Gifts Gratitude & Gumption – Caryn M Sullivan 2017-10-16T19:43:13+00:00

Be the Match: A Young Man’s Life-Saving Gift

11/26/17 What would you do to save a stranger's life? This is Mike Rice's story. It appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It began with a cheek swab. It morphed into a life-saving stem-cell transplant for a stranger and an unexpected bond between two families. At the age of 28 Mike Rice felt a calling to make a gift with impact. So at the [...]

Jack Brewer: Resilient, Resolute Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

10/15/17 I've had my fair of challenges in life. But I've never experienced racism or hatred because of my skin color. To better understand the long-standing racial divide in our country I reached out to Jack Brewer, a man who is known for his candor and convictions. This story appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  From resisting bigotry in Grapevine, Texas, to earning recognition [...]

Author Vince Flynn Teed It Up for the Troops

9/12/17 Vince Flynn never served in the military but he had great respect for those who did.  When his own dream of serving as a Marine pilot was thwarted by a history of concussions, he found a different way to serve. He used his platform as an internationally acclaimed author to shine a light on the unsung heroes of the military and clandestine services.  September [...]

The Intriguing Legacies of Vince Flynn

 9/10/17 This story appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  Vince Flynn was a man with a big personality, a big heart, and a big following. Beginning in the mid-1990s, he created a body of work featuring a counterterrorism agent named Mitch Rapp and plot lines so plausible he captured the interest of readers and government officials alike. This month, “American Assassin,” the backstory behind [...]

Starkey Hearing Foundation: Connecting Hearts With Hearing Aids

8/13/17 This story appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  On a Sunday afternoon in July, it happened again. Limousines swept into St. Paul and dropped a parade of celebrities off on the red carpet at the St. Paul RiverCentre. It was the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s annual gala, and gawkers and media were snatching glimpses and gathering sound bites. I was there and, while it [...]

Lisa Bobyak: Living Fully Balanced

7/31/17 Lisa Bobyak wasn't oblivious to the festering problems in the marriage that spanned two decades. When her husband said they needed to talk, she was prepared to seek help, to bridge the ravine, and to begin anew. She was resolved to enter marriage counseling when reality shattered illusion. The man she thought she knew had engaged in a long-term affair. The man she thought she [...]

Simon Says Gives and Famous Footwear: Working Together to Repurpose School Supplies

5/25/17 As the school year winds down students are scurrying to clear out desks and lockers. I can picture the books, papers, pens, and highlighters, crammed for months into small spaces, quickly removed in the scramble to leave the school year behind. I remember all those dollars spent on the must have items: the expensive calculator, just the right felt tip marker, matching folders and [...]

Dear Daughter: Pack Your Roadmap to Resilience

Five years ago my daughter graduated from the all-girls’ high school where she learned more than how to ace exams. She competed for honors with girls who were laser-focused on college. She skated her heart out to make the varsity team before accepting it was beyond her reach. She learned about negotiation and conflict resolution over lunch as girls verbally arm-wrestled over prom dates.  Under [...]