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Embracing Change...Or Not? - Panel Discussion, Workshop and Dinner

Columbia College Women

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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CCW presents


Embracing Change … or Not?


A CCW panel discussion and workshop addressing the only real certainty in life: CHANGE.


We invite you to join Columbia College alumnae on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 for a moderated panel discussion on dynamic change in business, life, relationships and ourselves.

This event is followed immediately by dinner and then a unique opportunity to experience a one hour workshop in The Feldenkrais Method, Brain Gym®, or Life Changes: the Next Step. Each workshop will explore tools and techniques to help us create and embrace positive change.


Panelists and Workshop Leaders:

Tina Fong, GCFP, BC’87:

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner & Teacher; Computer Graphic Artist; Faculty, School of Visual Arts and The Geshem Center.


Linda Lehrer, Ph.D.:

               Director of New York Public Programs, Aspen Institute; Creator, Life Changes: The Next Step workshop; Instructor and Coach, The Levin Institute, State University of New York.          


Mari Miyoshi, OTR/L:

Occupational Therapist, Brain Gym Instructor and Consultant, founder of the Miyoshi Method.




Laura Brumberg, M.D.  CC ’87:

Attending Physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Clinical Instructor

at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Pain Management and Quality of Life Specialist.



6:00 PM  Registration

6:30 PM  Moderated panel discussion

7:15 PM  Dinner

7:45 PM  Workshops on dynamic change (choose one of three)

8:45 PM  Post-workshop discussion

AXA Financial

Big Apple Room

1290 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor


**Seating is very limited.   Feel free to contact Afiya Jordan CC '00, Law '05 at if you have any questions.


We look forward to seeing you at the Embracing Change Panel and Workshop!



Extended Panelist Bios:


Linda Lehrer, Ph. D. has spent her career in both media and education.  She received her Ph.D. in English from Brown University, where she taught courses in drama and American literature.  She has also taught journalism and writing at Fordham and New York University.  As a journalist, Dr. Lehrer reported for the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. She has worked in public television for programs such as “Adam Smith” and ‘Sesame Street”.  As Communications Director for Scholastic, Inc., she launched “The Magic School Bus.” As Director of Communications for the Aspen Institute, Dr. Lehrer helped organize the first Bipartisan Congressional Retreat.  She also developed a “sabbatical” program for The Smithsonian which, using their unique resources, helps people discover new approaches to their personal lives.


Her own program, Life Changes: the Next Step, helps people find new ways to think about moving forward in their lives—both professionally and personally. Clients include foundations, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.  Dr. Lehrer is currently the Director of New York Public Programs for the Aspen Institute and has served as an Instructor and Coach at the Levin Institute, State University of New York's JumpStart Program.



Tina Fong, GCFP BC’87 is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and teacher as well as a computer graphic artist.  She is a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts where she instructs undergraduates in computer graphics, web design and the Feldenkrais Method.  The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve an individual’s functioning. Ms. Fong has used Feldenkrais with her students and clients to increase ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination, and to help them rediscover their innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements often generalize to create enhanced functioning in other aspects of life as well.

Ms. Fong has always been interested in the study of learning and movement, whether it is found in art, music, dance or thought.  Her work with the Feldenkrais Method has given her a framework for qualifying and quantifying both the patterns that encourage movement and those that restrict it.  She believes that through awareness and movement we can integrate feelings, thoughts, sensations and behaviors, thus creating change that takes place in both the mind and body.
In the course of teaching college students Ms. Fong has noticed that when we are in front of our “devices” we tend to forget about our bodies. She is very interested in helping young adults learn to move and function well in a technology heavy environment.



Mari Miyoshi, OTR/L is a trained occupational therapist who began using Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym®) early in her career.  Brain Gym® utilizes movement to alter the brain and nervous system, removing blocks that inhibit dynamic change and new learning.  Ms. Miyoshi, who has had advanced training in craniosacral therapy, discovered that some individuals who suffered from chronic disease and disability had blocks around their ability to heal.  However, it was not so much that their bodies needed treatment, but rather that they did not have access to the thinking habits of how to be a healthy person.  The habitual thoughts and movement patterns that permeated their lives, learned through innate structural, family/societal means, fostered a way of being that led them in the direction of illness rather than health and ease.  Ms. Miyoshi has had profound success changing these patterns of thinking and behavior and has guided many individuals to an enhanced quality of life.


Ms. Miyoshi has developed The Miyoshi Method, a coaching program she created based on her years of experience working with many different healing and educational modalities. This program has helped hundreds of individuals shift their lives from simply surviving to thriving. She also teaches Brain Gym® related workshops to corporations, therapists, teachers, parents, and other individuals who want to increase optimum functioning in their work, their lives, and for the benefit of their clients.



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When & Where

AXA Financial
1290 6 Avenue, 15th Floor
Big Apple Room & Lounge
New York, 10019

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Columbia College Women (CCW) was founded in 1989 in response to a need within the alumnae community to build a network of support for the continued involvement of the women who, with both their professional accomplishments and civic commitment, help make Columbia College an outstanding place of growth for women.  It is an organization that strives to build and maintain both connections among the alumnae community of the College, as well as between alumnae and female students.


This year, as the CCW community now numbers close to fifteen thousand women, we are very proud to celebrate the twentieth year of our alumna-student Mentoring Program, an event calendar filled with informative and fabulous gatherings.

One of CCW’s most important accomplishments was to establish the CCW Scholarship. With CCW’s commitment to building networks and support for current students, the Scholarship is the next dimension in our support of women’s legacies at the college.  By providing support for high-achieving female students with demonstrated financial need, we are reinforcing the community that we build through volunteer work such as the CCW Mentoring Program.



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