Our community is made up of brilliant artists, creatives and entrepreneurs, but many of them are also dedicated parents and so we asked them an in port at question: If you are a parent, what do you think is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on your children?

Cindy Kuo | Founder

If you are a parent, what do you think is the most important thing you’ve done that has a profound impact on your child? Yes, I am a mom of two beautiful kids. Having lived in different parts of the world, I feel that it is so important for one to be open and to respect different cultures and diversities with love and compassion. Life is so much more fun and colorful with this attitude! As much as possible, I would expose my kids to different cuisines, travel with them to different places, and have them make friends from diverse backgrounds. At a young age, kids do not discriminate; they are often welcoming towards all kinds of possibilities and opportunities. Therefore, I think that teaching your children to be open is the most important thing that will have a profound impact for the rest of their lives. Read more>>

Dr. Josh Mazalian | Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach

Teach them (or try) skills. I believe self confidence and self esteem are built up through learning. If you believe you add value to the world, you will see the value in yourself. Read more>>

Miguel Perez | Actor, Writer, Teacher & Photographer

Looking back on the experience of fathering and civilizing a child. I think the most important thing I did was take every opportunity to teach my son how to learn, how to solve problems and how to get by without me. That’s not to say that I was not close at hand ready to assist if he got in a jam. But I always gave him a chance to succeed on his own. I’m still there for him. But I know that when the day comes that I’m gone, he will be alright. Read more>>

Jessica Cruz | Founder & CEO

As a woman, specifically a woman of color, taking on a career in vegan events head on that is mostly dominated by men and working every single day to ensure that the generational wealth that I am building for my children is secure is one of the most important things I could do for them and their future. Societal norms still dictate that women have a lesser role outside of the home with more emphasis on raising children and being at home full time with men being the sole breadwinners in a family. While these numbers are beginning to even out, there is still a stigma attached to women being bosses in the event space. I have heard such things from event officials as “where’s the man?” referring to my male partner who works for me. It has been an eye opener to watch this transpire before my very eyes. I believe that as a parent of two young boys, it is my duty to ensure that they understand that women’s roles are anywhere they want to be. Be that for their partners, friends, or co-workers. Read more>>

Kate Balsis | Creative Director

Travel. For sure! Getting kids out of their comfort zone early was important for me and the I feel like it is impactful to be exposed them to different cultures. They learn so much and you develop trust working together to navigate new things. Read more>>