A woman smiles at her son while they play a puzzle

“I thought that if I wanted to raise a family, I couldn’t be a working mom.”

Brittany Valdes struggled to find her place between two sometimes conflicting identities: motherhood and professional life. Now, she’s rewriting the narrative about working mothers.
Huong Haley sitting on a couch with her husband and her parents, looking at scrapbook photos together

“I want to help others get a little bit closer to their own dreams.”

Huong Haley, the daughter of a Vietnamese prisoner of war, speaks up about how her background—which she identifies as “first generation, low income”—surfaced challenges during her transition to corporate life. Now, she’s making it easier for others to find their way, too.
Cornelius Parker

“I feel like the first draft pick for Microsoft in Atlanta.”

As the first Microsoft engineer in Atlanta, Cornelius Parker taps into his Southern hospitality and longtime local roots.
Natassia Katopodis

“I wonder how my mother’s life might have been different.”

Moved by her mother’s personal story, Natassia Katopodis helps young women see their own futures.