To celebrate Women’s HERstory Month, we’re honoring and acknowledging the contributions of women at WIN through sharing their inspirations and stories that inspire, enrich, and strengthen our organization each day.
Who is the most influential woman you know? How does she inspire you?
My grandma is the most influential woman to me. With no high school diploma, she is the most educated woman I know. She is the epitome of a homemaker and nurturer. Her ability to overcome adversity time and time again gives me strength and hope. The way she carries my family on her back is my constant lifeline, and her biggest support system is unfathomable for me. She truly is my hero.
Advice for your younger self?
Don’t let nerves stop you from experiencing opportunities! I passed up on awesome opportunities because I was so scared of failure, and now I regret it. I make up for it now by trying anything and everything I can.
No one wants to see you fail, people want to see you succeed
What makes Vertise feel most empowered?
In January of 2012, I decided to free myself by going to the barbershop and getting all my hair shaved off because I was losing my hair due to Alopecia. While at the barbershop waiting for my turn to get my hair shaved I went to youtube and played a song by India Arie “ I Am Not My Hair” which really empowered me. Alopecia is what gave me my confidence because I was hiding the real me behind wigs and weaves only to find out that I looked so much better without them. Alopecia has made me GLOW UP and to be able to empower other women who are struggling with Alopecia. I feel so empowered and confident to let women who want to go bald and who are still hiding behind wigs and weaves realize that beauty is not a thing you can inquire or consume, it’s something you have to be!
What inspires you?
My daughter inspires me through her resilience. She reminds me every day that Autism is not a disability, but rather a different ability. She is admirably intelligent, inquisitive, and extremely loving. She is my daily motivation to become the best version of myself.
I feel most empowered in any place where I am with my family.
What makes you feel most empowered?
I feel most empowered when I am being of service to others and helping communities thrive to their fullest potential.