“Surge has proven to me that authenticity and professionalism are not mutually exclusive characteristics in leadership. As a black woman working to influence institutions of higher education I am uniquely positioned to advocate for our black and brown babies because of my entire story. Surge has highlighted the transformative influence we can all have if we learn not to check the most valuable parts of our stories at the door. I am more courageous, inspired and equipped to walk in my purpose as a leader.”