As we celebrate Women's Month, I couldn't help but remember all the women who have inspired me through the years, one of them being an old college schoolmate who was always equal parts cool, smart and sassy. Her name is Patricia "Patty" de Belen and I met her over 10 years ago in one of our marketing classes. I remember her as someone who was always self-aware and unafraid to speak her mind. This is the reason why it came as no surprise to see her success as an executive for one of the country's biggest bus lines, a triathlete, and a supermom to six-year-old Justin.

When asked about her journey so far, Patty said, "If you're going to tell me five years ago that I will turn out to be the person that I am today, I would have laughed and said it was impossible to happen. Although I went to the gym regularly, fitness was just a facet in my life than what it is for me now.

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