With the deepest gratitude, I wish to thank all people who inspired, supported, or illuminated me through their presence, words, or assistance in my board advocacy, teaching, and writing adventures. This has been a fun, enlightening, impactful, educational, and rewarding journey. And I am forever grateful for the opportunity.

Nancy Sheppard, who contributed to this book, her wise words, and sound advice have made a difference in the lives of many professionals, including mine. Thank you for all your support and encouragements!

Vitaliy, my dad, who has taught me that I am limited by my imagination only. He believed in me long before I learned to believe in myself. Thank you for teaching me never to settle. I miss you every day! ...

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