Running with Grace

A Wall Street Insider’s Path to True Leadership, a Purposeful Life, and Joy in the Face of Adversity

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Pub Date 01 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 14 Dec 2023

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Nothing about Lori Van Dusen’s childhood indicated she’d become one of the nation’s top independent financial advisors. She was born prematurely on the wrong side of the tracks and with a genetic blood disorder. Her parents divorced when she and her twin brother were less than a year old. But her big, boisterous, loving Italian family, led by her beloved grandfather, a first-generation American with only an eighth-grade education, taught her that the only limitations in life are those we impose on ourselves.

As a young person, Lori wanted to sing on Broadway, not manage money on Wall Street. But in 1986, this quiet, serious young woman walked into the rough-and-tumble, eat-what-you-kill world of Shearson Lehman Brothers and never looked back. She fought her way to the top by thinking outside the box and working her ass off despite the jeers, insults, and sideways glances. Her secret weapon? A need to prove herself so strong she could outwork anyone.

But Lori’s trajectory to the top was not a straight, upward line; it was a rollercoaster. She hit the pinnacle of success only to have it ripped away in a legal battle with one of the biggest banks in the world. She was raped by a PhD candidate at Harvard, swindled by a business partner, and battled two life-altering medical diagnoses. None of that, though, would compare to having the two people she loved most in the world taken way too soon.

Despite the fear and pain, Lori remained hopeful and resilient. In this memorable, poignant, and inspiring memoir, she shares her lowest lows and highest highs as well as hard-earned wisdom from her bumpy personal, professional, and spiritual journey. Life was never meant to be fair, she learned, but we must keep running with grace if we are to find purpose and joy in the face of adversity.

Nothing about Lori Van Dusen’s childhood indicated she’d become one of the nation’s top independent financial advisors. She was born prematurely on the wrong side of the tracks and with a genetic...


Advance Praise

“Having had the privilege of witnessing this journey from ideation to release, the resounding theme has been Lori's courage.” —Ian J. Wilson, MD, philanthropist and founder WALL\THERAPY

“Having had the privilege of witnessing this journey from ideation to release, the resounding theme has been Lori's courage.” —Ian J. Wilson, MD, philanthropist and founder WALL\THERAPY


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ISBN 9781647047344
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PAGES 148

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What a beautiful recap of a very strong woman's life. I enjoyed learning all about Lori's relationships and her story. I thought she did a great job of structuring the flow of her book. The feelings she had at different points in her life really had me feeling for her. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. Five stars!

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Inspiring.
Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

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3.5 stars! This was a compelling memoir and a fast read. I enjoyed getting to know the author and my heart broke learning of the tragic news about her husband. Thanks to NetGalley for the free copy in exchange for my honest review!

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As the founder of investment firm LVW Advisors, author Lori Van Dusen knows how to navigate difficult and chaotic situations.

But she's had a lot of practice as she's done it from the moment she was born early and not into privilege.

With the encouragement of her grandfather and her family, she started on Wall Street in 1986 and began her ascension despite the roadblocks, the societal expectations, the insults, and sabotage. Each time she was knocked down, she got back up and kept going.

She pushed herself, like she always had, to get where she wanted to be.

Lori gracefully tells of her success, her medical complications, business betrayals, and even a sexual assault. Yet, the want to keep going far exceeded the fear of giving up.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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What an inspiration Lori is! While it’s easy to envy someone who looks on the outside like they have it all, she had to fight her way to the top while facing a lot of hardships. I enjoyed reading this memoir about resilience in the face of obstacles.

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oh the pain and the beauty of her story! An inspiring read, a strong woman and I am glad that in the face of the hardships, she really stood up, and how!
A lot of her experiences are the kind that would break a person. I cannot imagine the strength it would have taken for her to overcome the challenges - Her mind is something to learn from!

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