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Stephanie Kavanagh

Age: 56

Sales Director in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

"Every day is a gift. Be in the moment so that you can live, love and laugh with those in your tribe."

Stephanie Kavanagh

What is the best thing about being your age?

Being an empty nester, feeling more empowered and willing to take more risks at this stage in my life.

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?

My parents divorced when I was 13 years old and my brother was only seven. My mother was a single parent, raising two children on her own. My first job was in high school and gave her all of my earnings to help pay the bills. When I was in college, I worked part-time to pay for my tuition and also received some scholarships. There were people outside of my family that doubted that I could even afford to go to college. Additional pressures were also placed on me, being the oldest child. I felt that I was also responsible for taking care of my family and taking care of my baby brother. I am the first one in my family to get a college degree. My mom was the one that emphasized the importance of education and how that would impact our future. My ambition to be successful was driven by my desire to take care of the people I love. This life experience has shaped who I am and the importance of family.

What is your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?

On a family trip to Hawaii we went on a zip-line adventure and being upside down at a very high altitude!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Family time.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My height. I wish I was at least a few inches taller.

what is your greatest extravagance?

Being pampered at the spa for the entire day, from head to toe!

What is your most treasured possession?

Family pictures/portraits and my children's artwork.

what do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising two beautiful children who are both very kind and compassionate human beings. My daughter is the sassy and spirited one, while my son is the one who has the great sense of humor! I also married my college sweetheart and we just celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary.

What is a trait you are most proud of?

Compassion and perseverance.

What do you most value in your friends?

Genuineness and kindness.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps through hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." – Maya Angelou What advice would you give your younger self?

Make sure that you carve out time to spend with your family. Climbing the career ladder is a wonderful accomplishment but don't do it at the expense of your family.

Words of wisdom for younger women

Be true to yourself and never lose your sparkle.

Additional Thoughts on aging...

Every day is a gift. Be in the moment so that you can live, love and laugh with those in your tribe.

Stephanie Kavanagh
Stephanie Kavanagh