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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/.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

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

– Goldie Hawn

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

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

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

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

– Byron Katie

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

– Hindu Proverb

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

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

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

– Thomas Carlyle

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Chinese Proverb

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

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

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

– Indira Ghandi

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– Robert Frost

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

– Lao Tzu

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

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

– Magical

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Charles Dickens

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane