August 6 … life is a banquet

A year ago today … my beloved mom died suddenly.

It’s all been … a lot. Sometimes life feels in free fall. Other times oddly centered and calm.

A lot of change. Not all bad, nor unexpected. But I miss her.

That kind of brilliant, deep-feeling, vibrant, funny-as-hell force of nature, so unquestionably in your corner? You might know someone like that once in a lifetime, let alone be raised by one.

I’m deeply sad. Every day. But intensely grateful for who she was … and who I am as result.

And hopeful. Always hopeful.

And at peace.

“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” – Mame Dennis

I am a proud Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit board member!

Thank you, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit! It is truly an honor to serve on this board 🎭💕

VIEW VIDEO HERE: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mosaicyouththeatre_mosaic-board-member-roy-sexton-how-does-activity-6960660016177582080-MGwa?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

MEET our BOARD MEMBERS! 👋 We sat down with Mosaic Board Member Roy Sexton to ask: “How does Mosaic foster inclusion for Detroit’s youth?”

Want to meet more of our Board Members? Visit https://lnkd.in/gkPn2H-U

John Mola, FOUR-time triathlete! #loveislove

I’m so proud of this boy. Life has been hard on everyone the past few years. But John’s carried a pretty big burden – parental caregiving, successful but intense workload, managing his own MS in this challenging health environment, the loss of my mom, loss of our Lucy dog, being so loving and helpful to my dad as he rebuilds his life, taking beautiful care of me (no easy task!) and Hudson and our home (including a full bathroom remodel), on and on. He rarely takes time for himself.

Two (!) weeks ago, he announced to me he wanted to run a #sprinttriathlon. His fourth, but it had been a minute since he’d run one. And he did it! He got his fitness where it needed to be, prepared mentally, and completed his mission on Saturday at the #CerealCityTriathlon.

I couldn’t be there, but I awoke (in Vegas) Saturday morning to this photo via text (the wonders of time zones!) and it brought such happy tears to my eyes. The joy and the sense of accomplishment are evident in his expression.

I’m so proud of you: John Mola, four-time (and counting!) #triathlete! 🙌✨ Love you so much!

Ask for more in life. You deserve it. And one day you’ll have a Susan in your life too. #simplytogether22

I hope at least once in everyone’s career they get to have a boss like this. It looks like we are about to launch into a duet of “Islands in the Stream.” But actually this was at the end of our #simplytogether22 Clark Hill firm retreat. My boss Susan Ahern (pictured here) told me how much she appreciated my contributions, how meaningful they were, and how important I was to her and to our work family. I said I felt the same about her. There may have been tears (mine … natch).

It’s a rare privilege to work with someone, let alone an organization, that celebrates you for your authentic self, letting you shine in ways meaningful to you. I have that at Clark Hill. Susan has encouraged and inspired me to be myself fully at all times, to center my talents around empathy and grace and compassion, to leverage the strategic “pause,” and to work harder and smarter than I ever have in my life. She’s elevated me and my work in ways I’d never thought possible. She’s been my ally and my advocate, and she’s helped me discover a higher standard for what I do.

Ask for more in life. You deserve it. And one day you’ll find you have the good fortune to have a Susan in your life too.

Thank you to my beloved colleague Maram Salaheldin, an epitome of intelligence and wit and kindness, for snapping this moment for posterity.

P.S. I think that “encore” behind us is prescient and apropos after this amazing event.

#simplysmarter

As shared by our colleague Alex France 💕

Tempus fugit! Legal Mastermind Podcast mid year recap … with yours truly #lmamkt

AUDIO: https://www.spreaker.com/user/11522142/2022-in-review-so-far-mixdown

Thanks, Chase Williams and Ryan Klein of Market My Market and Legal Mastermind Podcast! Truly an honor to be included in this mid year recap alongside such fab folks …

“2022 In Review So Far features Chuki Obiyo , Brenda Pontiff , Tobi Millrood , Sarah Tetlow , [me! 😁] Roy Sexton, Steve Pockross , Russ Cersosimo Jr. , Juyoun Han , and Frans Johansson.”

Be a leader. Not a busybody.

