"I'm honored to be the sole male voice in “I Bared My Chest”. As a guy who was a feminist before many of my female friends, happily and willingly paying women who worked in my company on an equal basis with men and presenting uniform opportunities for advancement, I did so not because it was the right action but because meritocracy ought not to be influenced by anything but skill.
Frankie Picasso and Alex Okoroji surely agree and harbor a potent belief in the value of having women take their rightful place alongside males in our society.
As I write this, it’s late November, 2017, and yet another male media star has just become stoppable due to allegations of sexual improprieties from female cohorts. Perhaps one way of redressing this is by raising the voices of confident, committed and self-assured women who are prepared to speak the bare truth in favor of their own strengths, their uniqueness, their exclusivity, their determination. And that’s just what's happening in “I Bared My Chest”.
For here we have portraits of 21 awesome females who have taken the time to cast off contrivance and call it like it is.
It’s a beautiful thing. Ladies, you're going to love this book.
And guys, if you're like me, you're going to learn from it.
Thanks Frankie and Alex: the world owes you!
The Available Formats
Read 21 Unstoppable Women's Bold, Brave & Ballsy Journey to Personal FREEDOM.
Our Book Is Available in Different Versions on AMAZON, Barnes n' Nobles & Bookstores around the World.
Meet The 21 Authors
Learn About The 21 UNSTOPPABLE Women behind the Book
CHAPTER 1 - Unstoppable
Frankie Picasso is a Canadian Social Preneur, Talk Show Host, Artist and Champion for Change who has been transforming lives and influencing culture for the past 30 years. Frankie founded The Good Radio Network, a socially conscious radio platform as a vehicle for social impact and change. Professionally, she is a Certified Life, Business and Master Coach Trainer, Author, Artist, Activist and Philanthropist in training, whose Unstoppable Brand allows her to specialize in the Impossible! As a professional Social Impact Artist, Frankie’s paintings have been featured in the International Book of Contemporary Artists Volume 6 and her custom pet paintings help pay for Cleft Palate Surgery for Children. Frankie was recognized as one of the “50 Great Writers you should be Reading in 2015!” She is very proud of being a Huff post Contributor, acknowledged by The Women Rock Project, a member of the Evolutionary Business Council (EBC) and for sitting on the Women’s Economic Forum. A long time animal activist, Frankie is passionate about SAVING Animals worldwide and raising AWARENESS for the World Climate Project.
CHAPTER 2 - Naked Is Not Covered Up
Alex Okoroji is a Nigerian Actress, Writer, TV Personality, Talk Radio Host, Speaker, Author, & Thought Leader, ranked as one of the ‘Top 250 Most Influential Women Leaders‘ In The World by Richtopia and honored with a WEF Iconic Woman Award at the 2017 Annual Global Women Economic Forum (WEF) in India for creating a better world for all, the 2017 Peace Achievers Award as 'media Personality of the Year' and the prestigious Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Award for her selfless service to humanity as an “Agent of Positive Change” in Nigeria. She has been featured in over 250 Media Platforms around the world, as an Advocate for EXPRESSION, and a Multi Platform Ambassador for Self Empowerment & Transformation – empowering people globally with The NAKED Philosophy™ . She is the CEO of The BRAG Media Company, Editor-in-Chief – BRAG! Magazine and President of THE BRAG Club. She is listed as one of 35 Personal Brands-To-Watch 2017 (The Global List), spotlighted as a 2015 Global Consciousness Raiser, a 2016 Guardian Woman, and a ‘Women Mentoring Women’s Mentor for IDEA BUILDERS GLOBAL INITIATIVE.
CHAPTER 3 - DANCING IN THE STREETS
Maura Sweeney is a an Author, Podcaster,International Speaker and Huffington Post Blogger. She is also the Trademarked Ambassador of Happiness transforming her “Living Happy – Inside Out” mantra into a global voice. A popular media guest featured on NBC-TV, Britain’s BBC and over 100 outlets around the world, she lectures on Identity, Influence and Leadership. Passionate about people from every background, Maura inspires others to become their happiest and most authentic selves. Her insightful questions and personal stories unite and uplift, helping us see what’s best in ourselves — and others, too. Discover her Foundations of Happiness eCourse, an immersive, multi-media self-study for emotional intelligence.
