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Sonia Sotomayor found friends in elite group

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor last year accepted an invitation the Belizean Grove, an elite but little-known women’s-only group.

Founded nearly 10 years ago as the female answer to the Bohemian Grove — a secretive all-male club whose members have included former U.S. presidents and top business leaders — the Belizean Grove has about 125 members, including Army generals, Wall Street executives and former ambassadors.

Sotomayor’s membership in the New York-based group became public Thursday afternoon in a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Since then, the group has been deluged with press calls, said its founder, Susan Stautberg, who explained that “we like to be under the radar screen.”


The group — which on its website describes itself as “a constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, nonprofit and social sectors; who build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same” — hosts periodic meetings around New York, as well as an annual off-the-record three-day retreat in Central or South America at which its members attend cocktail parties with U.S. diplomats and host-country officials and participate in panel discussions on public policy and business affairs.

At least year’s retreat in Lima, Peru, for instance, Sotomayor and the other members attended a reception at the American Embassy with U.S. Ambassador to Peru P. Michael McKinley and several female members of the Peruvian cabinet, Stautberg said.


Sotomayor, a federal appellate judge, gave a presentation on the challenges the judiciary faces in maintaining its independence from the legislative and executive branches.


“It was really about how you need to have that balance of power and that the judiciary needed to have the ability to really be itself and not be influenced politically,” said Grove member Cathy Allen, the chief executive officer of a financial services firm in Santa Fe, N.M. Allen said she didn’t take notes on the speech and added, “Everything we do is off the record.”


In a quote on the group’s website, Sotomayor called the Grove “an extraordinary grouping of talented, compassionate and passionate women. I am deeply honored to have been included. The joy of participating in your fun in Peru was wonderful.”


Mary Pearl, a dean and vice president at New York’s Stony Brook University, called the talk “inspiring” and said she came away from it impressed by Sotomayor’s “profound respect for the Constitution and our legal framework in this country.”


The two became friends through the group, which, she said, is kind of the point of it.

“It’s hard if you’re someone who’s a type ‘A’ personality, who’s achieved a lot and who may be in the public eye — it’s hard to make friends, so it’s just a mutually supportive wonderful experience. We get together just for socializing and also just for intelligent conversation,” said Pearl, adding that the group charges a couple hundred dollar membership fee and also participates in charitable work.


But it’s not open to just anyone.


“The way you become a member is people recommend friends to join and we have an advisory board (that makes the final determination),” said Pearl, who is a member of that board. “You have to have achieved something, but you have to have a really good personality, too. You could be the richest person in the world with a resume that goes on for 50 pages, but if you don’t have a sense of humor, then people won’t want you to be a member.”


Pearl called it “elite in the sense that anything that has more people who want to be in it than are in it is elite. But it’s not elite in that people from all walks of life who are interesting can become a members.”


An out-dated member list on the group’s website lists members including former General Services Administration Director Lurita Doan, Army General Ann E. Dunwoody, former Goldman Sachs partner Ann Kaplan and IKEA executive Pernille Spiers-Lopez.


According to Stautberg, a former Washington bureau chief for Westinghouse Broadcasting, Sotomayor was recommended by Mari Carmen Aponte, a former Carter administration official who later served as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington.


Sotomayor "came to some events and got to know some of the members” and then was approved by the advisory board, said Stautberg, who called Sotomayor “a very bright, very decent, very nice woman.”


Stautberg said she hoped Sotomayor could still be a member of the Grove if she’s confirmed to the court.


While conspiracy theorists have cast the Bohemian Grove as a cog in a shadowy right-leaning globalist cabal, Pearl said the Belizean Grove is nonpartisan and stressed, “There’s nothing nefarious about it.”


And Stautberg brushed off a question about whether the Grove’s women-only membership could generate controversy as the Bohemian Grove’s exclusively male membership did in 1979, when the state of California sued the club for not hiring female employees as its facility there.


Stautberg stressed that male “spouses, partners and adult children” are permitted to go on the optional post-retreat expeditions (last year’s was to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley) and said that even though “no man has ever applied to be a member. ... If they did, we would certainly vote on it.”


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The Belizean Grove
Having observed the power of the Bohemian Grove, a 130-year-old, elite old boys' network of former Presidents, businessmen, military, musicians, academics, and non-profit leaders, and realizing that women didn't have a similar organization, Susan Stautberg and 26 other founding members created the Belizean Grove, a constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, non-profit and social sectors; who build long term mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same.

Members are highly accomplished leaders in a wide venue of fields, are dedicated to giving back to their communities, have a sense of humor and excitement about life and are willing to mentor and share connections. With this vision in mind, members are invited not only for their professional accomplishments but also for their generosity and compatibility.

The Grove is an international nurturing network that helps women pursue more significant dreams, ambitions, purposes, transcendence, and spiritual fulfillment, while also opening up more leadership opportunities to these women of diverse backgrounds, talents, ages, and skills. The Grovers are leaders from 5 continents, from profit, non-profit and social sectors. They are heads of major government agencies, businesswomen, military officers, academics, non-profit leaders, musicians, authors, diplomats, design gurus...

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okay...okay...now its getting weird.

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Makes sense tho. If there is an all-male one, why not a female one?

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Mission Statement:

“The Belizean Grove is a constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, non-profit and social sectors; who build long term mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same.”
Headquarters Office:
Susan Schiffer Stautberg
Founder and President
Belizean Grove/TARA
Adventures for the Mind and
The Adventures for the Mind Foundation
17 East 89th Street, Suite 7D
New York, New York 10128
212.987.6070 (phone)
212.996.5151 (fax)

Introduction and Background:
THE BELIZEAN GROVE
Having observed the power of the Bohemian Grove, a 130 year old elite old boys’ network of former Presidents, businessmen, military, musicians, academics, and non-profit leaders, and realizing that women didn’t have a similar organization, Susan Stautberg and 26 other founding members created the Belizean Grove, a constellation of influential women who are building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships to both take charge of their own destinies and help others do the same.
Members are highly accomplished leaders in a wide venue of fields, are dedicated to giving back to their communities, have a sense of humor and excitement about life and are willing to mentor and share connections. With this vision in mind, members are invited not only for their professional accomplishments but also for their generosity and compatibility.
The Grove is an international nurturing network that helps women pursue more significant dreams, ambitions, purposes, transcendence, and spiritual fulfillment, while also opening up more leadership opportunities to these women of diverse backgrounds, talents, ages, and skills. The Grovers are leaders from 5 continents, from profit, non-profit and social sectors. They are heads of major government agencies, businesswomen, military officers, academics, non-profit leaders, musicians, authors, diplomats, design gurus….


