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Workshops & Speaking

Allison Gilbert lost both of her parents as a young adult, and separately, experienced being on the ground as a journalist covering the 9/11 terror attacks. In her inspiring presentations and workshops she uses her own stories as a prism to reveal the unique anxieties and challenges we all face when we’ve suffered a trauma, or lost a loved one.

Allison shares how to transform those obstacles into tools for success at home and at work. She also shares creative ways to celebrate loved ones that have passed away and how to keep their memories alive.

Watch Allison’s Speaking Reel by clicking on the “play” icon to the right.

To arrange a speaking engagement, contact Dawn Stuart at Books in Common, 541-318-6288.
 

 


Workshops

 

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Memory Bash™ !

Let author Allison Gilbert bring her action-packed Memory Bash™ to you! A Memory Bash™ is an excuse to get together as a group — eating, drinking, and having a great time — while celebrating loved ones who have passed away in the company of others drawn to do the same. It’s a joyful, innovative idea Allison writes about in her latest book, Passed and Present. Click here to watch a Memory Bash Video. Click here to see photos of a Memory Bash™ .

At a Memory Bash™ , your audience will:

  • Experience a warm and celebratory atmosphere, with Allison as both speaker and facilitator (Ideal for a brunch or evening event)
  • Use technology to participate in fun, easy memory-preserving activities with their smartphones or tablets
  • Learn new ways to preserve a loved one’s handwriting, favorite words, and most reminiscent recipes
  • Share a short story about their loved one and what made them so special
  • Write a note of remembrance to be included in an international commemorative project

Additional activities: More can be added depending on the size/location of the Memory Bash™ .
What to bring: A notebook and pen, smartphone or tablet, and a photograph of the participant’s loved one.

This presentation is great for grief centers, hospices, support groups, and faith groups.  

 

Passed & Present


In this workshop, Allison offers participants a satisfying and sweeping overview of the most essential lessons from her latest book, Passed and Present.  They will learn creative and inspiring ways to celebrate and honor the family and friends they never want to forget.

Among the topics covered:

  • Repurpose With Purpose:  Ideas for transforming objects and heirlooms.  Discover ways to reimagine photographs, jewelry, clothing, letters, recipes — virtually any inherited item or memento
  • Use Technology:  Strategies for our daily, digital life. Opportunities for using computers, scanners, printers, apps, mobile devices, and websites
  • Not Just Holidays:  Tips for remembrance any time of year, be it a loved one’s birthday, an anniversary, or just a moment when a memory catches us by surprise
  • Places to Go:  Destinations around the world where reflecting and honoring loved ones is a communal activity. This concept is called Commemorative Travel.  Also included are suggestions for incorporating aspects of foreign traditions into practices at home

Audiences will leave this workshop with the following: a dozen innovative tools for remembering, a custom healing memento, and a free copy of Allison’s latest book, Passed and Present.

What to bring: A photograph of the participant’s loved one, a notebook, and a pen.

This presentation is great for grief centers, hospices, support groups, and faith groups.  

 


Keynote Topics

 

Healing Heartbreak with Action-Driven Remembering

Taking intentional, positive steps to remember loved ones is key to healing. Individuals who honor the memory of family and friends, who proactively keep them present in their lives, almost always fare better emotionally than those who don’t.

In this rousing and interactive keynote presentation, Allison supports and guides the audience’s journey toward wholeness and healing after a loved one dies. Allison shares new, uplifting, and creative ways to remember those we miss most. Activities will be performed during the presentation, providing participants the opportunity to build new relationships while recognizing and paying tribute to their shared losses. Participants will leave this presentation feeling stronger and far more connected to loved ones lost.  They will also be happier knowing that absence and presence can so easily coexist.

This presentation connects well with grief centers, hospices, hospital support groups, and faith groups. It reaches both those who need support and the professionals who provide it.

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: How Setbacks at Home Can Spell Success at Work

Never before has there been so little separation between work and home. When it comes to grappling with loss, employees can learn to be supportive of each other and ensure coworkers are propped up for success. In this keynote presentation, Allison shares insight from three perspectives:

  1. employees who have experienced loss and are reintegrating into the office
  2. colleagues who want to be supportive but also need and want to stay focused
  3. leaders and administrators who foster a culture for support and success

Join organizations such as Time Warner and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), among others, that have had Allison present on this essential topic.

When Private Grief is Shared By the Public

As the only female journalist featured in the National September 11 Memorial Museum audio tour, Allison speaks to audiences across the country about the personal and public side of grief, and about celebrating life when death and catastrophe are part of the public discourse.

