Weekly | Member Monday with Roger Briggs
Nov
20
12:00 PM12:00

Weekly | Member Monday with Roger Briggs

Member Monday 11/20 with Roger Briggs (Steve is in Cuba!)
The Evolutionary Dialogues, Part Five:
Higher Consciousness and the Future of Humanity


In the first four installments of this series we looked at the grand evolutionary story of the Universe that brought us to the present.  In the most recent chapters of this story Humanity emerges and evolves through distinct stages of culture that can be traced through the archeological record. The most important stage for us to understand today is the one that began some 5,000 years ago with the emergence of civilization and all it’s trappings: powerful rulers, social hierarchy, war, patriarchy, divisiveness, and the wholesale exploitation of the Earth. For this is the stage we are still in, and we are now seeing widespread collapse of nearly all of our systems, both in the biosphere and the human sphere. This old civilizational model is clearly not working for us anymore and is ending one way or another - but do we face widespread chaos and dystopia, or can we transition into a new stage of civilization and a new world where all of life can flourish? As Einstein said, we cannot solve a problem from the mindset that created it, so we will explore the possibility that a new humanity is awakening on the planet, and a new stage of consciousness is emerging - and none too soon!

 

EVOLVING WORLD VIEWS

by Roger Briggs

 

The Mechanical Universe  (Scientific Materialism)

  • The universe is a vast collection of separate material objects interacting predictably according to the laws of classical physics; for every effect there is a cause, so the universe is deterministic; scientific materialism can eventually explain everything.

  • Causality and the laws of classical physics also govern humans because we are part of the mechanical universe.  This essentially makes us automatons with no free will or self-responsibility because everything we are and everything we do was caused by something earlier, extending back to before we were born.

  • The Earth and its human inhabitants are such miniscule specks of matter on the grand scale of the universe that we cannot possibly have any significance or importance.  

  • Consciousness is solely the result of physical processes in the brain, such as electromagnetic impulses, chemical reactions, and protein synthesis.  Therefore we will eventually be able to explain every aspect of consciousness – thinking, feeling, memory, intuition, creativity, etc – with classical physics and chemistry.  When the brain dies, consciousness is gone with it.

  • Humans are here today because of many random mutations over billions of years that provided survival advantages. There is no meaning to life. When you die it’s over and your molecules are recycled. Humans are just another animal and we will probably go extinct, as most species do.

  • Concepts like God, the Creator, the Divine Mover, the Great Spirit, the Omega Point, and so on, are human fabrications that help us get through challenging times. Natural selection probably favors such illusory concepts because they provide survival advantages.

 

The Conscious Universe

  • The Universe is a vast unfolding phenomenon that is continually moving toward greater complexity and higher consciousness.  This Mega-Evolution, and can now be seen to have three aspects: the evolution of the cosmos which eventually produced the Sun and Earth, the evolution of life which eventually produced Homo sapiens, and the evolution of consciousness which underlies all of human history and culture.

  • The Earth and its human inhabitants are the rare and special products of Mega-Evolution.  We now know that planets are very common, but that very few planets are Earth-like and capable of supporting complex life; and of those planets, very few could have produced beings with evolving self-aware consciousness (it took 4 billion years on Earth, and lots of things could have gone wrong).

  • Self-aware consciousness is an emergent property of the Universe.  Although it seems to be strongly associated with the human brain, we will not be able to explain it solely as a result of material brain processes.  

  • As vessels of self-aware consciousness humans are special and important.  We are aware of ourselves, we are aware of our awareness, and through us the Universe is aware of itself.  This is a significant threshold in the evolution of the universe, thus humanity is important; yet we should not overestimate ourselves, but should assume that there are other beings in the Universe with self-aware consciousness, perhaps even at much higher levels that ours.

  • Humans are capable, to some extent, of making free choices that can affect themselves and the world.  That is, humans possess some degree of free will and control over themselves and the world. (This aligns with the Heisenberg interpretation of quantum mechanics, in contrast to Newtonian mechanics)

  • Human consciousness is evolving, and for the last 100 years or so we have been making the transition to a new structure of consciousness, that has been called the Integral structure.  This transition is essential if we are to flourish.

  • We still do not know why the Universe is evolving toward greater complexity and higher consciousness.  For many people the answer is contained in concepts like God, the Creator, the Divine Mover, the Great Spirit, the Omega Point, and so on.  Yet for others, these concepts have no use or meaning. This must remain an individual’s choice.

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Highland City Club Closed
Nov
23
to Nov 26

Highland City Club Closed

Dear Highland Tenants,

We have a tradition of closing City Club during the Holiday season so that our staff can take time off to rest and vacation.  You see, City Club has a small staff and it takes all of us to run it properly, so the only way we can take time off is by doing it together.

