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If you are hip to the fitness scene in Cambridge, this face is likely a familiar one. Marsha Jaworski is a massage therapist yoga and therapeutic exercise instructor, manual osteopath (thesis writer) and all around inspiring human. Oh and did we mention, also a Women of Distinction alumni? Here are a few quick thoughts from her to kick start your day with!

Marsha Jaworksi WOD

Name the biggest overall lesson you’ve learned about leadership
In my experience, the most effective way to lead people is to empower them with information and critical thinking skills, then trust them and provide space for mistakes and learning to happen.

What is your personal or professional motto?
Decide what kind of life you really want, then say no to everything that isn’t that.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
In order to be great at something, you must be willing to fail. Just keep starting over and over again. AND Health care providers must invest in their own health first.

In moments of self doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up again?
I get back on track and focused by investing in my self care; good nutrition, quality sleep, exercise, quiet time alone reflecting and coffee dates with good friends who inspire me.

What’s your go to motivational quote?
The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming ; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. 
– Theodore Roosevelt

Thanks for all you contribute to this community Marsha! If you're interested in talking with Marsha about how to manage pain or improve your physical fitness, contact her at

This year's slate of recipients is sure leave an impression on you too: so get your tickets! Bring your people! And then get out there and find the work that keeps you going, too.

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