April 2019 Newsletter


Good Day,

We hope you are all having a great start to your spring! The Belizean Grove offices have been busy with meetings and planning 3 difference Retreats/Mini Retreats, including our 20th Anniversary Annual Retreat in January! As you saw in the mid-April update, we welcomed in several new members to the Belizean Grove. The Nyomi committee will be meeting soon, so be sure to submit nominations as soon as possible.

We are excited to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Mini Retreat in St. Louis! Be sure to register for the event as soon as possible, scroll down below for more details.

The Belizean Grove has some exciting things planned for the years ahead – be sure to read everything below and visit our website as we are constantly updating and making new additions to the content.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube (leslie@belizeangrove.org).



Ballpark-Village-Along-Clark-StreetJoin us in St. Louis, Missouri for our 2019 Mini Retreat
September 12-14, 2019

Registration is now open!
Click here to register for the Mini Retreat
The Mini Retreat fee is $650.00
Click here to learn a plethora of wonderful information about things that make St. Louis so special and unique. It also includes links to their most recent destination video, along with a video and information about their up and coming food scene.
The New York Times published an article this month, 36 Hours in St. Louis, click here to read it.

The room block is full!
We are trying to determine how many more rooms we need, if any.
Please fill out the below google form if you still need a room for the retreat or if you are willing to take in a roommate.
Click here to fill out the form


Puerto Rico 2020
Our 20th anniversary retreat will be held in Puerto Rico in January 23-27, 2020! More information will be coming soon!

Bring your Grove photos!
Do you have photos from past retreats and get-togethers? Please bring copies of them with you to the retreat, or send them to Leslie!

20th Anniversary T-Shirt Suggestions
We’re thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary in Puerto Rico and we would love to have shirts to commemorate our 20 years of friendship.
If you have any fun slogan or design suggestions, please fill out this form.

Fall 2020 Mini Retreat: San Antonio, TX and Winter 2021 Annual Retreat: Argentina


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Judith Ayres‘ book COWGIRL is available for purchase. COWGIRL is a riveting tale of the one-day Tevis Cup endurance horse race over California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and those aiming to win…thousands of hoof beats and 100 miles later. Click here to purchase her book.

Kapila Anand and Chris St.Clare have been named to the 2019 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100, which honors the most influential boardroom leaders each year. The 2019 NACD Directorship 100 honorees will be recognized at the 13th annual NACD Directorship 100 Gala in New York City on June 26 and in the July/August issue of NACD Directorship magazine.

-Sandi Peterson, former group worldwide chairman of Johnson & Johnson, joins Clayton, Dubilier & Rice as senior operating partner.

-Deputy Assistant Administrator Julie Cram to Fulfill the Duties of Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. She will continue to serve as the Senior Coordinator for International Basic Education Assistance at the same time

Mary Ann PetConnie K. Duckworth
 wrote an article for the Corporate Board Member e-newsletter, Beyond Compliance: How Boards Should Think About An Ethical Culture.

Davia Temin was interviewed by her alma mater newspaper The Swarthmore Phoenix. Click here to read Board of Managers Profile: Davia Temin on #MeToo, Business, and Finding Her Path. 

Also, Voice of America just published a video profile of her. Click here to watch.

In addition, Bloomberg, on the anniversary of the #MeToo movement, profiled Davia and her firm’s work on the Temin Index, the largest known inventory of #MeToo accusations since Bill Cosby, used to glean trends and key statistics from the movement in order to advise executive management in the most discrete and impactful ways.Click here to read the article.

Connie Duckworth’s organization ARZU Studio Hope is joining forces with Turquoise Mountain to accelerate the transformation of lives more broadly across Afghanistan through increased scale, expanded sales of artisan-made products, and deeper global consumer outreach. Click here to read more.

-Treliant Names Pamela Parizek as Managing Director, to Expand the Firm’s Litigation Support Service Area. Click here to read more.

-A few members met up in Singapore!



