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Alumni Spotlight: Katie Ritchie of Deborah’s Palm

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Katie Ritchie, is the Founder and Executive Director of Deborah’s Palm, the only nonprofit women’s community center located in downtown Palo Alto.  In a recent newsletter, she writes,

“Dear Friends,  Can I tell you how excited I am about the cool things coming to you from Deborah’s Palm? I do not know of another place, that offers a full range of services designed especially for you when you need it… or a place to connect with others, just relax, talk, have tea… or a space to learn new skills, tools, set goals and change direction in your life? We have a unique resource, right here. Come, partake and enjoy!  Hope to see you soon!       Peace & Love, Katie
Some of the courses and workshops that Deborah’s Palm offers might be of interest; see partial list below and also check out their web site for more resources (many free!)
Thursday, February 20, 7PMTea & Trunk Show! Come and learn about Quilting for Mary, a new nonprofit, founded by Kim Taddei, and based at Deborah’s Palm. Quilting for Mary crafts beautiful quilts for women and men newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Enjoy tea and dessert and see the array of gorgeous quilts they have created! Please RSVP to Deborah’s Palm: 650/473-0664. Hope to see you then!
SPRING CLEANING & CLEANSING:  A De-Cluttering & De-Tox Seminar Saturday, March 8, 2014 10-2 PM.  Join with us as we begin our journey together, celebrating MARCH as our Cleansing month! Clutter is not only a disorganized build-up of “stuff” –  it affects us all in significant physical, mental and emotional ways. We will have a wonderful set of local professionals in the areas of architecture, professional organizing, space clearing, consignment sales and health/wellness. This seminar is FREE, but registration is required: Please call to reserve your spot today: 650/473-0664. Hope you’ll begin the cleanse with us!

SPRING CLEAN Flea Market &  FREE Clothes Swap Saturday, March 22, 10-4 PM.  Put all that you’re learning about de-cluttering into action, and participate in our Flea Market, that will benefit Deborah’s Palm! We have limited space, and a portion of all sales goes to DP. Get in those closets, garages, drawers, basements and attics and SIMPLIFY! If you’d like to participate, let us know – we’ll send you an application, or come in and pick one up. OR come and shop and support us in this way! We will also be having a HUGE free clothes swap, snacks, and lots of fun!

Dining for Women Sunday, March 30, 6-8 PM. Come, learn and share a potluck dinner as we learn about different global, charitable organizations together! Join us for four times in 2014, as we partake in this “global giving circle” dedicated to helping women and girls in the developing world achieve their potential, gain equality in their countries and cultures, and overcome economic limitations and social bias. Check our website for registration details or call us for more information: 650/473-0664.

Philippa Perkin will be offering her Assertive Woman Workshop for four weeks, beginning March 17, and going until April 7, 2014. Monday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 PM.  This is a great, and very popular class, designed to educate and empower women in the skill of assertiveness. Topics include: styles of communicating, dealing with negative feedback and giving corrective feedback, and saying “NO.” Contact Philippa for more details and to register:

 JOB SEARCH Strategy Group, led by Lisa from CareerGenerations. Are you ready to participate in a comprehensive job search? Is your resume and LinkedIn profile current? Do you have a search plan mapped out? Join us for a supportive and energizing group & land the job you want much faster! Limited to 10; Registration is required:
March 5, 5:30-7:30 PMProfessional Women Connect.  A great opportunity to network and meet other professionals in our area. Please RSVP to Susan:
March 7, 7-9:00 PMCherishing the Non-Mom in You: A Self-Care Group for Women with Young Children.  Step out of your Mommy shoes and discuss, relax and enjoy each other for this new monthly group! Please RSVP to Vera at:
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  1. Kristin Dawson says:

    Deborah’s Palm is an amazing place to find excellent community resources and to connect with caring women. I have been several times and always find a welcome place to walk in the garden, read or reflect. We are very lucky to have this resource in our community. SO cool and inspiring that Katie, the founder, is an NDNU alumni!

  2. Tish Davis-Wick says:

    All your offerrings are so wonderful and inspiring. I especially like the class on Assertiveness, since many of my students regularly ask where they can get more training. Dining for Women also sounds so intriging. I want to go one of the nights I’m not teaching–which could be three of the four times the nights are being offerred this year! Congratulations, Katie, and thank from all of us women who want to continue to grow for our whole lives!

    Tish Davis-Wick

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