Inspirational Quotes from Generation W 2018

What a day!  It started as soon as Donna Orender spoke these opening words: “What is it about this concept of RISE & SHINE that makes us smile?  It’s about thinking that tomorrow we get another go at this crazy world, this life that is ours to reckon with, this life to make OUR TIME.  And once we do RISE, there is this optimism that it will be a good day, but more than that, that we have the ability to MAKE it a good day.  We will shine!”

The energy of the room was electric as positivity radiated throughout the auditorium.  We want you to keep that energy and positivity going as you continue to RISE & SHINE in your life, your career, your community and in this world.  Here are some of the inspirational quotes shared by this year’s speakers:



“Go all in.. be willing to fight for your ideas, because it’s your ideas that are going to take you places.” —Maryam Banikarim, CMO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

“Your life is not going to be a straight line. Everything is sweetened by risk.”–Gay Gaddis, Founder & CEO, T3

“When you understand others, you appreciate others” —Florida Refugee Organizer, Florida Immigrant Coalition

“I will not be silenced, and I will continue to fly. Difficulties in my life forced me to look many steps ahead.”–Niloofar Rahmani, First Female Afghan Air Force Pilot

“It’s not where you are, it’s what you are doing.” —Kelly Wallace, Digital Correspondent & Editor-at-Large, CNN

“Resilience, entrepreneurship, positive thinking… it’s in our genes”–Giselle Carson, Business Immigration Attorney, Marks Gray, PA

“What I believe about you impacts your mind due to mirror neurons. Whether we see someone as amazing or a dirtbag, they respond to that” –Elliott Rosenbaum, CEO, uThink

“What do you need permission for? If you wanna get something done, just do it!” —Mark Bustos, NYC based hairstylist and creator of #beawesometosomebody movement 

“It doesn’t matter what race, religion, socioeconomic status, or background you’re from. If you don’t believe in yourself, you will go nowhere.” —Rasheda Ali, Author, Speaker, and PD Advocate

“You can’t really think about winning you’ve got to think about running. Just by running you’re winning.”–Shelley Brindle, Mayor, Westfield, NJ

“Remember not to take things personally; it’s the highest form of selfishness.”– Anna Brosche, President, Jacksonville City Council