• I’ve waited a full year to share the lessons I learned from the most influential person in my life…my mother. There was no funeral, no service. The children who could move away, did. She was alone in her last days. The obituary read simply: On Thursday, June 8, 2023, Diane Clifford Neuman, age 81 of...

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  • One of my first trips beyond my living room since having my hip replaced was to be a guest lecturer at University of Maryland for their brilliant engineering students. This cohort of some of the best and brightest in Maryland accepted the challenge to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. I shared my entrepreneurial journey...

  • Adventures with Leslie Sometimes you don’t pick the cause, it picks you. When I took over my sister Leslie’s care, I had no idea what the future would bring. I was reeling from the impact on my career and family. Then, I quickly realized I hadn’t been working all these years for myself, I was...

  • Adventures with Leslie I got a call a few weeks ago, “Hello, my name is Kyle (name changed) and I’m looking for the representative for Leslie. I’m her new service coordinator.” Ugh. My luck had run out. When I took over Leslie’s care, I sifted through piles of documents from my mothers’ house, many were...

  • There were few things Leslie wanted to keep when she moved in with me. A notable exception: her Special Olympics Maryland patches from the 1970's!

  • In 2000, one of my company investors, Sandy Apgar, invited me to a networking event at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. It was a who’s who - the place was dark, drinks were flowing, and people were shaking hands.

  • In May 2000, I had the honor of walking across a stage for the first time. I earned an MBA, without finishing high school or college, from the Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business and Management.

  • It’s the kind of question you ask knowing that whichever way it’s answered, there’s really no way to say no, which is why I was nervous to pick up the phone and call. But I also didn’t want to miss the wedding.

  • I had no idea visiting colleges with my teen would be a walk down memory lane, especially for this non-college graduate.

  • Leslie returned home after visiting with family for a few days. She walked in the door…didn’t slow her roll even a tiny bit as she breezed past me…took off her shoes, walked up the steps, emptied her lunch bag, put the water bottle and containers in the sink, handed me the schedule of activities at her day program, unpacked her overnight bag, put her laundry in the bin, and hung up her clothes.