How i GivebacK

Giving back and philanthropy are a personal choice. I know when I support women’s empowerment and youth leadership, I am aligning with my top core values. That’s living from the heart and feeling fulfilled.

Mentoring

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

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Looking back over the last three decades, all roads led to mentoring on many levels including building a company based on this premise. As a single mother, I raised my now 29 year-old son encouraging him to be a visionary and make a difference in the world. His core values have led him to a successful career in Real Estate investing and development. Very proud of the guy!

I envisioned 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 goal came true in the fall of 2014 when I was accepted into SDSU’s mentorship program hosted by their career services department.

I’m grateful to be mentoring smart, driven, and savvy young women students about to be graduating in their Journalism, marketing or communication majors at SDSU. Volunteering my years of entrepreneurship, PR, branding, self-development, success principles and Universal Law principles for these young leaders is quite an honor.

I LOVE it! I wish I had someone like me when I was their age!

Click here for the inspiring story of my mentee, Michelle Zoldano, who chose the path of entrepreneurship rather than the traditional route of employment, to launch a new business all the while she was preparing to graduate college.

Crown Jewel Club

Between 2014-2016 I chose to volunteer as a teacher and mentor for the remarkable Crown Jewel Club based in El Segundo, CA founded in 2005 by local business woman/philanthropist Jane Phillips. Her mission spoke to my heart, “Addressing the challenges of at-risk girls and guiding them on the path to success.” 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.

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During a 7-week course 1 x a week in a local 5th grade class near USC, I took these girls on a journey of self-discovery in dignity, consciousness, dream building, culture and manners. The transformation from week 1 to week 7 was 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!

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?”

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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!