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Lifeway Foods CEO
At 27, Julie was handed the reins to her family company unexpectedly, making her the youngest CEO of a publicly traded firm. Guided by her desire to produce healthy food products, she has grown her company into a multinational brand. Outside of work, she strives to find ways to end violence against women and create a world that's safe for her daughters.
"Every day I try something I am afraid of and it proves to me over and over again that I've got that grit to do anything."
Activist-Academic & Nonprofit Professional
As a young girl, April dreamed about wearing sharp clothes and walking with purpose to her office. Today, she lives her dream every day in the nonprofit field where she describes herself as an "activist-academic" who leads with an emphasis on putting peace and people at the heart of all she does.
"Be good to you, and you will be good for the world around you."
Teacher, Writer, Poet & Performer
As an educator, Asia teaches that the words we use can empower others and ourselves. As an artist, she uses poetry to speak to social justice issues, and her work has led her to teach, perform, and speak to audiences locally and abroad.
"Ban the phrase I don't know. It builds a wall between our goals. Work off what you do know–that's valuable."
Founder of a Network for Professional Women of Color
A founder of a professional network of over 50,000 women, Cameka believes that by setting a standard of what success looks like, she can empower other women to become leaders and pursue their ambitions.
"I inspire other women by sharing my strategies and journey to success."
Food & Agriculture Advocate
Her passion for connecting people with food extends beyond Cortney's role at a nonprofit that serves over 46.5 million Americans in need. She also volunteers on a board that works closely with chefs, farmers, and activists to create experiences that bring people together in the spirit of good food.
"Breathe your dreams into reality…Don't let anyone talk you down from what you believe is possible."
Real Estate Entrepreneur & Consultant
Each week, Gabrielle travels between three cities to manage two real estate firms and consult for a national real estate conglomerate. As busy as she is, she makes time to lead in every facet of her life – whether it's at home, at work, or in her community.
"I'm always pushing to do more, try more, be more without sacrificing my beliefs or integrity."
University Asst. Director, New Media Communications
Growing up, Jetaun credits her teachers and counselors with supporting her development. When the opportunity came to pay it forward, she left her corporate career for a role in higher education. She now leads and mentors the next generation at a university and also volunteers as a teen life coach.
"The world needs you! It needs your heart, ideas and, most importantly, your unique perspective."
Neli Vazquez Rowland
Entrepreneur & Advocate for the Homeless
While working as an investment professional, Neli started a project to help homeless individuals break the cycle of poverty and achieve financial independence. She soon turned her passion into a full-time job. To date, her organization has helped nearly 100,000 individuals achieve self-sufficiency.
"A leader is quick to remove negative energy and obstacles, while fostering a positive environment to empower others."
Knowing it would be a challenge to make law enforcement her career, Nicole laid the groundwork for her goal by studying martial arts, Criminal Justice, and psychology, and even interning with the Secret Service. Becoming physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared has helped her work her way up to police detective.
"Life is not absent of the feelings of fear and doubt, but if you never give up, you will push through those emotions."
Pediatric Oncology Physician
At the heart of Nitya's ambition is her desire to better serve her patients – children with cancer and blood disorders. To do that, she believes in always giving her best self, whether she's training the next generation of pediatricians, making hospital rounds, or heading a clinical research.
"I view my patients and their parents as leaders. I'm amazed by their resilience and try to give them what they give me."
Celebrity Webseries Creator & Host
An idea for a webseries took Hillary Sawchuk from wanting to be a sidelines reporter directly into the spotlight. She hosts CEOs, musicians, and other key influencers with a goal of capturing their true personalities. She's now got her sight set on taking her webseries global.
"Celebrate the little wins. Try not to let the lows get you too low and the highs get you too high. Just keep moving forward."
After working in the corporate sector, Catherine switched careers and now helps philanthropists create their legacy through supporting worthy organizations. But, her most cherished role is the one she plays at home – as a positive example for her children, especially her daughters.
"Say 'No' to labels…If you try too hard to define yourself, you might settle on the wrong definition!"
Civil Engineer & Student
Committed to encouraging young girls explore math and science-related careers, Katie is determined to lead by example. She currently works in the engineering and construction industry and is preparing for her next step – a Masters in Engineering Management.
"Be an example for people to pass on. Your actions as a leader will travel farther than your words."
Professor & Publishing Entrepreneur
Already a Creative Writing professor, published author, and cofounder of a nonprofit publishing company, Kathleen's belief in motivation through collaboration and inspiration led to her recent endeavor – a literary organization that brings the public commissioned poetry on demand.
"The best leaders treat people as they want to be treated: like real human beings, full of potential."
Attorney & SVP in Retail Property Management
A busy attorney and SVP for a large company, Maria also makes time to participate in charitable organizations. As a mom, she wants to show her kids that, as a successful female, you can still be present and involved in your community.
"A leader is someone who is not defined by her past but by the future she seeks to create."
Office Manager & Nonprofit Board Member
Inspired and guided by her older brother, who was the first in their family to attend college, Socorro pursued a higher education and developed a passion for learning. She currently serves on several nonprofit boards including the Hispanic Alliance of Career Enhancement Young Professional Board.
"We are all leaders with or without the title. Even when we do not realize, someone is always looking up to us for guidance."
IT Manager & Dance Teacher
Whether she's working as senior manager at a telecommunications company during the week or as Bollywood dance teacher on weekends, Taruna uses a two-prong approach to achieve success: Develop and empower.
"We have a chance to influence someone every day. Leading does not have to be grandiose! Individual moments matter just as much."
Jen Delos Reyes
University Assoc. Director
An arts professor, Jen strives to redefine the role of artists in society by creating ones that can have a social impact. This led her to start an international art conference dedicated to providing artists a space for socially engaged creative collaborations and partnerships.
"The work that we do in the world helps shape the world we want to see."
Fitness Guru, Life Coach & Author
Overcoming struggles with eating disorders and body image led Patricia to create her first body-transforming workout. Feeling there was still a missing piece, she began to focus on mindset. Today, Patricia's revolutionary method helps transform lives through fitness and a focus on conscious, intentional living.
"It's important to lead with your heart…to be vulnerable and transparent so that people can trust you and feel connected to you."
Dating Academy Founder & CEO
Bela turned her passion – coaching singles to build confidence as they seek love – into a profession. She founded a dating academy (now present in 25 states) that has helped thousands of singles find happiness. She's also a dating and relationship expert on several network TV stations.
"Part of feeling unlimited is keeping track of all of the wonderful things in our lives – because what we focus on grows."
Student, Homemaker & Philanthropist
At age 11, Bianca was placed in foster care, and, inspired by her foster mom, she has been breaking down barriers ever since. She earned three degrees, worked in the entertainment industry, and taught at an orphanage in Brazil. Currently, Bianca is an active member in her community and enjoys the challenge of being a stay-at-home mom.
"My mom has shown what it means to be selfless, which is one of the strongest traits of a great leader."
Corporate Attorney & Adjunct Professor
As the youngest of three, Carmelita grew up listening more than talking. Now whether she's providing legal counsel, teaching a class, or parenting her daughters, her "listen first" strategy helps her better communicate and motivate others.
"I try to lead by listening – with an open mind, a fierce curiosity, and a commitment to really understanding the stories of others."
YES I CAN. That simple but powerful personal mantra helped Chelsea become the first female and first African American trainee accepted into the training program that led her to become a vascular surgeon. Today, her commitment to clear and confident communication sets her apart as a leader inside and outside of the operating room.
"If you can help to support and strengthen the voices and opinions of those around you – you have succeeded as a leader."
Ad Agency Art Director
A love of art in every form has given Elise the ability to identify the artistic potential in any environment. However, it's her belief in team collaboration that's led her and her team to achieve their most creative and impressive results.
"Taking a collaborative approach broadens the perspective of the work. It gives it depth and genuinely makes ideas stronger."
Developer, Mentor & Student
Not long after graduating, Gaby led a team of veteran engineers, plant operators, and sales people in manufacturing to achieve unprecedented culture change. Now a developer in the tech industry, Gaby continues to bring diverse people and perspectives together.
"Leadership is less about position or power and more about a special energy that fosters cohesion from chaos."
Growth Strategist & Crisis Consultant
On the clock, Julie is a growth strategist specializing in consumer tech launches, hypergrowth transition, and crisis management for (really) big-name companies. Off the clock, she's an expert on cover songs, a whiskey aficionado, a dog lover, a church goer, and a girl who loves looking for adventure in her own backyard.
"Invest in both sides of your brain and learn to be diplomatic – kindness and strength are both critical traits for a leader."
Reporter & Author
Growing up, Natalie always knew she wanted to be a journalist. Today, she is living her dream, covering urban affairs for a public radio station in her home city and has also authored several books.
"You don't have to kill yourself with overtime to be effective. Manage yourself and others will see that as an example."
AVP Hospital Operations
Whether managing multi-million dollar expenses in her role at an academic medical center or managing her two toddlers at home, Nisha's pursuit of providing the best possible care is at the heart of all she does.
"My mantra? Know yourself and your limits—then try to stretch them."
Marketing, PR & Events Company Owner
An unwavering work ethic helped Samantha first work her way up the ranks in the magazine industry, then start a business of her own. Today, she runs a successful company, serves on several philanthropic boards, and is experiencing her most exciting new challenge yet – motherhood.
"I try to motivate by changing perception. Challenges are fun. Challenges are what make us stronger."
Entrepreneur in Food & Health Tech
A love for planting vegetables with her grandmother led Riana to the White House Kitchen Garden—and then on to the forefront of food and health technology as the creator of a next-level technology platform.
"My secret sauce of success is building a network of wonderful women around you… That and a little lack of sleep, but it'll pay off."
Clinical Psychology Researcher & Author
With a passionate belief that each individual's unique background is pivotal to transformation, Robyn made it her mission to help others achieve fulfilling lives. Her endeavors include published articles, in-depth research, therapy work, as well as an iPhone app that provides daily inspiration.
"Dare to fail! It's about pursuing your passions in spite of uncertainty…and being humble, brave, and wise enough to grow from your mistakes."
Technology Festival CEO
An affinity for social media prompted Katy to start her own full service marketing company, but it was her talent for growing her team and client portfolio that gained her notoriety. She was handpicked for her current role – CEO of the nation's largest traveling technology festival.
"Empowering your team and encouraging them to be creative sets your team and your company up for success."
Sales Management Technology Professional
Growing up in her parents' auto body shop, Lilah learned about leadership by watching her parents employ unskilled workers and transform them into talented employees. Today, as a technology professional, single mom, and MBA student, Lilah has a full plate but also strives to create impactful change in her community.
"I approach leadership from a learning perspective. I actively seek new opportunities and experiences that get me out of my comfort zone."
Senior Industrial Designer
A colorful view of life and design has led Rhea to continuously push boundaries at a global telecommunications company, where she has created smart watches, and wireless earbuds with sophisticated capabilities and streamlined aesthetics.
"There's a Korean-Chinese saying, ilshinoilshin. It means to live everyday like it is new. Everyday, you should strive to be a better version of yourself."
Intellectual Property Attorney
In addition to practicing law, Tearra's passion lies in encouraging the next generation to dream big and achieve more. She serves as a mentor to young women interested in math and science and also speaks on various university panels.
"Always remember the little girl within – the one who lived life without bounds… She is you – wiser, experienced, and equipped to lead."
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