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Meet the Women of Ignite: Women's Day Edition

Updated: Mar 10

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, we at Ignite chose to pay tribute to some of the amazing women that have made our business possible. As a business founded by and run by young women, we are proud to say that over 75% of our tutoring base is comprised of women.


As an ode to women, their endless drive and never-ending perseverance, we asked the women on our team three questions:

1. What is your favorite thing about being a woman?

2. Who do you think is the most inspirational woman and why?

3. What makes women so special?


Read below to meet a small fraction of the incredible women of Ignite Tutoring and how they answered some of these questions:


Kay O.

Kay is our President and one of the Co-Founders of Ignite. She grew up in DC, where she was an outstanding high school scholar. She participated in Model UN and had numerous internships in the aerodynamics industry, as flight was her teenage passion. Now a Senior at UCLA, Kay is finishing up her major in Economics. Throughout her time at UCLA, she was a member of a sorority, had internships in entertainment, finance and law, tutors 10 hours a week and now plans to go to law school. Kay is an amazing woman and leader (not to mention she’s an incredible painter).


What is your favorite thing about being a woman?

The fact that despite being stigmatized in the past and present, women fight every day, tirelessly and with grace, to gain full equality and rightfully deserved respect—I am so humbled to be a part of the next wave of boss ladies! :)


Who do you think is the most inspirational woman and why?

J.K. Rowling! Even though she was an unemployed single mother & her first novel got rejected 12 (!) times, she still persevered and had full confidence in her capabilities, and now is one of the most famous authors in the world.


Emma K.

Emma is one of our amazing tutors. Originally from Texas, Emma has found that in LA it’s important to be busy. As a Junior, Emma has already had internships in interior design, graphic design and marketing, as well as having worked a number of other jobs in sales and the restaurant industry. We are perhaps most proud of Emma for having started her own jewelry line, Sable & Mer, when she was 15 and continuing to run it while finishing her studies in Communications and Film, Television and Digital Media. Emma is a true leading woman and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for her.


What is your favorite thing about being a woman?

Divine Feminine Energy!


Who do you think is the most inspirational woman and why?

My grandmother for sharing her love of art with me.


Danielle C.

Danielle is a tutor at Ignite and is currently a freshman at UCLA. Originally from Orange County, she harnessed her love of nature to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. Not only is Danielle an amazing scholar, but she’s also extremely involved. In high school she was part of the California Scholarship Federation as well as Honors Society. She continues her involvement at UCLA as a member of a sorority as well as the Alumni Scholars Club. We are so proud of Danielle and all her hard work.


Who do you think is the most inspirational woman and why?

There are so many inspirational women out there for all different reasons, but one very empowering woman is Serena Williams. Despite facing continuous racism and sexism, she has established herself as one of the greatest athletes of all time and has built up her own brand. As a mother and an athlete, she inspires women in a variety of ways through her humility and hard work.


What makes women so special?

Women are strong individually, but are incredible as a force. We have the capacity to come together and achieve milestones through our united abilities to love and empower one another.


Graziella C.

Graziella is one of our Co-Founders at Ignite, as well as serves the role of VP Finance. As a senior at UCLA, Graziella is finishing up her Psychobiology major. Luckily for her, she was able to spend a full year living and studying in Madrid where she was able to complete her Spanish minor. A native of San Diego, but citizen of the world, Graziella has traveled all over the world working various jobs: in Italy she worked as an English tutor, in Peru she worked as a medical volunteer and in the US she’s worked everywhere from a barre studio to currently working in a law firm. Graziella is the dictionary definition of a hardworking woman and we cannot wait to see where life leads her next.


What is your favorite thing about being a woman?

My favorite thing about being a woman is the emotional connection we can form with our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends—because those women will support your endeavors and goals to push the boundaries of what us women are expected to accomplish.


Who do you think is the most inspirational woman and why?

Ellen Degeneres—She risked her whole career to change the stigma for the gay community more than any other public figure, her talk show promotes kindness to others and positivity, and she’s raised over $4 million for wildlife conservation for gorillas (I’ve also been an audience member on her show four times!)


Caitlyn C.

Caitlyn is our tutor from New York state and is a junior at UCLA studying Communications. She’s made great strides in this field and has truly become a bicoastal woman, having held internships in marketing both in LA and NYC. Caitlyn is also really passionate about philanthropy. In high school, Caitlyn spent her summers working as a One-to-one Special Cares Aide at the YMCA, helping to create a personalized environment for her campers. At UCLA she is the director of her sorority’s yearly philanthropy, Red Dress Gala. Caitlyn embodies both the altruistic and ambitious ideals that all people should strive for.


What is your favorite thing about being a woman?

The unconditional love and support I get from all the women in my life. I can always count on my mom, my girl friends and my women peers to have my back.


Who do you think is the most inspirational woman and why?

I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an inspiration to all women. Being the second woman to ever serve as a justice in the supreme court, she fought for equality and women's rights. Thanks to her, tremendous strides were made for all women.


Gabriella M.

Gabriella is a tutor who is coming to the end of her first year at UCLA. As a Business Economics major, Gabriella is super math savvy but also has a love for all things fashion and style. She’s from San Diego and is already involved in a lot of things on campus. Not only is she in a sorority, but she also writes for the Odyssey at UCLA and is a part of Bruin Women in Business. Gabriella is the epitome of a girly girl who doubles as a total boss lady, we are so proud of her.


What is your favorite thing about being a woman?

As a woman, I am a part of a community of strong, complex, and confident individuals. While I embrace my emotional sensitivities and love for the color pink, women are so much more than that.


What makes women so special?

In the face of adversity, we have persevered. We are intelligent, powerful, and creative creatures—capable of giving life AND working 9-5. Our mind is what makes us beautiful.


Izzy R.

Izzy is a Co-Founder of Ignite as well as VP Marketing and Design. A senior at UCLA, Izzy is currently finishing up her Psychology degree as well as her minor in English so she can go on to pursue a career in fashion following graduation. She took on a wide route of interests to find her passion in the fashion industry: she interned in PR and advertising, worked retail, served as a creator and the president of the Odyssey at UCLA for two years, and finally worked for a major fashion designer in London. She hopes to finish out the year as a member of the Fashion and Student Trends club at UCLA, so she can go on to seek her career!


What is your favorite thing about being a woman?

I love the power that comes with womanhood. Not only are all women so beautiful and unique, but they all have these vast wealths of strength which enable us as a community to reach our fullest potentials and enact change in the world.


What makes women so special?

Women fill so many different roles within society. From mothers, to CEOs, to sisters, artists, best friends, inventors, scientists... we excel in all areas of life. Where would the world be without women!?


The women of Ignite hope to follow in the footsteps of the inspirational women before them and redefine the perceptions of womanhood in society. Ignite Tutoring is completely operated by a team of women; Our founders Kay, Graziella, and Izzy harnessed their determination to be influential women of society by starting this tutoring company to make a difference in youth education. The struggle for women is not completely over. We want to encourage all women to keep dreaming, believing and pursuing because anything is possible with our combined strength and perseverance!

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