About

  • If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.Ann Richards
  • There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.Martha Graham
  • A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.Marge Piercy
  • Each time women gather in circles with each other the world heals a little more.

TENWOMENSTRONG brings together circles of dynamic and inspiring women to lead their life on purpose.

We believe that every woman is talented, wise, and powerful. Our mission is to understand where each woman is in her life and to give her the tools, training and encouragement that will take her where she wants to go.


We are Authentic.

We carry out our mission with a high degree of integrity. We measure our success by the success of our members, partners and stakeholders. We are honest, loyal and trustworthy. And we seek out these qualities in our relationships and interactions.

We are Dynamic.

Our processes and programs are ambitious. They are created to reach millions of diverse women all around the world. They are delivered via various methods and in partnership with like-minded organizations.

We are Inspiring.

We are here to inspire and to be inspired. We provide open-hearted introductions and networking opportunities to feed and nourish our community. We believe that strong connections keep our community healthy and thriving—and that our community feeds the health and vitality of the world.

We are Leaders.

In service of those we lead, we aim to elevate our members to be their best and to achieve their highest goals. Together, we navigate uncertainty with courage—because there is no progress without risk. We take action and move forward—because that’s the way to learn, grow, evolve and achieve.

We are On Purpose!

Our goal is to be happy while helping others find their own happiness. We believe that when women lead their lives on purpose, they will achieve their personal, business and life objectives.

We believe there is no shortage of happiness, only a shortage of life to be happy.

Our Philosophy

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.Mary Oliver

Overview of TENWOMENSTRONG

In today’s busy world, it is easy to lose ourselves. As women, we are constantly giving ourselves away. We can feel depleted, overwhelmed, lacking creative spark, stuck or off track. While fully capable, we can achieve much more when focused and supported with the right people and processes.

TENWOMENSTRONG is grounded in this process


Start Authentically

We begin with authenticity. What is really there. Who we are. What is going on in the situation. We probe, pull back and examine to understand what is – in life and in work. We intentionally dive into an awareness and understanding that goes beyond the superficial review or analysis. Using proven tools and techniques, we gain knowledge at a deeper level. As a child, we instantly accessed our authentic self. We would enthusiastically and tirelessly use our talents and engage in our life/work. As we are “processed”, educated, socialized, industrialized and certified, we lose the “realness”. We are lost – our life, our work is not giving us the satisfaction we desire. We need a change. Something different. We need to move from a place of what is to what could be.

Explore Creatively

Creative endeavor is nourishment. All people crave it. And only from a place of authenticity are we able to truly create. By linking who we are and what we create, we bridge the void. Real people doing real work. Awake to who they are and open to what is possible – for themselves and those they interact with. TENWOMENSTRONG uses a series of exercises and experiences to re-spark and re-ignite. We each need to feel creative and alive in order to be engaged in our life and our work. Organizations need individuals who are alive, creative and connected with the business objectives and goals. TENWOMENSTRONG helps bring people alive and gets organizations on track.

Live Expressively

Live expressively means to put it out there. Make it happen. It is the focusing and prioritization and equipping of the plan to make it happen. And then it’s the doing it, saying it, being it. Show the players, the market, the world – TENWOMENSTRONG Game on! Life on! LOVESTRONG!

Our Circle of Generosity


TENWOMENSTRONG is committed to giving back with every forward action. As we become stronger and express ourselves in the world, a sister organization is supported as well.

In 2016 we began with a  book by Betsy Teutsh that “happened” to fall into our shopping cart.

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We began identifying our first round of initiatives and in September donated $100 to each of the following organizations:

  • Clean Birth Kits

    Clean Birth Kits provide sterile, disposable tools for safe birthing, protecting mothers and newborns from deadly infections. www.CleanBirth.org

  • Misoprostol

    Saving mothers lives – misoprostol is an inexpensive generic drug that prevents and treats post-partum haemorrhage, the cause of the majority of maternal deaths worldwide. www.LifeforAfricanMothers.org

  • Portable Solar Lanterns and Lamps

    Portable solar LED lamps and lanterns are increasing affordable replacements for kerosene, providing superior light while eliminating health hazards and fuel costs. www.SolarSister.org

  • Rainwater Harvesting

    Rain saucers are used for collecting and storing rainwater. They provide water security sparing women from hauling their family’s water supply. Surplus water can be used for irrigation. www.ProximityDesigns.org

  • Bikes

    Biking is much faster than walking and allows riders to transport heavier loads. Though bikes save people time and money, the poorest cannot afford them. www.Bicycles-for-humanity.org

