White Collar Week Newsletter July ‘22
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White Collar Support Group 316th Meeting! Online on Zoom
Next Meeting: Monday, July 11, 2022, 7 pm ET, 6 pm CT, 5 pm MT, 4 pm PT. We Meet Online Every Monday.
We are a community of people with white collar justice issues who have a desire to take responsibility for our actions and the wreckage we caused, make amends, and move forward in new way of life centered on hope, care, compassion, tolerance and empathy. Our experience shows us that many of us are suffering in silence with shame, remorse, and deep regret. Many of us have been stigmatized by our own families, friends and communities, and the business community. Our goal is to learn and evolve into a new spiritual way of life and to reach out in service to others.
IMPORTANT! If you are currently on supervised release, probation or parole, it is important that you first discuss this with your P.O. To assist in this regard, information about our ministry is available on prisonist.org.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like to join in our next meeting, or with any questions you might have regarding this group, its meetings, or anything else whatsoever.
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White Collar Week Tuesday Speaker Series: Michele Weinstat, General Counsel of The Fortune Society
Tues., July 12, 2022, 7 pm ET, 6 pm CT, 5 pm MT, 4 pm PT, On Zoom
We are honored to have Michele Weinstat as the next speaker in our White Collar Support Group Tuesday Speaker Series.
Michele Weinstat currently serves as General Counsel at The Fortune Society, a not-for-profit agency serving those impacted by the criminal justice system. In recovery for over 32 years, Michele is herself a formerly incarcerated person, who returned to the practice of law following disbarment due to a drug-related felony conviction. Prior to her time at The Fortune Society and subsequent to her reinstatement, she served as Vice President (Labor Counsel and Ethics Officer) at the New York State Housing Finance Agency, as well as the chief ethics prosecutor for New York City, responsible for enforcing ethics compliance for 300,000 City employees and elected officials.
Michele is also the author of three published novels. Writing under the name Michele W. Miller, Michele has written: “The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery” (a satirical romp through the apocalypse with a group whose addict/alcoholic gene protects them from the zombie virus — http://bit.ly/1yK0Qjx) ( and “Widows-In-Law,” (a first and second wife must get along and find out who killed their husband or die trying. http://bit.ly/2UKCbAP).
Writing as Michele Weinstat Miller, Michele’s newest novel “Gone By Morning,” has received wide critical acclaim. In “Gone By Morning,” two unique women — a City Hall press officer and her previously-incarcerated neighbor — face down dangerous men in the world of New York politics. “Gone by Morning” was named an outstanding mystery/thriller selection by Library Journal. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “Mary Higgins Clark with teeth.” (https://bit.ly/GoneByMorning)
Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsde-vpj0qHNErW01mhSnI0VXUKFvD4um9
Entrepreneur: 3 Important Takeaways for Hiring Job-Seekers with Criminal Records by Jeff Grant, Esq.
Jeff Grant is a Member of our White Collar Support Group that meets online on Zoom on Monday evenings.
“There are more than 70 million people in our country who have a conviction record. That translates to roughly one in every three Americans. The obstacles that those of us with records face are enormous. You would think that after we have completed our sentences, we should be able to move forward with our lives.
But the reality is that we face a multitude of often lifelong barriers that block us from essentials like steady jobs, educational opportunities, professional licenses, safe homes and more. In fact, the National Institute of Justice estimates 44,000 such barriers. These can severely limit or completely impede the ability of a person with a conviction history. They can’t effectively function in society and participate meaningfully in civic, economic and community life…”
Corrections in Ink a New Book by Keri Blakinger
Order One Copy for Yourself and One for Someone in Prison!
Keri Blakinger is a friend of our ministry and support group. She is a staff writer for The Marshall Project whose work focuses on prisons and jails. She previously covered criminal justice for the Houston Chronicle, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, VICE, the New York Daily News and The New York Times. She is The Marshall Project’s first formerly incarcerated reporter. Keri’s memoir, “Corrections in Ink“, released in June 2022; I’ve already received my copy and I can’t put it down. — Jeff
White Collar Support Group Blog: “Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There” by Fellow Traveler Bill Livolsi
Bill Livolsi is a Member of our White Collar Support Group that meets online on Zoom on Monday evenings. Bill has been a member of our ministry and support group since 2014. — Jeff
“My dad was a problem solver. Professionally he worked his way up from the mail room, going to Wharton (undergrad) at night to be an international VP in the pharmaceutical business. My family, his friends, and his professional colleagues, looked to him for advice and solutions. I look to him still, even though he has been gone almost 13 years. He is the best man I have ever known. All I wanted, as an adult, was to be like my Father.
My willingness to take on the problems and challenges no one else wanted was very beneficial for my career too. I worked my way up the ladder to a CFO position by the latter part of the 1990’s. And as many of you know, this is where most of the problems, and difficult issues, organizations face end up. I was pretty good (and pretty lucky) at getting things right. It felt good to be the ‘go-to’ guy for my Company.
Unfortunately, there was a huge downside. My ‘fix it’ mentality also dominated my personal life and that didn’t work out so well…”
Our Support Group was Featured in The New Yorker: Life After White Collar Crime by Evan Osnos
“A support group launched in Greenwich CT serves ‘guys detoxing from power.’”
Congratulations to all of our White Collar Support Group members, friends and colleagues featured in this article. What an incredible journey of transformation and redemption we’ve been on together!
Family Support Group, Sponsored by Evolution Reentry
Online on Zoom, Thursdays, 7 pm ET, 4 pm PT
Join Evolution Reentry’s team of justice impacted family members for our our Family Support Group via Zoom, Thursdays, 7 pm ET, 4 pm PT. You are no longer alone in your personal journey while your loved one is navigating through the criminal justice system.
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