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Brittany Smith

Councilmember

LuxArmi Industries

And - Student

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You are more than your struggle. And because of that, you are great.

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

Growing up in a small city in the state of Oklahoma, I was not fortunate and grew up in poverty. I was never discouraged as a young girl because I enjoyed educating myself and growing. So I would read and study and learn what I could about many subjects. Learning brings me joy and because of that, I had always strived for greatness as a younger woman. I didn't have much support and I even got bullied and mistreated by family and peers. I felt alone and wanted to become stronger in many areas throughout my life. If it wasn't for me, it was because I wanted to make a change in the world. I believed in impacting others since I had struggled with being accepted by peers. So as I got older, I decided to give other individuals a voice as I came up and grew in my talents and personal growth. I knew that if i couldn't do that, I wouldn't be able to. I dedicated and have committed myself into an individual who is looking to build along with other brilliant turnovers. It was then, I realized that the best way to grow is to go after the impossible. So understanding this, I went into Computer Systems and Network Systems Administration, which involved maintaining security protocols on switches and routers. I worked to start 2 government contracting companies that focus o. energy and agricultural innovation through new age technology. In addition to all of this, I became a member of the NSBA Leadership council in the taxation committee to give small businesses a voice, as well as to tackle the issues that small businesses face.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I want to change the world and add value to others as I go through this life and continue to fulfill my purpose on this life.

HOW DO/DID YOU TACKLE OBSTACLES?

I had so many obstacles that I couldn't see past for so long. Growing up and understanding this principle in building blocks helped me to critically problem solve. Thankfully, the experience aided in me developing long term, and growing up better than what I was in my previous years.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

I wish I would've been given the opportunity to be more diligent in how I viewed myself and how I shouldve chosen relationships all throughout the growth between two individuals in a relationship or other predicaments

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

It provides and gives me a sense of belonging. The STEM movement is what shapes how we are going to innovate and change our future. I want to be apart of that change and contribution while growing my presence and relationships here and else where.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

You are more than your struggle. And because of that, you are greatness. Do not think of yourself lesser because of that.

INSPIRATION

I thank Nicola Tesla for being the godfather of innovation. I aim to be as great if not greater than him.