The 35U began with a vision to inspire the leaders of tomorrow by telling them about the leaders of today. With millions of people involved in government, education, business and community service across the country, it sometimes may be hard for the 35U to connect to leaders individually simply due to an age barrier. The 35U to us is any young adult from the ages of 18-35 in this country. These individuals have a voice – they can vote, serve, and most importantly, they can make a difference for future generations.

Today’s Q&A feature is Haley Marguerite, Author and motivational speaker. Haley is known for her Children’s book series “Charlie Takes an Adventure”. Her mission is to write 50 books educating children on the states in America. She is an inspiration to the youth that want to get involved in entrepreneurship.

During her free time, Haley enjoys volunteering with the Big Brother Big Sister organization in elementary schools and writing on her blog “Social Inspired Leader”.

We caught up with Haley to find out what leadership means to her and what advice she would give to the next generation of leaders.

Why did you choose this career path?

It started out as a 6th grade language arts project…so I didn’t necessarily choose this path. However, I love children and I love being able to give back and inspire others to chase their dreams.

Who inspired you to get involved?

A boyfriend. He said, “you are not SMART enough to publish a book.” My father was my biggest fan and motivator during the entire journey.

How do you define a leader?

A leader is someone that always does the “right” thing when no one is watching. A leader is also someone whom peers will turn to for advice, camaraderie and inspiration when times get tough.

What projects are you currently involved in?

I am a member of the Rotary Club of Siesta Key, a Girl Scouts of America Sponsor, I am a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels Plus of Lakewood Ranch and a “Big Sister” part of the Big Brother Big Sister Organization of Sarasota.

What advice would you give to the next generation of leaders who want to get involved?

Be involved as much as possible in your community as you can. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you have….there is ALWAYS someone who  is worse off.