May 2018 Newsletter


“To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?” – Katharine Graham

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all off to a wonderful summer and are getting ready for our exciting Fall Retreat in Seattle. I am writing to happily share with you that as of June 1, I will no longer be working for WomenCorporateDirectors in an official capacity, which Alison Winter and I co-founded and Henrietta Fore later joined as co-chair.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with WCD’s Co-founders, Co-chairs, Directors, Advisory Board, Chapter Chairs, Sponsors and Members. I am full of hope about the future and how WCD will create a better world. And know that WCD will flourish under Susan Keating’s leadership. She is an outstanding leader who really understands the vision for WCD and is the right person to take WCD to the next level.

Networks, like the Belizean Grove and WCD, create impact, power change, and bring to life the dreams we all share. All of us are bridge-builders connecting across boundary lines with heart, spirit, and commitment.

Women understand it’s “the quality of connections or community,” not just the volume of transactions that’s important. Trust makes us stronger by connecting, positioning, and helping each other to provide well-reasoned business leadership in a fragmented world.

As Tom Stoppard said, “Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.” This transition will allow me to co-author a book on Betrayal with Elaine Eisenman, return to creating OnBoard Bootcamps, working with Boards, and managing Advisory Boards. I am looking forward this next chapter in my life and am excited to focus more time on the Belizean Grove. I remain, as always, dedicated to the Grove and the network of powerful women and friendships we have created.

I look forward to seeing each of you in Seattle and other events soon. Paul Brandt remarked, “Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” As all of us continue to grow and evolve, I’m eager to share our moonwalks together.

Cheers, Susan

“The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning.” –Sam Shepard


Welcome New Nyomis!

The Nyomi Committee met in March and welcomed 4 fabulous new members!
Emily Best
Judy Quintana
Carolina Samsing
Julia Wilkinson
Please help give a warm Belizean Grove welcome to these New Members!


67505772-448b-4771-a871-3651261abc8c-thumbnailNEW AFM Grant Application!

The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board just had a very stimulating meeting and is ready to begin accepting NEW Grant Applications. If there is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that you love and support, this is the year to help them apply for the AFM Grant.

We look forward to reviewing the applications on your behalf, and making the world so much better because of the girls and women you have supported over the years.

To view previous grant recipients, click here.

The Adventures for the Mind Foundation Board:
Melissa Means, Susan Stautberg, Helayne Angelus, Edie Weiner, Amy Kaslow, Evelyn D’An, Faith Frank

2018 Grant Guidelines

2018 Grant Application

Please send all completed applications to Leslie Dube,


SeattleSlide4The 2018 Mini Retreat will be in Seattle, September 13-15

Click here to register!
The fee is $595.00
Click here to read the draft agenda. Times, locations, and events are subject to change.

Hotel Information:
The room block at the Edgewater Hotel, is full!
We are currently trying to add more rooms onto our room block, but the rooms are limited!

If you want a room in the room block, we need to know ASAP, please click here to add your name and length of stay to the wait-list. By adding your name to the wait-list, you are not confirming your reservation. If a room becomes available, BG will contact you and you will be required to contact the Edgewater to book your room.

Those members who have already paid their registration fee will be contacted and offered rooms first. We will only request additional rooms that we know for sure will be filled.

Please note, September is an extremely popular time to visit Seattle. The Seattle team negotiated an extremely reasonable rate for the rooms within our block, however, we anticipate the Edgewater to completely sell out for the weekend of our Mini Retreat. While there are some nearby hotels, because it is the busy season, rooms are very expensive (at the Edgewater the city-side rooms not in our block are already over $400/night), and may not be available for much longer. The closest hotel is a 5 minute walk away, with others a 15-20 minute walk.

If you still need a room, it is extremely important to register for the retreat and add your name to the wait-list as soon as possible. We will not add on any more rooms after June 8. If you register for the retreat and do not get a room in the room block, we will keep you on the wait-list for when someone cancels. If you do not receive a room at the discounted rate and do not want to remain on the wait-list, you can receive a full refund for your registration fee up until 60 days out from the event.

