06/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Social Networking with a Purpose: Introducing

Close your eyes. Imagine that women from all around the world are coming together to be inspired and to take action. I know, you know, that women can bring amazing changes to their families, their communities, their countries, to the world.

And yet, all too often, this doesn't happen. Over time, we lose faith in our inner voice (or maybe never developed it in the first place). We stop believing in the power within us. It can't be emphasized enough in order to transform the world, women must first find their personal voices and inner power. Only then will we have the strength and ability to make an impact on our communities and the world.

We're launching a new online community that's been two years in the making. This site,, brings together women from all around the world to share and receive inspiration. Through conversation, compassion, and community, BraveHeart Women empowers women of all ages to discover their own voices, expand their potential, and be the change they want for themselves, their family, community, and the world.

Our community fosters personal growth (and global change) by first teaching women to raise their self-esteem, grow on a professional level, and enhance their personal prosperity.

Let me tell you how I got to this place. I was born in Tehran. I grew up during the Iran-Iraq war, where nighttime bombings, warning sirens, underground bomb shelters, and rockets were all common fixtures in our daily lives. As early as five, I did what many growing up in such an environment do: "I dreamed of coming to America." And one day after high school, my parents sat me down and told me we were emigrating to America. It was the best day of my life, and I have never looked back.

Through these experiences, I understand the power of hope, dreams, and inspiration.

So, what is BraveHeart? It's quite simple. A BraveHeart woman is brave, but does everything with heart. She takes action, but not in an aggressive way or not in a way that doesn't feel right. In short, she is inspiration in action.

And that's where the site/community comes in. We've built a platform that lets women come together to share and receive inspiration -- to become, declare, and celebrate that they are BraveHeart. The site is equally for those women who are already brave in their personal and professional lives and want to lend inspiration, as well as for those who are ready to begin this journey -- ready to take action and receive inspiration.

BraveHeart Women does not focus on fashion, the latest celebrity gossip, or even complaining about the status quo. Instead, the site is for women with a conscious view to connect and communicate in meaningful forums, blogs, and groups.

Each BraveHeart woman can introduce and express herself through profile pages and the ever-popular status updates. She can host personal blogs, upload photos for the entire community or specific groups to see, participate in discussion forums, and form smaller communities within BraveHeart women based on shared interests, causes, or geographic areas.

In addition to these social networking features, BraveHeart women can find inspiration and knowledge through BraveHeart TV, an online video channel. Programming ranges from an intimate conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou to discussions with noted psychotherapists on love and intimacy, emotional freedom, and more.

The site and our mission have already gathered strong endorsements from women leaders and celebrities. Maya Angelou, Mariel Hemingway, Leeza Gibbons, Susan Anton, Morgan Fairchild, and others have all declared themselves to be BraveHeart women.

Consider the site Facebook meets YouTube, meets inspiration. Whatever it is, it's social networking with a purpose, and we're excited to see just what can happen when inspired, like-minded women from around the world come together.