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Histories of the 50 Emerging Sage Leaders

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My grandmother always helped people and had a saying that greatly influenced me to this day: “Always give more than you take and your life will be full.” Emerging Sage Leader

The 50 emerging sage leaders range in age from 27 to 55, with the average being 42. Two-thirds are women. In terms of generational characteristics, about one-quarter belong to the Baby Boomer Generation, two-thirds belong to Generation X, and less than ten percent to Millennials, or Generation Y.

Six emerging sage leaders were born out-of-state (Washington State, Montana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York), but most are native Californians. The largest number grew-up in Nevada County—particularly Grass Valley and Nevada City—and one is a 5th generation legacy. Many others experienced their childhood years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. About half live today in Nevada City and a third in Grass Valley.

Six emerging sage leaders come from blue collar backgrounds, and the rest were raised in homes where one or both parents had professional careers. One was from a privileged background in New York City and her parents had a summer home in Woodstock, while another grew-up in a camping cabin on the South Yuba River without running water or electricity. Most had an intact, supportive family life that imparted solid values during their formative years, but one shared stories of a childhood so surrounded by dysfunction and abuse that early emancipation at the age of 16 was her best option. Two had a mother working part or full-time, while others had a stay-at-home mom. And almost all report much or some history of community service in their family background:

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