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Richard Lapchick: Facing Uncomfortable Truths

Richard Lapchick: Facing Uncomfortable Truths

Join us for this live online virtual event featuring Richard E. Lapchick.

Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports and social issues, scholar and author Richard E. Lapchick is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.”

He brought his commitment to equality and his belief that sport can be an effective instrument of positive social change to University of Central Florida in August 2001 where he launched the DeVos Sports Business Management Program.

In 2015 it was named the number 2 program in the world by SportsBusiness International.

Lapchick is a prolific writer. His 17th book was published in 2018. Lapchick is a regular columnist for ESPN.com and The Sports Business Journal.

He has spoken in the United States Congress, at the United Nations, in the European Parliament and at the Vatican

He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of the Commonwealth Nations in the category of Humanitarian along with Arthur Ashe and Nelson Mandela.

Lapchick was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He was named as one of Beyond Sports Inspirational 50 people (living and passed) who used sport to change the world along with Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela.

Lapchick was named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports

He has received 10 honorary degrees

Lapchick was one of 200 guests personally invited by Nelson Mandela to his inauguration after leading the American sports boycott of South Africa from 1975 until the end of Apartheid.

A Conversation With My Mom: Bernice Lerner & Ruth Mermelstein (nee Rachel Genuth)

A Conversation With My Mom: Bernice Lerner & Ruth Mermelstein (nee Rachel Genuth)

Before the word “Holocaust” entered modern parlance, Bernice Lerner learned about her parents’ wartime experiences. But before she learned what they had suffered and endured, she heard stories about their childhoods and post-war years, which seemed adventure-filled. Of course, the ruptures in their lives were more complicated and tragic than she could imagine as a child. In fact, it has taken decades of research for her to gain an understanding of what happened to members of her family. Lerner felt compelled her to write a book – All the Horrors of War which answers the question of how—against all odds—her mother survived.

Not only does Bernice tell her Mom’s story, but she details the parallel journey of a Liberator.

On April 15, 1945, Brigadier H. L. Glyn Hughes entered Bergen-Belsen for the first time. Waiting for him were 10,000 unburied corpses and 60,000 living prisoners, starving and sick. One month earlier, 15-year-old Rachel Genuth (Bernice’s Mom) arrived at Bergen-Belsen; deported with her family from Sighet, Transylvania, in May of 1944, Rachel had by then already endured Auschwitz, the Christianstadt labor camp, and a forced march through the Sudetenland. In All the Horrors of War, Bernice Lerner follows both Hughes and Genuth as they move across Europe toward Bergen-Belsen in the final, brutal year of World War II.

Join this special event where Bernice will introduce you to her incredible mom, who will be happy to answer your questions.

Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations

Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations

Join us for this live online virtual event featuring Annetta Wilson.

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there’.

Uncomfortable conversations are a fact of life. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have them. Our frustration often comes from not knowing how to keep our emotions, and civility, in check.

Discover why people show up with preconceived ideas, how to diffuse anger, how to make your point without being pushy, why ‘proving’ your point rarely works and the communication ‘styles’.

When you know what works (and what doesn’t) your influence skyrockets!

About Our Speaker:

Annetta Wilson solves problems for experts who are frustrated by business, recognition, and relationships slipping through their fingers because of confusing, convoluted, and complicated communication.

An award-winning broadcast journalist, she is a Certified Mastery Coach and Certified Trainer specializing in media training, presentation skills, networking, and the ‘elevator’ speech. She is the creator of, ‘You’ve Got Less than 15 Seconds. Impress Me! elevator speech system, and the author of the upcoming book, ‘The Less You Say, The More You Talk’ (Tips to Communicate for Influence and Power).

She has worked with AAA, CNN, Walt Disney World, Delta Dental, Universal Orlando, the City of Orlando, among others.

Daughter Rochy Miller and Granddaughter Kerryn Letman of Holocaust Survivor Lea Leibowitz

Daughter Rochy Miller and Granddaughter Kerryn Letman of Holocaust Survivor Lea Leibowitz

Rochy Miller, the author of “Not Just a Survivor – a portrait of my mother”, is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor.

This memoir of her mother’s story is both a chilling narrative of an exceptional woman’s life journey, and a personal reflection on being the child of a Holocaust survivor.

Drawing on her mother’s many stories and the abundant written and recorded information she provided, the book delivers a harrowing personal insight – often in her mother’s own words – into life in the Kovno Ghetto, and the five concentration camps in which she was incarcerated.

But the book is also a celebration of the life of an amazingly optimistic woman who rose above her horrendous experiences, emerged with her humanity intact, and went on to dedicate her life to ensuring the stories of the Holocaust are perpetuated, and the heroism of its survivors are honored.

“Now when we come to talk about heroism, when we talk about heroism and courage and the rest of it, I want to emphasize that every hour of our life, to live an extra hour under those circumstances, this was courage, this was heroism. There is always active and passive, and we were denied the active. We couldn’t do anything to our murderers, to our enemies, but at least we tried to defy them, by trying to want to live”. Lea Leibowitz

In My Own Words with Holocaust Survivor Edith Eger

In My Own Words with Holocaust Survivor Edith Eger

Join us for a live virtual conversation with Dr. Edith Eger Moderated by Talli Dippold.

A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Eger was just a teenager in 1944 when she experienced one of the worst evils the human race has ever known. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, the heinous death camp. Her parents were sent to the gas chambers but Edith’s bravery kept her and her sister alive. Toward the end of the war, Edith and other prisoners had been moved to Austria. On May 4, 1945, a young American soldier noticed her hand moving slightly amongst a number of dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her back from the brink of death.

After the war, Edith moved to Czechoslovakia where she met the man she would marry. In 1949 they moved to the United States. In 1969 she received her degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, El Paso. She then pursued her doctoral internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Dr. Eger is a prolific author and a member of several professional associations. She has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California, and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego. She has appeared on numerous television programs including CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Show; and was the primary subject of a holocaust documentary that appeared on Dutch National Television. She is frequently invited to speaking engagements throughout the United States and abroad.