October 2015 Newsletter


Wrapping Up the 2015 Mini Retreat – Thank You to the Boston Team for a Fabulous Event!  

What an amazing event with over 130 Grovers and Taras in attendance!  From the incredible panel of speakers, delicious Babson food, and the Senate Experience at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (with a few notable Senators of our own), the weekend was one for the books.

  • A special thank you to Co-Chairs Elaine Eisenman and Candy Brush for all their hard work, and their amazing Retreat Committee  (Vicki Kennedy, Elisabeth Babcock, Polly Pearson, Erin McCormick, Paige Arnoff-Fenn and Sarah Murphy).
  • We couldn’t have made it happen without our own sponsors and donors Sandy Peterson, Vicki Kennedy, Nancy Calderon, Sheila Schectman and Elaine Eisenman.
  • We would also like to thank the members who generously donated AFM Auction items including Rebecca Boenigk, Rosy Del Dago Fernandez and Angela Moore.

Save the Date!


March 10 – 14, 2016

16th Annual Belizean Grove/Tara Retreat – Cruise

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Celebrity Constellation (Cruising from Fort Lauderdale to Key West and to Nassau, Bahamas and back to Fort Lauderdale)

We will notify you when room registration opens in November.

>>>All info about the retreat will be posted on the website – Click here


What the Grovers and Taras Have been Up to Lately…

TODDI GUTNER recently joined Kalypso, a global innovation consulting firm, where she will be working with Fortune 500 clients in the areas of front-end innovation and business strategy. The press release of her announcement is here. Trained in the innovation methodology of Design Thinking, Toddi will continue in her role at Cornell Tech and Cornell Executive Business Education where she teaches design thinking to graduate students and executives. Toddi wants to give a huge thank you to Helayne Angelus, Claudia Kotchka and Tracy Brandenburg who helped to make this new direction a reality.

AMY KASLOW published an article in Fortune:  “Bosnia: A European Tinderbox Just Waiting for a Spark

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CATHY ALLEN was interviewed on the role of security and risk committees of boards.


Cathy AllenHer interview was aired on October 13th on Inside America’s Boardrooms.

While she was not busy being interviewed, Cathy was leading the tailgating efforts during the Mizzou Parade!



LAURA HERRING published a book called “No Fear Allowed.” This book is the story of her journey from mortgaging the house to start her business, nearly losing it all to building a $50 million dollar business and becoming one of the top female CEO’s in the country.  Laura is a 2X breast cancer survivor and is donating 100% of the profits from the book to breast cancer research!  Nofearallowed.com

TIFFANY DUFU – For those of you who might have missed her on a billboard, TARA Tiffany Dufu is the face of The Limited’s “New Look of Leadership” campaign for the fall season. The campaign profiles diverse women in business, education, government, healthcare, technology and entertainment who are redefining what leadership means today. You can see Tiffany at www.thelimited.com or in a local mall.

REBECCA BOENIGK spoke at NWBOC’s Decades of Excellence Conference.  Neutral Posture is a member of the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) and Rebecca Boenigk, as a former recipient of the Eclipse Award, was invited to speak at their national conference in Florida on October 7, 2016.  Rebecca sat on a panel with other Eclipse Award winners, all of whom presented their success stories and accomplishments to the conference attendees.

In addition, Rebecca Boenigk was named to the PureColor, Inc. Board of Directors.  PureColor is a leading supplier of eco-friendly stains.

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CINDY STEWART REED, President & CEO of LTR Holdings, LLC spoke at the Learning from Women who Lead Event put on by RI Women in Higher Education on Friday October 16th in Crowne Plaza Warwick.

ALIZA KNOX was recently promoted to VP of Online Sales, the highest ranking woman in sales at Twitter.

SANDRA PETERSON:   Microsoft has nominated Johnson & Johnson Chairwoman Sandra Peterson as a new addition to its board.

CHRISTINE TORETTI: EQT Corporation has elected Christine J. Toretti as the newest member to its Board of Directors, where she will serve as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.  EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, and transmission.

ERIN MCCORMICK:  Erin is the new Director, Entrepreneurship Center at UMass Boston. Her focus is on women and leveraging the creativity of young entrepreneurs to bring innovative solutions to business. She has a blank canvas to create programs for the 16,000 students. umb.edu



Future of the Grove Conclusions by Barbara Colwell 

The conclusions-to-date have been posted to the site under the Members Tab.  Please click here to go directly to the page to see information about size, new cohorts, name, etc.

The “Rules of the Road” information is also posted under the Members Tab.



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.)




“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

– Collette


  1. Diane Danielson on October 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Best newsletter ever! Love the pics. Really great job to all who worked on the website.

  2. Barbara Friedman on October 31, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Erin and everyone involved in creating the new website, you all did an amazing job!!! Thank you for doing this for your sisters, you all ROCK!!!!!

  3. Jennifer on November 3, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Congratulations on the beautiful website! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. It’s fantastic!

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