I had the pleasure of meeting Maria a few years ago, when we were just two California girls figuring out how to integrate into the "New York state of mind." We bonded over meatballs and wine on the lower east side of the city. Three things were evident: 1) She was smart and business savvy, 2) She was a risk taker, and 3) She knew how to rock a killer red lipstick. All things I look for in new friends (I'm only sort of joking). But seriously, after our first few "friend dates," I was so impressed with how comfortable Maria was in her skin, and the risk she took coming to the Big Apple to make her career dreams come true. Maria did just that. I love seeing women win! It is my pleasure to introduce you to this month's Woman of Resilience, Maria Hanafy.