If you could change one thing about the world today, what would it be?
I would hit a reset button to reprogram today's human inhabitants of the world to practice empathy and compassion, and to rid our brains of our imagined differences.
What is your favorite way to give?
One of my favorite ways to give back is by creating specific jewels or collections where a portion of proceeds benefits an organization that is active and effective in addressing a particular cause. This fall it is my Lion Cub collection which benefits Lion Guardians in Kenya. I have done this before with jewels benefitting marine mammals, coral conservation, and even my neighborhood soup kitchen. Wearing one of these pieces becomes meaningful for someone who has an affinity for a given cause.
Who has been your greatest teacher when it comes to altruism?
My husband and business partner, Paul Engler. He has been involved in supporting the arts ever since he was studying, living and working as a young modern dancer. In many leadership roles, he has supported the arts, particularly choreographers and modern dance presenters, through volunteering his own precious time, as well as generous financial support.
What is the biggest misconception about charity?
That you have to be wealthy to give.
What is your dream for kids today?
My dream for kids today is that they will adopt behaviors, attitudes and knowledge that will save our environment and improve human relations across the planet.
What is your motto when it comes to giving back?
Like Nike says, Just do it.
What is the one thing you wish everyone can experience for him/herself?
There's nothing like being a part of change and making a difference for a cause that you are passionate about whether it be in the arts, wellness, the environment—for something far away or in your neighborhood.