Women’s Luncheons

DCA Women’s Luncheons are monthly social gatherings, for both women and men, offering various types of presenters, from authors, to those with poignant human interest stories, to specialists on travel, theater, gardening, entertaining, and home décor. Luncheons are generally held on the first Tuesday of every month from October to May, and are catered by Michael Joseph’s Catering.

DCA Women’s Luncheon Program 2019-20
All luncheons: 12:15pm – 2:00pm
Prepayment is due by noon on the Monday before each luncheon.

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Tuesday, January 7Darien Wellness Opportunities – Discover exciting and innovative places to go in our own town! This luncheon will have three presenters.

Nancy Joyce joins us from Inner Light Wellness in Darien to share her insights and thoughts on being a young wellness entrepreneur in town. She will discuss how the practice of yoga, combined with infrared light technology (infrared saunas) can help you set yourself up for a relaxing and healthy year ahead. Both yoga and infrared saunas share a wide spectrum of wellness benefits such as decreased inflammation, improved circulation, and relief from fatigue –  improving our heart health.

With almost ten years of experience teaching at leading yoga studios throughout New York City, Fairfield and Westchester County, Nancy has shared the art of mindful movement and meditation with yoga practitioners of all levels and has brought her students real, transformative results. She has been an avid supporter of infrared saunas for the last four years and is excited to combine the two practices at Inner Light Wellness.

Jeanne Bloom and Henri Helander created TO AND FROM with the intention of bringing a new, modern nail concept to Fairfield County. Their goal: to create a beautiful space that only uses clean products.

The salon works with polish brands that remove at least five of the harshest chemicals in nail polish, alongside chemical-free lotions, oils, and scrubs. To differentiate themselves, they have worked closely with a chemist who reviews all products. The utmost detail is also paid to sanitation. Pedicure bowls are used alongside medical grade sanitation treatment on all tools.

The most important part of the salon though is the team. Bloom and Helander focus on fair wages for employees and fair hours. They believe a team is the heartbeat to a great salon. They are devoted to team education and remaining up-to-speed with all standard practice and new techniques that align with the salon. As there is no formal license available in the state of Connecticut, Bloom and Helander have looked to find a team licensed in cosmetology in the state or who have received a New York state license.  New York has the best regulations for protecting salon employees.  This has become standard practice in many salons across the country and they feel the same should be implemented here.

Todd Wilkowski PT, OCS, SCS is a board-certified orthopedic and sports clinical specialist, a Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness instructor, and a Hospital for Special Surgery Credentialed Advanced Hip Clinician. Todd served as an adjunct professor at NYU and is currently one of thirteen key influencers nominated to sit on the Ithaca Athletics Advisory Council. During his 20+ years of experience, Todd also acted as a rehabilitation consultation for the New York Rangers. After graduating from Ithaca College as an All-American Division III quarterback, he went on to earn his bachelor’s in physical therapy at Ithaca College. Todd is the founder and CEO of Performance Physical Therapy and Wellness across New York and Connecticut and has continued to evolve the Performance business and brand.

Tuesday, February 4Laura Thoren Podesta, CBS News Correspondent and 2006 Darien High School graduate to speak on “Embracing Rejection – Lessons Learned.”




Tuesday, March 3
– “Modernism in CT Architecture,” highlighting contributions made by the Harvard Five in the 1940s, including Philip Johnson, known for his Glass House in New Canaan.



Tuesday, April 7
– “The Vanishing Honey Bee” and its current impact, by Howland Blackiston, author of Beekeeping for Dummies.




Tuesday, May 5
Shakespeare on the Sound, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Claire Kelly, Artistic Director to speak on the summer of 2020 play.




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Diane Schlinkert

Lisa Hughes

Committee Members
Connie Bergen
Deb Brennan
Susan Hamill
Deidre Hogan
Holly Hurd
Lisa Joyce
Kate Larson
Wendy Mulligan
Karen Perry
Sarah Ritchey
Cindy Ryan














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