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AMCHAM Professional Women's Committee Meeting
  ►SPEAKER Debbi Kent & Joan Suwalsky
Authors of '100 Thimbles in a Box'
  ►TOPIC Making it Happen Outside the Box  
  ►DATE Thursday, October 27th, 2016  
  ►TIME 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Registration / Networking
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Dinner / Speech / Q&A
  ►VENUE The Ritz-Carlton Seoul, KumKang 3, 4 (1st Fl.)  
  ►COST KRW72,000 for members
KRW82,000 for non-members
  ►RSVP/PAYMENT BY Noon, Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
*No refunds for cancellations made after this date and time.
*For walk-ins, additional KRW10,000 will be charged.
  ►CONTACT (email) amchamrsvp@amchamkorea.org, (phone) 82.2.6201.2200  
      Debbi Kent & Joan Suwalsky
Debbi and Joan are both American adoptive parents of children born in Korea and became fascinated by Korean culture when their children, now young adults, arrived home in the USA. Firm believers that internationally adopted children should grow up literally “bumping into” their cultural heritage, they began learning about Korean culture and, particularly, about Korean handicrafts and artistic traditions. Traveling frequently to Korea to learn more, they filled their homes with Korean artifacts and began teaching about Korean art to adoptive families in the Washington, DC area.
    As they delved deeper into the subject, they acquired large collections of books, met and learned from a number of artists in Korea, and eventually decided to write this book,100 Thimbles in a Box; The Spirit & Beauty of Korean Handicrafts, in response to many requests. It was truly a labor of love, and it is their hope that through their images and words, their readers will come to share their appreciation for the beautiful handicraft traditions of the ancient, yet very modern, "Land of the Morning Calm."

Debbi Kent and her husband Bill have three children -- their son Justin and their two daughters adopted from Korea, Whitney and Melanie. Debbi's professional career has included work as a writer, editor, public speaker, marketing representative, and designer. In her free time, Debbi enjoys travel, photography, interior design, and fabric arts. Joan Suwalsky and her husband Al adopted two Korean-born children, April and Ted.

Joan is a developmental psychologist by profession and studies child growth and family functioning, including adoptive families, at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland. In her spare time she is an avid potter and gardener.
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