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.

Natalie Shipula | Artist – Veteran – Designer

My hometown is located in Pennsylvania’s Rust Belt. I grew up in Western PA but spent a good amount of time in Eastern Ohio. My family originates from the Cleveland Ohio area so we visited frequently. A lot remains the same there but going back now as an older adult, I see they are trying to get it back to what it once was. Now, I am not old enough to know what it was like when it was good there but from the remains of what’s left, one can only imagine. Read more>>

Chastity Estes | Businesswoman & Entrepreneur

In Houston, Texas, I’m a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman. I grew up in Missouri City, one of Houston’s many suburbs. As a teenager, I began my journey into Corporate America as a high school intern in the oil and gas industry. I had business-minded parents that influenced my entrepreneurial interests; and I now have three amazing children and one grandchild who inspire me to create generational wealth for my family. Read more>>

Carmen Garcia De Castro | Founder and CEO of b+c jewelry

I am from Madrid (Spain) living in Texas for family reasons since 2010. During this year out of my country I traveled a lot and I have learned about different cultures! Passionate about jewelry and with the knowledge learned about metals and natural stones during these trips, I decided to jump in and try to reach all of you. My goal is to bring fashion and quality jewelry to all women, of any age, at an irresistible price. Read more>>

Sarah Stafford | Professional Hair & Makeup Artist

As a Houston native, our melting pot of culture has always been home for me. Growing up in the outskirts, I knew I was always destined for something greater that the small country town I was raised in. As a sports loving, dirt bike riding tomboy, never did I imagine that the beauty industry is where I would end up. I hated all things “girly”, including makeup, until around junior high school. I would occasionally do makeup for friends date night, proms, etc. but was never really good at it. Fast forward to senior year of high school, Read more>>