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You founded a nonprofit, Therefor © , last year. Please tell us more about this and how others can get involved? Women make up 52% of the workforce, yet less than 9% are top earners. The anecdotal “glass ceiling” still exists, however, too often women inhibit their own advancement. Through education and encouragement, Therefor © empowers women to evenly participate in the economy – ultimately closing the wage gap. We take a unique approach by targeting the problem at the source we affect most directly: ourselves. We cannot wait for the system to change, we must create the change we want to see. It is with this in mind that we created a program that allows women to define their own value. Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life? My mentor, best friend, hero, and biggest fan is my Nanny. She is the reason I have come as far as I have. It is through her guidance and love that I have found the strength to accomplish my dreams. I am undoubtedly the most lucky person for having her. What should every woman try at least once in her life? Every woman should try, at least once in their lives, to do something daring. Do something that surprises yourself. Go out on a limb and risk everything. The results will usually surprise you. What is the best advice you’ve been given? Fake it until you make it. My mother told me that after my first heartbreak. As time has gone by, I now interpret it as this; you can, in fact, change your reality by changing the way you react to it. Create the reality you want. What is your greatest indulgence? My dog, aka my spirit animal ;) What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I don’t drink caffeine. What do you like doing in your spare time? What is this spare time that you speak of? No, I really enjoy running. It is my true escape. Who is Alea? Alea Bennett is a marketing executive, avid runner, and philanthropy aficionado. Raised in small-town Rutledge, Georgia, she aspired to more than the stereotypical lifestyle of her peers. “Marry your high school sweetheart, go into the family business, and have kids. That was the norm, it just wasn’t what I was meant for.” Eager to break the mold, Alea put herself through college by maintaining a full-time job. It was in undergrad where she began her career in marketing. Since graduating from The University of Georgia, Alea has made a name for herself in the nonprofit community. “I knew, from the beginning, that my calling was to help people -- I just had no clue how.” Alea is now the founder of a nonprofit, Therefor © . Through education and encouragement, Therefor © empowers women to evenly participate in the economy – ultimately closing the wage gap. Reveal | Q1 2017 31