What country were you born in, and how long you lived in Cleveland? 

I was born in Siauliai, Lithuania. Lived in Cleveland since my parents immigrated to the USA when I was 10 years old. 

The pioneers and supporters of International Women’s day believe that “from challenges come change.” What has been the largest challenge in your journey toward personal success? 

My life’s journey in the USA started with a language barrier, a new environment, new traditions, and customs. The guidance of my parents through childhood years, high school, and college prepared me for challenges in this country while maintaining strong roots in the country of my birth, Lithuania. Being bilingual was not always well understood nor respected. Believing in myself and understanding the advantages of multiple perspectives continues to be a plus and offers support to daily crossroads which opened many doors to my success. 

You have been nominated for this recognition by another amazing person, proving that we are so much stronger when we support one another. What is one piece of advice you have for women in your community and all over the world? 

Women are as strong as they perceive themselves to be. Having role models is a big asset and a motivator. A life with a vision and an open mind will always be an asset down the road of success. 

How can the greater Cleveland community encourage, support, and amplify the success of international women? 

The Cleveland community will encourage and support the success of International Women when it will be open to diversity, knowledge of the world outside its borders, and leadership with a vision.