Thinking about Growing Your Posse?
Setting our Sights on Friendship in 2020
Facilitated by Alice Cochran
From time to time, we all find ourselves looking around for new friends. We may have moved. Or retired. Or gotten a divorce or become widowed.
It turns out that researchers actually study this topic. Surveys show that loneliness and social isolation here in the United States and around the world are on the rise. We feel vulnerable, even asking ourselves the question, ‘How can I make new friends?’. It turns out, though, that there are some tried-and-true ways to find new friends. And we can employ these methods again and again throughout our lives.
We were inspired by KQED’s Bay Curious podcast from August 2019 titled, “How to Find New Friends”, and Michael Krasny’s FORUM program (9/13/19) on the same topic.
In the spirit of the new year and new beginnings, please join us on January 8, 2020, for a facilitated dialogue on the topic of making new friends. Please take 13 minutes to listen to the podcast (linked above – or read the summary, also linked) as pre-work for the meeting. It’s short and lighthearted – we think you’ll enjoy it.
Professional facilitator Alice Cochran will lead our dialogue on friendship. She has been a “Meeting Maven” for more than 25 years, serving as a consultant to plan interactive formats and facilitate meetings for various organizations. Until recently, Alice was the Director of Student Leadership Development for the Institute for Leadership Studies in the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University. She is the author of Roberta’s Rules of Order and a self-published QuickStart Guide to customize and implement “Roberta’s Rules.” Her passion is sailing small and tall ships.
Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive
Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson
WALKING San Francisco’s historic loop trail around the city has become a thing! It started in 2013 when award-winning co-authors Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, the first people known to have walked it, transformed the route into 17 bite-sized neighborhood walks—and wrote a guidebook on how to do it.
What is the 49 Mile Scenic Drive? It was born in 1938 when the whole world had just been invited to visit San Francisco for the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition. The Downtown Association wanted a way to get all those visitors out to see San Francisco’s neighborhoods, marvel at her beauty—and think about doing business in San Francisco. So, they created a “49 mile” loop-trail around the city. Maybe you’ve noticed the seagull signs that denote the trail.
In addition to writing the guidebook, co-authors Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson have inspired a new community of walkers by organizing author-led walks along the route, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Kristine is a native San Franciscan, a writer and storyteller who specializes in fundraising for non-profits. Carolyn is a filmmaker, passionate Weight Watchers leader, a member of the San Francisco scooter girls—and recently ran her first half-marathon.
Do join us in December to learn more about our beautiful and quirky Bay Area home. Kristine and Carolyn will sell the guidebooks after our meeting—a perfect holiday gift for your favorite local friend or newcomer to the Bay Area.
The Universal Language of Food and Wine
Amelia Morán Ceja
President and CEO
The holiday season is here again, and our thoughts turn to feasting with family and friends. In the convivial spirit of food and wine, Dialogue brings you Amelia Ceja, President an CEO of Ceja Vineyards, to discuss her cross-border passions: wine, family and food.
Amelia’s family-owned business, Ceja Vineyards, is an ultra-premium winery founded in 1999 by Amelia, her husband, Pedro, and their family. Located in the Carneros region of Sonoma County, Ceja Vineyards is dedicated to sustainable agriculture in producing a diverse portfolio of award-winning varietal and blended wines from Napa and Sonoma estate-grown grapes.
Not surprisingly, food is another of Amelia’s passions. She began cooking on her own at age eight in the kitchen of her grandmother, who taught her about fresh ingredients and the flavors of Mexican cuisine. She has produced more than 140 video blogs demonstrating how to cook Mexican cuisine and pair it with wines.
Amelia grew up in Jalisco, Mexico and Napa Valley. Her parents immigrated to the United States in 1967 and settled in Napa Valley as vineyard workers. Twelve-year-old Amelia often worked right beside her mother picking grapes and tending the vines. After studying history and literature at UC San Diego, she returned to Napa Valley to take up her career in the wine business.
And what a career it is! Amelia and her Ceja wines have garnered many awards over the years. Notably, the California legislature recognized Amelia as “Woman of the Year” in 2005 for “breaking the glass ceiling in a very competitive business,” the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery.
Amelia knows how to give back, too. She and her family maintain community involvement through their leadership, volunteerism and fundraising. Amelia has lobbied in D.C. for legislation to improve farm worker safety and works to educate our youth about the importance of leaders like Cesar Chavez to the cause of farm workers. Local targets for fundraising include early education and healthcare access.
Please join us on November 13 to kick off the 2019 holiday season with Dialogue and Amelia Ceja, winemaker, leader, ceiling-breaker and chef extraordinaire.
The Future Will Be Wetter:
Planning for Sea Level Rise in Marin County
Chris Choo, Principal Watershed Planner
County of Marin Department of Public Works
We all have seen the flooding around Tam Valley and Highway 37 that occurs with high tides and storms, so we know it’s real. What is Marin County doing to anticipate rising sea levels in our communities? A lot, it turns out.
At our meeting in September, Chris Choo will address the County’s efforts to assess the expected impacts of sea level rise on our bay shoreline and to plan for adaptation strategies with local cities and towns. Ms. Choo manages BayWAVE, Marin Bay Waterfront Adaptation Vulnerability Evaluation, which is a focused vulnerability assessment of the eastern Marin shoreline. The goal of BayWAVE is to increase awareness and preparation for future sea level rise impacts in coordination with multiple Marin jurisdictions.
Do join us on September 11 to hear Ms. Choo’s assessment of our vulnerabilities to sea level rise, and what coordination the County of Marin and our towns and cities are doing to adapt.
Chris Choo, principal watershed planner for Marin County Department of Public Works, supports Marin communities with sea level rise, flood protection, and watershed restoration. She manages BayWAVE, the sea level rise planning and adaptation program for the bay shoreline in Marin. Since starting with the County’s Watershed Program in 2008, she works to bring science and technical information to the public to make good decisions for better communities. She was involved in launching the www.MarinWatersheds.org and www.MarinSLR.org websites; identifies project and funding options to reduce flooding and increase habitat; and supports regional planning for water resources through the North Bay Watershed Association and the Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management planning process. With sea level rise, Chris works with communities and local and regional governments to plan for a wetter future.
Racial Justice with the YWCA
Director of Social Change
YWCA San Francisco & Marin
It isn’t nice to think that we aren’t very nice. But researchers in the growing field of implicit bias say that all of us have prejudices - even racial and sexual ones - that are subconscious, hidden even to ourselves.
Simply put, our brains notice patterns and make generalizations, or form stereotypes. That useful tendency of our brains to perceive patterns sets us up to overgeneralize, sometimes leading to discrimination even when we think we are being fair. In other words, we are blind to our own brain’s biases.
Laura Eberly will be our Wednesday Morning Dialogue speaker on July 10. She will help us illuminate our own implicit biases and therefore enable us to more effectively discuss prejudice in ourselves and inequality in our community.
Laura serves as the Director of Social Change at YWCA San Francisco and Marin. YWCA is an international organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. Laura leads YWCA’s Inclusion Inventory DEI consulting program as well as the organization’s legislative and coalition advocacy. She comes to this work from extensive community organizing and leadership development experience. Laura holds degrees in Public Policy (BA) and Social Service Administration (MA) from the University of Chicago and has trained with Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training, as well as the Catalyst Project’s Anne Braden Fellowship.
For slides of the program, click here.