Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Ines Alvidres | Artist

I was born in the land of the “inexhaustible runners,” The Tarahumaras. I remember seeing them for the first time as a child in the markets of downtown Chihuahua and immediately felt a connection. When they came together in the markets, they stood out and became a composition of color. They truly embodied every element of art, and it moved me. My upbringing was a humble one surrounded by community, friendships, and education. My family and I are very close, and our relationships are full of love and memories. My father taught me what hard-work and dedication are. He started a business from nothing and showed me what it is to be resourceful on the path of achieving your dreams. I remember walking to school at a young age. Read more>>

Tiara Déshané | Musician, Professional Makeup Artist, Poet, Writer, Composer, Community Activist

I am from the westside of Chicago. Born and raised. I’m really from what some would consider the hood of the westside, Austin and when my parents separated shortly after I was born I was raised partially on the westside and the Southside of the city. I went to public schools, played outside until the street lights came on, regular urban 90’s upbringing. I was also born with a rare genetic condition that affects about 1 in 25,000 people, so I was always different, I stood out unwarrented. Read more>>

Maggie Mistal | Life Purpose Career Consultant and Executive Coach

I grew up in small town but was surrounded by a family of entrepreneurs. My grandfather had a construction business and restaurants. I saw how much flexibility he had and I wanted that kind of control over my time. My Mother also went to medical school when my sister was 5, I was 6 and my brother was 11. She had to move 2 hours away from us but it didn’t feel like she was leaving us. Rather, everyone was excited for her. Read more>>