Lifestyles Magazine, Fall 2016 - Women in Philanthropy

 

I am honored to be included in Lifestyles Magazine Women in Philanthropy issue. 

The Fall 2016 issue includes women who have “dedicated their time and resources to ensure a better tomorrow. Acting as catalysts, their missions have changed the lives of countless people around the world, and their actions demonstrate how creating positive opportunities leads to societal change.” 

It is truly humbling to be named alongside female giants of philanthropy and social change like Laurene Powell Jobs - a champion for education, immigration and the environment, Angelina Jolie - a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Malala Yousafzai - an advocate for girls education and the youngest-ever Nobel laureate, and Oprah Winfrey - a philanthropy powerhouse. 

Having graduated with the Chemical Engineering degree I’d always dreamed of, not to mention relentlessly fought to have, I never imagined that I would spend my days building social enterprises advancing the cause of migrants around the globe. I have the uncommon privilege of positively impacting the state of the world while being denied access to a diversity of nations. This realization that I have been blessed with influence although lacking the required conventional credentials, reminds me that while our purpose may be beyond our capacity to imagine, it is never beyond our capacity to achieve.

Today, I am overwhelmed with gratitude, reassured of purpose, and filled with hope. “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

 

National Week of Making: Honoring Makers, Creators, Innovators & Entrepreneurs

 

I am honored to be recognized by SELF MADE as a MAKER for the White House's National Week of Making, June 17 -23. It thrills me that this comes during Immigrant Heritage Month and on World Refugee Day. There is no more fitting month, week, or day to celebrate all of us who daily strive to find solutions for ourselves and our communities - those whose strength is born out of resisting the powerlessness that comes from struggling through untenable situations.

Today, the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people around the world has hit a record high of 65 million. 65 million souls whose homes, peace of mind, safety, and security has been torn from them. Now more than ever we need more MAKERS, more ‎FIGHTERS, more ‎GAMECHANGERS.

Beginning today, commit all of your tomorrows to giving back hope to at least one person. Be a #MAKER and be someone's hope!

 

The United State of Women Summit

Throughout my career I have seen that although great minds may think alike, brilliant minds spark innovation when connected. On Tuesday June 14th, the White House will convene the first-ever United State of Women Summit to mark the progress made by and for women and girls domestically and internationally, and to discuss solutions to the challenges they still face. I am honored to join President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and key players advancing the state of women and girls all over the world for conversations on building inclusive movements and engaged citizens, and empowering women and girls in STEM.

There is too much left to be done to build a more equitable world for women and girls for any of us to work in isolation. I believe that our ability to achieve change is refined and its impact is multiplied through exposure to a diversity of people also working for change. This is the purpose for the United State of Women Summit and I couldn't be more excited to join so many game-changing, history-making women to celebrate our achievements and chart a course for future prosperity.