Fall 2012/
Winter 2013
Speaker Schedule





September 12
- Would you like to get off the beaten path, reflect and discover what makes you feel alive and excited about living? Sydney Frymire is a licensed clinical social worker, certified life coach and motivational speaker. She has been working with adults, couples and families for over 20 years. In addition to working locally, she leads voluntourism trips to Nepal which is a rewarding and unique way to experience the best aspects of travel-sightseeing, recreation and relaxation with service. By volunteering for a few hours in Nepal, you can count on having a rich cultural exchange with Nepalese people, deepening your understanding of yourself and the world. A true journey of life! Visit www.thetrekofyourlife.com.


September 19 - Ann Hornaday spends a lot of time in the dark, but for good reason: she is the highly-regarded film critic for The Washington Post. Whether reviewing the latest films, reporting from the Cannes Film Festival, or interviewing Woody Allen, Hornaday always conveys a deep regard for and enjoyment of movies. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her “perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style.” Previously, Hornaday was a film critic at The Baltimore Sun and the Austin American-Statesman. A graduate of Smith College, she started her career as an assistant to Gloria Steinem at Ms. Magazine. Visit www.rottentomatoes.com/critic/ann-hornaday/ to read her reviews.

September 26 - No Meeting



October 3 -  Allison Aubrey, NPR health correspondent, has been on a mission to investigate and expose the myths around nutrition and weight loss. By interviewing scientists and other experts, she has learned what current research has discovered and will share her findings with us. Allison contributes to The Salt, NPR’s James Beard award-winning food blog and her stories can be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She’s host of the NPR video series Tiny Desk Kitchen and has contributed to Shots, NPR’s health blog. Visit www.npr.org/people/2100208/allisonaubrey.

October 10  - A documentary photographer in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Gianni Berengo Gardin, Frank Van Riper is also a nationally acclaimed author, journalist and lecturer. His current book, Serenissima: Venice in Winter, is a collection of atmospheric black and white photographs and essays that received rave reviews in the US and Italy. He also served in the Washington Bureau of the New York Daily News as White House correspondent and was the photography columnist of the Post for 20 years. Read more at www.talkingphotography.com

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October 17 - Hawaiian born Patrice Tanaka began a rapidly rising trajectory into the world of Public Relations soon after graduating from the University of Hawaii. She would eventually build her own highly successful company, then sell it to world renowned Chiat Day firm and then, not happy with how the company was being merged, organized a management buyback of her company that eventually lead to the formation of CRT/Tanaka, an agency founded on the brand promise of what can be. But her life's journey was not so simple and clear cut. Becoming Ginger Rogers...How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, a Better Partner and a Smarter CEO is the story of Patrice's inspiring and uplifting journey to reclaim her life during the dispiriting days of New York City post-9/11, the unraveling of a successful business she co-founded with 12 other colleagues, and the death of her beloved husband after a long illness. She will share with you her very personal story of how at age 50 she started ballroom dance lessons to satisfy a lifelong dream of dancing like Ginger Rogers and, in so doing, found her way to unimaginable joy. In addition, she devotes much of her free time to serving on the boards of non-profit organizations dedicated to helping women and girls. Visit www.becominggingerrogers.com
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October 24 - As a kid, Lee Woodruff loved to read and to make up stories. They weren’t very inventive, but she simply enjoyed the process of creating. And then reality intruded: she would need to get a job. No one was hiring novelists. That’s how she landed in the public relations field, writing corporate materials and press kits and pitching accounts. Lee wrote race car materials, brochures on bunion prevention and the benefits of cloth versus paper diapers (the environmental impact came out about equal). She covered the gamut and met the man who looked like he could make it for the long haul (Bob Woodruff, the ABC News anchor who was critically injured in Iraq in 2006), and ended up with four kids, living in ten different cities and towns. In 2007, she joined ABC’s Good Morning America as a lifestyle and family contributor and then in 2012, moved to CBS This Morning where she works with Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. Her first books, In an Instant and Perfectly Imperfect, were co-authored with her husband. Lee's new release and first work of fiction, Those We Love Most, 'feels like another baby' and is about two generations, their secrets, losses and love and ultimately their healing. Visit www.leewoodruff.com.
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October 31 - Craig Wilson is a columnist for USA Today. He has been a feature writer at the newspaper for over two decades. He has written his The Final Word column each Wednesday since 2000, musing on everything from Justin Bieber's hairdo to grilled cheese sandwiches. He is also the author of It's the Little Things: An Appreciation of Life's Simple Pleasures and co-authored Mothers and Children, a stunning collection of images of the special maternal bond, in places around the world. Notable photographers, including Annie Griffiths Belt, Sam Abell, Jodi Cobb, Joel Sartore, reveal the whimsical and poignant emotions of maternal relationships. He also wants you to know that he was an AFS Intercultural Programs exchange student in 1966 to Great Britain.........
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November 7 - Two years ago, American adventurer Charlie Wittmack, stepped into the shallow waters at the source of the River Thames and started to swim and became the first American to have swum its length. As an explorer, Charlie is best known for being the first person to complete The World Triathlon, an 8,000-mile tri that stretches  from rural England to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal. He has stood atop peaks on dozens of expeditions to the Andes, Alps, Africa, Alaska and the Himalayas, trekked with the Maasai tribesmen and sailed the Indian Ocean in a handmade boat. He endured amoebic dysentery, pulmonary and cerebral edema and was hit by a car while cycling across Kazakhstan. Charlie has become an international phenomenon and changed the world of endurance sports forever. When not exploring the world, Wittmack is a practicing attorney and an adjunct professor at a medical school in Iowa. Visit www.theworldtri.com.