  • Affordable Children’s Wheelchairs

    Lightweight, affordable wheelchairs for mobility impaired children expand their access to education and social connection. www.WheelchairsofHope.org

  • Literacy

    Mastering reading, writing, and arithmetic is perhaps the most powerful poverty alleviation tool that exists. www.RoomToRead.org

  • Inheritance Rights

    Overturning laws barring women from inheriting their late husbands’ property helps prevent widow from falling into extreme poverty. www.TheLoombaFoundation.org

  • Eradicating Forced Marriages of Girls

    Enforcing laws against forced girl marriages helps break the cycle of poverty they cause by curtailing girls’ education. www.GirlsNotBrides.org

  • Combating Sex Trafficking

    Sex trafficking must be stopped through international enforcement and prevention; decreasing demand and increasing education are important eradication strategies. www.ProtectionProject.org


  • Thank you! Your recent donation will help to bring a quality education to children around the world, allowing students to pursue futures of their choosing — regardless of gender or place of birth.

    With your critical support, our programs are delivering cost-effective, high-quality interventions in underserved communities across Asia and Africa. The proven impact of our work has inspired governments to start adopting our approach at scale, leading to systemic educational change that will benefit generations of students to come. This work is bringing new prospects to thousands of children, parents, siblings, teachers, and communities, and it’s only possible because of the generosity of individuals like you.  On behalf of the Room to Read family and the children and communities around the world whose lives you are transforming — thank you!Erin Ganju, Room to Read

    roomtoread.org

  • Thanks very much for your recent gift of $100 to Proximity’s work, which we received through PayPal. We appreciate your support that helps farm families here to grow more food and earn better incomes this coming cropping season. Debbie Aung Din Taylor, Co-Founder Proximity Designs

    proximitydesigns.org

  • Thank you so much for your $100 generous donation. You have made birth safer for moms and babies in Laos. Your donation will do directly to ensuring that every mother has a birth kit and that every Lao nurse is trained to ensure safe birth. In 2015 92% of funds raise went directly to provide 1,179 mothers with birth kits and 140 nurses training. Thank you again!Kristyn, Founder, CleanBirth.org

    cleanbirth.org

  • Life for African Mothers

    lifeforafricanmothers.org

  • Solar Sister

    solarsister.org

  • Bicycles for Humanity

    bicycles-for-humanity.org

  • Wheelchairs of Hope

    wheelchairsofhope.org

  • The Loomba Foundation

    theloombafoundation.org

  • Girls Not Brides

    girlsnotbrides.org

  • Protection Project

    protectionproject.org

Our Founder: Carolyn Dragon

Why TENWOMENSTRONG

This is not another workshop or book club. This requires your full authentic, creative and expressive self — committed, dedicated, purposeful.

Join TENWOMENSTRONG

  • Gain Support
  • Be Challenged
  • Move Forward
  • Connect with Other Amazing Women
  • Maximize Your Resources & Wisdom
  • Create Impact
  • Inspire Generosity
  • Lead Yourself to a Higher Purpose
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Carolyn is a business professional with executive level sales, marketing and leadership experience working with classic consumer goods companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and small businesses.

Carolyn is an engaging and highly talented coach, facilitator and presenter. She gets it. She meets clients where they are and brings them to success. Visionary, enthusiastic, and grounded in results, Carolyn works with clients to understand their goals and then creates programs to deliver results.

Her business experience includes strategic planning, innovation, creativity, brainstorming, product development, team building and leadership development; negotiation, sales and marketing; and transformative life/work plans for individuals and organizations.

Consumer Packaged Goods:
Sara Lee Corporation, Hasbro, Stride Rite, Ahold (Stop & Shop/Giant Foods), Crabtree & Evelyn

Entrepreneurial Start-Ups:
LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, ButtonedUp

Direct Marketing:
PartyLite, NYR Organic

Women’s Adventure and Development:
Women’s Quest, Center for Women and Enterprise (non-profit)

Founder/Owner:
The Poet’s Way®, Fish Ranch Think Tank – TENWOMENSTRONG, Workshops for Innovators, Unleashing Your Potential, virtual and in-person retreats, virtual and corporate on-site delivery

Carolyn is an MBTI certified practitioner and a professional life coach. She earned leadership certification from The Coaches Training Institute Co-Active Leadership Program and she served as the Boston Ambassador for The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) – the world’s largest in-person coach training school. Carolyn obtained the rank of Bard and Medicine Carrier of The Poetry Depths Mystery School instructed by Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem. Carolyn received her BA from Alverno College and her personal journey is profiled in Break Through Your Set Point by Dr. George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D. Harvard Medical School.

