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Darien Neighbors, Global Players

DCA Annual Fundraiser: Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series 2022 

This highly acclaimed speaker series (3 events) returned for a successful 5th year!

The DCA hosted a lively exchange with Tom Arrix, founder of Get Joy, in conversation with Charlie Hannigan – a perfect conclusion to our Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series. Special guests Brady, Theo and Eddie helped spread lots of joy!

Tom Arrix founded Get Joy after his golden retriever became ill with lymphoma. Get Joy’s mission is to unleash wellness for dogs by offering fresh and nutritional dog food products directly to consumers. Its success has benefitted from Tom’s experience as co-founder and managing partner at Adjacency Partners, a business advisory firm, and as the vice president of global marketing solutions for North America at Facebook. Tom shared his journey from Facebook executive to the founder of Get Joy.

Another Great Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series Event! Bob Sauerberg (Reddit) was in conversation with Jeff Hamill (Hearst Magazines) and they discussed the media business and its digital transition, as well as the development of Reddit, the biggest global platform for online communities.

Audience comments:
Fantastic evening – so interesting and well put together.
Thanks for guiding us through a fascinating career and industry!

Bob Sauerberg has guided Reddit for the last 12 years from a male dominated “front page of the internet” to the global platform that brings belonging and empowerment to over 100,000 communities and 500 million monthly users. Previously, he was president and CEO of Condé Nast, a premier media company.

Thank you to Amy Brooks (NBA), Renie Anderson (NFL) and Jay Alter (ESPN) for beginning our series with an entertaining, insightful and funny discussion about “Women in Professional Sports Leadership” at our Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series event.


As chief innovation officer (the NBA’s first-ever), Amy Brooks leads a global strategy and innovation group that develops and executes new ideas and initiatives, collaborates with NBA senior leadership on setting global strategic priorities and delivers data insights to enable fan and business growth. Additionally, she leads the NBA’s team business function that helps all teams grow revenue, build global fanbases and operate more effectively.

Renie Anderson oversees the NFL’s partnership divisions, including sponsorship, new business, consumer products, gaming and media sales. She manages a team that drives the NFL’s revenue through new partnerships and maintains the relationships and activation of the NFL’s current and new corporate sponsors and licensees.

Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series 2022 Sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: John M. Glover Insurance Agency
Gold Sponsor:
BMW of Darien
Silver Sponsors:
A Little Something White Bridal Couture • Connecticut Community Bank
Janine Tienken with Houlihan Lawrence
Bronze Sponsors:
Darien Police Association • Hollow Tree Self Storage • PG Properties
Nancy Dauk with Brown Harris Stevens and Holly and David Hawes with Compass CT

DAF Media brings together student volunteers to livestream sports, arts and community events. DAF Media is a joint venture between The Darien Athletic Foundation and The Darien Foundation.

Have you read the March 2022 Darien Neighbors magazine article about our Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series?

Photos from Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speaker Series 2021:

Darien Neighbors, Global Players Spring Speakers 2021 flyer

Darien Neighbors, Global Players Revisited Speakers 2021 flyer

Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speakers 2020 flyer

Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speakers 2019 flyer

Darien Neighbors, Global Players Speakers 2018 flyer

Photos from Darien Neighbors, Global Players 2019

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