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A local businesswoman has shared her story of overcoming adversity and change over the past few years in hopes of empowering and inspiring readers.

Meredith Nealis, 37 of Taylor, was recently featured in the released of the book “Empower! Women’s Stories of Breakthrough, Discovery and Triumph.” Nealis’ chapter and contribution to the book entitled “Becoming My Own Leading Lady” depicts a more personal side of the author, opposed to the more professional side more familiar to the public. A University of Scranton graduate, Nealis holds more than 14 years of experience in the mortgage, lending and business development industry and is currently a loan originator at TD Bank, specializing in purchase and new construction.

In mid 2012, Nealis was invited to contribute to “Empower!” after being approached by another one of the authors in the book. Nealis decided to share her chapter with the world, describing her journey to empowerment after overcoming various recent obstacles in her life.

“I’ve always said I would love to write a book or do something inspirational or motivational,” said Nealis on accepting the offer to be part of the book.

The birth of a daughter, divorce of her husband, becoming a single mom and loss of a best friend are just a few major changes described by Nealis in “Becoming My Own Leading Lady.”

“It was kind of just about rediscovering myself and learning about myself,” said Nealis regarding the chapter.

Nealis continued to comment on the purpose and message she hoped to convey in her chapter, “The greatest gift in the world is reinventing ourselves and we can reinvent ourselves every day if we want to.”

“Empower” features 25 collective inspirational stories written by women, sharing their journey toward empowerment.

After the book’s release in April 2013, Nealis promoted her book by attended a book signing in Scranton. As a former employee of Citizens Bank of Clarks Summit, Nealis embraces the possibility to do a book launch in the area, as she commented, “All my business and anything I’ve ever done has focused around Northeastern Pa.”

Nealis went on to share what kind of reaction she hopes to get out of her readers, “I really hope that people, whether they be male or women, that when they read the stories they realize they are so powerful,” Nealis continued, “they have so much power in them to create any destiny that they want.”

‘Empower’ can be purchased at and bookstores nationwide. More information on Nealis can be found at and through social media at

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