Daughter of Colorado Springs' first and only black mayor carrying on his legacy

Fighting discrimination and advocating for equal opportunity was the primary ax to grind for Leon Young, Colorado Springs' first and only black mayor and vice mayor, says Denise Young Smith, the only child of the late Young and his late wife, Margie.

"He was incredibly vocal around discriminatory practices," Smith said. "His primary concern was the quality of life for everyone and when there wasn't representation."

Like father, like daughter.

Smith, who was born and raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Palmer High School, is considered one of the most powerful black women in Silicon Valley.

Fei Wu

Fei Wu is the creator and host for Feisworld Podcast.

She earned her 3rd-Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, persisting when the other 8 year-olds quit the hobby. Now she teaches kids how to kick and punch, and how to be better humans.

She hosts a podcast called Feisworld which attracts 100,000 downloads and listeners from 40 different countries. In 2016, Fei left her lucrative job in advertising to build a company of her own. She now has the freedom to help small businesses and people reach their goals by telling better stories, finding more customers and creating new revenue streams.