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"Your wings already exist, you've just got to muster up the bravery to fly."
I think about how many times we hang our heads and say this is it. This is rock bottom; the defining moment for me. But then, we keep going. We just don’t know what’s around the corner and the experiences we are yet to have and the people we have yet to meet.
NOTHING CHANGES, IF NOTHING CHANGES...
"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." - Raymond Lindquist
It is time to change the narrative. We must all find our undiscovered voices and work towards a better tomorrow. Sarah’s leadership skills and her strength to stand in the face of erroneous societal norms make her truly exemplary. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
SHE WHO IS BRAVE IS FREE.
"Courage starts by showing up and letting ourselves be seen." - Brene Brown
Through trauma or peace, we must not allow ourselves to be divided and forget that we are one. The events of this day had not only changed her life, but also every single individual living in the United States.
"Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities."- Roy T.B.
A self-made entrepreneur, who would rather be referred to as a lifetime learner, an educator, or an adventurer, Tess Waresmith laid out her life goals at a very young age by becoming an athlete. Tess started springboard training when she was 7 and continued to do so until she was 21. In 2007, after facing the obstacle of not being chosen for the Olympic team, Tess grabbed the opportunity to pivot herself toward changing her goals and aimed to work on Wall Street to become a successful businesswoman.
Risk is a non-negotiable necessity. The idea of risk is often uncomfortable and scary, but the idea of staying stagnant, not growing, and being the same person in the same place year after year is much scarier. There will always be fear, but you must refuse to let it control you. The risks you take don’t always pan out, but the lessons you learn are invaluable. You gain strength, courage, and confidence. Taking calculated risks has played a big role in both, Amber’s personal life and in making business decisions. It has helped her evolve into a leader and true example for those around her.
MY BODY. MY CHOICES. MY RULES.
There is a common debate about polyamory being an orientation or a lifestyle choice – Cat refers to it as a ‘capacity’. In a traditional mono-normative society we have this idea that our spouse should be everything for us – our partner, our co-parent, our best friend, our business partner, our adventure buddy – undoubtedly, that’s a lot of pressure on a single person. However, just like the Color Wheel Theory of Love – nothing is binary; black or white. Things are not either platonic or romantic. There is so much more lost in that grey abyss. In fact, a polyamorous relationship doesn’t necessarily have to have a sexual component at all, but rather about embracing all the different layers of the relationship and celebrating love in every single form possible.
She couldn’t believe she has broken the shackles of cultural norms that were tied to her. Belonging to a country like Pakistan, being a divorced, single mom and a business owner were all extremely new concepts to grasp, and dare I say, Anam has been the epitome of resilience through it all. She fought tirelessly to secure her child’s future while staying within the boundaries set by her family and their values. Anam knew she had to make that change for her daughter and break the cycle where women are told to just be mothers and wives. She couldn’t settle for this for the sake of her future generations.
Businesses should be designed around social good and therefore, InsureGood is a social enterprise, working to break down wealth gaps that exist for women in minorities in business ownership. By 2030, InsureGood aims to bring 25 women and/or underrepresented populations into agency ownership. The reason women aren’t seen in leadership roles is because of a lack of resources. InsureGood aims to provide these women the right mentorship, the right training opportunities, and basically, a blueprint to make this opportunity accessible for women in minorities who wouldn’t have even known it existed, not only to make this opportunity known but also set them up for success.
"Undoubtedly, it was a challenge to move backward from being a professional in Venezuela to a student in the United States. It took Leolena about 3 years to feel comfortable speaking English and connecting with the American culture. She forced herself to spend time with not only her Hispanic friends but also Americans and international students. Leolena is extremely passionate about building her knowledge and discovering new ideas and techniques to become a better teacher. That strength helped her get through those years and feel positive during the transition of becoming a student again –to achieve her goal of ultimately becoming an excellent teacher."
"We are incredible species, we’re too special to not feel valuable. Kat refers to herself as a nurturer and a pioneer in curating a need-based business that is a predominantly taboo subject. When you radiate love and you are your true authentic self and you are operating in a space of excellence, you become of service to those around you, and that makes you more deserving of what you are demanding. A Woman's Intention Brunches cultivate a space for networking, empowerment, entertainment, education, and transformational experiences. Local vendors, mental health advocates, and other like-minded women are providing an opportunity to step outside of the box and explore the intention for your life as a powerful and well-supported woman. They have a mental wellness panel, a VIP intention workshop focus groups, raffles, wine, food, photo ops, and interactive demos with local women-owned businesses."
"As a mother to a 20-year-old daughter who also faces difference and injustice based on colorism – Vonda just couldn’t do it anymore. Her knowledge of politics and understanding of systems of government and business and how they are intertwined, along with her 38 years of experience in the corporate world, encouraged her to work towards the mission of fighting for freedom. Freedom for herself, for her daughter, and for the children who will inherit this world in the future."
"Josie categorizes Advancio as a social entrepreneur company. Its mission is to touch 10,000 lives. Both the talent and the clients rally around the idea that they want to help one another. With about 300 headcounts spread around 3 different locations – Advancio finds talent from USA, Mexico, and Morocco to support the African American and Latin American markets. They deal with Fortune 500 companies and aim to continue to serve these clients and give them superior service and continue to give access to individuals whose talent would otherwise have gone wasted. Josie dreams to change thousands of lives and help give people an opportunity to work for major companies from all over the world."
"On a beautiful sunny morning in September 2001, Annabel found herself in the World Trade Center opening her boss’s office when she felt a huge earthquake. After looking outside, she realized she was living her worst nightmare. With utmost fear, Anna gathered the courage to find a stairway and narrowly escaped the 46th floor of the Twin Towers. She was lucky enough to save her life."
"Sarah’s commitment to improving women’s lives is truly outstanding. She has stood in the face of many storms and has been able to fight through them with extraordinary resilience. With the support of her friends and family, she was able to expand her network and has become more than an asset to our incredible community of women in insurance."
" “When you change any big structure, you really need to persevere,” says Kit. And persevere is exactly what they continue to do every day. Lauren and Kit's idea The Safe at Work Policy was named Fast Company's Best Idea 2022."