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


Kelly Welles 2013DRIVEN Professionals is one of the most dynamic and resourceful forums today for professional women seeking to navigate the shoals of family, health and corporate environments. Even the most successful women can benefit from the thought-provoking community events, progressive workshops and insight tools provided by DRIVEN’s offerings.


— Kelly Welles, Welles Financial Services


When it comes to the “art of food and wine”, no one paints a better canvas than Deborah Goldstein. Whether it is a corporate bonding event, a gathering of fellow businesswomen, or just a group of kindred spirits, Deb Goldstein produces workshops that educate, entertain, and satisfy body, mind and spirit in a most captivating manner. However, don’t take my word for it: sign up for her next wine and food event and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

— Anne Akers, Founder/Editor in Chief GLOW Beauty, Health & Wellness Magazine

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I love to attend an event where I get a lot of value, and Deborah brought so much to the Wine List Navigation workshop: knowledge of wine, food and subtleties, details of how they can be shared and enjoyed and served. She touched on different experiences as they relate to choosing, ordering and how to communicate about wine. Deborah’s strength for this, I know, comes from several years of owning and operating a high end restaurant. She is someone who inspires and teaches simply by sharing her own rich learning experiences. She is a truly seasoned professional in the areas of food, beverage and business etiquette, as well as business and personal development.


B.Shull“I came to the event to learn more about how to give feedback but wound up learning the most about how to receive feedback. It wasn’t something I had spent as much time thinking about but realized that I had been skipping the first step of the AIR model. That first step of describing the action is so important whether you’re giving or receiving feedback.”

— Brigitte Shull , Head of Humanities Publishing and Senior Editor Palgrave Macmillan

CassandraBefore attending the WAC’s “Wine List Navigation: Earn your Wings” Event I had never ordered wine from a wine list at a restaurant. I always let others order for me because of the intimation factor that wine lists have. The wine event was full of information. We did not just learn about what types of foods match certain wines but we also learned how to dissect those hard to read wine lists. We learned about the different kinds of grapes wines contain as well as how to read wine labels. We even received a little cheat sheet booklet as a reference! Not only do I feel competent enough to order wine for a future dinner party, it was a night filled with amazing people, great food, and gorgeous wines.

— Cassandra Palummo, WAC community member

Nichol SmilingI attended my first DRIVEN event last fall, expecting a good networking event with other professional females. What I found was a room packed full with more than 75 dynamic women listening to a DRIVEN specialist speak about perspective, subsequent break-out sessions that offered invaluable professional and personal insight, and an intimate setting in which to network with other like-minded women.  I could not have imagined that I would gain tools that night to help me “maximize my position” the very next day as I sat through my evaluation meeting and enjoyed an incredibly positive experience with a superior with whom I had previously been unable to connect.  Now the only time I miss a DRIVEN event is when I’m stuck at the office too late!”

— Nichol Chiarella, CPA

You are the Message: Communication: This was the first DRIVEN event I attended. Being a graduate student I felt that it would be a huge advantage to learn about non-verbal communication and presentation skills. I left this event knowing more about myself than anticipated. Through a few exercises I learned that I close my eyes when I am presenting. I also learned proper PowerPoint etiquette that I actually put into practice during a presentation two weeks later. Using the tools and information I learned, I have to say that I killed my presentation. I definitely will be able to use all of the knowledge from this event for the future.

— Cassandra Palummo, DRIVEN community member