Growing up, I didn’t realize I lived with food insecurity. I was a first-generation American on my mother’s side and a daughter of enslaved ancestors on my father’s side. I grew up as the only Black Asian American I knew, in a low-income area, not fitting into either end of the spectrum. My foundational means of getting through each day was in “survival” mode through forcing myself to socialize while being ostracized and also feeling confused about who I was at my core.
I fell into the trap of diet culture during my adolescent years, looking to fit into a thin white aesthetic that I would never fit into. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I started to understand the “why” and “how” behind how to find my healthiest self with fitness. It was also then that I started to piece together how my upbringing played a part in my relationship with food and the decreased availability of healthy food available to me.
I decided to grow my own knowledge base: both about human connection and about accessible wellness. My goal is to help those who have the least access gain entry into the rooms where decisions are made that impact their life and future. My experience in corporate organizational management and leadership led me to desire a skillset around Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. My life experience drove me to unpack discriminatory practices as a means of sharing truths to propel progress.
Now, I work with organizations and individuals who want to grow their humility through advocacy for marginalized folks while also continuing to create a domino effect of dismantling harmful systems perpetuating inequities. Using my transparency and experience, I want to help you unpack your blindspots, expand your influence to be more objective, and diversify your perspectives objectively.