Event Testimonials


MommyMe-3829 cropOne of the empowering programs that Debra Gano, Founder/CEO of BYOU Magazine & best-selling author of the Heartlight Girls, offers is a powerful and popular self-esteem building event with mothers and daughters. Here are testimonials from moms, dads, educators, and girls who love it!


“This evening’s presentation was so much more than I expected. I know I needed to hear the message as much as my daughter – or maybe more.”Elementary School Mom, Longmont, CO

“Fabulous! Very empowering for girls. It helps them to know that they are not alone and that they are important. Great esteem building and bonding experience for mothers and daughters. Thank you!” – Andrea C, Denver, CO

“A very sweet presentation for moms and daughters. I witnessed tears turn into smiles and twirls. I expect to use the Heartlight analogy in many of my conversations with girls (& boys) in our school in the coming weeks and months.” – Aileen F., Mother/Teacher, Monument, CO

_gmh7323 crop“BYOU and Debra’s message is an inspired gift to women and girls and I truly hope this message continues to spread and grow. Thank you Debra, for letting your light shine so brightly!” – Elementary School Mom, Longmont, CO

“This program has been amazing! What an eye opener for myself and my 9 year old daughter. We learned so much about ourselves. Thank you for coming to Frontier Valley Elementary! A must for all girls!” – Heather C., Mother, Parker, CO

“We really liked the principles behind the Heartlight! Debra’s vision and passion is very needed for girls and women alike. We are all created so uniquely and she did very well explaining that. I loved the picture chart representing the four types of beauty. Very enlightening and tangible. Thank you for making a difference in these precious souls.” – Anonymous, Larkspur, CO

“I loved the tea party and presentation. My daughter wrote down things that she was deeply feeling inside herself that I had no idea about. This presentation opened up a pathway for communication and a way to turn around those negative thoughts! Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us and helping to make the world positive for girls!” – Ashley K., Mother, Monument, CO_gmh7351 crop

“This was such a great program for my daughters and I to attend. It is so empowering for girls. It also gave me more insight into what my daughters are thinking with their self-image. Thank you!” – Susan H., Mother, Monument, CO

 “I loved your Heartlight and layers metaphor. What a visual way to explain self-esteem to young girls. The common language will be so powerful for my daughter and me in upcoming years.” – Kris Y, Highlands Ranch, CO

“I loved the inspiration. I feel that this has brought my daughter who is 7 closer together to be able to open up to one another.” –Janell M, Arvada, CO

“Very inspirational. Very positive & warm environment. Beautifully done.” – Vicky, Denver, CO

“This was one of the best experiences I have ever had with my daughter! Having other people boost my daughter’s self-esteem is powerful beyond words. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” – Matt D., Father, Aurora, CO

“Debra came to our school – we had a Mommy & Me Tea for 3rd-5th graders. I like moms & daughters coming together for a special night dedicated just to them. It’s important for our girls to love themselves from the inside out, and for moms to know the insecurities of her girl(s); they need to be good role models. I recommend this program to bring mothers and daughters together in a meaningful and productive way.” – Linda C., Frontier Valley Elementary Assistant Principal, Parker, CO


_gmh7146 crop GIRLS LOVE IT TOO!

“Debra Gano rocks!” – Hawley P, Age 12

“I discovered that if you are not happy in the inside, nothing else matters. And I liked how we shredded up all the bad thing we said about ourselves.” – Addie M, Age 10

“I felt good about it. It made me feel important. It will help them feel good about themselves.” – Lauren C, Age 7

“I liked everything about the tea. I think I would like other things like it because it teaches you how to deal with bullying!” – Jordan C, Age 9_gmh7895 crop

“I learned that I am pretty! It doesn’t matter what other people think.” – Brianna M, Age 5

“I learned that it’s not what I look like, it’s how I feel on the inside. It is important how you feel on the inside not how others feel about you.” – Bailee M, Age 7

“I loved the whole experience, and it taught me to only look at the positive side.” – Kaitlin Y, Age 11

“I know that I have inner beauty and that I can do what I want to do and be what I want to be.” – Hannah R., age 12


To schedule a mother/daughter event for your school, church, or organization, please call 303-400-8888 or email phil@byoumagazine.com.  To see Debra Gano’s other programs, CLICK HERE.

*Photos are actual photos taken at a mother/daughter program facilitated by Debra Gano.

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