March 2017 Newsletter


Good day,

We have an abundance of exciting news to share, including announcements of the dates of our upcoming 2018 Retreat and Mini Retreat, the release of the 2017 Face Book, and the opening of registration for the 2017 Santa Fe Mini Retreat in September.

March has been a busy month! Be sure to read all of the information below to stay in touch with all that is going on in with The Belizean Grove.



Santa Fe Mini Retreat, September 14-16, 2017

Mini Retreat Registration is now open!



The draft Agenda is now available to view. 

OUR SANTA FE HOTEL ROOM BLOCK IS NOW FULL! But the hotel has agreed to add on only a few additional rooms and will still honor the block’s room rate.  Please book your room as soon as you can, they predict the hotel to be completely booked!

CLICK HERE for Hotel Registration Information

If you’re looking for a roommate, please leave a comment here. Include your email address or phone number so members can contact you.

WCD-BG Santa Fe Dinner

WCD members are invited to arrive a day early for a WCD Dinner with the Santa Fe Chapter on Wednesday September 13, 2017. A save the date with registration information will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Read more about the beautiful sites and fun activities Santa Fe has to offer:

Here is TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things to do in Santa Fe.

Luxury Travel Magazine’s article Santa Fe Recognized as Best Small City in America.

Awarded Winner: Sense of Place from the National Geographic 2017 World Legacy Awards.

What To Do When Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico’s Top 10 National and State Parks

50 Best Things To Do In Santa Fe


Save the Dates!


2018 Annual Retreat
January 18-22, 2018

We are in final negotiations with a wonderful resort 20-30 minutes south of Cancun, just outside of Playa del Carmen (with a great backup if our lawyer find problems with the contract). Both resorts share a terrific golf course, so you can come in 3 days earlier or stay a few days later to enjoy the course or explore all of the attractions the area has to offer. WCD members are also encouraged to come in a day early to Mexico City for a WCD Dinner.  More details will be shared soon!


2018 Mini Retreat
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! Amazon is one of the many companies with headquarters in Seattle you will get to learn more about at the exciting 2018 Mini Retreat: Read more about the company is this exciting article from The Economist.

We will travel to Chile for our 2019 Annual Retreat.


2017 August Neverville Weekend

Co-founder Edie Weiner has generously agreed to host members at her vacation home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania referred to as “Neverville.”

A few of the slots were already spoken for in Cuba, so register now as space is limited and applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year, Edie has agreed to offer an extra day, so the weekend will extend from Thursday evening, August 3rd through Sunday noon, August 6th.  We expect the weekend to be sold out well before that, so please get your reservation in quickly!



IT’S HERE! The 2017 Face Book

The 2017 Face Book is finished!

Click here to view a digital copy.

We added an extra layer of security to protect member’s information. The password can be located in the emailed newsletter or request the password from

If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please fill out this form.  Hard copies of the Face Book will only be mailed to those people who fill out the form.


Know a Potential New Member??

If anyone would like to nominate a potential Grover, TARA, or Nyomi, please submit your nomination packet ASAP.  Membership committees will be meeting very soon!

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.

Click HERE to Download the Nyomi Application.

Click HERE to Download the TARA Application.

Click HERE to Download the Grover application.

Please submit all applications with resume to


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Theo Schwabacher was interviewed on the radio station KCBS February 24, 2017. Below are audio clips from the interview:

Clip 1

by Theo Schwabacher

Clip 2

by Theo Schwabacher

Rebecca Boenigk honored as one of Inaugural Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Women of Distinction. Read more here.

Allison Ridder, a TARA, recently got engaged to Brady Johnstone of San Francisco, CA.  They are getting married in an intimate family ceremony in Scotland in July 2017.  Allison and Brady will reside in West Palm Beach, FL, which allows Allison to continue focusing on her career as a lawyer at NextEra Energy.

Pamela O’Rourke was named National Member of the Month for March, 2017 by the organization Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) . She has been involved with WIPP for ten years and greatly respects the work they do. Read more here.

Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of National Restaurant Association, received the Association Executive of the Year award from Association TRENDS.


Haven’t updated your profile on the website yet? Not sure what to do?

Watch this short video for step-by-step instructions. (NOTE:  To make the video larger – click the small “4 arrows” icon at the bottom right of the video – to the right of the HD.)


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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