Category Archives: LYD (Live Your Dreams) Stars

Interviews with women and girls from around the country who are living their dreams — in their personal, professional, and/or scholastic lives.

Meet a Real Woman in Tech: Rashmi Rao

Rashmi Rao has over 15 years of experience in tech. As Sr. Director, Advanced Engineering, CoC User Experience at HARMAN, she drives breakthrough technologies. Get to know Rashmi’s story and share your own with our #NewFaceofTech Challenge! Why do you love working in tech? I have always been interested in solving problems for things and

Meet a Real Woman in Tech: Brianna Leonard

This #WomensHistoryMonth, we are bringing you stories of inspiration from real women who are changing the face of tech! Brianna Leonard, VP, Program Management & Quality at HARMAN, always knew she loved science. Read her inspiring story and share how YOU are #NewFaceOfTech for a chance to win $3,000 for your tech dreams! When did

From Intern to Influencer: Ella Dawson on Giving Her Own TED Talk at 23

In the fall of 2014, Ella Dawson started as an intern at TED. In just two years, she’s taken over the role of Social Media Manager and she’s given her own TEDx talk. The 24-year-old is gaining fame as an outspoken advocate and social media maven. Want to flip that internship into influence? Here’s Ella’s

Desiree Williams Turned High School Self-Esteem Issues Into A National Beauty Title

Desiree Williams is not your average beauty queen. This year, the gorgeous doctor graced the national stage as a Top 10 finalist in the Miss USA pageant. But Desiree wasn’t always so confident, accomplished and self-assured. Like many of us, she struggled in high school with self-esteem; she was an acne-prone, introverted girl. But, after

Karissa Talanian On Becoming A Force In The Punk Scene

Girls rock! Karissa Talanian is someone who floors you with her casual swagger and creativity. She is the founder of Chicago-based Eye Vybe Records which primarily produces tapes of psychedelic, garage, and pop acts, and she thrashes drums for her own punk trio. Here’s how Karissa became a force in the punk scene. What age

Michelle Bogowith on Chasing The Weather — And Her Dreams

Rain, sleet or hail, meteorologist Michelle Bogowith helps people plan their every day. A recognizable face on Fox4 in Kansas City, Michelle was obsessed with weather as a young girl. While at the University of Missouri, she landed her first internship, which led her to her dream job. As a result, Michelle knows firsthand the

Lindsay Scholz Wants You To Be ‘That Working Girl’

As Long as I Believe in Myself, I’ll Be Able to Adapt to Any Situation Lindsay Scholz has dedicated her life to making your career dreams a reality. She’s the founder and editor-in-chief of That Working Girl, a platform where young women can share their stories, learn from each other, and feel empowered to pursue

Athlete-Turned-Activist Kristin Duquette on Being a Champion: “Trust Yourself and Trust Your Journey”

Kristin Duquette is a leader — both in and out of the pool. The swimmer is a five-time American Paralympic Record Holder and the former US Team Captain for the 2010 Greek Open. She was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of the nine, but what could have derailed her dreams has only propelled

1,000 Dreams Fund Founder Christie Garton Talks Conquering College, White House Etiquette, and Helping Girls Turn Their Dreams Into Reality

Christie Garton is the big sister you wish you had. The 1,000 Dreams Fund founder has been turning goals into accomplishments since she was a teenager, landing an internship in Paris at Glamour and an invite to the White House – before she even received her degree! Now the author of the U Chic college

PR Star Sydney Cooper Is Taking On The NYC Fashion World (While Wearing Amazing Shoes!)

We all want to land that dream internship — and, even more importantly, turn it into a job. While in college, Sydney Cooper made that dream a reality. While at Florida University, she interned for luxury “red bottoms” designer Christian Louboutin. She now works full-time in fashion PR as a Junior Account Executive at Cindy
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