Fabulous to be Female
Amy Sluss here. I’m the face and the energy behind Fabulous to Be Female. Fabulous to be Female exists to affirm, empower, inspire, and educate girls and women. My events and services are designed to boost self-worth and to connect girls and women to their own strengths and spirit of goodness. As often as possible I do this in community, through group events. There is incredible power and goodness released and shared when women and girls come together to affirm each other and to empower each other.
I use stories, information, and skill building to equip girls and women with tools, information, and confidence. My Growing up Female series addresses girl issues in the transition years between childhood and adulthood (ages 9-18). The growing-up years tend to be rocky ones for girls. However, when girls come together with trusted adult women, they gain confidence and strength; you can almost feel it in the air. Mothers feel it; girls feel it. It’s powerful and it is a gift. And it’s a timely gift because self-esteem and body-image are huge issues for girls. Between 80-97% of women dislike or even hate their body – and it starts at a young age. Negative body-image is related to many negative outcomes: depression, eating disorders, underachievement, drug and alcohol use, and cutting/self harm.
My approach is to connect parents and other healthy adults with pre-teens and teens. Through my Fabulous to be Female events, I have become well known for my mother-daughter events. These popular workshops connect girls and mothers to each other and to the broader community with uplifting and lively content. Girls and women continue to rate these events as a “10.”
I have been working with families for over 20 years and I work hard to stay current in the many issues facing girls and women. That means I’m always learning. I stay connected to the medical community, social scientists/practitioners, family life specialists, and spiritual leaders/directors.
I’m a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience guiding families through all sorts of health issues. I write and deliver all events. I have a team of people who help me with technical issues so I can focus on the things I do best!
I’ve specialized over the years in intergenerational programming. That means I create learning experiences for parents and children – together. These events are always interactive and fun! I guarantee my intergenerational events – so if you aren’t satisfied you can get your money back!
Here’s a bit of Fabulous to Be Female history:
I led my first mother-daughter event over 18 years ago when my eldest daughter was a ten-year-old girl. Her Girl Scout leader asked me to lead a session for the troop, on body changes. We invited the mothers to the event because we knew the mothers were having trouble getting the girls to talk about those issues. The mother-daughter aspect turned out to be one of the best parts of the event. Mothers spread the word and wouldn’t let the workshop die; they kept asking for it. Over the years mothers asked for more so I’ve added events for older girls.
Here is a partial list of organizations I have worked with:
Girl Scouts of Northern California
Individual Girl Scout troops (too many to count!)
National Charity League
Soroptimists of San Ramon
Mother-Daughter project groups
Women’s Initiative for the Self-Employed, Concord, CA
San Ramon Valley School District PTA: Parent Education Workshops
Community Resource Network, San Ramon Valley School District
Xilinx, San Jose – Women in Technology group
Catholic Community of Pleasanton, Pleasanton, CA
Valley Christian Church, Pleasanton, CA
Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Livermore, CA
Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Walnut Creek, CA
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, San Ramon, CA
St. Teresa’s Catholic School, Oakland, CA
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fremont, CA
Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento
St. Charles Catholic Church, Livermore, CA