The Importance of Role Models and Mentors

As a young girl growing up I was lucky enough to have a Mother who possessed the notable qualities of intelligence, dedication and drive.

She exposed my sisters and I to other brilliant women in the world who were making their mark. Determined women like poet and humanitarian, Maya Angelou, who has led one of the most colorful lives imaginable and who I’ve had the honor of meeting. Brave women like Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State in the US, who showed us that you can succeed in life any time you so choose (she began her career in politics at age of 40). Adventurous yet graceful women like Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut in space, who made a STEM career a possibility for many.

These women created paths in uncharted territories and lived lives no one before them thought was possible. Their stories taught me an important lesson – choose role models that inspire you to do more and be more than you imagine you are capable of.

Sally Ride, you will be forever alive in our history books and the stories we tell our daughters. Rest in Peace.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
Sally Ride 1951 - 2012


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