There are so many factors that affect how our lives turn out, but one of the most interesting is how our backgrounds give us unique strengths and perspectives that affect who we are as adults. We asked rising stars from the community to tell us about their background and upbringing and how they feel it’s impacted who they are today.

Daniella Salazar | Life Coach & Influencer

My name is Daniela Salazar. I was born in a small country in Central America called El Salvador in 1984. Both of my wonderful parents, Ricardo and Reina Salazar, brought me up with lots of effort and love. I come from a very unique background. Since my earliest memories I have always had the image of my mother as a very strong and hardworking woman and I have seen in a tangible way what “empowerment” looks like in her. She had such a strong drive to always impulse my two brothers and me, forward. Read more>>

Chelsea Diamond & Nikki Robinson | Podcasters, Entreprenuers

Chelsea: I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. My background and upbringing has impacted me in such profound ways. My parents believed and always affirmed that I could be whatever it is that I set my mind to. They laid the foundation for the strong faith that I have in God. My parents instilled in me the morals, values, work ethic and discipline that I carry with me today. They taught me the importance of family and community. Because of what they have instilled in me, I have a deep love of impacting others in the best way that I can. I want to pursue my purpose and use the gifts that God has given me to inspire others and be of service to my community. Read more>>

Tracie Hunter | WWII Documentary Filmmaker

I was born into a family with a long line of military service, with my own father serving in the Army for most of my life. As most other military children will tell you – we often feel that we are from everywhere, and no where at all, as many, including myself, relocated every few years. Growing up on bases and in this environment, I gained an understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices of our Veterans, as well as how combat, war, and trauma impact communities and individuals. Read more>>