[My mother] had a very independent mind. She was very comfortable formulating her own thoughts and own opinions and trusted her own judgment in a way that it just made that very natural for me to emulate. I probably didn't realize until, as an adult, how difficult it was for people to make decisions and for people to value their own judgments because it was so natural for me. It was very much the way my parents were, both my parents, equally so.
I don't know if you know Gerda Klein, she is a holocaust survivor. When I was ten years old my mother took me to hear her speak and I had never heard a holocaust survivor speak before that and that had such an impact on me. I also attribute what I do today to that first hand experience...