Only the combination of cultural curiosity, passion, fearlessness and a set of Jewish parents breathing fire down her neck could lead a sane human being to buy a one-way ticket to Nairobi and face probable death in an effort to become the world's first female Maasai warrior. Mindy Budgor embodies that combination. In her junior year at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Mindy started her first business, CollegeButler, a concierge service for undergrads. She sold the company several years later and worked at a small sports marketing agency. She also managed early-stage investments for the agency's CEO. In 2009, after leaving her marketing job, Mindy's career was at a standstill. Unsure what she wanted to do next, she simultaneously applied to business school and bought a multi-stop plane ticket to Bangladesh and Kenya to explore her interests in social enterprises in developing countries. After completing a two-month microfinance internship in Dhaka, Mindy traveled to Kenya. While volunteering to build a clinic in the Maasai Mara, she met several members of the Maasai, a semi-nomadic tribe, which led to the journey detailed in Warrior Princess. Mindy hopes Warrior Princess will bring attention to her tribe and empower readers to slap complacency in the face and take the reins in their own lives.
"Some of us face our fears and some of us make our fears face us. In her engaging memoir, Warrior Princess, Mindy Budgor does both with grace, grit, and good humor."-Jaimal Yogis, best-selling author of The Fear Project and Saltwater Buddah "Warrior Princess is funny, charming, and surprisingly uplifting. I enjoyed this courageous and transforming journey." -Julie Klam, best-selling author of Friendkeeping