Our Program Associate Lauren Lewis sat down with Anna for a one-on-one interview, where she had the chance to humbly experience Anna's light, warmth, and humor that graces everyone in her life. Anna is originally from Ukraine, but currently lives in NYC, where she's been an imperative part of the Sundara team for the past six years. Anna reflects with Lauren on lessons she's learned throughout 2020 and highlights what is most important to her about Sundara's work.
As for most people, 2020 has been a trying year for Anna for many reasons. Having down-time during COVID allowed Anna realized that the reality of her dream job did not match the type of energy and change that she wanted to create in the world. However, knowing that sustainability is one of her core-values, she's making sure to stay true to herself. Anna is proudly working on a new app called A-world, which promotes ways to lead a sustainable lifestyle.
Anna is passionate about the work of Sundara and loves connecting with all of the inspiring people that she has met whilst being a board member. She sees the beauty in how "Sundara helps women who are often overlooked to shine".
Anna's favourite part of RISE by Sundara Fund is that it gives both space and a voice to females looking to implement their own ideas, and lets them have autonomy over the change that occurs in their community.
Knowing how important self-care is, Anna practises moving the energy around her body and meditates daily. If she could give you one piece of advice, it would be to remain authentic no matter which situation you are in, which is consistent with her life motto:
"being who you are brings what you want".