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The Daisy Diaries

Luminary Circle Member of the Month: New York’s Lenny Van Eijk


Lenny first volunteered through a workshop on financial literacy for the Young Luminaries, and was immediately taken by Step Up’s mission and the enthusiasm, commitment and drive of the girls. Lenny is a committee member in the Women’s Interest Network (WIN) at American Express, and she feels passionately about supporting girls to become strong and independent. Lenny is also a self-imposed book junkie and generally gets inspiration from reading anything about pioneering women, current and historical. In addition to working at American Express Lenny is a Certified Professional Coach and works with women on career development.
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Volunteer of the Month: Los Angeles’ Tracy DeFreitas

Tracy DeFreitas

Tracy DeFreitas has been a dedicated and passionate Step Up supporter for the past two years. She hit the ground running joining as a Luminary, and her contributions haven’t stopped since. From volunteering at signature fundraisers, to mentoring at conferences, and serving on various committees, Tracy does it all. Her passion for giving back and making a difference in the lives of teen girls is inspirational, and Step Up is grateful for her commitment. Thank you, Tracy!

Teen of the Month: Chicago’s Bianca


Bianca Villegas is a freshman at Carl Schurz High School. She is a straight-A student and a member of JROTC. She is a reserved and quiet girl, but through her time at Step Up, she has started to become more outgoing and confident in speaking her thoughts. When she first started with Step Up, she found it very difficult to share with the group, but over the past 6 months, she has grown more confident and open with her inner feelings. She is always respectful of the others girls, and continues to grow into a stronger girl each and every week.

Step Up to Success: 8 Ways to Build a Better Online Presence

Liz Dennery Sanders

Luminary Circle founding member and former chair of the Los Angeles Board of Directors Liz Dennery Sanders offers Step Up members insight each month into key steps to success. 

Let’s face it, the world has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Can you even remember a time when you went an entire day (let alone an hour) without checking your phone? Or one of your social media platforms?

As we navigate the digital age, it’s important to remember that in addition to face-to-face contact with people, and interactions with brick and mortar businesses, we’re also interacting and building a reputation online.

In fact, have you Googled yourself lately? You might be surprised what you find.
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Where Are They Now: Step Up alumna Kenia Rodriguez

Kenia as a member of the Step Up Class of 2012 at North-Grand High School.

In this monthly column, we’re catching up with some of our most memorable teen programs participants who are now busy fulfilling their potential and changing the world!

You may know her as Kenia Rodriguez, Step Up alumna and current DePaul University sophomore.

For now.

Soon, you may call her Attorney Kenia Rodriguez, Dr. Rodriguez, or State Representative Rodriguez.

Yes, Kenia dreams big and dreams frequently.
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