Roar with Lakecia Gunter


Rising Up and Making Your Voice Heard

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Success is something that builds up over time, making early influences fundamental. Having a strong support system of people who champion you and unbridled access to recreational and educational opportunities plant the seeds for strong, smart, and bold leaders.

My guests today are Cyreena Boston Ashby, CEO of Girls Inc. in the Pacific Northwest, and Amaya Gustave, an alumna of the program and currently a student at Pitzer College in California. At Girls, Inc., Cyreena offers a variety of programs and after-school activities for youth, from 8 up to age 18. Amaya is a bright young woman on the rise who has come up through the organization since the age of eight. 

Both of these women share a capacity for inner strength, resilience, and a desire to make their voices heard. Through their mutual involvement in Girls, Inc., they’ve demonstrated how dedicated service to your community can become a pathway to your calling. Through effective mentorship, young people are able to use their voices fearlessly and courageously, building confidence and self-acceptance from the inside out.

In this episode, we’ll talk about the early influences that led to a successful, service-focused career, and how that calling helped transform and enrich the life of one particular young woman. You’ll hear about the wide variety of programs that have influenced countless young people growing up with the support of Girls, Inc., and how access, encouragement, and early exposure are the foundational keys to future leadership.

What You Will Learn:

  • Early foundations for a legacy of service (3:45)
  • How an iconic institution helped amplify a Roar (9:16)
  • Carving out a career path through advocacy (13:55)
  • Educating and preparing young women for lucrative careers (22:04)
  • Key qualities that build resilience (32:32)
  • The lasting power of being championed (34:12)
  • Taking personal time to invest in young people (45:32)

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