Burnt out from her corporate job in 2012, Ese Ofurhie decided she wanted to see more positivity and motivation in the world. So she got together with a high school friend who happened to work in the same cubicle and developed the idea for ENSPIRE Magazine, which she eventually decided to take on independently. “When I first started ENSPIRE Magazine, I truly did not know the full scope of what I wanted to accomplish,” she says, “but I knew I wanted to motivate people and encourage them to do better for themselves.”
From the beginning, Ese envisioned ENSPIRE’s impact growing beyond just a magazine, and made it happen. “I partnered with my local Small Business Association,” she says, “first in Queens and then in the Bronx, mentoring 18-21 year-olds who weren't in school and looking for job skills. We got everyone set up with an office space and area to work; it’s been incredible. I ended up working with students at the same community center that I used to go to after school growing up.” The young adults that Ese mentored even encouraged her to become a substitute teacher in New York.