Toxic Relationships: Friend and Family Ties through the Stages of Life


Tuesday, March 3, 2020




Regina Peruggi Room


Whatever phase of life we are in—from college student to grandparent—our fast-paced society holds us to intense, demanding schedules. In the balance of our careers, education, and love lives, we look to family and friends for solace and support in an unprecedented way. Yet at the same time, experience shows us the ambivalence and complexity of these bonds. By viewing our expectations and the expectations of others in a new light, we will find better ways to heal wounds, improve situations, and establish criteria for success. Join Susan Shapiro Barash for this interactive session on dealing with your own toxic relationships.


Susan Shapiro BarashSusan Shapiro Barash

Susan Shapiro Barash is an established writer of thirteen nonfiction women’s issue books and a new novel, A Palm Beach Wife, which came out in April 2019. Her books focus on the gender divide, how women are positioned in our society, and their innermost feelings about themselves as daughters, mothers, sisters, friends, wives, mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law, rivals, colleagues, and lovers.

Susan speaks to groups across the country and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Chicago Tribune, Elle, and Marie Claire.  She has appeared on national television including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC. She has been a guest on national radio including NPR and Sirius Radio. She has served as a literary panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, as a judge for the International Emmys and as Vice Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the Women’s Leadership Board at the JFK School of Government, Harvard.  


5:00 – 6:15pm: Lecture and Q&A
6:15 – 7:00pm: Reception and Networking

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