In this exclusive AOL video, 1984 Paralympic medalist Bonnie St. John and her daughter, Darcy

Deane, reveal how they got the idea to write the book they coauthored, “How Great Women Lead” -- which involved the two of them traveling the world and interviewing female leaders such as Condolleeza Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

“I wanted something that would inspire all kinds of women... to be passionate about leadership,” says St. John.

“One thing I found is that the women led with all kinds of styles,” adds Deane. “You can be yourself and be a leader. The talents you have are enough.”

The Paralympic medalist and best-selling author discusses what she and her daughter learned while writing her text How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World.

Bonnie sat down with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux to talk about her life, her journey with Darcy, and her insights from the HOW GREAT WOMEN LEAD project.

Bonnie and Darcy appeared on the TODAY Show in April to talk about the exciting adventure they shared interviewing the extraordinary women leaders profiled in the book. 

Watch Bonnie’s last TODAY appearance from the launch of her book, Live Your Joy.  To view that inspiring segment, click here.

How Great Women Lead - and why it matters.  

Amazing last place finish.

Don’t miss the May issue of Essence magazine for Darcy’s mother’s day article about her journey to meet women leaders with her mother.  To read the article, click here.

Join the journey with bonnie St. John and her teenage daughter, Darcy Deane, as they travel the world on an amazing adventure into the lives, and life lessons, of some of today’s most fascinating women leaders including: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Wendy Kopp, Sheryl Sandberg, and many more.

Read Bonnie’s post on the Huffpost Healthy Living Blog --

How Do Olympics Matter in our Everyday Lives?

The Story Exchange is a global video project empowering women to start their own

businesses. They know the importance of role models and that’s what The Story Exchange is all about: it’s women inspiring women. By telling the stories of successful entrepreneurs from all walks of life and sectors, they encourage others to gain economic freedom, create the lifestyle of their choosing, and uncover their full potential.

Bonnie and Darcy share highlights from their journey – including the characteristic all great women leaders have.  

A Plainsboro Mother-Daughter Team Talks Leadership.

To check out Bonnie’s blog on Huffington Post, please click here.

“Bonnie and Darcy have created a new genre: bringing together inspired narrative with valuable advice from some of the most influential women of our time. This mother-daughter adventure gives us a firsthand account of the journey future female leaders will experience as they embrace the wisdom, strength and influence from those that came before them. As a mother of two daughters, I loved the book!”

Rohini Anand
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer

“I have been an avid student of leadership for nearly 40 years, reading thousands of books on leaders from all walks of life and on the general subject of leadership excellence. This is the first book in this territory where my first thought was to share it with my wife and daughter. Bonnie and Darcy have created a fresh conversation about leadership from a woman’s perspective which is well crafted and very much needed. I highly recommend it.”

Douglas R. Conant
Retired President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company
New York Times Best Selling Author of “TouchPoints”

The TEDx Youth at NASA featured a diverse field of inspiring speakers on topics such as inventing, imagination, biofuel, chemistry and filmmaking.  Reaching out to smart, curious youth, particularly girls and minorities, to get them interested in pursuing STEM related study and ultimately, careers.

Listen to Darcy Deane, co-author of How Great Women Lead, share her thoughts on what she learned about leadership from the extraordinary women in the book.

Bonnie St. John speaking for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County.

Book Synopsis: “How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World.