Letter from the Publisher | Dorri C. Scott

Dear Reader Friend,

I am kicking up my heels and proudly wearing my red shoes, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

It is almost spring (my favorite season), I can hardly wait for the newness that will unfold. It was such a looong election year and now I am embracing my next steps and invite you to join me. Together let’s “pump” it up, one day at a time!

To those committed to being the change you want to see in Loudoun and beyond: spring forward and get it done. One person can make a difference, will YOU be that ONE?

Our contributors including Cover WOMAN Donna M. Ivey started with ONE. Some 25 years later, she and her family are making a difference for the ONE who matters most in the eyes of her families served. Learn more about the I-CARE Family Affair that was created with “One” thought. (Page 19)

Graciously, Nurse Amanda takes it one face at a time. A Nurse with a strong health and wellness consciousness, she wants to enhance your look. With her debut in Virginia WOMAN Magazine and her upcoming Grand opening, there is much to celebrate! Finally, there is something for that ONE man in your life. Lori Bolin, a Men’s stylist shares thoughts on helping that ONE guy dress it up.

I’m forever pleased to see you while in my travels, on Facebook, and at the many events in the area we partner with. I’m forever honored to make YOU that ONE who every WOMAN is proud to be a part of. Thank you.

Happy Spring,



Letter from the Publisher | Jan/Feb 2017

Here we go . . . It is 2017,

Happy New Year!

Instead, we get to start all over again . . .

Looking ahead, I wish you and yours a bountiful year filled with dreams and expectations

aligned with all that brings you MUCH joy.

Especially I wish you peace, great conversations (dare to go deeper this year) and optimum health.

Our many health providers in “that” Loudoun VA WOMAN are ready to help and guide you. Too our practitioners and many contributors want to serve you. Let them know you found us in the publication. Serving both Loudoun and Arlington. The VA WOMAN Media and Magazine Group is happy and grateful for your support. THANK YOU!!!

Proud to present one of my closest friends (and Personal Stylist), I hope you will take the Style Quiz with Cyndy Porter. Re-branded late last year, her workshops, consultations, new look and programs will help you dress and rethink from the inside out. I highly recommend her – She knows STYLE!

As we move forward, collectively let us posture for new changes and opportunities in Loudoun County (thank you Madam Chair Woman Phyllis Randall), Washington DC and beyond. Stay positive, be strong and never lose sight – together we are still the UNITED States of America; a great country, with many HERstories and History which connects us all.

Still feeling overwhelmed????

Daily be the change you want to see in the world. Climb courageously with integrity to new heights.

Imagine where your journey will take you. Go there.

Will you join me in the resolution?

Excited to announce a new launch, we invite you to continue READING (watch for announcements too) – adding a new publication Spring 2017.

Out and about in Loudoun, Arlington and wherever we can educate, empower, inspire and inform, I look forward to a great year.

– the best is ahead,



From the Publisher – Nov/Dec 2016 | Dorri C. Scott

I don’t normally look forward to the cold weather and mountains of snow that seem to fall (at least once) each year in our area, but… let’s just say that I cannot be happier to celebrate the end of this political season, even if that means the snow is coming! No matter who your political pick was, we can all finally breathe a sigh of relief that the election is over and turn our attention back toward our families, friends and ourselves again!

While we may not have all agreed on the politics of the last few months, perhaps we can move forward with a renewed promise to mend those fences and start working together, again. ‘Tis the season to cherish our past and make memories for our futures!

This issue of Virginia WOMAN magazine is another milestone in my life – FIVE YEARS of publishing! I’m so honored to share our cover with two amazing Northern VA business women: Thank you, Diane Piper and Sally Garcia Crosen!

Finally, thank you Loudoun County, family and friends – near and far.

Let’s make everyone’s lives a little better, put our differences aside and truly enjoy this thoughtful season ahead. Together, we can move mountains (and I don’t mean just the snow)!

Happy Holidays and May the New Year be the best and brightest in all our lives.