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Marie Bankuti

Marie is a high-energy professional who has built her 35+ year career on a commitment to excellence, integrity, and continuous learning.  Her passion is creating an environment where others bring their very best to their work, while creating engaged and productive working relationships.

As a Leadership and Team Coach/Trainer, she works with organizations and individuals to support leaders at all levels in identifying, claiming and sharing their unique strengths, defining their own success, and creating their individual leadership style. Guiding teams in creating a new mindset with a focus on the team as a whole, and moving from where they are to where they need to be to produce sustainable excellence.

She is also a Project Management Professional/Consultant with 28 years in Information Technology and an extensive Business Analysis and Technical background. She is client focused, producing results through partnering with business and technical talent, inspiring others to achieve by example.

As a Professional Speaker, she is energized by engaging and inspiring audiences, while creating interactive experiences through keynotes, symposiums, workshops, facilitation, and roundtable discussions.

Marie is President and Founder of Tether Free Vision Inc., a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and Project Management Professional (PMP); Authorized Facilitator of the Team Diagnostic™ and the Leadership Circle Profile™ 360 Assessment. Her Coaching and Leadership training are through Coaches Training Institute, CRR Global, and Team Coaching International, and she holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Emmanuel College.

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Paula Sacco

Paula is a dedicated and engaging guide for women embarking on a journey to rediscover, reimagine and redesign their lives. Her style is open, honest and assured as she helps women build their confidence and connect with their personal passion and goals.

Paula loves building community. Her circles of women are encouraged and supported as they transform their lives — becoming more authentic, creative and expressive. Leading their life on purpose — connected and fulfilled.

Her business experience includes marketing and development in consumer products and technology companies, such as:

  • Adac Corporation
  • SemiTest, Inc.
  • Polaroid
  • Maidenform Brands
  • The First Years

Paula is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She holds an MBA from Northeastern University, and a BS in Marketing and Communications from Babson College. Paula’s articles have appeared in several publications, and in her own blog.

Paula is currently pursuing certification in Positive Psychology through the Wholebeing Institute. Founded by Harvard faculty, Wholebeing Institute is an educational organization focusing on scientifically researched-based courses that help people live life to the fullest – spiritually, physically, intellectually, relationally and emotionally.

At TENWOMENSTRONG, Paula specializes in helping women reinvent themselves after full-time parenting and women in the corporate world. She works closely with our clients providing 1:1 personal and professional coaching and is a Boston-based program and manager and curriculum co-lead.

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Meghan O’Malley

Meghan is a dynamic and inspiring woman coaching and facilitating the deeply rewarding work of growth and transformation. She is a feverish learner and her approach is an eclectic blend of her studies. By combining elements of applied neuroscience, somatic (body based) psychotherapy, positive psychology, Leadership coaching, solution based therapy, and many others, Meghan helps all her clients discover the internal resources necessary to improve their lives. She often tells clients that “The question emerges when the answer is within,” and her work empowers clients to find their own answers to life’s big questions.

Meghan leads with heart and authenticity, knows who she is, and she holds space for others to be their complete and authentic self. Using her therapeutic toolbox and a strong, supportive relationship, Meghan works with clients to create possibilities and fully express themselves in their relationships, their work and their lives.

Meghan is an integrative psychotherapist, life coach, mom, intuitive empath, hip hop dancer and leader. She is a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Leadership Program and has her Masters degree in Counseling from Western Carolina University. For over 12 years, she has served the Asheville, NC community as a licensed psychotherapist, trainer, and workshop facilitator, and in 2014 expanded her practice to officially include coaching.  Meghan’s website offers more information about her work, current projects, and her own life leadership journey.


At TENWOMENSTRONG, Meghan specializes in helping women reconnect with their authentic self, create from their truth and power and express it more fully in the world — with FIERCE LOVE. She works closely with our clients providing 1:1 personal and professional coaching and is an Asheville-based program manager and curriculum co-lead.

Kate Taylor

Kate is an inspiring visionary with the ability to see infinite possibilities, formulate strategy and to land the plane — precisely. Her wisdom and perspective support those wanting to identify their deepest desires, achieve their goals – and to follow a path of intentional living.

Kate is a personal and professional leadership coach, media consultant and a volunteer on non-profit boards. Her style is inclusive and creative. She thrives in co-producing to make a meaningful difference in her clients’ lives.

