The Academi of Life regularly invites inspirational thought-leaders to share their wisdoms in enlightening Evenings in Conversation. These conversations touch on a range of life lessons, from neuroscience and spirituality, money and morality, commitment, happiness, and much more. Here, everyone has something to teach as well as learn- it’s all a part of conversation.

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Television legal analyst and attorney Lisa Green has written a compelling, hilarious and compassionate book: On Your Case: A comprehensive, Compassionate (and Only Slightly Bossy) Legal Guide for Every Stage of a Woman’s Life. The book offers something new: a witty, direct and empowering legal guide for women, filled with accessible information they can employ to understand and respond to common legal issues throughout their lives, from dating, marriage, and kids to jobs, retirement, aging parents, and wills. Lisa Green has an urgent message for women of all ages, especially those who consider themselves fully briefed on nutrition, personal finance, good schools, and great bargains: What about the law? Whether or not you invite it into your life, the law will find you. When it does, will you be ready to respond? Leveraging her professional training as a lawyer and her personal experience as a wife, ex-wife, mother, and daughter, Lisa explains common, even complicated, legal issues in practical, easy to understand terms. Sharing true stories, from jaw-dropping court cases to her own personal challenges, Lisa explains how readers can make the best possible decisions when problems arise. And legal problems will arise, Lisa counsels, so women need to get smart, and get ready. In her warm, yet firm, voice, Lisa guides readers through the potential legal issues around: Relationships: Online dating, pre and postnuptial agreements, engagement and marriage Separation and Divorce: Splitting without anxiety, child custody and support, pet custody disputes Babies, Children and Teens: Pregnancy and adoption, advocating for a special needs child, misbehaving teens Work: Employment and household help Domestic violence Social media Midlife and elder care: Wills, Medical decisions and Power of attorney Legal Help: Hiring a lawyer, DIY   As Suze Orman demystified personal finance and put women in the driver's seat of their own financial future, Lisa Green now does for legal know-how. With On Your Case, Lisa empowers you by equipping you with the tools you need to take care of yourself, your assets, your family, and your career. Don’t miss this powerful conversation. She will share the 3 legal documents every adult should have. “Lisa Green’s compelling and breezily conversational book gives us the tool kit we’ve been waiting for to wise up and open our eyes. It’s a must-read for all women – and the earlier, the better.” – Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of Perfectly, Imperfect: A Life in Progress
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Have you ever wondered why some people succeed when so many others fail?  Some of the most successful men and women you know were once considered failures. The path to success is rarely easy or direct. Before making it big, Anderson Cooper couldn’t get an interview for an entry-level job at ABC, Warren Buffett would become physically ill at the mere thought of speaking in public, Rachel Zoe was her boss’s scapegoat for stealing, and Graydon Carter was thrown out of two universities. These are a few of the many stories shared in Getting There: A Book of Mentors, an inspiring new book in which thirty leaders in diverse fields reveal their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned along the way. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Beautifully photographed and edited by author Gillian Zoe Segal, Getting There also features stories from Michael Bloomberg, Frank Gehry, Marina Abramović, Daniel Boulud, Hans Zimmer, Sara Blakely, Matthew Weiner, Jillian Michaels, David Boies, Laird Hamilton, Kathy Ireland, John Paul DeJoria, Leslie Moonves, Wendy Kopp, Ian Schrager, and Jeff Koons, among others. Getting There is for everyone—from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential. So join us, as Gillian shares these unguarded, inspiring stories and distills the essential ingredients necessary to achieve success. There will be a book-signing following the conversation and books will be available for purchase at the event.