If you are looking for a roommate, please click here.

Speaker Information:

The Pacific Northwest Planning Committee is putting together an interesting program for the Seattle Mini Retreat. A few of the guests currently scheduled to attend are described below.

Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz served as the CEO of Starbucks since before the company had six stores. Today, there are more than 25,000 stores in more than 75 countries, including the first Starbucks, which is in Seattle.
Howard’s efforts to build a “performance-driven company through the lens of humanity” helped create a culture that addresses social issues in unique ways, from Starbucks being among the first U.S. companies to provide healthcare coverage and stock ownership to part-time workers in the 1980s, to offering debt-free college tuition and committing to hire refugees, Opportunity Youth, and veterans today.
TARA Joanne Gordon Berk has been writing, traveling, and working with Howard since 2009, including co-authoring two books. At the Seattle mini-retreat in Seattle, she’ll host a Q&A with him and explore a variety of topics.

Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Seattle host Phyllis Campbell (Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JP Morgan Chase) will lead a fireside chat with Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (CEO, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). At the Gates Foundation, extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries, and the failures of America’s education system, are viewed as the biggest barriers that prevent people from making the most of their lives. So they fund innovative ideas that could help remove these barriers: new techniques to help farmers in developing countries grow more food and earn more money; new tools to prevent and treat deadly diseases; new methods to help students and teachers in the classroom.
Dr. Desmond-Hellmann leads the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. Drawing on her diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, she creates an environment for talented and committed individuals to help more children and young people survive and thrive, combat infectious diseases that hit the poorest hardest, and empower people – particularly women and girls – to transform their lives.

Rob Meyerson
Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, invests approximately a billion dollars a year of his own money on his space exploration company, Blue Origin. Why is the team at Blue Origin focused on building a future by helping other space entrepreneurs solve the problem of getting payloads into orbit at incredibly low cost? Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson evolved the company from a 10-person organization of scientists focused on advanced technology research, to a more than 1000-person, multi-site business that is developing launch systems and technologies.
Seattle host, Suzanna Darcy, a record-breaking and experimental test pilot, and past Chief Test Pilot for the Boeing 777 program, will interview Rob Meyerson and help us understand the innovation and the soul behind this Northwest-based aerospace company where space truly is the next frontier.

Pre and Post Trip Information
Woodinville Private Wine Tasting & Dinner
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Click here to read more information and register.

Pike Place Market Tour & Walking Lunch
Date: Wednesday, September 12 & Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Click here to read more information and register.

Bainbridge Island Cooking Workshop & Farm-to-Table Dinner
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Click here to read more information and register.

Orcas Island Day Trip by Float Plane
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Click here to read more information and register.

4-Day Vancouver, Victoria, & Whistler from Seattle
Read more here.
To register for the Vancouver post trip only, contact Deb Carr,


panorama2019 Annual Retreat:
Santiago, Chile
January 17-20, 2019

The 2019 Annual Retreat will begin early Thursday afternoon after lunch on January 17, so please be sure to arrive on Wednesday January 16 or early Thursday morning. There will be optional tours on Thursday before the program begins for those who arrive early. Programming will go through late afternoon on Saturday January 19, so you are able to plan your post trips to leave on Saturday night, early Sunday morning, or explore all that Santiago has to offer!

Room Reservations and Flights:
Event registration is not yet open; however, the room block is now open!  We are once again 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.

As you plan your trip, you may want to consider coming in a few days early, or staying a few days late for one of our exciting Pre/Post Trips listed below. Although spouses, siblings, and/or adult children are not invited to join the group for any part of the Retreat, you can bring them either before or after the Retreat to attend one of these trips with you. .

BG is not taking room reservations.
To book your room, contact 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

The following room options are available:

  • Standard Single- Regular Floor: USD $ 158 + 19% TAX per room per night.
  • Standard Double- Regular Floor: USD $ 173 + 19% TAX per room per night.


SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Mini Retreat St. Louis, MO

Our Mini Retreat in 2019 will be in St. Louis, Missouri, September 12-14. The St. Louis committee is already hard at work planning the event! More information on the hotel and location will be released this summer.


2018 Neverville Weekend
Click here to register!

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. A few of the slots were already spoken for in Mexico, so register now as space is limited and applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

This popular weekend in Pennsylvania will be Friday, August 3, 2018 and extend to Sunday, August 5, 2018. 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 slot now. 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.


What the Grovers, Taras, and Nyomis Have been Up to Lately…

-Pen + Brush Gallery art exhibit entitled: 200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World features both Meryl Marshall Daniels and Ivy Ross.  It’s a new immersive exhibition celebrating women who share their stories to shine a light on gender equality, on view at Pen + Brush in New York City through June 30th. You can read more about it here.

Meryl gave an interviewed on WNYC.  She talked with Sophie Blackall, an Australian artist and innovator, another woman from the show, about the Exhibition and the Gallery.

Adrianna Machado founded a new company: Briyah Institute. Briyah Institute is a Benefit Corporation (B Corp) that bridges innovation, practice, and purpose by establishing strategic alliances with companies and organizations to design solutions for the complex socioeconomic and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Driven by a complexity science approach, Briyah Institute explores the interconnections of different ecosystems and networks and offers tangible contributions in the areas of impact economy, entrepreneurship, digital transformation, sustainable development, resilience, energy, mobility, and healthcare.

It’s headquarters is located in Miami, Florida.

Kimberly Till is one of the newly named independent directors for the USA Gymnastics (USAG) Board of Directors, the national governing body for gymnastics in the U.S.

USAG is responsible for selecting and training national teams for the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Recently, the USA Gymnastics Interim Board of Directors unanimously approved amendments to the USA Gymnastics Bylaws that reshape the Board to 15 members, down from 21; require the majority of Board members to be independent; and create a Programs Council. The eight independent directors will be seated in June 2018 when all of the new directors have been duly elected. Click here to read more.

Lisbeth McNabb joins the Linux Foundation as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Click here to read more.

Davia Temin wrote a Forbes article about Susan Stautberg titled The ‘Force Of Nature’ Behind Getting Women On Boards. Click here to read the article.

Lisa Gable was interviewed for the article “Never Give Up, But Always Be Willing To Regroup” Leadership Lessons With US Ambassador and UN Delegate, Lisa Gable. Click here to read the article.


The Encore Public Voices Fellowship

The Encore Public Voices Fellowship will amplify the voices of 20 thought leaders speaking out about the years beyond midlife, often referred to as the encore stage of life. Participants will explore what must change to establish the encore life stage as a time for personal renewal and social good. Participants will be provided with extraordinary support, skills and mentoring to ensure their ideas shape the greater public conversation.

They are looking for community and business leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, writers, educators, researchers and other thinkers. They are looking for a diverse mix of people in terms of age, race, religion, sector and areas of expertise or focus; half of the cohort will consist of people of color.

Fellows will get generous support through the OpEd Project model, which includes:

-Four interactive day-long seminars in NYC designed to expand thinking and deepen expertise (dates are: September 13-14, 2018; December 10, 2018; March 1, 2019; and May 10, 2019)

-Dedicated editors (top journalists) to provide regular, hands-on, one-on-one support/editing/coaching Access to big thinkers and media insiders as the occasion arises (past guests have represented TED, NYT, CNN, Wikipedia)

-Access to ongoing mentoring for the fellowship year

-Travel stipends for those who need them

Anyone may apply. Fellows will be chosen through a competitive selection process, based on their history and track record of work, and the belief of our advisory team that, with proper support, they can change cultural narrative.

The application deadline is June 22, you can learn more here


Know a Potential New Member?

If anyone would like to nominate a potential Grover, TARA, or Nyomi, please submit your nomination packet ASAP.

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


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.)


“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

– Katharine Hepburn

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