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April 2020

Mastering Problem Solving In The Age Of Disruption: Finding Solutions Across Domains

Mon, April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Whether you run a committee, a non-profit, a small business or a division of a major company, problem solving is central to how you achieve your mission. At the Monday April 6 Meeting of FairCo TEEM in partnership with The Westport Library, veteran manufacturing and finance executive Lesly Regis will share his perspective on how proven processes can help you improve the way you do your job when it comes to problem solving. Participants will learn: How major problem solving…

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Preparing for the Empty Nest: What They Should Know Before They Go

Tue, April 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

This will be a guided discussion for parents covering important skills that parents can foster in young adults as they transition to life after high school: self-care, personal safety, self-advocacy, money management and other helpful topics.  Join Karen Krupnik, LPC of Positive Directions – The Center for Prevention and Counseling and Deb Slocum, Staples High School Counselor for a thoughtful look at essential life skills for post-high school young adults. The “What to Know” series gives parents insight into the practical…

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Human Trafficking: Global & Local

Sun, April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor and is an ongoing problem in the United States and Fairfield County. Sister Maureen Fleming, coordinator of Pastoral outreach at St Luke’s Parish, and Alicia Kinsman, Director and Managing Attorney for the Immigration Legal Services at Connecticut Institute for Refugee and Immigrants, will discuss the national and local problem and what the community can do to combat this crime. Community Partner: Interfaith Council of…

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The Body Politic: How the Women’s Health Movement Changed our Lives

Mon, April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“No woman,” wrote Margaret Sanger, “can call herself free who does not own and control her body.” The struggle for bodily autonomy — personal, legal, medical — has been central to feminist activism. The panel will look at U.S. women’s advocacy for self-determination and responsive health care. After exploring some earlier history, we will survey the women's health movement that emerged in the 1970s (remember Our Bodies, Ourselves?) and discuss how both its accomplishments and its unfinished work remain fundamental…

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May 2020

Preparing for the Empty Nest, A Series: Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest Adventure

Tue, May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When Kim Brown Seely’s youngest son was about to move across the country, she and her husband impulsively bought a big broken sailboat, learned how to sail it, and headed up through the Pacific Northwest’s Inside Passage. This voyage of discovery into who they were as individuals and as a couple at an axial moment in their lives is in Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another. Not everyone facing this transition reacts in such…

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Making the Decision to Lead

Wed, May 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you considering a run for public office, run a campaign or lead on an issue in your community? Patti Russo, Executive Director of The Campaign School at Yale, will provide you with the information and skills you need to skew yourself for success. This three-hour workshop is a comprehensive and holistic approach to preparing for a public life including effective speaking techniques. Space is limited, please register online. Patricia Russo serves as executive director of The Campaign School at Yale, a…

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Preparing for the Empty Nest: What to Know After They Go

Tue, May 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

This will be a panel discussion on rediscovering yourself after children leave the nest. Dealing with grief and loss, re-kindling your marriage, finding yourself after raising your children and establishing new boundaries they become young adults. Join us to hear perspectives from parents and professionals who have taken various paths in their evolution to parents of adult children. Join Karen Krupnik, LPC of Positive Directions, Deb Slocum, Staples High School Counselor and other special guests for an exploration of life…

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Hunting for the Viruses That Cause Cancer

Thu, May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Robin Wolfe Scheffler follows the search for infectious agents responsible for cancer from nineteenth century theories that cancer was caused by germs through our modern understanding of cancer viruses in his book, A Contagious Cause. Speculation that cancer might be contagious inspired fear, but it also contained a kernel of hope that the strategies used against infectious diseases, especially vaccination, might be able to subdue this dread disease. Today, nearly one in six cancers are thought to have an infectious…

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June 2020

Success Across the Generations

Wed, June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Are you struggling with communicating with your colleagues? Your clients? Your bosses? In today’s 5 generational workplace, each generation has a preferred communication style. What’s yours?  How does it impact your success with clients, colleagues, your supervisors and employees? By gaining some insight into these differences; the what, why and how, participants will begin to understand key steps in bridging the generational divide. Whether communicating verbally, in writing or on social media, this session will provide tips on how to reduce some of…

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