Powerful Stories is a leadership series hosted by Lynne Foley OAM. Each month, hear a remarkable woman share her achievements and personal story.

The story does not end here, but continues with each of you, bringing your own ideas to the series and back to your communities. Together, we are remarkable.
Beginning in 2022, our remarkable women's stories will be shared on demand on the last Thursday of each month. To hear past guest's stories, please see below!

May's remarkable woman: Sangya Malla

Listen to Sangya's story below:


Meet our next remarkable woman: Sharon Langenbeck

“What my life has taught me is to be ambitious, look for opportunities, build a team around you and never stop learning.” 

Growing up, Sharon Langenbeck planned to have a career that would provide independence and self-sufficiency. She was the first woman to both earn a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia and have a technical Ph.D. at the Lockheed-California Company. 

While at Lockheed-California, Sharon became a project manager, developing new high-temperature aluminum materials for high-speed aircraft, and received a patent for the invention while also being a part-time faculty member at California State University, Northridge. In 1988, she was appointed a division manager, the first woman to hold that position in the Directorate. Later, Sharon joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she managed the mechanical work on the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 for Hubble Space Telescope and later managed work for the Mars missions and rovers. 

A longtime member of 41 years for Zonta International, Sharon has held positions as club president, Amelia Earhart Committee Chairman, international director, and currently is the international president.

Our past guests, HEAR HER STORY:

Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D.

Tiaji Sio

Tressa Lacy

Bandana Rana

Kendra Sharp,  Ph.D.

Holly Ransom

Felicia Davis

Dr. Anne Gallagher

Aviaja L. Hauptmann, Ph.D

Helen Clark

V. Renée Cutting

Laura Ballerini | Audio only

Lindsey Tulloch | Audio only

Nahid Shahalimi | Audio only

Houry Geudelekian | Audio only

Sangya Malla |Audio only

Meet our host: Lynne Foley, OAM

“I channel my energy into influencing and supporting each woman I meet to be empowered to reach her aspirations. I intend my legacy to be the contribution I make to achieving gender equality, through opening doors to education for women and girls.”

An exciting motivational speaker, Lynne Foley, OAM, is passionate about leaving her audience with new ideas, thoughts and challenges and full of confidence to break through personal and professional barriers. She works professionally by facilitating leadership programs for individuals and organizations whose mission is to empower women and men through personal and leadership development. Lynne is an accredited and highly respected executive coach, speaker, consultant and educator, gaining her experience through successful executive leadership, consulting, board chair and director roles. As chairman of the 2020-2022 Zonta International Leadership Development Committee Lynne implements the organization’s global strategy to meet the leadership needs of members, clubs and districts  facilitates at conferences and workshops.

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