A while ago I completed Marie Forleo's B-school. My jewelry business has been around for a while, and I wasn't sure if the program was something that I would benefit from. Being a super huge fan of Marie, I took the plunge. The course was eye-opening in so many ways. One of the things she stresses in the course is giving back, and that's what I'm going to talk about today.After leaving my job as a public school teacher, I felt that my new career in luxury goods was lacking in the "giving back to society" department. I really wanted to focus on just one non-profit, but had so many to choose from that I couldn't decide. Until January. Then it all came together for me. 

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was a public school teacher in inner city Baton Rouge. The year was 2005, and my first year teaching was Hurricane Katrina...but that's another story. I taught at Capitol High Pre College Academy for Girls - all my students were girls. Being a teacher to these young women was one of the most challenging and best experiences of my life. It was deeply empowering, eye-opening, and I will never forget it. It had a huge impact on me. 

Then I found Ignite for Change, and I knew this was the perfect fit for me and my little jewelry biz. This non-profit focuses on positive social and policy changes for women such as violence prevention, educational opportunities, health, employment, and earnings. In 2017 I will be giving a portion of all my online retail sales to this empowering non-profit. Thank you Marie Forleo and Helena Moreno for the inspiration. #ignitewithus