March 06, 2017
Emily E

What Makes YOU Feel Powerful? 

The village that I've created throughout my life enables me to feel powerful. With each one of my villagers standing behind me, it reminds me that I can achieve all my goals (which, sometimes, just means making it through the day). Balancing life can sometimes be difficult, but it's important to accomplish the things to which you've set your mind. Being a working mom has made me appreciate even more the family and friends. With their help, support, and love, I've become a better version of myself.

What cheers you up?

Snuggling with my kiddos.

What do you like to do on a cold and rainy day?

Latte and the Children's Museum.

Your favorite city, and quick tips for traveling to that city.

Minneapolis. You have to go for the Minnesota State Fair where you can get everything fried on a stick.

What is the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?

Order cheese pizza.

High heels or ballet flats?


Favorite way to break a sweat?

Running on the lake front.

Dictionary or Thesaurus?


Who are your favorite women heroes?

My grandmother, my mother, and Janet Yellen.

Your go-to mood enhancing thing or activity.

Spending time with a friend.

What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?

Be confident in the decisions you make.

Favorite lipstick?


An inspiring TED talk you loved.

Ken Robinson's “Do schools kill creativity?” I just watched it again and he's so inspirational. This is especially important at this time for two reasons. First, the focus of my work is on the development of children from low-and-moderate income communities. Second, my eldest child is starting school this year.

Favorite quote from a movie.

“Go-go gadget arms” from Inspector Gadget reminds me that I can achieve things I think might be out of reach.