I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Where my early childhood was framed by the bleak reality of inner city living. After encountering a close brush with death at the age 13, I moved to Houston, Texas with my aunt looking for a fresh start. I was able to see my aunt’s success through her hard work in Corporate America and it motivated me to go beyond anything I had ever known. Through sheer determination, I graduated in 2005 from the University of Cincinnati all the while working 3 jobs and supporting my younger sister with very little help from home. Because my grades weren’t as high as most companies required I was turned down for many positions however, I was determined to land a job and finally an opportunity presented itself at General Motors. Six years later, I am a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt supporting global initiatives for a Fortune 500 company.