The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out Boca Raton rising stars below.
I am Sophonie Chérubin. I help multi-talented individuals who struggle with finding their ultimate purpose discover their true passion so they live a life of full joy, passion and freedom. I am a teacher by nature. I am an Empowerment Coach and speaker. I am Floridian by way of Haiti. I grew up with my lovely parents and siblings in an environment that was loving and conducive to my growth and individuality. As an immigrant, I struggled with accepting my accent and for a long time I hated it. I speak three languages, and English is my third one, so it took me years to accept my English accent. Although I love speaking, teaching and sharing with others, I felt deep inside that my accent was a hindrance to my growth. Even worse, I was bullied for it. For a long time, I had no vision, and neither was I clear about my path. I didn’t know my purpose and felt very lost. Year after year, I would try different things to get to where I felt I “needed” to, but soon realized that so much time and money were wasted on many different avenues to feel alive and a sense of joy. Read more>>
Monica and Maritza Portillo
We are originally from El Salvador. As a family we had to make the decision of moving to the USA after being granted a permanent resident status a little over 6 years ago. As some people may not know, as immigrants when you move to this country you start from zero and all the experience, employment background or education that you may have gets blurred for a moment while you start your new life in this country full of opportunities. The desire of having our own business had always been in the back of our heads but we had to get established and adapted to a new culture and learn the market. Years went by and after having many jobs experiences our desire of having our business just grew and we knew it was time to get to WORK; and with a LOT of work, financial sacrifices but with a LOT of love and help from our family and friends we were able to finally bring our dream to reality. Read more>>
I was born at NAS Jax into a military family and grew up on the southside of Jacksonville. I attended Duval County Public Schools including Brentwood Elementary, LaVilla School of the Arts and Douglas Anderson High School. After studying supply chain management at Howard University in Washington, D.C., I returned to Florida and achieved certificates in accounting technology management and operations from Daytona State College. Like many of our residents, I have faced challenges and worked hard to persevere, overcome and achieve success. My grandfather’s words fuel my work ethic to this day since he taught me a valuable lesson at a young age. “We don’t quit. We get it done.” His simple but impactful words had carried me through times when part of me wanted to give up — but I never did. I’ve seen the incredible growth of our community since my early years. But, I’ve also seen the challenges some of our residents face. Read more>>