Anna Maria's Open Road
ANNA MARIA CHáVEZ
Girl Scouts of the USA
It'll all work out as long as you're doing it for the right reason. It's going to get a little scary. But your only job in life is to stay on that track; regardless of what people throw at you and what barriers they put in your way, no one change your track but you.
- Grew up in a small farming town of primarily Hispanic families that went back generations
- Joined Girl Scouts as a child and developed a desire to preserve nature and serve others
- At 12, decided to become a lawyer to achieve her aims; moved to Phoenix with family for more opportunities
- Moving to a big city made her realize she was different; was stamped with labels like 'girl of color'
- Didn't let labels define her; pushed forward and got into Yale as the 1st in her family to go to college
- Stood out from classmates, felt homesick, and was thrown into new situations, but kept at it
- Even today, she's usually the first of her kind to do something; she has no playbook but she's scrappy
- Now, she has "the best job in the world;" says all indicators pointed her towards a different path, but she chose her own