A TEEN’S TAKE: Tori Sausse on meeting influential women at a forum in Washington, D.C.

“A mentor that I particularly admired was Laura Alonso (who has led government watchdog efforts in Argentina and trained others in Latin America to also monitor governments). She was quirky, funny and different. … What she does is amazing. Laura showed me how to raise awareness about my cause and she inspired me to push further than what I had originally planned. She also helped me with my mantra: ‘I am the push to give back hope.’ She, as well as the other mentors, made me stop and think about what I could do better as a woman leader.”

Age: 16

School: Central High School, sophomore

Parents: Laura and John Primeaux and Brian Sausse

FAVORITES:

Books: “Anything written by Stephen King.”

TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Movie: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Music: “I listen to all kinds of music, especially rock or anything metal. I will always be a Korn fan, but they share half my heart with Sleeping With Sirens.”

Hangout: “I mostly stay at home. I go out with friends to the movies or the mall. Starbucks is also my true love.”

Role model: “It’s hard to pick a role model after meeting all of my extraordinary mentors, but I admire Audrey Hepburn. She was incredible not only as an actress, but as a person in general. The work she did for people who had less than her inspires me to do the same.”

Extra: Tori Sausse, as one of 50 female teens selected as an ANNpower Fellow for her leadership potential, participated this spring in the ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum, a three-day leadership training and mentorship program in Washington, D.C., where she met such leaders as Kate Hudson, actress and ANNpower Advisory Council member; and Hilary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State. The Fellows were charged with developing projects to address social issues in their communities. Sausse said she is thinking about a project to increase awareness about cancers that specially affect women.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor