Sunday Forum

Winter 2021/2022 Sunday Forum Speakers

December 5 – “From Sunday School to CEO”

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Heyward Donigan grew up going to Christ Church, Greenwich. She is the daughter of one of the first ordained women priests and an IBM executive, who has dedicated his life to helping men find their faith. She will talk about how her family, faith and a focus on mission-driven work helped her advance to becoming one of only 41 women running a Fortune 500 company.

Heyward (Rutledge) grew up in Rye Brook, New York and attended Christ Church with her parents – Dick and Fleming. A 40 year veteran of the health insurance, health technology and behavioral health business, she joined Rite Aid just before the pandemic two years ago as President and CEO of the retail pharmacy and pharmacy services company.

 

December 12 – “Do Companies have Souls and Does Moral Leadership Make a Difference?”

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Tom Chappell is a lifelong Episcopalian who studied English at Trinity College and got a Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School before co-founding Tom’s of Maine, a pioneer in natural personal care products. In 2006, his company was sold to Colgate-Palmolive. Tom is the author of several books, including The Soul of a Business: Managing Profit for the Common Good. The CEO of Colgate-Palmolive who bought Tom’s of Maine was Greenwich resident Reuben Mark. In 2009, Portfolio magazine named Reuben was named one of the “Twenty Best All Time CEOs.” Join us as Tom and Reuben discuss using a moral compass to guide our professional lives, leading successfully and how to nurture the soul of a corporation. Tom’s books will be available at the Dogwood Bookstore.

January 9 – “Estate Planning with a Conscience” with David Wilfert.
Managing Director at JP Morgan Private Bank Lecturer at Columbia Law school Adjunct Professor at UCONN Law School.

We’ve spent a lifetime amassing a financial legacy to leave to our children, but is that how we want to be remembered to impact lives for the future? Join us as David Wilfert discusses the importance of having an estate plan in place, what a typical plan looks like, and how to get started if you haven’t done so yet. He will also discuss how Christ Church and other charitable beneficiaries can be included easily and efficiently, reflecting what you value most in your life, leaving life the way you want to be remembered.

January 16 – “Dining in the Dark: A Famed Restaurant Critic’s Struggle with and Triumph Over Depression” with Bryan Miller.

As the Restaurant Critic for the New York Times, Bryan Miller dined out over five thousand times across the United States and abroad from haute to humble, becoming known as the best restaurant critic in America. Miller will join us to speak about his battle with Bipolar II disorder, which ruined his life professionally and personally and how he overcame his depression and rebuilt his life.

January 23 – “Raising Successful, Balanced Children and Youth in an Affluent World” 

Adam Rhodie (Head of School, GCDS) Mary Grandville (Principal of Parkway School) Molly King (Head of School, Greenwich Academy) Bobby Walker (Assistant Head for Student and Community Life at Greenwich Academy) Ann Neary (Educator at Staples High School) Lydia Marchese (Christ Church Youth Minister)

This panel of educators will discuss how we can shape the mental, social, physical, spiritual and moral development of our children and grandchildren particularly with the challenges that the pandemic has brought, its enduring impact and how best to navigate the way forward.

February 6 – Adrienne Reedy “A Credible Witness”

This forum will kick off a book study on Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil’s book A Credible Witness co-led by the Reedys. Adrienne Reedy is a professional Gospel musician and her husband Stephen is a retired Wall Street executive. The Reedys are Racial Reconciliation Consultants and have advised Christ Church Greenwich on our Building God’s Beloved Community initiative. Adrienne leads the singing at our 9 a.m. family service. More info online. Book available at Dogwood Books & Gifts

February 13 – “Walking with God on the Camino de Santiago” with The Rev. Marek Zabriskie

Pilgrimage is becoming a popular spiritual practice around the world and especially for people walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela across Spain, where 26 different caminos lead to Santiago de Compostela, where the relics of St. James the Greater, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles, are said to be kept under the high altar of the cathedral. Our Rector has walked six caminos across Spain and will be leading a pilgrimage along the Camino Frances from June 6-16 and will show slides and speak about the spirituality of walking.

February 27 – “Facing Our Fears: Run to the Roar” with Coach Paul Assaiante

We live in a time when people are paralyzed by fear, which reduces that ability to function, perform and to be their best selves at home, school and in the workplace and community. How can we fear into our overcome our fears? Paul Assaiante is the Men’s Squash and Tennis Coach at Trinity College in Hartford, the Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach, the winningest coach in college sports history and a noted speaker, will help us address our deepest fears. He is the author of Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear available at the Dogwood Books & Gifts.