June 3rd marked the first in a series of speaking events at BSW’s offices. Although the issue of money looks to be the focus, the event speakers, Faith Cohen and Bruce Gottlieb, shared their view that the topic could be any issue between two people – whether a couple, a parent and child, friends or co-workers. The bottom line goal is “conscious intent” working toward “harmonious resolution” of the issue, employing tools that prevent honest sharing and discussion from escalating into defensive bickering (which they compared to a Chinese ping-pong match!). The informal setting, coupled with an ongoing question and answer format that was as much participant-directed as speaker-directed, worked well and participants came away with actionable ideas. We plan to hold another session in October and invite you to share ideas for future speakers.
Debi Baydush, Partner