Being an ally for the LGBTQ community is about more than just my identity as a lesbian. Through my own experience in life and in the business world, I've learned that navigating your own distinctive path can be a transcendent asset in all aspects of life. I have learned that we don't have to live by social norms or conform to biases. I am seizing the moment and leveraging my platform to make an impact in breaking down barriers for young people and adults alike, especially for those who don't feel valued or safe to be themselves. This journey is close to my heart, and I will continue to advocate for each individual's right to carve his or her own path in life.