Column: Join ‘Blind Side’ inspiration and more at Inspiring Women luncheon

Michael Morrisey is the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation. You can reach him at (913) 647-0383 or send an email to him at:

Michael Morrisey is the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation. You can reach him at (913) 647-0383 or send an email to him at:

by Michael Morrisey

Many of you have asked, “When is the second part of your Inspiring Women Two articles series coming out?”

I know it seems like it has been a long time since my last article; for me, it seems like just yesterday. Wait no longer; here it is!

As I start this article, I have to confess (it is the Lenten season) that I am an “old school” person and, to clarify, not old because of age, rather because of my yesteryear attitude.

Growing up, Dad and Mom would tell us that, when eating lunch and conversing with others, we should not discuss politics, religion, movies, business or sports teams that may not be our favorites. As siblings, we would look at each other and think, “There is not going to be a whole lot of talking going on while chewing. This is going to be a short and boring lunch!”

Times have changed! I am here to tell you about our Inspiring Women 2012 luncheon happening on May 3 of this year. Dad and Mom may be cringing, but all of that advice is out the window, with much love. At this luncheon we will be discussing politics (kind of), religion, movies, business and sports (wake up, guys).

Collins Tuohy and “Miss Sue” Mitchell, as depicted in the movie “The Blind Side,” will help us understand the value of a faith-filled education. These two ladies assisted Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens No. 74, graduate from high school and college and go on to a successful career in the National Football League. Without question, education was an integral part of Oher escaping the familial cycle of poverty he was experiencing — just like many of our CEF kids!

On the political front, Leawood’s Mayor Peggy Dunn’s Catholic commit- ment to “family first,” coupled with extensive involvement in local leadership and community causes, will expand your sense of what it really means to “give back.” She epitomizes the perfect role model for young ladies in our world today.

And talking about women in business, Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh’s experiences bonding as Catholic school “room moms” and then turning a shared love of jewelry into a global corporation and a passion for philanthropy will inspire you (yes, men as well) to pursue your own dreams. These ladies are “worth their weight in silver” when it comes to inspiring others to succeed and helping us understand the importance of giving.

Wow, I am becoming inspired just writing about it!

I cordially invite you to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime luncheon op- portunity and be able to talk about politics, religion, movies, business, sports and chew at the same time! And while you are being inspired, please know that you will be assisting the Catholic Education Foundation in providing scholarships for children in need. Thanks in advance for being inspirational!

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