Patti Pao Grit and Soul

Twenty-Five Years to an Overnight Success!

Full disclosure, I grew up hearing I was ugly, dumb, fat, lazy and wouldn’t amount to much.  I heard this from my parents.  My father, in particular, would tell me...

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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...

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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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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...

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This is Not Your Mother’s Menopause

I may be known as Meg’s Menopause today, but the journey here has been full of interesting twists and turns, ups and downs. Everything I’ve done, I dove into full speed ahead, and never looked...

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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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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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THE RESILIENT


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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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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From Divorce and Addiction to Happiness and Peace

I am the middle sibling of three daughters born in 1956 in Jersey City, NJ.  My childhood was difficult; my mother was overwhelmed, and I felt unwanted and unloved. Through my teenage years, I endured...

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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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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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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


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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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 that’s just yours to make...

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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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