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Treat everyone the same and with respect.

Jeff Jowdy, President of Lighthouse Counsel, is dedicated to not only helping non-profits grow exponentially, but also students at UGA's Grady College as the President of the Grady Board of Trust. Our #MCM consistently empowers others and helps lead by example. 1. What's your story? What makes you unique? Even though I am quiet by nature, I have always been one who was a “planner” to pull people together. I enjoy maintaining connections with friends and colleagues even decades later. 2. What motivates you? Making a difference with the people and organizations we work with. Seeing an organization become more effective at fulfilling their mission and people fulfilling their potential inspires

Stay uncomfortable.

Noémie Tshinanga is the kind of woman who makes you want to get out of your comfort zone and accomplish your dreams. As a Creative Freelancer, she's done just that through her compelling work as a graphic designer and photographer. Read about this motivated young woman who constantly pushes herself to turn goals. 1. What's your story? What makes you unique? Growing up, for the longest time, I thought that I wasn’t allowed to express myself. It was just instilled in my brain that my thoughts and opinions and feelings weren’t valid. So in return, I’d be silent and not say much and observe and listen and absorb. I’d take everything in, but refused for anything to come out. I’d say this experien

Be that person with the mindset that no job is too small.

Emily Curl not only has the biggest heart of any woman you'll ever meet, but also has the biggest dreams. This UGA grad moved up to NYC to work for the largest independent fashion and style site in the US, Refinery29. She's had the chance to do red carpet interviews and be a part of New York Fashion Week. Learn about how this amazing young woman is making strides in a big city: 1. What's your story? What makes you unique? I grew up just North of Atlanta, with the closest-knit family I feel lucky to call mine. We were born and raised to be Bulldogs, so when I received my acceptance email; that was a day to remember. I studied Digital & Broadcast Journalism at the Grady College of Journalism a

"Success is failure turned inside out!"

Johnelle Simpson is one busy man. Between bringing attention to mental health and sexual assault on UGA's campus as the Student Government Association President AND completing his Risk Management & Insurance and Political Science degrees, you wonder how he does it all. See why this student leader is our #MCM and how he is making big changes in the higher education sphere: 1. What's your story? What makes you unique? I am from the small city of Donalsonville, Georgia. I decided to attend the University of Georgia after participating in the Terry College of Business Academy my sophomore and junior year of high school. At the time I did not know where I wanted to attend school and definitely

"Just because there is an uphill battle, does not mean it is not worth the climb."

Aisha Yaqoob finds that she is the happiest when she is doing something for others. That's why she is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration and Policy at UGA. This former legislative intern with the US Congress is going to change the world. Read our #WCW's story: 1. What's your story? What makes you unique? I don’t know if I have a story just yet, but I’m working on it. So far my life has been a series of twists and turns and I could not be more excited for my current path. I was born and raised in South Florida but moved to Georgia when I was 7. I consider Georgia my home and will always appreciate how it has shaped me. I’m not one to play the diversity card, but at the end of the d

"Do what you love, and love what you do!"

Having parents from Nigeria that made a lot of sacrifices, Mark Abere has always understood the true meaning of hard work. He is determined to graduate from dental school at UAB and then establish a dental practice that supports a future family. Read about our #MCM's story: 1.What's your story? What makes you unique? My story starts a little bit before I was born, in a small town located in southern Nigeria. Both of my parents were born, raised and educated in Nigeria; however, my dad wanted to pursue his career and post secondary education in America, where he believed that there would be more opportunities for not only himself, but his future family as well. With this goal in mind, he move

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