One of the treasures unearthed at my parents‘ house. A cartoon my dad drew of my grandfather based on a Norman Rockwell image. Some of the humor clearly is of another era when a grown man taking good care of a cat was something tease-worthy.

That said, what I love about this, other than the creativity and the warmth it exhibits, is that it shows we’ve always been a “stand back and hold my beer” kind of family.

I will always be proud of that quality, and it will always be core to my personality.

#love #animals #family #art #beyou #bebold #bekind

Of scouts and leaders, lawyers and tape measures … Legal Marketing Coffee Talk with guest Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers

VIDEO LINKS … Facebook: https://fb.watch/e736QkZrLg/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kates-media_lmct-legalmarketing-lmamkt-activity-6950571168760299520-sX8i?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

YouTube: https://youtu.be/tKUrJq2o7L4

Rob Kates and I had a marvelous time chatting with fab Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers, about the core principles of inclusive, collaborative #leadership, particularly as related to transformational change in #lawfirms. We discuss core change style indicators by leader type (conserver, pragmatist, originator) and how to create greater team balance. Mark also shares with us lessons learned on his recent #scoutjamboree trip to Korea and how #scouting has informed his consulting practice.

Other assorted topics include #dogs, #birthdays, #collecting, #tapemeasures, #tripods, #Cats, #lawyers, #givingback, #millennials, and #compassion.

Legal Marketing Coffee Talk, Thursday, July 7, with fab guest Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers … #lmamkt

Legal Marketing Coffee Talk is back this Thursday with host, Roy Sexton, and his guest, Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers.

Facebook: https://fb.watch/e736QkZrLg/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kates-media_lmct-legalmarketing-lmamkt-activity-6950571168760299520-sX8i?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

YouTube: https://youtu.be/tKUrJq2o7L4

Mark helps lawyers and other professionals become more effective leaders, innovators and business developers. As a consultant, he provides insight, direction, training, coaching and support to leaders of law firms, legal departments and professional service firms. Mark’s clients range from small, one-office firms to global Amlaw 100 firms. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a recipient of the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame.

Roy and Mark promise to have a robust and wide-ranging conversation on the state of the legal industry, where things are headed, and opportunities for legal marketers and business developers within that paradigm. You won’t want to miss this one!

Join us Thursday, July 7th, at 3 PM ET!

Legal Marketing Coffee Talk is brought to you by: By Aries and Kates Media: Video Production

#teamdifficult: “King Kong came to our town …”

My family often deals with sadness and heartache through wit and humor. I think that’s why many of us take a shine to satirists and absurdists. Mel Brooks. Sid Caesar. Stephen Colbert. Sacha Baron Cohen. Kathy Griffin. Richard Pryor. Noel Coward. Jonathan Winters. Steve Allen. Spike Jones. Carl Reiner. Oscar Wilde.

The arrivals in today’s mail fall right in that vein. My parents loved Dory Previn, the quintessential pop music feminist/satirist, so I had ordered this album for nostalgic healing. And my mom would have gotten such a kick from this letter/sticker combo that I received for my contribution at http://www.stickerformenonly.com.

I think of my mom often right now and about how fired up she would be over the state of the world. And how MSNBC would have been blasting from her TV set 24/7. I can only hope I find ways to honor her legacy and speak up for #teamdifficult.

A tale of two Susans: good will hunting … and abiding

Thank you, Goodwill Industries International, Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc. , Bill Warriner, and Lori McCutcheon! Susan is remarkable!

Original post: https://www.facebook.com/525651807446116/posts/5555854667759113/?d=n

There’s a bit more to all of this and I didn’t want to overdo my comment, but we were really struggling with a lot of this purging, and, as we pulled things off the truck, Susan was so complimentary about my mother’s taste and how well received her collection would be. It was such a relief and an encouragement.

And then we found out that Susan shares the same name … as my mother Susie Sexton. And there’s more: Goodwill Susan‘s mother was a professor at Ball State University in the speech department, and was one of my mother’s professors when she was there. My mother studied speech at Ball State. My mother wrote a couple of books, speaking at length about how much she loved her years there.

It all felt like fate, to be honest. And did our hearts a world of good!

#bekind