Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
January 21st, 2017 the Women’s March on Washington took place. I was unable to attend, but through social media, I closely followed friends and family that attended. I was so touched by the outpouring/ influx of photos that were shared with me from that historical day/ event. Each photo evoked a different emotion and allowed me to see a glimpse of what was going on at various marches around the world. With each city presented to me, there was a different message, a different tone, and a different feeling! At that point, I realized that there needed to be a collection of these shared experiences put together to showcase the power that we as human beings have when we unite. This is when the idea for the We March Forth Project was born.
I set out to deliver a book documenting the Beauty of Activism by showcasing the work of photographers, photojournalists, and activists that are actively progressing the Women’s Rights and Human Rights Movements throughout the world.
Thought the sales of each book, 100% of the profit will be donated to organizations helping aide women’s rights around the world.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
After I created my website, I began reaching out to photographers, photojournalists, and activists around the world to contribute their work to the project. I was overwhelmed when I started receiving thousands of photos from countries around the entire world. I have photos from protests from every continent in the world.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Keep positive and have a vision for what you want the future to look like, instead of focusing on the problems. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the ugliness and hate that is infecting our world. In order for change to take place, there must be a positive vision for the future. Keep positivity in your heart and mind.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My dear friend Chelsea Suleiman is who helped me get started the initial process of the We March Forth Project. She helped me in the beginning with branding and design for the website along with researching various marches that were going on throughout the USA. Without her, I don’t think that I would have gained the momentum possible to keep moving forward.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I currently am involved with Women’s Empowerment International, a non-profit organization assisting desperately poor women living in underserved rural communities with tools to improve their lives through microfinance. Once the book is published, I will be giving 100% of the profits to various non-profit organizations that are helping women on a local level and throughout the world.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite quote is a Japanese saying: “Ichi-go ichi-e” which translates to “for this time only, once in a lifetime.” treasuring the unrepeatable nature of each moment. Live and love life in the now, with this brings focus and peace, which allows you to do your very best at that moment.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Currently through Instagram, but in July I will be starting a blog through the We March Forth website, http://www.wemarchforth.com.