A Brave Heart Casts Many Ripples

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." In honor of International Women's Day and in time for her monthly recurring event (happening Friday), today is perfect for sharing a glimpse of a Hudson Valley woman I admire, respect and appreciate.

I have been watching Debra Pearlman at a distance for several years.  She has grit, keen salesmanship and she exudes personal clarity. I longed to be her mentee. But, I never approached her. I felt that unless I had something to offer, I had better wait for our paths to cross. I went on to pursue my goals. And then, at an Orange County Chamber meeting, the moment arrived. 

Her life story is incredible. She sat down with me and shared many wonderful details and a journey that was years long and miles wide. But, today we are going to stick to her professional life.

Her work story is one of perseverance. With no one to pay her way, she got started at 18 years old knocking on doors and nurturing her natural passion for inspiring others to success as a sales professional (dying art), a manager and trainer.  After a long and successful career in corporate as an acclaimed sales professional, she went on to become President and CEO of Hudson Valley Sales Training, LLC. ‘Our clients count on us to know their sales agents' jobs as well as their companies' strengths and weaknesses. We make sure that each member of the sales staff takes the time to define their personal goals so that they are in line with their companies' goals, and from there, we sharpen their skills with one-on-one training," her website reads. 

That last line is telling: Focus on personal goals. Almost as though part of a comprehensive strategy for well-being, her focus has taken a new direction. 

While meditating deeply and attempting to center herself against the noise of every day, she heard the words ring out clearly with a message. Brave Heart, they said. What.the.hell.was.that, she wondered.  Twelve months later, still in a pursuit for guidance, it came through again. 

It was then that Debra discovered BraveHeart Women. The pinnacle sales pro had discovered a new layer of life and learning and she was eager to explore it. As with everything, she dove in deep, aligning herself with the mission of the community and she became determined to share the gift with women everywhere. 

When I saw her at the Chamber networking event, it had been eighteen months or so since I was captivated by her latest sales presentation. She had traded in her usual suit for a flowing tunic. Her face was calm, different from the preoccupation I had noticed those months earlier. When she announced herself to the room, she mentioned BraveHeart. I needed to know. 

In February, I attended my first monthly gathering. I brought a friend who needed a lift. There is something about being in a room full of women that is powerful in the most non-threatening and satisfying way. 

The ad said: 

BRAVEHEART WOMEN SPECIAL GATHERING

February 11TH - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
BUMBLE FLY, 34 SMITH CLOVE ROAD, 
CENTRAL VALLEY, NY

Some women already knew each other. Others were just meeting. One arrived in tears upon news of a close family member's declining health. I connected with a woman twenty years my senior who had my future written in her eyes. My friend laughed where there had been tears. We were all transformed. 

BraveHeart meetings, called Ripples, are held once a month in small group settings across the country. They are free. The Central Valley gathering is facilitated by Debra Pearlman. I can not explain exactly what happens. There were breathing exercises and silent meditations. There were snacks and there was camaraderie. As the ad reads: 

TAKE TWO HOURS FOR YOU

TAKE A BREATH AND SPEND TWO HOURS
LOOKING AT YOUR LIFE, YOUR BUSINESS

WHAT'S WORKING, WHAT REQUIRES A SHIFT

They gather to discuss increasing ease, aligning personal, professional and global purposes while reducing stress and redirection attention. You will leave with invaluable tools. You should bring a friend, and you will definitely make one. Now, it's your turn. 


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BRAVEHEART WOMEN SPECIAL GATHERING

FRIDAY, MARCH 11TH - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
BUMBLE FLY, 34 SMITH CLOVE ROAD, 
CENTRAL VALLEY, NY