with Steve Harper and Debra Monroe
May 20th, 7PM
Writers’ League Office, 611 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 130
Steve Harper has become one of the most sought after speakers and business strategists on the power of deepening and strengthening the power of connections through a process he calls “Rippling.” Steve’s unique and refreshing approach to how and why individuals, organizations and even our society can and must reach outside the box to connect, is literally changing lives and impacting corporate bottom line dollars. Steve is the author of the recently expanded and revised second edition of The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for Your Life and Business and owns a relationship strategy firm in Austin, Texas appropriately called The Ripple Effect. Steve and his team work with individuals and organizations to help identify, develop and grow the key relationships they depend on for their success.
Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction: The Source of Trouble (1990), A Wild, Cold State (1995), Newfangled (1998), and Shambles (2004). Her forthcoming memoir, On the Outskirts of Normal, about being the white mother of a black daughter in a small, rural Texas town, will appear in June 2010. Her books have been widely reviewed and won many awards, including the Flannery O’Connor Award, the John Gardner Fellowship, The Violet Crown Award, the Quarterly West Novella Competition, and more. They have appeared on “Best Ten” lists in Elle and Vanity Fair magazines, and in Borders Bookstores’ “Original Voices” series, and she has been nominated for the National Book Award twice. She has published poems, stories, and essays in many magazines and journals. Debra was born in North Dakota and raised in Wisconsin. She has since lived in Kansas, Utah, North Carolina, and Texas, where she lives now, and she teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.