TARA
Leaders give back, help prepare the next generation, and try to avoid irrelevance. So, in the fall of 2004, Susan Stautberg and Edie Weiner co-founded TARA (Today’s Already Rising Achievers) for global leaders in their 30’s and early 40’s. TARA interacts closely with the Grove; the two organizations enable mentoring and the opportunity to meet and learn from each other in a reverse mentoring program. Grovers learn from leaders on the frontline. Spending time with younger women renews Grovers’ energy, strengthens their minds, and keeps them feeling young.
Approximately 115 women are members of the Belizean Grove. These women are leaders of the profit, non-profit and social sectors. A partial listing follows.
Among our ethnically, racially, age, and geographically diverse members are:
Anne Angowitz, J.D. – President and Founder, Preferred Placement Inc.
Cathleen Asch – Corporate Director; Co-Founder of TrueVision Inc.
Mari Carmen Aponte – Corporate Director; Lawyer; Former Executive Director, Puerto Rican Federal Affairs
Judith Ayres –Assistant Administrator International, Environmental Protection Agency
Cathy Allen, PhD. – CEO, BITS: The Technology Group for the Financial Services Roundtable
Marion Blakey – Chair, Federal Aviation Administration
Maryles Casto – Founder and CEO, Casto Travel; Corporate Director
Sayeeda Chaudhury- Managing Director, Sasha Femme Inc.; Former Executive, World Bank
Carolyn Chin –Chair, Commtouch; Committee Chair of C100; Corporate Director
Mary Cirillo - Partner, Hudson Ventures; Corporate Director
Jennifer Cohen - President, Songmasters; Former VP, AOL Music
Beth Comstock – President, Digital Media & Market Development, NBC Universal
Dona Crawford – Associate Director of Computation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jane Cunliffe – Operations Manager- Creative, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; New Zealand Representative for the America’s Cup
Julie Daum – North American Board Practice Leader, Spencer Stuart
Lurita Doan – Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration; Former President, New Technology Management Inc.,
Connie Duckworth –Corporate Director and Entrepreneur; Partner, Goldman Sachs; Former Chair, C200; Corporate Director and Entrepreneur
Major General Ann Dunwoody – Commanding General, United States Army Combined Arms Support, Command and Fort Lee
Elaine Eisenman, PhD. – Dean of Executive Education, Babson; Corporate Director
Helen Fisher, PhD. – Anthropologist; Bestselling Author
Rita Foley – Corporate Director; former SVP, MeadWestvaco Corporation; President, Consumer Packaging Group Henrietta Holsman Fore – Under Secretary of State for Management; former Director, US Mint
Carolee Friedlander – Founder Carolee Designs; Corporate Director; Chair C200 Foundation


Brenda Gaines –Corporate Director; Former President, Diner’s Club North America
Diane Graham –President and CEO, STRATCO Global; Past Chair of C200
Toddi Gutner – Associate Editor, BusinessWeek
Ginger Green – Attorney, Former Vice President of Investment for OPIC, Corporate Director.
Joanne Harrell – General Manager, Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft; Corporate Director
Julie Hill – CEO, The Hill Companies; Corporate Director
Michelle Hooper – Managing Partner, The Director’s Council; Corporate Director
Jan Hopkins – Media Consultant; Former Award Winning CNN Anchor
Merit Janow – Professor and Director of a Masters Program, Columbia University; Judge, WTO; Corporate Director
Michelle Jordan – Principal and Founder, Jordan LLC
Yolanda Kakabadse –President, Fundacion Futuro (Ecuador) and Corporate Director
Ann Kaplan – Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs; Director, Circle One Financial; Corporate Director
Susan Keating – President and CEO, National Foundation for Credit Counseling; Corporate Director
Gail Koff, J.D. – Founder and Managing Partner, Jacoby & Meyers
Claudia Kotchka - Vice President, Design, Innovation, and Strategy, Procter & Gamble
Vance LaVelle – President, Time Circle, LTD; Former Chief Marketing Officer, PNC
Siri Marshall – EVP, General Mills; Corporate Director
Amy McCombs – President and CEO, Heald College; Corporate Director
Mindy Meads – President & CEO, Victoria’s Secret Direct; Former President & CEO, Lands’ End Inc.
Mary Pearl, PhD. – President, Wildlife Trust and author
Catherine Santee- CFO, Executive Vice President and Corporate Director, CH2M HILL
Patricia Seemann, Md. – CEO, Sphere Advisors; Advisor, Group 21 (Switzerland)
Robin Smith – Chairman of Publisher’s Clearing House; Corporate Director
Pernille Spiers-Lopez – President, IKEA North America
Patricia Stensrud – CEO and Founder, Hudson River Properties, LLC.
Ann Stock – SVP, The Kennedy Center
Bernee Strom – Principal, Revitalization Partners LLC; Chairman, Ensequence; Corporate Director
Kimberly Till - President, North America at Taylor Nelson Sofres
Pamela Wallin – Corporate Director, former Canadian Counsel General to the U.S.; and Journalist
Linda Ellen Watt – Consultant; Former U.S. Ambassador to Panama and Senior Ambassador, Central America
Edie Weiner - Futurist; President, Weiner Edrich Brown; Best Selling Author
Lorna Wendt – Founder, Institute for Equality in Marriage
Maggie Wilderotter - Chairman and CEO, Citizens Communications; Corporate Director
Deborah Wince Smith – President, Council on Competitiveness; Director of NASDAQ
Alison Winter – Chair, C200; Corporate Director, Former President Personal Financial Services, Northern Trust Northeast; Corporate Director
Kyung Yoon – Vice-Chair, Heidrick & Struggles, Corporate Director
Donna Zarcone – Corporate Director, Former President & Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc.;


Moreover, these same women serve on numerous charitable, University, boards and Advisory Boards, e.g., the Ford Foundation, C200, WPO, Red Cross, IWF, Girl Scouts, YWCA, Apollo Theater, the Smithsonian, etc.
Member Boards
Boards/Advisory Boards on which Grovers currently serve, or recently served on range from publicly held Fortune 50 companies to new technology start ups. A partial list includes:
Ameritrade
AstraZeneca
BellSouth
CH2M Hill
CIGNA
Citibank Canada
Coca Cola
Commtouch
Daffy’s
DealerTrack
Diner’s Club International Global
Hallmark
Holcim
Kmart
Liz Claiborne Accessories
NASDAQ
New York Stock Exchange
Nordstrom
Office Depot
PLC Corporation
PPG Industries Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
REI
Springs
State Farm Bank
Target Corp
Texaco
Winn-Dixie
Xerox


Events
When founding our annual retreat, we wanted to avoid the exhausting marathons of wheeling-dealers and the tediousness of listening to long-winded lectures in windowless rooms that are either too warm or too cold.
Wherever we go, our outings are a balance of fun, substantive programs, and bonding. We alternate between Belize and other countries in Central America (we will be going to Ecuador in 2007). Our annual meeting provides time to collectively introduce ourselves and appreciate each other in ways we cannot when we are in our everyday 24/7 lives. The beauty of Central America is that after the morning sessions, there are few distractions from the “real world”.
Grovers have made significant personal and professional friendships, have helped further each others’ goals, and have helped us all to multiply our individual resources to a collective powerhouse of talent, skills, connections, support, and experience. Coming from so many networks, the Grove has become an antenna to the world.
The Grove also has meetings during the year “on the mainland”, mostly in New York, but also in other key cities around the US. We try to schedule the events as far in advance as possible in order to allow time for members to attend.
There are a range of programs, including insider’s/behind the scenes events at members’ workplaces, book parties and discussions, and leaders from around the world, in candid off-the-record sessions.
Events are designed to provide “hands on” advice from people who have “been there and done that.” They also provide time for networking with each other and speakers.

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I'll betcha that they have lesbian sex orgies in the belizeian grove. As well as some pagan rituals.
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I don't doubt it. Its the first thing I thought.

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Makes sense tho. If there is an all-male one, why not a female one?

Well that means we need to get Alex to wear a wig when infiltrating.



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LOL!

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Well that means we need to get Alex to wear a wig when infiltrating.


i want to see that.  :D
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TARA Annual Retreat
Leapfrogging Change: In Our Interconnected World, Professional and Personal Lives


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TARA is a connection of different leaders and institutions and an increasingly important link of people, ideas, money, spirit and power. Our progress has been sped by the diversity, and quality of our members and global guests.

TARA is focused on connecting the right people who often consequently work on difficult issues and develop great ideas and leaders. The Grove and TARA have become known around the world for our intimate, in-depth dialogues and seminars. Our past retreats and programs have been transformative, and the experience of coming together for deep, meaningful discussion - whether about new trends, a technology issue, or how to lead for the greater good - is incredibly valuable and also rare.

Thought leaders in our "Trusted Community" include bright, dynamic, fun and fascinating women who come together with Global Guests to learn, talk and think about how to best tackle individual, national, and global challenges.

http://www.thetaras.org/
HOW TO BE SAVED
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/how_to_be_saved.html

Ye Must Be Born Again!
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/ye_must_be_born_again.htm

True Salvation & the TRUE Gospel/Good News!
http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=1060

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TARA Overview
TARA, (Today’s Already Rising Achievers) was created in September 2004 by Susan Stautberg and Edie Weiner (founders of The Belizean Grove) for women in their 30’s and 40’s who not only have remarkable professional achievements but who are also known for their heart, spark and giving back along with a sense of adventure, humor and spirit.
The Belizean Grove was inspired by The Bohemian Grove - the prototypical old boys network– where male leaders from around the world meet in out of the way places, connect and help each other; “movers and shakers” who make things happen.
Susan and Edie wanted to create a like network for women and the first meeting was held in Belize – and The Belizean Grove was born.
Most of the “Grovers” are in their 50's-60's. These are very senior, impressive and powerful women. They have reached the apex of their careers and are CEOs and successful business leaders, diplomats, college presidents, entrepreneurs, and more and their concerns range from aging parents and kids out of college, dealing with “sandwich generation” issues, legacy planning, charitable foundations, Family LLCs, endowing chairs, etc.
The founders of the Grove decided to create TARA for the next wave of women – a feeder group of sorts to The Belizean Grove. Grovers help mentor and advise TARA members and TARA members help keep Grovers current with technologies, issues facing today’s younger women, etc.
We are an invitation-only group and members are invited not only for their professional accomplishments, but also for their generosity and compatibility.
TARA members are, or will be, leaders in a wide range of fields, are dedicated to giving back to their communities, have a sense of humor and excitement about life and are willing to mentor and share connections. TARA emphasizes the joy of building confidence in other women for both personal and professional enrichment. Many TARA members have young children, have started new businesses, taken on new challenges and roles and are combining family and career issues.
Annual Retreat
The main commitment with TARA is the annual retreat (3-4 days) where we congregate from around the world and really get to know each other. The retreat is typically the last week in Jan./first week in Feb.
The 2008 retreat will be held in Belize. Past retreats have been in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Newport RI, and Los Angeles, CA.
Today’s Already Rising Achievers  TARA 17 East 89 Street 7D  New York, NY 10128  www.TheTARAS.org  [email protected] th
TARA Today’s Already Rising Achievers
(Annual Retreat - continued)
TARA and the Grove have separate retreats that overlap by a day or two. Grovers are often keynote presenters and panelists at the TARA retreat and TARA Ambassadors are chosen to attend/participate at the Grove retreat.
When we travel, we invite local women politicians, ministers of government, judges, heads of non-profits to socialize with us, host us and network.
The mornings are filled with stimulating panels and keynote presentations in a relaxed atmosphere – often by a pool while in shorts and bathing suits. The afternoons are less structured with sporting or leisure activities to help us bond with each other. The evenings have dinners that emphasize the local cuisine and customs and hours of incredible discussions and delicious meals.
It’s a time to enjoy each other, to soak up the beautiful venue and culture and to allow us all to unwind from our hectic lives, speak our minds and our hearts and nurture key relationships of a lifetime. It’s no business suits, no selling, no divas.
There are no other commitments outside of the retreat other than being helpful to each other on a networking basis. There are side trips and events throughout the year. This is not a place to peddle anything. It is a place to exist as an oasis of like minded women on similar journeys with their careers and personal lives regardless of their field.
Dues
The annual membership fee is $750. The Retreat expenses are additional. Space is limited. Yearly dues must be paid before a member can reserve space for the retreat.
Members
TARA is currently about 35 members and The Belizean Grove is about 110. They are small by design to facilitate quality relationships and joint events where members can truly get to know other members as well as help and mentor each other. TARA will only be accepting 10 new members this year.
TARA members include financial services, government, marketing, arts, writers, journalists, lawyers, engineering, construction, and a variety of entrepreneurs. The idea is to be very diverse in careers, cultural backgrounds and non-profit commitments.
This is about your life as a whole woman, heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul, long time friends and personal growth.
Currently TARA members live in NY, Boston, DC, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, California, New Orleans, Seattle, Costa Rica and more.
Today’s Already Rising Achievers  TARA 17 East 89 Street 7D  New York, NY 10128  www.TheTARAS.org  [email protected] th

Founders
Susan S. Stautberg
Edie Weiner
Advisory Board
Paige Arnof-Fenn
Joy Booker
Becca Braun
Jill Galowitz
Mary Humphrey
Gina Lento
Margaret McDuff
Lindsey Pollak
Monaqui Porter-Young
Alison Roth
Susan Stautberg
Membership Committee
Constance Barkley-Lewis
Janine Craane
Lynn Hubbard
Katherine Lehman
Erin Moran McCormick
Susan Stautberg
Caroline Werner
Courtnee Westendorf

http://www.thetaras.org/tara_overview.pdf
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Ye Must Be Born Again!
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TARA Annual Retreat
Leapfrogging Change: In Our Interconnected World, Professional and Personal Lives


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TARA is a connection of different leaders and institutions and an increasingly important link of people, ideas, money, spirit and power. Our progress has been sped by the diversity, and quality of our members and global guests.

TARA is focused on connecting the right people who often consequently work on difficult issues and develop great ideas and leaders. The Grove and TARA have become known around the world for our intimate, in-depth dialogues and seminars. Our past retreats and programs have been transformative, and the experience of coming together for deep, meaningful discussion - whether about new trends, a technology issue, or how to lead for the greater good - is incredibly valuable and also rare.

Thought leaders in our "Trusted Community" include bright, dynamic, fun and fascinating women who come together with Global Guests to learn, talk and think about how to best tackle individual, national, and global challenges.

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it's like they WORSHIP the Bohemian Grove.

can that be?

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The sheer fact that they use the word "Grove" makes it pagan.

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TARA Overview
TARA, (Today’s Already Rising Achievers) was created in September 2004 by Susan Stautberg and Edie Weiner (founders of The Belizean Grove) for women in their 30’s and 40’s who not only have remarkable professional achievements but who are also known for their heart, spark and giving back along with a sense of adventure, humor and spirit.
The Belizean Grove was inspired by The Bohemian Grove - the prototypical old boys network– where male leaders from around the world meet in out of the way places, connect and help each other; “movers and shakers” who make things happen.
Susan and Edie wanted to create a like network for women and the first meeting was held in Belize – and The Belizean Grove was born.
Most of the “Grovers” are in their 50's-60's. These are very senior, impressive and powerful women. They have reached the apex of their careers and are CEOs and successful business leaders, diplomats, college presidents, entrepreneurs, and more and their concerns range from aging parents and kids out of college, dealing with “sandwich generation” issues, legacy planning, charitable foundations, Family LLCs, endowing chairs, etc.
The founders of the Grove decided to create TARA for the next wave of women – a feeder group of sorts to The Belizean Grove. Grovers help mentor and advise TARA members and TARA members help keep Grovers current with technologies, issues facing today’s younger women, etc.
We are an invitation-only group and members are invited not only for their professional accomplishments, but also for their generosity and compatibility.
TARA members are, or will be, leaders in a wide range of fields, are dedicated to giving back to their communities, have a sense of humor and excitement about life and are willing to mentor and share connections. TARA emphasizes the joy of building confidence in other women for both personal and professional enrichment. Many TARA members have young children, have started new businesses, taken on new challenges and roles and are combining family and career issues.
Annual Retreat
The main commitment with TARA is the annual retreat (3-4 days) where we congregate from around the world and really get to know each other. The retreat is typically the last week in Jan./first week in Feb.
The 2008 retreat will be held in Belize. Past retreats have been in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Newport RI, and Los Angeles, CA.
Today’s Already Rising Achievers  TARA 17 East 89 Street 7D  New York, NY 10128  www.TheTARAS.org  [email protected] th
TARA Today’s Already Rising Achievers
(Annual Retreat - continued)
TARA and the Grove have separate retreats that overlap by a day or two. Grovers are often keynote presenters and panelists at the TARA retreat and TARA Ambassadors are chosen to attend/participate at the Grove retreat.
When we travel, we invite local women politicians, ministers of government, judges, heads of non-profits to socialize with us, host us and network.
The mornings are filled with stimulating panels and keynote presentations in a relaxed atmosphere – often by a pool while in shorts and bathing suits. The afternoons are less structured with sporting or leisure activities to help us bond with each other. The evenings have dinners that emphasize the local cuisine and customs and hours of incredible discussions and delicious meals.
It’s a time to enjoy each other, to soak up the beautiful venue and culture and to allow us all to unwind from our hectic lives, speak our minds and our hearts and nurture key relationships of a lifetime. It’s no business suits, no selling, no divas.
There are no other commitments outside of the retreat other than being helpful to each other on a networking basis. There are side trips and events throughout the year. This is not a place to peddle anything. It is a place to exist as an oasis of like minded women on similar journeys with their careers and personal lives regardless of their field.
Dues
The annual membership fee is $750. The Retreat expenses are additional. Space is limited. Yearly dues must be paid before a member can reserve space for the retreat.
Members
TARA is currently about 35 members and The Belizean Grove is about 110. They are small by design to facilitate quality relationships and joint events where members can truly get to know other members as well as help and mentor each other. TARA will only be accepting 10 new members this year.
TARA members include financial services, government, marketing, arts, writers, journalists, lawyers, engineering, construction, and a variety of entrepreneurs. The idea is to be very diverse in careers, cultural backgrounds and non-profit commitments.
This is about your life as a whole woman, heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul, long time friends and personal growth.
Currently TARA members live in NY, Boston, DC, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, California, New Orleans, Seattle, Costa Rica and more.
Today’s Already Rising Achievers  TARA 17 East 89 Street 7D  New York, NY 10128  www.TheTARAS.org  [email protected] th

Founders
Susan S. Stautberg
Edie Weiner
Advisory Board
Paige Arnof-Fenn
Joy Booker
Becca Braun
Jill Galowitz
Mary Humphrey
Gina Lento
Margaret McDuff
Lindsey Pollak
Monaqui Porter-Young
Alison Roth
Susan Stautberg
Membership Committee
Constance Barkley-Lewis
Janine Craane
Lynn Hubbard
Katherine Lehman
Erin Moran McCormick
Susan Stautberg
Caroline Werner
Courtnee Westendorf

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Sounds very lesbian-esque.

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I wonder how she was "selected" to be a Supreme Ct. nominee?

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I'll betcha that they have lesbian sex orgies in the belizeian grove. As well as some pagan rituals.

I bet Jenna Jameson gets flown in to "service" the members.
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TIPS FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL, SUPERB, & POWERFUL LIFE!

 

(1) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
(2) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
(3) Buy a Tivo (DVR), tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
(4) When you wake up in the morning, complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to ________ today.’
(5) Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
(6) Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did last year.
(7) Always pray and make time to exercise.
(8 ) Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
(9) Dream more while you are awake.
(10) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in plants.
(11) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
(12) Try to make at least three people smile each day.
(13) Clear the clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
(14) Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
(15) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class . . .. but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
(16) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
(17) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
(18) Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
(19) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. When you hate you’re letting others control your life. They have forgotten the incident and are enjoying life!
(20) Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
(21) You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
(22) Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present
(23) Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
(24) Ladies - Go on and burn those ’special’ scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear your fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special.
(25) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
(26) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
(27) Forgive everyone for everything.
(28) What other people think of you is none of your business.
(29) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!
(30) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
(31) Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.
(32) Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
(33) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
God provides remember?!
(34) The best is yet to come . . . . in Heaven.
(35) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
(36) Do the right thing!
(37) Call your family often.
(38) Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for _________________.’
Today I accomplished ________________.
(39) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
(40) Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

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HOW TO BE SAVED
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Ye Must Be Born Again!
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/ye_must_be_born_again.htm

True Salvation & the TRUE Gospel/Good News!
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And she's also a racially provocative bitch.

Btw, I guess this the lesbian-only grove. Is it just me, or are all these elites homosexual (whether it's gay or lesbian)?

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Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away

What the hell???

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And she's also a racially provocative bitch.

Btw, I guess this the lesbian-only grove. Is it just me, or are all these elites homosexual (whether it's gay or lesbian)?

They're all homosexual.

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WIKI,  ::)

Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā) or Ārya Tārā, also known as Jetsun Dolma (Tibetan language:rje btsun sgrol ma) in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism.. She is known as the "mother of liberation", and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. In Japan she is known as Tarani Bosatsu but virtually unknown in China.[1]

Tara is a tantric meditation deity whose practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. Tara is actually the generic name for a set of Buddhas or bodhisattvas of similar aspect. These may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are often considered metaphoric for Buddhist virtues.

The most widely known forms of Tārā are:

Green Tārā, known as the Buddha of enlightened activity
White Tārā, also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra
Red Tārā, of fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things
Black Tārā, associated with power
Yellow Tārā, associated with wealth and prosperity
Blue Tārā, associated with transmutation of anger
Cittamani Tārā, a form of Tārā widely practiced at the level of Highest Yoga Tantra in the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, portrayed as green and often conflated with Green Tārā
Khadiravani Tārā (Tārā of the teak forest), who appeared to Nagarjuna in the Khadiravani forest of South India and who is sometimes referred to as the "22nd Tārā."
There is also recognition in some schools of Buddhism of twenty-one Tārās. A practice text entitled "In Praise of the 21 Tārās", is recited during the morning in all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

The main Tārā mantra is the same for Buddhists and Hindus alike: oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā. It is pronounced by Tibetans and Buddhists who follow the Tibetan traditions as oṃ tāre tu tāre ture soha.

HOW TO BE SAVED
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/how_to_be_saved.html

Ye Must Be Born Again!
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/ye_must_be_born_again.htm

True Salvation & the TRUE Gospel/Good News!
http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=1060

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WIKI,  ::)

Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā) or Ārya Tārā, also known as Jetsun Dolma (Tibetan language:rje btsun sgrol ma) in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism.. She is known as the "mother of liberation", and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. In Japan she is known as Tarani Bosatsu but virtually unknown in China.[1]

Tara is a tantric meditation deity whose practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. Tara is actually the generic name for a set of Buddhas or bodhisattvas of similar aspect. These may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are often considered metaphoric for Buddhist virtues.

The most widely known forms of Tārā are:

Green Tārā, known as the Buddha of enlightened activity
White Tārā, also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra
Red Tārā, of fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things
Black Tārā, associated with power
Yellow Tārā, associated with wealth and prosperity
Blue Tārā, associated with transmutation of anger
Cittamani Tārā, a form of Tārā widely practiced at the level of Highest Yoga Tantra in the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, portrayed as green and often conflated with Green Tārā
Khadiravani Tārā (Tārā of the teak forest), who appeared to Nagarjuna in the Khadiravani forest of South India and who is sometimes referred to as the "22nd Tārā."
There is also recognition in some schools of Buddhism of twenty-one Tārās. A practice text entitled "In Praise of the 21 Tārās", is recited during the morning in all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

The main Tārā mantra is the same for Buddhists and Hindus alike: oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā. It is pronounced by Tibetans and Buddhists who follow the Tibetan traditions as oṃ tāre tu tāre ture soha.



Great find, Doctor.  I knew it was all pagan.

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I wonder how she was "selected" to be a Supreme Ct. nominee?

"The one who can fit the most dildoes in their anuses and genitals gets the Supreme Court nomination." ;D

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HOhemian Grove is more like it. ;D

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Like Kali, furthermore, Tara in her Hindu context enjoys blood. In her hymn of a hundred names from the Mundamala-tantra, she is called "She Who Likes Blood", "She Who Is Smeared with Blood" and "She Who Enjoys Blood Sacrifice". The Tara-tantra describes Tara's delight in both animal and human blood but says that the latter is more pleasing to her. The blood of devotees is to be taken from specified parts of the body, such as the forehead, hands, breasts, head, or area between the eyebrows; some of these areas may correspond to the different chakras, spiritual centers within the body.

Tara can be distinguished visually from Kali primarily via her implements. Four armed, she carries a sacrificial sword, a severed head or skull cup, a lotus and scissors. Kali never holds a lotus or a pair of scissors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tara_(Devi)

HOW TO BE SAVED
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/how_to_be_saved.html

Ye Must Be Born Again!
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/ye_must_be_born_again.htm

True Salvation & the TRUE Gospel/Good News!
http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=1060

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"The one who can fit the most dildoes in their anuses and genitals gets the Supreme Court nomination." ;D

ewww.

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I had never heard of this group.Thanks dok for the research,I'm going through their web site now.
Mission Statement:

 

“The Belizean Grove is a global constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, non-profit and social sectors; who build long term mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same".

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Susan Schiffer Stautberg
http://www.partner-com.com/president.asp

Susan Schiffer Stautberg is President of PartnerCom Corporation, which assembles and manages Advisory Boards globally for businesses, governments, and non-profits. PartnerCom also conducts executive searches for Corporate Directors and CEOs. Susan is an innovative, multi-dimensional leader as well as a visionary community and strategic alliance builder in the public, private, and social sectors.

As a Westinghouse/Group W TV correspondent covering the White House and Capitol Hill, Susan was the first woman and one of the youngest to head a Washington TV bureau. Susan then became the first TV journalist to be chosen as a White House Fellow where she worked for both Vice President Rockefeller and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Her considerable consumer products experience includes positions as the Directors of Communications for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and for McNeil Consumer Products. After moving to New York, Susan became Director of Communications for Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche).

Deciding to become an entrepreneur, Susan founded MasterMedia Ltd., the only company to combine publishing with a speaker’s bureau. The quality publishing house produced more than 125 books, including best sellers and Book-of-the Month, Doubleday, Literary Guide, and Reader’s Digest selections. The Speakers Bureau worked with some of the foremost businesses and universities in the world.

In her capacity as Corporate and non-profit Director, Susan has served on or created the Advisory Boards for Ashbridge, Avis Rent-A-Car, Avon, Bank of America, Bayer Diabetes Care Division, CIGNA, Center for Women’s Business Research, Council on Competitiveness, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Envision, Flexjet, Goldman Sachs, Investment New Zealand, Key Bank, Link Staffing Services, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Northern Trust, Northwestern Mutual, Oppenheimer Funds, PNC Advisors, Singlepoint, STRATCO, Sun Trust/AMA, Third Age, TIGER 21, and The United Nations Office for Project Services.

Susan has received numerous awards and honors, including The Director’s Choice Award, and is a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow. Presidential Commissions, Boards, and Foundations Susan has served on include: The Commission on Presidential Scholars, U.S. Japan Fellowship, The Institute for Educational Affairs, The Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Armed Services and the White House Fellows. Susan chaired both The Elms Centennial and 60th Anniversary Committees for The Preservation Society of Newport County and is the Secretary of the board of The Preservation Society.

Susan founded The Belizean Grove and TARA, constellations of diverse, influential women from 5 continents, who meet at preeminent retreats to share knowledge and connections. She co-founded Women Corporate Directors, with over 300 members on over 500 Corporate Boards in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, London, and Dallas. WCD is the only national community of Women Corporate Directors who meet for regional dinners, at national conferences, and are connected by email for updates, to distribute board opportunities and to conduct surveys. She also co-founded On Board Bootcamp, which provides an insider’s guide on how to be selected to be a Corporate, Private Company or Advisory Board Director. Susan is a member of the International Women’s Forum, C200, WPO, and the Executive Committee of the Women’s Middle East Summit.

Susan holds a BA from Wheaton College, a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from George Washington University and completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. As an adjunct professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at GW, she taught a graduate course, for 3 years, on “Global Visions, Strategies, and Tactics for International Organizations”. An effective public speaker, Susan has addressed groups around the world, including leading business schools and national and international conferences. Her writing includes five books; she has written or been featured in numerous articles including Business Week, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Directorship, The Corporate Board, Directors and Boards, NACD Director’s Monthly, The Conference Board Alert, The Financial Times, and USA Today and others. Her on-air interview experience includes Oprah, The Today Show, CBS Evening News, CNN, Sally Jesse Raphael, and many others.

In recognition of her long-time passion for mentoring and opening doors for women, Susan’s friends established the Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Foundation, to “identify high potential women and facilitate their ability to make a difference in their communities, their chosen fields, and the world at large.”

Susan is the wife of A. Theodore Stautberg, Jr., and the mother of Edward.
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I can't believe people just want to be fascist bastards I mean really one day people might "wake up" and realize they've been tricked and then want revenge.   I think that time has come folks the internet won't let you lie anymore.
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Susan Schiffer Stautberg...another demon.

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Do they burn an effigy of a child like at the BG? it sounds like there would be a lot of middle aged women "empowering themselves" by meditating or something, but knowing it's a "sister group" to the BG has sparked my interest.

Susan Schiffer Stautberg
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In her capacity as Corporate and non-profit Director, Susan has served on or created the Advisory Boards for Ashbridge, Avis Rent-A-Car, Avon, Bank of America, Bayer Diabetes Care Division, CIGNA, Center for Women’s Business Research, Council on Competitiveness, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, (OH YEAH, GUYS, SHE'S REAL INTERESTED IN KEEPING COMPETITIVENESS ALIVE, ALRIGHT) ::) Envision, Flexjet, Goldman Sachs, Investment New Zealand, Key Bank, Link Staffing Services, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Northern Trust, Northwestern Mutual, Oppenheimer Funds, PNC Advisors, Singlepoint, STRATCO, Sun Trust/AMA, Third Age, TIGER 21, and The United Nations Office for Project Services.

Susan has received numerous awards and honors, including The Director’s Choice Award, and is a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow. Presidential Commissions, Boards, and Foundations Susan has served on include: The Commission on Presidential Scholars, U.S. Japan Fellowship, The Institute for Educational Affairs, The Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Armed Services and the White House Fellows. Susan chaired both The Elms Centennial and 60th Anniversary Committees for The Preservation Society of Newport County and is the Secretary of the board of The Preservation Society.

Susan founded The Belizean Grove and TARA, constellations of diverse, influential women from 5 continents, who meet at preeminent retreats to share knowledge and connections. (I don't know what that means, exactly, but it sounds nicer on paper than what they PROBABLY DO)
She co-founded Women Corporate Directors, with over 300 members on over 500 Corporate Boards in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, London, and Dallas. WCD is the only national community of Women Corporate Directors who meet for regional dinners, at national conferences, and are connected by email for updates, to distribute board opportunities and to conduct surveys. She also co-founded On Board Bootcamp, which provides an insider’s guide on how to be selected to be a Corporate, Private Company or Advisory Board Director. Susan is a member of the International Women’s Forum, C200, WPO, and the Executive Committee of the Women’s Middle East Summit.

Susan holds a BA from Wheaton College, a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from George Washington University and completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. As an adjunct professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at GW, she taught a graduate course, for 3 years, on “Global Visions, Strategies, and Tactics for International Organizations”. An effective public speaker, Susan has addressed groups around the world, including leading business schools and national and international conferences. Her writing includes five books; she has written or been featured in numerous articles including Business Week, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Directorship, The Corporate Board, Directors and Boards, NACD Director’s Monthly, The Conference Board Alert, The Financial Times, and USA Today and others. Her on-air interview experience includes Oprah, The Today Show, CBS Evening News, CNN, Sally Jesse Raphael, and many others.

In recognition of her long-time passion for mentoring and opening doors for women, Susan’s friends established the Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Foundation, to “identify high potential women and facilitate their ability to make a difference in their communities, their chosen fields, and the world at large.”

Susan is the wife of A. Theodore Stautberg, Jr., and the mother of Edward.

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Mission Statement:

“The Belizean Grove is a constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, non-profit and social sectors; who build long term mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same.”
Headquarters Office:
Susan Schiffer Stautberg
Founder and President
Belizean Grove/TARA
Adventures for the Mind and
The Adventures for the Mind Foundation
17 East 89th Street, Suite 7D
New York, New York 10128
212.987.6070 (phone)
212.996.5151 (fax)

Introduction and Background:
THE BELIZEAN GROVE
Having observed the power of the Bohemian Grove, a 130 year old elite old boys’ network of former Presidents, businessmen, military, musicians, academics, and non-profit leaders, and realizing that women didn’t have a similar organization, Susan Stautberg and 26 other founding members created the Belizean Grove, a constellation of influential women who are building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships to both take charge of their own destinies and help others do the same.
Members are highly accomplished leaders in a wide venue of fields, are dedicated to giving back to their communities, have a sense of humor and excitement about life and are willing to mentor and share connections. With this vision in mind, members are invited not only for their professional accomplishments but also for their generosity and compatibility.
The Grove is an international nurturing network that helps women pursue more significant dreams, ambitions, purposes, transcendence, and spiritual fulfillment, while also opening up more leadership opportunities to these women of diverse backgrounds, talents, ages, and skills. The Grovers are leaders from 5 continents, from profit, non-profit and social sectors. They are heads of major government agencies, businesswomen, military officers, academics, non-profit leaders, musicians, authors, diplomats, design gurus….


TARA
Leaders give back, help prepare the next generation, and try to avoid irrelevance. So, in the fall of 2004, Susan Stautberg and Edie Weiner co-founded TARA (Today’s Already Rising Achievers) for global leaders in their 30’s and early 40’s. TARA interacts closely with the Grove; the two organizations enable mentoring and the opportunity to meet and learn from each other in a reverse mentoring program. Grovers learn from leaders on the frontline. Spending time with younger women renews Grovers’ energy, strengthens their minds, and keeps them feeling young.
Approximately 115 women are members of the Belizean Grove. These women are leaders of the profit, non-profit and social sectors. A partial listing follows.
Among our ethnically, racially, age, and geographically diverse members are:
Anne Angowitz, J.D. – President and Founder, Preferred Placement Inc.
Cathleen Asch – Corporate Director; Co-Founder of TrueVision Inc.
Mari Carmen Aponte – Corporate Director; Lawyer; Former Executive Director, Puerto Rican Federal Affairs
Judith Ayres –Assistant Administrator International, Environmental Protection Agency
Cathy Allen, PhD. – CEO, BITS: The Technology Group for the Financial Services Roundtable
Marion Blakey – Chair, Federal Aviation Administration
Maryles Casto – Founder and CEO, Casto Travel; Corporate Director
Sayeeda Chaudhury- Managing Director, Sasha Femme Inc.; Former Executive, World Bank
Carolyn Chin –Chair, Commtouch; Committee Chair of C100; Corporate Director
Mary Cirillo - Partner, Hudson Ventures; Corporate Director
Jennifer Cohen - President, Songmasters; Former VP, AOL Music
Beth Comstock – President, Digital Media & Market Development, NBC Universal
Dona Crawford – Associate Director of Computation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jane Cunliffe – Operations Manager- Creative, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; New Zealand Representative for the America’s Cup
Julie Daum – North American Board Practice Leader, Spencer Stuart
Lurita Doan – Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration; Former President, New Technology Management Inc.,
Connie Duckworth –Corporate Director and Entrepreneur; Partner, Goldman Sachs; Former Chair, C200; Corporate Director and Entrepreneur
Major General Ann Dunwoody – Commanding General, United States Army Combined Arms Support, Command and Fort Lee
Elaine Eisenman, PhD. – Dean of Executive Education, Babson; Corporate Director
Helen Fisher, PhD. – Anthropologist; Bestselling Author
Rita Foley – Corporate Director; former SVP, MeadWestvaco Corporation; President, Consumer Packaging Group Henrietta Holsman Fore – Under Secretary of State for Management; former Director, US Mint
Carolee Friedlander – Founder Carolee Designs; Corporate Director; Chair C200 Foundation


Brenda Gaines –Corporate Director; Former President, Diner’s Club North America
Diane Graham –President and CEO, STRATCO Global; Past Chair of C200
Toddi Gutner – Associate Editor, BusinessWeek
Ginger Green – Attorney, Former Vice President of Investment for OPIC, Corporate Director.
Joanne Harrell – General Manager, Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft; Corporate Director
Julie Hill – CEO, The Hill Companies; Corporate Director
Michelle Hooper – Managing Partner, The Director’s Council; Corporate Director
Jan Hopkins – Media Consultant; Former Award Winning CNN Anchor
Merit Janow – Professor and Director of a Masters Program, Columbia University; Judge, WTO; Corporate Director
Michelle Jordan – Principal and Founder, Jordan LLC
Yolanda Kakabadse –President, Fundacion Futuro (Ecuador) and Corporate Director
Ann Kaplan – Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs; Director, Circle One Financial; Corporate Director
Susan Keating – President and CEO, National Foundation for Credit Counseling; Corporate Director
Gail Koff, J.D. – Founder and Managing Partner, Jacoby & Meyers
Claudia Kotchka - Vice President, Design, Innovation, and Strategy, Procter & Gamble
Vance LaVelle – President, Time Circle, LTD; Former Chief Marketing Officer, PNC
Siri Marshall – EVP, General Mills; Corporate Director
Amy McCombs – President and CEO, Heald College; Corporate Director
Mindy Meads – President & CEO, Victoria’s Secret Direct; Former President & CEO, Lands’ End Inc.
Mary Pearl, PhD. – President, Wildlife Trust and author
Catherine Santee- CFO, Executive Vice President and Corporate Director, CH2M HILL
Patricia Seemann, Md. – CEO, Sphere Advisors; Advisor, Group 21 (Switzerland)
Robin Smith – Chairman of Publisher’s Clearing House; Corporate Director
Pernille Spiers-Lopez – President, IKEA North America
Patricia Stensrud – CEO and Founder, Hudson River Properties, LLC.
Ann Stock – SVP, The Kennedy Center
Bernee Strom – Principal, Revitalization Partners LLC; Chairman, Ensequence; Corporate Director
Kimberly Till - President, North America at Taylor Nelson Sofres
Pamela Wallin – Corporate Director, former Canadian Counsel General to the U.S.; and Journalist
Linda Ellen Watt – Consultant; Former U.S. Ambassador to Panama and Senior Ambassador, Central America
Edie Weiner - Futurist; President, Weiner Edrich Brown; Best Selling Author
Lorna Wendt – Founder, Institute for Equality in Marriage
Maggie Wilderotter - Chairman and CEO, Citizens Communications; Corporate Director
Deborah Wince Smith – President, Council on Competitiveness; Director of NASDAQ
Alison Winter – Chair, C200; Corporate Director, Former President Personal Financial Services, Northern Trust Northeast; Corporate Director
Kyung Yoon – Vice-Chair, Heidrick & Struggles, Corporate Director
Donna Zarcone – Corporate Director, Former President & Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc.;


Moreover, these same women serve on numerous charitable, University, boards and Advisory Boards, e.g., the Ford Foundation, C200, WPO, Red Cross, IWF, Girl Scouts, YWCA, Apollo Theater, the Smithsonian, etc.
Member Boards
Boards/Advisory Boards on which Grovers currently serve, or recently served on range from publicly held Fortune 50 companies to new technology start ups. A partial list includes:
Ameritrade
AstraZeneca
BellSouth
CH2M Hill
CIGNA
Citibank Canada
Coca Cola
Commtouch
Daffy’s
DealerTrack
Diner’s Club International Global
Hallmark
Holcim
Kmart
Liz Claiborne Accessories
NASDAQ
New York Stock Exchange
Nordstrom
Office Depot
PLC Corporation
PPG Industries Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
REI
Springs
State Farm Bank
Target Corp
Texaco
Winn-Dixie
Xerox


Events
When founding our annual retreat, we wanted to avoid the exhausting marathons of wheeling-dealers and the tediousness of listening to long-winded lectures in windowless rooms that are either too warm or too cold.
Wherever we go, our outings are a balance of fun, substantive programs, and bonding. We alternate between Belize and other countries in Central America (we will be going to Ecuador in 2007). Our annual meeting provides time to collectively introduce ourselves and appreciate each other in ways we cannot when we are in our everyday 24/7 lives. The beauty of Central America is that after the morning sessions, there are few distractions from the “real world”.
Grovers have made significant personal and professional friendships, have helped further each others’ goals, and have helped us all to multiply our individual resources to a collective powerhouse of talent, skills, connections, support, and experience. Coming from so many networks, the Grove has become an antenna to the world.
The Grove also has meetings during the year “on the mainland”, mostly in New York, but also in other key cities around the US. We try to schedule the events as far in advance as possible in order to allow time for members to attend.
There are a range of programs, including insider’s/behind the scenes events at members’ workplaces, book parties and discussions, and leaders from around the world, in candid off-the-record sessions.
Events are designed to provide “hands on” advice from people who have “been there and done that.” They also provide time for networking with each other and speakers.

http://www.belizeangrove.com/grove_overview.pdf

I figure at least 50% of the women on that list are members of the CFR and the Bilderberg Group.

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I bet Oprah is a member!

the membership list would be very interesting
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the Belizean Grove, a constellation of influential women
http://www.belizeangrove.com/

A 'constellation'? Like they are all 'stars' or something? What a bunch of egotistical maniacs who think they are above the rest of humanity.
"Since corrupt people unite amongst themselves to constitute a force, then honest people must do the same" ~ Leo Tolstoy

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Do they burn an effigy of a child like at the BG? it sounds like there would be a lot of middle aged women "empowering themselves" by meditating or something, but knowing it's a "sister group" to the BG has sparked my interest.

I figure they bathe in blood like in that movie, "Carrie," since they adhere to "TARA" so much.  Thanks for the info on that doktor.