Margaret grew up in a western suburb of Minneapolis. She had an older brother and a sister and her parents seemed happily married. She went to private school. From the looks of it, she had a good, well-to-do family. However, the reality was that there was a lot of abuse going on.
Quincy’s entreprenuerial mindset and love of communication through fashion came together to create a thought-provoking and exciting brand. “Upper Echelon”, in modern terms, is used to describe a higher class of people. Quincy uses this term, spelled his way, not to reflect higher class in terms of material wealth, but of people who are always trying to better themselves. The “greater-than” symbol is meant to inspire people not to be greater than others but to be greater than themselves; greater than they were yesterday. He has found his happiness designing his universal “street meets designer” clothing line. He is spreading positivity and uniting people through fashion while inspiring people to follow their passion and raise each other up.
I have watched Kristine move up from working at a chain salon to becoming an independent stylist and finally taking the leap to business owner. I look forward to watching her grow her salon. Kristine has always shown me grace and kindness and now she has inspired me to take chances and never look back.
Sisley has chosen to always follow her own voice and to act on her inclinations despite cultural barriers and the harsh judgments from her family. When she wants to do something, she goes for it, even if there is great risk involved. She's adventurous, entrepreneurial, and not one to settle for the easy path in life. She inspires me to be less afraid of taking risks and to follow my heart.
Zede is a beautiful, natural, free spirit. She is a powerful young woman with a passion for social justice. She is a feminist and a leader with a strong mind and a bright future. She believes that change is possible and is dedicated to doing her part to make it happen.
Shar is a woman I admire because she has pulled herself out of the cycle of extreme dysfunction that she was born into. A victim of severe child abuse, through intensive therapy she has learned how to handle life in a healthy way.
Ochudo is the happiest person I have ever met. She is the epitome of easy-going and she has a very positive mindset. She is genuinely friendly and warm, open and accepting. Whenever I talk to Ochudo, she leaves me uplifted.