The Decision Makers Series is one of our staff’s favorite because decision making is a topic that so many of us have studied deeply.

Daniel Fickle | Filmmaker

I still wouldn’t call myself successful, but my version of success is constantly evolving. I’ve been self-employed doing my own thing for seven years though, so I have to at least be thankful for that. I think what has contributed to my “success” is a lack of patience. There’s certainly elements that require patience which I’m continuing to harness, but there’s something to be said about hustling and using that lack of patience to keep pushing. I hate waiting around. Life is short. We could disappear from this world tomorrow, so I want to do as much as I can before my time is up. My lack of patience forces my career further. Read more>>

Jeannette Stutzman | Artist and Certified Health & Weight Loss Coach

I believe the best path in life is to work daily towards learning and growing. To evolve as a person and as an artist. To see the world’s obstacles as opportunities. The single most important decision I’ve made that has contributed to my success is to pursue my passions and do what I love. Life is rewarding and full of gifts!. Read more>>

Whitney Lewis-Smith | Photo and Installation Based Artist

In my early days as an artist I spent a lot of time worrying wether the work I created would resonate with the public while simultaneously absorbing comments from mentors like a map for success. This is a necessary process for all young creatives, of course, but there was a definite turning point when I decided to let go of that stress. Having integrity of vision and embarking on projects that felt authentic and challenging allowed me to develop my own visual language. That Language has absolutely become my creative currency. Read more>>

Adriana Paola Palacios Luna | Feminist, Artist and Maker Educator – Mother of 3

The most important decision that has contributed to my success is that my project is based on love, the passion for art, science and culture, and with a high commitment for socio-environmental justice. This has made my actions and projects close to the community. Is a win – win project. Another important thing is that I started from my personal history. I share dreams, hope and struggles with other women and other members of the community and working toward collective wellness and collective care makes my organization to grow stronger.Luna Cultura, Art, Science and Culture for Thriving Communities, is a bilingual and bi-cultural business that aspires to make changes in my life and in my family’s life, to be able to achieve generational wealth, but at the same time, to contribute to the well-being of my community with the services we provide. Read more>>

Carrie Cerreta-Kessie | Increase Employee Morale, Wellness & Productivity with Puppy & Kitten Wellness Breaks

Following my passion! Ohhh & I’d highly recommend that path! After 20 plus years of having my own counseling practice, I decided to shake things up! I knew I wanted and frankly needed a change. I also always knew I wanted to do something with animals! So I thought, how could I combine my experience and passion? I knew the amazing impacts animals have on humans but after time researching career paths, I wasn’t personally inspired. Then the whole picture came together! Create workplace puppy and kitten wellness breaks by teaming up with local rescues! Bam! I’ve combined my passion and love for animals with my experience with helping people. I love arriving at businesses with adoptable, rescue puppies or kittens and watching everyone’s immediate smiles and overall boost in energy and morale while their stress just disappears!. Read more>>