Edie Weiner’s Annual Neverville Weekend, August 2-4, 2019

Edie Weiner has agreed to once again host a weekend of sisterhood at her Neverville vacation home. If you have never been to Neverville, read the note from Anne Lim O’Brien on why the weekend is so special to her:

Dear Grover Sisters:
I wanted to share with you one of my most favorite BG events and destinations – Neverville – in the hope that you will join the gathering this year, August 2-4, see more details below.
One of the joys of our sisterhood is in coming together to share, to learn, to open our minds and hearts to as well as for each other… I’ve enjoyed this in our larger annual and mini retreats.  And yet there’s something so very special about the smallness and intimacy of a Neverville gathering, that has me coming back every year for the last ten years since I became part of the Grove.
For me, Neverville is short, sweet and alchemy in motion: 36 hours of serious fun; unstructured, relaxed, spontaneous sharing; and mysteriously transformational!  We bond, we bawl, we brave, and boldly, we bear our experiences. Some of my most significant life decisions were discussed, deliberated, and decided at Neverville…thanks to the magic and fairy dust that Edie sprinkles into our weekend together. Mostly, we all leave with gratitude for the deeper friendships formed.
I hope you will sign up and come to Neverville this year…and especially for those unable to meet up in Chile, this event bridges our time together between retreats. It’s a lot of work for Edie and Bill to host this event…and it only makes sense if we have a minimum of 15 signed up.
Warmest regards,

More about Neverville:
Co-founder Edie Weiner has generously agreed to host members at her vacation home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania referred to as “Neverville” for a fun weekend and a contribution to the Adventures for the Mind Foundation.
This popular weekend in Pennsylvania will be August 2-4, 2019. Your contribution will cover everything on site: Dinner Friday night; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday; and Brunch on Sunday. All linens/towels/sundries provided. All refreshments, including wine, soft drinks, healthy fruits and vegetables, available 24/7. Hiking, beach, canoeing, antiquing, horseback riding…all included for those who choose (some at a nominal additional fee).
We will take no more than 30 reservations, knowing there will be cancellations as we get closer to August. Neverville sleeps about 20, and if attendance is fully booked, all rooms (and some of the larger beds) will be shared. This is a totally casual, fun weekend. Pack nothing but a change of clothes, bathing suit, pajamas and comfortable shoes!
Reserve your spot now!

We will be taking reservations until May 17. If we do not have at least 15 people signed up by then, Neverville will be cancelled this year. After you sign up, and we have at least 15 people, we will send out payment invoices, which will need to be paid by no later than June 1. There will be no refunds: Cancellations will be treated as full contributions to the AFM Foundation. Cost: $600. Of that, you may claim a contribution of $450. The additional $150 will help cover on-site expenses.

CHILE 2019

Maximo Pacheco’s Presentation from the Chile Retreat.
Maximo Pacheco, former Minister of Energy, gave a presentation on Energy Transformations in Chile and Around the World at the 2019 Chile Retreat.Click here to view the presentation.


Know a Potential New Nyomi?
If you would like to nominate someone to be a Nyomi, we are now currently accepting Nyomi nomination packets.
Please do not forward to us applications for anyone who:
1. You don’t personally know
2. You wouldn’t be willing to share a room with on a retreat
3. You do not have at least one seconder for
4. You believe is “on the way” but is not quite there yet … save the application for a future time when the candidate would have probably achieved her first success story and her application will have the ‘wow’ effect on first impression.
Nomination Form
Nomination Guidelines
Please send the completed nomination pack to Leslie leslie@belizeangrove.org.


Are you currently writing or have you written a book recently?
We are working to create a new page on the Belizean Grove website to share information on books written by our members, an area to share best practices for aspiring authors, marketing tips and ideas, and other information new authors might need to know. If you have written a book, we want to hear from you!
Please fill out the form here to share information on your book, ways to purchase the book, and any other best practices you would like to share. If you would like to help create this page for the Grove website, or any feedback for the website that you would like to share, please contact Leslie Dube.


In this new section you can share with other members, job opportunities, upcoming books, real estate, job openings, etc.

Click here to submit you own post and look at other members’ posts.
*Be sure to leave any necessary contact info such as a phone number or email as well as the urls to any links you would like to include.*


Films of the Month- chosen by Naomi McDougall Jones and Emily Best

Monburan Micki (short film)
Available on: Seed & Spark
Director: Dandan Liu
Synopsis: A portrait on Japan’s most up-and-coming female boxer as she prepares for the title match in Tokyo. She quit her job and overturned all cultural and family expectations to pursue this path fully. She needs to win this match to continue. Bringing you into her male-dominated world, the film explores how Micki navigates the contradictions between her identity as a strong female boxer and the traditional Japanese definition of what a woman should be like.
Genre: Documentary, Sports, Foreign
Link: https://www.seedandspark.com/watch/monburan-micki

In Theaters
Available in theaters – check your local listings
Director: Tina Gordon
Starring: Regina Hall, Issa Rae
Synopsis: A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.
Genre: Comedy
IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8085790/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


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