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.

Laura Walsh | Policy ‘Juggernaut’ for the Surfrider Foundation

I’m from the Mojave Desert. Which is a Romantic way of saying that I was born and raised in Las Vegas. My parents moved there for the cheap land and valley sunrises, but they were beach people at heart and started taking me to California as a young kid. Every year we’d go to the same hotel by the beach, and me and my siblings would jump out of the car after5 hours on the I-15 and bury each other in sand — it was total delight. Read more>>

Edna Pines | Contemporary Fine Artist

Creativity and inspiration have fed my soul and spirit since childhood. Before I had access to paper or canvas, I drew on the walls of my room, in the sand and dirt of my yard, and even on the asphalt that covered playgrounds I frequented. The world was my canvas and the beauty around me made everything seem possible. When I wasn’t drawing, I was imagining artistry in my mind. Clouds, shadows, rocks, trees—even a pothole in the road could be a sight that triggered the most intricate of creative visions. Read more>>

Cynthia Wagner | Mixed Media Artist

I grew up at the foot of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ever since I can remember I’ve been interested in houses. I grew up in a typical, economically designed Mid-Century tri-level house and remember watching the house come to life rising out of the dusty high desert ground onto a concrete foundation and sprouting a wooden skeleton that rose two stories into the clear dry Colorado air that was then capped with gray asphalt shingles and clad in horizontal siding painted yellow.  Read more>>