Diversity Woman Magazine

SPR 2019

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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16 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N S p r i n g 2 0 1 9 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W hen Nicole Cardoza start- ed practicing yoga in college, it was the first time she felt at home in her own body. "Yoga made me feel connected to who I am right here, right now," the 29-year-old says. So years later she wasn't surprised when, as a volunteer yoga teacher, she noticed that her yoga students seemed to grow in confidence. Recognizing that schools in lower-income communities Young Entrepreneur: Nicole Cardoza Building Networks Rooted in Healing often didn't have the resources to bring yoga programs to the classroom, Cardoza came up with an innovative solution. With a background in tech work- ing as a mobile strategist and product manager, Cardoza knew how to code and build apps. She set out to build an online teacher-training platform that would empower educators to teach yoga. In 2014, her labor of love—Yoga Foster—was born. Yoga Foster, a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, New York, provides educators with free and low-cost online training, lesson plans, and yoga mats so they can teach kids yoga in the class- room. Since its rollout, Yoga Foster has been used by 1,400 teachers and 512 schools in 48 states. "I didn't build Yoga Foster with the intention of creating a big company," Cardoza says. "I built it to help as many teachers as it can." ough she's accomplished that goal, Cardoza hasn't stopped there. Last year she launched Dahla (isisdahla.com), an online commu- nity giving women a safe space to talk about and heal their relationships with money. She's also interested in pursu- ing other entrepreneurial efforts that help people sort through deep-seated issues that bring them pain. Cardoza came up with the name because "Dahla" sounds like "dolla," and it is a play on the dahlia flower. "All of my work is focused on the reclamation of healing," she says. "I want to keep working in as many dif- ferent modalities of healing as pos- sible—whether I'm starting a company or consulting with companies that are doing that work." Next

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