Inspired Heart Foundation Co-Founder and President
Connie Viveros is Co-Founder of The Inspired Heart Foundation and currently serves as its President. Connie brings to the Foundation more than a decade of non-profit leadership experience across numerous charitable causes – all of them working for social justice.
Prior to joining IHF, Connie’s non-profit leadership career included roles as:
Managing Director of The Unstoppable Foundation, a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty by providing lifesaving assistance to over 50,000 individuals in rural Africa. President of The Collective Heart Foundation, providing a leadership platform from which hundreds of girls now have the opportunity to become business and government leaders. Co-Founder and President of the 100 Women Charitable Foundation where she led the organizations’ efforts to design and create and implement a system of collective philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area which has contributed more than a $1 million dollars to deserving non-profit organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Connie is a longtime advocate for women’s rights and social-change philanthropy, and leads with vulnerability and passion for empowering underserved women around our world. She has spent the past decade creating opportunities and support programs for others in need, especially women and children living in abject poverty.
Connie’s interest in working for underserved women dates back nearly a decade to a humanitarian trip she made to rural East Africa. Visiting dozens of communities in both Kenya and Uganda, she was struck by the lack of educational opportunities and infrastructure for children, especially girls. Returning home more aware of the issue, she saw a similar pattern of opportunity gaps in her own community in the San Francisco Bay Area. She made it her life’s mission to give to organizations that provide education, mentorship, support programs and opportunities for underserved women.
Connie‘s personal passion is connecting with women who also believe they can and must make a difference in this world – starting with themselves. She is dedicated to creating inspiring content and programs that empower all women to transform self-doubt into self-love. She is a formally trained and Certified expert transformational life coach. Connie is an inspiring public speaker on transformation and she is the published co-author of two books on the subject. An ordained minister, she has served as mentor, friend and inspiration to girls everywhere from her neighborhood all the way to the Masai Mara in East Africa.
Inspired Heart Foundation Co-Founder and Vice President
Lynn Kirkham is the Founder of Yes, You Can Speak!, and Co-Founder and Vice President of the Inspired Heart Foundation. Yes, You Can Speak! is a program offering the most effective methods for people to become inspiring speakers and leaders. Her clients create a powerful presence, tap into their unique strengths and express their best personal brand. For over 10 years Lynn has coached hundreds to overcome their fears around public speaking, to lead from authenticity, and show up with enthusiasm, confidence and brilliance so they can make a greater positive impact in the world.
In 2007 while in Kerala, India she spent nearly three months living at the Assisi Bhavan Orphanage where she cared for 36 beautiful girls between the ages of six and sixteen. She would often be seen walking down paths with six little hands wrapped around one of each of her fingers. These girls lived at this orphanage because their families didn’t have enough money to care for them. It was there, in the 104 degree heat with no fan, that Lynn decided to take a stand for helping at risk women and girls to find their inherent strength, confidence, voice and leadership presence.
In January, 2016 her dream became a reality when she co-founded the Inspired Heart Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization to empower underserved women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Those that work with her getthe personal support to know that they are enough, that who they are and what they have to say matters, along with the mindset to create a future on their own terms that is abundant and fulfilling.
Prior to launching her company, Lynn spent 20 years as a top-producing sales executive/manager in the commercial printing industry. As a result of her success, she was able to take a seven-year sabbatical dedicated to giving back, three of those years – a solo journey around the globe. She lent a hand to all sorts of causes, some of which included running the first yoga retreat center on Buyukada Island off the coast of Istanbul, teaching classes on environmental sustainability, enlightening communities in rural Turkey about the importance of spaying and neutering felines- all this while living in a 1,000 yr. old cave house.
Co-Founder, Inspired Heart Foundation
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