Karla Monterroso #CloseTheCamps+ Your Authors @karlitaliliana CEO @CODE2040, Board Chair for @1Deg, @USC alum - Connected, passionate, heart-driven, wanderlust, change maker. #WiseLatina 🇬🇹🇲🇽 PN: she/her/ella Dec. 31, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

My whole life I thought I was a very good #2 and really aspired to be the best wingwoman to every great leader I met. This year however I was out front in a new way and it was the most daunting transition. I realized that it wasn’t just a skill I had developed but an identity.

Not a bad identity just one that didn’t always serve me. So this year I learned that you could lead and still be in community. In a big way. And truly I wanna thank the women that got me there before the decade runs out.

thank you for helping me see myself in a WHOLE different way. For pushing me and being unsatisfied with my willingness to play small.

The women on my team, not all on the tweet box but @PerspectivePlus @Jocelyn_Garibay @Dbestofluck Mimi and everyone else - you continuously re-centered me on building from a place of health and possibility. You make me a better leader and sister everyday.

To @operaqueenie, @6Gems, @ekp - being in coalition with you is a constant reminder that we aren’t alone and that the fight is big, broad, and done with hands firmly held. It is such a privilege to try and get the boats to all point in the same direction with you.

To @hutchamachutch I was in such despair after the El Paso shooting this year and you messaged me that it was time and springing to action with you made me a better person.

the ability to be my full-throated self and know you have my back made me more brave.

To the women of @buildtechtrust I’m so grateful to say enough is enough with you.

And really to each and every person who reached out, checked in, and loved on me in a wild year. I feel the gratitude in every ounce of my body. I know what next year will be and I’m ready to take it on with you.

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