Dr. Shellie Hipsky

Dr. Shellie Hipsky is the CEO of Inspiring Lives International, a motivational media company. She is the president of the non-profit 501 (c)(3) the Global Sisterhood, a charity that guides and supports women and girls toward their dreams and goals. She earned Entrepreneur of the Year in Inspiration and Empowerment, the Women of Achievement Award, Best Woman in Business, and VIP Woman of the Year. Three of her 11 published books, the Common Threads trilogy, earned international best-seller status. These books provide Inspiration, Empowerment, and Balance, based on 100 amazing interviews from her Empowering Women Radio show. The host of the TV show Inspiring Lives With Dr. Shellie is a former tenured professor who has keynoted internationally from the United Way Powerful Connections for Women Conference to The University of Oxford in England. She is delighted to be the editor-in-chief of Inspiring Lives Magazine, which is available nationally at Barnes and Noble or via subscription.

Vice President

Cindy Ellek

Cindy Ellek is the vice president of the Global Sisterhood and the advertising and marketing manager for Inspiring Lives Magazine, a Pittsburgh-based quarterly publication that inspires, empowers, motivates and educates women business owners and women entrepreneurs.

She is a member of the Chatham Center for Women Entrepreneurs, Greater McKees Rocks Rotary, and Pittsburgh Women’s Mastermind and is an 8+ year breast cancer survivor. Cindy is passionate about supporting women entrepreneurs, women going through breast cancer, and women’s organizations. She is a native Pittsburgher who loves golf, the Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates.


Cori Nicole Smith Wamsley

Cori Wamsley, CEO and owner of Cori Wamsley Writing Services, is a writing coach and book editor. She teaches coaches, experts, and those who want to inspire, as well as some fiction authors, how to write and publish their books. Cori is also the executive editor of Inspiring Lives Magazine, as well as a contributor.

When she isn’t helping others tell their stories, she’s creating her own. Cori wrote and self-published six books—in middle grade fantasy, women’s humor, and children’s genres—and enjoys attending author events where she can connect with readers.

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Cori is also a busy wife and the mother, a member of Pittsburgh Women’s Mastermind, and a board member for Passages and Prose.


Kelly Frost


Alice Beckett-Rumberger


Samantha Barna


Christine Furman

Christine Furman is the wife to Dan and mother to Aubriella and Alexander. Her family is her whole world, and she cherishes every moment with them. Any free time is spent traveling or enjoying the many events and sights of Pittsburgh.

As well as a loving mother, she is a devoted teacher in the Hopewell Area School District. She has touched the lives of many in the life skills classroom for 5 years and is currently teaching 2nd grade. In addition to teaching, she is the Next Generation Global Sisterhood Coordinator, a Rodan and Fields Skincare Consultant, and the founder of Momspiration1111. She enjoys giving back to others and is always willing to offer a helping hand.


Shawna Solomon


Dr. Minister April Avery Torrence

Dr. April Torrence is the founder and executive director of Zion Education Center at New Light C.E.C. in Sharon, Pa., and has secured over 2 million dollars in funding to provide the local community with the following services:

  • Pre-K Scholarships
  • College internships
  • High quality classrooms
  • After school programming
  • Subsidized child care
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Free meals for local children and youth

Most importantly, Dr. Torrence wholeheartedly surrendered her life to Christian Leadership in 1995 and was nurtured in this Faith by her parents, Deacon Leon Avery, Sr., and the late Alexis R. Avery.

Dr. Torrence’s accomplishments are featured in the award-winning international best-seller Common Threads and the fall 2017 edition of Inspiring Lives Magazine. She enjoys her morning coffee, biblical research, critical thinking, and helping others develop their fullest potential in education, entrepreneurship, and inner empowerment. She is happily married to Deacon Kelvin J. Torrence and is a mother of three.


Valerie Lerch