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...

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Digging Up Your Buried Dream at Any Age

I’ve known I was a writer since I was three. I was one of eight kids, and when you grow up in those great big families, you desperately want something...

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Penelope McDonnell

The Journey from Banker to Naturopath

After completing my undergraduate degree in Business, I started a career in investment banking which I enjoyed. But a variety of circumstances led me to take a break from that....

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Empire Dragons NYC Changes Life for Cancer Patients

As a nurse, I had always been interested in the importance of movement and exercise for patients.  The idea was reinforced when I began working with cancer patients at Memorial...

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Gretchen Biedl Foster Care

A Passionate Champion of Foster Children

I moved to New York City from a small town in Oklahoma when I was 18 because I thought I wanted to be in theater. I was drawn to theater because it was what I...

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Childhood Trauma Leads to Advocating for Children with Differing Abilities

On the first day of summer vacation, when I was six years old, I was playing with Barbie dolls at my best friend’s house. When I left to walk home, I was hit by a...

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Ilene Lainer

Improving the Lives of People with Autism

As a young woman growing up in New Jersey, I would not have imagined that in my 50s, I’d be President of NEXT for AUTISM, a non-profit organization focused on building and supporting innovative programs...

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THE RESILIENT


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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Surviving the Domestic Abuse That Nearly Killed Her

When I met my first husband, I was a 19-year-old college student, book smart, full of compassion and a peacemaker from birth. He was a broken man with no familial support to speak of and...

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Ilene Rainer

One Mother’s Poignant Campaign After Losing Her Son to Overdose

I grew up in New Jersey, in a close-knit Italian family.  My husband, Tito, is from Argentina.  I have three sisters and a brother and between us we have nine kids who are all very...

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UNCONVENTIONALS


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An Accidental Tour Guide to the Arctic

I’ve taken the scenic route through, well, just about everything in my life! I was married for about 5 minutes in my 20’s (his folks lived in a castle in Portugal, what was a girl...

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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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How a High School Dropout Became a Successful School Principal

At 86 years old, I’m a widow, mother of four boys, one granddaughter that I raised as my own, and retired educator. I was born on July 31st, 1931 in Newport News, Virginia. My six...

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CAREER SHAKERS


Unexpected Path for a Champion of First Generation College Students

From Actress to Entrepreneur I’ve always followed my own zig zagged path through life. I went to Wellesley College wanting to be a Supreme Court Justice but ended up going to acting school. Ah, remember...

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Beginning a Modeling Career in her ‘50’s!

Growing up in Canada, it was inevitable that I would embrace outdoor activities in all seasons, however, in the dead of those long winter months, when frigid temperatures prevented any sort of outdoor fun, I...

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Becoming An Award Winning Film Maker at 50

I was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the only child to the two most supportive and loving parents who were both school teachers.  I was a happy kid who excelled in school, played sports and...

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