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Nathalie is Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Montefiore Health System and a Host Committee Member who believes Sadie Nash’s strength is putting its beliefs into action.

How did you become involved with Sadie Nash?
I learned about Sadie Nash through my volunteer work at the New York Women's Foundation in 2016. I was a Team Leader for the Grand Advisory Committee overseeing the NYC Fund For Girls and Young Women of Color. I learned more about the work of the organization, visited the space, and spoke to some of the Nashers.

What makes the Sadie Nash community special?
The first time I visited Sadie Nash, I felt at home. I felt safe and welcome. This community is open, diverse, and extremely inclusive in action. It encourages young people, and all of us, to take a strong stand for what we believe. I think that is liberation. I think we need to practice what we preach, and that is what Sadie Nash does.

The organization is bold and fierce. It’s committed to transforming the conversation and role of young women of color in this society. It is bringing a chair to the table and making a space for young women of color to share their stories and voice their demands. Nashers are powerful, brilliant and unstoppable young women.

If you could give your 16 year old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

To live unapologetically, to be loud, to own her voice, and to step into any space knowing that she belongs there.

And, on the flip side, if your 16 year old self could give you a piece of advice, what would it be?

To never stop dreaming and believing that I’m just one step away from turning the impossible into reality.