Author, stylist, and per­son­al­growth con­sul­tant Ch­eryl Ann Wadling­ton shares her in­spi­ra­tion for Evoluer House.

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First job: “I was a cashier at KFC.” On my night­stand: “The Bi­ble.” What em­pow­er­ment means: “A process through which peo­ple en­vi­sion and cre­ate what they re­ally want in life and in their com­mu­nity.” Great­est ac­com­plish­ment: “Help­ing dis­ad­van­taged girls of color in Philly from ages 13 to 18 be­come col­lege-bound and ca­reer-ready through Evoluer House. This breaks the cy­cle of high in­ter­gen­er­a­tional poverty in Philly. These girls are of­ten over­looked and frowned upon by so­ci­ety. They are suspended from school at dis­pro­por­tion­ate rates and be­come more sus­cep­ti­ble to falling be­hind.” Role mod­els: “My late par­ents and brother re­main my in­spi­ra­tion. They in­stilled in me the be­lief that I don’t have to be like ev­ery­body else—to be my­self—which has served as my foun­da­tion. This helped launch my ca­reer in fash­ion as a jour­nal­ist and im­age con­sul­tant and in­stilled in me val­ues that charted my life and de­fined suc­cess for me. They also un­der­scored my re­spon­si­bil­ity to help oth­ers.” From Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania Av­enue: “I was one of 10 women in the na­tion se­lected as a Cham­pion of Change and in­vited to speak at the White House. It was a mag­i­cal mo­ment. It also al­lowed me to shine a global spot­light on the ob­sta­cles girls of color face in school and why our work is more vi­tal than ever.” Ad­vice to young women: “If peo­ple are doubt­ing how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them any­more.” What’s next: “Work­shops on STEM and the schol­ar­ship process. My book The Di­va­girl’s Guide to Style and Self-re­spect will be re-re­leased.” Me in three words: “Re­silient. Hum­ble. Leader.” Get so­cial: @Iam­miss­ch­eryl

Ster­ling sil­ver ear­rings ($2,800) and ster­ling sil­ver 10- row flex with 0.63 carat di­a­mond bracelet ($4,490). David Yur­man. Bernie Rob­bins Jewel­ers, 775 E. Lan­caster Ave., Vil­lanova, 610971-2446; bernier­ob­bins.com. Ster­ling sil­ver 10- row flex with 0.63 carat di­a­mond bracelet ($4,490). Bernie Rob­bins Jewel­ers. see above. 18k gold pyra­mid bracelet, La­gos ($750). 1735 Wal­nut St., 215- 567- 0770; la­gos.com. Shirt, Wadling­ton’s own

Styling by Casey Trudeau Hair by Daniel Citro Makeup by Susan Sor­rell Hair and makeup pro­vided by Richel D’am­bra Spa & Salon, lo­cated in The Ritz- Carl­ton For Jac­que­line Lon­don: Makeup by Robin Lynette, irobin­cred­i­ble For Ch­eryl Ann Wadling­ton: Makeup by An­thony Jones, Evoluer Im­age Con­sul­tants

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