Substance and Style Q&A with Lisa Friedman from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation
Full name: Lisa Friedman
Occupation: Fundraiser for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation
Favorite Little Activists message from our product line? I love the new collection that you are launching with the message “I’Mpossible" because as Audrey Hepburn said, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I’M Possible'.”
Proudest Mommy Moment? The moment I held my girls for the first time.
Best piece of advice for your children? Always have a kind heart, a fierce mind and a brave spirit.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment and how did you achieve it? My impulse is to answer this question by saying that motherhood is my greatest accomplishment. However, I work hard to create balance by focusing on things that enrich my life and create a positive impact on the world. So my conclusion is that becoming a mother is not my greatest accomplishment; being someone that my children can aspire to become is.
What advice to working moms? One thing that I am working on is being present instead of perfect. It is a choice to let the dust bunnies linger, the laundry hamper overflow and occasionally be content with pizza delivery for dinner in order to make the most of my time with my kids.
What’s your superpower? I can heal a boo boo with a single kiss!
What is your favorite quote? “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
Tell us about an organization that's important to you and how it's making the world a better place. I am going to mention the organization that I work for, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. Most people do not realize that unlike nearly all of their competitors around the world, Team USA is not funded by the federal government. These inspiring athletes dedicate the better part of their lives to fulfilling dreams of representing their country at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As Americans, it is our responsibility to make these dreams come true by matching their athletic commitment with stable funding to encourage the journey.
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