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Personality: Ayana Obika

Spotlight on co-host of Le Diner en Blanc-Richmond

8/9/2019, 6 a.m.
The city’s diversity and elegance will shine again with the third annual Le Diner en Blanc-Richmond, a chic, pop- up ...

Top challenge in Richmond: Our biggest challenge as we grow the event — we have a waiting list of more than 7,000 — is finding locations that are large enough and meet all of the other specific requirements of the international office. We are always on the lookout for unique locations and usually start talking about the next year’s location as we are planning the current event.

Dream for the event: To have each edition deliver joy to ev- eryone who attends or witnesses the event.

Outlook at start of day: Excited and praying for no rain.

A quote that I am inspired by: “The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” — Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch in “The Last Lecture.”

Something I love to do that most people would never imagine: Camping. I love being outdoors.

Best late-night snack: Plain Lay’s potato chips.

Quality I most admire in others: Loyalty and I love a dreamer-visionary.

Greatest source of inspiration: My parents and my teachers — all of them.

Favorite recreational activity: Taking long hikes with my dog.

Biggest chance I ever took: Risk taking is part of my DNA. So I’m not sure how to quantify this.

Best thing my parents ever taught me: My parents died when I was young, but they both stressed the importance of education.

At the top of my “to-do” list: To take the train from coast to coast.

The person who influenced me the most: It would be either my parents or my children. I have learned so much about life and love from all of them.

Book that influenced me the most: “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison. And I have to include “The Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer.

What I’m reading now: “Parable of the Sower” and “Kindred,” both by Octavia E. Butler.

Next goal: To take a beach vacation with my whole family.