Meredith, my mother, is one of the most inspiring people I know. She had an incredible career in the corporate world, becoming the global Chief Human Resource officer of a major corporation of 40,000 employees, all the while being the most active and engaged mother to my brother and I. She has a light and an energy that attracts people of all backgrounds, ages, and kinds to her. She puts everyone else's needs above her own, and never misses an opportunity to uplift other women in their pursuits. This past summer she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she exhibited more strength, grit, and grace than most people in her circumstance could have. She is everything I hope to be as a mother, friend, and spouse. She rarely accepts praise or takes time for herself, and I am always searching for new ways to honor the truly badass inspiring woman she is.