My name is Dina Reis. As a Jewish orthodox entrepreneur who’s been trying to find my place in the world for over thirty years, I know how hard the struggle can be to succeed in a business environment that often closes the door on gender and religion.I’ve independently supported my family for as long as I can remember. Like so many other religious women, I wanted the freedom and opportunity to take care of my own family, to practice my religious convictions and self-actualize my best self. I was, like so many of my fellow career-minded mothers, repeatedly blocked from achieving my goals.The more I developed in the business world, the more of a target I became to those in the old establishment. As a result, I suffered immensely. Nevertheless, my drive to overcome such adversity fueled my ability to continue my journey and to take care of myself and my family.Ultimately, it was the women who came before me that I looked to for guidance. Their stories, activism and wisdom allowed me to find my path. They collectively became my guiding light. It is on their shoulders and their achievements that I stand on today. I am forever grateful for their guidance and mentorship.Now that I am older, I find myself reflecting on my many life experiences: the highs and also the lows. I’ve made mistakes like anyone else. Those mistakes were painful, but they also inspired me to grow. I have learned a great deal on my journey towards success and wish to impart those lessons to the young women who have the passion to take their own journey. I want to pay it forward.As I look at the new generation of young, exceptional women, I see the hope and promise of a future where women will thrive.I offer my scholarship fund in honor of the strong legacy of wisdom that came before me and to those who worked beside me, in an effort to support women who support women. It is important to me that this new generation know that they have a sisterhood that will encourage them to succeed.My dream is that this support of women from women will lead to a new wave of empowerment. Through these acts of giving and sharing, the women of tomorrow will embody the wisdom of those before them and they will become the New Mentors. The Dina Reis Scholarship fund will act as a springboard to that end.