Highland will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th. We will not be receiving mail, the phones will forwarded, and we will not be providing lunch nor happy hour. Business as usual will resume Monday, November 27th.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

Highland Staff

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Special Consumer Rhône Tasting with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Special Consumer Rhône Tasting with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman

Join us for an evening featuring over 50 wines from the Rhône Valley and a preview of the highly rated 2015 vintage,  plus special pricing for attendees. This event is designed to help you stock your cellar with gems from a few epic vintages in the Rhône Valley.    There will be plenty of amazing wine to taste. 

$25 per person
Call BWM for tickets at (303) 443-6761 or RSVP with Highland City Club at adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

Born and raised in Colorado, Brett Zimmerman discovered his passion for wine while working his way through the University of Colorado, first as a busboy and then a waiter. The owners of Boulder’s Laudisio and Flagstaff House saw his potential and introduced him to all aspects of the business. Zimmerman soon found that he enjoyed cooking and food far more than the summers he spent on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Following graduation, he decided to apply the same professional approach he had learned as a Business Administration major to finding a job in the culinary industry. He set his sights high, and was soon accepted for a sommelier position at the highly acclaimed Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago.

At Trotter’s, Zimmerman found a wine program steeped in the rich tradition of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Working with other Masters, he began to expand his knowledge and appreciation of fine wine. He continued this education after relocating to San Francisco to serve as sommelier for celebrated restaurant Aqua, before ultimately deciding to return to his native state and open his own restaurant, Mateo.

A popular Provençal-style restaurant, Mateo flourished under Zimmerman’s leadership. After three years, he left the restaurant business in order to focus on his true passion – fine wine – taking a position as Colorado’s General Manager of the American Fine Wine Division of Southern Wine and Spirits. This dedication to his craft culminated in the spring of 2007, when Zimmerman successfully passed his Masters Examination and earned the highly coveted distinction of Master Sommelier

In August of 2010, Master Zimmerman purchased the Boulder Wine Merchant from fellow Master Sommeliers Wayne Belding and Sally Mohr. In this current role, Zimmerman is able to combine his expertise in fine wine with his passion for excellent customer service honed while working in world-renowned restaurants, providing his clients with an unparalleled experience.

Master Zimmerman currently lives in Boulder with his wife, a co-owner of the Wine Merchant, and their son.

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Enchanted Evening - Boulder Symphony Orchestra at Highland City Club
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

Enchanted Evening - Boulder Symphony Orchestra at Highland City Club

Enchanted is the perfect word for the mouthwatering buffet dinner of global flavors,* the magical and mingling nature of the season, plus Boulder Symphony strings in the traditional setting of the historic Highland Building at 885 Arapahoe Avenue.

100 VIP Tickets available at $65 which include a Gourmet Buffet Dinner and 1 Concert Ticket to any Boulder Symphony performance this season (a $20 value).

Buy VIP Tickets before November 15th and get 2 Concert Tickets (a $40 value).

Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/aJingleMingle

*Spiced Coconut Chicken with Organic Vegetables, Gingered Sweet Potato and Black Lentils, Spanish Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins, Lebanese Hummus, Classic and French Cheeses, Various Salads, and Fresh Vegetables.

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THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES: THE ENNEAGRAM, NEUROSCIENCE AND THE POWER OF INTENTION
Dec
20
12:00 PM12:00

THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES: THE ENNEAGRAM, NEUROSCIENCE AND THE POWER OF INTENTION

Do you ever wonder why things don’t happen the way you wanted and then wondered why? And are you wondering what the Enneagram has to do with that?

Our personalities (as described so accurately by the Enneagram) determine the thoughts, feelings and actions we engage most often. Because it’s so easy and natural for us to think, feel and act in these ways, they have become unconscious habits. These habits may not be what our intentions need from us.

If you find yourself frustrated, that your team isn’t getting along or producing the way you want, you’re not reaching your goals, you’re more nervous than expected when giving a talk or performing, or relationships aren’t working out the way you had hoped, it could be that the habits of your personality are getting in the way.

If what you want isn’t the same as what you’re getting, join us and learn how embodying some of the gifts of the others Enneagram types could shift that for you. You can create new habits or patterns that will support your intentions. And then guess what? Maybe you can have the life of your dreams.

 

Andrea Isaacs is an emotional intelligence and mindset coach and trainer. She has been on the cutting edge in the field of emotional intelligence bridging body wisdom, the Enneagram and neuroscience since 1994. She is the creator of EnneaMotion, Somatic Focusing and The EQ Quiz. 