CHAPTER 4 - MIRROR
SharRon Jamison Is an Award Winning Author, a Respected International Speaker & Life Strategist, who for over 25 years, has passionately encouraged people to transform their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually with her "Dare To Soar Higher" Mantra. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity degree at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Founder & CEO of THE JAMISON GROUP, a passionate speaker, seasoned facilitator, an empathetic life coach, a business professional, a certified personal trainer, a licensed minister, a proud mother, and the author of 4 books, I Can Depend on Me, I Have Learned A Few Things and The Strength of My Soul: Stories of Sisterhood, Triumph and Inspiration.
CHAPTER 5 - STANDING OUTSIDE THE FIRE
Suzie Carr is a a contemporary best-selling novelist, writing coach, podcaster and avid blogger. She has written twelve lesbian fiction novels, three non-fiction how-to books, and produced a video course for writers. Her novel, "Sandcastles", was placed as a Runner Up in the 2015 Rainbow Book Awards for Best Contemporary Lesbian General Fiction and for Best Lesbian Book. All of her published novels were best sellers on Amazon, with her latest ones, “The Dance” and “Beneath Everything”, remaining in the top 20 for Lesbian Romance for three months following their releases. Suzie enjoys giving back, so she donates a portion of proceeds monthly to Heart United for Animals – a no kill animal sanctuary. In addition to teaching, Suzie loves to share inspiring stories of college students through digital storytelling. Through interviewing, writing, and producing video stories, she has found a new passion in her life!
CHAPTER 6 -
AND SHE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Jyoti Tiwari is a men's right activist, bestselling author of the book “ANUURAG“, and relationship coach who once headed the Delhi Centre of Confidare Communiity Center for Men. She is a prominent proponent of men’s welfare and was a research analyst at Confidare. She has vast experience of dealing with media as she previously worked with All India Radio. Jyoti has worked towards sensitizing MPs and MLAs about men’s issues and problems. She is a blogger and a citizen journalist. She has also appeared in various TV debates and programs voicing concerns of men. She speaks to thousands of victimized men, listens to their problems and helps them stabilize in crisis situations. She has also co-authored research reports to Government Of India and has appeared on international radio shows as well, for creating awareness about the issues that men go through.”
CHAPTER 7 - FAILING FORWARD IS FUN
Sandra Beck is the president of Motherhood Incorporated. As an Author, Coach, Speaker, Radio Host, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Sandra is as successful as she is busy. She has created a virtual empire of successful companies entirely staffed, managed and implemented using a host of virtual assistants and on-line resources. Sandra Beck is a powerful voice in the Social Media Arena as a popular Internet Brand Strategist. Sandra Beck is currently the host of four live weekly one-hour Radio Shows produced by Global Broadcasting Networks and available at Toginet.com and Itunes including the powerful Dynamic Women Talk Radio. An active contributor and participant in many charities, Sandra Beck strives to make the world a better place for today’s and our future’s children.
CHAPTER 8 - JOURNEY TO BOLDNESS
Vaneese Johnson The Boldness Coach™, is an Award Winning Global Speaker, Certified Career Management Coach and Personal Brand Strategist. She helps emerging women leaders to be bold in their approach to amplify their brand presence, grow their careers and make a purposeful impact in the world! She teaches and empowers through her proprietary success fundamentals of Branding Out Loud Daily (BOLD), Building in Your Gifts (BIG) and being Branded and Distinctive (BAD) to accentuate their professional presence with authenticity and authority. Her strategic process allows clients to better connect their talents, skills and values across diverse groups and industries, resulting in relevant, high-impact engagement.
CHAPTER 9 - WORKING GIRL
Felice Cohen is the award winning author of “What Papa Told Me,” a memoir about her grandfather’s life before, during and after the Holocaust. WPTM has been endorsed by Elie Wiesel, translated into Polish and sold over 30,000 copies around the world. Felice’s newest book, “90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (…or more)” came about after a YouTube video of her 90-square-foot Manhattan studio went viral with over 17 million views. The book has won two awards for Best Self-help Books. 90 Lessons is self-help book motivating others to “live large” in any sized space. Felice has been featured around the world. She writes the blog “Living Large in Any Space” and has been a professional organizer for 20 years..
CHAPTER 10 - GREATEST LOVE OF ALL
Azeezat Allen popularly called the 'Queen of Love' is a Singer, Songwriter who is known to have paved way for contemporary female artistes in Nigeria at the turn of the century. She just didn’t enthral millions of music lovers with her sonorous voice, she also left fans in awe of her unique Avant Garde hairstyles. Presently she publishes Hair'volution magazine, topmost hair magazine in Nigeria; she is CEO Network Tentacles, a most effective online communications tool in Nigeria; also she is the only female Director at the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).She still finds time to write and record songs, and is about to release a new single titled 'Life Begins at Forty'.
