Susan Cain, Amanda Haas, Sandra Cisneros, Elizabeth Blackburn and Amy Lehman Join MAKERS!

Over the past three weeks, MAKERS has welcomed a handful of inspirational and groundbreaking women to the community. These new additions are masters in their fields, ranging from experts in the food industry to award-winning biologists.


The first of the women, Susan Cain, is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking. This non-fiction book took her seven years to write and analyzes the qualities of introverts. In her interview, Cain explains what it means to be an introvert and her own personal writing style.


Along with Susan Cain, MAKERS welcomed food educator Amanda Haas. Both a cookbook author and recipe tester, Haas is also the founder of One Family One Meal, a website which provides free recipes, menu plans and shopping lists for families. Haas discusses her admiration for her own role model in the food industry and what it means to her to be a working mom.


A second writer joined our community in the past weeks--pioneering Latina author Sandra Cisneros. Cisneros is a Mexican-American novelist, poet and short story writer famous for her book The House on Mango Street. She is the first female Mexican-American writer to have her work published by a mainstream publisher. In her interview she shares the impact of her father’s love and how she found her career.


Two women from the world of science were also welcomed recently—Nobel-Prize winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn and doctor and activist Amy Lehman. Molecular biologist Blackburn is also a professor at the University of Claifornia whose research is focused on understanding a critical structure at the end of chromosomes. She shares her long view on work/life balance and the importance of healthy aging.


Amy Lehman is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, which provides healthcare access via a traveling ship to millions of Central African people who live in the isolated Lake Tanganyika Basin. In her interview, she discusses the time and place where sensitivity is important and where she finds her bravery.