With any idea comes a plan. The Hartford Girl Network was launched in January of this year, the plan behind the creation of this event was influenced by a man who was a mentor and a father figure to me, Philip Schonberger. He was a Lover of Hartford and a city developer with one of the biggest and kindest heart. He took me under his wings, offered me a space to work from and helped me navigate through the entrepreneurial and personal world. He was one of the models who walked in my Strut 4 Autism Charity Fashion Show on Saturday, April 18th. He passed 2 days after my event. It is a hard reality and reminder that life can be so hard at times. Phil inspired and taught me so much and opened me up to a world and a mindset I didn’t even know existed. I will forever be grateful for his love and generosity and will miss him dearly.