Career Shakers


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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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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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 I should be further along…

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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 to acting school. Ah, remember…

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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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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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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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Theresa Roden

A Personal Transformation Inspires a New Program for Girls

I was an overweight kid who never felt athletic. I hated gym class and was always the last one picked for the kickball and volleyball games.  Although I loved to swim (I was in the…

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Susie Barry Roden

Surviving Life Passages Leads to A Career of Compassion

At the age of 38, I was single and living a kind of fast and loose restaurant industry life in Long Island, New York. I had just bought a house and moved in on a…

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