Rediscovering Myself at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Originally published on July 14, 2019

A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the #AspenIdeasFestival as a 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. My time there was beyond inspiring and eye-opening in a way that taught me more about myself and the world around me.

It's not often that you get the chance to share the same space as many of the most powerful and remarkable thought leaders in the world. I engaged in conversations with fellow attendees, sat in on powerful sessions on how technology is continuing to change the world, heard from brilliant artists, creators, and innovators like Aaron Koblin ( and Jessica Brillhart, met the legendary Rita Moreno and the incredible Common, hugged Valerie Jarrett, listened to Mark Zuckerberg, connected with people who had the opportunity to work with Prince, and even had lunch with some of the most inspirational thought-leaders in the world, like Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, who currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every moment I had in Aspen has led me to better understanding my own value and power. I soaked in every interaction like a sponge and am keeping each memory deeply rooted in my heart and mind as I continue my journey as an entrepreneur, mother, and human being.

The highlights and photos in this gallery (Aspen Ideas Festival Gallery) are all representative of me putting my attention on my intention and living in my own power and light while in Colorado.

I’ve spent the past six months working on myself...being authentic, vulnerable, and intentional. Though at times, I’ll wholeheartedly admit, it has been an entire struggle breaking down so many internal barriers to the path of vulnerability, I am genuinely satisfied with my progress and understand that this is a lifelong process.

My first storytelling company, Inspiring Experiences, launches this year and is built on teaching others to recognize and understand their value by living in their authenticity, being open and vulnerable, knowing where to put your energy, and developing their personal story. The purpose of my company is simple: positively inspire the world through storytelling.

The Aspen Ideas Festival led to many powerful thoughts, amazing connections, and the push I needed to continue moving my company forward.

Thank you to those in my family and community who are continuing to push me and thank you to KIPP for the amazing opportunities you have created and opened up through the KIPP Alumni Leadership Accelerator.

Photo by: Amara Warren
Maroon Bells (Aspen, Colorado)

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