Profiles

Telling the story of a person can be intimate and personal. Finding a balance takes trust on both sides of the story. I relish digging into what makes a person tick and immersing the reader in the story. 

Mai Zong Vue's Journey from Refugee to Advocate

Mai Zong Vue's journey to becoming the voice for refugees around the world started in a refugee camp in Thailand. It lit a fire inside of her for advocacy once she and her family landed in Wisconsin, and pushed her to build programs that helped educate and acclimate people like her, while still holding on to their culture and heritage. After decades advocating and helping to create policy at the international level, she's re-focused her efforts on the local Hmong community and is giving herself a chance to reflect on the impact she has had.

Secrets of Success: Margarita Avila

When Margarita Avila moved from Mexico to Madison as a teenager, she immediately had to learn how to navigate: a new language, new education system, health system, finances. She also knew that finding mentors and others to help her navigate were the key paving a path to college and beyond. Now as the director of workforce development at Madison's Latino Academy for Workforce Development, she uses what she learned as a teenager to help other immigrants make connections, work with mentors, and find success.

Secrets of Success: Jeannie Cullen Schultz

As a college basketball player, Jeannie Cullen Schultz never saw herself in construction management. But after chatting with other female leaders in the industry she began to see opportunities to make a difference at her own family's business, JP Cullen. As one of the few twenty-somethings, and often the only woman at a build project site, she learned the value of making her voice heard, building connections, and constantly learning. Now she's a mother of five, co-president at JP Cullen, and dedicated to getting more women at the table and in the field.
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