November 14
- Davi Walders is a writer and educator whose poetry and prose have appeared in more than 200 publications. Her work is included in such anthologies as Literature of Spirituality and Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust. Her work has been choreographed and performed nationwide, read by Garrison Keillor on Writer’s Almanac and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her newest book, Women Against Tyranny, contains poems and narratives that make significant contributions to the fields of poetry, Holocaust literature, women’s studies, and World War II history. Each piece is a tribute to the courage and compassion of women such as Emilie Schindler, Magda Trocme, Liselotte Pilku, and many others---Jewish, Christian, and Muslim---who resisted. Within these pages, poetry becomes its own kind of resistance documenting women’s bravery in the face of great danger. Visit www.daviwalders.com.
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November 21
- What will it take for women to hold 30% of all corporate America leadership positions in ten years? Mary Davis Holt, former EVP and COO of TimeLife, is a partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership whose goal is to move women and organizations forward, faster. Through their work coaching and training over 5,000 women executives--plus interviewing over 1,700 Fortune 1000 executives--they have identified six faulty assumptions they say stand in the way of women achieving their full professional potential. Davis Holt will illuminate those unwritten rules and their correlating new counterparts as she shares with us the findings from the NY Times Bestseller she and her partners co-authored, Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the patterns of Thinking that Block Women's Paths to Power. Among her career highlights, Mary led the management of worldwide manufacturing distribution for all of Time Inc.'s magazines (e.g., Time, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated). Visit www.flynnheath.com.
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November 28
- When a health scare put him in the hospital, Eric Weiner --- an agnostic by default --- found himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?" The thought of it nagged him, and prodded him into a far-flung journey to do just that. In his book MAN SEEKS GOD: My Flirtations with the Divine, Weiner tackles pressing spiritual questions with his trademark wit and warmth: Where do we come from? How should we live our lives? Where do all the missing socks go? He is a former NPR correspondent and New York Times journalist. His previous book, New York Times bestseller The Geography of  Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, has been translated into 18 languages. Visit www.ericweinerbooks.com.
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December 5
-  As the daughter of a covert CIA operative, Sara Mansfield Taber was raised in Asia, Europe and the US. While completing her doctoral work at Harvard, she specialized in cross-cultural human development, a blend of psychology and anthropology. She is the author of two books of literary journalism: Dusk on the Campo: A Journey in Patagonia and Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loaf. The memoir of her CIA childhood, Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter, portrays the thrilling and confusing life of a girl growing up abroad in a world of secrecy and diplomacy—and the heavy toll it takes on her and her father. Only after a psychiatric hospitalization at age sixteen with war veterans does she come to a clear sense of who she is. Meanwhile, her sweet-natured, philosophical father becomes increasingly disillusioned with his agency and his country. Visit www.sarataber.com to read more.
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December 12
- Jennifer Holland is author of the New York Times bestseller Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom, and a contributing writer for National Geographic magazine. In her career as a writer and reporter, she has traveled to a dozen countries and has risked it all—flying in zero gravity over the Gulf of Mexico, scuba diving with tiger sharks, climbing the tallest tree in Costa Rica, and camping out with bushmen in the forests of Papua New Guinea. Jennifer's book documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways: a cat and a bird, an elephant and a sheep, a snake and a hamster. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey: an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf, a lioness mothers a baby oryx. These are the most amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of full-color candid photographs.
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December 19
- A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy's Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. The author of 29 novels, two collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, he's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. His book, A Maiden's Grave, was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin. His novel, The Bone Collector, was a made into a Universal Pictures movie, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His thriller, The Devil's Teardrop, was made into a TV movie by the Lifetime network, starring Natasha Henstridge, Tom Everett Scott, and Rena Sofer. His most recent books are XO, Carte Blanche, Edge, The Burning Wire, Roadside Crosses, The Bodies Left Behind, and The Broken Window. And, yes, the rumors are true, he did appear as a corrupt reporter on his favorite soap opera, As the World Turns. Visit www.jefferydeaver.com.
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December 26 - Winter Break


January 2 - After he graduated from college, Robert Gelb couldn't take negative news anymore. He wanted to find amazing people around the US who inspired happiness and perseverance. He gathered and convinced friends, and the Bus 52 Project was born. They participated a non-partisan, fifty-two week trip around the US in a converted school bus seeking inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles in communities all over the country. The project’s purpose was to show that in every kind of community, there are people who approach problems affecting their own communities in new and innovative ways. The people's stories will be presented as a video patchwork of American community innovation, and will serve to ignite the minds of those watching, further spurring their involvement in their own communities. Visit www.bus52.com.