“ I lost my first fashion retail business in late 2009 after the market crashed, I closed the doors on the business in early October got married in November and found myself on a flight moving overseas with my husband to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I went to a local book store looking for some inspiration and came across the book, HALF THE SKY, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Little did I know this book would set me a FIRE. I not only wanted to meet these women, I wanted to hear their stories and to find a way to change their lives.
I contacted many of the organizations founders that were mentioned in the book and Ruchira Gupta of Apne Aap Women Worldwide fully embraced my desire to learn more.
My husband and I were invited to come and visit her action centers throughout India and meet the women and girls within her centers. (The women and girls are survivors of sex tracking, intergenerational prostitution and child brides). After day one with Ruchira, I was forever changed.
A year and a half later I was at a prominent event in Cambridge, Boston at a round table discussion on women’s issues that exist globally. I was presenting my current efforts and a woman who headed up a women’s activist group- berated me about the copy in my pamphlet. I was shocked and hurt because my husband and I had invested so much time, energy and heart into our efforts. I left that evening and had an AHA moment in the back of the cab to the Hotel. I told my husband that I was at the right place at the wrong time. That I needed to come back to my charitable efforts, when I had built a company that was authentically me—one that could financially sustain my global efforts for women and girls…. "
Today, I have set a goal for 2019 to donate 1,000 backpacks and school supplies to under served girls. #SAGESQUAD