Barbara Hopkinson selected as Top Executive of the Year in Resilience After Loss by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)

United States, Massachusetts, Newburyport – 05-13-2019 ( — Barbara Hopkinson, Founder and CEO of  A Butterfly’s Journey is being awarded Top Executive of the Year in Resilience After Loss, for 2019, by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership, courage and commitment to helping others recover from grief after loss. 

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities.  All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.  

With over 3 decades of experience as an accomplished international business executive in industry and corporate technology, Barbara decided to dramatically change her career path. Having experienced the death of three of her children and her husband, Barbara realized she wanted to use her time and talents to help others find resilience and healing after loss.  

In 2013, Barbara made the decision to leave the corporate world and founded the non-profit A Butterfly’s Journey. Their mission is to help individuals and families struggling with acute loss to find their resilience and to encourage open expression around grief, loss and love.. The organization continues to offer hope and support to thousands of grieving individuals and families. 

Barbara hosts international emotion-evoking photo shoots, is a best-selling author, popular speaker and workshop presenter. Under Barbara’s direction, A Butterfly’s Journey has created or partnered with several innovative programs which are highly effective in helping to heal grief.  The organization has a free online Resource Center; offers group, individual and organizational support programs, and on-site photo shoots for participants to express their deepest feelings. 

In 2003, Barbara founded and remains Chapter Leader of The Compassionate Friends, of Greater Newburyport, MA which provides local support for families that have lost a child, grandchild or sibling.  She is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and author/co-author of five books related to healing grief. Her first photo book “Faces of Resilience” will be released this spring by Aly Blue Media. 

Barbara studied Computer Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and resides north of Boston. The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Barbara for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make.  Her passion, wisdom and empathy to help others deal with their grief and loss is present in everything Barbara does.   She has contributed so much of her wisdom and passion to her work and to her community.  She is humble, gracious, an inspiration to all that know her, and we felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization.  We are looking forward to meeting her at the gala and know we will be seeing more amazing things from this incredible woman.”  

Throughout her career Barbara has received awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to help others heal. For 2019 she is being considered for a feature in TIP (Top Industry Professional) Magazine, being considered for the Empowered Woman of the Year Award and was selected as Top Executive of the Year in Resilience After Loss by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). At the end of this year she will be honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala in Las Vegas for her distinction.  

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About IAOTP 

The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.  

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place. 

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