EP 19 – “Why it is possible to say ‘Our Happy Divorce'”

Tosh has the pleasure of talking to Nikki DeBartolo and Benjamin Heldfond Co-Founders of Our Happy Divorce, a service that offers guidance on creating a post-divorce happy, modern family and Authors of “Our Happy Divorce – How Ending Our Marriage Brought Us Together”.

Why they made the decisions they did to support a ‘happy divorce’ and focus on their Son through the process. This is an honest, frank and authentic conversation with two great, kind and generous people sharing their ‘why’ to help, support and inspire others thinking about or going through a divorce to choose a kinder, more compassionate and ultimately a happier path.

Nikki DeBartolo understands the impact of a loving family and how it creates a solid foundation for the future for a person navigating through life, love, marriage, and motherhood.

Having grown up as a member of the iconic San Francisco 49ers football family, the values she learned on the field from a young age, have helped shape who she is today. As Executive Vice President of DeBartolo Holdings and the DeBartolo Family Foundation, Nikki has made it her mission to give back to her community in every way possible, from supporting local grassroots movements to national charities, she has been part of multiple initiatives, giving back to her community, including, Metropolitan Ministries, Meal on Wheels, The Boys and Girls Club, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and the HCSO Freddie Solomon Christmas Event. 

She is proud of the accomplishments that the DeBartolo Family Foundation has been able to share with nonprofits and enjoys when those moments come to life, making the Tampa Bay community – where she lives with her husband, Chad, son, Asher, and their two dogs – feel more like a family. 

Ben Heldfond understands the detriment divorce can cause in the lives of children, as his parents’ divorce instilled a deep commitment to ‘do’ better for his children one day.

He is also the owner of Heldfond Holdings, LLC, a company that invests in a wide variety of companies, including real estate, private equity and venture capital. His corporate career began more than three decades ago in real estate career, where he played an integral part in the company’s development acquisitions and diversified investing transactions. He has always had a passion for helping others and since then has been involved with several non-profit organizations; focused on addiction recovery, including, Facing Addiction w/NCADD, Road Recovery, Phoenix House, Young People in Recovery and American Cancer Society Tampa CEO Council with a focus on Governance, Finance and Strategic Planning.   

He is a graduate from The University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in African American History and Business Administration. Outside of the office, Ben is an investor, board member, philanthropist, sports enthusiast and co-host for a local radio show.  He resides in South Tampa with his wife, Nadia, and three kids, Asher, Isabella and Jackson.

Find Nikki & Ben:

IG: @ourhappydivorce

FB: Our Happy Divorce

Twitter: Our Happy Divorce

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