Dr. Cheryl Saban Forms Women's Self Worth Foundation, Pledges $10 Million to Aid Women's Causes and Organizations
LOS ANGELES, April 30, 2009 — Author, psychologist, philanthropist and family advocate Cheryl Saban, Ph.D. is pleased to announce that her newly formed Women's Self Worth Foundation will grant ten million dollars to charitable organizations for the aiding, advancement and empowerment of girls and women. The Foundation's first one million dollar grant has been committed to The Women's Funding Network to benefit ACCION's U.S. micro-lending programs.
The first million dollar grant, a four-year commitment, coincides with the May 1 release of Dr. Saban's new book, WHAT IS YOUR SELF-WORTH? A Woman's Guide to Validation (Hay House), which examines how society perceives women, how women perceive themselves, and how they can validate their contributions to the world. Cheryl Saban has dedicated herself to helping other women realize their own self-worth and find their way. The purchase of every copy of the book supports the cause, because 100% of the author proceeds go to support women's funds and projects.
Dr. Saban spent the first thirty years of her life doubting her own value, due largely to some terrible experiences - rape, two failed marriages, and for a time, she was a single mother who couldn't afford health care. But once she learned how to believe in herself, these obstacles had no power over her, and she was able to make dramatic and positive life changes. She became a published author, earned a PhD, and fell in love with her soul mate, Haim Saban, CEO of Saban Capital, to whom she's been married for more than 20 years. But most importantly, she discovered that true bliss lay within herself. The lessons learned along her personal path to joy are encapsulated in the book.
Cheryl Saban explained, "Women are often the organizers and conductors of everyone else's happiness and contentment. We need to celebrate ourselves. Women have helped change the world with their creative abilities by challenging perceived boundaries. Our goal is not only baking the proverbial pie, but having a piece of it as well. And being mentors for future generations of young women and men."