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About Our Founder

- Mona M. Thompson, Founder & Author -

Michelle ‘Mona’ Thompson is a visionary leader. She is a highly sought-after speaker, best-selling author and founder of the internationally recognized program R.I.S.E. (Reaching Into Self-Esteem), a life-changing girls program established October 1994 with a book series that encourages self-esteem & friendship. 


The first book “Rise”, is an illustrated version of the R.I.S.E. pledge,  

“Shine” is the story of the girls navigating life from elementary school to graduating from college and in careers, passions, family, conflict, etc.  “Grow” is the story of friendship.


On July 7th, 2018 - She was sworn in as a Massachusetts Commissioner for Women & Girls.

She is also the Host & Visionary for The DASH International Women's  Conference. 

Our Team

- Stephanie Lorfils, Program Director -
- Angel Lyte, Brand Administrative Assistant-

A Special Thank You to The DASH Conference for being a sponsor to our program.

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