The bandages on her eyes darkened her world and her dreams. Victoria Napolitano might have been the first black woman to work as a robbery detective at the San Jose Police Department, but now she wondered how she would even survive. The city that employed her was fighting to deny responsibility for her medical costs related to an eye injury she sustained while on duty. She had used all of her sick time and personal savings to make ends meet. Her husband had left her when he learned she might never regain her eyesight. She soon discovered he had not paid the bills before leaving, so her electricity was about to be turned off. She wondered how she would care for her four-year-old son, Tyler. It couldn’t get any worse.
The story of how Victoria—through hard work, determination, and an unmatched drive to succeed—came back from these dire circumstances is truly moving. Somehow, through all the adversity, she found something positive: her talent for poetry. She built upon this talent as she slowly recovered much of her eyesight.
This story is about Victoria’s extraordinary courage. She went from the depths of despair to starting a business and publishing this magazine. What you will learn about her life is the result of in-depth interviews with Victoria and of those close to her. Her strong sense of modesty and privacy led to more than a few difficult discussions about what I could include in these articles. She reluctantly agreed that if her story is to be told, it must be told in full. I think you will find her narrative as compelling and inspirational as any you have ever heard.
Victoria has taken a bold risk, and it is paying off. She is a unique individual and one of the most driven people I know. Most people have heard of entrepreneurs being called “go-getters.” I have taken to calling her a “go-giver” because of her kindness and her vision of how businesses working together can achieve great things. Expect to see her doing great things in the months and years to come.
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