Amy Siskind_profile

From Wall Street to Political Activist

When I graduated from college, and during a long career on Wall St., I never would have guessed where my life would take me. I like to say I am…

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Sophie Stach Virgilio

From Occupied Poland to Asbury Park, NJ – An Author is Born at 80

  I begin my book, Goat in the Attic, with a note about my Mamusia, Aunt Katherine. . . As a child, I always thought Aunt Katherine was my Mother. …

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Denise Woodard Partake Foods

My Child’s Food Allergies Sparked a Passion Within Me

My entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to education, were nurtured by my parents.  I grew up in a small town in Fayetteville, North Carolina to an African American father and a…

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Turning the Loss of Her Son Into a BIGVISION For Sober Life

I was born in Brooklyn, New York in the 60’s where I had a very nice, normal childhood in a modern orthodox Jewish family. My family included a brother and…

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Change Advocates


Jackie Tobacco

The Healing Power of Horses for Autistic Children.

Ever since a pony accident when I was five years old, horses have been one of my greatest fears in life.  Never would I have predicted that someday I would own a farm, or that…

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Dawn and Maddy Massabni

After Losing her Daughter to Toxic Shock Syndrome, A Mother Becomes an Advocate to Create Awareness

My daughter Madalyn “Maddy” was adventurous and full of life. Her laugh was infectious and when she walked into a room, everyone knew Maddy had arrived.  Born and raised on the Jersey shore, her favorite…

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Menopause Meets Its Match.

Growing up in the northeast of England in a working class neighbourhood meant that there was lots of opportunity for me to be led astray.  As I started high school and, in a concerted effort…

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THE RESILIENT


A husband’s legacy lives on helping families and kids deal with loss and grief.

When I met David, the love of my life, he said something very startling to me.  He told me he didn’t think he would live past age 40.  His words turned out to be prophetic….

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An Entrepreneur with A Compassionate Mission

I worked for many years at large advertising agencies for a variety of clients such as IBM, American Express, Quaker Oats and South African Airways. Together with a  Columbia professor and other social scientists, we…

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Lisa Luckett Cozmeena

The Light in 9/11

My daughter Jen hadn’t been feeling well so I took her to school a little late that day.  She had just started 2nd grade in our quiet little New Jersey town.  I got home a…

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UNCONVENTIONALS


Suzanne Lecht Grit and Soul

From Rural American Girl to Art Impresario in Vietnam

As I grew up in rural Kansas, I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams the course that my life would take. My journey to becoming an art dealer living in Hanoi is an…

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Finding Joy and Purpose in Laos

I was born in Switzerland in 1980, a very sporty and temperamental little girl. During my teenage years, I first studied languages, then sociology and political science and eventually earned a degree in marketing. Later,…

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Career Transformation from Nurse to Goat Farmer!

I grew up in Oyster Bay, Long Island surrounded by animals.  My dad brought home a lot of strays and we had a menagerie that included horses, dogs, cats, turtles and even an injured owl….

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CAREER SHAKERS


Denise Woodard Partake Foods

My Child’s Food Allergies Sparked a Passion Within Me

My entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to education, were nurtured by my parents.  I grew up in a small town in Fayetteville, North Carolina to an African American father and a Korean mother.  While my father…

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Everyone has a Story — I Wrote Mine at 60.

I believe that everyone has a story.  Storytelling is an art form as old as mankind, and as an editor and teacher, I’ve been privileged to spend most of my adult life coaxing stories out…

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Julie Ricciardi, CEO, Walking With Purpose

A Spiritual Journey from Corporate Executive to Mission Driven Non-Profit Executive

I attended Boston College as a scholarship athlete and graduated with a double major in Theology and Economics. At the time, my father asked, “what will you do with that?” I ended up having an…

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