Erica Goss: An Inspiring Mission to Help Young Girls to Find Their Voices

The founder of Girls’ Voices Matter, Erica Goss, has fifteen years of experience teaching literary arts-based curricula at schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the co-creator of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film summer workshop for teen girls. As Poet Laureate for Los Gatos, California, she established the Los Gatos Poet Laureate YouthContinue reading “Erica Goss: An Inspiring Mission to Help Young Girls to Find Their Voices”

Introducing Christina Kwan and The Road Uncovered

As she ascended the corporate ladder, Christina confronted many commonplace struggles: doubt, anxiety, and the infamous imposter syndrome. Nonetheless, she persisted, learning to trust her instincts and take action, even if it meant doing something foreign, or simply being bold. When she neared the highly-coveted top, Christina looked at her surroundings, and wondered, “Is thisContinue reading “Introducing Christina Kwan and The Road Uncovered”

Kim Meninger: Empowering Women to Expand Visibility, Increase Assertiveness, and Build Confidence

Naturally, Kim and I met at a Lean In Event, where we had the pleasure of listening to Sheryl Sandberg speak about women at work, and how we all need to do better both within and outside of the workplace to cultivate more equitable societies. I later discovered that this notion was the premise ofContinue reading “Kim Meninger: Empowering Women to Expand Visibility, Increase Assertiveness, and Build Confidence”

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and the Vital Lessons it Holds

It is with great caution and a heavy heart that I attempt to unravel this immensely delicate topic. Anne Frank and all that her story encapsulates permeates a past much larger than any of us. A few months back, I traveled to Amsterdam and visited the Anne Frank House, walking outside to face the beautifulContinue reading “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and the Vital Lessons it Holds”

Searching for Love to Escape Ourselves

Hayley Quinn begins her captivating Ted Talk with the catchphrase, “So, let me tell you a love story. Once upon a time…” As you might guess, at first the plot unraveled as many love stories go. She met a guy, he was perfect, they fell in love. Hayley believed they would spend the rest ofContinue reading “Searching for Love to Escape Ourselves”

Nadia’s Initiative: A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s Fight to End Human Trafficking

I had the ultimate privilege of speaking with Olivia Wells about her experience with Nadia’s Initiative. Nadia Murad is the co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and an ardent advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. In line with this vision, Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to rebuilding communities in crisis, and strives forContinue reading “Nadia’s Initiative: A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s Fight to End Human Trafficking”

Tips with Toni: Roadmap to a Healthier Life

Miss Independent: How did you initially develop an interest in Nutrition? Toni: I come from a Greek and Italian background so culturally food was always around me. Although I was very active, I was overweight as a child, in my teens, and even in my college years where I chose to study nutrition and dieteticsContinue reading “Tips with Toni: Roadmap to a Healthier Life”

Maddi Niebanck: A Powerful Road to Recovery

Maddi Niebanck embodies the word resilience. She is the author of Passion for Fashion; leading the editorial portion of a new handbag line, Cara Benevenia; and is also writing a new book while simultaneously kick-starting a blog surrounding her experience with neuro rehab and stroke recovery. Yes, you read that correctly. Maddi is absolutely crushingContinue reading “Maddi Niebanck: A Powerful Road to Recovery”

Lizard Is Writing: Hannah J. Shaw’s Perspectives on Blogging, Reading, Writing and More

Hannah J. Shaw was (and remains) my saving grace. As the author, writer, inspiration and creativity behind the impressive Lizard is Writing, Hannah provides advice to writers of all levels. From conceiving more enthralling or intricate plot lines to simply bettering a piece of writing or overall writing style, Hannah guides writers all over the world. Back to why Hannah is my favorite humanContinue reading “Lizard Is Writing: Hannah J. Shaw’s Perspectives on Blogging, Reading, Writing and More”