February 13, 2012Congratulations to our first essay contest winner, Penny Matthews from Shrewsbury, PA! Penny is an incredible woman with an extraordinary will and story. Also, I just want to reiterate what I said on the show today—THANK GOODNESS I did not have to choose the contest winners myself! The producers were overwhelmed by the number of empowering entries and had an extremely difficult time narrowing it down to just 2 winners (I wasn’t part of the selection process because I knew I would want to give every single person the grand prize). As far as I'm concerned, everyone who participated in this challenge is a winner.