Many of us look back on our younger years and think, "If only I knew then what I know now".

It seems we all gain some wisdom as we age.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time?

We asked a group of Lehigh Valley women to give us their answers to this question. Here are the answers.

Gladys Wiles
President, Snyder@Wiles
"I would tell my younger self to define yourself, do not let anyone else define you. And I think I would tell myself to do that as early as possible because once you start having others define you, you are now formed by their definition and you should be formed by your own definition of who you are and what you’re about."

Amy Edgar
Founder, Children’s Integrated Center for Success

"I would tell my younger self to slow down. I remember very vividly never feeling that I was the right age and always feeling older than my chronological age and I couldn’t wait to get to the right age.
I moved past things very quickly and maybe didn’t enjoy them as much as I could have."

Sheila Evans
Director, Allentown Symphony Association

"I was always fast. I skipped a grade, went to high school early, through college in three years went to grad school fast and I never took time to do stuff now I get to work three years longer than all my peers because I was out in the work force sooner so it would be take time."

Kassie Hilgert
President and CEO of Artsquest

"If you’re too focused you can miss what’s happening in the moment, in the day and so often those smaller moments have the lessons and so to me it would be slow down, you’re gonna get there. You’re gonna get the experience. It’s all going to come to you if you keep trying but just relax a little."

Dr. Ann Bieber
President LCCC

"I believe without a doubt that everything happens for a reason so it’s critically important for all of us to look at the situation or the encounter we are having with someone else. Solve it, resolve it and let it go."

Debra Fraser-Howze
Sr. VP of Government and External Affairs at Orasure Technologies

"I would tell my younger self to be mindful of where I am and what I am doing and my actions and my words. I would try to be a lot more conscious of what I say and what I do because words can be very powerful tools that can be for good or can take you down the wrong path very quickly."

These interviews are part of a larger effort called The Wisdom Coalition. If you'd like information go to