Panel Discussion - Virtual Series - September 9, 2021

  • 09/09/2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Event


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Building BridgesResolving Unconscious Bias” – "Writing A Woman's Life"–  A Panel Discussion Virtual Series – Sponsored by the SECT Women's Network – Free

Sept. 9, 2021… The Southeastern CT Women’s Network is sponsoring a virtual panel discussion on the topic of Writing A Woman’s Life” as part of the Building Bridges-Resolving Unconscious Bias series, which was formerly the Unconscious Bias Unveiling Racism” series. This is a free Zoom event on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members of the panel include Ms. Mildred Devine, Founder of the SECT Woman’s Network and co-Founder of Safe Futures who will be speaking about her new memoir, Sunrise Sunset: Millie's Divine Journey, and Ms. Lottie B. Scott, Civil Rights Leader and currently, Vice-Chair of the Norwich Race Equity Committee who will be speaking about her new autobiography, Deep South, Deep North A Family’s Journey.

In Sunrise, Sunset Millie’s Divine Journey, Ms. Devine covers her life’s experiences. It is full of intrigue and circumstance: the Boston Strangler, part of a tour group missing its cruise ship, or winning a trip for two on the Orient Express. In it, she talks about rising through the ranks in the male-dominated business world, which included having to deal with male-only social clubs. It is designed to be inspirational to our youth to assure them they can dream big, and to also bring those dreams to life. As former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” It was important for her to share the history of what was happening in the 1970s & 1980s, and why she founded the Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Network and the Women’s Center of SECT now known as Safe Futures, Inc. The proceeds of this book will go to that organization in order to help them carry out their vital mission: providing services to women, children, and men who are dealing with bullying, strangulation, and physical abuse. She has had the pleasure of working with civic, social, and cultural leaders who were instrumental in enhancing our communities. Their working together helped create the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the Garde Theater’s resurrection into the magnificent Garde Arts Center with all its diverse bookings; that is, when we don’t have a worldwide pandemic in our midst. She states: “It is awesome and overwhelming to conceptualize the magnitude of the single individual, and the collective impact made on thousands of people who have struggled over a lifetime and beyond.”

In Deep South, Deep North - A Family's Journey, Lottie B. Scott tells both the heartbreaking and triumphant tale of her maturation into adulthood against a racially-charged, impoverished, yet fiercely loving backdrop of Longtown, South Carolina.Ms. Scott traces her family history, peppered with familial violence and love alike. She describes her early childhood years of living amidst a sea of brothers, until little sisters finally arrived. Under the cloud of racial discrimination, difficult farm working conditions, and family tensions, Ms. Scott describes the unbreakable bonds of love that eventually emerged to forever bind her family members together. As the passing years turn to decades, and family members move north, Ms. Scott reveals how these bonds of love become a transformative power, forever altering the lives of each member of her family.

Please pre-register through this event. Your Zoom link will be included in your registration confirmation email.

Free event. Our next panel in the series
will be held on Oct 14, 2021.


Ms. Mildred Devine, (Author) received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa. She is a graduate of the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She was a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) and an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®). She worked for the Trust & Investment Group of Shawmut Bank  (now Bank of America) in various capacities for32 years, retiring as Vice President in January,1997. During her career she administered four private foundations for about twenty years. Ms. Devine had her own business, Devine Planning 1997-2012; During that time, she also worked as a trust officer for Dime Bank, 2007-17. Ms. Devine has always  been involved in civic and professional organizations, having served as President of the Estate and Tax Planning Council of Eastern Connecticut and numerous other professional and social services boards. She is a Paul Harris Fellow with sapphire awards, and a past president of the New London Rotary Club. She is also the founder, past president, and still a member of the Southeastern Connecticut Womens Network. Ms.Devine currently volunteers with Safe Futures, Inc., at the Lawrence+Memorial Hospital, and at her church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Her autobiography is entitled: Sunrise Sunset: Millie's Divine Journey.

Ms. Lottie B. Scott, (Author) was born and raised on a farm in Longtown, South Carolina. In 1957, she moved to Norwich, Connecticut, where she raised her son and has called Norwich home ever since. She has been involved in civil rights and civil liberties as a leader and advocate for sixty years in Norwich and throughout Connecticut. She worked for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for twenty-two years. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Norwich Race Equity Committee and on the City of Norwich Sachem Fund. In 2017, she received the Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award and a Writers Block, Ink Humanitarian ACE Award. Her autobiography is entitled: Deep South, Deep North A Family's Journey.

Please join us for an engaging and powerful discussion. This panel is the tenth in a series of monthly panels focusing on resolving unconscious bias. Free event. Open to the public.


WHAT: “Writing A Woman’s Life - A Virtual Discussion” with authors, Ms. Mildred Devine and Ms. Lottie Scott. This panel is part of an ongoing discussion series “Building Bridges – Resolving Unconscious Bias,” formally, Unconscious Bias – Unveiling Racism.”

WHEN: Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Online Zoom meeting

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