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    Harvardwood Presents Actress & Broadway Star ANITA GILLETTE

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    The Lambs in New York, NY

    We expect this event to sell out--early registration is strongly recommended, the sooner the better!

    Anita Gillette has had one of the great careers: She's appeared in 14 Broadway shows, starting with the original production of Gypsy, and including Irving Berlin's Mr President (yes, that's a photo of her laughing backstage with Mr Berlin), Chapter Two (Tony nomination), Cabaret, Don't Drink the Water, They're Playing Our Song, and Brighton Beach Memoirs, as well as countless off-Broadway and regional productions. On film and television, she was Mona the Mistress in Moonstruck, Tina Fey's mother in 30 Rock, and Jack Klugman's wife in Quincy, to mention only a few from a long, long list. She appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show more than 50 times. She's performed her one-woman show After All at Birdland and Feinstein's in New York, and at the St James Theater in London.Backstage_with_Mr_B.jpg

    Foster Hirsch will interview Ms Gillette. Hirsch is Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and is the author of 16 books on film and theater, including the classic study Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen, as well as Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre, and, most recently, Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King.

    In addition to the interview, Anita Gillette has graciously agreed to perform a few songs for us, with Paul Greenwood at the piano.


    Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the door.

    DRESS CODE: Business Casual is fine for the event itself, but if you are thinking of staying for dinner (the Pub at The Lambs will accept credit cards), JACKETS & TIES will be required for men. No denim, sneakers, or such.

    This is a joint event with THE LAMBS.

    Special thanks to Anne Griffin.

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

    Harvardwood Helps: Wednesday Night Dinner with SELAH

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 04:00 PM · 15 rsvps
    Silver Lake Community Church in Los Angeles, CA

    Harvardwood Helps is planning a volunteer event this month in partnership with SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition. We’ll be serving a hot meal to people experiencing homelessness and people in need in the Silver Lake area. It’s an easy volunteer activity and it’s a great way to connect with our community. You can sign up to prepare a food item and/or sign up to volunteer. We’ll set up, serve, chat with attendees and then clean up. The whole thing is less than three hours and it’s really a rewarding event.

    We will need about 10 volunteers to cover the following for 50 people:

    • Main course
    • Main course
    • Vegetable
    • Vegetable
    • Side dish
    • Side dish
    • Side dish
    • Dessert
    • Dessert
    • Beverages

    If you can volunteer to provide and serve food on Feb. 19th, please sign up on this Google doc.

    About Selah

    SELAH was founded on May 5th, 2017, over many cups of coffee and after a months-long deep dive to see how our city and our community were responding to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.

    Our goal was to take an active, compassionate, solutions-oriented approach to helping our neighbors. The SELAH launch party was held on May 22nd, where we invited homeless activists, nonprofits, local service providers, elected officials, and eager volunteers to meet up and commit to be being part of the solution to this crisis.

    Our first official event took place May 27 where the passionate and long-time activist Rebecca Prine from Recycled Resources provided our group of 20+ volunteers with four-hour homeless engagement training. We learned the root causes of homelessness, some of the services that are available, and we left equipped us with the best strategies for engagement.

    Read more here.

    Harvardwood Heads To... The 5 Magic Questions: What 5000 Women's Letters Reveal About Dating & Love

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 07:15 PM · $25.00 USD
    Insight LA in Santa Monica, CA

    I published The Tao of Dating 10 years ago specifically for Harvard women (true!). Since then, it has been the #1-rated dating book on Amazon for 7 years, as well as its most-highlighted title. Tens of thousands of smart, strong professional women like yourself have enriched their love lives with its precepts.

    Over those 10 years, I've noticed a pattern from the 5000+ readers' letters I've received: they all seem to contain the same 5 questions!

    I call these The 5 Magic Questions. Answer them right, and your love life will go spectacularly well. Get them wrong, and fulfillment will prove forever elusive. They are:

    Am I enough?
    Am I buying or selling?
    What do I really want?
    Do I feel safe?
    Who am I really?

    In this 75min workshop, through these Magic Questions we will examine who you really are, what truly fulfills you, how to find it, and how to keep it in your life.

    Are you a smart, strong woman ready to graduate from app swiping and superficial interactions to deep fulfillment and happiness? Then this workshop’s for you. Regardless of your age and whatever your dating situation is, these are the tools that can give you the power that cannot be taken away. Sign up now and join the tens of thousands of women who have found greater warmth and joy in their lives with The Tao of Dating.

    Discount code for Harvardwood members/Harvard alums is HARVARD.

    PS: I'll talk for about 60min and take questions for the last 15min. Plenty of free parking on Olympic Blvd.

  • Help improve Harvardwood programming: Take a 5-minute career survey

    As we focus on strengthening our flagship programs and building out new initiatives, Harvardwood needs our members' input! Please take just a few minutes to complete the survey below. We'd like to use the information about your career field and level in order to create programs and events that are better tailored to your needs.

    All survey results are anonymous, although we do request that you list your primary chapter information. The data collected in this survey will only be used internally by Harvardwood staff to help design our programs; none of the data or potentially identifying information (job title/company) will be made public or shared within our membership.

    If you have any questions about this survey or how the results will be used, get in touch. Thank you!

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    Pitch to participate in a Harvard alumni storytelling show (LA)

    Harvardwood is partnering with Harvard Alumni for Education and First-Generation Harvard Alumni to put on a Los Angeles alumni storytelling show this spring!

    If you have a 5- to 6-minute story you'd like to tell at the show, please pitch it here. Your story doesn't need to be about Harvard, but it does need to be about you. You can find some tips and tricks for what makes a good oral story here (The Moth) and here (RISK!).

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