January 2021
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A Little Sunshine
by Julie Andress
KeyBanc Capital Markets & STA WIF Co-Chair

Earlier this week, Americans witnessed history in the making as Kamala Harris was sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States. She is our nation’s first female, first black and first Asian-American Vice President. If you watched any of the inauguration ceremony, you would have noticed that it was much like any other presidential inauguration, except for maybe that everyone was wearing face masks, spectators were socially distant and there were more fists pumps than hugs going around.

In addition to the typical pageantry, there was the bright moment in the ceremony (cue image of a sunshine yellow Prada jacket) that is trending on social media today: Amanda Gorman. As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice president, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to recite a poem at the U.S. presidential inauguration ceremony. A mere 22 years old, Amanda joined the likes of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou when she recited her poem, The Hill We Climb. For those who watched it live, or watched it (again) on YouTube, it was mesmerizing. As she spoke her inspiring verses, I couldn’t help think how polished she was – and how accomplished she is. In 2017, Amanda became America’s first-ever national youth poet laureate. She is a Harvard graduate, published author and is involved with the betterment of our nation’s youth. And she is 22 years old.

Amanda Gorman is truly an inspiration, not only to young people, not only to women, but to all of us. Now, more than ever, we can all use a little sunshine in our lives.

If you missed Ms. Gorman’s recital of her poem, The Hill We Climb, click on the link below.
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