Mariama Kallon laughed at her response about speaking for the first time at Time Out for Women. But Kallon knows scary, having grown up in war-torn Sierra Leone.
"If it wasn't for hope, I wouldn't have been able to be here with you. Hope is the reason I am here."
With a slideshow behind her, Kallon described living in war-torn Sierra Leone: "we moved from one place to another, trying to find a place of safety." One morning they found out the rebels were coming to the town they lived. As they raced to leave, Kallon and her sister had to leave her parents.
"There was nothing we could do to save them," she remembered sadly.