What do you do?
I’m a Founding Partner at She Raises the Bar, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability consulting firm. We work with companies to help them define their best social/environmental investments and connect that strategically to their sustainability and growth. I am also the CEO and Founder of Do Good Artist, a social enterprise that creates social impact and economic development through multi-sector collaborations between the arts and other industries. As an example of the work we do, we just launched Unseen, a virtual reality experience that raises awareness about human trafficking, at RiverRun Film Festival. Moving forward, the experience will be used as a training tool for a variety of different sectors.
Why did you want to get involved with Leadership Winston-Salem?
I’m relatively new to Winston Salem, having moved here about 3 years ago. Before that, I had lived and worked abroad for 12 years in Puerto Rico and Spain. It is important for me personally and professionally to understand the communities that I live and work in in order to know how to make meaningful connections and a real difference. Leadership WS offered a particular opportunity to do so and to network with a great group of leaders in our community.
How has Leadership Winston-Salem changed your relationship/perspective on the Winston-Salem community?
I think it’s helped me gain a broader understanding of the conglomerate issues that affect our community and how they connect. I’ve learned a lot about the history of the area and past and present economic drivers that I know will nurture the work that I do. It’s also made me more interested in sectors such as health, where I might invest more of my time, treasure and talent on a personal level. I’ve loved WS since I arrived, but I’m thrilled to have a new circle of friends and thoughtful leaders because of this amazing experience.