Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Sofia Demski | Yoga Instructor, NASM-CPT, Nutrition Coach

I am from Woodbridge, California, a small town right outside of Sacramento. I lived on the golf course surrounded by vineyards with my mom, dad, younger brother, and golden doodle. Growing up on the golf course was an absolute dream. Read more>>

Jacqueline Helmig | Student & Entrepreneur

I am from the Bay Area, California. 30 minutes from San Francisco. Where I am from, western fashion isnt common. I didn’t grow up doing rodeo or on a ranch. I grew up going to Sonora California almost every weekend. I spent my days up there hiking, hunting, fishing, and boating. Read more>>

Ken Meeker | Executive and Career Coach, published writer, public speaker

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to permanently relocating to Arizona in 2014, I had a successful career working in the commercial insurance industry. In my role as the lead for my department and responsible for establishing best practices, I found that I am most passionate about people. Read more>>

Matonth Brown | Host of The Fight For Our Existence Podcast

I am an Apache and Pomo Native American. All my life I have traveled from the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona to the Elem Pomo Reservation in Northern California. I grew living my Native way, going to ceremonies, praying on holy sites, dancing at ceremonies, and singing at ceremonies. Read more>>

Marshall MacFarlane | Facilities Management professional, veteran and freelance writer

I was born and raised in eastern Canada. One of two boys (I’m older by three years) in a very conservative family. I came from a small town, and eventually moved to an area that was even more rural. We had a small farm, and I enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. Read more>>

Ivana Jovanović | Journalist and Poetess

I come from a complex and beautiful country, Serbia, more specifically, from a small place in the east called Knjaževac. This country is full of history and its culture, diversity and complexity create a special type of woman or man. Read more>>