Marisa B. Ugarte

Marisa B. Ugarte

In 2000, I was managing a program for homeless runaways in San Diego when I got a call from the sheriff’s department about a 15-year-old girl. She was being prostituted to migrant agricultural workers north of San Diego while her enslavers held her baby boy...
Lily Yeh

Lily Yeh

In 2004, I was unhappy as director of the Village of Arts and Humanities, the organization I co-founded in 1986 to transform North Philadelphia communities through art. I spent most of my time raising funds and managing staff. I yearned to be on the frontlines of...
Jaime A. Yrastorza

Jaime A. Yrastorza

I’m originally from the Philippines but have lived in the U.S. since 1949, and I’ve practiced maxillofacial surgery for 35 years in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. In 1988, I was part of a team that went to Ecuador to correct the facial asymmetry of children born...
Mary Wallace

Mary Wallace

In 2006, Mary Wallace and Linda Lannon were high-level executives at McGraw Hill who struck up a cross-country friendship. Both worked remotely from their homes on opposite coasts – Wallace in Florida and Lannon in California’but collaboration regularly...
Catherine Sanford

Catherine Sanford

As an injury epidemiologist in North Carolina, I’ve spent my career studying how people get hurt. In 2002, while reviewing routine injury data, I made a disturbing discovery: Fatal overdoses from prescription pain medicine were dramatically increasing across the...