We had the good fortune of connecting with Tess Cacciatore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tess, what’s your definition for success?
This question of “how do I define success” seems to encompass many of the questions that Shout Out is presenting, regarding taking risks, life/career balance, and the pursuit of happiness. To me, success is defined by the internal feeling of knowing that the best has been done with a sense of peace at the end of the day that goals have been met. The external signs of success are how much love you have in your life. Success does not equate to personal belongings, as anyone could have houses, cars, and possessions, but that does not buy you, love. Success in my career is always being defined differently in the various stages of my life. As long as I am fulfilling my destiny, making a difference in the world, and following my purpose and passion then all is great in the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I chose “other” in the options above as I really can’t be defined into one category, which I believe is what sets me apart from others. Each one of us is as unique as we want to be and through my crazy adventures and choices in life, I have been able to speak at the United Nations in New York and in Switzerland, being media-accredited by the United Nations to film and interview the everyday person on the street, activists, survivors of trafficking and abuse to global names of recognition, Dr. Jane Goodall, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, His Holiness Dalai Lama, Stevie Wonder, to name a few. Humanitarian outreach includes: building a village in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, FEED 333 feeding thousands of children and families in the United States from 2005-2008, while also providing relief to orphanages in various countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Vietnam, Ghana, Cambodia, South Africa, Thailand, and most recently in Nigeria, where GWEN Global is now an NGO (non-governmental organization) called GWEN Global Initiatives, to be able to raise funds and do projects in Nigeria and other African Nations. I have been working in Africa since 2000, so my heart is about working out in the world. After all of these decades of life, I am most excited about feeling that “this is just the beginning.”
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shoutout goes to my friends and family who have always stood by me in times of need. My mom and dad, who have left our world in 2003 always gave me the support to follow my dreams. I also have to give credit to my adversaries and those who showed up in my life that created the challenges to overcome. Through my relationships that were significant in changing me for the better, even with those who were the ultimate “bad” persons, it all is good in the end, as I learned many lessons that created the Global Women’s Empowerment Network so that we can “transform lives through the power of storytelling” and #Reveal2Heal from our stories. www.GWEN.Global We want to hear from you and to share your story.
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