HOW MARLA

Gives Back

MENTORING

Mentoring young minds and future leaders is one of my passions that speak to my core mission: inspiration, innovation and legacy.

Looking back over the last two decades, all roads point to mentorship in many versions. As a single Mom, I raised my now 25 year old high achieving son under the premise of being a visionary and making a difference in the world and I am deeply proud of him.

I also had a long term goal after graduating SDSU with a degree in Journalism, PR to mentor students. Giving back is a cornerstone of life. I love the environment of learning. That dream came true beginning the fall of 2014 when I applied to SDSU’s mentorship program hosted by the career services department.

I’m grateful to be mentoring smart, savvy young women students in their Journalism and communication majors at SDSU. Giving back to future leaders my years of expertise, self-development, success principles and Universal Law principles, is quite an honor. I wish I had someone like me when I was their age!

Crown Jewel Club

In January 2014 I embarked on a new journey as a teacher, mentor and volunteer for the remarkable Crown Jewel Club founded eight years ago by local business woman/philanthropist Jane Phillips.

Crown Jewel Club is a non-profit organization that empowers at-risk girls with basic etiquette and social skills essential to building self-esteem and self-confidence for academic achievement and overall success in life.

During a 7-week course 1 x a week in a local grade school near USC, as their volunteer teacher, I take these girls on a journey of self-discovery in dignity, consciousness, dream building, culture and manners. The transformation from week 1 to week 7 is awe-inspiring!

So grateful to be part of Jane’s contribution to our society and the world. Many of these girls go onto having a successful college experience and pursue their dreams where had it not been for their CJC journey – their futures would have looked very different!

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SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION

In 2003, my path took a dramatic turn when I was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer. That of course left me with deep fear and denial, “why me?”

Within that week after soul searching and looking for the gift in the challenge, I researched the Internet everything I needed to know about this healing journey and reached out to volunteer for SGK Los Angeles affiliate.

A few months later, they appointed me as speaker chair for LA County given my passion for helping women. For six years I proudly spoke to audiences large and small inspiring women to be proactive about their health choices and bodies. I also served on the board for two terms supporting the goals and vision of the local efforts in Los Angeles with Race for the Cure ® events, fashion shows, and other fundraising events.

That one life experience also started my speaking career while expanding my scope for compassion in a way I never dreamed!

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