Growing up, my father told my sister and I we could be anything we wanted to be, and our parents made sure we had the tools we needed to make our dreams possible. With that foundation, I have always been a strong advocate for women and girls. I started my career as a scientist and engineer, but volunteering at Apna Ghar turned out to be a transformative experience for me. It led me to not only a new career in nonprofit, but a life dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. From volunteer to executive director of Apna Ghar, Director of Programs at the Eleanor Foundation, and now President/CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women (with a few other nonprofits in between), I know firsthand what can happen when women and girls are supported: a domestic violence survivor can change the course of her life; a middle schooler can become a leader in her community just by being able to play sports; a young woman can be fresh out of college and become a philanthropist. The possibilities are limitless, and that is why I recommit to this work every single day.