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Thanks to the wonders of technology, I can join your book club discussion to discuss my memoir, Carrying My Father’s Torch.

If your book club selects Carrying My Father’s Torch to read and would like to have me join in the discussion, that would be wonderful. I’ve got behind-the-scenes scoops to share about the writing of my debut memoir—and insight for how you can use it as a jump off point to transform your own.  If you’re in the Washington, D.C. metro area, we might even be able to arrange an in-person visit.

All you need to do is reach out here.  I look forward to meeting you and your group in person or on Zoom.

You’ll also find a series of discussion questions at the back of my book. They are perfect to generate engaging conversation.

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About the Author

Gail Weiss Gaspar

Gail Weiss Gaspar, MA, ACC, Author is a certified coach, an executive career strategist and the author of Carrying my Father’s Torch: From Holocaust Trauma to Transformation. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College, an M.A. in Education/Human Resource Development from The George Washington University, and Professional Certifications from both The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and International Coach Federation (ICF).

Gail’s signature coaching program, Leading True, has guided hundreds of clients around the globe to move beyond perception of limitations and decision paralysis and become bolder leaders in their career and life. She has worked as a management consultant, a wellness consultant, in career development, as a strategic leader in companies and a project manager and fundraiser for non-profits.

As Board Chair of the Bearing Witness Program, Gail introduced Holocaust education into U.S. Catholic schools with the Anti-Defamation League. She has been a supporter of education and development outreach for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Gail enjoys photography, hiking, biking and running outdoors, and continues the family tradition of cooking. She lives with her husband and labradoodle near Washington, D.C.

In addition to offering private coaching, courses and speaking, Gail writes a blog and newsletter which provide actionable tips and inspirational stories for those who want to be successful on their own terms without sacrificing a fulfilling life.

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Why I Wrote This Book

Carrying My Father’s Torch: From Holocaust to Transformation is the book I was born to write. Writing has nourished me for as long as I remember. It taught me to pay attention to my thoughts and that a simple thing like pen to paper could provide immense joy. Researching and writing this book has deepened my understanding about what it means to be the hero of your own story and what it takes to bring about desired change at any age and stage. 

Although I never thought of it as growing up with trauma, as a child of a Holocaust survivor and a mother who felt abandoned by her own mother, I carried their silence and shame, along with their love and devotion. I wrote the book to inspire others to take a look at how transgenerational family legacy, consciously or unconsciously, continues to limit life’s options…until the cycle is broken. I wrote the book to show that expressing what we know, and coming clean about what we don’t yet know, are keys to breaking the cycle for us and successive generations. I wrote the book to give readers a roadmap to look deeper into family patterns that keep them from living an authentic and more fulfilling life, and repurpose the pain of family legacy in a way that allows for a more authentic, confident and sovereign version to emerge.


Gaspar is a gifted writer with something very important to say.

– Amy Kaslow, Writer and Photographer of global at-risk societies, Presidential Appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This book will give you the courage to explore your own life’s experiences and the legacies you have inherited, and let these guide you.

– Hiro Boga, Award-winning author, Business strategist, Mentor

This book had me turning each page, eager to learn more about the author’s story, and myself. A must-read!

– Deborah Grayson Riegel, Keynote speaker and Leadership Consultant