CHAPTER 11 - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Yvonne Heath is a nurse since 1988, who has worked in Canada and the US, in every department from the emergency room and obstetrics, to chemotherapy, palliative care and hospice. She witnessed society’s death phobia and how it causes excessive suffering. Being ill-prepared herself and presiding over more than 100 deaths, she suffered too. At age 50, she took a leap of faith and left her career to write a book entitled Love Your Life to Death, become an Inspirational Speaker and TV Host. She delivers her message with heart and humour. Her new purpose? To empower communities and professionals to live life to the fullest, learn to grieve and support others, and have “The Talk” about end of life… long before it arrives.
CHAPTER 12 -
SAVING MANDELA'S CHILDREN
Dianne Lang is one of the most prolific and outspoken Human Rights Activist in South Africa today, and has been the recipient of no less than 6 Humanitarian Awards including the “Clarins Eau Dynamisante Woman of the Year 2004“, Top 100 women of SA award 2005, and the coveted South African Hero Award 2006. Just like Africa itself, Dianne is a study in contrasts. Armed with an Honour’s degree in Psychology, a BA in Philosophy and Psychology. Dianne Lang is the author of “Saving Mandela’s Children’, a true and harrowing account of events that transpired during two of the most traumatic and invigorating years of her life. starting with three very ill young African children left on her doorstep, dying of AIDS and in great need of food, shelter and love. It ended with Dianne fleeing for her life, turning to England for exile.
CHAPTER 13 - HEART OF GOLD
Mary Giuffre is an internationally recognized creative TV Producer, Director, Editor, Author & now President of inspirtainment inc specializing in inspirational story telling. With credits covering television, animation and promotion, Mary’s career has allowed her to work alongside high profile broadcasters and personalities in Canada and the US. She names the late Jim Henson as the person who most influenced her career path, when she was privileged to collaborate with him on promotion for his Fraggle Rock series. Most recently she’s written and published two, international award-winning children’s books, Scribble & Grin: 53 Rhymes for Inspiring Times and Angel in a Dog Suit. Passionate about transforming injustice, Mary is also the co-founder of Ruby’s Legacy, a non-profit organization created to educate families about the horrors of puppy mills and to encourage people to stop the cycle of abuse which affects both humans and animal
Isamar Carrillo Masso
CHAPTER 14 - GATTACA
Isamar Carrillo Masso has been a teacher and an advocate for women’s rights in Venezuela, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Oman, Kuwait, and the UK. She started the Women’s Society at Bangor University with Jennifer Krase, and they brought Take Back the Night to North Wales. Her work on video games studies and women’s studies has been published in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters, and opened a conversation on the portrayal of women in media. She has also been an active advocate for the rights of mental health patients in the UK, and has published work in this area. Isamar is gender queer and bisexual, and participates in advocacy events for LGBTQ rights. She is married to a Muslim man and they live in harmony in the UK, where they run a research and development company for medical devices, trying to change the life of people living with diabetes.
CHAPTER 15 - UNTOLD JOURNEYS
Malaika Gilani is a 17 year old Pakistani Author and Poetess who is a passionate fan of the written word. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember with one published book titled, "Untold Journeys". She has worked as a peer mentor and has been a guest on several popular radio shows and podcasts around the world like Joy house - The feminist Festival , Sydney Feminists , Humans of Australia, Phoenix Radio Bendigo, The Good Radio Network, The Funky Kids Radio, Write Now (southern FM), Star Weekly, Shepparton News. Her work has been featured in popular blogs & will be graduating high school this year and will be off to University in the fall of 2017. A proud Muslim, who now lives in Melbourne, Australia since 2012 with both parents and her siblings, and loves to travel with her family. Malaika is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, English, Auslan and can also read French and Arabic and understand them to a minor extent.
CHAPTER 16 - MY STORY ISN'T OVER
Michelle Emson is a an entrepreneur, LBGTI human rights activist, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and documentary filmmaker. An openly out transgender woman,Michelle is currently living in Ontario, Canada. A mental health survivor, Michelle lives with bipolar II disorder which was misdiagnosed, & mistreated, for over twenty years. She now advocates to “End the Stigma” around mental health and shares her story to raise awareness. Her second “Transgender Life in Slovenia(2016)” won Best Film at the Ljubljana Int’l LGBTI Film Festival. Michelle owns and operates Sanctuary Studios Inc,a social enterprise that provides web design & marketing service to its clients, conducts activism and filmmaking, whilst seeking to employ talented trans* identified people unable to secure employment due to discrimination, fear, and prejudice. Michelle has been selected as a Finalist for the 2017 Mompreneurs® Momentum Award in Canada.
