August 2016 Newsletter


Good Day.

We are two weeks away from the Atlanta Retreat in September.  Remember that the registration deadline is tomorrow, September 1st so don’t miss your last opportunity to sign up today!  Read below for some important news on the upcoming Retreats, and what our members have been up to lately.

Special Note on Upcoming Election:  Understand that this is an intense Presidential, Senatorial and House Campaign, but, Grove rules are No Solicitations.  What we can do is share opportunities to be a leader in different groups, such as entrepreneurs; but Grove does not want to be involved in fundraising.  So – please no emails to Grovers or TARAs soliciting funds.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Erin LeBlanc (




Atlanta Piedmont Park Reduced

Atlanta Mini Retreat! 

Global Health:  Innovation and Change

September 15-16, 2016 

Atlanta Grove Program Registration is open until September 1st!  Click HERE to register for Atlanta and pay your Program Fee ($500).

Click HERE to download the Atlanta Q&A/Info Sheet with important information about the Retreat and Atlanta.

Click HERE to download the final Agenda/Printed Program.

Pre and Post Retreat Events:

Based on the responses and availability, there will be three Pre/Post Retreat Activities Offered.  Atlanta has much to offer so all other activities can be done on your own.

Thursday, September 15th

 Tour and Lunch at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Cost: $40 Estimate (not including transportation)

Come experience one of Atlanta’s many gems, the Atlanta Botanical Garden!  Enjoy a lunch at the new Café at Linton’s in the Garden where you can taste from several of Chef Linton Hopkins’ signature dishes.  After a satisfying meal, head out for a meet and greet with Executive Director, Mary Pat Matheson who will speak briefly with you about what takes place behind the scenes.  You will then enjoy a personal tour of the beautifully manicured grounds, the seasonal gardens, and my favorite, the orchid house!  Your tour will end with a trip to the gift shop to mark your visit to the Gardens.  The cost for the admission to the Gardens and tour per guest is $19.00.  Everyone will be responsible for their own lunch.  Lunch prices average $15-$20.

I hope you can join us in the Gardens.

Contact Wonya Lucas with any questions:

Saturday, September 17th
Golf outing at Druid Hills Golf Club Hosted by Virginia Hepner & Martha Brooks
Tee times beginning at 1:00pm; Driving range available at noon.
Cost: Greens fee, cart, soft drinks and boxed lunch = $160.00 inclusive
Sign-up deadline:  No later than Sept. 7th, 2016
Transportation: Uber or taxi from hotel, approximately 4.1/2 miles

Email Virginia Hepner with questions let her know if you need to borrow  , Virginia Hepner Mobile:  404-550-3131

Address:  740 Clifton Rd NE,  Atlanta, GA 30307, Pro Shop Phone: 404-377-1768

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Tour

Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost:  $20 per person (transportation not included)

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and its CEO, Derreck Kayongo, welcome Grovers for a conversation with Derreck and a tour of the Center.

You may have heard Derreck on CNN or delivering a TED talk, and this is an excellent time to hear this amazing man speak in person.  Derreck’s personal story is inspirational – from fleeing a civil war in Uganda and being a refuge in Kenya, to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the US, and recently co-authoring a book with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Ken Blanchard.

Email Judi North with any questions:



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Save the Date! Cuba Retreat 2017

January 26-30, 2017 (Havana)

Vintage multi-coloured taxis in Cuba

 Registration Deadline for Cuba is Wednesday, October 5th! 
Both frozen in time and poised for change, Cuba has intrigued Americans even as they were threatened by it.  On our Grove journey, gain insight on Cuba’s colonial past, the challenges of its economic present and plans of its uncertain future.
Please join us for a wonderful Cuban Adventure!  Registration is Open – Click to open the Application, Draft Agenda and Informational Sheet.

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Save the Date! Santa Fe Mini Retreat

September 14-16, 2017

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Mark your Calendars – the Grove Mini Retreat will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Fall of 2017 at LaFonda Hotel.  We will send a link to the hotel registration in the next month so you can begin booking your rooms!


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…


Lauren got married on July 30th – Congratulations to the Bride and Groom!

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Cheryl is sharing a discounted link here for any Grovers or TARAs who would like to attend PopTech this year. It’s the 20th anniversary, and is going to be a wonderful event.  More information on dates and speakers can be found here:

Link to discounted ticket, it expires on September 30th:


The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, wrote an article titled “Meet Nina McLemore, the designer behind Hillary Clinton’s rules of power dressing” by Bethan Holt. Click on the link here to read the article.

The Guardian also published an article, by Morwenna Ferrier, “How to Dress like a Politician (according to Hillary Clinton’s power suit designer).” Click on the link here to read the article.

And, just in case you missed it, The Washington Post fashion critic, Robin Givhan’s “Why Washington’s most powerful women are wearing this Jacket” reports on our collection and our philosophy about the importance of the visual impression for women!  Click on the link here to enjoy the article and video on line, and share with friends.

As you know, Nina feels strongly about creating clothing for women, “So that when they walk into the room, they look like they belong in the room and at the head of the table.”  We feel these articles showcase Nina’s sense of style in an appropriate fashion, by talking about her signature style – foldable cuffs and popped collars.

Why Washington’s most powerful women are wearing this jacket. Read the Washington Post article here.

Women in Power Know Nina. Read the Wall Street Journal article on NINA here

The Fashion Designer Behind America’s Most Powerful Women. Watch the INSIDE EDITION video on NINA here.

Nina McLemore mixes business, philanthropy and fashion in Atlanta. Read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on NINA here.

Click here to view Nina’s Fall Brochure. 


Was featured in the Harvard Business Review Online

How ARZU improves the lives of the Afghan women we employ, and why the model can work elsewhere @HarvardBiz


Don’t Forget to Pay your 2017 Dues!

Take advantage of the $100 Early Payment Discount through today (August 31st) only!



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“A leader takes people where they want to go.  
A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily
want to go, but ought to be.

– Rosalynn Carter

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