"What I know for sure: Often we don't even realize who we're meant to be because we're so busy trying to live out someone else's ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.
"What has made me successful is the ability to surrender my plans, dreams and goals to a power that's greater than other people and greater than myself."
More than 3,000 women with great ideas applied for the first-ever O-White House Leadership Project contest. The 80 winners got to attend an inspiration-packed three-day program, with coaching by some of the top women trailblazers in the country.