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People of all ages are interested in love, relationships and marriage. We are either on the lookout for the right person or we are trying to make a marriage work over decades. Finding lasting love can be a challenge, but is there a formula for creating a perfect match? Cornell University professor Karl Pillemer, seems to think so. He asked over 700 people averaging 43 years of marriage each, to tell him the secret to a happy marriage and they poured their hearts out. He shares what he learned in his new book, “30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage.” Here are some of the gems they shared: Marriage is hard. It takes spirit and resilience. Marriage is something that you work at and get better at, but it is never completed. And when you "look back from the finish line over a half century or more of marriage, lifelong marriage is incredibly good. It's almost indescribable. It's such a source of joy. Pillemer gathered these insights and many others after spending the last four years conducting the Marriage Advice Project. The sample included some retirees who were widowed and some same-sex couples. It also included folks who had been happily married for years, and those who had been through multiple marriages and divorces. The longest marriage was 76 years between a 101-year-old woman and 98-year-old man. Pillemer has been married for 36 years to his high school sweetheart, Clare McMillan. So if you are, searching for a mate, in relationships where you are considering marriage, married and need some new tips, then join us for this fresh, wise, surprising and compelling conversation on “what makes for an amazing love life that stands the test of time.”
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Colette Baron-Reid started out as a singer in Toronto, Canada, and didn't realize her calling as a spiritual intuitive until she was 28. Since then, she has released three books on spiritual practice and for three years toured as the opening speaker at publisher Hay House Inc. multi-speaker events and conferences. She has performed spiritual readings for over 50,000 people in nearly 30 countries, and released several music and meditation CDs. She is most well-known for her lecture style, performing inspirational speeches based on consciousness and spirituality. She has the voice of an angel, is a "life strategist" as well as a world-renowned intuitive counselor, and her goal is to empower everyone she meets to be self-actualizing, awake and authentic. Deeply spiritual, Colette Baron-Reid encourages people to develop meaning and purpose in their lives. Over the past 25 years, her words have reached nearly 150,000 people through speeches and one-on-one counseling sessions. A trusted advisor to an international coterie of celebrities, politicians and CEOs, Colette's mission is to deliver inspired self-revelation. Her purpose is to help individuals understand where they are, how they got there, where they are heading, and how to live life to its fullest potential and meaningful purpose. Dubbed the "intuitive's intuitive" by W magazine, Baron-Reid is praised by many of her well-known clients for her objectivity, accuracy and highly detailed readings. She is the real deal when she makes a prediction, and her goal is to provide people with perspective on who they are, where their lives are going, and how they fit into the broader scheme of things. She is a storyteller and believes in the power of the poignant details that make up our lives. Clients are amazed when she can pick up on these intimate details in their lives. As the year ends, join us for this playful yet informative and intriguing evening of conversation, music and readings. Colette will share with us how to access our divine intelligence, potential and power through our intuition. She will help us remember our future as we plan the New Year. “We need to open our minds, she says, and explore our miraculous, spiritually profound world rather than denying it, fetishizing it or being afraid of it.” – Colette Baron Reid
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Every person has a family member who is either: Mentally ill Autistic Deaf Transgendered Disabled Down's Syndrome A Criminal A Dwarf A Prodigy Conceived from rape "It's the family secret that everybody shares," says award-winning writer Andrew Solomon. No one has thought or written more about the dignity and worth of all human beings than Solomon. He spent eleven years interviewing hundreds of families, exploring how they grew stronger or fell apart while coping with raising children who were profoundly different. He wanted to understand and share how parents deal with raising a child who isn't what they expected him or her to be. What he discovered is revealed in twelve astonishingly acute, riveting and compassionate chapters of his latest book, Far From the Tree. In it, Solomon shares stories of children who have been heartbreakingly tragic victims of intense prejudices - and also stories of parents who have embraced their children's differences and tried to alter the world's understanding of their conditions. Solomon is a man who understands and has had experience with mental illness and depression and as a gay man, knows a bit about being rejected because you are 'different'. This phenomenally brilliant writer and master storyteller will help us understand the dignity and worth of all individuals, the unconditional love of parents for their children, and the desire for all humans to be valued as individuals. He will teach us how to love the people in our lives who are different -- no matter what! This conversation and fund-raising event is on Veterans Day. This day was chosen to also highlight and discuss the mental well-being of veterans returning from war. Across the country, nearly 60 million American live with mental illness and each day over 23 veterans commit suicide. These statistics are frightening and "sadly underscore the urgent need for a sustained, national effort to ensure all our vets get the care and support they deserve," says Paul Rieckhoff, CEO and founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. A charitable donation will be made to Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America and National Alliance on Mental Illness from proceeds from the event. "People don't talk about mental health issues or mental illness because of the shame and brokenness surrounding the topic" - Rebecca Thiegs
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