Brenda Chapman is photographed on January 26, 2012 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar

Brenda Chapman, Academy-Award-Winning Director of Brave

“I met Elizabeth when we spoke on an Empowering Girls panel together at the Virginia Children’s Book Festival last fall. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that she was the creator of the Yo Mama blog, which I really enjoy.  I found Elizabeth to be as I’d hoped—open, friendly, determined and dedicated to challenging the social status quo in which girls and women find themselves at school, socially and in the workplace. I am very much looking forward to see what she does next!”


Diahann Reyes, Writer/Creator of Stories from the Belly

“Liz seamlessly blends feminism/feminine spirituality/academia/and analysis of contemporary culture into a compelling body of work. She is fearless when it comes to taking on the patriarchy, violence against women, outdated gender roles, and gender inequality. Liz compels her readers to imagine a more equal world into being. She has inspired me to be braver in my work. “


Professor Emeritus of English and Director of Home and Abroad, Longwood University

“Elizabeth has a rare ability to help others identify and move past negative cultural definitions of the self and the other.  She kindly but forcefully helps me discover and examine my own assumptions, a process both humbling and healing.”


Ilsa Loeser, Principal, Letterpress Communications

“Starting my own business was one of the most terrifying, empowering, and exhilarating decisions in my life.  Elizabeth’s wisdom and encouragement to embrace my own power—through her writing, coaching and training—has been invaluable.  Especially helpful were two workshops led by Elizabeth that I attended over the past year.  She provided a space for candid and thoughtful conversations that helped create a community of support for my own growth.”