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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/.

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Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

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The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

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If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
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If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

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I’m not afraid of storms,
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Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

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There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

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You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
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Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
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– Ella Fitzgerald

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

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The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

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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.”

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Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

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Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
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Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

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

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Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

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

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Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

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

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As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

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The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

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

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

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

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The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

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I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

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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.”

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The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

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

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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.”

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You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

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

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The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

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

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

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That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

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

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You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
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As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

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If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

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There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK