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    • June 10, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting
    • 246

    FEW Members, please note: this meeting will be a virtual Zoom meeting. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.

    Our lives and the world around us are seemingly moving faster. With increased demands for our time and energy, how do you make choices on what is most important?

    Alia Allison is a Yoga Teacher, Executive Coach and Director of Talent Management. She will share her personal journey of flipping her life upside down in order to intentionally create her best life. Alia will inspire and challenge FEW members and guests in an interactive session to discover:

    • What do you need to let go of in service to living your best life? 
    • What do you want to invite more of in order to thrive? 

    Gather insights, create steps forward and build a network of peers to support you in your quest in living your best life.

    Alia is an advocate, truth teller and co-creator. She believes that a leader’s fullest potential is already inside of them and that her purpose is to help you to unleash it. As an Executive Coach and Talent Management Director, her goal is to empower and activate positive, authentic growth in individuals through self-discovery, awareness and choice.

    Alia Allison was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She has held a variety of roles at Target Corporation and General Mills Inc. Currently, Alia is the Director for Talent Management for Athleta (subsidiary of Gap Inc) in San Francisco, CA. In addition, Alia received her 500 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification at Charmed City Yoga (now YogaWorks) and Zuna Yoga. Lastly, Alia is a Certified Co-Active Professional Coach (CCPC) through CTI.

    • July 08, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Tuscan Center
    • 250

    Facilitated Discussion and Connecting

    • August 12, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Tuscan Center
    • 249

    The 72-year struggle for American women to win the right to vote was the greatest nonviolent revolution in the history of our country. Three generations of women and the men who supported their efforts persevered to include American women in the Constitution.

    Paula F. Casey of Memphis, Tennessee, has dedicated more than 30 years to educating the public about the woman suffrage movement, especially Tennessee's pivotal role in the 19th Amendment's ratification in 1920. She produced a video in 1989 entitled "Generations: American Women Win the Vote," and helped publish the book, The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage. She had the book made into an e-book and audiobook read by the co-author, Dr. Jan Sherman, in 2013. She has been instrumental in getting public art about the suffragists placed across Tennessee. She served on the state committee that selected the bas relief plaque that hangs inside the State Capitol Building in 1998. The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument was unveiled in Nashville's Centennial Park in August 2016 while she was president. She served as fiscal agent for the Sue Shelton White statue in front of Jackson's City Hall. She chaired the Memphis Suffrage Monument committee which unveiled its monument, "Equality Trailblazers," facing the Mississippi River by the University of Memphis law school. She co-founded the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail and urges all states to tell their suffrage stories with heritage trails.

    • August 25, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • 735 8th St NE, St Cloud, MN 56304

    Tri-County Humane Society invites FEW members for an after-hours, behind the scenes tour of their new facility!  Meet and mingle with your FEW friends and some new furry ones, too. 

    • September 09, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting
    • 250

    High school students across the country are reporting not knowing their siblings. They are describing a void feeling in themselves, indicating lack of attachment to parents. It appears to be connected to chronic stress from both parents working, kids stress in schools from dramas and lack friendships, social anxiety, and spending excess time on devices gaming. University of Iowa research team reported over 90% of 2-year-olds on screens last year. Will these kids go through the terrible 2's or pay the price when they experience adolescence?


    In the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on extreme traumatic experiences. Research now is indicating that the daily environmental-relational circumstances and interactions have a profound influence on how children (all of us) develop throughout childhood. 

    Current research indicates children raised in constant exposure to chronic stress, often lack secure attachment to a parent(s) or caregiver. Parent(s) who are stressed regularly exhibit erratic and unpredictable behavior/disciplining strategies. Often impacting emotional regulation and can interfere with the development of a secure attachment to the parents, and peers. This lack of a strong bond can result in the same symptoms like a severe traumatic experience.  

    Parents/Schools focusing on behavior management strategies can make the symptoms increase and become more intense. Kids/students feeling isolated and are in the survival mode, need consistency, BUT foremost is a need for connectivity to a parent(s), teachers and their peers. It is through awareness, understanding, relationships, and new approaches we will hopefully create emotional stability and wellness in students.


    In 2003, as a school principal, Jerry Sparby experienced a school shooting that changed the focus of his life. He started/Executive Director of ​Building a World of Love Center (nonprofit) with doctors from Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and Washington DC. He is a Parent Coach, Therapist and Counselor in his practice in St. Cloud, MN and Los Angeles, CA. Jerry works with kids of all ages, their parents, university students, police, veterans and their families dealing with PTSD, intense and out of control kids, anxiety, depression, and other medical referrals.

    • October 14, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Tuscan Center
    • 250

    King Banaian is dean of the School of Public Affairs and professor of economics at St. Cloud State University.  King was state representative in the Minnesota House for District 15B, 2011-13. As such he has often been in discussion and debate with people with whom he disagrees.  Many of them are friends.  How can you keep your friendships while disagreeing and not sacrificing your own values?  King teaches us today how to listen for cues on those disagreements and how to respond.


    King Banaian is dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University. He is also a professor in the Department of Economics at SCSU. He holds the Ph.D. in economics from the Claremont Graduate School. He is author of The Ukrainian Economy since Independence (Edward Elgar, 1998), co-editor of The Design and Use of Political Economy Indicators (Palgrave, 2008) and more than forty articles and book chapters discussing monetary policy and political economy. He has served as a consultant to central banks and governments in several developing. King was state representative in the Minnesota House for District 15B, 2011-13. He is also host of the King Banaian Show on Business1440 KYCR broadcast in Minneapolis, and co-author of the St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report. He lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with his wife Barbara.

    • November 11, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Tuscan Center
    • 250

    Using Priya Parker’s bold approaches from her book “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters” and our annual business meeting as a case study, alter your idea of what a meeting should be. We will workshop in small groups to learn “how to create a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.”

Past events

May 13, 2020 FEW May Mtg: What's Going On - Songs from the Vietnam Era
May 06, 2020 FEW President's Coffee Hour
April 08, 2020 [CANCELED] FEW April Mtg: Title IX at 48 - Looking Back and Moving Forward
April 07, 2020 Virtual Happy Hour
March 26, 2020 Virtual Happy Hour!
March 11, 2020 FEW March Mtg: More Than a Medal
February 19, 2020 Bible Tour & Brews
February 12, 2020 FEW February Mtg: Renew and Strengthen Your Wellbeing!
January 16, 2020 FEW New Year Happy Hour!
January 08, 2020 FEW January Mtg: Success In Reaching Goals is Determined by Mindset
December 09, 2019 Past President Happy Hour - FEW Member's Only
November 13, 2019 FEW November Business Meeting
October 09, 2019 FEW October Mtg: Stress and Self-Care in the Workplace
September 18, 2019 Horsin' Around Happy Hour at Angel Reins Stables
September 11, 2019 FEW September Mtg: Get Healthy U! Making Better Choices
August 22, 2019 Work Smart - Salary Negotiations (presented by FEW member, Jan Bensen)
August 14, 2019 FEW August Mtg: Katie Dusing, Women in Law Enforcement
July 10, 2019 FEW Member Connecting and Summertime by George
July 10, 2019 FEW July Mtg: Wake Up Your WHY Panel
June 19, 2019 FEW Connecting: Wood Fired Wednesdays at Rolling Ridge
June 12, 2019 FEW June Mtg: Exploring the Power of "A" in the "ABCs" of Confident Conflict Management
May 15, 2019 Diversity in the Workplace discussion and coffee with Hudda
May 08, 2019 FEW May Mtg: Defining You! How Smart Professionals Position Themselves for Success
May 06, 2019 FEW Cinco (+1) de Mayo Connecting Happy Hour
April 10, 2019 FEW April Mtg: Pow Wow: Understanding and Celebrating Local Native American Culture
March 18, 2019 Relax & Connect with Yoga and a Shake at Sartell Vibe
March 13, 2019 FEW March Mtg: From the Cubicle to the Corner Office: How to Influence Up, Down, and Across Your Organization
March 12, 2019 FEW Connecting Happy Hour
February 20, 2019 CANCELLED: FEW President's Happy Hour
February 13, 2019 FEW February Mtg: Having the Courage to Lead Through Action
February 07, 2019 Live Music and Connecting at Jules' Bistro
January 09, 2019 FEW January Mtg: What I Have Learned About Living Through My Work with the Dying
November 14, 2018 November Business Meeting
October 22, 2018 FEW Happy Hour

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