I care deeply about building relationships, amplifying all voices, and creating communities where every person has the opportunity to thrive. The following values serve as my guide, and drive me to do the work I do.
Connection: I believe that when we connect around shared understanding and purpose, we shape the world in powerful and meaningful ways. We are stronger together in partnership than we are individually. By being open, vulnerable, and always curious, we develop relationships that lead to greater empathy, creativity, and mutual empowerment. Our stories intertwine and change the world for the better.
Inclusion: I was twelve years old and wanted a pair of bermuda plaid shorts so I could fit in with my peers––but my family was too poor to afford them. Through no fault of my own, I was excluded from the in-group. This early experience of being othered stuck with me as I grew older. Over time, I have become acutely aware of the way in which people consciously or unconsciously adopt tribal mentalities to make their social decisions and navigate the world. My work is unapologetically amplifying the message that we are better together.
Empathy: I was 15 years old watching Family Ties when my dad called and told me that his partner John had just died of AIDS. Instead of offering him condolences, my mind couldn't stop worrying about what my friends would say if they ever found out I had a gay father. I lacked the emotional intelligence and maturity to truly understand the perspective of another person who had different experiences than me. Guided by a deep sense of curiosity and a sincere longing to understand the nuances of the human condition, I am continually developing my receptivity toward being more empathetic.
Equanimity: I know from personal experiences and from observing the actions and words of others that our emotions and feelings often hijack our real narrative. When this happens, we portray to the world a false representation of who we are. And furthermore, we begin to believe that this inaccurate portrayal is our authentic self, when nothing could be further from the truth. When we can learn to observe our emotions without judging or reacting to them, we remain composed and assured, and the world sees our true nature and our true story.