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Charli Turner Thorne is the Arizona State Sun Devils head women's basketbll coach.  She is the winningest Sun Devil coach since the team was established. Turner Thorne asked for a 9 month sabbatical from coaching that was totally unprecedented.  She took an inventory of her personal and professional life and took that time to work on being a better coach.  She read, studied and learned how to be a better coach.  By month 8 she was chomping to get back to coaching. Why she inspires:  Be sure to give yourself the luxury of doing a "gut check" when your life seems out of...

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Who: Malala YousafzaiWhy she inspires us: Yousafzai survived a Taliban assassination attempt as retaliation for her activism for girls’ education and went on to be the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.What she taught us: With Malala, it’s hard to know where to start: at the age of 20, she is already changing the world through her words and her work.

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Who: Ruth Bader GinsburgWhy she inspires us: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, Bader Ginsburg is our legal idol (sorry Elle Woods).What she taught us: Through her various verdicts, supporting women’s rights, LGBT causes and racial equality, she proved that she deserves the affectionate moniker of the Notorious R.B.G.

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Who: Rosalind FranklinWhy she inspires us: Largely overlooked member of the team who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.What she taught us: We have to celebrate our achievements, even when others don’t (or, in this case, try to deliberately ignore your contribution).

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Who: Martina NavratilovaWhy she inspires us: Navratilova has been one of the unrivalled queens of the court for almost 40 years and is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights.What she taught us: How to maintain a successful sporting career over an incredible number of years.

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