CHAPTER 17 - CHRONICLES OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN
Victoria Nkong is a Multilingual Entertainment Consultant, An Events Producer, Talent Manager, Public Speaker, PR strategist and Philanthropist. She has been involved in events production and entertainment for over ten years. Her break into entertainment was through the prestigious KORA All Africa Music Awards as a bilingual presenter. As a talent Manager and PR Strategist, Victoria has worked with some of the biggest celebrities and personalities around Africa, and has produced a number of world class events like the Opening Ceremony of the International African Athletic Competition. She is on the board of trustee of Jegede Paul Foundation, and mother to the children at Life Fountain Orphanage Home. She is the force been behind several charity projects like "Slum Invasion" & More.
CHAPTER 18 - QUEST FOR FREEDOM
Sherry Brier is a lifelong successful entrepreneur who is passionate about inspiring women to reach their highest potential. She is founder & director of Women Rock Project, the world’s largest online video library of women’s wisdom to inspire, educate, and motivate. Her vision is to make Women Rock Project™ a destination for women around the globe. In her desire to inspire and teach other women to pursue their own creative paths, she founded and directs Inner Rhythm Movement Arts Institute. She is the author of Doorway to Ecstasy: A Dancer’s Initiation, a book about her 30 years teaching, performing, and directing two dance companies.
CHAPTER 19 - EVERYBODY HURTS
Adriana Gavazzoni is definitely what one might consider a triple threat. The Brazilian lawyer who speaks 4 languages fluently, is also a teaching law professor, and award winning author who has published books on 2 continents, in fiction and non fiction categories. Her book on law was published in Brazil, and her two psychological erotic thrillers were both published in the United States. Her first novel, Behind The Door, won The Golden Book Award, 2017 Reader’s choice, The Book Excellence Award, 2017 for Best Erotica, in addition to receiving honorable mention at The Paris Book Festival, 2017, and wild card and honorable mention at The Reader’s Favorite, 2017 in the best mystery category. Adriana works hard to raise funds for Hogar de Niños, which is a charitable institution for abused children in Paraguay, a neighboring country of Brazil. She believes in giving children a better future, regardless of their pasts.
Chelsea Leigh Trescott
CHAPTER 20 - BREAK UPWARD
Chelsea Leigh Trescott is the founder of Breakupward™- a movement encouraging men and women to use heartbreak and setbacks as an opportunity to launch themselves to a greater level, both emotionally, mentally, professionally and in partnership. Trained and certified in solution focused life coaching, Chelsea’ career as a Breakup Coach means she is recognized as the ‘go to guide’ for reframing heartbreak into empowerment for her clients. In addition to coaching, she is a relationship advice columnist with The Huffington Post. Her personal essays have been featured by Thought Catalog in three books, "You Do You", "#Blessed", and "We Should Go Out Sometime". Serving as a Mogul Influencer, Chelsea is also the creator of “Thank You, Heartbreak”a series that spotlights various creatives who attribute their professional reinvention to heartbreak.
CHAPTER 21 - INVISIBLE ACT OF POWER
Luci Mcmonagle is a top influencer, transformational leader and Best-Selling Author who has transformed her poverty stricken childhood that was filled with tragedy into a life of abundance, wealth and happiness. Despite all odds, Luci has risen to become a highly sought after Abundance Breakthrough Coach and Speaker that hosts the renowned Wealthy Wednesday Show. Luci learned how to claim her true inner power and empowers women entrepreneurs on how to live life on their own terms, while having more money, more freedom and more joy. She is also known for bringing miracles and magic to her clients’ life.
How to Join The Movement
Be Part of The 'I Bared My Chest' Movement For Freedom
Our 21 Authors Cut Across Different Strata of The Society & Represent Different Voices.
Black, Asian, Caucasian
From Ages 17 -65
Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist
Heterosexual, Lesbian, Bisexual
Single, Married and Divorced
Self Employed, Student, Full-Time Employee
Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America (USA)
IBMC LIVE Happy Hour
Grab A Glass & Join The 21 Authors for
LIVE Virtual Drinks from Their Chapters
Join Our Authors Suzie Carr and Vaneese Johnson LIVE on Facebook for IBMC HAPPY HOUR on Friday, November 24th at 5pm GMT | 12pm EST