February 2021 Newsletter

A Note from SSS

Good Day,

Hope you’ve had a great February. Thank you to over 170 of you who attended our San Antonio Virtual Retreat. If you were not able to join us, the Virtual Programming Committee has several Virtual Table Topics planned over the next several months, as well as opportunities to connect virtually with your sisters!

Our 2021 Face Book is almost ready to be sent out! See below on how to sign up to receive a hard copy.

The Belizean Grove has some exciting things planned for the year ahead – including our next long awaited IN PERSON retreats in Chicago and New Orleans! 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).


What the Grovers, Taras, and Nyomis have been up to lately….

Diane Danielson has started a new business where she’s available to work as a fractional CMO/COO for companies seeking to scale, but may not currently have the funds/workload to bring on another full-time senior executive. More info at futureproofresearch.com. Building company infrastructure and crafting brand strategies are her specialties!

-The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced new members of the agency’s leadership team, including Sarah Fandell as General Counsel. Sarah brings over 25 years of leadership in development finance and business integrity in multicultural settings. Click here to read more.

Lisa Gable, the CEO of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), is pleased to announce that FARE released: “Equity Equals Excellence – A Blueprint for Access,” which is designed to address systemic racial and economic inequity in patient care for diseases like food allergy by expanding access to treatment, research and trusted information in underrepresented communities.

Fellow Grover, Yaisa Andrews-Zwilling, PhD, was part of the team that helped design the framework over a multi-month period of time.

Save the Date

Mini Retreat in Chicago- September 30 & October 1, 2021
Save the date for our first IN PERSON retreat in nearly two years! Look for an update in the coming weeks with information on when our room block opens!

The retreat will feature top leaders from Chicago, speaking on a variety of topics, such as Chicago has rebuilt through the lens of Equity and Inclusion, listen to top leaders from cultural institutions in Chicago, and how business leaders have worked to rebuild Chicago. Plan to come early or stay late to explore all that Chicago has to offer.

2022 Annual Retreat in New Orleans- January 27-30, 2022

Our New Orleans Annual Retreat Committee is already hard at work planning the in-person retreat in New Orleans in 2022!

We will tour museums, explore the local culture and music, and experience all the Big Easy has to offer! More information on this retreat will be sent out in the coming weeks.

2021 Face Book

We are finalizing the 2021 Face Book and will be sharing the final copy on the website soon! Hard copies will only be shipped out to those who have requested to receive one.

If you would like to sign up to receive a hard copy of the Face Book, please click here.

Recommended Article

Click here to read Fast Company’s “7 ways to talk to QAnon-obsessed loved ones, according to a former white nationalist.”

Sign up to become a Grove Guide

The first group of Grove Guides have met their new members are areAs we begin to plan for the future of the Grove, we would like to invite you to join us and volunteer to become part of our new Onboarding process as a Grove Guide. Grove Guides will take the place of the former Big Sister program, and will serve as a 12-18 month program to welcome our new members into the Grove.

Click here for more information on what to expect as a Grove Guide.

The Onboarding Committee has created a number of new ways to make our newest members feel more included and have a warm welcome into our wonderful group of women. The Committee is developing a process that includes several touch points for a new member before they even attend their first retreat in order to form lasting friendships that everyone will cherish.Each new member will have at least two Grove guides, one being her sponsor and the other being someone she does not yet know. We want that Grove Guide to be YOU! Even if you sponsor someone else, you can still volunteer to become a Grove Guide to another new member.

If you are interested in becoming a Grove Guide, please join us and answer the following questionnaire below:
Click here to fill out the form and become a Grove Guide*
*Filling out this form does not guarantee you will be called for service.

Films of the Month- Curated by Naomi McDougall Jones

Movie – Streaming

One Night in Miami

Available on: Amazon Prime

Director: Regina King

Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom, Jr.

Synopsis: A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Genre: Historical Fiction

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10612922/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Movie – Streaming

Little Woods

Available on: Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay

Director: Nia DaCosta

Starring: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby

Synopsis: A modern Western about two sisters who work outside the law to better their lives.

Genre: Thriller/Western

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6418918/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1