"Since a young age, I have always been drawn to entrepreneurial endeavors. To many, the lifestyle appears adventurous and exciting—and in many ways it is—but there is a constant lurking of the unknown. Knowing that you will be the last one standing, the one signing the checks, and the final decision maker is something that I have never taken lightly. On the bright side of that, there are other entrepreneurs that are doing the same thing, making waves in their industry, and truly there to support you. One of those people is Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx®. Her story is one to remember and admire. When COVID began, there were many uncertainties for everyone, including me. In an effort to be proactive, I applied for the Red Backpack fund to help in closing a gap that I felt would be inevitable in the not too distance future. Out of 70,000 applicants, we were one of 1,000 that received this grant, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Sara’s generosity and pledge to the future of small, women-owned businesses. She once said that a dream of hers was to arrive at an airport and see women wearing these “lucky” red backpacks that she gifted to each recipient. So, here's to seeing you in an airport one day, Sara, with my red backpack in tow!"