1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you?
I’m not sure what you’re hearing about me. J I run a nonprofit, Exchange for Change, that offers writing courses inside South Florida and brings the voices of the incarcerated to the world outside.
2- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
Roadblocks are just life lessons. When something I want to do or achieve is not immediately accessible, I have to be creative to figure out how to work around the challenges. Sometimes creativity comes by way of words or actions, sometimes it’s changing the way I think. There’s never one way or the right way, but there is a way, and I’ve been working hard my entire life toward seeing that in a clearer way.
3- Why did you choose this field? Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are?
My parents were my role models because they raised me to believe that I could do anything I want. I have always felt privileged to be born into circumstances that have given me the skill sets and confidence to fight for what I believe is right—equality and justice being two guiding principles. For many years I was a journalist and sought to tell real stories about real people. Today I am working in the prisons doing pretty much the same thing, only this time I’m working hard so that my students can tell their own stories.
4- What is your legacy? Do you care about leaving a legacy?
I don’t think much about a personal legacy; I think about leaving the world a better place. I’d like to think I do that by being the best person I can be in the best way I know how. And that changes as my circumstances change. I’m constantly evolving so my contributions evolve. Relationships are legacies, and I hope that the way I lead my life will influence how my children, in particular, and friends and family, in general, lead theirs.
5- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
6- In less than a minute, without sounding like a used car salesperson, tell us where to find you and what is the next big thing that everyone should be anticipating from you?
You can find me at ExchangeForChange, where you can also read about all the things we are doing to make our community a healthier place.
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