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.

Tal Garden | Founder, CEO

I grew up in Israel and currently hustling in Los Angeles. I started my journey with the food industry seven years ago after losing my dad to colon cancer.
As a mom and a daughter, I wanted to do better with my family’s body daily. Read more>>

Nic Gerpe | Concert Pianist and Teacher

I’m a concert pianist and teacher from Pasadena, California. I did my undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate in Piano Performance at USC. Currently, I teach at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and I maintain an active schedule as a freelance soloist, collaborative pianist and recording artist. Read more>>

Joel Greig | Professional in Property Management and Author

Growing up in New Jersey with my family was an incredible experience. I was incredibly fortunate to be adopted into such a loving home; my parents were great role models who taught me the importance of hard work and dedication. They gave me so many wonderful opportunities, and I am forever thankful for the commitment they showed in raising me. Read more>>

Juliane Morris | Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer & Photographer

I am from a San Gabriel Valley city called Covina, which is about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and a part of Los Angeles County. My childhood was a marvelous suburban blend of cozy neighborhood and intriguing nature. As a child, I was an active adventurous child sort — bike riding, kite flying, creek wandering, Sweetgum and orange tree climbing, and other normal 1970s and 1980s relatively safe troublemaking like ding-dong-ditching, prank-calling and TPing houses. Read more>>

Aoife | Marketing Expert, Founder EFA Digital

I was born in Vancouver, Canada but would consider myself Irish. My parents are both Irish they lived in Canada for around 5 years when I was born and moved back to Dublin when I was almost three. Read more>>

Miles Caliboso | Portrait and Fashion Photographer

Heyo! My name is Miles Caliboso, and I am a Filipino American portrait and fashion photographer, born and raised in San Jose, CA. Being surrounded by an immense amount of culture, I was lucky to be exposed and participate in many communities around the Bay Area. I have recently moved to SoCal and I am excited to learn and be a part of the community here! Read more>>

Nadia Shinkunas | Tattoo Artist

I was born in San Bernardino, at the age of 5 my family moved to Northwestern Iowa, where most of my father’s side of our family lived. Even at the young age of 5, I knew I was leaving behind piece of my heart and I promised myself I’d make it back someday. Like many creative people, I was “the weird kid” – a magical unicorn full of wonder and curiosity, growing up in small midwestern towns full of nothing but dusty corn and hand me down overalls. Read more>>