Our lives are a collection of stories. I’ve been learning how powerful it is to own mine. I’ve also learned how transforming it can be to be given the gift and privilege to hear someone else’s. Listening to the stories and experiences of others make the world feel smaller, kinder and so much more connected. Lately, I found myself wondering how some of my amazing friends, peers, past colleagues and new connections have arrived at the place they're at today. Were there struggles similar to mine? What were some of their defining moments? What are they looking forward to now? I was curious to ask these questions of friends of all different ages, phases and career paths. I'm also eager to learn what we have in common, what makes our experiences unique and what we can learn from each other. So, over the weeks and months ahead, keep your eyes out for snippets of their stories here on Instagram, and their full responses via email (sign-up via link in my bio) and on my blog. I’m grateful to these inspiring leaders for sharing a few of their stories. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.