This idea was born out of my own personal desire to speak with incredible women and find out what made them successful both as artists and leaders. I couldn’t help but want to share their unique paths to success, and the qualities they felt helped bring them there.

As an artist myself, I believe the traits we embody from a young age are transferable and extraordinarily valuable in the “real world”.

I wanted to highlight those attributes and delve deeper into the issue of empowering future generations of female leaders.

I hope you enjoy these stories of moving, inspired, and empowered women who lead.



Kathleen Breen Combes

Kathleen is currently a Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet and has been with the company since 2003. She has been a professional Ballet dancer for 18 years and previously danced with The Washington Ballet. She was featured on the Cover of Dance Magazine in 2007 and has danced on stages all over the world.

In addition to her dancing career, Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Management from Northeastern University and a Certificate in Arts Administration from The University of Massachusetts. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. She was awarded the Huntington 100 Award in 2017, named for Northeastern University’s most influential students.

She has been a guest speaker at Harvard University, Northeastern University, The University of Massachusetts and The University of Tokyo. She created the TED ED Talk and lesson plan entitled “Rethinking Ballet” and has been featured in numerous articles offering a unique perspective and advice on maintaining a successful career as a professional ballet dancer.