In her chapter “Your Life Can Light The Way,” author Elaine Voci shares the story of her Italian immigrant grandparents and how their values—and their love—shaped her future.

Indianapolis, Ind., October 17, 2019 – In her new book, international best seller Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference, multi-published author, life coach, and professional speaker Elaine Voci, Ph.D., is featured among 50 women contributors who share their personal and professional stories of hardships, triumphs, life lessons, crushing losses, and moving forward. Voices of the 21st Century empowers, inspires, and encourages women to forge ahead during difficult times, pursue professional goals, and live their best lives.

Voci delivers a powerful narrative in her chapter “Your Life Can Light The Way” which honors her Italian immigrant grandparents who taught her—and showed her—how to live an ethical life of kindness, compassion, honesty, and hard work even in the face of adversity. She illustrates how her grandparents, who faced obstacles borne of prejudice when they came to the United States, shaped her values, passions, and aspirations. Despite those obstacles, Voci’s grandparents thrived; they created lives of purpose, raised their families, enriched their communities, and passed their resilience, determination, and respect for humanity on to the next generation.

“My story is a love letter to my Italian immigrant grandparents whose influence shaped my values, beliefs, and philosophy of life,” says Voci. “I learned from these four special people that an inspired life is one in which we care for others with kindness and compassion; that we carry a positive attitude toward everything we do; and that we stand for what we believe in, acting with integrity, courage, and humility to leave the world a better place, and a legacy of love.”

Voices of the 21st Century is a collaborative effort; a collection of 50 beautifully written essays that illuminate the value of women’s voices and embrace the art of storytelling to empower other women to reach their goals, find their purpose, and live authentically. Voci’s chapter is in good company, and she lights the way for other women, and immigrants, to tell their stories and speak their truths.

“Our stories bring new ways of thinking that are authentic and personal,” explains Voci. “While each of our voices is unique, we share a common thread of bringing forth our collective voices to celebrate a new era in which women take ownership of, and step into, being the leaders that they are, using their voice to empower others, thus causing transformation in the lives of their clients, companies, communities, and the world.”

Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference is published by the Women Speakers Association, and is available in paperback at, and other online retailers including Amazon and

Review copies of Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference are available to media contacts upon request. Author Elaine Voci is available for interviews.


Elaine Voci

About Elaine Voci

Elaine Voci, Ph.D., received her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in Massachusetts, her master’s degree from Purdue University in Indiana, and her doctorate from Columbia Pacific University in California. She is a life coach, an award-winning author of nine non-fiction books, a Life-Cycle Celebrant®, and is a frequent speaker at OASIS Indy where she offers workshops on Conscious Aging. She gives presentations to many organizations, as well as national and state conferences, on topics of psychology, spirituality, bereavement, and life’s transitions.

Elaine is a member of the Women Speakers Association and the International Women’s Writing Guild, and has been named one of the Top Ten Best Life Coaches in Indianapolis by