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Speaking at the P.E.O. Fundraiser, Wilton, CT

  • Wilton Library Association 137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 (map)

Need to reset, recharge, and reconnect with your community?

Sisterhood and community are two of our greatest assets. But so often, we get stuck in ruts that have time passing so swiftly that we feel a call to help others but never seem to find the time or energy to move forward and create lasting change.

Enter organizations like P.E.O, where “women help women reach for the stars.”

At this fundraising event, I’ll be speaking about how our brains can sometimes accidentally wire us for inactivity. And how shifting our habit can help us reset, regroup, and recharge ourselves first and foremost. Then, how this focus on the self helps us greater connect to the communities we better wish to serve—in P.E.O’s case, women helping other women through education and outreach. We are truly stronger together, and when we best help ourselves we can best help others, right?

Join me at the Wilton Library for a grounding, uplifting, and community-based chat, reading, and discussion.

Thanks to Lynne at Friends & Company Kitchen for donating my favorite brownies to this evening!

Read more in this coverage of the event by The Wilton Bulletin.

Admission: is $20, $10 for students. Register in advance, as seating is limited. Mail a check payable to “P.E.O. Chapter W” to Del Overby, 105 Pine Ridge Road, Wilton, CT 06897 or register online.

A light dessert reception will follow, with an opportunity to meet the author and purchase her book courtesy of Elm Street Books.

About P.E.O.:

This event is a fundraiser sponsored by The PEO Sisterhood, an international philanthropic and educational organization that promotes educational opportunities for women. All proceeds will benefit PEO grants, awards and scholarships to support women’s education. For information about PEO, email Debbie Zucco at or visit

P.E.O. was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. This circle of kindred spirits – bonded by their enthusiasm for women's opportunities – eventually expanded to include women off campus as well. Today, P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to more than 225,000 members in chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, with headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

Friendship is the cornerstone of P.E.O. – it is the legacy left by our Founders and it thrives in our unique Sisterhood. P.E.O. exists to be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose.

True to the mission of promoting educational opportunities for women, education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. In fact, the P.E.O. Sisterhood proudly sponsors six international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with their educational goals.

As a result, P.E.O. is clearly making a difference in the lives of women all over the world. More than 105,000 women have benefited from our organization's educational grants, loans, awards, special projects and stewardship of Cottey College. As of May 2018, P.E.O. has awarded Educational Loan Fund dollars totaling more than $195.4 million, International Peace Scholarships are more than $37.9 million, Program for Continuing Education grants are more than $55.3 million, Scholar Awards are more than $24.5 million and P.E.O. STAR Scholarships are more than $8.5 million. In addition, P.E.O. has owned and supported Cottey College, an independent, baccalaureate-granting liberal arts and sciences institution, since 1927. In 2017-18, 75% of Cottey students had declared a four-year major.

Grant, loan and award recipients – as well as Cottey College students – need not be members of P.E.O. With the exception of international students who receive International Peace Scholarships, each recipient is sponsored by a P.E.O. chapter. This allows the chapter members to be a meaningful part of "their" student's life.

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