Fall 2020 Virtual Conference

This year’s Mini Retreat will be a virtual conference!

What does a Belizean Grove retreat provide? A refreshing dose of rejuvenation, inspiration and recharging of the soul. And yes, you can soak up these positive vibes through the light of your computer screens as we virtually join together this fall. Come connect, learn and grow with old and new friends for several hours on both September 25 & 26.

We will forge new discussions through intimate breakout groups, personal discussions, panels, and keynote speakers. Join us for the entire event, or pop in for the portions you are able to fit into your schedule–all from the comfort of your own home. No dress code, travel, or hotel stays required!

Belizean Grove Virtual Retreat September 25 &26 (2)
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Register for the Retreat

Click here to register!
Fee: $99.00

*Attendees will be placed in a waiting room before entering the event. If you are not registered for the event, you will not be granted access into the Virtual Retreat. If you are unsure whether you registered, please contact Leslie Dube @Leslie Dube.

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Friday and Saturday will have the same meeting link.

Link to Join Meeting

Meeting ID– 869 7839 7981
Password– 038638

Find you local phone number here.

Click here to read some Zoom tips!


Times are subject to change.

A digital copy of agenda is available to download here.

Reminder: The Grove lives by a strict “off-the-record” policy. Posting, sharing or distributing photos, speaker comments, conversations, etc., from Grove Retreats, on- or off-line, are strictly prohibited.
Let’s protect everyone’s privacy.  

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FRIDAY, September 25

(Jump to Saturday)

7:00– 7:10 PM


Welcome and Opening Remarks from

Susan Stautberg (Grover), CEO, Belizean Grove; Governance Advisor, Atlantic Street Capital

Overview of Program from

Neha Jain Joshi (Nyomi), Growth and Strategy Lead, Accenture Security

7:10 – 7:15 PM

Grove Highlights

7:15 – 8:15 PM

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS: Connecting with Friends Old and New
We have designed the Virtual Retreat to feature several chances to connect with other members in smaller intimate groups. The first of these sessions will kick off the camaraderie and encourage the personal conversations we find at the Grove. We will provide conversation starters to allow for a deeper connection.

8:15 – 8:30 PM

Break/Dance Party

8:30 – 9:15 PM

PANEL: What’s happening?
During this session, panelists will share an insider perspective on philanthropy, higher education, healthcare, the Supreme Court, and voter engagement. Learn which issues in these areas matter in this pivotal year.

HANDOUTS for this panel:

MODERATOR: V. Mary Abraham (Grover), Collaboration Consultant

PANELISTS: Lisa Danzig, MD (Tara), Infectious Diseases Physician; Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Amicitiam Partners

Ashley Davis (Tara), Founding Partner, West Front Strategies

Celina De Sola (Tara), Co-Founder, Glasswing International

Jennifer Hill (Tara), Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Remedy Analytics

Janet Lindner (Grover), Vice President for Human Resources & Administration, Yale University

9:15 PM

OPTIONAL: After-Hours Fun

Fun Hats & Fun Drinks with professional Mixologist, Pam Wiznitzer (Guest)
(non-alcoholic or alcoholic — your choice!)

We will enjoy sharing a cocktail designed especially for the Grove and called “The Sisterhood”. Pam Wiznitzer, the first female President of the of the United States Bartenders Guild, and an internationally noted bartender and mixologist will lead us through the after-hours fun.

The basic recipe is:
2 oz “Ten to One” white rum or any other base you may choose-it’s a very versatile drink!
1 oz coconut water
1 tbsp jam (of your choice)
1 oz lemon juice
6-8 leaves/ 2-3 sprigs or pieces of fresh herb (we suggest rosemary, mint, basil, or thyme for best results)

After we make our cocktails, you are invited to stay for additional “hangout” time in smaller breakout groups.

SATURDAY, September 26

11:00 – 11:15 AM

Welcome From

Susan Stautberg (Grover)

Brief update by the Executive Committee from:

Diane Ashley (Grover), CEO, DTA Diversity Counts

V. Mary Abraham (Grover), Collaboration Consultant

Elaine Eisenman (Grover), Managing Director, Saeje Advisors

Elizabeth Noe(Tara), Partner, Corporate Department Chair, Paul Hastings

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

PANEL: The New Normal
This New Normal panel sets the stage for work and life in the world post COVID-19 related to healthcare, communication, DE&I, global relations, and professional/personal adaptation.

HANDOUTS for this panel:

MODERATOR: Joy Booker (Tara), Managing Director & Head of U.S. Public Client Relations, PineBridge Investments

PANELISTS: Yaisa Andrews-Zwilling,PhD (Tara), Director of Research, Annexon Biosciences

Lilie Clark, PsyD (Tara), Psychologist; Author

Duda Kertesz (Tara), President of U.S. Skin Health, Johnson & Johnson

Erica Orange (Nyomi), Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, The Future Hunters

Sarah Fandell (Tara), General Counsel, US Trade and Development Agency

12:15 – 12:25 PM
Break/Dance Party
12:25 – 1:25 PM

PANEL: Reinventing & Rebalancing in the Age of COVID-19
The shock waves from this historic pandemic have been felt by every member of the Belizean Grove. Some have been laid off or furloughed. Some have decided NOW is the time to retire or change careers, or at least plan for it. Some have rebalanced their lives, or want to. And some just want to quit! Throughout it all, Grovers have continued to not just survive, but thrive! Speakers will share stories of their experiences and transitions, some of which started before Covid, but all of which were impacted by the pandemic and economic slowdown. They will touch your heart and help you see ways to survive and thrive yourself. There will be stories, great advice, time for Q&A and even brief, optional homework for you to do after the Virtual Retreat.

HANDOUTS for this panel:

MODERATOR: Cathy Allen (Grover), Founder, Chairman & CEO, The Santa Fe Group

PANELISTS: Judith Batty (Grover), Interim CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Lacey Horn (Nyomi), CEO – Native Advisory LLC; Former Treasurer (CFO), Cherokee Nation

Adriana Machado (Tara), Founder, Briyah Institute; Executive Director, Brain Health Project

Mary Ann Peters (Grover), Professor of Practice at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy, Georgia State University; Former CEO, The Carter Center

1:25 – 2:00 PM

Interviewed by:

Karen Van Bergen (Grover), Executive VP & Dean, Omnicom University

2:00 PM

Closing Remarks

by Susan Stautberg (Grover)