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Nora McInerny

Nora McInerny

Still Kickin: Living a Life of Resilience and Joy After Loss

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Program begins at 6:15 p.m.
The Olmsted • 3701 Frankfort Ave.

Fear, setbacks and loss are a part of life, but they don’t need to be what defines your life. What does it mean to live with this perspective? How can experiencing the very worst bring out the best in you? Without ever “moving on” or “getting over it,” how can you live better — and love better — right now?

A reluctant grief expert and “notable widow” (her words), Nora McInerny miscarried her second baby, lost her dad to cancer and also lost her husband, Aaron, to a brain tumor all within six hellish weeks in 2014. Nora has used her creative energies, humor and interviewing skills toward the exploration of all things terrible, leading a new cultural conversation on emotional honesty and empathy.

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Past Speakers

Megan Feldman Bettencourt

Megan Feldman Bettencourt
The Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers

Research shows that people who forgive others and themselves tend to be healthier and happier. Megan Feldman Bettencourt draws on stories of forgiveness from around the world and research she collected for her award-winning, internationally acclaimed book, “Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World.”

Iris Apfel

Legendary fashion icon Iris Apfel celebrates life by living boldly and being original. The eclectic subject of museum exhibits, documentaries and awards, Iris, 97, has curated a life in which she inspires others to find happiness through taking risks and reveling in uniqueness.

Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John

Normal is Overrated – Aim Higher!

Hailed as “one of the five most inspiring women in America” by NBC Nightly News, Bonnie St. John uses her experience as a one-legged ski champion, Rhodes Scholar and White House official as proof that you can strive for excellence in your life – no matter what obstacles are thrown in our way. Instead of wishing and waiting for things to get back to “normal,” Bonnie is expanding the dialogue beyond traditional thinking to help others overcome challenges, big and small. Bonnie shares her personal story of resilience, and encourages us all to aim higher and live life to our fullest potential!

Go Confidently with Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra

Living With Intent
My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy

As a mom, wife and social media entrepreneur, Mallika Chopra frequently wondered how she possibly could do one more thing. Like so many, she was having a difficult time taking care of herself and finding richer meaning and purpose, until she realized the power of daily intentions. She was able to propel herself from stress, fear, doubt, procrastination and guilt into a life of happiness and self-acceptance. Learn easy-to follow steps to begin a process of becoming more open, quieting the mind, finding a circle of support, identifying your true purpose in life and moving effectively toward your goals.

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