August 2017 Newsletter


Good Day,

August has been a busy and challenging month for our members. You can read about the exciting news many members had to share this month in the Members News

We are two weeks away from the Santa Fe Mini Retreat in September. Remember that the registration deadline is tomorrow, September 1st so don’t miss your last opportunity to sign up today!

While Hurricane Harvey has had an impact on our Texas members, they are safe! Rebecca Boenigk has started a collection for those in need after the flooding and devastation throughout Texas. Please read below for specific directions and details on how you can help.

August has also forced us to say goodbye to one of our beloved members, Cathleen Asch. Cathleen joined the Grove early on and was always so helpful to me trying to get our organization more businesslike. Read more below and read her full obituary here. In lieu of a funeral, a Celebration of Cathleen’s Life will be held at her home in Barrington Hills, Illinois on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Email for details.

Read below for some important news on the upcoming Retreats, and what our members have been up to lately.

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



Donate to Help Those in Texas

Rebecca Boenigk is accepting donated items for Texas residents who have been affected by the hurricane. Some of the items that are most needed include: clothing, shoes, sheets, blankets and beauty products (hairbrushes, hair dryers, sanitary napkins, soap, etc…)

Please have everything be bagged and tagged by size before shipping.

Any and all donations to help alleviate the devastation are much appreciated!

Please sent to:
Rebecca Boenigk
c/o Neutral Posture
3904 N. Texas Avenue
Bryan, TX 77803
979-778-0502 ext 109

If you wish to make a monetary donation, please follow this link:

2018 DUES

Today is the last day for the Early Bird Discount!
Pay your 2018 Dues NOW!

Please following the link below that corresponds with your category to pay your 2018 dues.
If you are attending the Santa Fe Retreat, please have your dues paid before the event!

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Mini Retreat Registration is still open!

Your guests MUST be pre-registered for dinner on Friday night, September 15, please click here to register. We will not accept payments at the door.
Read more details about the event on the website!


View the program of events here.

We have a few exciting items to auction off during dinner on Friday night at Cathy Allen’s house. For a description of the items, please click here. You will also have the opportunity to “Buy it Now” before anyone else can win an item before you!

We look forward to seeing you soon in Santa Fe and helping you explore the magic of the “City Different.”


Mayakoba, Mexico! January 18–22, 2018

Know that there has been some concern about traveling to Mexico for the 2018 Belizean Grove Annual Retreat. We are aware that the United States Department of State recently issued a travel alert for the entire country. While it does warn about the safety of areas within Mexico, it does not explicitly say, “Do not travel to Mexico.” We have talked with the Andaz resort, where we are staying, and have attached their official statement addressing our safety concerns. In the case of Quintana Roo, where the gated community of Mayakoba is located, no travel restriction has been issued and the US Government is not recommending citizens curtail or cancel travel to the state. It is also important to note that there have been no incidents within Mayakoba, towards its guests or associates. We feel confident that the space we have booked does not pose a concern to our members.

Room Reservations and Flights: 
Event registration is not yet open; however, the room block is now open! We are working with Deb Carr, with Cleveland Circle Travel-American Express, to book rooms at the hotel.

Deb is also able to book flights for members and has secured a discount with United for flights if booked through Deb Carr. United flies from everywhere to Cancun with a connection via Houston/Chicago/Washington Dulles/Newark/ San Francisco/LAX.

To book your room, contact to Deb Carr (, with the below information:

  1. Name as it appears on passports (Make sure Passports have at least 6 months validity upon the return date)
  2. Date of Birth
  3. City of origin / Preferred Carrier or Flights
  4. Departure Date and Return Date
  5. Room type desired
  6. Roommate if applicable
  7. Cell phone number

Click here for room rates and to read more about our exciting Retreat in Mexico.


SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Mini Retreat: Seattle, WA

September 13-15, 2018


We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Mini Retreat will be in Seattle, September 13-15 with the opportunity for both pre and post trips. Our Seattle Mini Retreat committee is already hard at work planning the event! The committee is currently negotiating with hotels in the area, we will release the information as soon as it is confirmed.
Amazon, Starbucks, and Microsoft are just a few of the many companies with headquarters in Seattle that you will get to learn more about at the exciting 2018 Mini Retreat: Read more about Amazon in this exciting article from The Economist.


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

-Rebecca Boenigk is accepting donated items for Texas residents who have been affected by the hurricane. Some of the items that are most needed include: clothing, shoes, sheets, blankets and beauty products (hairbrushes, hair dryers, sanitary napkins, soap, etc…) Please have everything be bagged and tagged by size before shipping.
Please sent to:
Rebecca Boenigk
c/o Neutral Posture
3904 N. Texas Avenue
Bryan, TX 77803
979-778-0502 ext 109
If you wish to make a monetary donation, please follow this link:

-Marie Therese Dominguez was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuLiffe to serve a 4 year term on the Virginia Aviation Board! (Copy of announcement here). The Board oversees the Virginia Department of Aviation with specific focus on policies, programs, and rules and regulations relating to airports, aviation facilities, aircraft and the development of safe aviation practices and operations. She will also be overseeing funding allocations for the state as well as various localities throughout Virginia.

