Where you grew up and your background can often have surprising  effects on our lives and careers.  We’ve asked folks from the community to tell us about how their background has affected them.

Hannah Poe Klaassen | Licensed Professional Counselor & Yoga Teacher

I am from Garland, TX. I really loved growing up in a diverse town with people from all over the world. Being multiracial, Mexican, Brazilian, and white, I felt like I wasn’t the only one who’s grandfather spoke English with an accent, or had multiple generations in the home. Read more>>

Amelia Presley | Singer-Songwriter

I am originally from south Mississippi. I grew up on a farm on the river. I always had access to nature just by walking outside. My dad who I call “Papa” told me when I set out on this journey to always “keep the mud between your toes”. He meant that I should stay humble. I have had to remind myself of his words when success has come my way, but it has been easy to remember. I have been so incredibly blessed with opportunities, and though they sometimes came from my hard work, they more often came from someone giving me a chance. That in itself will keep one humble. Read more>>