Kindly, Dorri

Happy Summer! From Our Publisher… | Dorri C. Scott

Va_Woman_Magazine_July_Aug_2016_Page_07As a kid, I remember Summers at the Jersey Shore, (Virginians call it “the beach”) weekly ice cream truck visits, longer days to play for hours outside (we had over 25 kids on our block) and many hours spent reading.Mrs. Starch, the school librarian – one of my favorite teachers offered a Summer reading contest each year. Happy to read more than the required books, I loved being a part of the reading club and discovering some of my childhood favorites including; Beverly Cleary,

Mrs. Starch, the school librarian – one of my favorite teachers offered a Summer reading contest each year. Happy to read more than the required books, I loved being a part of the reading club and discovering some of my childhood favorites including; Beverly Cleary, Louisa Mae Alcott, poetry great- Edna St Vincent Milay, and of course my mentor Friend, Dr. Maya Angelou.Thinking ahead, I invite you to READ this summer, enjoy the publication – our experts, writers,

Thinking ahead, I invite you to READ this summer, enjoy the publication – our experts, writers, organizations and contributors.
We are grateful and especially honored by your presence – a reading present that we, the WOMAN staff never take for granted.
Thank YOU!Have fun this summer, make memories and discover a favorite NEW author or book. Write and tell us about it (publisher@vawoman.com)

Have fun this summer, make memories and discover a favorite NEW author or book. Write and tell us about it (publisher@vawoman.com)In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you out and about in Loudoun and beyond

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you out and about in Loudoun and beyond I especially can’t wait to hear who and how you find and discover a new great friend in words.

Happy Summer!

Letter from the Publisher – May/June 2016

Dear Reader,

ppproof2When you dream
Beyond measure, move mountains
Even if only in your mind
Passionately prepare
Listen, silently
Go slowly.
Nothing about haste is great
Hear the wonder of your whispering heart
Always after the tears
Stay steady. Strong. Selfless.
Show love.
Believe. Become. Let Go. Be.
Nothing is Impossible,
NOTHING is impossible
You just gotta believe. -dcs

As a young girl, I spent hours in my bedroom with pen in hand, journal nearby and heart open with a passion to share words. Often alone in thought and with a creative spark, I passionately wrote poetry, stories, read – a lot and studied the delivery of dancing with words to help others. A deep thinker and dreamer at heart, I saw visions of words from “my write” in books, on cards, and anything I could grab hold to as sharing through words was not a choice but instead it chose me.

Muse is my music and words became my best friend. Through books I discovered – people, visited far places and sought new ideas beyond measure. Amongst my favorite authors included Edna St. Vincent Millay, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston who wrote “Their Eyes Were Watching God” – a classic and favorite book of mine.

Too, I discovered the late great Dr. Maya Angelou. Fortunate to have met her three times in my life, I am honored to be a part of her history and bring it to us all – HERE in Loudoun County.

The visionary, writer, dancer, poet, dancer and spiritual teacher – Dr. Angelou beyond measure has touched many. Honored to be a part of her legendary history, I hope you will join us, May 22 at the Fundraiser in Sterling, VA to be benefit students in YEAR UP!

I am honored that I was recently invited to be a part of a documentary to honor Dr. Angelou. Hallmark Cards, along with Oprah Winfrey are producing a documentary. We hope to take messages and moments from the event, share them in the documentary and again make history in Loudoun County. Please join us: a collection of Dr. Angelou’s card line now secured by Hallmark Cards, including her writings, books and artifacts will be with us. Her Driver, Mr. Bryant, will be attending and the Rolls Royce will be on display.

Again, dear readers, Cover WOMAN ladies, community and followers… I am humbly amazzzed. I look forward to seeing you in print, digitally, out and about in Loudoun and soon in a documentary!

Happy Spring! Warmly, Dorri

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Letter from the Publisher | Mar/Apr 2016 | Dorri C. Scott

LoudounMarApr2016HRNB_Page_07This past December, my son graduated from college. Our family gathered and many friends in Loudoun County and beyond cheered us through a most exciting season – thank you!

