Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Helida Dodd | Perfumer & Industrial Engineer

I am originally from Nicaragua. I grew up on a farm, close to volcanoes and the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by trees, mountains, flowers, rivers, and creeks. My heart is in constant awe of the healing powers of nature. Read more>>

Grace Cabezas | Founder & Partner

I was born in Havana, Cuba and arrived to the USA during the early 70’s and due to political reasons, I have never returned to Cuba. This longing of my motherland has been the reason why I am so passionate about the cigar world. I have been working in the cigar industry since 1994. Read more>>

Gonzalo Bonilla | Global Senior Promotions & Licensing Manager

I was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil but I consider myself to be a citizen of the world. I have lived in +13 countries across Europe, Africa, The Middle East, North and South America. Read more>>

Candis Hickman | Personal Brand & Life Coach

I grew up in Australia to an African-American father and a European-Australian mother. As a mixed race woman growing up with Australian family in a country where 76% of people are of European descent, I was always deeply curious about the other side, my black ancestry and culture. Read more>>

Inge Skelly | Vintage shop owner

I was born in Gent, Belgium and moved to the US when I was 15. My family still lives there and I visit often. Those are really my shopping trips. It is my favorite source for delicious vintage items that are not easily found in the US.  Read more>>

Sarah Galvan | Music Therapist

I am a first generation Latina born and raised in NY. Growing up in a diverse city surrounded by people with so much drive and talent really set the idea of working hard to me at a young age. Read more>>

Cecilia Claudio-Torres | Momprenuer: Mary Kay consultant and Event Planner

I am from a very small town in Puerto Rico called Arroyo. Its a bit of a full circle for me because I was born and raised in the town of the Bucaneros and ended in the Buccaneer town of Tampa, FL. Both of my parents were the first of their families to go to college which was a huge deal for their generation. Read more>>