“A lot of being powerful for me comes from having strong roots. It comes from my family and being around people that care about me because comfort allows me to feel confident and to tap into my own power and get things done.

BACKGROUND

“I’m from Dallas, but I’ve lived in a fair amount of places. My dad grew up in Pennsylvania, and his parents who I am very close with still live there, so it’s probably been the most constant place in my life. I go about once a year, and it always feels like going home.

Recently, however, I’ve called St. Louis home while studying marketing and design at WashU. I’ve had an interest in art and design for as long as I can remember. I’m passionate about the power of creativity to inspire change and bring something positive to people’s lives, both in business and design. Personally and professionally, it’s important for me to keep creativity in my life.

POWER & FAMILY

For me, being powerful comes from having strong roots. It comes from my family and being around people that care about me.  Comfort allows me to feel confident and to tap into my own power and get things done. In terms of female power and strength, I come from a family of very strong women. My mom and my grandma and great grandmother are all incredible examples of how to be brave, how to work hard, and how to have grit. My great grandmother passed away when I was young, so most of what I know about her comes from stories about what an amazing person she was. How kind and loving she was. Kindness takes strength, and her legacy, as well as my relationships with my mother and grandmother, challenge me to live up to that precedent and use my power to be the best I possibly can.

JEWELRY

The bracelet I’m wearing belonged to my great grandmother. I feel connected to her when I wear it, as if I’m carrying on her legacy. It makes me feel capable to handle whatever challenges life throws my way, and it’s a reminder to stay strong!

My necklace is my grandmother’s from when she was a little girl. She gave it to me in middle school, and I’ve been wearing it for big occasions ever since. I’ve worn it for musical performances, art shows, big class presentations, my middle school and high school graduations, and I’ll wear it for college graduation in a few weeks, which she’ll be attending in person! Wearing it gives me a little boost of confidence in presenting, performing, or simply walking across a stage, as does knowing that she and the rest of my family are out there cheering me on.”