By Laura A. Roser If you spend any time with a two-year-old, you will see the physical manifestation of what most of us feel under the surface when spending time with family. Things are going great, we’re having a fun time, life is joyful and exciting, and then something happens and it triggers a tantrum. In…

Q & A with Relationship Advisor, Alison Lessard   I first learned about Alison from reading an article she had written about relationships. In it, she wrote about overcoming shame, analyzing family behaviors and working on overcoming incorrect relationship models. Unlike so many other relationship experts, who focus on gut feelings, attracting the right partner…

Q & A with Krishna Pendyala, Founder and CEO of ChoiceLadder Institute Over the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Krishna Pendyala a couple of times. What I noticed about Krishna almost immediately was his passion and depth of knowledge. He spent more than two decades coaching and consulting with high…

How Gail McGovern, CEO of the American Red Cross, Continues Her Legacy While Giving Hope to Others in Times of Need By Laura A. Roser Even after eight years, I still haven’t quite gotten used to looking in the eyes of someone who has completely lost everything,” says Gail McGovern, CEO of the American Red Cross,…

by Steven Le, Founder of Le Mobile Feast   It’s no secret that food brings people together. The preparation and enjoyment of it forge friendships and strengthen family bonds, as each occasion like Thanksgiving reminds us. When we gather at the table and share stories, we participate in a uniquely human activity. Since the paintings…

How Marc Leder, Private Equity Maven and Co-Founder  of Sun Capital Partners, Got Hooked by the Art World  By Laura A. Roser   “For many years, I was two-dimensional—kids and work,” says Marc Leder, financier and Hamptons socialite. “That was my whole life up into my early 40s.” Then Marc discovered the art scene. “It is…

How to Avoid Becoming Your Parents By Laura A. Roser   Do you look at your parents and become terrified about marriage or starting a family? Maybe your parents had a dysfunctional relationship—always fighting and screaming at each other. Maybe they fell out of love. Maybe they avoid each other or stare at the television rather…

By J.B. Pravda   Brian Happel, CEO of BBVA Compass, Ft. Worth, Texas, a prominent regional banking institution might be said to have figuratively ‘kicked down’ an unlikely door to his 33-year (and counting) banking career with what he first gleaned from a ‘how to’ book. “When I was a freshman in high school, I was…

Documenting Your Past for a Better Future By Laura A. Roser   “We’ve been doing some organizing,” my mother announced. She pointed to cardboard boxes resting on their basement floor. “That’s your stuff. Figure out what you want to keep.” I sighed. This is not how I wanted to spend my family visit. I begrudgingly opened…

How A Wedding Becomes A Catalyst For Defining Who We Are by Matthew Roser   “A wedding is the one time in your life when everyone important will be present,” says Kelli Corn, lead designer and creator of an events company of the same name. Gathering each of the influencing players in our life story…

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