The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

Without a doubt, my husband, Mike Koenigs, was the one who recognized that something big was calling me. He encouraged me to take action on my “crazy dream” and never thought it was unreasonable to dream crazy big. My dear friend, Arielle Ford, was the visionary who encouraged me to start a foundation after my first trip to Uganda, and that has made all the difference.

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutSocal is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.