[act-ma] SoJust closing in Sept - 7/18 Build Your Personal Board of Directors (ProfDev about mentors)

Robbie Samuels send2robbie at gmail.com
Sun Jul 16 17:45:55 PDT 2017

We all recognize mentors can make a huge difference in our personal and
professional growth. How do we go about identifying people in our network
who could support our journey?

Tuesday, July 18, 6:00 - 8:30 PM: Mentors Make a Difference: Build Your
Personal Board of Directors presented by Robbie Samuels ($15 advance/$30
door). More details and register at www.SoJust.org.

Please see my announcement about Socializing for Justice closing this

On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 5:23 PM, Robbie Samuels <send2robbie at gmail.com>

> Socializing for Justice is coming to a close this September. It's been a
> great run - 11 years! *Please join us on Thursday, September 28 to
> celebrate all that we've accomplished* as a volunteer-run, grassroots,
> cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community and network in Boston.
> We grew to over 3,100 members, hosted over 230 events, and facilitated
> countless connections. *We are celebrating at Lir on Boylston by Hynes
> Convention Center. Learn more about what we have planned for this summer
> and RSVP for this event at www.SoJust.org
> <https://send2robbie-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/Redirect?ukey=11beg-f4tfRgO1GtHavM-q_ttQMg97eTATkc2-J8Wjm8-0&key=YAMMID-85149510&link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.SoJust.org>.*
> I had no idea how starting Socializing for Justice was going to change my
> life. I met my best friends, including my wife, through SoJust.
> *I would love to hear YOUR story. Please post as a comment on this
> thread: https://www.facebook.com/robbie.samuels/posts/10159038977170029?pnref=story
> <https://www.facebook.com/robbie.samuels/posts/10159038977170029?pnref=story>*
> *"Because of SoJust..." *Who have you met? What have you learned? Who
> have you influenced?
> For some reading that SoJust is closing is a shock. For those who have
> been aware of the ways my life has changed in the last few years - you
> probably saw this coming. I've been a self-employed work-at-home dad for
> the last 2.5 years and this December my second son will be born. Meanwhile,
> I'm launching my first book, "Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic,
> Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences" on July 30
> <http://t.sidekickopen04.com/e1t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7lC8dDMPbW2n0x6l2B9nMJW7t5XX45vw6KYMRYHj6Sb3JRW3M2f5R56dMHtf8g1mpT02?t=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.robbiesamuels.com%2Flaunchteam&si=4928983978737664&pi=2f68d863-849e-4bea-b278-affb17a61dec> and
> a virtual group coaching program this fall*.*
> To say a lot has changed since 2006 is a major understatement. It was not
> an easy decision to close SoJust and I've put it off as long as I could,
> but it's time. I'm proud of what we created together and I hope you'll join
> me in person on Sept. 28th for one last hurrah!
> When I started SoJust in 2006, I was still fairly new to Boston, having
> only been in the city for a few years. I had made some friends and was
> hired for my dream job, but something was missing. I had come to recognize
> and accept that my identity was complex, as was the way I saw the world. I
> was not a single-issue person and was looking for a community that would
> support me and challenge me.
> I had met amazing people doing important progressive work in Boston and
> wanted to find a way for us to connect and share resources. I just looked
> back at my earnest emails from July 2006, when I reached out to a dozen or
> so people after speaking with them about this idea I had. The flurry of
> emails trying to schedule our first meeting and even my first foray into
> using an early form of "Doodle" to coordinate our schedules.
> To give context, I was still on MySpace when SoJust got started.
> We had our first and only "steering meeting" on August 1, 2006, launched
> on Meetup a few days later, and had our first event in mid-September (50
> people came an incredibly diverse group). We decided no more meetings,
> let's focus on the socializing! And that's what we did - we held two
> socials a month all around the Greater Boston area for 6 or 7 years before
> switching it up and trying our hand at also running discussion groups for a
> year and then mixing in monthly ProfDevs (professional development
> trainings).
> At our core has always been the idea of being a welcoming community and
> that has been most visible at our large networking events held a few times
> a year. Our regulars, the SoJust STARZ, are the reason our group never
> became clique-y. Many STARZ became my closest friends and 9, 10, and even
> 11 years later we're still in each others lives. The group would have ended
> many, many years ago if not for the ongoing involvement of our STARZ.
> Many, many thanks to Jaclyn Friedman for her early encouragement and
> introductions and to Hilary Allen, for her willingness to jump on board and
> help me build, reflect, and transform SoJust in those crucial foundational
> years. Her role as co-organizer was later filled by Alison Brill and then
> Jessica "JC" Critcher - I could not have done this alone and owe these
> women a huge debt of gratitude. I must also thank the string of interns we
> had the benefit of working with over the years - and Lisa Worsh from
> Northeastern University's Co-Op Program for recognizing the value of our
> efforts, despite our organization not being then (or ever planning to
> become) a 501 c3 nonprofit. Speaking of nonprofits, I must also thank The
> NonProfit Center for being a wonderful partner over the last several years
> - hosting our monthly ProfDev Series.
> *The last few ProfDevs are:*
>    - *July 18 "Mentors Make a Difference: Build Your Personal Board of
>    Directors" - *https://www.meetup.com/sojust-tm/events/239317103/
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>    - *August 16 "Socially Responsible Investing" - *
>    https://www.meetup.com/sojust-tm/events/240009729/
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>    - *September 19 "Art of the Schmooze" *(my signature session, which
>    was inspired by SoJust STARZ) - https://www.meetup.com/sojus
>    t-tm/events/240010727/
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> The number of people to thank are too numerous to mention. You know who
> you are and I hope you'll reach out to say hello.
> Now I'll bring this to a close, before this turns into my second book. ;-)
> For Justice,
> Robbie
> Robbie Samuels
> Socializing for Justice Co-Founder
> p.s. Don't forget to share your "Because of SoJust..." story on this
> Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/robbie.samuels/posts/
> 10159038977170029?pnref=story
> p.p.s. We asked this question last year and created a really great video
> for our 10th birthday - have you seen it? https://youtu.be/zIeIBiNSjYU
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