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Highland City Club Closed
Dec
23
to Jan 2

Highland City Club Closed

Dear Highland Tenants,

As many of you know, we have a tradition of closing City Club during the holiday season so that our staff can take time off to rest and vacation. You see, City Club has a small staff and it takes all of us to run it properly, so the only way we can take time off is by doing it together.

Highland will be open, lights on and mail delivered. The only thing not available is phone reception and lunches at City Club.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

Highland Staff

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Lunch Talk: What is the Bible and How Should We Read It? - Samuel Boyd Lunch Talk
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch Talk: What is the Bible and How Should We Read It? - Samuel Boyd Lunch Talk

In this talk, we will look at recent theories on the development of the Torah (or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible). This section of the Bible has been inestimably influential in art, literature, and music, and understanding its historical context and origins offers great insight into the human journey. We will also address the issue of genre as it relates to biblical laws, and ask whether or not an accurate understanding of law codes in history should frame how we use biblical law in society and politics in America.

Samuel Boyd, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a scholar of biblical texts and the ancient Near East. He researches the Bible through various critical methods and in light of wider historical contexts to understand both the production of these documents as well as their history of interpretation.  His particular areas of research include the development of the Pentateuch (or first five books of the Hebrew Bible), law collections in the ancient Near East, language ideology in the ancient world, and ritual theory applied to biblical texts. He also has interests in archaeology, Semitic philology and linguistics, and Late Antiquity (Rabbinic biblical interpretation, Ethiopic Christianity, and the advent of Islam). Professor Boyd was the recipient of the 2016 Society for Biblical Literature Regional Scholars award, served as a Martin Marty Junior Fellow at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and was awarded a dissertation fellowship through the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2014.

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THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES: THE ENNEAGRAM, NEUROSCIENCE AND THE POWER OF INTENTION
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

THE ENNEAGRAM SERIES: THE ENNEAGRAM, NEUROSCIENCE AND THE POWER OF INTENTION

Do you ever wonder why things don’t happen the way you wanted and then wondered why? And are you wondering what the Enneagram has to do with that?

Our personalities (as described so accurately by the Enneagram) determine the thoughts, feelings and actions we engage most often. Because it’s so easy and natural for us to think, feel and act in these ways, they have become unconscious habits. These habits may not be what our intentions need from us.

If you find yourself frustrated, that your team isn’t getting along or producing the way you want, you’re not reaching your goals, you’re more nervous than expected when giving a talk or performing, or relationships aren’t working out the way you had hoped, it could be that the habits of your personality are getting in the way.

If what you want isn’t the same as what you’re getting, join us and learn how embodying some of the gifts of the others Enneagram types could shift that for you. You can create new habits or patterns that will support your intentions. And then guess what? Maybe you can have the life of your dreams.

 

Andrea Isaacs is an emotional intelligence and mindset coach and trainer. She has been on the cutting edge in the field of emotional intelligence bridging body wisdom, the Enneagram and neuroscience since 1994. She is the creator of EnneaMotion, Somatic Focusing and The EQ Quiz. 

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An Evening Talk and Book-Signing with John Nichols
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening Talk and Book-Signing with John Nichols

John Nichols is a veteran political correspondent at The Nation and author of Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America.  John will discuss his new book, the war on journalism and what it really means for war and peace.  The talk will be followed by a book signing.
Suggested Donation: $10, All proceeds to benefit KGNU Community Radio

Space is limited. RSVP Here.

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

The Enneagram Series: The Enneagram, Neuroscience and the Power of Intention

Do you ever wonder why things don’t happen the way you wanted and then wondered why? And are you wondering what the Enneagram has to do with that?

Our personalities (as described so accurately by the Enneagram) determine the thoughts, feelings and actions we engage most often. Because it’s so easy and natural for us to think, feel and act in these ways, they have become unconscious habits. These habits may not be what our intentions need from us.

If you find yourself frustrated, that your team isn’t getting along or producing the way you want, you’re not reaching your goals, you’re more nervous than expected when giving a talk or performing, or relationships aren’t working out the way you had hoped, it could be that the habits of your personality are getting in the way.

If what you want isn’t the same as what you’re getting, join us and learn how embodying some of the gifts of the others Enneagram types could shift that for you. You can create new habits or patterns that will support your intentions. And then guess what? Maybe you can have the life of your dreams.  

Andrea Isaacs is an emotional intelligence and mindset coach and trainer. She has been on the cutting edge in the field of emotional intelligence bridging body wisdom, the Enneagram and neuroscience since 1994. She is the creator of EnneaMotion, Somatic Focusing and The EQ Quiz. 

