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Last month we hosted 8 global dinners on the topic of RESENTMENT. Women across the world gathered to share and listen to our stories on this heavy and dense emotion.

At first, many of us felt apprehension –some of us didn’t even think we carried any resentment– but as the night evolved, and we started to unpack this topic, we realized that feeling resentment is part of the human experience and that talking about it in a compassionate space is part of the journey towards releasing it.

Here are our key takeaways

Resentment lives in the shadows

Resentment is one of our most intimidating emotions…


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Last month, Dinner Confidential explored the topic of JOY in 6 dinners around the world. From Nairobi to Buenos Aires, women gathered to share and listen to each other’s stories.

Upon initial reflection, we thought we knew all about joy: a relatively simple emotion, if not always easy to achieve. We also assumed that there is a largely accepted version of joy that most people can relate to. …


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We gathered across 6 cities in April to talk about our relationships with POWER. As we explored the huge feelings that came up while discussing this topic we came to many realizations. One of which was that whether it was our daily encounters with power dynamics, or the ways that power was put on us as we were children, or the events that permit us to access opportunities (or not); power is an all-encompassing concept that shapes how we think about ourselves, others, and how we approach and experience life. …


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Last month, we hosted dinners — virtually and in person — in 8 cities worldwide to discuss the topic of family. Women from multiple ages, nationalities, and backgrounds came together, mostly strangers to one another, to share and listen to each other’s stories.

Who is family anyway? For some of us, it’s our birth parents and siblings. For others, it’s their adopted parents, grandparents, step-parents or a mix of caregivers. For others, family is the one we choose. And for others, it’s a mix. Family is and isn’t a “static” thing. It evolves, grows, dissolves.

For some of us, family…


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Last month we hosted 17 worldwide dinners on the topic of STRESS & BURNOUT. From Zurich to Belize, Singapore to Rome women gathered to share and listen to each other’s stories.

Across our (virtual) tables, we realized that this little word encompasses so many powerful and often challenging feelings like pain and anxiety. Yet, culturally we are bypassing those emotions when we lump them all under the word “stress.” No wonder so many of us have a hard time managing it — how can we address it when the name itself yields to so many explanations?

The last year brought…


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Last month we hosted 12 worldwide dinners on the topic of TRANSFORMATION. From Buenos Aires to Paris, Caracas to Nairobi, Belize to Zurich, women gathered to share and listen to each other’s stories.

We heard so many different versions of what it means to transform. We transform as we enter new roles and as we move to new places. Our bodies transform over time. Our relationships transform and we see transformation happening in nature everyday. But at the end of the night, we wondered: can we sometimes mistake “external change” for transformation? What does it mean to truly transform?

In…


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Last month, Dinner Confidential hosted 10 dinners on the topic of PURPOSE. Spanning continents, women (and a group of men) from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires, Nairobi to Stockholm, Edinburgh to New York gathered to share and listen and hold space for each other.

First, a story from Dee, host from Toronto/New York…

“As a child, I’d hear friends proudly declare at the wise young ages of 5/10/15, “When I grow up, I want to be a doctor/lawyer/dancer/astronaut, etc”. I was never one of these kids (or even adults!) who had laser focus on what my role in life should be…


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Last month, Dinner Confidential hosted 9 global dinners on the topics of ENVY and JEALOUSY. Women around the world — from Singapore to Rome — spoke with courage and listened to one another with compassion, as we each shared our journeys with these powerful emotions.

Envy and jealousy are some of the most provocative and intimidating feelings we’ve explored so far (and we’ve explored some very taboo topics like anger, sexuality and grief). Even many of us hosts — who are seasoned facilitators — felt uncomfortable holding a space for this conversation. But we made it through and we are…


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For almost 3 years, Dinner Confidential has been exploring how women relate to some of our most sensitive and taboo topics: self-love, grief, ambition, pleasure and the list goes on.

Last month, we dove into the heart of human connection and explored the topic of VULNERABILITY in 9 cities around the world. From Lisbon to Vietnam, Edinburgh to Nairobi — women spoke with courage and listened to one another with compassion, as we each shared some of our most vulnerable stories.

What is vulnerability anyway?

Researcher and author, Brene Brown, defines it as “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” Many of…


Last month, we hosted dinners on “Pleasure” in 10 cities around the world. From Tokyo to Miami, Nairobi to Mexico City, women gathered (many virtually) to share and listen to our experiences on this topic. Here is what we learned.

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Such a wide range of factors came into play when talking about pleasure, they have since lingered in our psyches as we try to make sense of them. It’s like we have opened the lid off a box we have been carrying around for years, only to find the contents inside were not that familiar at all. …

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