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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/.

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

– Indira Ghandi

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

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

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

– Anais Nin

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

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

– John Lennon

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– General Omar Bradley

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Booker T. Washington

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

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

– Marcel Proust

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– Charles R. Swindoll