Through the Lens of Marianne Lozano

angkor wat_Marianne Lozano Fueled by New Settings from F-Stops to Train Stops By Liese Gardner Spontaneous. Detailed. Soulful. These are the words that describe photographer Marianne Lozano. They are also the words that on the home page of her web site giving the viewer immediate insight into what fuels Marianne and her work. That, and her her logo with its trademark burnt orange which she artfully weaves through all the things she does – from flowers in a tradeshow booth to the ribbon that becomes a finishing touch on thoughtful gifts she brings back from her travels. I follow #travelwithML on Instagram, but I’d already been a friend and follower of Marianne's journey for some time. In the past year that journey took her to some 30 cities and 13 countries including Italy (from the Amalfi Coast to Tuscany), Nepal, Alaska, London, St. Petersburg, France
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03. December 2013 by passionsthatdriveus
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Leaning In

shriver-300x242 When Sheryl Sandberg titled her book about women in the workplace she probably didn’t expect the phrase “lean in” to become part of the daily lexicon. Yet the visual metaphor has stuck – the image of a woman leaning in to take an active role in her life, leaning into a discussion in the boardroom, leaning into the wind, moving forward in spite of obstacles or leaning into another person to really understand them. [caption id="attachment_1159" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Maria Shriver leaning into a conversation with philanthropist Wallis Annenberg during an interview for Los Angeles magazine.[/caption] For several years, when she was producing the Women’s Conference, I had the pleasure of watching Maria Shriver interview a wide range of people from celebrities and CEO’s to small business owners and Supreme Court
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13. August 2013 by passionsthatdriveus
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Fueled by Brazilian Chef Alex Atala

Alex Atala By Vicky Crease, Guest Blogger With the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the world's eyes will be focused on Brazil this decade. And thanks to innovative chefs such as Alex Atala, so will our palates. Vicky Crease, a top South African catering and event professional, caught up with him at Design Indaba in Cape Town earlier this year and shares her impressions here. [caption id="attachment_1119" align="alignleft" width="223"] Alex Atala[/caption] The message from the host of Design Indaba 2013 read: "Greetings thinkers, dreamers, doers, activists, and makers." Big and real words for the main man that I had come to see at the conference -- renowned Brazilian chef Alex Atala. Design Indaba is a design and creativity conference held annually in Cape Town. Since 1995 it has invited the world’s top creative minds to addr
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30. April 2013 by passionsthatdriveus
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Fueled By: The Power of Storytelling

An Interview with Marc Friedland By Liese Gardner Today, brand experts talk about the power of storytelling -- creating an experience that has a beginning, middle and end. It is upon these “acts” that the message, or the story, is built. Emotion is used to create a connection that will last beyond the event or experience. Given this, it’s clear to see just how important the invitation is, be it digital or print. “Before the event, an invitation beckons people to partake,” says Marc Friedland. “Afterwards, it becomes a physical keepsake that will always trigger the memory of that moment.” Friedland understands the power of this type of emotional “bookending.” As owner of Marc Friedland Couture Communications in Los Angeles, he has created invitations for hundreds of clients and events from Oprah to The Oscars
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25. April 2013 by passionsthatdriveus
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VEGAS DECONSTRUCTED

By Liese Gardner All journeys leave us with mementos -- photos, souvenirs, ticket stubs, postcards, receipts, bags of shells, and more. And of course each is a touchstone for a memory. When I returned from Vegas and started sifting through business cards, receipts, gifts from friends, notes and programs, I looked down at my desk and saw a trip in full -- only deconstructed. Each one with its own story. But before mementos and memories comes the experience. It's all about the journey and this one began on the I-15. "The journey is the reward." I always like a road trip, even if it is to Las Vegas which some Angelenos believe to simply be "Greater Los Angeles." Some of my favorite memories as a child were being awoken before dawn, piling in the station wagon with my brothers, all of us still in our pajamas, and watching the sun
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20. March 2013 by passionsthatdriveus
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Fueled By: A 35-Year-Old Recipe for Pizza

Why Longevity is Not Always the Key to Success By Liese Gardner Note: This article appears in my column Fuel For Thought in the Spring issue of Event Solutions available digitally and in print now. Hollywood Boulevard is iconic. Its legend is built on glamor and hope. Yet, the reality is that those famous pink terrazzo stars that line it never move. They don’t change, shine, or twinkle. They remain fixed where the cement dried years ago. If they are lucky, those stars are located in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the El Capitan or the Egyptian Theatre. But the one I walk over these days is less fortunate -- set between a T-Shirt store and a pizza parlor. It is there that I learned a lesson about business. Over the holidays, my gym moved to a temporary location in the heart of Hollywood. Each morning on my way to
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05. February 2013 by passionsthatdriveus
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The Up Side of Downforce

By Liese Gardner Over the holidays I drove through winding roads with a car fanatic; the faster the better for him. Calculated speed, as opposed to reckless driving, is an art form. Like any art, it has its finer points which I learned more about on these drives … first hand. With coaching I applied the gas through the curves and braked well before them. Sounds counter intuitive, but when I stayed steady with my speed around the bends, I could feel a cliché come alive – the car was literally hugging the road. [caption id="attachment_1028" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A little geeky, but a good illustration of all the places where downforce is designed into a race car."][/caption] The reason: downforce. This is created by the aerodynamic design of a car. Race cars are engineered for this.  Sports cars are des
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08. January 2013 by passionsthatdriveus
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Three Little Big Things from 2012

That I'm Taking With Me In 2013 By Liese Gardner The concept of Aparigraha This is the yogic word for non-possessiveness; to give up greed. While greed for money and material objects is obvious there are other ways in which we can be greedy. Sometimes we ask too much of ourselves and others. In terms of yoga, this might mean pushing oneself into a pose our bodies aren’t meant to do. It might mean rushing through the day so fast that we miss what really matters. It could even apply to business when we take on more work because we can’t say no. When I catch myself in all these moments, I remember the goal is not to keep pushing, but to find contentment in the pose, the work at hand, the moment. Never be too proud, or too disappointed in yourself A goal for me is to continue to   reflect on who I am, my accomplishments, my f
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01. January 2013 by passionsthatdriveus
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We Are All Kings

By Liese Gardner Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there. ~ Henry Miller I ran across this quote in my notes the other day. That first line, the use of the word slaughter, struck me. No simple word that. The longing expressed by Miller is not simple e
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11. December 2012 by passionsthatdriveus
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Under Construction

Stress cracks. It's a term for what happens to aging walls. It also applies to relationships as they progress. But cracks in the wall are easy to fix. Not so with cracks in a relationship or ourselves. These are harder to detect; covered by layers of old repairs. They have become like scar tissue -- protective and almost impossible to remove. My latest project is repairing the stucco on the exterior walls. As with each project I take on in this old house, I find stress cracks both in the walls of our home and myself. On the hard projects, such as the kitchen remodel, these fissures are easily visible. But it's on the smaller jobs, the ones that seem easy, where the cracks become harder to pinpoint and repair. I quickly learned that in construction things have to get worse before they get better. There is a point in every projec
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07. December 2012 by passionsthatdriveus
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