Dolly Parton is someone who always inspires me to create not only because of her talent, but because of how she lifts other people up. Her endless energy, kindness and resilience help me realize that anything is possible. A quote I turned to a lot in 2020 was, “If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.”
— Casey C., Content Designer, San Francisco
Every time I get to work with my colleague, Amanda L., I learn from her leadership, support, and encouragement. She’s always recognized and encouraged my involvement in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Most recently, she invited me to join a small team working to meaningfully engage with the design community at-large, especially now that we’re in a remote environment. Having the space and opportunity to brainstorm with colleagues and organize events is satisfying. And ultimately, thinking about how to inspire others has resulted in us being inspired ourselves.
— Paola M., Product Design Manager, Menlo Park
Nupol Kiazolu is known online by her handle Nupol Justice. She is an NYC-based activist, but you can see her all over the U.S. organizing and fighting for Black lives. What I admire about her is that she is a Presence. She’s vulnerable, spreads truths, and acknowledges the threats that exist for Black organizers. And she models the human reality behind activism. Between her calls for action and demands for justice are stories of her life, her family, and photos of her simply living. It’s enough to help inspire other women to see that you, too, can do the work. I continue to strive toward being as bold and brilliant of a leader, and in 2020, Nupol’s work helped light a fire in me.
— Angela P., Content Designer, New York City