May, Moms and Maya

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May is a big month for Catalytic Women—Mother’s Day, our six-month anniversary and the birthday of an especially catalytic woman: my mom.

Maya Hamburger blazed a trail that few can imagine—fleeing war-torn Germany, college at 16 in Colorado, and a career that spanned fashion advertising in Manhattan, gold prospecting in Australia, and criminal defense in LA. Within months of graduating law school—at age 60—she was on a televised case and made Jay Leno’s Top Ten list. But that’s another story.

Not until the end of her life did she find a community of friends (mostly women—no surprise) where she felt appreciated and valued. She bloomed.

Mom gave me the gift of caring for her during her final illness last fall. She was the inspiration for Catalytic Women—a community of women with intellect and impact.

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