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Life sometimes conspires beautifully in your favor!  That’s our story.  We believe it was serendipitous how our paths continuously kept crossing; merging and intersecting creating an inevitable coming together.  The mutual love of our families, our work and our community only served to seal the deal.  The mission of Touchstone grew out of our desire, as professionals, to learn, grow and do better. Most importantly, our experience as mentors and support of other individuals and each other drives what we would like to encourage in others.  It’s our dream to create a movement that promotes inclusivity, community and encourages trust and open discussions and sincere collaborations amongst all people.

Diane Adam

When I left a career in Clinical Laboratory Science I had a realization that I wanted to be with people more than with microscopes. The decision was easy then and I have been rewarded many times over with positive relationships and learning opportunities.

A favorite saying at Touchstone is “we are all leaders in our own life” and Leading with Love means to me that I must endeavor to be a good colleague, friend, and human being.  In my 20+ years as a community volunteer and non-profit leader, I have exercised honesty with my word and openness with my heart. Through a lens of empathy I have been able to prove myself in board rooms and work rooms alike. Important to my process is a collaborative spirit along with a dose of fun and creativity.

There is nothing like the feeling of being heard, acknowledged and validated.  I foster these feelings in my interactions with clients. I am an active listener and it’s important for me to be with people in terms of time and attention. I delight in the opportunity to meet people where they are both in work space and comfort zone.

It is an honor to cultivate teamwork and connect talents of individuals with desired outcomes for a group.  Whether I am leading a board of directors, making connections or being a worker bee, recognizing individuality and the value of each person is top of mind. The people and organizations I have been privileged to serve say they appreciate my spirit, can do attitude and follow through.

Touchstone is a dream realized and Leading with Love keeps the dream alive.

Emily Smith

The concept of Leading With Love came out of many conversations about relationship dynamics at work and in life.  A professional in industry, a community-volunteer and over 20 years of experience in education, I’ve been blessed to work along side a diverse group of teams and individuals. I recognized how much more can be accomplished when we care for and respect one another.  Being kind doesn’t make you a pushover or weak, it actually has the opposite effect.  When you demonstrate caring approaches to work and life, people respond positively and more productively. Showing genuine concern and compassion for the people you share life with doesn’t diminish your respectability or reputation as a strong leader, but instead brings out the best in others while fostering an environment that is supportive and trusting.  I believe that this is the best scenario for creating whole-hearted and fulfilling collaboration.

One of my favorite quotes is “Your life is a story, make it a bestseller”.  What I have learned is that we all have a personal story.  When we work from the heart we listen more, taking time to understand one another.  This results in more opportunities to learn and grow.  Sharing and listening removes barriers.  Leading with love may seem unconventional, but it is good for ANY organization or relationship.  There is no business or life without people.  When people thrive, so do your business and your relationships.

It is my greatest wish that all individuals make the choice to Lead With Love!

What We Believe