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Alumni Spotlight: Katie Ritchie of Deborah’s Palm

As you may know, when Katie Ritchie was a Human Services senior, she used her capstone project to start Palo Alto’s only nonprofit women’s community center.  The following are highlights from her August newsletter, much of which might be of interest to current students, alumni, and your friends and family from career and personal perspectives.  Note that some events are free whereas others charge a small fee.  For more information, be sure to see their website for a cornucopia of resources.


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Welcoming August at Deborah’s Palm
All the latest updates, classes & activities!

Dear Friends,
Well, Hello August! The summer is flying by, but we anticipate a great early Fall and have some wonderful, new programming ready for you coming soon! This newsletter highlights some of the new offerings:
Chess Class w/ Lauren
New night! Starting Mondays, 7:30-8:30 PM, all skill levels are welcome! 1/2 hour of instruction & 1/2 hour of play! Tactics, strategies and coaching. Meets weekly. Registration is required; Please email:

Career Exploration Panel: Is There Life Beyond the Cubicle?
Meet five women entrepreneurs who were fed up with corporate life & found fulfillment beyond the cubicle. Wednesday, August 6, 7-9 PM. RSVP: 650/473-0664

Women’s Support Group
A new 6-week session starts this week, on Thursday, August 7, 6:30-8:30 PM. Wonderful & supportive group, learning & sharing together. Registration is required. Please email:

Free Workshop!
Phone Interview Prep
Wednesday, August 13, 5:30-7:00 PM. Come and find out how to best prepare yourself for this interview process! Session is free & registration is required. To register, go to:

Assertive Woman Workshop w/ Philippa
4-week workshop designed to educate and empower women in the skill of assertiveness. Monday nights, starting August 18, 7-8:30 PM. Contact Philippa for more details and to register:


Live Your Vision
A Coaching/Mastermind Program for Women Business Owners, led by Anne Martin. Are you making your business vision a reality or are you lost in the fog? Group work, coaching, and workbook. 8 weeks. Starts August 21; Thursdays, 10-12 Noon. For more information, please call Anne at 415/830-2373.
Strong & Beautiful Women
Do you need a confidence boost? Would you like to explore your strengths? Does your attitude affect your overall happiness? Facilitated by Susan Thomas, this 4-session series starts Thursday, August 21, 6:30-8:00 PM. For more info & to register, contact Susan:

Origami Lotus Flower Workshop: Thursday, September 4 @ 6:30 PM
Cherishing the Non-Mom in You: A Self-Care Group for Women with Young Children: Friday, September 5 @ 7:30 PM
For Women 50+ In Transition: Get Clear About What’s Next, with Donna: Starts on Mondays @ 1-3 PM, September 8-Ocotber 20
From Difficult Teen to Empowered Family Team, with Kiran Gaind: 9-month group starts on Tuesday, September 9, 10 AM to 12 Noon
From Empty Nest to Fulfilled Flight: Led by Kiran Gaind. A group for 8-10 Moms to explore life after the kids have left the house; 9-month group starts on September 11, Thursdays, 1-3 PM
For details and registration information, please visit our website:

BOOK CLUB: Will be meeting on Friday night, August 22 @ 7 PM. The book for August is: “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.

LUNCHTIME MEET-UPS: Every Wednesday at Noon for FREE!
8/6: Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson Learn about the mechanisms in our brain that manage our reactions and how we can re-wire them to be happier, healthier, and more at peace.
8/13: Women’s Salon (Discussion Group)
8/20: Speaker @ Noon: Our friends at the Ecumenical Hunger Program will be sharing about what they are currently doing in our surrounding community.
8/27: Speaker @ Noon: Annie Ritchey will be sharing “Tips and Tricks to Selling on Etsy.”

Be sure to check out Deborah’s Palm Italian Soda Booth during the Festival of the Arts, Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24, 10-6 PM. The booth is located on Tasso Street, where the Italian Chalk Art Paintings are. Come by & say HI!

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

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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