Thrity Umrigar was the 2017 speaker of Books for Lunch, the annual fundraiser that the parents of the Seven Hills School of Cincinnati organize since 1986. Thrity addressed the school community in the morning and the parent community, about 380 people, over lunch. As the co-chair of the event I was present during all Thrity’s appearances and I can only say that she was amazing. She was captivating with the students, who were mesmerized by her flawless and riveting talk. Our students engaged in a long and interesting conversation and participated with a lot of questions. Later, she gave a compelling speech to the parent community and kept our attention to the last minute of an almost hourly talk. The conversation that followed was open-minded, interesting and humorous. I would recommend Thrity as a speaker for any event, she is a master of engagement and she knows how to keep her audience’s interest intact until the end of her speech.
Although we knew it might be too big a wish, we were hoping for the perfect guest for our third annual Women’s Club of the Four Seasons of Manalapan Author Luncheon - a beloved author who - in person - would also capture both our hearts and our minds. Our wish came true. Thrity Umrigar met with our 7-person committee the night before at dinner, and we all became instant friends. Her delightful and warm personality won us over immediately, and we couldn’t wait for the next day’s event. With a soft spoken, yet vibrant voice, Thrity combined humor and candor to fill the entire audience with a sense of pleasure. She was inspiring and gave us a feeling of calmness and tranquility. There were 275 women at her presentation, yet during Thrity’s 35-minute talk you could hear a pin drop. The warmth and humanity that fills Thrity’s books was felt deeply in the room. Her wonderful presentation stimulated our brains and our hearts.
We are still bubbling over Thrity’s appearance. The glow was visible. We had so many positive comments about her talk, her kindness and her beautiful writing. Thanks again.