Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Sessy Spira | Birth Doula, Birth Photographer & Prenatal Massage Therapist

I’m from Colorado and growing up we hopped around a bit. Originally Northglenn, then Golden, over to Commerce City, back up near Thorton and then finally settled in Denver when I was 19 and got my own apartment. I grew up with two loving parents that have always supported me emotionally. They are my biggest fans. Even if they don’t understand what motivates me they respect it. This played a vital role in where I am today. Financially we struggled a bit, but I believe it served me well. I learned early on to have an insane work ethic and to strive for better. I’m not quite sure the word content is in my vocabulary. I tend to look for what needs improvement, but I can also appreciate what has already been accomplished. I was homeschooled for most of elementary school. This crippled me in social settings with more than 2 people. Read more>>

Carissa Larson | Colorist, Salon Owner & Creative Director

I grew up outside of Chicago and was a free spirited child. I had a hard time focusing in school and had interests that spanned all areas of life. My mother was a businesswoman that never stopped educating herself. My father was a carpenter and was self employed for most of my life. He told me that if I couldn’t commit to something to study in college that I should learn a trade instead. Both my aunt and Grandmother were “beauticians” and I loved the salon environment. I have always been very creative so hairdressing checks lots of boxes for me. Read more>>

Dominiqe Taylor | Owner & Founder

I am from a small town in Northern California (Redding). My father is black and my mother is Maltese. As a mixed-race girl in a small Northern California town, I had many experiences that affected who I am today and why I started the type of business I did. I always felt like I was someone who bridged gaps between worlds. I was the bridge between my mom’s Maltese background, to my dad’s African Roots. I always felt underrepresented growing up. As I transitioned into adulthood, I became passionate about environmentalism, and recognized a familiar absence of people like me. I noticed the same underrepresentation of black-identifying women (and men) within the low-waste / zero-waste groups. When I shopped, I could never find products that suited me but were environmentally friendly- namely, hair products. Read more>>

Nikki Shaw | REALTOR®

I was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming. Lived there 22 years. Moved to Colorado in 2004. In 2002 my world changed. I was 2 years out of high school, in online school for architecture and in June of 2002 the biggest life changing experience happened. I had competed in the Miss Wyoming pageant beginning of June. By the 3rd week in June I was in my 1st hospital and they did not know what was wrong. The 1st hospital thought I had MS, the 2nd thought I had Spiral Meningitis. I have little to no memory from being in the 1st or 2nd hospital until my 3rd hospital in Aug. The 3rd hospital was Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I had lost part of my memory, eyesight, and hearing. My brain had swelled, and I had spots of grey matter on my brain. I had the brain comprehension of an 8-year-old at 20. All of this seemed to happen overnight for me. Read more>>

Vanecia Kerr | Regional Executive Director & College Track

However, I have lived in Colorado for 23 years. I moved to Colorado when the company I worked for in midtown Manhattan opened operations in Denver. This was the best move for me! I met my husband in Colorado and we now have a 18-year-old son who recently started college. As a first-generation college graduate, my family instilled in me the importance of a college education. My mother would tell me how many graduations she would attend. Right after kindergarten graduation, she told me that she would attend three more graduations – 8th grade, 12th grade, and then college. It was never optional but rather simply understood that although my parents did not have a bachelor’s degree I would absolutely have one. They believed it would open doors of opportunity and provide career choices that they did not have. They were absolutely right! Read more>>

Lizi Oceransky

There are so many aspects of everyone’s upbringing! Where should I start? While I had a happy childhood generally speaking there are two aspects that I believe are fairly outstanding in the way they impacted me with regards to who I am today. The first one is associated with the fact that I was born and raised in Mexico City, in a community that at the time was very patriarchal, with its heavy dose of “machismo” and fairly conservative. In every area of life, I was able to see that men and women had different rights and obligations, a fact that was not only intriguing but I would even say, triggering to me. I was challenged by the status quo that nurtured gender inequality. It was clear that women were not in positions of power or working in large corporations, owning businesses, managing people, or being entrepreneurial, rather, it was the men who were the providers and along with that, at home, in my case, my father was responsible for consequences, punishments, and discipline. Read more>>

Kari Reyner | Owner

I am from Columbia, SC where I was brought up in a very southern family. At family events we always had to dress up and put ourselves together. My mom always took my sister and I to get cute clothes for family gatherings as well as social outings. Clothes were always a big part of growing up! If we loved the clothes we were wearing, we always felt good about ourselves and it showed and vice versa. After graduating from University of South Carolina with a degree in finance and management, I lived in New York City for 5 years. I loved seeing all the fashionistas on the streets and out and about in the city!! You could tell who felt good about themselves when they loved how they were put together. I opened fab’rik Colorado Springs 5 years ago because I saw a need in the community as there not many places to shop in town. Read more>>