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Gaya dropped her latest song!

Gaya

https://soundcloud.com/gayagosee/my-man-is-a-demon

For those who may not know my daughter, Ema, here’s a brief introduction.

Currently, Ema lives in New York City. She was 14 when we went to Times Square, as a part of our family vacation. She told me that day that she was going to move to NYC. She was enamored with the urban vibe.

I moved Ema to Los Angeles (from Alaska) when she was 16. She was signed by an fashion agent while we were in Phoenix and she needed to be living there for casting calls and photo shoots.

Ema was a headliner in LA Fashion week for several years and modeled for many acclaimed designers. One of which you can find on the show, “Growing Up Hip Hop” and another who competed on “Project Runway”.

Ema is published in a variety of fashion magazines. She is a high performing creative.

As a musical artist, Ema chose to be identified by her Inupiaq name, Gayagosee or Gaya for short.

“My Man Is a Demon” and Gaya’s other singles are on SoundCloud! (Disclosure: there is some explicit language).

Like, share, repost her latest single on all your social media platforms to support Gaya, an Alaska Native independent artist!

By Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities.

An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's.

I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child.
I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing.

So for me, my goal is two-fold:

1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and,

2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board.

There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not.

I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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