After the presidential election in 2016, at the age of 16, Sesamae saw that young women needed hope and support. She could not sit around and do nothing. She added her voice to the millions of other women and created her sheofstrength.com website. It is a resource for young women to feel connected and for older women to know their role in the next generation. Her website was her starting point. She also gives speeches and presentations on various topics. She wants to use her influence to impact change and be a champion for those who are not ready to talk.
With this platform she has begun the process of creating a leadership conference for young women . Her goal is to bring young women together to learn support and unite and to provide some key resources that will allow all young women to reach for the sky.
Sesamae started her leadership path at the age of 13. At that time she used her personal experiences and saw a need in her community. She took the lead and created a program for children to learn the life-skill of empathy called Santa's Little Helpers. She feels that developing this characteristic in children at a young age will make for a better society. She spearheaded this program for 4 years before handing it off to a local organization.
Sesamae is an actress who has appeared in several short films and commercials. She has a passion for politics participating in Youth in Government for several years. She is the Youth Commissioner for Region 9. She is the youngest recipient for the YWCA Young Women of Distinction 2017. She also received the Spirit of Youth Award and the Kohl's Cares Regional Award. She also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
"Inspires, empowers and gives hope to girls, women and this world in which we all (guys too!) live. We are in awe of this dynamo and what she brings by the sharing of her past experiences, and visions for the future."
Editor of RiverValley Women Magazine
"I got the chance to see her speak at the YWCA Women's Leadership Conference this past fall and it was amazing. The poise, openness and maturity in this teen are inspiring! Her willingness to share her story of bullying and mental illness is like nothing I have seen in a young woman that age. "
Editor/Artistic Director for Kid-Oh! Magazine
"Though her activism and public speaking, Sesamae is raising awareness of the unique challenges facing women and inviting women of all ages to support each other and combat injustice."
YWCA Women's Leadership Program Manager
To learn more about Sesamae's accomplishments with the Santa's Little Helpers program, download an excerpt from
Mature Lifestyle Magazine, Winter 2015/2016