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.

Jinna Russell | Licensed Professional Counselor and Founder/Director of Project: Thrive

Growing up going to my grandmother’s farm in Texas .was always a mysterious escape from the faster-paced living in the urban sprawl. Dallas was home base but walking into the woods of my grandmother’s wonderland made my imagination percolate with excitement. Read more>>

Brenda Jones | Teacher and Studio Artist

I grew up in southeast Kansas and moved to Colorado a number of years ago. Growing up in the heartland with a military dad I learned a lot about discipline and self reliance. Read more>>

Mary Delsey Pomperada | Nurse, Entrepreneur., Stroke Survivor, ET Warrior

We both came from Philippines. Although Bob grew up here in the US but our Filipino roots have strongly inculcated the value of hard work and persistence. Read more>>

Tara Krauss | Photographer & Business Owner

I am from a small town in western Montana. Everything about my background has impacted who I am today. Before I was born, my dad was a Marine in Vietnam. I was raised with a high emphasis on integrity and loyalty, Read more>>

Alabaster | Sexuality Educator and Burlesque Performer

I am a military brat, so I have lived in lots of places, but I spent most of my formative years in Colorado Springs. I grew up in a very conservative community and purity was one of the biggest virtues I was taught. Read more>>

Ariana Schivinski | Photographer and Wildlife Artist

I am born and raised in Colorado. From a very young age I was taught how important and beautiful nature and art is to the world. We always had unique pets like snakes and lizards, which made me fall in love with the animals most people view as creepy. Read more>>