General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

Place:  Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am   Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am   Meeting and Speaker
Please enter through the doors from the upper parking lot.  There are a limited number of parking spaces in the upper lot; please leave them for those who have difficulty walking. Others please park in the lower lot and walk to the upper entrance. 

May  8
Kate Bennis:  Speaking Out: Women's Stories, Women's Voices 
Kate Bennis’ Speaker Coaching practice focuses on helping clients to craft and deliver excellent talks and presentations, and to feel comfortable with cameras and the media. A professional actor with 40 years’ experience in TV, film and stage, she has coached senior and mid-level leaders at American Express, AOL, Deloitte and Touche, The Federal Reserve Bank and the CIA; Harvard Business School Executive Education, Columbia University Executive Education, Darden Business School Executive Education and University College London.  As Lead Coach for the Charlottesville TEDx, Kate has coached dozens of speakers and overseen the coaching for over 80 TED Talks. While with The Ariel Group, Kate delivered trainings around the world, developed training curricula, and served as Director of Outreach. Kate’s Communication Coaching practice helps leaders engage in high-stakes, challenging and important conversations with influence, grace and presence. A licensed clinical social worker, Kate has also worked with children and adults in a private practice as well as in schools and prisons.

May 22
Sarah Bloom Raskin: Life after serving as Deputy Secretary in the U.S. Department of Treasury 
After serving on the Board of the Federal Reserve, when Sarah Bloom Raskin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2014 to become Deputy Secretary of the Department of Treasury, she became the highest-ranking woman in the history of that Department. She focused on the macroeconomic impact of student loan borrowing, cyber security, as well as drivers that bolster and sustain U.S. and global economic growth and recovery. Ms. Raskin’s career has included work in public and private sectors, in both legal and regulatory capacities.  Her work has centered on financial services, regional and community banks, financial market utilities, consumer protection issues, economic growth and income inequality.  Her private sector and senior executive experience includes having served as Managing Director at Promontory Financial, General Counsel of World Wide Retail Exchange, and General Counsel of Columbia Energy Services.  Earlier in her career she served as Banking Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Ms. Raskin has engaged with the media and myriad  audiences to discuss fiscal and economic issues, often focusing on the effect of economic conditions and policies on the middle class in particular.