Her professional experience includes decades at WGBH/Boston where she was a key architect in changing the face of children’s media in her role as an Emmy award-winning Senior Executive Producer. Her credits include innovative, educational children’s television programs and media projects such as:

  • PLUM LANDING
  • PEEP and the Big Wide World
  • Design Squad
  • FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
  • ZOOM
  • Where in the World is Carmen Santiago?
  • Arthur

Kate is a certified professional life coach and a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Co-Active Leadership Program. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and also earned a Masters degree in Education from U-Penn.

At TENWOMENSTRONG, Kate works closely with our clients using the TENWOMENSTRONG process: Start Authentically, Explore Creatively, Live Expressively. She provides exceptional 1:1 coaching and is a Boston-based program manager and curriculum co-lead.

Freda King

Freda is a curious, creative and compassionate. She has a passion for helping people realize their strengths and guiding them to be the best version of themselves. As a personal and professional coach and mentor, she inspires young women. Her all-time favorite compliment came from her then 6-year old niece who told her mother – when I grow up, I want to be an independent, strong woman who lives in a city.

Her business experience has been in the human resources field working with creative and innovative companies. Her collaborative nature and desire to connect with people have been essential in creating cultures that people want to be a part of. She understands the strength in bringing together diverse perspectives.

Freda has an MBA from Simmons School of Management and a BA in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maine. She is an avid world traveler and a kind and generous global citizen. For over 25 years, she has been involved with Boston-based non-profit organizations serving the needs of the homeless.

At TENWOMENSTRONG, Freda oversees the investment in women around the world as the head of our Circle of Generosity. In addition, she provides strategic guidance, focus on operational quality, and creates community for our coaches, our consultants, our partners and our clients.

Linda Lombardo

Linda is an expert conversationalist, a creative being and a compassionate change agent for conscious and sustainable living. She is grounded in the depths of ancient wisdom and earth language and is expansive in her ability to vision a better world.

Linda believes we are all here to lead our own true purpose — to create something and to contribute something larger than ourselves. With her talent for facilitating communication, deep conversation and storytelling, Linda works with her clients to bring their purpose alive and with it their passion for leading their own, unique purpose-FULL life.

Her professional experience includes producer and host of Voice of Evolution radio, certified trainer with The Bigger Game, Awakening the Dreamer trainer through the Pachamama Alliance, volunteer moderator for the Pachamama Alliance’s Game Changer Intensive, certified professional life coach and a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Co-Active Leadership Program.

At TENWOMENSTRONG, Linda is a valued coach, co-lead and forest therapist for our women’s personal and professional programs.

Madeline Klyne

Madeline has loved the Dharma since 1986. She delights in exploring practice in daily life with all who are interested. Her humor, compassion and passion are the spark that invites us all to look inward. And her integration of poetry into the teachings is a bonus blessing.

Madeline is Co-founder and a Teacher of South Shore Insight. Madeline teaches at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and at Insight Meditation Society. Madeline teaches retreats for LGBTQ communities at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Garrison Institute. She also worked at UMASS Medical Center for Mindfulness, Healthcare and Society teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in MA prisons.

Madeline has a Masters from Stanford University and a BS from Cornell University.

At TENWOMENSTRONG, Madeline is our “go to” resource for all things mindful. She is referred to as our “Rock Steady” — the member of our guiding circle that keeps us grounded, steady and open to life as it is, in this moment. We are pleased to have her wisdom as a resource aligned with our organization’s beliefs and values.

Pamela Slim

“Ten Women Strong is a perfect example of what we need to build in the new world of work: strategic, powerful coalitions of change makers and leaders.”Pamela Slim

Pamela is an award-winning author, speaker and business consultant working with thousands of employees, managers and executives. Her passion for career and organizational development spans many different work modes and client engagements. She has coached thousands of budding entrepreneurs, in businesses ranging from martial art studios to software startups.

Pamela is the author of Escape from Cubicle Nation (winner of Best Small Business /Entrepreneur Book of 2009 from 800 CEO Read) and her new book, Body of Work, published by Penguin Portfolio.

As a business expert, she is frequently quoted in press such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Information Week, Money Magazine and Psychology Today.

K’é, in downtown Mesa, AZ, is Pam’s latest successful endeavor. Here the local small business community is supported with workshops, featuring master classes from experts and opportunities for growth.

At TENWOMENSTRONG, Pamela is our “go to” superstar resource for strategic visioning, business planning, and executional coaching. We are pleased to offer referrals to Pamela as a like-minded organization aligned with our values.