May 2020 Newsletter


Good Day,

I want to thank all the Grovers for creating the numerous zoom calls and happy hours- providing comfort, counsel, and connection to our sisters. Grove stories and inspirations shared remind us to not be so worried or desperate. It’s important to gather around and remind ourselves that we are neither alone or powerless.

We need to manage now with both a telescope and microscope although we live in an increasing turbulent world filled with leadership dilemmas, there are also unlimited opportunities. We must look for new opportunities.

If you have any updates you would like to share for future newsletters, please email me or Leslie Dube ( And don’t forget to share some of your favorite bumper sticker ideas here and we’ll feature in the upcoming Grove updates.

“One day we will wake up and discover we are family.” – Desmond Tutu.



Quotes: Excerpts from Wise Women by Joyce Tenneson:

“I grow more intense as I age, and I am more passionate about the projects I believe in. I still enjoy getting dressed elegantly in the evening and making an “entrance” at a party.” -Brooke Astor

“Many of my friends are experiencing the loss of their beloved pets. I have watched them mourn these deaths and realize it is not the pet they miss, but the loss of their unconditional love. That’s what really hurts.” -Dina Paisner

“The happiest people I know are not those who are the most beautiful, rich, or famous. The happiest people I see are simply those who stay cheerful and try to cheer up others while getting through their own bad stuff.” -Helen Gurley Brown

“Live it, do it, enjoy it- don’t hesitate!” -Jane Greenwood Edwards

“The greatest gift we can give to the world is creating a continuous, uninterrupted loving family structure.” -Aldona Laita

“My grandmother had total focus, an attribute that deeply impressed me. She also had the ability to make me feel like I could do anything, that I could be a leader. She focused all of her positive spirit on me.” -Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

“I keep telling my young friends that sex keeps getting better. After dealing with all of life’s trials and tribulations for so many years, you just realize that there must be a higher power. Once you realize this, you can let life unfold. You get to the point where you just say, ‘I’m not going to worry anymore; I’ve done that long enough.'” -Jeanie MacPherson

“Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone turn you around. I always tell my grandchildren to believe in themselves and never be afraid to go out and seek. You have to go out, work hard, and find it yourself.” -Dolores Fleming

“As we age, we have the chance to reinvent ourselves and to have new adventures. Arthritis took me away from painting. Now I use my artistic abilities to design clothes. As we age, our connection to our deeper womb powers increases and we are often blessed with new gifts of magic.” -Ingeborg ten Hae


Opportunity for Children/Grandchildren:
Hacking Entrepreneurship for High Schoolers
Summer 2020 Program

The Hacking Entrepreneurship class is an immersive online workshop that teaches participants the “Six Essential Skills” framework which is based on five years of research at Harvard and over 200 interviews with today’s top entrepreneurs including the founders of LinkedIn, Airbnb, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Under Armour, Chipotle, Dropbox, Yelp, and JetBlue, among others.

Each day of Hacking Entrepreneurship opens with a lively concept lecture by Stanford Graduate School of Business Lecturer Amy Wilkinson (Tara) followed by a combination of interactive skill-building exercises, social learning, and concrete takeaways tailored to the interests of high school students. Current Stanford University students work as Teaching Assistants and lead breakout sessions of up to ten participants.

Participants who engage in Hacking Entrepreneurship will leave having gained knowledge of how to spot opportunities, make quick decisions, and build on each other’s ideas. On the last day, participants pitch their ideas in a Shark Tank style competition to say why their startups will be wildly successful in the world.

If you’d like to give your teens and their friends the gift of time well spent while having a good time, click on the link below!

Click here to read more details and click here to view the website.

Click here to apply.

Participants who apply on or before 6/1 will receive a special $800 rate (discounted from $1000) as an early bird special. After that date, they will allow applications on a rolling basis until sessions fill up.

*Note: If you know a college student interested in applying, they will open sessions directly for college kids and put them in breakout teams according to their class year so that they can learn with peers. For now, please note in the application that they are college students and/or send a note in the Contact section of the program website.


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

Rebecca Boenigk’s company Neutral Posture announces Dr. Sam Harrison as the New Chief Medical Director to join Leadership Team. Click here to read more.

Nina McLemore was featured CNN’s Business owners who care for Washington’s powerful now look to them for survival. Click here to read the article.


Puerto Rico Retreat Follow Up: Estuario Volunteering

A huge thank you to those of you who volunteered in Puerto Rico with the San Juan Bay Estuary Program (Estuario) in restoring the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve. Planting native plants throughout the littoral to has done a lot to help restore the habitat.

Brenda Torres (Tara), Executive Director of Estuario, has shared pictures of the progress below:

Condado Lagoon Planting S2. Condado Lagoon Planting_S1


Know a Potential New Member?

If you would like to nominate someone to be a member, we are now currently accepting nomination packets. This is your last chance to get nominations in before Puerto Rico!

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.

Nomination Form
Nomination Guidelines

Please send the completed nomination pack to Leslie


Tentative Dates for Upcoming Retreats

Please be sure to read Susan’s speech on where we are going and why we are making these changes. Then vote below on where we should go for future Annual Retreats.
Please click here to read Susan’s brief speech.
Upcoming TENTATIVE dates:

NEW Virtual Retreat, September 25-26, 2020
San Antonio Retreat, February 18-21, 2021
Chicago Mini Retreat, September 23-25, 2021
2022 Annual Retreat will be determined at a later date


Streaming – Movie
The Assistant
Available on: Pretty much everywhere (iTunes, Amazon, GoogePlay, Vudu, YouTube, etc)
Director: Kitty Green
Starring: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen
Synopsis: A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.
Genre: Drama/Thriller
IMDB link:

Streaming – TV Series
Mrs America
Available on: Hulu
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba
Synopsis: Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement during the 1970s.
Genre: Drama
IMDB link:


Article of Interest
Harvard Business Review: Why the Crisis Is Putting Companies at Risk of Losing Female Talent


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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”