Looking Back On My Lunch & Learns
Shell-shocked by the 2016 presidential election, I sought to find ways to educate myself and others on important issues – with clear steps for getting involved and making a difference. I’ve always hosted events for referral partners, colleagues and clients, but in 2017 I dedicated my efforts to inviting the public into my office for a free lunch and an educational session each month.
Some turnouts were huge, while others were small. All were enjoyable, and the people who attended professed to have a great time and learn things. I found this venture empowering, as I gave myself new outlets for helping, and connected with other concerned citizens who want to make the world a better, more peaceful place.
As we entered the fourth quarter of the year, I realized that the series started out with a bang and then mellowed. My energy level mirrored this trend. I simply couldn’t keep the same enthusiasm I had post-election all year long. And that’s ok.
Tired of the unrest and the discontent.
I started this series as a free resource where people could gather in a safe space. It’s important that it remains that way. The political emails I get these days ask for money. I’m not asking participants for anything other than their input and presence.
When you don’t take from others, you give. This series has been an effort of giving on my part and on the part of our generous speakers who gave their time and expertise to inform a small group of listening citizens.
This makes it refreshing, with positive energy. If I could reach out to more people in this way, I would. The politicians are losing sight of the power of informing and engaging. We need to remind those around us what really matters – human connection, the generosity of giving, coming together with common goals for a peaceful world.
Thank you to these speakers:
Dr. Tracey Stulberg, who spoke on Human Trafficking Awareness
Bankole Thompson, who spoke on Race Relations
Amna Osman, who spoke on Domestic Violence
Mihaela Mitrofan, who spoke on Immigrants & Refugees
Lynne Golodner, who spoke on Freedom of Expression
Lilianna Reyes, who spoke on Gender Equality & Sexual Orientation Protection
Justin Hiller, who spoke on Hunger Judge Fred Mester, who spoke on Voting Rights
Ryan Hertz & Frankie Piccirilli, who spoke on homelessness and poverty
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