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Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Flowing Water, Standing Rock: Filmmaker Jeremy Rubingh Discusses His Latest Project

Flowing Water, Standing Rock is a documentary about a canoe journey with Native
American paddlers following the Missouri River from its starting point in the
mountains of Montana to Standing Rock, North Dakota at the site of the conflict
between water protectors and law enforcement over the proposed Dakota Access
Pipeline. The film follows the paddlers and the water on traditional dugout canoes
at the onset of winter through beautiful landscapes and into the ice, turmoil,
violence, hope and resistance that made up the most diverse indigenous protest in
history. This film digs into indigenous rights, our sacred relationship with water,
and the unexpected cultural revival, political activism, and healing that the
reemergence of these canoes is bringing native communities.

Director
Jeremy Rubingh is an award-winning documentary director, filmmaker and visual
artist. His films have screened in a wide variety of film festivals, on TV and for the
web. His first documentary, which he directed, produced, shot and edited, Red Lady:
The Battle for Your Mountains, won awards at festivals across the United States. In
addition, it was given to every member of congress and has screened from Alaska to
Antarctica. Most recently, Jeremy conceptualized and executive produced
Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Frontlines of Climate Change, a film that has
screened at hundreds of venues and film festivals and aired on Rocky Mountain PBS.
He was recently a recipient of a Colorado Creative Districts art grant for a sculptural
project that he completed in his hometown of Crested Butte in the winter of
2016/2017. He is currently directing a project with a group of Native American
canoe paddlers, detailing their journey down the Missouri River to Standing Rock,
ND.

Jeremy comes from a conservation and political background where he developed
media strategy and diverse voice engagement for a variety of national issues. For the
past several years he was a program manager for a national political think tank and
foundation. His travels, expeditions and work in remote regions of the planet have
also led to liaison roles in international development projects through the Aspen
International Mountain Foundation and the U.N. His degree in Environmental
Studies and Journalism gives him a strong background for documentary storytelling.

 

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Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch Talk: Indigenous Human Rights and Land, Securing Sacred Order

The recent 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples offers an opportunity to reflect on the human rights principles that have profoundly influenced international jurisprudence in the past decade. From this legal landscape, we may more honestly examine personal perceptions of land, identity, property, and ownership, and situate them within the global climate dialogue.
 
Speaker Alexandra Bray Kinsella is an International Indigenous Rights Lawyer and has been in in Colorado since 2015. She currently works with the Maya communities of the Toledo District of Belize to protect their judicially recognized land rights.

Tickets here

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Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch Talk: Meditation, Materialism, and Freedom

The meditation taught by the Buddha, and by authentic masters in the 2500 years since his lifetime, is a path to inner freedom.  It is not a religion, nor a search for a higher power, nor an attempt to console oneself with lofty ideas about spirituality. Rather it is a direct investigation of our state of being in the present moment, requiring integrity, courage, and unconditional kindness.

The challenge the modern West faces in assimilating the Buddha’s method of awakening is deep and all pervasive. It centers on our materialism—our attempt to translate the spiritual path into experiences that will reassure and fortify the ego rather than challenging and dismantling it.  Ego can manipulate anything for its own purposes—including meditation.

Materialism is a path to security and comfort on a superficial level, but never to freedom. How we understand meditation—and how we practice it—will determine which path we take.

Members and their guests can RSVP at adminteam@highlandcityclub.com / Visitors are welcome to purchase a ticket here

 

About the Speaker

Frank W. Berliner grew up in New York and was educated at Yale, where he received his BA in 1967, and Naropa University, where he earned an MA in Transpersonal Counseling in 1994.

He has studied, practiced, and taught meditation for forty-three years as a close student of the founder of Naropa, the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. 

Mr. Berliner began his training in 1974, when he moved to Trungpa Rinpoche’s residential retreat center in Vermont, and lived there for the following four years, immersing himself in the study of Buddhadharma and the practice of sitting meditation.  

Over a twelve-year period from 1980-1992, and at the request of Chogyam Trungpa, Mr. Berliner served as National Administrative Director of Shambhala Training, and Executive Director and Resident Teacher of the Berkeley Shambhala Center.

During this time, he taught several hundred programs in meditation and Buddhist philosophy and psychology throughout the United States and Canada. He also engaged in solitary meditation retreats annually.

From 1995-2015 he served as an Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University, where he taught Buddhist and Western Existential Psychology, and the practice of meditation, to BA and MA students. He retired from his teaching position there in 2015.

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Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

The Enneagram with Andrea Isaacs

The Gift: What, Why and How to Embody the Gifts
of each Enneagram type for Better Relationships and More Joy!

