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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.


Deborah's Palm

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