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I talked with Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler about her spiritual path and professional work.
Melissa is a wife, Mom, lawyer, and CEO of Splashlife. "If I didn't play all of these roles, I'd be a poet living on a secluded Caribbean island without a mobile phone...barefoot. I'm planning to get there someday."
Here is a video about why Melissa started Splashlife: http://vimeo.com/21650315
Here is Melissa's bio: http://melissahelmbrecht.tumblr.com/bio
"In the course of a single decade, Melissa transformed herself from a struggling teen who failed ninth and tenth grades into one of the youngest women in history to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Melissa transformed her life by serving others. She credits her dramatic turn-around to the love of a mentor who encouraged her to volunteer with homeless children. So inspired by one trip to the homeless shelter, Melissa never failed another class and began a grassroots effort to engage young people in the volunteer experiences that changed her life.
By the time Melissa graduated from high school, she had personally organized more than 30 grassroots projects, successfully enrolling thousands of young people in volunteer service. She worked with the Bush Administration to implement service-learning programs in schools through the Points of Light Foundation. By the time she was 18, she had received more than a dozen humanitarian awards, was speaking across the country on youth empowerment, and was inducted into the Frederick Douglas Museum and Hall of Fame for Caring Americans."
It's good to talk.