thought_provoking“I am a more patient and effective individual who is less reactive and more constructive as a result of the tools and Baby Steps I’ve taken in conjunction with DRIVEN Professionals’ energy management and personal development workshops.”

— Fen Yee Teh, Founder: Cook Play Live

Paula M croppedThis week was quite productive. I stayed away from social media in the mornings (as in right after I wake up). It’s amazing HOW MUCH I can acomplish by not grabbing my phone first thing in the morning. It sets the tone of the day. Instead of browsing on my phone while having breakfast, I take that time do plan my day and have a sense of what I need to get done.

Also, I am including “social media/text breaks” throughout the day. I already used Pomodoro to break up my time in work and rest cycles, but now I’m doing a work-social media/text-rest cycle. It’s been life-changing. I mean, really. It’s like night and day. When I’m on my social media/text break, I allow myself to catch up with my social life. When the timer goes off, I get on “rest” mode and completely get off the computer/phone and disconnect. It’s this 5-minute period that I can silence that interior chatter and ground myself. Now, all I have to do is keep this for 30 days to become a habit, lol. That’s the challenge!!!

— Paula Machado, Co-Founder of Arseen


Keep doing the great work you have been doing.  We re-energize at the events you organize.


— Ivana Estrada, Vice President, Morgan Stanley

IMG_1606I attend DRIVEN events because they are consistently high quality. Deborah Goldstein creates and produces programs that have excellent presenters,  sharing relevant content that can be immediately incorporated into one’s life.  Networking at DRIVEN events is an extension of the program and seems to flow naturally which is a huge plus!

— Lisa Ernst, Executive Director, Savvy Ladies

Elizabeth_WadeAs an entrepreneur, you never stop thinking about your business. Whether you’re at home, taking a vacation, or walking down the street for a cup of coffee you’re thinking about the work ahead. Attending the recent DRIVEN Advancement Strategy Symposium, I heard from and met with tremendous women working determinedly toward achieving their professional goals. DRIVEN’s symposiums challenge us to make small daily changes or “baby steps” to continually advance toward achieving our goals and living our passions.

 DRIVEN’s event taught me to embrace my personal brand and let client experiences work for me. After the event, I’ve committed myself to letting my brand shine and being bold enough to ask: Ask for new business, ask for a referral, and even ask for help.  Thank you DRIVEN for reminding me of the power of ASK!

— Elizabeth Wade, Founder, Prospect Placement

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DRIVEN is not your typical ‘suit and tie networking organization’ but rather one that creates experiences for its members and guests, which facilitate networking and learning in a natural environment via interactive, fun events! I am excited to be a part of an evolving organization.’


— Lenka Wiles, Director, RSM

DRIVEN has been a wonderful experience not only in getting to know Deborah, but in networking and getting my first three clients for my new business. I have reconnected with old colleagues, which has been a tremendous experience. I find everyone I meet to be genuine, and inviting, which has been comforting as a new entrepreneur. I am thankful to be a member of DRIVEN.

— Jessica Robinson, Founder, PurePoint


The DRIVEN “Love Languages” book discussion was a fabulous event! Deborah chose a very important topic and Ginny was an excellent moderator. The discussion was lively, open and honest. I loved hearing everyone’s different insights and experiences, plus sharing my own. We all went to a deeper level than at a typical networking event. This was my first DRIVEN event and I was impressed with the friendly, insightful and professional people that it attracted. Thank you, Deborah! I look forward to attending more!

— Cheryl Lazarus, , Relationship Coach, Founder of Zengalove

Adeeti KattiMy first DRIVEN event was also my first “real” networking event. So of course I was extremely nervous and unsure of how the night would turn out. But as I heard the thoughts and experiences of others in the room, I realized that these men and women were so much like me! Their experiences and goals inspired me to trust my own instincts I often thought were possibly silly or would never be taken seriously. I was immersed in such an open and accepting environment, an excellent introduction to the world of networking! Best of all, it was refreshing to see everyone open up about insecurities and points of improvement while taking the help and support of equally understanding professionals. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity so early in my career and these skills will follow me for life.

— Adeeti Katti, Senior, Columbia University

profile pic (1)Deborah Goldstein’s events are not your average networking event! They are intimate affairs with a delicate balance between meeting decision makers, learning valuable business tools and insights and relishing in the pleasure of good company and delicious wine! Frankly, you’ll feel guilty that networking can be this pleasurable.


— Deborah Asseraf, Founder, Popcorn Productions