Speakers

Speaker presentations will be at Next with limited seating and via Zoom. Please register the the format you prefer. Once registered, if you choose to view via Zoom, you will receive an email with login instructions a day or two prior to the presentation.

  • Don't be Taken to the Cleaners

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

    DON’T BE TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS: SCAM Prevention via Zoom

    Successful Aging through Financial Empowerment (SAFE) was created by the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology to educate older adults about fi nancial decision making and to
    help them combat scams and identity theft. Latoya Hall, MSW, the SAFE program coordinator, will explain how predators target victims and give practical advice to avoid being scammed.
    Topics will include how to protect yourself, how to report if you have been victimized and how to recover fi nancially. Ms. Hall will give her presentation over Zoom and we will stream live at Next.

  • Becoming a Guardian of your Own Health

    Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 12:30-1:30pm

    In this presentation, Dr. Paul Kilgore will present tools and techniques that you can use immediately to improve your health. These tools focus on taking care of existing conditions and
    dealing with current and new health challenges. Dr. Kilgore will also provide an overview of what preventive health tools you can use now to reduce your risk of severe diseases in the future.
    Generously sponsored by Bank of Ann Arbor.

  • Earth Friendly Gardening with Compost: The Secret is the Soil!

    Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Join us outside in the Courtyard for this presentation. 

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you!  

    Would you like your home gardens to be productive, environmentally- sustainable and attractive to pollinator insects? Lillian Dean, from Oakland County Water Authroity, will present recommended garden practices including:
    organic matter for soil health, soil nutrient testing, use of natural mulches, composting, planting for diversity and integrated pest management. Gardeners will receive a folder of printed materials and the opportunity to share tips and questions with SOCWA Master Composter volunteers.

  • A Taxing Pandemic

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

    This presentation is via Zoom only. 

    What does the national debt load have to do with your personal debt load? Well, they're the same. With the world changing at such a rapid pace, it’s natural to have questions and concerns
    about the right steps for fi nancial security. We invite you to join Shane Hemphill, COO and Managing Partner of TriFound Financial for a webinar to discuss taxation and what it means for your retirement and the future.

  • Strong, Healthy Back: Injury Prevention, Treatment & Self Care

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 4:30-5:30pm

    Back pain can be caused by a variety of problems with parts of the complex, interconnected network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs and tendons. Craig McCardell, MD, and Lorrie
    Sherwood, PT and Certifi ed Foundation Training Instructor, will cover basic spine anatomy and common injuries and treatment options, as well as injury prevention and strengthening techniques. Learn about Foundation TrainingTM, a program developed to provide back pain relief, better posture, and enhanced athletic capabilities. Dr. McCardell is a pain specialist and an anesthesiologist with Beaumont Hospitals and Ms. Sherwood is the owner and Physical Therapist at North Woodward Rehabilitation in Bloomfield Hills. Sponsored by the Bank of Ann Arbor. 

  • The Slave Across the Street

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you!  

    Theresa Flores, LSW, MS - Human Trafficking Expert, Survivor & Activist

    When Ms. Flores attended Groves High School, she was drugged and raped by a male classmate. The rapist’s cousins took pictures and used those for sexual blackmail. After two years, her dad was transferred to another city and the trafficking stopped. Theresa is a survivor of and campaigner against sex trafficking and creator of Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution, a non-profit that aims to help prevent sex trafficking and support people with similar experiences. Theresa’s book, A Slave Across the Street will be available for purchase. This riveting memoir
    was listed by the Wall Street Journal and USA Today as recommended reading on the important topic of human trafficking.

  • Rosie the Riveter

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 12:30-1:30pm

     At Next and on Zoom. This program may be held outdoors or have limited seating due to social distancing protocals. 

    ROSIE THE RIVETER by Claire Kitchin Dahl, Yankee Air Museum Docent & "Tribute" Rosie the Riveter

    Claire highlights the determination, creativity and bravery of the American men AND women as they prepared for and valiantly fought WW II. "We Can Do It!" became the rallying cry for
    millions of women as they showed the nation they were willing and able to fi ll workforce gaps caused by men going into the military. You will be energized and inspired. Kindly sponsored by Affordable HomeCare.

  • The World Through the Eyes of a Traveling Artist

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you!  

    Julie Dawson - Artist, Author, Photographer & Traveler

    Enjoy a presentation featuring Julie’s  watercolor paintings of flowers, animals, children and kaleidoscopes. Julie tells stories from her travels to 101 countries. She also shares stories from the five children’s books and coffee table book she has written.

  • Our Majestic Great Lakes

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

    This presentation will be via Zoom 

    In this presentation, best-selling author and adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis will take you to the edges of all five Great Lakes and many of the waterways connecting them. In words, photos, and video, you’ll explore the geology, hydrology, and natural history of the largest system of freshwater lakes in the world. She will also illuminate the threats to this massive ecosystem: invasive species, pollution, destruction of wetlands, and the gradual warming of the lakes. Kindly sponsored by Lourdes Senior Community

  • A Pillar in the Community, Focus: Hope

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you!  

    Portia Roberson, Chief Executive Officer Ms. Roberson will discuss the nonprofit organization’s history and future as a pillar in the community. For over 50 years, Focus: HOPE has been an
    anchor institution in Detroit, offering early learning, workforce development, food programs, and community engagement initiatives. Founders Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis
    pledged in 1968 to unite a community that was sharply divided on racial and economic lines — and Focus: HOPE has been following in their footsteps toward that goal ever since. As CEO,
    Portia is focused on continuing the mission of the organization's founders — to overcome racism, poverty and injustice through intelligent and practical action — in 2020 and beyond.

  • Election Meddling

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you! 

     

    Gus Mondalek, Religious & Middle East Scholar

    We have all heard about foreign influence on democratic elections, the United States included. But exactly how is this accomplished and how much impact does meddling actually have on elections? Does meddling go beyond the use of social media and clandestine alliances? Join Gus Mondalek for a closer look at Russia, China and Iran, their strategy to disrupt elections and how their efforts can undermine democratic governments here in the United States and abroad. With the 2020 election right around the corner, this is an important and timely topic. 

    This event is at capcity to view in person due to social distancing guidelines.  Please register to participate via Zoom. 

  • Michigan Policy Issues with Chad Livengood, Senior Editor Crain's Detroit

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you! 

    Chad Livengood writes about public policy issues affecting Michigan’s long-term economic future. He will talk about the state of Michigan’s roads and his reporting on the tough choices
    policy makers face to prevent the further deterioration of pavement conditions. Chad has covered politics and government in Michigan for the past 8 years. Chad has also covered how
    Detroit is back on the rise after decades of economic, social and political decline. He can answer questions about a wide variety of public policy issues, including education,
    the state budget, the financial health of Michigan cities and metro Detroit regional governance issues.

     

    This event is at capcity to view in person due to social distancing guidelines.  Please register to participate via Zoom.