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June is Pride Month and, as with the other heritage months we’ve marked, we’re celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to share with us the names of people who inspire and influence them the most as they honor the LGBT community. Their responses highlight just a few of the many extraordinary people who remind us what this month is all about.

“Harvey Milk inspires me because he lived his life bringing hope and faith into our community—fighting for the freedom and rights of those not being heard.”

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It’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and, as with the other heritage months we’ve marked, we’re celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to tell us who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate this month. Their responses highlight just a few of the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about.

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“Li Na inspires me because she challenges the notion in professional tennis that one’s career begins to decline after 30—when she rose to #3 in the world and inspired millions in her native country of China.”

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Every day at Nordstrom, we’re inspired by the diverse group of people that makes up the communities we serve. For our 2014 Heritage Month celebrations, we’ve asked our employees to tell us the names of people who have inspired them. Here are just a few of the compelling people who our teams are celebrating in February. Who inspires you?

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“I am inspired by Nelson Mandela because of his strength, compassion and commitment to civil rights. He endured years of prison—but was not bitter and broken—and he went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize and to become the first black president of South Africa.”

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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and, as with the other heritage months we’ve marked, we’re celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to tell us who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate this month. Their responses highlight just a few of the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about.


“Félix Hernández, pitcher for the Seattle Mariners and Cy Young Winner, inspires me to keep working toward my dreams every day and to never forget that with hard work, heart and determination, anything is possible.”

“Shakira inspired me to love the Spanish language and study abroad to learn it.”

“I’m inspired by Cesar Chavez because he was a champion for Latino-American civil rights. He showed great passion for doing the right thing for others and promoted nonviolence. His perseverance for fair practices led him to co-found the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers Union.”

“I’m inspired by Chita Rivera. In my opinion, Chita was one of the first triple-threat Latina entertainers in old Hollywood. An original diva.”

“Frida Kahlo inspires me because she is the most prominent female Mexican artist in history. I grew up learning about and loving the work of Frida!”

To see even more of our employees and their inspirations, follow your favorite Nordstrom store Facebook page, where we’ll be sharing more photos just like these throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.

June is Pride Month, and, as with the other heritage months we’ve marked, we’re celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to share who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate this month. Their responses highlight just a few of the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about.

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“Marc Jacobs is the ultimate fashion chameleon and influencer!”

“Harvey Milk never apologized for who he was and he fought to pave the way for gay rights. He never gave up, never backed down and never stopped speaking out for what he believed in.”

“Ellen is one of the most philanthropic celebrities and I LOVE that about her!”

“I’m inspired by Billie Jean King for being a pioneer for social justice and equality.”

“My sister Kelly has always lived her life as herself, with no apologies for who she is and who she loves. Her heart and dedication helped give me the strength to come out and live my life to the fullest as an openly gay man.”

To see even more of our employees and their inspirations, follow your favorite Nordstrom store Facebook page, where we’ll be sharing more photos just like these throughout Pride Month.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and, as with Black History Month, we’re marking the occasion by celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to share who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate this month. Their responses highlight the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about.
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“Ann Curry’s determination to overcome obstacles inspires me. She shows that if you get knocked down, you get back up and stay true to your passion and keep pressing on.”

“Lisa Ling is never afraid to get involved and she speaks out for the underdog. That inspires me.”

“Hayao Miyazaki is a master storyteller. His animation is breathtaking and his stories all have a strong message of hope, tolerance and the importance of family structure.”

“I’m inspired by fashion designer Phillip Lim. He started as a salesperson but followed his love for fashion and has created his own design company. Persevere and dreams do come true.”

“I’m inspired by author Amy Tan because her writings are some of the most influential of her generation.”

“In addition to his martial arts talent, I am inspired by Bruce Lee because he promoted a lifestyle of inner peace.”

“My mom inspires me, because she has taught me all of life’s lessons. She is the strongest woman I know!”

To see even more of our employees and their inspirations, follow your favorite Nordstrom store Facebook page, where we’ll be sharing more photos just like these throughout Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

 

Every day at Nordstrom we are inspired by the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. To celebrate that diversity, we asked our employees around the country to share who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate Black History Month.

We are loving their responses. They make us reflect on the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about. We’d like to share a handful of our favorites so far.

“Michelle Obama inspires me to reach out and help more with my friends, family and strangers. She has taught me that when everything is said and done it is all about family and love.”

“I’m inspired by Hines Ward, #86 of the six-time Super Bowl champs, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can get tackled by the biggest, baddest defender and get up with a huge smile on his face.

“He inspires me to not sweat the small stuff. If someone or something knocks me down, then I should get back up with a smile on my face.”

“Maya Angelou is the unequivocal example of a graceful woman. She inspires through her words. She uplifts, values all people and guides from the heart. Every day, I strive to lead with grace and the same genuine influence.”

“I’m inspired by Nelson Mandela, who once said, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ He reminds us that nothing in this world is impossible.”

“The Tuskegee Airmen are inspiring to me because despite being subjected to racial discrimination inside and outside of the military, they trained and flew with distinction. They enlisted at a time when many people thought black men lacked intelligence and skill, and their courage and determination proved otherwise.”

“Toni Morrison has created some of the most poignant literature that speaks candidly about American culture and history. Not only has she won Pulitzer and Nobel prizes, but her masterful works inspire me to move beyond the human condition as I seek to better understand those with whom I come in contact.”

“I’m inspired by Richard and Mildred Loving. When the State of Virginia refused to recognize their interracial marriage, and exiled them across state lines, they fought for their rights to live and love in their hometown.

“In 1967, Loving v. Virginia ended all race-based marriage bans in the U.S. In a time where some couples are still battling for their right to marry the person they love, the Lovings’ courage and perseverance remains a model for our nation.”

To see even more of our employees and their inspirations, follow your favorite Nordstrom store Facebook page, where we’ll be sharing more photos just like these throughout Black History Month.