In this dynamic and ever-changing world, we all need to be more adept at responding to unexpected challenges. As you know, doing the same thing the same way doesn't always work. 

Join us as we explore how we can expand our emotional range and comfort zone by integrating the gifts of each of the Enneagram types. The Enneagram personality system beautifully describes the gifts and the challenges of nine different personality styles.Though you do have a “core type” that describes your preferences, you can actually embody the gifts of all the types.

You’ll learn that embodying the gifts of each Enneagram type will make a difference in all your relationships. This interactive conversation will be insightful whether you know the Enneagram already or not. You can learn your type by clicking the link below!

RSVP by emailing adminteam@highlandcityclub.com

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Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

International Development that Doesn't Suck with Megan Kerins

International Development that Doesn't Suck: Building Renewable Energy Capacity in Emerging Economies" is a lunch talk by Megan Kerins.

As a solar engineering consultant with a focus on emerging economies, Megan has a passion for bringing equity and diversity into the renewable energy sector. She holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and has worked for various Bay Area solar companies, including overseeing a national solar quality assurance program with Sunrun.

She has also actively participated in the funding, design, and installation of solar and micro hydropower projects in Thailand, Burma, and Ethiopia. In 2016, Megan started Solar Stewards, LLC, serving as a technical advisor to commercial- and utility-scale projects in the US and Haiti. In her spare time, Megan enjoys dancing Ballet and Flamenco, and spending time in the mountains.

Tickets include a gourmet & organic lunch, beverages, and desert.

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Living the Hero's Journey, Book Launch with Will Craig
Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Living the Hero's Journey, Book Launch with Will Craig

Join us at the Historic Highland City Club for a gourmet lunch and book talk in celebration of Will Craig's new book, Living the Hero's Journey.

Living the Hero’s Journey guides readers on an epic quest of self-discovery. Become the hero of today's action-adventure films and yesterday's mythic tales. Experience personal growth and development through the lens of movies and mythology.

In an age where people look outward for direction and upward for inspiration, Living the Hero’s Journey provides a time-honored template for looking inward and going deep for the answers we seek.

This talk will give you tools to uncover your true life path as it magically reveals itself right beneath your feet. Join author WillCraig on the journey of a lifetime.

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Taking Meaningful Action on Inspiration, a conversation with Jet Widick
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

Taking Meaningful Action on Inspiration, a conversation with Jet Widick

What motivates us to be more authentic, take action on our goals and keep showing up in the world? It’s not always easy—especially when life experiences, such as a tragedy or illness—catch us by surprise and dramatically change our lives.

That was the turning point Jet Widick faced 15 years ago when she sat, weak and diminished, literally at death’s door.

Thanks to a fierce determination and her own experiential life lessons, she was able to find the inspiration she needed to give her a path to recover and move forward. Today, she’s thriving as a respected health advocate, blogger, poet and a champion of countless people who, like her, have fought to overcome the life-altering impact of Celiac disease. 

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Aug
30
12:00 PM12:00

The Ennea-WHAT?! with Andrea Isaacs

You’ve surely heard the word around the City Club. It’s the Enneagram, a personality system that describes why we and others are the way we are. It points to our gifts, strengths and challenges. It helps us to better understand ourselves each other, and can direct us in how to move through challenges with ease. Join us for an introductory session if you don’t know the system yet, a good recap if you do, and a new approach for greater resilience, better relationships, greater success and more happiness. 

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Aug
23
12:00 PM12:00

Lessons from Olympians, Lessons from Life-- a conversation with Dr. Stephen Walker

Dr. Walker mines his experience with high performing athletes to teach lessons that matter most in life. Telling the story of his own challenges being diagnosed with colon cancer in late 2015 to recovering and living a life of gratitude. Dr. Walker has worked with Olympians, All-Americans, NCAA Champions, State Champions to help them manage anxiety and deal with mistakes and setbacks. He converts those lessons from athletes to fit all of us, so that we may contemplate structuring our lives in a more meaningful way. 

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Living an Unconventional Life, a conversation with Jules Schroeder
Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

Living an Unconventional Life, a conversation with Jules Schroeder

Ranked by Inc Magazine as one of The Top 27 Female Entrepreneurs Changing The World In 2017, Jules founded her first six-figure company at 18 and her first 7-figure company at 22. At 28, Jules is leading a movement to empower millennials to create a life by their own design.

Jules will share with us her definition of an "unconventional life" - and how you can lead one. We'll discuss how to weed through the mountain of noise and truly listen to yourself - what you want, who you want to be, and what matters to you.

Tickets include gourmet lunch and desert. RSVP

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