We want to take this opportunity to showcase key people who have been essential in the development of Harboring Hearts. Without the help of our amazing board members, volunteers and interns, we would not be where we are today.
I have known Erica Young since our high school days of running 4x200s on our track & field team. Since relocating to NYC, our bond has grown stronger as we connected over stories about our lives as an entrepreneur!
She has inspired me with her passion for her company/industry and her remarkable business acumen. She has brought the same level of commitment to Harboring Hearts from creating the fundamental structure of our social media strategy to assisting with numerous events.
Thank you Erica for your continued support and for dedicating your time to Harboring Hearts. Read below to learn more about our fabulous volunteer.
Current Occupation – Social Media and Higher Education Consultant and Founder of the soon to launch TruthandFashion.com
How and why did you get involved with Harboring Hearts? – The Co-founder of HH, Yuki Kotani, has been a personal friend of mine before we both relocated to New York City. When I heard about HH’s mission (to provide affordable, temporary housing for cardiac patients during a time of need) and the founder’s personal stories of dealing with heart disease, I knew I had to help.
How do you balance your career and giving back so successfully? – It is definitely not always easy. Now that I am launching my second startup and my consulting work is starting to really take off, it seems to get harder and harder to find a balance. The life of a NYC entrepreneur though means that you are incredibly motivated to accomplish your goals; it becomes almost an insatiable hunger. There are certain time periods that are slower in consulting; I try to fill that time by giving back. It is, in a way, how I say thank you for all of the blessings that I have had in my life.
Who or what have been your greatest inspirations in your life, your career, and your volunteer experience? – It is so hard to pick one person for this. I believe different stages of my life have been greatly inspired by different people, not solely one constant as life is always evolving and, especially in NYC, moves faster and faster. I have been fortunate to have some great mentors and friends that have inspired me in so many ways.
I would say that my greatest inspiration is an idea; the idea that anything is achievable. It is what keeps me dreaming, keeps me moving, keeps me thinking, keep me loving. I am inspired by what people can do when they really put their minds to it. I love reading stories about how people championed adversity in their own lives. If you want a change, as Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
What are your favorite memories about Harboring Hearts? – I have helped Harboring Hearts with their Masquerade Ball, Theory and Jessie James Shopping Events, and the Harboring Hearts Summer Fete. I love looking back at these successful events knowing that are work has directly helped to support heart patients and their families in need. Also, all of the HH volunteers are so ambitious and inspiring. They are a wonderful group of people to work with and really make planning these events such a joy.
- Favorite city : New York for work, Paris for love, and Istanbul for adventure
- Favorite food : Levain Cookies
- Favorite activity: Playing Volleyball
- Favorite music: My Florence and The Machine channel on Pandora
- Favorite museum: MoMa
- Favorite travel destination: The place I have not been.
- Favorite book: Hard to pick one, but I have always loved “A Moveable Feast” by Earnest Hemingway as I read it at such poignant time.