From Swimmer to Tech Entrepreneur for a Safer World

Lisa Falzone

Growing up in Santa Barbara, California, all I wanted to do was swim. A childhood spent playing all types of sports gave way to a focus on swimming by middle school. My first job was as a swim instructor, and by the end of high school, I had my sights set on one thing: a […]

Changing the World for People With Disabilities

I learned a long time ago to plan for the best but also to be a realist and prepare for the worst. The health challenges I’ve had since early in my life have shown me that since we cannot control everything, it is all the more important to live as much as possible when you […]

A Surprise Career Turn as a Screenwriter

In the 1980s, when I first moved to the United States for graduate legal studies, if anyone had told me that I would be writing a screenplay, and winning awards for it, I would have never believed it! This was not a goal then, but I’m happy with the way life has turned out. I […]

College and a New Career After 50

Beverly Adams

For years through my volunteer work, I knew I had a calling to work with people suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.  Because of my life circumstances and responsibilities, it took a while to be able to pursue this professionally, but after starting college at 50, I now have the career I always wanted […]

From Ski Bum to Wisdom Seeker

During a trip to Sugarloaf, Maine, in my freshman year of college, I saw snowboarders flying downhill and knew I had found my passion. As soon as the academic year ended, I moved to Colorado to “take a year off.” Leaving behind my close-knit, multigenerational family in New Jersey, I moved to Breckenridge, Colorado and […]

Chapter Two Starts at Age 50!

Greer Hendricks_Grit and Soul

I recently found a drawing from when I was a lot younger. It showed me with a husband and two children. In the picture, I am holding a book that I had written. Just before my 50th birthday this early dream for my life came true: my first novel, co-authored with Sarah Pekkanen, debuted at […]

The Bergdorf Goodman Guide to Animal Welfare

There is an old expression that says gifts sometimes come in strange packaging. I hadn’t thought about that quote in a while. But it came to me early one morning in the summer of 1999 as I sat on a bus spitting steam on the side of the NJ turnpike.  On that day, as I […]

After Breast Cancer, a New Career Blossoms

Sometimes when the absolutely, most horrible thing happens to you, a beautiful gift eventually reveals itself. You must try to stay open to see the signs. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was open to the sign that I needed to make a change.  At first, I was unsure of what the change […]

Amy Siskind—Wall Street to Political Activist

Amy Siskind_profile

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 in the third chapter of my life, one that I never could have predicted, but that is perhaps the most important work of my life. […]

My Child’s Food Allergies Sparked a Passion Within Me

Denise Woodard Partake Foods

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 earned his GED in the military, my mother had to drop out of school due to the Korean war. But […]