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Roxanne Rukowicz Ladd, Behind the Scenes Events

COLUMN = EVENTS

Ranked one of Washington, DC’s top meeting and event planners since 2009 by the Washington Business Journal, Roxanne Rukowicz Ladd’s Behind the Scenes Events, opened its doors in July of 2008 with a single concept in mind: to offer organizations access to an affordable, full-service meeting-and-event-planning solution.

Having worked in the Washington, DC, meeting and event industry for over a decade, Roxanne started her career at the Greater Washington Board of Trade in 1999. Her experience with this influential regional network of business leaders allowed her hands-on training from the start. What began as a mere temporary work assignment later progressed into a position as general manager as she excelled at each advanced meeting-and-event-planning position she held.

Her extensive association and nonprofit planning skills are accented by experience working in the social and entertainment markets. Positions with The Walt Disney Companies and as a freelance wedding and special-event coordinator have featured opportunities with A-list celebrity clients and top-ranking government officials.

With a commitment to excellence and a focus on the customer experience, Roxanne and her Behind the Scenes Events team create and produce exemplary meetings and events that drive an organization’s mission and goals.

For more information, visit www.behindthescenesdc.com and check out Roxanne’s highly helpful events-planning blog, http://btsevents.blogspot.com/.

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats