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Jackie Garrido
Leadership

A woman looks back on becoming the first woman in her family to graduate from college.

Jackie Garrido Onboarding Program Manager, Facebook
Erica Dhawan
School

A CEO looks back on losing her class election at 15—and what it taught her about resilience.

Erica Dhawan CEO, Cotential
Michelle Webb
Partner Stories

TEKsystems' Director of Diversity shares how she learned to be her own champion and change her workplace.

Michelle Webb Director of Diversity & Inclusion, TEKsystems
Hyo Jin Park
Starting Out

A valedictorian at City Colleges of Chicago shares how she made a fresh start in America and learned to succeed at school.

Hyo Jin Park Recent graduate, City Colleges of Chicago
Channel Clanton
Overcoming Adversity

A valedictorian at City Colleges of Chicago shares how she overcame a cycle of physical abuse in her family.

Channel Clanton Recent graduate, City Colleges of Chicago
Shaunea Brown
Overcoming Adversity

A City Colleges of Chicago valedictorian shares how she became the first woman in her family to earn a college degree.

Shaunea Brown Recent graduate, City Colleges of Chicago
Uma Rami
Leadership

An executive recalls growing up in a small town in India and falling in love with computers.

Uma Rami Senior Vice President, SAP
Marina Lopez Antonio
Starting Out

A Mexican weaver defies her parents to attend an artisan's workshop -- and leans in to her entrepreneurial spirit.

Marina Lopez Antonio Weaver
Mairam Omurzakova
Career Transitions

A traditional artisan in Kyrgyzstan becomes a self-taught entrepreneur.

Mairam Omurzakova Artisan and Entrepreneur
Avery Blank
Parenting

A woman writes a thank you letter to her father.

Avery Blank Impact Strategist and Attorney
Elizabeth Carrandi Molina
Overcoming Adversity

A woman overcomes both external and internal barriers to earn her doctoral degree.

Elizabeth Carrandi Molina Ph.D. Candidate
Becky Murdy
Like a Boss

A woman doesn't let a nickname -- "Bossy Becky" -- deter her from chasing her goals.

Becky Murdy Digital Production Manager

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