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Alumni News: Katie Ritchey’s Women’s Community Center

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2018 GraduationMay 5th, 2018
Countdown to May 2018 Graduation!

Human Services alumnus Katie Ritchey envisioned a place in Palo Alto for women to meet and build community.  From her vision came action:  planning, implementation, and now, an ongoing resource for the community.  Deborah’s Palm is the only nonprofit community center for women in Palo Alto and with them, we celebrate their third year of operation.

Well done, Katie!  So impressive.


The full newsletter is here:  Deborah’s Palm and below are some excerpts from the newsletter of activities and events you might want to take advantage of:

The Gifts of Imperfection
Mondays at 7 p.m., June 3-July 29
Cracked Pot
This 8-week workshop is a journey based on the innovative research by Brene Brown, and facilitated by Diane Shrock, MFT, who trained with her. This workshop is a gift to yourself and a commitment as you develop a deeper understanding of how you navigate through life and deal with feelings of shame, fear and isolation. This workshop will be starting soon, so please contact Diane for more information and to register: 707/328-3128 or go to her website:
The Assertive Woman Workshop
Mondays at 7 p.m., June 10-July 1
You have a Voice

Are you a person who…Fears conflict and criticism?  Agrees with everything to stay safe? Imposes no boundaries or barriers? Feels powerless and invisible? Or do you…Fear losing control? Use anger and manipulation to get what you want? Ignore the needs of others? Feel alone and deserted? This 4-week workshop is designed to educate and empower women in the skill of assertiveness. Contact Philippa Perkin for more details and to register: 650/533-5075 or email:

Professional Women Connect
Wednesday, June 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Woman's Group
Meet together for our monthly networking event! Join with other women in business and share ideas, contacts, solutions and connections. Please RSVP to Susan Silver by Monday, June 3. Her email is: Hope to see you then!
Effective Interviewing Workshop
Thursday, June 20, 10-11:30 a.m.
Career Generations Logo
Just getting an interview can be a challenge, so when you do land a phone or in-person meeting, you want to be ready. This practical and strategic session will teach you how to “close the sale” and get an offer! This is a very hands-on workshop offered by Lisa Stotlar, career counselor, coach and co-founder of CareerGenerations. This workshop is free and no registration is required. For questions, please email:
Lunchtime Meetups
Each Wednesday at Noon
Lunch Bag
  We offer a free, weekly program at Noon every Wednesday. Coming up in June:
  • First Wednesday: Happiness Project Discussion Group
  • Second Wednesday: Women’s Salon – Women’s Discussion
  • Third Wednesday: Donne Davis, founder of the GaGa Sisterhood, will be speaking on “Five Common Grandma Blunders & How to Avoid Them.”
  • Fourth Wednesday: Florence Marchick, a social worker from the Rosener House in Menlo Park, will share with us about “Dementia and the Caregiver’s Journey.”

All images courtesy of Deborah’s Palm

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