Programs for Jan 1-31

January 4, Zoom Quarterback Roundtable 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Tom Ricks is our Quarterback.

January 7, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable on Zoom – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Susan Eisenhower, author and consultant. Her topic—How Ike Led.

In the words of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Susan Eisenhower’s fifth and newest book “distills from her grandfather’s life the enduring qualities of successful leadership.” Commenting on How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions, Gates says “Those qualities—dedication to duty, sincerity, fairness, optimism, humility, patience and restraint, moderation and accountability—are illuminated through anecdotes both moving and entertaining from Dwight Eisenhower’s decades of unparalleled service to America. It is an inspirational book with lessons highly relevant and desperately needed for current and aspiring leaders, especially those in public life.” (Published by Macmillan in August 2020—visit

Susan Eisenhower is a consultant, author, and expert on international security, including space policy, energy, and relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. She has taken on a wide range of government assignments with task forces on nuclear energy and nuclear terrorism, the NASA Advisory Council, and the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force. In academia, she has worked with the MIT Energy Initiative, the Carnegie Corporation’s International Peace and Security Program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. Corporate consultancies have included Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies doing business in the emerging markets of the former Soviet Union and a number of major institutions engaged in the energy field.

January 11, Zoom Quarterback Roundtable 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Palmer Hartl is our Quarterback.

January 14, FIC Annual Meeting on Zoom – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

January 18, Zoom Quarterback Roundtable 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Ruth Morelli is our Quarterback.

January 21, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable on Zoom – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Elizabeth Laurent, director of philanthropy at Fund for the Water Works. Her topic—Past, Present and Future at the Fairmount Water Works.

One of the city’s architectural and engineering marvels, the Water Works is a site with a unique sequence of civic functions in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Learn about this quintessential Philadelphia Landmark and its exciting plans to bring innovative teaching of environmental and water science to visitors of all ages—on a 5,400 square-foot floating classroom on the Schuylkill River.

Elizabeth Laurent’s long career in historic preservation includes service as curator at Stratford Hall, the 1740s Virginia home of the Lee family; curator at Cliveden, the 1760s Chew family home; associate director for historic resources at Founder’s Hall of Girard College; collections consultant for Lemon Hill, Stenton, Rittenhouse Town, the PA Sons of the Revolution, and the Grundy Mansion in Bristol; president of the Chester County Historical Society; member of the collections committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames; and long-term judge for National History Day at regional, state, and national levels. She is a graduate of Williams College and received her M.A. in early American culture from Winterthur’s University of Delaware program.

January 25, Zoom Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Alan Penziner is our Quarterback.

January 28, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable on Zoom – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Priscilla Luce, interim president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Her topic—Arts and Culture in Post-Pandemic Philadelphia: Reconnecting and Recovery.

The 400 organizations belonging to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance have endured the pandemic’s painful economic impact and witnessed its social impact on the city from loss of visitor access. The new year offers further challenges for arts and cultural groups, but also opportunities to rebuild and to reconnect with their communities. GPCA will continue its advocacy and support for member groups as they adapt to emerging post-pandemic realities.

Since 2003 Priscilla Luce has advised nonprofit organizations on strategic planning for growth. She has also provided in-place operations management during times of challenge and transition, notably as full-time executive managing director of Philadelphia Theatre Company from 2013 to 2017. In her long career with TRW Inc., a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, she worked with the company’s operations in 200 global locations as corporate vice president for communications. She served in numerous leadership roles for nonprofit organizations in Cleveland, notably as chair of the Cleveland State University Foundation, which raises private funds for the university. In Philadelphia, she is volunteer president and executive director of her family’s philanthropy, The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. She is a University of Pennsylvania graduate and has attended executive programs at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, London Business School, and the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement honoree in Who’s Who in America.

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