This presentation is an opportunity for schools, communities, and businesses impacted by mass tragedy such as Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, the Boston Marathon, 9/11, Oklahoma City, and Hurricane Katrina to come together for an important discussion on the emotional lessons learned from disaster and the tools needed to promote healing.

Allison is coeditor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, the definitive historical record of how broadcast journalists covered that tragic day.  The groundbreaking book was turned into a documentary by the U.S. State Department and distributed to embassies and consulates around the world. The emergency triage tag put around Gilbert’s neck is on display at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

This presentation connects well with victims and survivors of tragedy, first responders, faith communities, FEMA and other agencies, as well and museums and memorials.

 


Praise for Allison Gilbert’s Workshops and Talks:

“What a fabulous evening! The room was packed. The crowd was happy. Everyone walked away thrilled they made the time to come. Let’s do it again soon.”
– Susan Engel, Director, Lectures, 92nd Street Y

“I attend and oversee dozens of events for women in corporate America every year, and I find Allison an unusually warm, informative, and funny speaker. She brilliantly applies her own hard-won lessons and insights to the business and professional issues that others face. Our members loved her!”
– Betty Spence, Ph.D., President, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for leading such an important program. Our members learned so much from you, and feel stronger from having listened to your warm and insightful talk. Let us know when you’d like to come back. Please consider our red door always open.”
– Migdalia Torres, Executive Director of Program and Satellite Expansion, Gilda’s Club New York City

 


Upcoming Speaking Events

 
October 13-15, 2017
Omega Institute — Weekend Workshop
“Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive”
Location: Omega Institute
150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Lily Dale Assembly — One-Day Workshop
“Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive”
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Location: Lily Dale Assembly
5 Melrose Park
Lily Dale, NY 14752

 

July 28-30, 2017
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health – Weekend Workshop
“Remembering Loved Ones, Healing Your Heart”
Location:Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
92Y
“Grief & Resilience: The Special Power of Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive — with What’s Your Grief, Open to Hope, and Allison Gilbert”
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Location: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128

 

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Books NJ
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Paramus Public Library
116 East Century Road
Paramus, NJ 07652

 

Saturday, June 10, 2017
FORCE Conference
“Revealing the Story Within”
Time: 2:15-3:40 PM

 

Sunday, June 4, 2017
NorthShore University HealthSystem and NorthShore Hospice at Chicago Botanic Garden
“Passed and Present: A Special Afternoon Celebrating Our Loved Ones and What They Still Mean to Us”
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017
The New York Open Center – Workshop
“Passed and Present: Approaches to Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive”
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: New York Open Center
22 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016
Register: OpenCenter.org

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
92Y – Workshop
“Resilience After Loss: The Reflection Effect”
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017
The New York Open Center – Workshop
“Passed and Present: Approaches to Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive”
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: The New York Open Center
22 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016
Register: OpenCenter.org

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
92Y – Workshop
“Resilience After Loss: The Reflection Effect”
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017
The New York Open Center – Workshop
“Passed and Present: Approaches to Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive”
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: The New York Open Center
22 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016
Register: OpenCenter.org

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
92Y – Workshop
“Resilience After Loss: The Reflection Effect”
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Metro Detroit Motherless Daughters
Metro Detroit Motherless Daughters Annual Luncheon in Celebration of Our Mothers
RSVP: metrodetroitmd@yahoo.com

 

Monday, May 1, 2017
The New York Open Center
“Keeping Alive the Memories of Lost Loved Ones for Healing and Resilience — With Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, and Allison Gilbert” — this special event will be moderated by Ralph White, Co-Founder of The New York Open Center
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Marble Collegiate Church
29th St. & 5th Ave.
New York, NY, 10001

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Spoken Interludes
Reading & Book Signing
Time: 6:45pm Dinner, 7:45pm Reading, 8:45pm Book Signing
Registration: Spoken Interludes

 

Friday, April 7, 2017
ICCFA Conference
“Resilience After Loss: The Reflection Effect”
Time: 2:00-2:50pm
Location: Westin Nashville
807 Clark Pl
Nashville, TN 37203

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017
JCC Manhattan – Workshop
“Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive with Allison Gilbert”
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St
New York, NY 10023
Registration: JCC Manhattan

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017
JCC Manhattan – Workshop
“Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive with Allison Gilbert”
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St
New York, NY 10023
Registration: JCC Manhattan

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017
JCC Manhattan – Workshop
“Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive with Allison Gilbert”
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St
New York, NY 10023
Registration: JCC Manhattan

 

Fri-Sat, January 20-21, 2017
The Lodge at Woodloch
Resilience After Loss: The Reflection Effect
Time: 8:30pm
Location: The Lodge at Woodloch
109 River Birch Lane
Hawley, PA 18428

 


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