We asked some of the most inspiring folks in the community to tell us where they want to be professionally by the end of their careers.

Daysy Rodriguez | Entrepreneur

Few people know the truth, behind my ambition to create my empire. 12 years ago, when I had my encounter with GOD, I opening my eyes and I saw how people were swindled in churches, promising instant miracles in exchange for money. It was at that moment that I promised GOD that HE would bless my business, I would never ask anyone for a penny and from the business, the money would come out to help and go around the world yelling to everybody what HE did for me, and how he got me out of being homeless, alcoholic, addicted to cocaine and cigarettes. In summary , I’m already working on my franchise and at this moment I have expanded my business from Miami to Tennessee. I want to bring my services that I have crafted throughout my life to everyone I possibly can by spreading my business. Read more>>

Ángel Enrique Valentín | Photographer & Licensed Drone Pilo

At this point in my career I want to be able to put all my professional and life experiences to work back home in Puerto Rico. I have lived in South Florida almost 34 years, with short stops in Ohio and Tennessee, in what was supposed to be a two year plan. When I moved to Florida to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, I hoped to be able to return to Puerto Rico and work as a photojournalist. One internship led to another and then another and then a staff job. That return home plan kept getting pushed back. Fast forward to 34 years later and stints as a staff photographer with The Miami Herald and The Sun Sentinel, two times as a Pulitzer Prize finalist (one with the Herald: Hurricane Andrew and with the Sentinel: Aids in the Caribbean project), and I feel like I’m more than ready to find and tell stories of my people in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean/Latin America region. Read more>>

Jimmy Locust | Dance Studio Owner, Choreographer & Entrepreneur

Personally I don’t see my career ending as I feel I want to create until I die. My goal is to continue to spread the love and knowledge of dance with the performing arts to all who want to grow from it. My career has already been full and I’m humbled and blessed to have worked for some of the top names in the business such as dancing on the MTV Video Music Awards and touring Europe with Michael Jackson, being a featured dancer in Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 Film Short that brought forth videos Miss You Much and Rhythm Nation. Also, dancing for Paula Abdul at the height of her music career in her videos Forever Your Girl and Knocked Out. Paula also featured me in the Eddie Murphy Classic Film Coming To America in the famous Wedding Dance Sequence. I now own dance studios in Connecticut and South Florida but I would love to open in London one day. Read more>>

Miriam Grunhaus | Fashion Designer, Course Creator & Author

The end goal is to leave a legacy of kindness, empathy, of camaraderie. I want my personal brand and my name to connect with someone who authentically cares for the emotional well being and the resilience of other women. I want every product and every service that I put out, to help women in one way or another feel strong, capable, empowered, and less alone. I believe women should support one another while we break barriers by being amazing at home and at work. We don’t need to choose and with the proper support, we can do it all! Read more>>