We love asking the folks that inspire and excite us about what inspires and excites them. Check out their responses below.

Nancy Maldonado | Nonprofit Executive

At Chicano Federation, we partner with thousands of families each year who come from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Yet despite their many differences, they all have one thing in common – their desire to build a better life for themselves and the people they love. For 51 years, Chicano Federation has served our San Diego community and we have had the honor and privilege of working alongside individuals and families who exemplify perseverance and determination. Their resilience, their love for their family, and their hope for a brighter future is something to be admired. One particular group of people with whom I have the honor to work and who inspires me profoundly, is our immigrant community. Read more>>

Joanna Volavka | Author, Artist, Conservationist

I’m inspired by nature, and the interconnectedness of it all. I love working with natural pieces, and turning them into something a little unexpected, or juxtaposing things that you might not otherwise think of putting together. Smell and touch are important parts of my process, and I spend a lot of time thinking about textures in particular, whether that’s in the physical sense with art or in the metaphorical sense with stories. Story is a huge part of the interconnectedness of nature– it’s what binds humans to one another, and with the natural world around us. I’m always looking for ways to use story to connect people to each other and to nature. Read more>>

Tim Martinez | CEO Whisperer, Consultant and Partner

I’m inspired by the constant pursuit of excellence. Working alongside entrepreneurs and professionals that never take their foot off the gas and continually challenge themselves others around them to do the same keeps me inspired. Read more>>

April Larson | Home Grown In The City Maker

When I fill a need for clients and it has an awesome impact that they tell me about. Read more>>

Mohan Sundaresan | Craftsman, painter and weaver, canvas, wood, aluminum

Nature: flowers, the sky, the ocean. Music: Jimi Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson. Artists: William Turner, Zao Wa Ki. Read more>>