Where you grew up and your background can often have surprising effects on our lives and careers. We’ve asked folks from the community to tell us about how their background has affected them.

Adolfo Guaba | Photographer

Im originally from New York City., but my parents arenfromnthe Dominican Repiblic. The whole Caribbean and gritty city background has helped me navigate thru life with understanding culture, history and perseverance. Read more>>

Scott Ingenito | Executive Chef & Partner of Sweet Devil Culinary / Sweet Devil Sauce Co.

I am a 43 year old chef & musician, Born in Florida, Raised on Long Island, NY, Now living in San Diego California- this is only partly responsible for who I am today. A lot of my work ethic, fast pace, no-time-for-drama attitude comes from seeing my father and mother work hard to support our family. I have amazing examples to grow from, and I have worked many types of different jobs that gave me transferable skills to help me be a better business owner today. Read more>>