We are delighted about the huge milestone (and major pay raise), and now the real work begins…

Back home, like many millennials, he is in search of a new career, his life purpose and next steps. Concerned about what’s in store, our millennials need us more than ever. Let’s make a promise to support our sons and daughters through their transition, despite the fact that many have been unable to find work and face insurmountable housing costs even in our growing economy.

College Coach, Luanne Lee, a regular contributor, reminds us: Save and Prepare – college costs are rising. Moreover, if your star student is not intentional about where to go to college based on interests and costs, you might otherwise be wasting time and money. Remember, as Luanne would say, “it is never too early to start planning for college.”

Our Cover WOMAN, Linda Coleman, MD, invites us to look internally. The Internist at Primary Care serves patients with her Mentor/Dad, Dr. John Coleman from their office in Sterling, VA. The dynamic father-daughter medical providers have served the community with optimal health care for over 50 years, collectively.

Spring looks beautiful in color from Cyndy Porter, and Elaine Gibson has healthy tips. Our business experts, Valerie Kaiser, Certified Financial Planner and legal expert, Dawn Dale, of Keystone shares the value of wills and trusts in VA – in your best interests.

Always excited about spring and the warm CHANGE in the air, I happily invite you to enjoy and educate yourself in this season’s issue! With warm weather approaching, I look forward to seeing you “out and about” in Loudoun, on the web, www.loudounwomanmagazine.com,
Facebook, LinkedIn and soon to be launched your Extreme Excellence Essentials.

Happy Spring! Happy Happy!
Always, Dorri

Happy New Year 2016

LoudounJanFeb2016HR_Page_07Hello Friends, Happy New Year!

As I reflect, 2015 was a most exciting year, filled with growth and a strengthened community across Northern Virginia.

I personally grew, surrendered and decided to stop fighting (mostly myself) in pursuit of excellence. I am grateful for the support and love experienced in your many words and deeds – Thank you!

This year, I promise will be EPIC – Woo Hoo!

Despite my fears and a few doubts, I started 2015 with a new attitude. I committed and decided to lose weight and with the help of Dr. Brooks and his coaching team (see cover story). I transformed my body and my mind was renewed, and that was just the beginning!

Thanks to YOU, we have expanded our reach across the region. Virginia WOMAN Magazine is now serving Prince William and Arlington counties. That WOMAN is happy to be a part of THREE NoVa communities. We have sponsored and published numerous not-for-profit businesses throughout the year. We intend to double those efforts in 2016.

Our expansion also includes the growth of contributors who educate, empower, inspire and inform – the heart of who we are. And, we are seeking WOMAN covers (see page 8 and tell us why you should be on the WOMAN cover in November)!

We are expanding our brand, becoming a publishing/media firm geared toward helping women write and Publish “HER story!” Every WOMAN has one and a few may even become a bestseller!

As an Educator, I affirm and declare… we must tell our stories and share – blogs, print, social media, speeches and our words. Our duty and legacy for our daughters (and sons) and the great men who support us is to speak our truth, with courage and determination.

I welcome to help you to get it WRITE. Perhaps you’ll want to start with writing for one of our magazines. Overall, we are proud to partner and help you discover your excellence in 2016.

Excited to see you, I welcome your thoughts, ideas and information in this, our fifth year of publishing! Let’s work together and continue on our path to excellence.

See you out and about and have a Happy New Year! – Dorri

Letter from the Publisher | September/October 2015

Hello Friends

Four years ago we introduced you to our inaugural class of “ WOMAN “Thrivers”. This year we introduce you to our class of 2015 “Warriors” – 3 breast cancer survivors including a male who shares his breast cancer story. (Yes! Men too can be diagnosed with breast cancer.)

Celebrating a life-interrupted due to breast cancer, each “survivor-thriver” has raised the bar since our first edition. Two ladies from last year (Eileen Isola and Connie Bash) have updated us. Enjoy their success stories and inspirational updates.

They are FEARLESS and all look great thanks to the creative artistry of photographer Valerie Cavalheri and makeup artist Jamie D’Agostino. (See Kelly and Nancy pages 19, 20 and 21).

