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Chicago Businesswoman Makes It Her Mission To Help Women Gain Confidence

A hot topic debate in the world today revolves around how there is such a difference in how men and women are portrayed in the media. Not only does it affect what is seen on television and on the big screen, but it can affect the way women feel about themselves in general. Stephanie Mansour has started a company that helps to uplift women to gain their confidence back.

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When many people think of a degree in Psychology or counseling, it can be difficult to predict how the degree will translate into a real-world career. Mansour is a great example of what someone can do to utilize their education and continue their passion in this field. As CEO of Step It Up with Steph, she helps women gain confidence to get the body, career, love life and lifestyle they want.

What inspired you to enter this field?
"I became very passionate about changing the way women are represented and talked to in the media. I wanted to change messages to help women feel better about themselves instead of the usual messages that make women feel inadequate or objectified by men. For example, advertisements, critiques of female celebrities' bodies, products telling women that if they buy it a man will be attracted to her, etc."

How does your educational background relate to your current position?
"Having a liberal arts background with an emphasis on Psychology offered a great foundation. The courses I took in Psychology, gender in the media, how society portrays women in the media and the impact of these portrayals on both men and women made a huge impact on me. In my studies, I found a difference in how men are portrayed in the media vs. how women are. Therefore, creating positive messages for women to feel good about themselves is my mission!"

How has your education helped to achieve overall success in your field?
"My education has been instrumental to the success in my field. I credit my advisor, Cheryl Erdmann, who supported my passions and helped me find creative ways to take classes within and outside of my major to give me a well-rounded education. My advice to others looking to go into this field would be to talk to your advisors and connect with as many people as possible to learn about your options. You can create your own job if you find your passion. It's important to use your education as an opportunity to hone in on your passion and interests."

Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor's in Communication and is currently working on her Master's. Her work can be found on


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