- My aunties -- my mother's closest friends who have become my dearest mentors. These seven women helped to raise me, and they made my childhood -- and my life -- magical. Each of them gave a little piece of herself to me, and I carry each of them in my heart.
- The people I have met and the friends I have discovered in New York. This city lends itself well to attracting likeminded souls. Learn something from everybody here, they all have something to show you.
- The friends who have known and guided me through the eras before. I find it special to have people who know you though a range of chapters.
- My mother's ethos of pragmatism and kindness. This is the environment in which I was raised, and for my brother and me, it has translated into a set of core values centered around service and contributing to others. I share truly in a spirit of gratitude here, not grandiosity, for I continue to discover that when you orient your life around making a difference, there is a sense of purpose that pulls you to go beyond where you would normally stop.