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The Brain: Our Next Frontier

I just returned from an inspirational trip to the Brain Health Fair in Boston. Hosted by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the Brain Health Fair launched the AAN Annual Meeting uniting over 15,000 neurologists from around the world. This event was designed and executed by neurologists who were on hand to answer questions about the wonders of the brain. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about: epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s and movement disorders, pain, concussion, ...
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This Is 40

Today I am 40. The last few weeks I have been reflecting on what I’ve learned and lost these past 40 years. It is a valuable and remarkable check-in point. I remember my mom throwing my dad an over the top 40th birthday bash. I also remember a pile of black gift bags saying “over the hill”. Our culture portrays this milestone as a celebration of life and doomsday all-in-one, but I want a different experience. I want to reflect ...
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The Ultimate Patron Experience from the Napa Valley Film Festival

In honor of the 89th Oscars airing Sunday night, I thought it would be fun to share my ultimate patron experience from the Napa Valley Film Festival last November. Our country’s election was certainly a dramatic backdrop for opening night. After a sneak preview of the Oscar nominated film, 20th Century Women, starring Annette Benning, we enjoyed mingling with artists and filmmakers at a reception in St. Helena. The highlight of the night was meeting the cast of an inspirational ...

Reflections

For the past few weeks, I have delved through old videos and pictures of Mickie during her early battle with Epilepsy to provide content for the Mickie’s Miracles website.

Women Making History

I have a long time friend whose invitations’ elicit a fast response from me. Ninon has had this effect on me since we first met in LA while working in the entertainment industry. She is a political sage and an intuitively powerful networker. So when she invited me to attend Senator Barbara Boxer’s Annual Women Making History Luncheon in Beverly Hills on August 23, I gladly accepted.

Inspire and Be Inspired

This past Monday I had the honor of making a presentation to an incredible group of special needs parents and caregivers in our community. I had been looking forward to this opportunity for months. This organization was created by a friend and pediatric nurse who witnessed a major gap in services for special needs children.

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