YLIANNA GUERRA DADASHI
"YOUR LIFE IS YOUR MESSAGE TO THE WORLD, MAKE SURE IT'S INSPIRING."
My name is Ylianna Dadashi. I suppose one could say my life thus far has been somewhat atypical. I was born and raised in the southern city of McAllen, TX which lies about 5 miles from the U.S.- Mexico border. I am the eldest of two daughters; I have two loving parents, and grew up dancing ballet from the ages of 2 to 18.
While working to attain my bachelor’s degree my life took a wondrous turn when I won the title of Miss Texas USA. Upon winning the title, I decided to do something most people would not advise you to do in college- take on a 21-hour-senior-level course week so that I graduate at the end of that semester. Those final four months of my undergraduate career where some of the most strenuous months of my life. During the week I’d focus on school, while weekends were dedicated to travel commitments and appearances as Miss Texas USA.
It all paid off when I graduated with my bachelor’s in communications from The University of the Incarnate Word just shy of my 22nd birthday. Upon graduation I moved to Houston where I assumed my duties of Miss Texas USA full-time. What that meant was that I shared my platforms of anti-bulling and the importance of furthering ones education during various speaking engagements. I lent a helping hand in lots of volunteer work and participated in plenty of “appearance” events leading up to the Miss USA competition in July of 2015 where I placed 1st runner-up.
Shortly after Miss USA, I got engaged to the man of my dreams Michael Dadashi, and moved to Austin where I took on a the role as an Assistant Accounts Manager at a women-owned communications agency, EnviroMedia (creator’s of the slogan Don’t Mess with Texas). While at EnviroMedia I worked on various accounts including the Texas Tobacco campaigns for the Texas Department of State and Health Services, Click It or Ticket for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, FARE Rideshare, water conservation campaigns for the North Texas Municipal Water District, as well as several campaigns for the Texas Department of Transportation.
In March of 2016 I co-founded the story-telling, social media platform HeartWater. Finding not enough time to dedicate to my true passions and to HeartWater, I left EnviroMedia to pursue my dream of creating a company that could potentially change the World.
On October 1, 2016 I married my angel Michael. Together, we continuously mastermind on ideas and ways to improve our community and implement them into our companies, MHD Enterprises, Infinite Recovery and HeartWater. Currently, I focus my time and efforts on all things HeartWater. e.g.: HW social, HW stories, HW products and The HeartWater Foundation. Products? Foundation? You read that correctly. It’s still Top Secret so I can’t say too much just yet except that they are going to be AWESOME!
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Awards and Recognition
- April 13 Proclaimed "Ylianna Guerra Day" by McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.
- Recognized in the Texas Senate by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa for charity work as Miss Texas USA and for efforts with Infinite Recovery and HeartWater.
- Received a state senate proclamation and Texas flag flown over the Capitol in my honor by Senator Eddie Lucio.
- Holds key to three Texas cities: McAllen, Harlingen, Raymondville.
- Received a water salute by the McAllen Fire Department upon arrival after Miss USA.
- Awarded "Woman of Honor" by SJL of Mission, TX.
Charities and Organizations
- Co-Founder, The HeartWater Foundation: Improving the lives of children and families suffering from extreme poverty, disease, and addiction.
- Member & Advocate, WhizzKids United
- Member, World Economic Forum's Global Shapers
- Member, Austin Women Entrepreneur Society
- Miss Texas USA volunteer work: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Easter Seals, Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, the Texas Children's Hospital, MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, Houston FoodBank, San Antonio Food Bank, San Antonio ISD, Proyecto Desarollo Humano, Meals on Wheels, Edinburg Children's Hospital, McAllen ISD.