-Sherry Barrat was elected Chairman of the Board of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties! Read more about it here.

Susan Davis, Susan Davis International Chairman, was recently inducted into the BizBash Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame for special events and strategic communications leadership  on  the Word War I Centennial Commemoration, Gold Medal Awards for the World War II Women Air Service Pilots, the Bicentennial of the Library of Congress and the dedications of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Japanese American Memorial, the F.D.R. Memorial, the WWII Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

-Connie Duckworth been named one of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) 2017 Directorship 100 list, which annually recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Excerpt from the press release: “NACD is honored to recognize outstanding directors and governance professionals whose leadership is exemplary. Our corporations—indeed, our very system of capitalism—is improved by the integrity and commitment to excellence represented by these individuals,” said NACD President and CEO Peter Gleason. “Shining a light on their individual achievements allows us to recognize and celebrate their vital role as stewards of our public companies. We salute the NACD Directorship 100 for their dedication, service, and wisdom.” Click here to view full list of honorees.

-Paige Arnof-Fenn has joined the advisory board for RallyPoint, the premier social network for the military community! Read more about it here.

Throughout the past couple of months, Lauren C. Anderson has been interviewed, quoted and provided considerable insight both domestically and internationally regarding FBI practices, the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and the impact of all of this on the FBI’s reputation and the morale of its employees, including in the New York Times, VOX, Business InsiderMinnesota Public Radio, the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and in various international  media outlets. Lauren was also the guest on an hour-long radio show on sanctuary cities with Boston WBZ’s NightSide with Dan Rea, and spoke extensively with ABC’s News on the release of Chelsea Manning from prison.

Girls on the bus Kathmandu, Nepal June 2017

In April, Lauren was named the new Global Board Chair for the Red Dot Foundation, Safecity, founded by Elsa D’Silva, a 2017 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award recipient.

Vital Voices State Dept Fortune MPW at USMUN May 2017

Finally, Lauren was honored and delighted to be the closing day speaker on leadership at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations for a signature mentoring program with Vital Voices, the U.S. State Department and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, and subsequently served as the on-site mentor for this same program’s alumnae training session in Kathmandu, Nepal, in June.

Theo Schwabacher KGO Interview Clip

-Theo Schwabacher was interviewed by radio satation KGO 810AM and TV station KTVU Channel 2. Clips from her interviews are below:


In Memory Of:


Cathleen Asch Goss, 67, of Barrington Hills, IL, passed away on July 31, 2017 following complications from treatment for melanoma. She is survived by husband Jan Goss; son and daughter-in-law Alexander Goss and Hannah Boston; siblings Jonathan Asch, Amanda Asch Halle, and Andrea Asch; and stepdaughters Natalie Goss and Hannah Wachs. She was the proud aunt of six and step-grandmother of seven.

Cathleen was born June 14, 1950 in New York City to Florence and John Asch and grew up in Greenwich, CT. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. A job at AT&T led to her 1985 move to Indianapolis, where she helped found trailblazing computer graphics firm TrueVision, Inc. Though not an engineer herself, Cathleen became an expert in facilitating communication among technological visionaries, marketing departments, and production teams. She relocated to Barrington, IL, in 1994 to join Ameritech as head of its Electronic Commerce Division, before returning to entrepreneurial ventures from 1996 until retirement.

Cathleen’s personal interests were as varied as her professional experience. Her hobbies included travel, archaeology, glass collecting, and making her own beaded jewelry. She loved animals and celebrated Groundhog Day with memorable parties.

In lieu of a funeral, a Celebration of Cathleen’s Life will be held at her home in Barrington Hills, Illinois on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Email for details.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation for either of two places of spiritual significance to Cathleen: Camp Arcadia in Maine where she spent her childhood summers (click here to donate); or the Women’s Fund for the country of Georgia which she repeatedly toured in recent years (click here to donate).


A Note from Innocents at Risk

Dear Friends of Innocents at Risk,

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, the country’s groundbreaking legislation to end human trafficking and provide much needed support to victims, is currently up for reauthorization. The continued life of this legislation is crucial to our fight against child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, and that is why we are asking for your help.

Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced two bi-partisan Senate bills that reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).The TVPA emphasizes a victim-focused approach to combating human trafficking, while also strengthening restitution to the victims of human trafficking. Critically, a number of new provisions add protections for children. Contact your senators now and tell them to support the TVPA Reauthorization Bills.

This is a bipartisan issue. Member of congress and individuals on both sides of the aisle can all agree: the United States of America must end child trafficking and provide support for victims of these unconscionable crimes. We are counting on you to help us achieve a world where no child is bought, sold, or used for sex.

Innocents at Risk supports the Reauthorization of the TVPA in partnership with EPACT! Please join us with your support and contact your Senator.

Warmest Regards,
Deborah Sigmund
Innocents at Risk


Top 10 Reads for Regaining Life Perspective

List courtesy of Angela Moore:

  • The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Do the Tao Now! – Wayne Dyer
  • Living the Life Your Soul Intended – Ainslie MacLeod
  • A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
  • The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
  • The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
  • The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron
  • Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui – Karen Kingston
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
  • Living Beautifully Together – Alexandra Stoddard


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