Michele Neff Hernandez

Michele Neff Hernandez

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Michele Neff Hernandez is a nonprofit leader, compelling speaker and author, and dedicated advocate for widowed people around the world. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Soaring Spirits International, a non-profit organization providing research-based programs and a community of peers for anyone who has experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Since Michele founded Soaring Spirits in 2008, Soaring Spirits has served over four million widowed people and continues to increase their reach through the development and management of innovative grief support programs. Michele is the creator and director of the Camp Widow® Program; a first of its kind event bringing together widowed people from all walks of life and providing access to relevant resources designed to build resilience and facilitate the healthy processing of grief and trauma. This program is available in six locations annually including both US and International destinations featuring three weekend long programs and three one day programs. Michele has been honored to featured nationally and internationally in both print and broadcast media. She has received a variety of Federal, State and local awards and recognitions for her work in service to widowed people including: being selected as a 2021 CNN Hero, acknowledgement by Vice President Joe Biden, Special Congressional Recognition by Congressman Elton Gallegly, Simi Valley Hospital Foundation Woman of the Year, Ventura County Star’s Woman Today Award, Humanitarian of the year by the Simi Valley Community Foundation, State Farm Insurance’s Embrace Life Award Honoree for the Southern California Region and multiple Paul Harris Service Awards by the Rotary Club of Simi Valley. Ms. Neff Hernandez is a resident of Simi Valley, California where she lives and laughs with her three amazing children and is married to an amazing Aussie who supports and encourages her work with the widowed community. An avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, she actively encourages others to embrace the life they are given.
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