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What Is Essential: Separating the Essential from the Noise

Thu, January 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

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Join marketing expert, philanthropist, and musician Rob Fried for a FREE workshop, well-timed for the New Year. In this session, he lays out a process by which we can examine our values, plans, and next steps to see whether they are aligned or not, and provides tools for refocusing on what is most important to us.

The workshop will meet on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 2 to 3 pm in Brooks Place.

We are all inundated with stimulation trying to grab our attention across all our media devices, resulting in a challenge for most of us, mental health issues for some, and an underlying crisis in meaning for others. The choices we make regarding what we respond to and how we respond, if not filtered carefully, reduce our effectiveness and our health, which impacts many things including personal satisfaction, relationships and lifespan. We need to refine our information filter based on what is essential.

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, add what is specifically your own” - Bruce Lee

“Tactics without Strategy is the Noise before Defeat” - Sun Tsu

About Rob

Rob Fried is a founding partner at Bridgewater Associates, where as head of sales and marketing he helped grow the firm to become the largest hedge fund in the world. In addition to developing valuable skills in sales, relationship management, and workflow, Rob also spent decades in the unique culture at Bridgewater, which offers perspective on how people can apply these learnings to daily life.

Rob is also a singer songwriter, bassist, producer, philanthropist, radio talk show host, and architect/founder of the successful live themed concerts series Band Central. Founded in 2005, Band Central is a private philanthropic organization whose mission is to help local nonprofits in the Connecticut area maximize their revenue potential. Band Central effectively accomplishes this in a multifaceted collaborative approach fueled by Rob’s extensive investment background, robust local network, passion for music, and personal desire to “do good.” Band Central’s mission to combine philanthropy and music is reflected in its mantra to ‘show up, get down and do good’.


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Thu, January 11
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