Shana Kheradyar

Shana Kheradyar has a long commitment to lifting up girls.  As a chapter leader, she leads with her vulnerability often admitting her mistakes and downfalls which make her even more of THAT girl. Shana is a resource to both girls and guys on campus regarding self-doubt and has planned several I AM THAT GIRL retreats to ensure girls have an opportunity to support each other in a safe setting.  Shana makes other girls feel like it’s okay to not be perfect and to speak up even when your voice shakes.  She empowers others to take their downfalls and turn them into strengths. Within her local California community, Shana is seen as a servant leader. She works regularly with inmates to show them a life beyond prison and also volunteers at Jewish Family Services in Los Angeles, where she makes food packages for low income families. At only 21, Shana is a leader, an influencer, a role model, and a friend all in one and she is THAT girl.

Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
There was a moment in high school, when I lost all confidence and hope in myself and my ability to succeed. I felt like a switch went on off in my mind and suddenly any goals or aspirations I had were gone, nothing mattered, and I just wanted to do the bare minimum. This resulted from a lot of outside factors telling me that I wasn’t good enough or that I didn’t have it in me to succeed, and slowly I started to believe those voices. During that time in high school, I was ready to give up on all my plans of going to a four year university, staying in my honors courses, and more, yet I knew deep inside that this feeling was only temporary and that I had more in me than I even realized. I trusted the one ounce of hope I had left and rode with that for months. It was terrifying to have zero confidence in yourself, but go out in the world and pretend you can handle it. I had serious anxiety for months as I tried to break through what I was feeling and over time I became my biggest advocate and cheerleader. I had to constantly remind myself that I was smart enough, and good enough, and talented enough, and I slowly started to believe it.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
If I could go back in time I would tell myself that everything will work out in the end. Any failure or hardship, or downfall I had would only be there to re-guide me on the path that I am meant to be on. I would emphasize how hardship and failure are my biggest motivators and that I shouldn’t fear failure, but embrace it because it will prove to be the biggest blessing.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
One of my biggest inspirations is Sara Blakely, the Founder and CEO of Spanx. I think her story to becoming a self-made billionaire is incredible and she is the walking example of someone who made it with very limited experiences in business, but took her weaknesses and turned them into strengths. She inspired me make failure my friend and embrace it as an opportunity to learn. I also love how she manages to be a working mom and run a huge company just to show women across the globe that it is possible.

If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
My slogan would be to speak my truth even when my voice shakes.

How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
As cheesy as it sounds, I define my purpose in life to simply makes others happy and create conversations about things that matter. Whether that’s through my work in entertainment or in my everyday life, I aspire to create a space that lifts other up in a meaningful way and create a community that supports one another instead of tearing each other apart. I hope to achieve this through a career in media and entertainment to hopefully put out content that upholds this message.