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How TIFI's Board of Directors Works: An Open Dialogue

How TIFI's Board of Directors Works: An Open Dialogue

Hosted by Board of Trustees Members Paula Nowick & David Rome

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US)
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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. This program and those to come will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests. 

This Roundtable will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the role of TIFI’s Board of Directors and how it functions to support individuals and groups who are teaching, developing and practicing Focusing and its underlying philosophy world-wide. Hosted by two current members of the Board of Directors, in this Roundtable you are warmly invited to ask questions and offer creative suggestions to strengthen our outreach to members and those yet unfamiliar with Focusing.

We will begin with a brief overview of the role and responsibilities of the Board, including how it works together with the Executive Director and the International Leadership Council (ILC). Then we will open the floor to questions, comments, suggestions, etc. from participants. Some possible questions we might explore together are:

  • .Which Institute activities and services have been helpful to your personal and/or professional practice and understanding of Focusing?
  • Which Institute activities seem to you to be effective (or ineffective) in furthering its mission to spread Focusing?
  • What new activities or services would add value for you personally?
  • What new activities or services might add value to the larger mission of propagating Focusing and promoting the intellectual legacy of Eugene Gendlin?
If these questions intrigue you, we hope you will join us for this Roundtable. Bring your own experiences, questions and curiosity.


What to expect: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives. All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available.  Registration is limited to 20 members on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

About your hosts:

Paula NowickPaula Nowick, a veteran Focuser for over thirty years, was co-editor of the Folio and is now a member of TFI's Board of Directors.  She is a retired educator, having been principal of a junior high, taught high school and college English, and served as administrative assistant to the dean of a community college.  She also was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts where she received her doctorate in Creativity in the School of Education.

David I. RomeDavid I. Rome is the developer of Mindful Focusing, an integration of Eugene Gendlin’s Felt-Sense Focusing and Buddhist mindfulness-awareness practices (http://www.mindfulfocusing.com). He is the author of Your Body Knows the Answer; Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity (Shambhala Publications, 2014). David currently serves as President of TIFI’s Board of Directors. David studied Buddhism and trained in meditation and other contemplative practices with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, whom he also served as private secretary for many years.

Registration Closes: Monday, March 26, 2018 or when the class is full, whichever is sooner.

Zoom: This conversation will take place on an online video conference service called Zoom. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.

Price: The host and co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.

PLEASE NOTE: When you register here, you will be asked to confirm that you are a member. If you are not a member, you may click on the option to receive information about how to become a member. After membership is confirmed and you have registered here, watch for an email containing a link to take you to the conference room at the start time. You will simply click on the link or paste it into your browser to enter the conference.

Product Code: W-180329-FRT



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