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.

Hilary Boynton | Founder

I’m from New New Hampshire/Massachusetts. I struggled with eating issues and bad skin as a teen and ultimately went fat free in high school and college. It was when I was 26, and newly married, that I realized something was wrong. I suddenly could not hold a baby and went not to miscarry 4 times over the course of 3 years. It was devastating. After fertility treatments I was blessed with triplets and ultimately went on to have 2 more children naturally and suddenly had 5 children under 4 years of age. My 4th baby had severe eczema and that is what really started my real food journey. I healed him with raw milk and cod liver oil when every doc said drugs were the answer and this was his lot in life. Read more>>

Katerina Kaouri | Actor

I am from the little island of Cyprus located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. I can say without a doubt that this has had one of the biggest impacts on my life. Wherever I go people ask me where I’m from and when I tell them, I’m met with confusion and many questions. I have always felt like I wanted to put Cyprus on the map so that when I tell people where I’m from they know exactly what I’m talking about. I am very proud when I hear someone from my country has achieved success internationally and it is super motivational. Read more>>

Cee Sando

I’m originally from Trinidad and Tobago. I made my way to my current home in Los Angeles via many years spent in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have moved to so many different places throughout my life and much of that time I was searching for a concept of “home” that I could neither find nor properly define. only in the last decade have I realized that this elusive place is not a physical space at all but a place within myself. I spent so much time feeling uncomfortable being an outsider/ being one of one- the one “with an accent”, the one who used “funny” words, the only black kid, the only queer… I spent so much energy trying to blend in. When that did not work, I kept thinking/ hoping there would be some magical place that would embrace someone like me with open arms and I would finally feel at home. Read more>>

Debra Weiss | Artist & Designer

As a young girl in the 1960’s I learned to sew, crochet, cook and bake with my mother. As I became a teenager I taught myself macrame and would go to Venice Beach and peddle my wares. In college after a couple years of science I decided to study textile design, at the time battling the internal struggle of craft vs. art and needing to make a living I ended up working in the medical field for 25 years. All the time still creating and making and raising 3 girls on my own. In 2000 I started a business designing clothes. This took many twists and turns and to this day is still evolving. I never stopped creating with my hands and fiber, embroidery, piecing, stitching, knotting, crocheting and weaving. My pieces have become more art focused and relay messages about the years of life and experiences we accumulate. Read more>>

Frances Flores

I was born and raised in the beautiful Island of Enchantment: Puerto Rico. I come from a family full of passionate and creative individuals who don’t hesitate to do what it takes to make their dreams a reality no matter how hard it might be. My parents moved quite a few times and each time was because of a better opportunity that would help my family have a better life. I believe that is a part of where my drive comes from. The need to always learn more, explore more, keep growing, and make myself better along the way so that I can also continue to build my own mini empire doing something that I believe in and I feel passionate about. The fact that I am a Latina Woman has also influenced every aspect of my life. I am proud of my culture, my heritage, and my people. I feel it is my duty and privilege to make sure I become someone that my people can look up to. I want them to feel inspired to go after everything they want in life, and help them feel represented in the world. Read more>>