Added to the breast cancer issue, we are honoring one ovarian cancer “thriver”. Her courageous stories brings light to the silent killer.

And finally, be encouraged by a mother’s love, shared by Sharon Ferraro, who has never stopped fighting for her daughter Nikki, diagnosed with thyroid cancer in her teenage years. Their happy ending is a must read!

Climbing new heights (and raising money) through events, races and auctions, September and October are filled with activities.

Kindly, Dorri

July/August Letter from the Publisher | Dorri C. Scott

LoudounJulAug2015_Page_07Dear readers,

People often ask me, “How did you start writing?”

While it is hard to pinpoint the exact moment that I fell in love with words, paper, books and writing, I am reminded daily of the many letters shared between my Nana and me.

It started when I was in elementary school. The exchange of letters between the two of us that were filled with camp experiences, school friends and new books was like fresh air and breath to me. I longed for each letter and still remember the disappointment when an expected return letter did not come in the mail quickly.

Plopped on my favorite couch, today, I long for more time and endless hours to write like I did as a child. And…every summer it happens. I am afforded the time: a great vacation to Jamaica and the ocean to bask and be inspired. To write, each day, when the sunset in Jamaica, is my only chore.

For ten days, I am able to be quiet, gather my thoughts and let my heart sing as the creative juices get going. I write like nobody’s business… for that I am grateful.

The exchange and life shared, with no interruption on the beach enables me to write letters, thank you notes and messages to the many friends and family I share space with. Thank you, Pat Wirth; our guest columnist, Kristina Bouweiri – a DMV, favorite CEO and Robin Finnell – this issue’s cover WOMAN. Kudos and hugs to every cover WOMEN, friends, family and staff, throughout the various communities I serve.

Celebrating words and writing about the many experiences from my couch on a summer day is this season’s special gift. It does not last long. For now, I am just going to enjoy the write.

Happy Summer! – Dorri

A Mother’s Love | Dorri C. Scott, Publisher

LWM_MJ15_web_Page_07I recently read a lovely article about mothers and our loves. The inspiring words shook every part of my soul. I was enlightened and joyful as I thought about the years spent raising my children. Fond memories filled my heart as tears welled up in my eyes. “Where,” I wondered, “did the years go… so swiftly?”

Like the writer of the article, I have kept a journal for each of my children who are now young adults since birth… Much of their life has been recorded
in words.Grateful for the love and light they bring into my life I wanted each of them to know how important they are to me FOREVER – No matter what! As a mother I invite you to share with your children some of your loves. It is a lifetime gift that only a mother’s love can pass on from one generation to another.

1. Love You – Always. There will be people who will challenge you. Throughout your life, fight for you and love you first. You cannot spread what you don’t have to give.

2. Love those who love you back. Build teams of people who love themselves so that collectively you can love each other – a partner, family, work friends, neighbors, etc. Together with your team(s) you build you can conquer anything and anyone.

3. Love and honor your talents. Find your passion.

4. Love everyone – all races, sexes, colors, creed, religions, ages – Just LOVE everybody. It will make the world better and you too!

5. Love your body. You are perfect just the way God created you – flaws and all. Besides, no one is perfect and everyone is working on a body part they wish they did not have.

6. Love and live in the moment. There is so much joy in the NOW!

7. Love the adventure of living life. It is a journey not a sprint. Take the ride in stride and be grateful.

8. Love music. It will make your heart happy. On a bad day, dance. On a good day teach someone new ways to make great movement.

9. Love justice. Know peace. Be the voice and advocate for one who does not have the courage to stand or who is unable. Don’t worry about their why….just do what is right because every life matters.

10. Love the underserved. Do it with grace and a giving heart.

11. Love history. Learn from those who have travelled the road before you.

12. Love books, READ and LEARN. New thoughts will open up a new world to you.

13. Love animals. Their love is unconditional.

14. Love science. Invent and be innovative.

15. Love every stage of life. There are lessons to learn in every season.

16. Love your Creator and always know that your mother loves you!

By: Dorri C. Scott, Publisher.

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