Running with Grace: A Wall Street Insider’s Path to True Leadership, a Purposeful Life, and Joy in the Face of Adversity by Lori Van Dusen

About the Book:

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.

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.



“In this memoir, Van Dusen reflects on a successful career on Wall Street, the emotional challenges she’s faced, and the spiritual philosophy she’s developed along the way. Van Dusen’s career is extraordinarily impressive, especially given the sexism she’s faced along the way, which she also discusses frankly. She expresses how her many difficulties have compelled her to think deeply about her life; the author went on to formulate a spiritual worldview that emphasizes expressions of gratitude and dismisses “all feelings of worry or regret.” This and other counsel in this book (“If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it”) is earnest and often familiar, although readers may find such tips difficult to put into practice. A forthright and often inspiring remembrance with self-help elements.”

– A Kirkus Reviewer

About the Author:

Lori Van Dusen, CIMA, is the Founder and CEO of LVW Advisors, a leading investment advisory firm serving wealthy families, individuals, and nonprofits nationwide. With over 25 years of experience, she prioritizes client-focused strategies, providing unbiased, integrated solutions. Lori is actively involved in philanthropy, serving on multiple boards focused on education, health, and the arts. Her impressive career achievements include being ranked in Forbes’ and Barron’s prestigious lists. A devoted Rochester community member, Lori engages in various community organizations and enjoys long-distance running, yoga, and hosting Italian meals for family and friends.